While it is important to create new jobs, we must protect the good paying jobs we already have in northern New Mexico. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) holds a special place in our nation's history and must continue to play a vital role in our country's research and national defense. For the past few years, we've had a Congressman who doesn't believe in LANL's mission and therefore has not fought hard to protect the good paying jobs there. LANL has already lost nearly 600 jobs this year alone.
We need a Congressman who believes in the mission of the LANL and will fight against those who wish to see LANL closed. We also need to ensure that we protect Cannon Air Force Base (CAFB) outside of Clovis. CAFB has come under attack before and thankfully we had US Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman to fight and protect the base and bring in new missions. I will fight to protect our labs and bases.