Rep. Gallegos blasts Governor for withholding unemployment funds

Rep. Gallegos blasts Governor for withholding unemployment funds Eunice, NM – Representative David Gallegos (R-Eunice), member of the House Labor and Veterans Affairs committee, blasted the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) for their callous disregard for the thousands of New Mexicans who have been forced to file for unemployment due to Governor Lujan […]

House Republicans Rebuke Governor’s Response to Illegal Emergency Spending

House Republicans Rebuke Governor’s Response to Illegal Emergency Spending Santa Fe, NM – House Republican Leadership offered sharp criticism to Governor Lujan Grisham’s response to a bipartisan investigation regarding emergency government spending during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Governor indicated in her “justification” as to why she took $30 million out of the state treasury without […]

GOP calls out MLG for unfair COVID-19 relief plans

House GOP Leadership calls out Gov for unfairness in arbitrary CARES Act relief Santa Fe — Today, the House Republican Leadership sent a letter to the Governor urging her to end her administration’s announced plan of reducing needed federal CARES Act dollars to any local governments who are not obeying her various public health orders.   […]

Leader Townsend blasts ruling that undermines the Legislature’s authority

GOP Leader Townsend blasts ruling that undermines NM Legislature’s authority Artesia, NM – House Republican Leader Jim Townsend issued a statement regarding the New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling against small business efforts to operate during the current public health crisis. The case centered around whether the Governor had exceeded her authority in issuing fines of […]

NM Gov and Health Secretary issued a restraining order over restaurant restrictions

Governor temporarily restricted from enforcing restaurant closures and fines Santa Fe, NM – Today a District Court Judge issued a temporary restraining order against Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Secretary of Health in response to the administration’s extreme tactics for compliance in the state’s economic shutdown.  “Fortunately, it looks like our liberties […]

Rep. Tim Lewis stepping down after decade of service

Rio Rancho Representative Tim Lewis to not seek reelection and end term in 2020 Rio Rancho, NM— After serving nearly 10 years in the New Mexico state Legislature representing District 60 in Rio Rancho, Tim Lewis is withdrawing his candidacy for reelection. Lewis is planning on serving the remainder of his current term that ends […]

Shifting scope and target of Governor’s orders should worry New Mexicans

Farmington, NM – This week the Governor has continued targeting New Mexico restaurants, revoking operating licenses from a handful of establishments that protested the forced economic shutdown by allowing patrons to dine-in.  Governor Lujan Grisham has used the license revocation tactic in a separate earlier incident with a restaurant in Silver City. A judge subsequently […]

GOP rallies support for NM businesses targeted by MLG

House Republicans rally support for restaurant owners and employees targeted by Governor’s mandates Santa Fe, NM – House Republicans today sent a letter to Governor Lujan Grisham announcing their support for the thousands of New Mexicans and local businesses that will be adversely affected by Governor Lujan Grisham’s health recently issued health order. It has […]

One size does not fit all in NM Schools COVID strategy

One size does not fit all: Children’s success must be at the forefront in determining schools COVID strategy Artesia, NM – House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, House Republican Whip Rod Montoya, and House Republican Caucus Chair Candy Ezzell today sent a letter to Governor Lujan Grisham and Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart expressing concerns with the […]

Gov’s $150 million cash grab will hurt New Mexicans

Governor’s $150 million cash grab will hurt local governments Artesia, NM – At the start of New Mexico’s fiscal year, Governor Lujan Grisham vetoed $150 million of federal CARES Act funding for local municipalities. The veto was one of many that the executive made to House Bill 1, the legislature’s emergency solvency measure to counteract […]

NM House GOP asks Gov to support County Fairs

House GOP encourages Governor to support County Fairs Roswell, NM- The New Mexico agriculture community is facing unprecedented uncertainty as the Governor’s public health orders continue with no indication of decreased restrictions. County Fairs are no exception to the forced shutdown, leading to more than 2,000 New Mexicans, along with all 24 House Republican members […]

Embarrassing session stumbles into fifth day

Embarrassing Session stumbles into fifth day Santa Fe- Today is Monday, June 22, the fifth day of the 2020 special legislative session. The House of Representatives could possibly be here through Wednesday. The Senate on the other hand, finished their work on Saturday afternoon. The session has been marred with confusion, lapses in public transparency, […]

House GOP calls out smoke and mirrors budget

House GOP calls out smoke and mirrors budget Santa Fe- This evening the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 on a party line vote of 46 – 24. House Republicans voted no on the measure because this budget does not address the government spending increases over the past two years and will […]

House GOP blasts Gov and Speaker for lack of transparency

House Republicans blast Governor and Speaker for failing to give members and the public reasonable notice of legislation for upcoming special session Santa Fe- Today, House Republican leaders blasted the administration and the Speaker of the House for failing to give members reasonable notice of what would be on the Governor’s call for the Special […]

Rep. Schmedes calls on US AG Barr for civil rights investigation into NM senior citizen evictions

Rep. Schmedes asks US Attorney General to look into Senior Care Center evictions, following no response from NM AG Tijeras, NM– State Representative Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) sent a letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr today, asking for his office to investigate evictions at New Mexico senior care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis. Rep. Schmedes […]

NM House GOP Announces lawsuit against Governor

House Republicans announce Legal Action against the Governor New Mexico– House Republicans announced today that a team of attorneys has been assembled in preparation to file a lawsuit against Governor Lujan Grisham.  The specifics of this legal action will be made once the suit is filed. “We have heard from jobless workers and businesses across the state and […]

Rep Gregg Schmedes Requests AG Investigation Into Eviction of Resident

Rep Gregg Schmedes Requests AG Investigation Into Eviction of Residents at Albuquerque Rehab Facility Tijeras, N.M.– Today, Representative Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) sent a letter to NM Attorney General Hector Balderas requesting an investigation into the eviction of senior residents with disabilities of Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque. An investigative report by an Albuquerque television […]

House GOP Leader Jim Townsend Questions House Speaker on Governor’s Abuse of Power

House GOP Leader Jim Townsend Questions House Speaker on Governor’s Abuse of Power, How the Special Session will be Conducted, and Stopping the Raid on NM’s Permanent Fund Artesia, NM – House Republican Leader Jim Townsend sent House Speaker Brian Egolf a three-page letter highlighting three important issues which could greatly impact upcoming special session […]

House GOP Leader Townsend sends letter to US Attorney General

House GOP Leader Jim Townsend sends letter to US Attorney General Artesia, NM– House Republican Leader Jim Townsend recently sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr highlighting potential civil rights violations in New Mexico. The letter was sent just days after the 24 House Republican members delivered a letter addressing similar concerns to Governor […]

House GOP seeks answers for the sake of NM

House Republicans seek answers for the sake of every New Mexican Santa Fe, NM– After weeks of Government imposed shutdowns and plummeting oil prices, House Republicans would like for Governor Lujan Grisham to address the following questions concerning the budget crisis: Municipalities across the state, including the City of Santa Fe, have recently notified employees of […]

House GOP ask for justice, fairness, and equity for NM

House Republicans ask for justice, fairness and equity for New Mexico Santa Fe, NM– Today, all 24 New Mexico House Republican members delivered a letter to Governor Lujan Grisham highlighting the need for her to modify her Public Health Orders to ensure all New Mexicans are treated with justice, fairness, and equity. The letter outlines […]

House GOP Reps raise concern about NM hospitals

House GOP Representatives urge Governor to reconsider policies on hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis Santa Fe, NM– In recent weeks, reports have arisen that hospitals in New Mexico are reducing the hours and pay of some of their employees. The move is a direct result of the Governor’s order to pause elective surgeries and restrict […]

House GOP Whip response to Gov’s ban on churches

Republican Whip Rod Montoya responds to Governor’s order to ban churches and places of worship Farmington, NM- With just over 8-hours to go before Easter Sunday, the Governor’s office sent out an emergency executive order adding churches and places of worship to her list of banned mass gatherings. The email was sent out to the […]

GOP Leaders weigh in on Democrat push for one-topic special session

House GOP Leadership weigh in on Democrat push to hold a one-topic special Legislative Session April 10, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Santa Fe, NM– House Republicans continue to call for a special session to address the economic crisis unfolding in New Mexico.  The ongoing pressure to address economic concerns continues, while some Democrat leaders […]