New Mexico Democrats Respond to President Obama’s Budget Proposal

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Luján (NM-CD3), Chair of the Democratic Congressional Coordinating Committee, have issued statements following the release of President Obama’s FY2016 Budget Proposal.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about President Obama’s FY2016 budget proposal. The president’s proposal will be reviewed by Congress, which writes and sets the actual spending levels through its annual appropriations process.

“New Mexicans were hit hard by the Great Recession, and I am doing everything I can as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure our state has the resources to recover. That means investing in working families – in improving education, spurring innovation, and building and repairing infrastructure to create jobs so everyone can get ahead – not just get by. I’m glad to see these also are the goals of the president’s budget, and I urge Congress to put aside partisan conflicts and work together to move our country forward.

“One of the president’s most important proposals is to eliminate the across-the-board sequestration budget cuts, which have had a devastating impact in New Mexico. Unless Congress takes action, sequestration cuts will go back into effect in the next fiscal year. Instead of blunt cuts to important programs, we need to make smart budget decisions that allow investment without punishing struggling communities.

“When it comes to New Mexico programs, including the national labs, WIPP and military bases, the president’s budget is a starting point. With a few exceptions, I’m pleased with the administration’s proposal so far, but ultimately, the actual funding will be up to Congress. I’m prepared to fight to ensure the labs get the funding they need to continue their important national security and scientific work and to ensure that WIPP has the resources to continue recovery efforts so it can reopen safely and enable cleanup at Los Alamos to be completed.”

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich released the following statement today on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal:

“Recognizing that our nation’s deficit has been cut by two-thirds since 2009, the president’s budget proposal acknowledges that it’s time to propel our economic recovery forward by investing in our country again.  To that end, I am very interested in his proposal to build a 21st century infrastructure to create jobs and improve our nation’s competitiveness.

“I’m pleased that the president prioritizes leveling the playing field for hard-working American families, with a focus on increasing access to education at all levels, closing tax loopholes for powerful special interests, and making key investments in innovation and infrastructure to create jobs.

“The president’s proposed funding levels for our national labs, military installations, and WIPP are good starting points, but I will continue to advocate for the resources they need to carry out their critical missions.

“While our nation’s economy is progressing, my priority is to build on that momentum so that New Mexicans working hard to get ahead feel those gains.”

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal.

“The President’s budget puts the focus where it should be – on middle-class economics.  President Obama has offered a number of ideas to address the squeeze that is gripping middle-class families.  By concentrating on growing paychecks and investing in the critical areas that grow our economy, the President’s budget stands in stark contrast to House Republicans’ trickle-down policies that only focus on those at the top.

“The President’s focus on expanding early education and investing in STEM education is critical to helping New Mexico’s children get ahead.  I am encouraged by the overall funding levels for New Mexico’s national labs, but I will continue to advocate for more funding for environmental cleanup in the appropriations process.  The arbitrary budget cuts of the sequester have harmed New Mexico, and by reversing this policy that led to Head Start centers shutting down, workers being furloughed, and cuts to the national labs, the President’s budget takes important steps to support investments that are essential to New Mexico’s future.”