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New Mexico
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Congressman, United States House of Representatives

Tenure

2009 — 2021

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Civil Rights

Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of who they love and how they identify. But we know that discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and queer people exists in our country despite the progress that has been made to codify what should be the innate rights of LGBTQ+ individuals in law.

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Immigration

Our immigration system must be fair and just, encourage legal immigration, and welcoming toward those of all backgrounds, religions, and races.

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Immigration

I was proud to support the American Dream and Promise Act to provide security and a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers – the young individuals who are American in every way but on paper. We should advance policies that welcome DREAMers, TPS recipients, migrants, and refugees because we know that our country is made better because of its diversity.

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Healthcare

Health care should be a right for all, not a privilege for a few.

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Healthcare

Under the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion, New Mexico’s uninsured rate is no longer the highest in the nation. I voted in favor of the ACA in 2009 and since then I have fought hard to defend it from Republican repeal efforts. I will continue to fight to improve the ACA, to lower the cost of coverage, and to increase access to high-quality doctors.

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Defense

Protecting health care, supporting quality and safe housing needs, and creating programs to help veterans secure meaningful work are all critical to uplifting veterans after their service to our nation.

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Defense

American service members have served with distinction in Afghanistan, but the time has long passed for the United States to withdraw its forces. As a freshman member of Congress, I voted for an amendment that would have required the Obama administration to provide Congress with the outline of an exit strategy to responsibly withdraw from Afghanistan.

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Environment

Renewable sources are critical to securing our country’s energy needs now and in the future, and I’ll continue to ensure New Mexico is a leader in the clean energy economy to the benefit of our families, workers, and environment.

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Environment

We must aggressively invest in an energy sector that expands renewable energy projects. We have an opportunity to lead the country in renewable energy production and hire thousands of New Mexicans in the process. This is not an investment we can afford not to make in our state.

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Education

The DOE ACCESS Act, legislation I’ve championed in Congress, expands training programs so young people can learn the technical skills needed for well-paying jobs at our National Labs.

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Economy

Since my first days in Congress, I’ve only supported trade plans that put the needs of our economy and national security first. President Trump is attempting to undermine both with his reckless trade wars with China, Mexico, and other countries that have only hurt New Mexican families by raising prices on everyday items like food products, technology, and other household goods.

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