Luján Announces Over $15 Million for 26 New Mexico Projects in Final Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that he secured $15,416,195 million for 26 projects across New Mexico in the final appropriations package covering Congressionally Directed Spending funding across three subcommittees. The projects Senator Luján secured include investments in flood and fire mitigation, health care access, small business support, and workforce development.

“I’m proud to announce this next tranche of Congressionally Directed Spending projects to address New Mexico’s needs. These investments will help our communities protect themselves from wildfires and flooding, provide resources and training for small businesses, and fund expansions to behavioral health care across the state, including those in rural and Tribal communities,” said Luján. “These projects also include critical investments to better train staff responsible for expanding broadband access, ensuring we are creating opportunities for New Mexico’s workforce and closing the digital divide.”

Luján continued, “I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to pass this legislation to keep the government open and deliver these critical investments to New Mexico.”

Senator Luján championed the following provisions:

Financial Services and General Government:

5 projects, $2,668,000 total funds

Secured by Luján:

  • $1,000,000 for Albuquerque Community Foundation for the Asian American Cultural Center.

Secured by Luján and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.):

  • $500,000 for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, a Division of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Digitization Project.
  • $116,000 for the New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, for the New Mexico Museum of Space History Digitization Project.
  • $200,000 for the New Mexico Minority Business Development Agency Business Center for the NM MBDA Technical Assistance Project.
  • $852,000 for the County of Taos for the Rural Co-working Network.

Homeland Security:

6 projects, $2,827,195 total funds

Secured by Luján and Heinrich:

  • $300,000 for the City of Aztec for Flood Mitigation.
  • $450,000 for Los Alamos County for Jemez Mountain Fire Mitigation.
  • $150,000 for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs for Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site Fire Mitigation.
  • $250,000 for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs for Fort Stanton Historic Site Fire Mitigation.
  • $1,040,000 for the Town of Estancia for the Flood Mitigation Project.

Secured by Luján, Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.)

  • $637,195 for Sierra County for the Sierra County Emergency Operations Center.

Labor, Health, and Human Services

15 projects, $9,921,000 total funds

Secured by Luján:

  • $400,000 for the City of Hobbs Fire Department for an Ambulance.
  • $680,000 for Cuba Independent Schools for the Student Health Based Clinic.
  • $750,000 for Gallup Community Health for Rural Primary Care Expansion.
  • $650,000 for Guadalupe County Hospital for the Guadalupe County Hospital CT Scanner Replacement.
  • $81,000 for Socorro County Options Prevention and Education (SCOPE) for Mental Health Advocacy and Suicide Prevention.
  • $600,000 for the University of New Mexico for Implementing SBIRT in School-Based Health Centers.
  • $208,000 for the Albuquerque Community Foundation for Teeniors.
  • $862,000 for the Central New Mexico Community College for Quantum and STEM-Related Training.
  • $900,000 for Complete College America (CCA) for Implementing the Corequisite Developmental Education Model in Higher Education Institutions through Project ECHO®.

Secured by Luján and Heinrich:

  • $1,993,000 for the State of New Mexico Office of Broadband Access and Expansion for Workforce Development Trailer, Curriculum, and Training.
  • $1,000,000 for the Gila Regional Medical Center for MRI Equipment.
  • $350,000 for Santa Clara Pueblo for the Santa Clara Pueblo Behavioral Health Center.
  • $700,000 for the New Mexico Department of Health for the Primary Care Community Hub.
  • $500,000 for the University of New Mexico for Measuring Child Maltreatment for Prevention.
  • $247,000 for El Puente de Encuentros for Proyecto Crecer.

Earlier this month, Senator Luján secured $62 Million for 74 New Mexico projects in the first Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations package. Those projects are available here.



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