Press release: Bingaman talks spending bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New

Mexico radio reporters about a variety of issues. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman101711m.mp3

00:00 – Bingaman says the Senate this week will take up a spending bill that funds the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice and Science, and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

01:23 – Bingaman comments on the “Occupy Wall Street” protests.

03:20 – Bingaman comments on threats to the Antiquities Act, a law that giving the President of the United States authority to restrict the use of particular public land owned by the federal government in order to protect “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific significance.”

06:15 – Bingaman says there is still no word on whether WIPP will receive the increase funding levels for operations that he and Senator Udall have been advocating for.

07:00 – Bingaman says he will be out in New Mexico next week during the Senate’s state work period.

07:35 – Bingaman talks about legislation he introduced last week to extend the life of the PILT and Secure Rural Schools programs.