Senator holding up veterans benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist More than a month after a new fiscal year began Oct. 1, the House and Senate are still pressing to pass a group of bills to improve veterans’ benefits and health programs, rolling them together in “omnibus” legislative packets. The omnibus bills can then be shaped by final compromises between […]

Bingaman: Senate approves unemployment benefits bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased the Senate has approved legislation to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of New Mexicans who have been unable to find a job in this difficult economic climate. The bill would extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers in all […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same […]

Udall Talks about the public option, revised energy and Climate Change Bill and his support of unemployment benefits for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including the benefits of energy and climate change legislation and the ongoing health insurance reform debate. If you are interested in obtaining an .mp3 file of this week’s “Tuesdays with Tom,” please contact Jessica Borchert. Below is a […]

Title IV-E program benefits students, ENMU and CYFD

PORTALES–Collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University’s Social Work Program and the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department (CYFD) has resulted in the establishment of a Title IVE Traineeship Stipend Program for students interested in careers in public child welfare.

New Mexico House delegation announces new GI bill benefits to take effect tomorrow

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Military spouses seek residency benefits

By Kimberly Hefling: The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Don’t expect a rush order if you call Joanna Williamson’s jewelry business. She’s a military spouse, and it’s moving season. About 800,000 service members move each year — nearly half during the summer. Moving is a ritual repeated nearly every three years on average for military […]

G.I. Bill benefits transfer now easier

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Service members nearing the end of their careers will find it easier than first thought to transfer new Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to their spouse or children, under Department of Defense regulations. And service members who elect to transfer GI Bill benefits will be allowed to modify or revoke […]

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Washington, DC – Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Rep. Luj

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luj