House passes landmark health care bill

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous. The 220-215 vote cleared the way […]

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 […]

News release: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has approved key defense legislation that gives strong support to New Mexico’s military installations and the state’s two national laboratories. The bill, called the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, passed the Senate 68-29. The House of Representatives passed it earlier this month, so […]

Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court in historic vote

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics. She’ll be sworn in Saturday as the court’s 111th justice, third woman and first nominee by a Democrat in 15 years. The Senate […]

PHS senior looking to lead

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales High School senior Christian Townsend helped represent New Mexico at a recent 2009 Congressional Student Leadership Conference. The conference was July 20-25 at Catholic University in Washington D.C. “While we were there we were given lectures from people who were former heads of the state department,” Townsend said. […]

News release: Senators press for drought declaration for seven N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to quickly approve New Mexico’s request for a natural disaster declaration for seven counties due to severe drought and high winds.

Press release: House approves more than $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved over $67 million for construction for Cannon Air Force Base. The funding was part of the FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes $15,000,000 in

D.C. area becoming test bed of military medical reforms

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Extraordinary steps in the evolution of military medicine are occurring in the Washington, D.C., area where new medical facilities are being built to consolidate services, and a joint command is being readied to adopt cutting-edge concepts to improve quality and efficiency of service health care. Two famed medical facilities — […]

President signs bill authorizing Ute Water Project

Freedom New Mexico Chase Gentry hopes he won’t have to knock on wood as much anymore when he tells businesses about eastern New Mexico’s long-term water outlook. That’s based on Monday’s news that President Barack Obama signed a public lands omnibus bill Monday containing authorization for the Ute Water Project. The project, which would bring […]

Students can be senator’s interns

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has student summer internships available in his Washington office.