Farming and ranching are integral aspects of New Mexico's economy, history and culture. Although agriculture represents one of our state's largest industries, farmers and ranchers face serious challenges, such as drought, wildfires and lack of services for rural communities. I'm proud to be the first New Mexican member of Congress to serve on the House Agriculture Committee.
The current campaign finance system in this country is broken and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has harmed the integrity of our democracy. More and more money is secret and subject to abuse by organizations, donors and the government itself.
As the Whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I have been working hard to achieve comprehensive reform that keeps families together, provides a tough but fair earned pathway to citizenship, enhances border security, grows the economy and is in line with our core American values.
Native American culture and traditions have deep roots in New Mexico. When I served as New Mexico Secretary of Health, I ensured that tribes and pueblos were a priority for state government, directing state and federal resources toward the unique needs of Indian country, while respecting the sovereign Native American nations.
My top priority is getting our economy moving and putting New Mexicans back to work. I support small businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises which are key components in our economy’s recovery. To that end, I am advocating for a viable economy with corporate citizens that provide good paying jobs and set the path for a prosperous economic future.
As important as it is to support America’s soldiers on the battlefield, we must also support veterans and their families here at home. New Mexico is home to a large number of veterans, and we have a solemn responsibility make sure that we're standing up for those who took a stand for us. No veteran who returns from serving our country should have difficulty accessing the benefits they deserve.
I have a lifetime of experience and hands-on activism for women’s rights and stands against giving corporations more personal power and freedoms than are given to women. I support the right to choose and am an ardent supporter of women’s reproductive rights. In Congress, I am standing strong against attacks on the right to choose, women’s healthcare and Planned Parenthood.