Senator Tom Udall Votes for Equal Pay for Women

Disappointed that Republicans again chose to filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

After casting his vote in the U.S. Senate in favor of pay equity, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment that Republicans again blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Although the bill received support from a majority in the Senate, 52-40, it failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to overcome the Republican filibuster. Today’s vote was the second time this year that Republicans have filibustered equal pay for equal work.

Udall issued the following statement on Republicans’ filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act:

“Equal pay for equal work is a basic principle we should all be able to agree on,” Udall said. “But 50 years after we passed the Equal Pay Act, women still make less than men for the same work — 80 cents for every dollar men make in New Mexico. I’ve heard from women across our state who say that they need the Paycheck Fairness Act to help them fight for fair and equal pay. I’m disappointed that Senate Republicans again said ‘no’ to supporting working families and chose filibuster this bill. New Mexico families will be better off when take-home pay is no longer tied to gender, and I will continue to fight for a solution to pay inequality.”

Doña Ana County Democrats Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County is proud to celebrate diversity and to join in the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, with the 2014 national theme,Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.

We celebrate both the heritage, the achievements, and the ongoing contributions of our Hispanic communities, here in New Mexico, and throughout the United States, during this observance this month, and throughout the year.

We join in the national theme “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.” The theme recognizes the long history of leadership that people of Hispanic heritage have given to the nation in every field, here in New Mexico, and nationally. This year’s theme also looks to a strong future built on the foundation of the past.

We join in celebrating the diversity that we, as a nation, as a community organization, and as a political party must embrace, if we are to continue to ensure the future success of this great nation and remain a beacon of freedom to the rest of the world. We also celebrate the great cultural contributions Hispanic people have brought to the American quilt, and the ongoing economic contributions of those communities, which have greatly benefited all of us throughout our nation.

Each year, Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors made a home in the American southwest, including New Mexico, and elsewhere in the United States, and those whose forebears came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On September 16, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s El Grito de la Independencia, or “Cry of Independence,” began the long Mexican war for independence. Mexico’s Declaration of Independence fell on September 28, 1821. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.  Also, Columbus Day, which is celebrated as Día de la Raza in many Latin American nations, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

The observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15, annually. Hispanic Heritage Month as a national observance was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, with the passage and approval of Public Law 100-402.

Weekly Address: We Will Degrade and Destroy ISIL

In this week’s address, the President reiterated his comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL.

His plan brings together a campaign of targeted airstrikes, increased support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces already taking on terrorists, assistance from allies and partners, expanded efforts to train and equip the Syrian opposition, and ongoing humanitarian aid for those displaced by ISIL. The President expressed his immense appreciation for the military men and women who make these efforts possible, and reminded the world that America continues to lead and stand strong against terror.

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: La estrategia del Presidente para degradar y destruir ISIL

En el mensaje de la Casa Blanca, Ricardo Zúñiga reiteró la estrategia del Presidente que es integral y sostenida para la lucha contra el terrorismo para degradar y destruir en última instancia, el grupo terrorista ISIL. El plan del Presidente Obama reúne a una campaña de ataques aéreos selectivos, mayor apoyo a las fuerzas iraquíes y kurdas ya luchando en contra a los terroristas, ayuda a los aliados y socios, la expansión de esfuerzos para entrenar y equipar a la oposición siria, y la ayuda humanitaria en curso para los desplazados por ISIL. Ricardo Zúñiga expresó el inmenso agradecimiento del Presidente y de nuestro país por los hombres y mujeres en las fuerzas armadas que hacen estos esfuerzos es posible, y recordó al mundo que Estados Unidos continúa liderando y se mantiene firme contra el terrorismo.

English/Inglís: Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

En Español: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on tomorrow marking the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act:

“Twenty years ago, due to the leader of then Senator Joe Biden and countless others, the Violence Against Women Act put in place critical protections that have held violent offenders accountable and extended services to victims of such crimes.

“Despite the legislation’s success and the broad bipartisan support it has enjoyed for most of the last two decades, Republicans fought and delayed the law’s most recent reauthorization. I am proud that the Democratic Party was insistent on strengthening VAWA’s protections despite opposition from a majority of Republicans.

“Unfortunately, far too many women continue to be subjected to violence and rape, including the brave women who choose to serve our country in our nation’s military and the future leaders who live on our college campuses. The horrific video that emerged this week should serve as a reminder that violence against women remains a real and persistent problem, and despite the progress we’ve made through legislation like VAWA it’s clear we have so much more to do. While we continue to fight to make sure that all women are able to live free from the fear of violence, we must also ensure that survivors of crimes are able to access the services they need to recover and rebuild and that they are empowered to speak out when such violence occurs.

“The Democratic Party is committed to supporting policies that protect and promote the well-being of women and their families and today, we honor and acknowledge this twentieth anniversary of VAWA with them in mind.”

Senator Tom Udall Encouraged by Growing Support for Constitutional Amendment

Disappointed GOP sided with corporations and billionaires in filibuster of measure to limit influence of big money on American elections

U.S. Senator Tom Udall led the Senate yesterday in rallying historic support for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance. The amendment, S.J. Res. 19, won 54 votes, a majority of the Senate, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote. An outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, Udall introduced his constitutional amendment last June to make it clear in the Constitution that Congress and the states have the authority to regulate campaign finance. The amendment would effectively reverse the Court’s 1976 ruling in Buckley v. Valeo, which first equated money and speech, as well as subsequent decisions, including Citizens United and McCutcheon. Udall issued the following statement:

“Today was a historic day for campaign finance reform, with more than half of the Senate voting on a constitutional amendment to make it clear that the American people have the right to regulate campaign finance. It is unfortunate, but not unexpected, that Republicans would filibuster this measure and instead choose to support a broken system that prioritizes corporations and billionaires over regular voters.

“A narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has been systematically diluting the power of the American voter by allowing corporations and billionaires to pour millions of dollars to influence our elections. New Mexicans, and all Americans, are sick of corporations and special interests trying to buy our elections. Over 3 million people have signed petitions, which were delivered to me on Monday, calling for Washington to reform the broken campaign finance system. But during this debate, Republicans have shown that they are ignoring these calls in favor of elections bought and paid for by secret donors and special interests.

“Momementum continues to build for common-sense campaign finance reform, and I will keep leading this fight on behalf of New Mexicans and all Americans to restore our nation’s founding principle — a democracy of, by, and for the people.”

Secretary of State Duran Continues to Restrict and Stifle Voting

Once again, do-nothing Secretary of State Dianna Duran is trying to restrict, block and discourage the voting rights of over 2 million New Mexicans.​

​The one thing she has done since taking office is to follow the Republican playbook ​that sets ​up repeated roadblocks ​over and over again to disenfranchise the voters of New Mexico. Enough already. Our country and our state thrive when its citizens employ their constitutional right to vote​, let all voices be heard​ and move our society forward.

Rejecting the ballot provisions on decriminalizing marijuana put for by Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties is outside her statutory responsibilities. That role belongs to the Attorney General, who has ruled that these initiatives may be placed on the ballot.

This Secretary of State is a disgrace and one more reason New Mexico voters will elect a competent and hard working Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver on November 4.

Veterans say Allen Weh Used their Image Without Permission in Ad Depicting Terrorist Killer

Weh Once Again Takes Advantage of Others for Personal Gain

Just a week after Allen Weh released an ad that was widely criticized for its appalling use of an image from the execution of American journalist James Foley, Weh is trying to ward off criticism with another video defending himself.

Weh’s latest ad begins with video footage of New Mexico veterans. The problem? These veterans don’t support Allen Weh and never gave permission to use their images in an Allen Weh campaign ad. Click HERE for video.

“I would never support Allen Weh or his policies. I’m disgusted that he used the image of that terrorist in his commercial – and I’m outraged that he would try to put me in his campaign ad, especially an ad where he’s implying that I support him. Mr. Weh, you should do the right thing and remove this ad,” said Napoleon Quintana, a Vietnam veteran from Las Vegas, N.M.

“The truth is, veterans like me and my friends support Tom Udall. He has been there for us, he met with us, and he is working for us. Tom Udall came to meet with us in Las Vegas we talked about improving care for veterans in rural areas, and he is already delivering. I think Allen Weh should remove his ad,” said José Salas, also a Vietnam veteran from Las Vegas, N.M.

Said Sam Bregman, DPNM Chairman: “Weh earlier found himself in hot water with the U.S. Marine Corps because he illegally used footage of active-duty uniformed Marines from recruiting ads without getting permission. Later Weh got a strong backlash of criticism for his use of an image from the execution video of journalist James Foley, despite the family’s request for people not to share the video. Now Allen Weh is making it absolutely clear that he fully intends to take advantage of anyone in any way he can to produce campaign ads.”

Watch and share today’s video.

Senators Udall, Heinrich Encourage Eligible Livestock Producers to Apply for Disaster Assistance Before Oct. 1

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich encouraged livestock producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to apply for disaster assistance prior to Oct. 1, 2014, to ensure they receive the most possible financial assistance. Udall and Heinrich fought for retroactive disaster assistance funding for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide payments to New Mexico livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire after the previous emergency disaster assistance program expired in October 2011.

“The severe and ongoing drought in New Mexico has posed great challenges to farmers and ranchers, who have suffered pasture, forage and livestock losses,” Udall said. “The expiration of disaster assistance in 2011 amplified the effects of these losses, but I was pleased to help reauthorize these programs in the Farm Bill to provide retroactive assistance and extend assistance for another 10 years to give farmers and ranchers some much-needed financial relief and more security about future operations. I urge eligible farmers and ranchers to start their applications as soon they can to ensure they get as much financial assistance as possible to help them recover from the devastating effects of prolonged drought.”

“New Mexico’s $1.7 billion cattle industry is important to our state’s economy. The disaster assistance programs included in the new Farm Bill will help provide the necessary resources to assist our ranchers in recovering from three years of drought,” Heinrich said. “I’m pleased with the quick implementation of these programs, and I encourage eligible ranchers in New Mexico to apply so they can rebuild their herds and continue our rich agricultural traditions.”

Due to a provision in the 2011 Budget Control Act, eligible producers seeking LFP assistance must begin the application process prior to Oct. 1, 2014, to avoid a reduction in the amount of assistance they are eligible to receive. Producers can register for the LFP list online at www.fsa.usda.gov/disaster-register, or contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) to request an appointment and begin an application. Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing on eligible grazing land, and producers forced to liquidate their livestock may also be eligible to receive benefits through the program.

The Livestock Indemnity Program, the Tree Assistance Program and the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Frost Freeze payments will also decrease by 7.3 percent for Fiscal Year 2015. Unlike LFP, applications for these programs must be fully completed by Oct. 1, 2014, so Udall and Heinrich encourage producers to begin the application process as soon as possible.

More information about disaster assistance programs authorized in the Farm Bill is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill. Further information about the LFP is available at http://go.usa.gov/5JTk and the contact information for the New Mexico FSA office can be found here.

Weekly Address: Time to Give the Middle Class a Chance

In this week’s address, the Vice President discusses our continued economic recovery, with 10 million private sector jobs created over 54 straight months of job creation. Yet even with this good news, too many Americans are still not seeing the effects of our recovery.

As the Vice President explains, there’s more that can be done to continue to bolster our economy and ensure that middle class families benefit from the growth they helped create, including closing tax loopholes, expanding education opportunities, and raising the minimum wage.

 

Watch and share the weekly address.

DPNM Chair Bregman: Governor Martinez ​Fails​ Again

Tesla Motors chooses Nevada instead of NM for 6500 jobs

DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman: “It’s not enough that New Mexico is last and at the bottom for everything: job growth, education and quality of life. Child and adult hunger rages out of control as this ​do-nothing Governor plots her next out-of-state political office.”

Bregman continued: “These jobs would have helped New Mexican families recover from her callous indifference to the poor and middle class during the 1,341 days she has held office. Any leader with this record deserves to be fired. On November 4th, New Mexico voters will ​have a chance to ​fire this Governor for​ ​her ​ inaction and the lack of any plan or vision for the future,” added Bregman.

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