Representative Ben Ray Lujan, Jr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NM) - District 3, Democratic
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Ben Lujan, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Ben Lujan, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ben Lujan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ben Lujan. Luján: Republican Spending Bill Makes Cuts on the Backs of Vulnerable Americans. 16 June 2011. "Republicans continue to seek cuts to programs that assist the most vulnerable in our communities while calling for even more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. At a time when working families are struggling to put food on the table we should be investing in programs that help provide New Mexicans with the essentials they need to get through this difficult economic time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Statement on the President's Speech on Fiscal Policy. 20 April 2011. "I fully support President Obama's call to end the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires in this country. Continuing down a path that provides these wealthy few with tax cuts on the backs of middle-class families is unconscionable." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján: Republican Spending Bill Makes Cuts on the Backs of Vulnerable Americans. 16 June 2011. "Republicans continue to seek cuts to programs that assist the most vulnerable in our communities while calling for even more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. At a time when working families are struggling to put food on the table we should be investing in programs that help provide New Mexicans with the essentials they need to get through this difficult economic time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. "The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors." (www.votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. “We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Statement on the President's Speech on Fiscal Policy. 20 April 2011. "I was pleased to hear the President voice his strong opposition to the House Republicans' budget proposal that ends Medicare as we know it and places a greater burden on our seniors. In order to fulfill the promise we have made to America's seniors, we must protect Medicare and Social Security. I fully support President Obama's call to end the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires in this country. Continuing down a path that provides these wealthy few with tax cuts on the backs of middle-class families is unconscionable." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Ends Medicare as We Know It In Order to Give Tax Cuts to Millionaires. 20 April 2011. "House Republicans' road map balances the budget on the backs of working families and seniors by ending Medicare as we know it, dismantling Medicaid, and giving tax cuts to millionaires [...] While it is critical that we tighten our belts and make important spending choices, the Republican budget focuses on the wrong priorities at a time when we should be investing in areas that will put people back to work and strengthen our economy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. “The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Statement on the President's Speech on Fiscal Policy. 20 April 2011. "I fully support President Obama's call to end the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires in this country. Continuing down a path that provides these wealthy few with tax cuts on the backs of middle-class families is unconscionable." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján: Republican Spending Bill Makes Cuts on the Backs of Vulnerable Americans. 16 June 2011. "Republicans continue to seek cuts to programs that assist the most vulnerable in our communities while calling for even more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. At a time when working families are struggling to put food on the table we should be investing in programs that help provide New Mexicans with the essentials they need to get through this difficult economic time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. "The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors." (www.votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. “We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Statement on the President's Speech on Fiscal Policy. 20 April 2011. "I was pleased to hear the President voice his strong opposition to the House Republicans' budget proposal that ends Medicare as we know it and places a greater burden on our seniors. In order to fulfill the promise we have made to America's seniors, we must protect Medicare and Social Security. I fully support President Obama's call to end the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires in this country. Continuing down a path that provides these wealthy few with tax cuts on the backs of middle-class families is unconscionable." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján: Republican Spending Bill Makes Cuts on the Backs of Vulnerable Americans. 16 June 2011. "Republicans continue to seek cuts to programs that assist the most vulnerable in our communities while calling for even more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. At a time when working families are struggling to put food on the table we should be investing in programs that help provide New Mexicans with the essentials they need to get through this difficult economic time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Ends Medicare as We Know It In Order to Give Tax Cuts to Millionaires. 20 April 2011. "House Republicans' road map balances the budget on the backs of working families and seniors by ending Medicare as we know it, dismantling Medicaid, and giving tax cuts to millionaires [...] While it is critical that we tighten our belts and make important spending choices, the Republican budget focuses on the wrong priorities at a time when we should be investing in areas that will put people back to work and strengthen our economy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. “The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ben Lujan. Lujan Supports Economic Recovery, Job Creation in New Mexico. 28 January 2009. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will help communities and families throughout New Mexico who need help the most. The recovery plan focuses on job creation through infrastructure projects, renewable energy development, school modernization and other important projects that will help many communities and put people back to work. I look forward to maintaining an open dialogue with local leaders as the recovery plan moves forward and begins to impact the people of New Mexico." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. New Mexico Delegation Supports American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Could Create 22,000 Jobs in New Mexico. 13 February 2009. “The people of New Mexico need relief in these difficult economic times. The House has taken bold action to address our economic crisis - developing and passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. While the final product is not perfect, it will begin to address our key goals - creating and saving jobs and getting our economy back on track.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives . 13 January 2009. "The infrastructure of rural economies is in crisis. The economic recovery and reinvestment plan must invest significantly in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in rural and other distressed communities, which will create local jobs. Among other viable options, the quality of life in rural America can be improved by expanding broadband technology, public transportation, and water and sewage systems." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. New Mexico Delegation Supports American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Could Create 22,000 Jobs in New Mexico. 13 February 2009. "The people of New Mexico need relief in these difficult economic times. The House has taken bold action to address our economic crisis - developing and passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. While the final product is not perfect, it will begin to address our key goals - creating and saving jobs and getting our economy back on track." (www.votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Ben Lujan a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 16 November 2011. "There is still much work that needs to be done, but it is clear that the Recovery Act is making a difference. Right here in New Mexico the Recovery Act has saved jobs for teachers, police officers and fire fighters, while creating jobs and cutting taxes for small businesses and families. After eight years of policies that pushed our economy to reach the brink of disaster, we have taken steps to put our country on the path to recovery. I'm encouraged by the success of the Recovery Act, and I will continue to work with local communities and small businesses in New Mexico to find ways to improve our economy and create jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Economy. 16 November 2011. “Rep. Lujan joined his colleagues to take bold action to get our economy back on track. He voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has made broad investments, saving jobs of teachers, police and fire fighters while investing in roads, bridges and other important infrastructure. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will also make families make ends meet by providing a tax credit for 95 percent of all workers.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives . 13 January 2009. “The infrastructure of rural economies is in crisis. The economic recovery and reinvestment plan must invest significantly in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in rural and other distressed communities, which will create local jobs. Among other viable options, the quality of life in rural America can be improved by expanding broadband technology, public transportation, and water and sewage systems.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Lujan Supports Economic Recovery, Job Creation in New Mexico. 28 January 2009. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will help communities and families throughout New Mexico who need help the most. The recovery plan focuses on job creation through infrastructure projects, renewable energy development, school modernization and other important projects that will help many communities and put people back to work. I look forward to maintaining an open dialogue with local leaders as the recovery plan moves forward and begins to impact the people of New Mexico." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. New Mexico Delegation Supports American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Could Create 22,000 Jobs in New Mexico. 13 February 2009. “The people of New Mexico need relief in these difficult economic times. The House has taken bold action to address our economic crisis - developing and passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. While the final product is not perfect, it will begin to address our key goals - creating and saving jobs and getting our economy back on track.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Economy. 16 November 2011. "Rep. Lujan joined his colleagues to take bold action to get our economy back on track. He voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has made broad investments, saving jobs of teachers, police and fire fighters while investing in roads, bridges and other important infrastructure. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will also make families make ends meet by providing a tax credit for 95 percent of all workers." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives . 13 January 2009. "The infrastructure of rural economies is in crisis. The economic recovery and reinvestment plan must invest significantly in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in rural and other distressed communities, which will create local jobs. Among other viable options, the quality of life in rural America can be improved by expanding broadband technology, public transportation, and water and sewage systems." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. New Mexico Delegation Supports American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Could Create 22,000 Jobs in New Mexico. 13 February 2009. "The people of New Mexico need relief in these difficult economic times. The House has taken bold action to address our economic crisis - developing and passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. While the final product is not perfect, it will begin to address our key goals - creating and saving jobs and getting our economy back on track." (www.votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Ben Lujan a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Economy. 16 November 2011. "Rep. Lujan joined his colleagues to take bold action to get our economy back on track. He voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has made broad investments, saving jobs of teachers, police and fire fighters while investing in roads, bridges and other important infrastructure. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will also make families make ends meet by providing a tax credit for 95 percent of all workers." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 16 November 2011. "There is still much work that needs to be done, but it is clear that the Recovery Act is making a difference. Right here in New Mexico the Recovery Act has saved jobs for teachers, police officers and fire fighters, while creating jobs and cutting taxes for small businesses and families. After eight years of policies that pushed our economy to reach the brink of disaster, we have taken steps to put our country on the path to recovery. I'm encouraged by the success of the Recovery Act, and I will continue to work with local communities and small businesses in New Mexico to find ways to improve our economy and create jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Economy. 16 November 2011. “Rep. Lujan joined his colleagues to take bold action to get our economy back on track. He voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has made broad investments, saving jobs of teachers, police and fire fighters while investing in roads, bridges and other important infrastructure. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will also make families make ends meet by providing a tax credit for 95 percent of all workers.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives . 13 January 2009. “The infrastructure of rural economies is in crisis. The economic recovery and reinvestment plan must invest significantly in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in rural and other distressed communities, which will create local jobs. Among other viable options, the quality of life in rural America can be improved by expanding broadband technology, public transportation, and water and sewage systems.” (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ben Lujan. N.M. Reps. Back Race to Top, but Votes Cut Funds. 8 July 2010. "New Mexico's three U.S. House members said this week that they support a White House initiative to reward high-performing schools called "Race to the Top," but each voted for a bill that stripped money for the program [¦] Members of New Mexico's U.S. House delegation said they voted for the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund amendment that stripped money from Race to the Top because it otherwise included money to help beleaguered state and local governments keep teachers on the payroll. 'I supported this legislation because it will help protect teachers' jobs,' said Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. 'While I am supportive of Race to the Top's long term goal of improving elementary and secondary education, it is critical that our students do not suffer in the next few years because of large class sizes and a loss of good teachers.'" (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Announces More Than $4 Million in School Improvement Grants for New Mexico. 15 March 2012. “Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today that New Mexico will receive more than $4 million through the Department of Education's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to improve the lowest-performing schools. 'A quality education is essential to the future success of New Mexico's children. It is vital that we invest in our schools with a focus on turning around those that struggle the most in order to provide an environment that encourages our children to learn and succeed,' Congressman Luján said. 'These funds are critical to that effort and will help our state invest in a brighter future for the next generation.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Announces More Than $4 Million in School Improvement Grants for New Mexico. 15 March 2012. "Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today that New Mexico will receive more than $4 million through the Department of Education's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to improve the lowest-performing schools. 'A quality education is essential to the future success of New Mexico's children. It is vital that we invest in our schools with a focus on turning around those that struggle the most in order to provide an environment that encourages our children to learn and succeed,' Congressman Luján said. 'These funds are critical to that effort and will help our state invest in a brighter future for the next generation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Announces More Than $4 Million in School Improvement Grants for New Mexico. 15 March 2012. "Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today that New Mexico will receive more than $4 million through the Department of Education's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to improve the lowest-performing schools. 'A quality education is essential to the future success of New Mexico's children. It is vital that we invest in our schools with a focus on turning around those that struggle the most in order to provide an environment that encourages our children to learn and succeed,' Congressman Luján said. 'These funds are critical to that effort and will help our state invest in a brighter future for the next generation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. N.M. Reps. Back Race to Top, but Votes Cut Funds. 8 July 2010. "New Mexico's three U.S. House members said this week that they support a White House initiative to reward high-performing schools called "Race to the Top," but each voted for a bill that stripped money for the program [¦] Members of New Mexico's U.S. House delegation said they voted for the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund amendment that stripped money from Race to the Top because it otherwise included money to help beleaguered state and local governments keep teachers on the payroll. 'I supported this legislation because it will help protect teachers' jobs,' said Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. 'While I am supportive of Race to the Top's long term goal of improving elementary and secondary education, it is critical that our students do not suffer in the next few years because of large class sizes and a loss of good teachers.'" (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Announces More Than $4 Million in School Improvement Grants for New Mexico. 15 March 2012. “Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today that New Mexico will receive more than $4 million through the Department of Education's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to improve the lowest-performing schools. 'A quality education is essential to the future success of New Mexico's children. It is vital that we invest in our schools with a focus on turning around those that struggle the most in order to provide an environment that encourages our children to learn and succeed,' Congressman Luján said. 'These funds are critical to that effort and will help our state invest in a brighter future for the next generation.'” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ben Lujan. Growing An Innovation Economy. 2 June 2009. “We hear sometimes from some of our colleagues that the idea of a cap-and-trade system is this new idea, that this is something that hasn't been talked about ever before. Well, when you go back to what the American people were hearing back in 1988 and after the adoption of the Clean Air Act in 1990, what we heard from our Republican presidential candidate at the time was that there was a pledge to curb acid rain, and it could be fulfilled with the world's first emissions cap-and-trade system […] In 1977 under another Republican administration, when we talk about the Clean Air Act being put together, under two Republican administrations where we saw people working together, where we as a Congress could come together and reach across the aisle and work with the President to do what was right. And as we hear from our friend, Mr. Schauer from Michigan, we talk about the importance of job creation. Comprehensive energy reform, there's no doubt that it will create millions of jobs, millions of clean energy jobs.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Representative Luján Votes For Energy Independence, Clean Energy Job Creation . 26 June 2009. "Our country's dependence on foreign oil threatens our economy and security. We need to take bold steps to become energy independent by growing a new energy economy. Comprehensive energy reform will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making us more secure as a nation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will help us begin to achieve these goals. For too long we have accepted the status quo on energy. Now, with the American Clean Energy and Security Act, we can put America on a path to energy independence, make America the global leader in energy technology, cut costly and harmful pollution, create new jobs, and save billions in the long run.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Energy. 16 November 2011. “High energy costs are making it harder for families to make ends meet. Research has also confirmed that green house gas emissions are polluting our air, contributing to global warming, harming our treasured lands and hurting our economic sustainability. We need to become more energy independent, lower energy costs for our families and build a clean energy economy in New Mexico that can create new jobs in our state […] Rep. Luján believes that we are headed toward a clean energy economy, an economy where homes and buildings are designed to meet new energy efficiency standards and our vehicles run on clean transportation fuels.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Growing An Innovation Economy. 2 June 2009. “We hear sometimes from some of our colleagues that the idea of a cap-and-trade system is this new idea, that this is something that hasn't been talked about ever before. Well, when you go back to what the American people were hearing back in 1988 and after the adoption of the Clean Air Act in 1990, what we heard from our Republican presidential candidate at the time was that there was a pledge to curb acid rain, and it could be fulfilled with the world's first emissions cap-and-trade system […] In 1977 under another Republican administration, when we talk about the Clean Air Act being put together, under two Republican administrations where we saw people working together, where we as a Congress could come together and reach across the aisle and work with the President to do what was right. And as we hear from our friend, Mr. Schauer from Michigan, we talk about the importance of job creation. Comprehensive energy reform, there's no doubt that it will create millions of jobs, millions of clean energy jobs.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ben Lujan voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Representative Luján Votes For Energy Independence, Clean Energy Job Creation . 26 June 2009. "Our country's dependence on foreign oil threatens our economy and security. We need to take bold steps to become energy independent by growing a new energy economy. Comprehensive energy reform will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making us more secure as a nation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will help us begin to achieve these goals. For too long we have accepted the status quo on energy. Now, with the American Clean Energy and Security Act, we can put America on a path to energy independence, make America the global leader in energy technology, cut costly and harmful pollution, create new jobs, and save billions in the long run." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Energy. 16 November 2011. "High energy costs are making it harder for families to make ends meet. Research has also confirmed that green house gas emissions are polluting our air, contributing to global warming, harming our treasured lands and hurting our economic sustainability. We need to become more energy independent, lower energy costs for our families and build a clean energy economy in New Mexico that can create new jobs in our state [¦] Rep. Luján believes that we are headed toward a clean energy economy, an economy where homes and buildings are designed to meet new energy efficiency standards and our vehicles run on clean transportation fuels." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Growing An Innovation Economy. 2 June 2009. "We hear sometimes from some of our colleagues that the idea of a cap-and-trade system is this new idea, that this is something that hasn't been talked about ever before. Well, when you go back to what the American people were hearing back in 1988 and after the adoption of the Clean Air Act in 1990, what we heard from our Republican presidential candidate at the time was that there was a pledge to curb acid rain, and it could be fulfilled with the world's first emissions cap-and-trade system [¦] In 1977 under another Republican administration, when we talk about the Clean Air Act being put together, under two Republican administrations where we saw people working together, where we as a Congress could come together and reach across the aisle and work with the President to do what was right. And as we hear from our friend, Mr. Schauer from Michigan, we talk about the importance of job creation. Comprehensive energy reform, there's no doubt that it will create millions of jobs, millions of clean energy jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Representative Luján Votes For Energy Independence, Clean Energy Job Creation . 26 June 2009. "Our country's dependence on foreign oil threatens our economy and security. We need to take bold steps to become energy independent by growing a new energy economy. Comprehensive energy reform will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making us more secure as a nation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will help us begin to achieve these goals. For too long we have accepted the status quo on energy. Now, with the American Clean Energy and Security Act, we can put America on a path to energy independence, make America the global leader in energy technology, cut costly and harmful pollution, create new jobs, and save billions in the long run.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Energy. 16 November 2011. “High energy costs are making it harder for families to make ends meet. Research has also confirmed that green house gas emissions are polluting our air, contributing to global warming, harming our treasured lands and hurting our economic sustainability. We need to become more energy independent, lower energy costs for our families and build a clean energy economy in New Mexico that can create new jobs in our state […] Rep. Luján believes that we are headed toward a clean energy economy, an economy where homes and buildings are designed to meet new energy efficiency standards and our vehicles run on clean transportation fuels.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ben Lujan voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Representative Luján Votes For Energy Independence, Clean Energy Job Creation . 26 June 2009. "Our country's dependence on foreign oil threatens our economy and security. We need to take bold steps to become energy independent by growing a new energy economy. Comprehensive energy reform will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making us more secure as a nation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will help us begin to achieve these goals. For too long we have accepted the status quo on energy. Now, with the American Clean Energy and Security Act, we can put America on a path to energy independence, make America the global leader in energy technology, cut costly and harmful pollution, create new jobs, and save billions in the long run." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Energy. 16 November 2011. "High energy costs are making it harder for families to make ends meet. Research has also confirmed that green house gas emissions are polluting our air, contributing to global warming, harming our treasured lands and hurting our economic sustainability. We need to become more energy independent, lower energy costs for our families and build a clean energy economy in New Mexico that can create new jobs in our state [¦] Rep. Luján believes that we are headed toward a clean energy economy, an economy where homes and buildings are designed to meet new energy efficiency standards and our vehicles run on clean transportation fuels." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Growing An Innovation Economy. 2 June 2009. "We hear sometimes from some of our colleagues that the idea of a cap-and-trade system is this new idea, that this is something that hasn't been talked about ever before. Well, when you go back to what the American people were hearing back in 1988 and after the adoption of the Clean Air Act in 1990, what we heard from our Republican presidential candidate at the time was that there was a pledge to curb acid rain, and it could be fulfilled with the world's first emissions cap-and-trade system [¦] In 1977 under another Republican administration, when we talk about the Clean Air Act being put together, under two Republican administrations where we saw people working together, where we as a Congress could come together and reach across the aisle and work with the President to do what was right. And as we hear from our friend, Mr. Schauer from Michigan, we talk about the importance of job creation. Comprehensive energy reform, there's no doubt that it will create millions of jobs, millions of clean energy jobs." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. 17 April 2012. “Mr. Chairman, I'm from the western United States. I'm a supporter of the Second Amendment. I'm a hunter and a fisherman. My family raised sheep and cattle on allotments in the area where I was raised. Like many other States in the West, we New Mexicans value our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, shooting, and recreational enjoyment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. 17 April 2012. "Mr. Chairman, I'm from the western United States. I'm a supporter of the Second Amendment. I'm a hunter and a fisherman. My family raised sheep and cattle on allotments in the area where I was raised. Like many other States in the West, we New Mexicans value our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, shooting, and recreational enjoyment." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. 17 April 2012. “Mr. Chairman, I'm from the western United States. I'm a supporter of the Second Amendment. I'm a hunter and a fisherman. My family raised sheep and cattle on allotments in the area where I was raised. Like many other States in the West, we New Mexicans value our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, shooting, and recreational enjoyment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. 17 April 2012. "Mr. Chairman, I'm from the western United States. I'm a supporter of the Second Amendment. I'm a hunter and a fisherman. My family raised sheep and cattle on allotments in the area where I was raised. Like many other States in the West, we New Mexicans value our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, shooting, and recreational enjoyment." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. “This reform bill isn't perfect, but it stops insurance companies from denying people for preexisting conditions, it provides more choice, it lowers costs, it stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick, it helps small businesses by giving them tax credits, and it helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. It's time to act. It's time to reform.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "This reform bill isn't perfect, but it stops insurance companies from denying people for preexisting conditions, it provides more choice, it lowers costs, it stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick, it helps small businesses by giving them tax credits, and it helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. It's time to act. It's time to reform." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Last Night's Historic Vote. 22 March 2010. "Last night, Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit by $1.3 trillion. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable and strengthening Medicare. That's why it's endorsed by AARP." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Highlights Health Insurance Reform Benefits For New Mexico's 3rd District. 19 March 2010. "Health insurance reform will have significant benefits for the people of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District," said Rep. Luján. "Health insurance reform will improve coverage for those with insurance, prevent insurance companies from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions, and improve prescription drug benefits for seniors. It's time to stand up to insurance companies and reform our broken health insurance system." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On The White House Health Insurance Reform Proposal. 22 February 2010. "President Obama's health insurance reform proposal is another important step toward fixing our broken health insurance system. I am encouraged that his proposal will lower drug costs for seniors, make health insurance more affordable, and take on insurance companies that try to unfairly raise rates. It also includes critical consumer protection provisions that will end insurance company discrimination and prevent unfair denials. The President says that he would like a plan that makes insurance more affordable, holds insurance companies accountable, and reduces the deficit--and the public option achieves these goals, lowering costs and potentially saving over $100 billion. I believe that the final legislation should include a public option." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "As a result of health insurance reform, New Mexicans no longer face this discrimination. If this protection is repealed, having cancer or diabetes or even being a victim of domestic violence could lead to a denial of insurance. Discrimination for preexisting conditions will be alive and well. All of that would be dangerous for New Mexicans." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Health Care. 16 November 2011. "Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. While this legislation does not solve every problem facing our health insurance system, it does make important steps toward reforming our broken health insurance system, and I'm proud that we were able to pass legislation that will put the people of New Mexico ahead of health insurance companies." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Last Night's Historic Vote. 22 March 2010. “Last night, Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit by $1.3 trillion. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable and strengthening Medicare. That's why it's endorsed by AARP.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Highlights Health Insurance Reform Benefits For New Mexico's 3rd District. 19 March 2010. "Health insurance reform will have significant benefits for the people of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District," said Rep. Luján. "Health insurance reform will improve coverage for those with insurance, prevent insurance companies from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions, and improve prescription drug benefits for seniors. It's time to stand up to insurance companies and reform our broken health insurance system." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On The White House Health Insurance Reform Proposal. 22 February 2010. "President Obama's health insurance reform proposal is another important step toward fixing our broken health insurance system. I am encouraged that his proposal will lower drug costs for seniors, make health insurance more affordable, and take on insurance companies that try to unfairly raise rates. It also includes critical consumer protection provisions that will end insurance company discrimination and prevent unfair denials. The President says that he would like a plan that makes insurance more affordable, holds insurance companies accountable, and reduces the deficit--and the public option achieves these goals, lowering costs and potentially saving over $100 billion. I believe that the final legislation should include a public option." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. “As a result of health insurance reform, New Mexicans no longer face this discrimination. If this protection is repealed, having cancer or diabetes or even being a victim of domestic violence could lead to a denial of insurance. Discrimination for preexisting conditions will be alive and well. All of that would be dangerous for New Mexicans.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "This reform bill isn't perfect, but it stops insurance companies from denying people for preexisting conditions, it provides more choice, it lowers costs, it stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick, it helps small businesses by giving them tax credits, and it helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. It's time to act. It's time to reform." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Last Night's Historic Vote. 22 March 2010. "Last night, Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit by $1.3 trillion. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable and strengthening Medicare. That's why it's endorsed by AARP." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Highlights Health Insurance Reform Benefits For New Mexico's 3rd District. 19 March 2010. "Health insurance reform will have significant benefits for the people of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District," said Rep. Luján. "Health insurance reform will improve coverage for those with insurance, prevent insurance companies from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions, and improve prescription drug benefits for seniors. It's time to stand up to insurance companies and reform our broken health insurance system." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On The White House Health Insurance Reform Proposal. 22 February 2010. "President Obama's health insurance reform proposal is another important step toward fixing our broken health insurance system. I am encouraged that his proposal will lower drug costs for seniors, make health insurance more affordable, and take on insurance companies that try to unfairly raise rates. It also includes critical consumer protection provisions that will end insurance company discrimination and prevent unfair denials. The President says that he would like a plan that makes insurance more affordable, holds insurance companies accountable, and reduces the deficit--and the public option achieves these goals, lowering costs and potentially saving over $100 billion. I believe that the final legislation should include a public option." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "As a result of health insurance reform, New Mexicans no longer face this discrimination. If this protection is repealed, having cancer or diabetes or even being a victim of domestic violence could lead to a denial of insurance. Discrimination for preexisting conditions will be alive and well. All of that would be dangerous for New Mexicans." (www.votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. “This reform bill isn't perfect, but it stops insurance companies from denying people for preexisting conditions, it provides more choice, it lowers costs, it stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick, it helps small businesses by giving them tax credits, and it helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. It's time to act. It's time to reform.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Health Care. 16 November 2011. "Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. While this legislation does not solve every problem facing our health insurance system, it does make important steps toward reforming our broken health insurance system, and I'm proud that we were able to pass legislation that will put the people of New Mexico ahead of health insurance companies." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Last Night's Historic Vote. 22 March 2010. “Last night, Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit by $1.3 trillion. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable and strengthening Medicare. That's why it's endorsed by AARP.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Highlights Health Insurance Reform Benefits For New Mexico's 3rd District. 19 March 2010. "Health insurance reform will have significant benefits for the people of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District," said Rep. Luján. "Health insurance reform will improve coverage for those with insurance, prevent insurance companies from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions, and improve prescription drug benefits for seniors. It's time to stand up to insurance companies and reform our broken health insurance system." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On The White House Health Insurance Reform Proposal. 22 February 2010. "President Obama's health insurance reform proposal is another important step toward fixing our broken health insurance system. I am encouraged that his proposal will lower drug costs for seniors, make health insurance more affordable, and take on insurance companies that try to unfairly raise rates. It also includes critical consumer protection provisions that will end insurance company discrimination and prevent unfair denials. The President says that he would like a plan that makes insurance more affordable, holds insurance companies accountable, and reduces the deficit--and the public option achieves these goals, lowering costs and potentially saving over $100 billion. I believe that the final legislation should include a public option." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. “As a result of health insurance reform, New Mexicans no longer face this discrimination. If this protection is repealed, having cancer or diabetes or even being a victim of domestic violence could lead to a denial of insurance. Discrimination for preexisting conditions will be alive and well. All of that would be dangerous for New Mexicans.” (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Terrell. Santa Fe New Mexican: New Mexicans say legalized gay marriage unlikely anytime soon. 9 May 2012. “'Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in loving and committed relationships fairly,' said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., in a statement Wednesday. 'To be clear, this will not force churches to change their practices or beliefs but reaffirms the American constitutional principle that everyone deserves equal protection of the law.'" (www.santafenewmexican.com)
  • Steve Terrell. Santa Fe New Mexican: New Mexicans say legalized gay marriage unlikely anytime soon. 9 May 2012. "'Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in loving and committed relationships fairly,' said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., in a statement Wednesday. 'To be clear, this will not force churches to change their practices or beliefs but reaffirms the American constitutional principle that everyone deserves equal protection of the law.'" (www.santafenewmexican.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Terrell. Santa Fe New Mexican: New Mexicans say legalized gay marriage unlikely anytime soon. 9 May 2012. “'Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in loving and committed relationships fairly,' said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., in a statement Wednesday. 'To be clear, this will not force churches to change their practices or beliefs but reaffirms the American constitutional principle that everyone deserves equal protection of the law.'" (www.santafenewmexican.com)
  • Steve Terrell. Santa Fe New Mexican: New Mexicans say legalized gay marriage unlikely anytime soon. 9 May 2012. "'Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in loving and committed relationships fairly,' said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., in a statement Wednesday. 'To be clear, this will not force churches to change their practices or beliefs but reaffirms the American constitutional principle that everyone deserves equal protection of the law.'" (www.santafenewmexican.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Coleman. Albuquerque Journal: N.M. Delegation Backs al-Awlaki Killing. 6 October 2011. “All four Democrats in New Mexico’s five-member delegation said they backed the Sept. 30 drone attack in Yemen that killed al-Awlaki. […] Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said al-Awlaki was 'an imminent threat to the American people.' 'President Obama’s actions against al-Awlaki to protect our country from this terrorist were justified,' Lujan said.” (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Michael Coleman. Albuquerque Journal: N.M. Delegation Backs al-Awlaki Killing. 6 October 2011. “All four Democrats in New Mexico’s five-member delegation said they backed the Sept. 30 drone attack in Yemen that killed al-Awlaki. […] Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said al-Awlaki was 'an imminent threat to the American people.' 'President Obama’s actions against al-Awlaki to protect our country from this terrorist were justified,' Lujan said.” (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Michael Coleman. Albuquerque Journal: N.M. Delegation Backs al-Awlaki Killing. 6 October 2011. "All four Democrats in New Mexico's five-member delegation said they backed the Sept. 30 drone attack in Yemen that killed al-Awlaki. [¦] Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said al-Awlaki was 'an imminent threat to the American people.' 'President Obama's actions against al-Awlaki to protect our country from this terrorist were justified,' Lujan said." (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Michael Coleman. Albuquerque Journal: N.M. Delegation Backs al-Awlaki Killing. 6 October 2011. "All four Democrats in New Mexico's five-member delegation said they backed the Sept. 30 drone attack in Yemen that killed al-Awlaki. [¦] Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said al-Awlaki was 'an imminent threat to the American people.' 'President Obama's actions against al-Awlaki to protect our country from this terrorist were justified,' Lujan said." (www.abqjournal.com)

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  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. “The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. "The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. “We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. “The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. "The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. “We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (www.votesmart.org)

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