Bingaman talks health care, Afghanistan with New Mexico radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about the health care reform bill being debated on the Senate floor. Bingaman also commented on President Obama’s speech last night on his plans to commit 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman120209m.mp3

00:00 – Bingaman talks about health care reform legislation currently being debated on the Senate floor.

02:58 – Bingaman says he is urging the Department of Homeland Security to provide New Mexicans with assurances that their travel plans early in the new year will not be disrupted by a federal law governing drivers’ licenses.

06:36 – Bingaman comments on President Obama’s plans to commit 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

11:15 – Bingaman says he has written to the Department of Veterans Affairs to ask that they act quickly to approve the relocation of several VA health clinics in the state that are no longer able to adequately serve New Mexico veterans.

13:56 – Bingaman comments on President’s Obama’s address to the nation last night.

16:45 – Bingaman says he does not support increasing taxes at a time when the country’s economy is struggling.