Senator Martin T. Heinrich's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Martin T. Heinrich
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Julie; 2 Children: Carter, Micah
Birth Date: 10/17/1971
Birth Place: Fallon, NV
Home City: Albuquerque, NM
Religion: Lutheran
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Martin Heinrich refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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

  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Condemns Republican Attacks Against Planned Parenthood. 3 October 2011. "'Chairman Stearns' request for documentation from Planned Parenthood is unfounded. Instead of focusing on the very serious business of creating jobs and growing the economy, Republicans in Congress are harassing organizations that provide essential health services for low-income men and women across the country.' [...] From his earliest days in Congress, Rep. Heinrich has stood up for women's health and equality, including a woman's right to affordable health care and the right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Martin Heinrich in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Martin Heinrich in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Martin Heinrich in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Booman Tribune: 2007 Open Seat Initiative. 3 December 2007. Responded: "Yes. I think President Clinton said it best, abortion should be safe, legal and rare." to the question: "Are you pro-choice?" (www.boomantribune.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Martin Heinrich in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martin Heinrich. Letter to President Obama Addressing Bringing Troops Home. 28 April 2011. "We have spent over $450 billion in Afghanistan since the start of this war. Our youngest soldiers now serving in some of the most dangerous places on earth were just eight years old when our nation was attacked on Septembers 11, 2001. It's time we start bringing our troops home." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Issues: National Security and Foreign Policy. 5 March 2011. "Martin stridently opposed our war in Iraq. Ending that war was a top priority for him when he came to Congress in January 2009. He is now doing all he can to speed up the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, for he believes that it is time to bring all of our brave men and women home to their families." (www.martinheinrich.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Statement on the President's Afghanistan Speech. 22 June 2011. "I commend the President for honoring our men and women in uniform and acknowledging their bravery and sacrifice over the last decade. A nation at war comes at a great cost to its people. While I'm encouraged that President Obama is keeping his word to bring our troops home, I believe the time is right for a more accelerated drawdown. We must have a fundamental change in mission in Afghanistan focused on counter terrorism just like what we saw work with the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Facebook: Wall. 2 February 2012. "Sec. Panneta's comments take the US in the right direction but we need to do more to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. We've spent nearly $500 billion in Afghanistan since the start of the war. Our youngest soldiers now serving in some of the most dangerous places on earth were just eight years old when our nation was attacked on September 11." (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martin Heinrich. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Martin Heinrich. Statement on Super Committee. 21 November 2011. "Like many Americans, I'm angry and frustrated that the 'super committee' didn't reach agreement on how to reduce the deficit. Sadly, they didn't even come close. Democrats put hundreds of billions of dollars worth of spending cuts on the table, but Republicans refused to compromise in order to protect the misguided Bush tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires [¦] At a time of serious national debt, we cannot afford to extend tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires who aren't shouldering their fair share of our nation's challenges. We need to be clear on our priorities: cut waste and end tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires so we can reduce the debt, create jobs and protect Social Security and Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Video: Martin Heinrich"Weekly Alibi endorsement interview. 31 October 2012. "I think that the logical way forward in the midst of the down turn is to keep them [the Bush tax cuts] in place for now for middle class families but a low them to expire for people making over a quarter million dollars a year in gross income. " (www.youtube.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich: Tea Party Republicans Vote To Raise Taxes on Middle-class Families. 20 December 2011. "The Tea Party in the House pulled the rug out from under the hard-working people they were elected to represent. The middle class is still on a shaky path to recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Republicans would rather raise taxes on middle-class families and force seniors to pay more for their health care than ask millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "Tax rates for the ultra-rich are at record lows and income inequality is at a record high. Republicans [...] want to double down on their failed economic policies and threaten our seniors with cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Millionaires and billionaires, like candidate Mitt Romney, pay lower taxes than middle-class working families--yet Republicans in Congress want to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. The Bush tax cuts have proven ineffective at stimulating job growth, and must be ended. My commitment remains stronger than ever to growing New Mexico's economy, because parents deserve a fair chance at sending their kids to college, paying for quality health care, and saving for retirement. By investing in math and science education, encouraging innovation and manufacturing--both of which New Mexico is positioned to excel in--and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, we will grow our middle class and we will all be better off." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. 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 [¦] We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Statement on Super Committee. 21 November 2011. "Like many Americans, I'm angry and frustrated that the "super committee' didn't reach agreement on how to reduce the deficit. Sadly, they didn't even come close. Democrats put hundreds of billions of dollars worth of spending cuts on the table, but Republicans refused to compromise in order to protect the misguided Bush tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. [¦] At a time of serious national debt, we cannot afford to extend tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires who aren't shouldering their fair share of our nation's challenges. We need to be clear on our priorities: cut waste and end tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires so we can reduce the debt, create jobs and protect Social Security and Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Video: Martin Heinrich"Weekly Alibi endorsement interview. 31 October 2012. " I think that the logical way forward in the midst of the down turn is to keep them in place for now for middle class families but a low them to expire for people making over a quarter million dollars a year in gross income. " (www.youtube.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martin Heinrich. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Martin Heinrich voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "By investing in math and science education, encouraging innovation and manufacturing--both of which New Mexico is positioned to excel in--and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, we will grow our middle class and we will all be better off." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich-Supported Bill To Create Jobs And Support Small Businesses, Signed Into Law. 20 March 2012. "'New Mexicans who remain out of work need our help,' said Rep. Heinrich. 'The HIRE Act will give small business owners who are looking to expand their payrolls the incentives to do so. This is a positive step toward rebuilding our economy, but it's not enough. I will not rest until everyone who wants a job in central New Mexico can get one.' The HIRE Act as signed by the President includes a number of amendments made by the House that ensure the bill is fully paid for [...] and an extension of the Highway Trust Fund that allows for billions of dollars in infrastructure development around the country and saves American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (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 Martin Heinrich a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor, and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich-Supported Bill To Create Jobs And Support Small Businesses, Signed Into Law. 20 March 2012. ""New Mexicans who remain out of work need our help,' said Rep. Heinrich. 'The HIRE Act will give small business owners who are looking to expand their payrolls the incentives to do so. This is a positive step toward rebuilding our economy, but it's not enough. I will not rest until everyone who wants a job in central New Mexico can get one.' The HIRE Act as signed by the President includes a number of amendments made by the House that ensure the bill is fully paid for [...] and an extension of the Highway Trust Fund that allows for billions of dollars in infrastructure development around the country and saves American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "Tax rates for the ultra-rich are at record lows and income inequality is at a record high. Republicans [...] want to double down on their failed economic policies and threaten our seniors with cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Millionaires and billionaires, like candidate Mitt Romney, pay lower taxes than middle-class working families--yet Republicans in Congress want to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. The Bush tax cuts have proven ineffective at stimulating job growth, and must be ended. My commitment remains stronger than ever to growing New Mexico's economy, because parents deserve a fair chance at sending their kids to college, paying for quality health care, and saving for retirement. By investing in math and science education, encouraging innovation and manufacturing--both of which New Mexico is positioned to excel in--and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, we will grow our middle class and we will all be better off." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Successful in Fight for New Mexico Small Businesses. 23 September 2010. "Today, U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) voted to spur economic growth and create 500,000 new jobs by encouraging the development of American small businesses. Without adding to the federal deficit, the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act will provide eight targeted tax cuts, incentives for investment, and support entrepreneurship. 'The tax cuts and hiring incentives in this bill will provide tremendous relief to New Mexico small businesses," said Rep. Heinrich. 'When small businesses are healthy they can create jobs and hire more employees, and our economy thrives.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich-Supported Bill To Create Jobs And Support Small Businesses, Signed Into Law. 20 March 2012."The HIRE Act will give small business owners who are looking to expand their payrolls the incentives to do so. [¦] The HIRE Act includes a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire unemployed workers, to create some 300,000 jobs, and an income tax credit of $1,000 for businesses that retain these employees. It also includes tax cuts to help small businesses invest, expand, and hire more workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Successful in Fight for New Mexico Small Businesses. 23 September 2010. "Today, U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) voted to spur economic growth and create 500,000 new jobs by encouraging the development of American small businesses. Without adding to the federal deficit, the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act will provide eight targeted tax cuts, incentives for investment, and support entrepreneurship. 'The tax cuts and hiring incentives in this bill will provide tremendous relief to New Mexico small businesses,' said Rep. Heinrich. 'When small businesses are healthy they can create jobs and hire more employees, and our economy thrives.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martin Heinrich. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "Representative Martin Heinrich is committed to expanding educational opportunities for all Americans, preparing them to succeed in the global economy. We will increase access to early childhood education, strengthen math and science instruction, and help make college more affordable. We will reform elementary and secondary education so that all children learn from effective teachers, take rigorous classes and attend accountable schools." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martin Heinrich. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Video: Martin Heinrich Flip-Flops on Offshore Drilling. 23 July 2008. Responded: "Support if we take economic and environmental impact into account" to the question: "Do you support or oppose lifting the federal ban on drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf “ and why?" (www.youtube.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Video: Martin Heinrich"Weekly Alibi endorsement interview. 31 October 2012. Responded "I think there are places that makes sense and there are places where there shouldn't be offshore drilling. Its pretty easy to drill safely if you aren't BP in many parts of the Gulf of Mexico. Can you imagine that oil spill if it would have happened off the coast of Alaska? With the ice and subzero temperatures and 20 foot seas, trying to get that oil rig capped in those types of conditions. [...] You've got to use some common sense about how you allow for this stuff, and there is a difference between shallow water and deep water drilling, and I think if you're going to do deep water drilling you need to be able to demonstrate that you don't just have a piece of paper and a plan, you actually have the equipment to do what the plan says. " to the question: "So you do favor offshore drilling?" (www.youtube.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Martin Heinrich voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Martin Heinrich voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Video: Martin Heinrich Flip-Flops on Offshore Drilling. 23 July 2008. Responded: "Support, if we take economic and environmental impact into account" to the question: "Do you support or oppose lifting the federal ban on drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf “ and why?" (www.youtube.com)

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  • Martin Heinrich. Albuquerque to Lead Nation in Fighting Global Warming. 27 June 2012. "We have been working for a number of months to draft legislation that will serve as a national model for addressing the global problem of climate change [¦] This ordinance will move Albuquerque into the forefront of green building in the United States and help us get a handle on Albuquerque's greenhouse gas emissions by mandating higher standards of energy efficiency for all residential and commercial buildings in the city." (www.cabq.gov)
  • Martin Heinrich. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Martin Heinrich voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Martin Heinrich in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Martin Heinrich in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich 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 Martin Heinrich in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Martin Heinrich in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 1 January 2011. "Representative Martin Heinrich is working to increase investments in clean energy, energy efficiency, and emerging technologies, and limit carbon pollution. This will take us in a new direction on energy that will create jobs here at home and make America a world leader in clean energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Albuquerque to Lead Nation in Fighting Global Warming. 27 June 2012. "We have been working for a number of months to draft legislation that will serve as a national model for addressing the global problem of climate change. [¦] This ordinance will move Albuquerque into the forefront of green building in the United States and help us get a handle on Albuquerque's greenhouse gas emissions by mandating higher standards of energy efficiency for all residential and commercial buildings in the city." (www.cabq.gov)

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  • Martin Heinrich. Sportsmen Hold Candidate Forum for CD1. 28 August 2008. "I believe that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. I agree with the Supreme Court when they struck down the D.C. gun ban. I think people have a right not just to own firearms, but to be able to protect themselves, and you know it sometimes surprises people because I've got that 'D' behind my name, I'm a democrat, but I'm also a member of the NRA [¦] It's really important to us, in the west, what firearms mean for our culture. Like probably a lot of you, I've got more guns than I own, but less than I need. I think it's something that is important for many people as apart of being a New Mexican, also part of being an American. I think we have plenty of laws on the books today regarding gun ownership. I think what we need more of is more aggressive enforcement, more resources for enforcement so that when somebody uses a firearm in the commission of a crime that we throw the book at them. And I think that's the approach that I would advocate taking when it comes to our second amendment and constitutional rights." (newmexicotu.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Martin Heinrich in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Sportsmen Hold Candidate Forum for CD1. 28 August 2008. "I believe that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. I agree with the Supreme Court when they struck down the D.C. gun ban. I think people have a right not just to own firearms, but to be able to protect themselves, and you know it sometimes surprises people because I've got that ˜D' behind my name, I'm a democrat, but I'm also a member of the NRA [¦] It's really important to us, in the west, what firearms mean for our culture. Like probably a lot of you, I've got more guns than I own, but less than I need. I think it's something that is important for many people as apart of being a New Mexican, also part of being an American. I think we have plenty of laws on the books today regarding gun ownership. I think what we need more of is more aggressive enforcement, more resources for enforcement so that when somebody uses a firearm in the commission of a crime that we throw the book at them. And I think that's the approach that I would advocate taking when it comes to our second amendment and constitutional rights." (newmexicotu.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Martin Heinridh's Response to Letter Urging him to NOT Support HR 308. 24 January 2011. "As a lifelong sportsman, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Owning and using firearms responsibly is a central part of the history and tradition of the American West. I will continue to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to own firearms.[...] H.R. 45 would prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a license created by this legislation. [...] I did not support this legislation during the last Congress and I would not support similar legislation were it to come before the House of Representatives for consideration. Representative Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4) introduced H.R. 308, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, which would prohibit transferring a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. I do not support this legislation and would not vote for it if it came before the House of Representatives for consideration. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dated March 6, 2009, I joined with many of my colleagues to express our opposition to an assault weapons ban. This ban was ineffective during the 10 years that it was law and I oppose its reenactment." (2ndamendmentright.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Congress Weighs Concealed Carry. 21 October 2011. "'Law-abiding gun owners should not have to check their constitutional rights at their state's border,' Heinrich said. 'If a citizen is permitted to carry a concealed weapon in his or her home state, that permit should be valid in every other state, just like a driver's license.'" (www.abqjournal.com)

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  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Votes To Pass Historic Legislation For Affordable Health Care And Security For New Mexicans. 8 November 2009. "Today, U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich voted for H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. [¦] "This was a truly historic vote. We are now as close as we have ever been to providing quality health care to all Americans and to reforming our broken health insurance system," said Rep. Heinrich. "The Affordable Health Care for America Act represents a uniquely American solution to our nation's health insurance crisis. The legislation will bring peace of mind to New Mexico's working families, seniors, and small business owners by guaranteeing stability, lowering costs, improving quality, and providing a greater choice of plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Votes To Pass Historic Legislation For Affordable Health Care And Security For New Mexicans. 8 November 2009. "Today, U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich voted for H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act [¦] "This was a truly historic vote. We are now as close as we have ever been to providing quality health care to all Americans and to reforming our broken health insurance system," said Rep. Heinrich. "The Affordable Health Care for America Act represents a uniquely American solution to our nation's health insurance crisis. The legislation will bring peace of mind to New Mexico's working families, seniors, and small business owners by guaranteeing stability, lowering costs, improving quality, and providing a greater choice of plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Martin Heinrich voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda outside the regular order you so strongly advocated in the Pledge to America, which declares an end to "the practice of packaging unpopular bills with "must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Let's Not Return to a Broken Health Care System. 19 January 2011. "We took a stand for hardworking Americans like Vicky Farrar, who moved to Albuquerque only to discover that to reenroll in a health insurance plan she would end up spending close to a third of her income because of her preexisting condition, high blood pressure. That kind of skyrocketing cost burden has stunted the dreams of American families and small businesses while lining the pockets of insurance company CEOs. But thanks to the American Affordable Care Act, Vicky and her doctor will be put back in charge of her health care and able to choose an affordable insurance policy. I urge my colleagues to vote against a return to the broken health care system that we spent decades trying to fix." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich: Improving The Health And Stability Of Our Nation Is In Sight. 29 October 2009. "Improving the health and stability of our nation is in sight. The health insurance reform bill unveiled today in the House reaffirms my confidence that we can fix our broken health insurance system by providing greater competition for insurance companies, and by giving Americans affordable coverage, choice, and stability they can count on. These are critical improvements for the future of New Mexico's working families and our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Testifies During Rules Committee Hearing On Health Reform Repeal. 6 January 2011. Rep. Heinrich testified during the House Committee on Rules hearing on the importance of strengthening Medicare for New Mexico seniors. "Background: According to the Medicare actuary, the Affordable Care Act added 12 years of solvency to the Medicare trust fund; Repeal would eliminate reforms that will improve the efficiency of the Medicare program and root out waste, fraud and abuse; By shortening the life of the trust fund, repeal is fiscally reckless and threatens a promise made to every American who has paid into Medicare. House Republicans' plan to repeal the health care reform law would increase the deficit by $230 billion by 2021, according to a preliminary analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Additionally, repealing the Affordable Care Actwould roll back what the bill already has done to help millions of Americans -- from young people now able to join their parents' policies to women with breast cancer who are no longer denied health insurance coverage because they have a "preexisting condition." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Henrich. Issue Position: Affordable Health Care. 1 January 2011. "The skyrocketing cost of health care in America is a disgrace and is putting tremendous burdens on citizens and businesses alike. We live in one of the greatest countries in the world and we need an American solution to our health care crisis. We should use our ingenuity to develop a fair, common sense plan to make sure that every American has access to high quality affordable health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care For America Act, And Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 3961, Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act Of 2009. 7 November 2009. "Six principles have guided my work and determined my vote on this legislation: health insurance reform must create stability, contain costs, guarantee choice, improve quality, cover everyone, and include a strong public option. The Affordable Health Care for America Act delivers on each of these principles, and it does so without adding a penny to the deficit. This bill will provide greater competition for insurance companies, give Americans affordable coverage, choice, and stability that they can count on. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of H.R. 3962." (votesmart.org)

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  • Martin Heinrich. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Martin Heinrich voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. NM congressmen oppose Arizona anti-immigration law. 20 April 2010. "Arizona's misguided legislation is the wrong reaction to a very real issue. Passing laws that many of our citizens fear will institutionalize racial profiling is no solution," Rep. Martin Heinrich told The Independent in a statement. "That is why I feel it is so important for Congress to take up immigration reform this year [¦] I am proud that here in New Mexico we value our diverse heritage, and I know that in Washington, D.C. we must rise to the challenge and fix this broken system once and for all," Heinrich told The Independent." (newmexicoindependent.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Video: Albuquerque Interfaith rallies for DREAM Act. October 24 2010. "Congressional candidate Martin Heinrich supports the DREAM Act and pledged to work with colleagues from both parties to make the DREAM Act a reality. 'It's time for the federal government to lead, and we should do that, guided by moral authority. And I pledge to you that I will continue to work, as a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act and of comprehensive immigration reform.'" (www.youtube.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. NM congressmen oppose Arizona anti-immigration law. 20 April 2010. "Arizona's misguided legislation is the wrong reaction to a very real issue. Passing laws that many of our citizens fear will institutionalize racial profiling is no solution," Rep. Martin Heinrich told The Independent in a statement. "That is why I feel it is so important for Congress to take up immigration reform this year. [¦] I am proud that here in New Mexico we value our diverse heritage, and I know that in Washington, D.C. we must rise to the challenge and fix this broken system once and for all," Heinrich told The Independent." (newmexicoindependent.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Facebook: Wall. 15 June 2012. "DREAM Act students represent much of what's best about our nation: hard work, motivation, and a willingness to serve this country. It's time to make the DREAM a REALITY." (www.facebook.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Letter to UNM DREAM Act Rally. 29 November 2010. "As a proud cosponsor of the DREAM Act, I join you in doing everything I can to ensure its passage before the end of the 111th Congress." (content.yudu.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Video: Albuquerque Interfaith rallies for DREAM Act. October 24 2010. "Congressional candidate Martin Heinrich supports the DREAM Act and pledged to work with colleagues from both parties to make the DREAM Act a reality. 'It's time for the federal government to lead, and we should do that, guided by moral authority. And I pledge to you that I will continue to work, as a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act and of comprehensive immigration reform." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Martin Heinrich. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Martin Heinrich voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Martin Heinrich supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Video: Martin Heinrich"Weekly Alibi endorsement interview. 31 October 2012. "Whatever legal protections you grant to the population as a whole you can't constitutionally justify withholding those benefits, legal benefits, from any segment of the population, and regardless of whether you call it in a given state a domestic partnership or a same-sex marriage or something else, what's important from a policy point of view is that those benefits are conferred to the entire population." (www.youtube.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Hector Balderas Says He Supports Gay Marriage. 1 August 2011. "Heinrich favors repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples, but does not support marriage rights for gay couples. "I am not supportive of gay marriage," Heinrich said in 2008, "but I do believe that everybody in the United States has the same civil rights in front of the government. So I think it's important that civil rights that are available to heterosexual couples should be available to every single gay couple who also wants to make the same sort of commitments." (www.ontopmag.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Great news that Prop 8 has again been ruled unconstitutional! "Like" this post if you agree with me that all New Mexicans should be allowed to marry the person they love." (www.facebook.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich signed the Freedom to Marry: Democrats Say I Do Pledge. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)

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  • Micheal Coleman. ABQ Journal: N.M. Delegation Backs al-Awlaki Killing. 6 October 2011. "Rep. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat who is vacating his Albuquerque-based U.S. House seat to run for the U.S. Senate next year, said Obama's order to take out al-Awlaki was justified. Heinrich called the killing 'one of the most significant eliminations of a real terrorist in the last 10 years. The law is fairly clear that authorizes this,' Heinrich said in a Journal interview. 'It's a presidential directive and it's limited to a very small number of people who are a threat, and an active threat not only to our country, but American citizens. We're talking about someone who was very involved in a plot to kill a number of Americans.' [¦] 'The issues of civil liberties are important,' he said. 'When I start to worry is when our government is using the law inappropriately to go after law-abiding Americans. This guy is a clear-cut, dangerous terrorist who is involved in plots that resulted in attempted, and in some cases actual, killings of Americans.'" (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. Heinrich Votes Against Flawed Defense Authorization Bill. 14 December 2011. "U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-1) voted today against the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. Since coming to Congress in 2009, Rep. Heinrich, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has supported all previous defense authorization bills that have been voted on in the House of Representatives.'Our brave men and women in uniform serve honorably every day, and it is our responsibility in Congress to ensure they receive the funding and resources they need to carry out their mission,' said Rep. Heinrich. 'However, the Defense Authorization bill was used as a vehicle to authorize the military to go anywhere in the world to imprison anyone suspected of terrorism--even American citizens on U.S. soil--without charge or trial. By mandating military detention of suspected terrorists, this law places additional responsibilities on the military that they have not sought, nor have the resources to carry out, compromising our national security.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Martin Heinrich signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors Pledge. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Martin Heinrich. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Martin Heinrich. Issues: Protecting Social Security and Medicare. 5 March 2011. "Martin has been endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare for one simple reason: because he will always fight any effort to privatize these crucial programs, and will always stand on the side of America's seniors when Social Security and Medicare are at risk. Martin believes that we must keep the promises we've made to our nation's seniors “ and he knows that generations of seniors have been able to live independently and with dignity because of the safety net provided by Social Security and Medicare." (www.martinheinrich.com)

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