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Heinrich questions FDA commissioner on multiple issues

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WASHINGTON D.C. —  During a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration on May 8, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the FDA, urged FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to prioritize preparation...

Lujan Grisham announces special session starting July 18

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SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on April 17 she will call the New Mexico Legislature into a special session on July 18 to take up additional public safety protections that New Mexicans demand.

The governor said she decided to convene a special session to allow lawmakers to finish what they started during the 30-day session. Based on discussions with legislative leadership, the governor anticipates that the special session will be completed within several days.

“While we made some progress toward a safer New Mexico during the 30-day day session, we agree that we must do more,” Lujan Grisham said. “The special session in July will enable us to deliver...

Navajo Nation Council to convene for 2024 spring council session

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council convened at the capital of the Navajo Nation for the opening day of the 2024 Spring Council Session on April 15.

“On behalf of the 25th Navajo Nation Council, I am pleased to welcome everyone to the Navajo Nation and the 2024 Spring Session. During this session the Council will deliberate legislations that will impact infrastructure, chapter projects, committee policies, and department leadership,” 25th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley said.

Leading to the opening ceremony, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty led a Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk from the Navajo Nation Museum parking lot to the Navajo...

Navajo Council calls for finalized capital improvement plan for FY2025

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council's Budget and Finance Committee received a report from the Navajo Nation Division of Community Development regarding the Nation's Capital Improvement Plan on April 2.

Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty questioned DCD's proposed timeline to finalize the CIP, stating that the department is familiar with the process as they have undertaken it before.

"You need to identify the top priority projects from each chapter, as they've received funding, and move forward. I disagree that we should discuss or consider new projects. The Committee needs a breakdown of what's going to be submitted to the Controller, so we have it as a part of...

Law and Order Committee supports legislation to amend rules of order for standing commitees

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Law and Order Committee convened their regular meeting on April 1  to discuss concerns about crime in border towns that impact nearby Navajo communities.

LOC member Council Delegate Herman Daniels Jr. (Tsah Bii Kin, Navajo Mountain, Shonto, Oljato) highlighted issues such as children playing in unsafe abandoned buildings, particularly in Halchita, Utah and increasing incidents of dog attacks on people and livestock.

“Halchita, Utah is a small community, in the middle of the housing there is an abandoned DNA building, the building is run down, burned and unsafe and there are children who go in there every night,” he said.

He recommended a joint meeting...
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