Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Tax reform, cuts would provide economic push

Freedom Newspapers Tax reform is in the air. One proposal floating around is to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction for home mortgage interest. About 35 million homeowners use the deduction to reduce their yearly tax bills. The total deduction amounts to about $131 billion a year. During the recent wrangling in Washington over the […]

Obama lacks experience to be president

Freedom New Mexico Maybe we are mired in debt, hobbled with less-than-excellent credit, because our chief executive has no experience beyond that which he has gained on the job. He spoke Monday and used the credit downgrade to promote tax reform “that will ask those who can afford it to pay their own share.” How […]

Immigrant doctors could ease shortage

Freedom New Mexico We will get immigration reform — the kind that allows far more immigrants into our country — whether it is politically popular or not. Politicians are no match for the kind of raw, pro-immigration economic forces that lie ahead. For the past two decades, immigrants flooded into this country to do jobs […]

Press release: Udall talks gas prices, immigration reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the recent spike in gas prices and efforts in Washington to curb subsidies for Big Oil. He also discussed his views on comprehensive immigration reform in light of President Obama’s speech in El Paso, Texas. For the audio, click here. Below is a […]

Press release: Udall discusses senate rules reform, appointment to foreign relations committee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about his work to reform the Senate rules, his appointment to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the FAA Reauthorization Bill being debated this week on the Senate floor. To listen to the audio, click here. Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s […]

News release: Remarks of Sen. Udall on introduction of rules reform resolution

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate as he introduced a resolution to reform the body’s rules. Udall’s remarks as prepared for delivery: “I rise today to introduce a resolution on behalf of myself and my colleagues from Iowa and Oregon – Senators […]

Equity tax buried deep in Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

Health reform will have dire consequences

Freedom New Mexico During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. […]

Press release: Senator discusses oil independence legislation, Wall Street reform and unemployment insurance extension

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about his recently introduced Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act. He also gave remarks on the passage of Wall Street reform legislation and today’s long-overdue vote to move forward with an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for out-of-work Americans. To listen to the […]

Press release: Senator discusses green infrastructure for Clean Water Act, Small Business Lending Fund Act, Wall Street reform and comprehensive immigration reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about new legislation he recently introduced called the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act. He also discussed pending small business and jobs legislation and this week’s anticipated final vote on Wall Street reform in the Senate. To listen to the audio, click here. […]

Press release: Bingaman says health insurance reform law already benefiting New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased New Mexico is able to expand its ability to provide affordable health insurance coverage for high-risk uninsured residents – one of the first benefits of the newly enacted health insurance reform law Bingaman helped write. The law will provide at least $37 million to […]

Bingaman talks to New Mexico radio reporters about bill to reform offshore drilling, strengthen safety requirements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a bill that was approved today by the Energy Committee to reform drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and to reform the Minerals Management Service. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: […]

Reform backers score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Press release: Senator discusses Wall Street reform, oil spill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about the status of Wall Street reform in the Senate and his work to regulate the horseracing industry. Udall also discussed the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. To listen to the audio, click here. Below […]

Immigration reform should not be rushed

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Lindsey Graham seems the odd man out in Congress these days. The South Carolina Republican has taken heat from both parties for trying to work with the Democratic majority on major legislation, particularly energy and immigration. He and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer have worked the hardest to bringing immigration reform off […]

New urgency to immigration reform policy

Reports of deadly violence just across the Mexican border — in Matamoros, Mier, Reynosa and other cities — are starting to appear daily on the pages of the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. On bad days gunfire can be heard north of the border; stray bullets from one firefight even landed on the campus of the University […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

Letter to the editor: Lujan acted in my best interests

I want to thank my representative, Ben Ray Lujan, and all those who voted for health-care reform. With all the money being thrown at our senators and representatives by those who oppose reform, I think it is something of a miracle this bill made it through. Those who oppose reform for various misguided reasons might […]

Health reform could boost drug trade rings

Freedom New Mexico If the new health care law leads to long waits and deteriorating medical care, as many people expect, more Americans might be tempted to head across the border to Mexico for relief from minor or chronic illnesses. So Thursday’s announcement that the Mexican government plans to clamp down on non-prescription antibiotic sales […]