Martin Heinrich is a U.S. Senator for New Mexico. Heinrich was first elected in 2012. He opposed the Trump Administration’s efforts to shrink national monuments, and said making cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund would be terrible for New Mexico’s economy. Heinrich opposed efforts to sell off public lands, citing concerns that doing so would erode access. Heinrich also worked to protect methane emissions restrictions, calling them a “common-sense protection.”
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich Co-Signed a Letter That Called on the Trump Administration to Stop the Development of Management Plans of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments Until Legal Challenges to the Monument Reductions Were Resolved.
The Letter Claimed Trump Did Not Have the Authority to Shrink Monuments. “‘Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led a group of 16 senators in calling on U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke to halt the development of management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments until legal challenges related to President Trump’s illegal attempt to shrink these monuments have been resolved. The senators also expressed their deep concern that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not intend to consider the millions of public comments in support of maintaining these national monuments – and has no plan to conduct meaningful tribal consultation – as DOI moves forward with the rushed planning process. The president lacks the authority to revoke or reduce previously established national monuments—that authority is reserved to Congress,’ the senators wrote. ‘We strongly disagree with the Department of the Interior’s decision to rush into the planning process for these landscapes based on proclamations which are being challenged in court and are likely to be overturned. The public has made clear they believe that national monuments should remain protected,’ the senators added, noting that nearly three million Americans submitted comments to the DOI in response to the president’s monument review process – and a third-party analysis found that 99 percent of those comments supported leaving monument protections in place. ‘It has come to our attention that the BLM does not plan to consider the input or findings from these millions of comments during this rushed planning process they have undertaken. Further, we have heard that BLM staff will not be considering comments during this process regarding objects, resources and values within the over one million acres that were eliminated from Bears Ears National Monument – despite the likelihood that ongoing legal cases will impact future management of these lands. Finally, we are unaware of any plan to conduct meaningful tribal consultation with any of the tribes who have cultural ties to this region, many of which still live in the area today.’” [Press Release, Tom Udall-Senator for New Mexico, 04/26/18]
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich Claimed Trump’s Budget, Including Cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Would Be Terrible for New Mexico.
Heinrich Listed Cuts to LWCF As Reason Why Trump’s Budget Would “Cripple New
Mexico’s Economy.” In a press release titled “10 Reasons President Trump’s Budget Is
Terrible For New Mexico,” Heinrich outlined “Near-elimination of America’s most successful conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has been used to protect public lands in New Mexico, including the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and the Gila. The $120 million reduction below sequester-level LWCF investments will likely translate to at least a 75 percent cut to the program.” [Press Release, Martin Heinrich-United States Senator for New Mexico, 03/16/17]
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich Introduced An Amendment That Would Block Efforts to Sell Public Lands.
Henrich Said Land Sell-Off Would Lead to “Proliferation of Locked Gates.” “Senator Heinrich also introduced an amendment Wednesday which would block any effort to sell off public lands to reduce the federal deficit. Heinrich said that ‘selling off America’s treasured lands to the highest bidder would result in a proliferation of locked gates and no-trespassing signs in places that have been open to the public and used for generations.’” [Claire Moser, “Senate Votes To Help States Sell Off Public Lands,” ThinkProgress, 03/25/15]
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich Supports Regulating Methane Pollution.
Heinrich Called Effort to Save Methane Rule a “Major Victory” for “Common-Sense Protections.” “Today we were able to defeat an effort by President Trump and Republicans in Congress to roll back common-sense protections to reduce methane pollution. Today’s vote in the Senate was a major victory for our nation’s decades-long commitment to protect the air we breathe.” [Press Release, Martin Heinrich-United States Senator for New Mexico, 05/10/17]