Rep. Gabe Vasquez Delivers $13.3M in Funding for 14 Projects for New Mexico’s Second District


Otero County elected leaders and the Chamber of Commerce must do better in collaboration and spinning the case of what funding needs are in order to secure federal funding from the congressional and senatorial delegations in congress. 

Gabe Vasquez releases his funding solutions to the district of funds procured and similar to releases from the two senators offices notice Alamogordo’s absence in securing significant funds. 

When has reached to staff of each federal office we have been told that the local leadership in Otero County most specifically the mayor of Alamogordo and the Chairwoman of the county commission seldom reach to their offices for information, support nor requests for funding. An aid said off the record, that the local leaders appear partisan in absent of consistent communication the efforts of the federal leaders are geared toward those cities and counties that consistently engage. 

U.S. Representative Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.-02) secured $13.3 million for 14 projects in New Mexico’s second congressional district. The projects prioritize public safety, bringing good-paying jobs to the district, supporting families and ensuring access to clean water and improved wastewater systems.

Since serving New Mexico in Congress, I’ve been fighting for our district’s fair share of funding,” said Vasquez. “I’ve traveled across the district listening to the needs of our rural, urban, and Tribal communities and have worked hard to deliver critical infrastructure funding, even during a time of Congressional gridlock. I’m proud to deliver these investments to the communities of New Mexico’s 2nd District.”

Vasquez successfully secured funding for 14community projects in New Mexico:

Public Safety

  • New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s Communication Improvement Project across New Mexico
    • $800,000 for the acquisition of handheld radios and satellite communication technology to help improve law enforcement communication in rural communities.
  • Fire Protection Vehicle Acquisition Project in Isleta Pueblo
    • $900,000 for the acquisition of a new fire protection vehicle for the Pueblo of Isleta. This vehicle will be used to protect the community from wildfires and other major fire events.
  • Lift Up Las Cruces Project in Las Cruces
    • $1,000,000 for new streetlights and public infrastructure improvements like ADA ramps and new sidewalks.
  • Luna Mobile Command Unit in Luna County
    • $500,000 for the acquisition of a mobile command unit to facilitate better response to public safety incidents.

Good-paying Jobs

  • Atrisco Vista Boulevard Improvement Project in Albuquerque
    • $4,000,000 for the reconstruction of a 2.35 mile stretch of Atrisco Vista Boulevard to facilitate economic development that has the potential to bring 13,000 jobs to the area.
  • Grant County I-10 Improvement Project in Grant County
    • $500,000 for the re-paving of nine miles of Interstate 10 in southwest New Mexico.
  • South Valley Economic Development Center Expansion Project in Albuquerque
    • $850,000 for the construction of an agricultural economic development center to help increase job growth in this sector.

Access to Clean Water

  • Bayard for Wastewater Systems Improvement Project in Bayard
    • $959,752 for the construction of wastewater system improvements to repair and replace broken and outdated equipment and deteriorated infrastructure for residents of the City of Bayard and surrounding communities.
  • Double Eagle Waterline Replacement Project in Carlsbad,
    • $959,752 to replace the existing water lines in the Double Eagle well field in Carlsbad. The current system is losing 12 million gallons of water per year.
  • Columbus Wastewater Improvement Project in Columbus
    • $500,000 for the improvement of a wastewater treatment facility.

Supporting Families

  • Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces Renovation Project in Las Cruces
    • $1,466,279 for the renovation of a facility that will include space for after-school activities, learning, and other programming.
  • Gila Community Center Improvement Project in Silver City
    • $400,000 for the construction of a new community center in Gila, a rural town.
  • Hatch Food Pantry Project in Hatch
    • $300,000 for the construction of a permanent food pantry in the rural community of Hatch, NM.
  • Lordsburg Community Center in Lordsburg
    • $500,000 for the renovation of a community center originally constructed in the 1980s.

Vasquez also voted to fully fund lifeline programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food assistance program to ensure families have food on the table. Vasquez also secured additional critical funding for:

  • Increased resources to support homeless veterans and to provide mental health care,
  • Firefighters to avoid the pay cliff and to combat wildfires,
  • Programs to address climate change on military installations,
  • Native American housing programs,
  • Indian Health Service,
  • Border communities in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, and
  • Removed harmful policies that would impact access to reproductive care.

Vasquez remains committed to putting people over politics to deliver for New Mexicans per his statement. 

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