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New Mexico’s been fighting the opioid epidemic for decades, but it wasn’t until last year that the federal government declared it a public health emergency. Congress just pumped up the budget for fighting the epidemic by billions, including $100 million for rural areas. But none of the rural counties in our state were targeted for that money. Now that’s changing.

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Congress boosted the budget for the battle against the opioid epidemic this year, and a chunk of it—$100 million—is slated for treatment and prevention in rural communities. But something about how lawmakers chose to prioritize that money caught a New Mexico health official by surprise: the funding is focused on counties that are mostly white.

New Mexico's Delegation On The Farm Bill And SNAP

Apr 25, 2018
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For this week's Let's Talk New Mexico, we reached out to New Mexico's congressional delegation for their thoughts on the 2018 Farm Bill and SNAP funding. Here's what they sent us via email:

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D)

GOP Healthcare Bill Raises Questions, Concerns

May 4, 2017
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Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act passed a major hurdle Thursday after the House of Representatives voted for a new health law, the American Healthcare Act. KUNM’s Chris Boros spoke with Ed Williams of the Public Health New Mexico project about reactions in New Mexico.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce extended his 12-year tenure in Congress with a victory in southern New Mexico's 2nd District.

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Thu. 10/13 7p: Join us for a candidate conversation with Third District U.S. Representative Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and his Republican challenger, Air Force veteran and retired policeman, Michael Romero. It's part of our 2016 special election coverage with New Mexico PBS. Find out what the candidates' priorities are for northern New Mexico and hear how they plan to serve New Mexicans. 

Feds Asked To Review Behavioral Health Shakeup

Feb 19, 2016
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New Mexico’s Democratic congressional delegation is calling for a federal investigation into the shakeup of the state’s behavioral health system.

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Thursday marks the three-month anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill. In August, the spill originating from abandoned Gold King Mine contaminated the Animas and San Juan Rivers. In response members of New Mexico and Colorado’s congressional delegation have announced an effort to reform federal mining regulations.

New Mexico U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Wins Re-Election

Nov 4, 2014
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Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has won a fourth term with a victory over Republican Jeff Byrd.

Lujan, vice chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has said making New Mexico more competitive will be at the top of his list when he returns to Washington.

The congressman has also called for the National Nuclear Security Administration to be restructured to better balance defense programs with other research. His district includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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The third of four congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election. 

Incumbent Democrat Ben Ray Lujan debates his Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd at an event hosted by KENW.