Newest Ad Highlights Senator Tom Udall’s New Mexico’s Work to Protect New Mexico’s Labs and Bases

Saving Cannon Air Force Base, fighting for funding for labs means jobs for future generations of New Mexicans

The Udall campaign’s newest ad tells how Tom Udall is working to ensure a strong future for New Mexico by fighting for the national laboratories and military bases so they can continue to create thousands of well-paying jobs and drive economic development for generations to come.

The new ad features kids from across New Mexico who are the future scientists, engineers and fighter pilots working at the labs and Air Force bases. Fighting for them is the “best part” of the job, says Udall in the new ad, which runs 30 seconds and began airing today.

“I’m Tom Udall, and we’re not allowed to film campaign ads at military bases and national labs. But I can show you who will work there in the future,” Udall says in the ad. “Our saving Cannon Air Force Base and its thousands of jobs means now it will be there for them when they grow up. And protecting Sandia labs and Los Alamos from budget cuts means all of those jobs will be there too.”

As Senator for New Mexico, Udall has been a strong defender of funding for the labs and bases. When the government’s base closure commission proposed shutting Cannon Air Force Base, Udall played a leading role in fighting to keep it open. Today, Cannon has a critical new special operations mission, it’s an engine for economic development, and last month, an Air Force Times survey ranked it the 10th most livable base for airmen.

As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has turned back efforts to cut funding for vital national security missions at Sandia and Los Alamos national labs, and he has fought for funding for cleanup work at Los Alamos and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.

“Tom Udall knows that one of the best ways he can fight for jobs and economic development today – and for generations into the future — is by making sure our labs and bases are strong. When some in Congress wanted to cut funding for the labs, Tom was there to defend their national security mission and keep funding strong. When Washington wanted to shut down Cannon Air Force Base, Tom fought to keep it open,” said Campaign Manager Daniel Sena. “New Mexico faces challenges, but Tom Udall has always been there to do what’s right for our state.”

Watch the new television ad HERE.

Transcript of “BEST PART” running 30 seconds: “I’m Tom Udall, and we’re not allowed to film campaign ads at military bases and national labs. But I can show you who will work there in the future. Our saving Cannon Air Force Base and its thousands of jobs means now it will be there for them when they grow up. And protecting Sandia labs and Los Alamos from budget cuts means all of those jobs will be there too. I’m Tom Udall and I approved this message because this is the best part of my job.”

Dianna Duran: Do Your Job and Stop Playing Political Games

Following weeks of back and forth between Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran and the Gary King for Governor campaign over campaign finances, one thing is clear: Dianna Duran is playing petty, partisan games to benefit her own political party, while ignoring her duties and responsibilities as Secretary of State.

“Dianna Duran has a long history of putting what’s best for the Republican Party ahead of what’s best for the people of New Mexico,” stated DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman. “Duran’s unfounded and politically motivated attacks against Gary King are so absurd that her own guidelines illustrate that there have been no violations. Yet she continues to make false accusations to benefit Republican Party candidates.”

As Thom Cole reported in Friday’s Albuquerque Journal,Duran approved for use in the 2014 Candidate Guide the exact practice she accuses King of violating. Bregman added, “If Secretary Duran approved this rule, put it out for public comment and placed it in a candidate guide, then by all accounts Gary King has done nothing wrong. Dianna Duran can’t have it both ways. Dianna Duran must stop using her office, funded by taxpayers, as another headquarters for the Republican Party attack machine.”

New Mexico Democrats Respond to House Republicans’ Bills Anti-Trafficking and Anti-DREAMers Bills–Steve Pearce Votes to Deport DREAMers and Strip Refugees of Due Process Rights


Steve Pearce backs bills that deport DREAMers would strip refugees of due process rights

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-CD3) and  Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham  (D-CD1), New Mexico’s Democratic delegation to the House of Representatives in Washington, each  issued strongly worded statements after voting against two House Republicans’ bills that repealed vital humanitarian and anti-trafficking provisions for children fleeing trafficking, persecution, or violence in their home countries and to revoke DACA for DREAMers.

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce (R-CD2) supported the House Republicans’ bills that would deport DREAMers, including those came to the United States as small children, those in college, and those who have served in the U.S. Military, and would strip Central American refugees of due process rights.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on House Republicans’ legislation that fails to provide adequate funding for the humanitarian crisis at the border, weakens a human trafficking law, and eliminates protections for DREAMers.

“The legislation introduced by House Republicans fails to live up to the values that make our nation so great. Children from Central American, children as young as five years old, have risked their lives to escape extreme violence that has gripped Guatamala, El Salvador, and the murder capital of the world, Honduras.

“Instead of working with Democrats in a bipartisan manner to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the humanitarian crisis on the border and fixes our broken immigration system, House Republicans have veered even further to the extreme right. Their legislative package weakens protections for victims of violence and human trafficking, fails to provide the resources necessary to improve the situation at the border, and weakens protections for DREAMers – kids who were brought here through no fault of their own and have worked to build a better life for themselves and their communities. In addition, it makes a distressing change for victims of domestic abuse who are seeking a visa to stay in the country. By eliminating the ability for a victim to continue working during the application process, it would leave many victims unable to make a living, increasing the chances they would have to rely on their abuser during that period.

“Pope Francis said, ‘this humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.’ Sadly in the House of Representatives, those words and that sentiment have been ignored by my Republican colleagues.”

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement:

“At a time when Congress should be standing together showing America’s strength and moral leadership, it is instead a divided body creating an even more divided America. These measures are not intended to address the problem at its root or initiate comprehensive immigration reform. Rather their purpose is to cease humanitarian and anti-human trafficking protections for the mothers and children at our borders and remove protections for DREAMers, kids who were brought here through no fault of their own and have only known America as their home.

“Because of the actions of House Republicans, these mothers, children and students have all become victims of politics. Instead of working with Democrats to pass comprehensive reform, House Republicans are destroying diversity in this country.”

Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class

In this week’s address, the President discussed the new monthly jobs report and the fact that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July for the sixth straight month – the longest streak since 1997. To ensure this momentum can be sustained, the President is pressing Congress to act to create jobs and expand opportunity from raising the minimum wage, to helping people pay back their student loans, to fair pay and paid leave. These are steps that would continue to make things better for the middle class, which has always been his priority. But Republicans in Congress have repeatedly blocked these important measures.

As Congress is about to go on vacation, the President encouraged Americans to reach out to their elected officials and let them know that they must pass these measures when Congress returns to session. And in their absence, the President will continue to do everything he can, working with all stakeholders who are willing, to create jobs, strengthen our economy, and expand opportunity for all Americans.

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Luchando por las Familias Trabajadoras

En el mensaje de esta semana, Katherine Vargas detalló el progreso económico de nuestro país, con la economía creando más de 200,000 empleos en julio para la construcción de una racha de seis meses de al menos 200,000 empleos cada mes – algo que no ha sucedido desde 1997. Mientras la economía está más fuerte, el Presidente quiere seguir tomando medidas en la dirección correcta para elevar a la clase media. El Presidente ha seguido presionando por las ideas de sentido común – la reconstrucción de nuestra infraestructura, el aumento del salario mínimo, salarios justos y prestaciones para trabajadores – pero Republicanos de la Cámara han ignorado y bloqueado estos esfuerzos. Aunque el Congreso salió para su receso de verano, el Presidente seguirá actuando cada vez que pueda para ayudar a las familias trabajadoras a través de Estados Unidos.

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

En Espanol: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

Senator Tom Udall Statement on Senate’s Failure to Advance Funding to Address the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans blocked a final vote on emergency supplemental funding to address the Central American immigration crisis:

“We face a humanitarian crisis at the border involving young children, and regardless of how each of us feels about whether they should be returned home or granted asylum, we have a responsibility to provide them with clean, humane housing while we make that determination. Ultimately, I believe the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill passed earlier this year is the best way to restore sanity to our immigration system by providing more border security and bringing undocumented workers out of the shadows. It’s unfortunate that Congress can’t come together on a targeted response to the current crisis.

“At the end of the day, the U.S. House of Representatives could solve this crisis and prevent it from happening again by passing the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform legislation. I’m deeply disappointed that they would rather grandstand and fight than address the serious issues facing our nation.”

ICYMI–DPNM forces Weh to take down stolen video.

Reposted from the Albuquerque Journal.  Thursday, July 31

By Michael Coleman, Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau

Allen Weh’s U.S. Senate campaign on Thursday agreed to remove a YouTube video from his campaign website after the Marine Corps expressed concerns about copyright infringements.

The New Mexico Democratic Party called attention to the ad this week, accusing Weh – a retired U.S. Marine colonel and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Mexico – of inappropriately using Marine video footage and failing to include any disclaimers stating that use of the imagery did not constitute an endorsement from the Marine Corps.

Marine Corps officials told the Journal Thursday that the ad, which aired online but not on television, was inappropriate and that Weh’s campaign agreed to remove it.

“Marine Corps Recruiting Command officials called Allen Weh’s campaign headquarters today and expressed concern with regard to their use of Marine recruitment advertising footage in their political campaign ad,” Marine Maj. John Larson said in an email to the Journal. “The…campaign manager, Mr. Diego Espinosa, was courteous, understanding and said the ad would be removed from their website as soon as possible. We greatly appreciate their understanding and swift action.”

The Weh ad touted his and his family’s extensive military service, including his service in Vietnam, Somalia and Iraq. But some of the footage used was identical to that in a Marine recruiting ad titled “For Us All” and the ad contained no disclaimers of Marine Corps endorsements.

Department of Defense policy states: “Images, pictures, and other media depicting DoD personnel carrying out their official duties may be used by non-Federal entities in communication venues which are solely informational in nature, such as newspapers, news magazines, or other media that focus on reporting social or industry news, and are not directly or indirectly associated with a marketing, advertising, or a self-promoting activity.”

Weh campaign spokeswoman Paige McKenzie told the Journal Wednesday that the footage was “public domain,” an assertion that Caldwell acknowledged earlier in the week could be questionable.

“While respectful in intent and patriotic in nature, we should not have our work products included in political campaigns — whether it’s a legally defensible position or not,” Caldwell wrote to the Journal in an email Wednesday.

Senator Tom Udall Disappointed in Filibuster of Bill to Protect New Mexico Jobs

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans blocked the Bring Jobs Home Act, which he supported to protect and create jobs in New Mexico and across the nation by offering incentives for companies that insource jobs and eliminating a tax loophole that benefits companies moving offshore:

“Today, we had an opportunity to do right by workers in New Mexico and across the country by moving forward on legislation to help build up communities and create jobs right here at home. This bill would protect tens of thousands of jobs in New Mexico, and attract new ones. By encouraging manufacturing growth, it would strengthen our economy and secure millions of dollars in wages for middle class families. I’m disappointed that Republicans filibustered this bill and put partisan politics in the way of a common-sense proposal to promote fair policies that support American families and communities.

“I’m going to keep fighting to do what’s right for New Mexico through policies like the Bring Jobs Home Act that will strengthen our economy and invest in the future of our communities, and I hope we have a chance to reconsider this bill soon.”

The motion to end debate on the bill received 54 votes in favor and 42 against, but fell short of the 60 vote threshold necessary to end a filibuster. Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor last week to express his support for the bill and highlight its importance for New Mexico communities, including the village of Questa, where Chevron recently announced it will close a molybdenum mine that has provided good jobs for generations of families.

Senator Martin Heinrich Calls For Action To Address Central American Refugee Crisis, Fix Broken Immigration System

“Let us hope that our attitude as a nation continues to be defined by the image of the statue of Liberty, and not by shouting protesters holding signs labeled, ‘Return to Sender,’ as they stand in front of busses full of Central American children.”

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich delivered remarks on the Senate Floor calling for action on the current Central American Refugee Crisis and the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill that passed more than a year ago.

In his speech, Senator Heinrich emphasized the need to pass the Senate’s Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill, a proposal introduced by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) that includes $2.73 billion to help stem the current Central American refugee crisis.

Senator Heinrich also called for action on the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill that included provisions that would help address the Central American refugee crisis by strengthening the border, protecting children who have been victims of human trafficking, and cracking down on smugglers and transnational criminal organizations.

During his time on the Senate Floor, Senator Heinrich engaged in a conversation with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on curbing drug trafficking to address the root causes contributing the refugee crisis in Central America.

Watch and share Senator Heinrich’s speech to the U.S. Senate.

Senator Tom Udall Joins Senate in Passing Extension of Highway Funding for New Mexico

Long-term solution to modernize roads and bridges critical to safety and economy

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement after joining the Senate in voting 79-18 to extend critical highway funding for construction on roads and bridges in New Mexico and across the country through Dec. 20, 2014.

“This is a bill that matters to every New Mexican – extending highway funding is critical to sustain hundreds of jobs in our state and to ensure that transportation improvement projects in New Mexico continue without interruption. I am pleased the Senate has passed this bill, and I call on the House to work with us on an agreement on this extension before funding begins to run out on Aug. 1. Without this extension, the U.S. Department of Transportation will have to start cutting funding for construction, putting up to 700,000 people out of work across the country.

“While this is a much-needed fix, it is will only last until the end of the year. I will work with members of both parties to do what’s right for New Mexico and our nation and find a long-term solution to extend the life of the Highway Trust Fund. New Mexico cannot afford an interruption in federal transportation funding when our economy is still struggling, and I will keep making this case until our work is done.”

Senator Tom Udall Supports Confirmation of New VA Secretary, Urges Approval of Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting unanimously to confirm Robert McDonald, a West Point graduate and former Procter & Gamble CEO, as the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The position was vacated in May when former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in the wake of the veterans’ scheduling scandal that has impacted the Albuquerque VA. Udall recently met with McDonald to discuss the immediate need for changes within the VA so it can begin to regain the trust of the veterans it serves. Udall issued the following statement after the confirmation vote:

“What has happened at the VA is a betrayal of our veterans, and I urge Bob McDonald to move quickly to address these systematic problems and restore a culture of transparency and accountability. I’m optimistic he will be a strong advocate for veterans in New Mexico and across the country, and I look forward to working with him to help ensure our veterans receive the high quality care they deserve.

“I believe Congress must quickly approve bipartisan reform at the VA to help address the obstacles our veterans face as they try to access timely quality medical care. This legislation will help veterans who cannot get prompt appointments to obtain care outside the VA system, addresses the shortage of medical staff at many VA facilities – especially those in rural areas – and funds a $9.5 million lease agreement to continue VA’s pharmacy research center in Albuquerque. Importantly this legislation increases accountability for senior VA managers to ensure the recent scheduling scandal is never repeated. We have a duty to ensure that our veterans get the best possible care, and I hope we rapidly pass this legislation to give veterans in New Mexico and across the country better access to the medical care they have been promised.”


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