Luján Completes Virtual Rural Tour of Eleven New Mexico Counties
Nambé, N.M. – Over the weekend, Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) completed a virtual tour of rural communities in 11 New Mexico counties to hear from local officials and community members on the challenges they face. Senator Luján met with local leaders from Quay, Union, Colfax, Rio Arriba, McKinley, Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Curry, Lea and Sierra Counties to discuss topics ranging from COVID-19 and rural hospital funding to economic and workforce development, broadband deployment and access, and support services and resources for veterans.
“New Mexico’s rural counties must have their voices heard on the federal policies that impact their communities,” said Senator Luján. “This past week, I heard directly from health care professionals, veterans, Tribal leaders, local elected officials, business owners, and community leaders about longstanding economic and health care challenges and how these challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We discussed critical policy solutions including investing in infrastructure, providing more relief for rural economies and businesses, providing greater access to broadband services, and getting more vaccine shots in the arms of New Mexicans. I will take these stories with me back to Washington as we begin the crucial work of getting additional relief to the American people.”