U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, RN.M., said her office stands ready to help municipalities in her district apply for federal funds included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act — a law she says “is full of pet projects, Washington trash, and frivolous spending simply to appease entrenched insiders.
The three New Mexico congressmen participated in a congressional forum at the New Mexico Municipal League conference in Albuquerque on Wednesday, when one of the topics discussed was the impact of the infrastructure law in New Mexico.
The bill was signed into law last year, and President Biden’s administration has sent officials across the country to tout the benefits of the $1.2 trillion spending package in recent weeks.
The New Mexico Democratic congressional delegation supported the measure. Herrell voted against.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t say that we also have to look at all these big spending bills and what’s driving inflation up, and right now that’s spending in Washington, D.C.,” Herrell said during of the forum, while offering its staff to help small rural towns apply for funding in the spending program.
She said after the conference that she still did not support the bill.
“The bill has passed, so the money is there, and certainly any community or municipality in the state should get the money,” she said. “This tax and this spending, we know, is part of what drives up our inflation. … Although I did not support the bill, I will absolutely help municipalities obtain the grants available.
When the bill passed, Herrell said in a statement to the Journal that it had a “name that sounded great, but offered little substance.”
“This out-of-control spending on wasteful projects will only catalyze higher prices across the board due to rising inflation and worsen the supply chain crisis created by the Biden administration,” he said. she said last year.
DEMOCRATIC SPENDING: National Democrats announced this week that they are pouring money into the race for New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district in a bid to tip the district blue.
The House Majority PAC will spend $225,000 on television ads for the New Mexico seat currently held by Herrell, the only Republican member of the state’s congressional delegation. Herrell is in his first term after defeating incumbent Xochitl Torres Small, a moderate Democrat, in 2020. Democrat Gabe Vasquez is running to oust Herrell.
The Albuquerque TV market is one of four the PAC will target in the final weeks leading up to Election Day. Other markets are Bakersfield and Fresno in California and Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Republicans are losing, and they know it,” said Abby Curran Horrell, executive director of House Majority PAC. “These reservations will further allow us to go on the offensive, return and defend seats across the country, and show how out of touch the hardline House Republicans are with the American people.”
The PAC said the Albuquerque Market ads will begin airing Sept. 20.
PELOSI PARTY: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will travel to New Mexico later this month to raise funds for the state’s Democratic candidates for the U.S. House.
The event will take place Sept. 25 at the home of Albuquerque attorney Randi McGinn. Pelosi will be on hand for the event, which will benefit Vasquez and Democratic Representatives Melanie Stansbury and Teresa Leger Fernandez.
Tickets cost between $600 and $8,700.
The most expensive ticket allows guests to attend a “VIP reception”, which begins half an hour before the general reception.
Contributions will be divided equally between the three candidates unless the donor specifies how the money should be divided.
SERVICE ACADEMIES: The three members of Congress, along with the New Mexico Sens. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, are teaming up for a virtual forum for high school students and families interested in military academies.
Members of Congress can appoint a limited number of students to four of the five military academies.
The virtual event is Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m.
People can register here: https://bit.ly/3ABo6IS.
The application process is currently open and the application deadline is October 7.
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