Month: June 2018

U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE MICK RICH STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT VACANCY

Albuquerque, NM – U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy:

“President Trump has a strong track record of appointing federal judges that fairly and impartially apply our Constitution and our laws,” Mick Rich said. “I’m looking forward to the President’s nomination to fill the new vacancy on our nation’s highest court. I hope that New Mexico’s U.S. senators will then act swiftly to fulfill their constitutional duty and act in good faith on the President’s nomination.”

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MARTIN HEINRICH HYPOCRITICAL ON SEPARATING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

Albuquerque, NM – The Mick Rich for U.S. Senate campaign released the following statement on Democrat Martin Heinrich’s hypocrisy on the separation of immigrant families.

“Martin Heinrich is a blatant hypocrite for praising President Obama when he separated families at the border – and now attacking President Trump,” campaign spokesman Mike Lonergan said. “Heinrich’s trip to the border is a low-brow and cynical stunt; he must be held accountable for his hypocrisy.”

Background:

“President Barack Obama separated parents from their children at the border.” (McClatchy, Yes, Obama separated families at the border, too, 7/21/2018)

In 2014, Heinrich praised Obama Administration handling of immigrant families: “It was good to see that the facility is working well..[q]uite clean and humane.” – Senator Martin Heinrich (KOAT TV, Heinrich supports $3.7 billion request to alleviate border crisis, 7/12/2014)

In 2018, Heinrich attacks the Trump Administration’s handling of immigrant families: “…[I]t is incumbent on President Trump to fix the crisis that he created.” – Senator Martin Heinrich (Office of Senator Martin Heinrich Press Release, 6/20/18)

U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE MICK RICH STATEMENT ON MIGRANT CHILDREN

Albuquerque, NM – U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich made the following statement on migrant children on the U.S. – Mexico border:

“As a father with four children, this is absolutely heartbreaking,” Mick Rich said. “Sadly, this is the latest example that our country’s immigration system is completely broken. Republicans and Democrats alike need to stop their partisan bickering and finger pointing, and act immediately to reform our immigration system and stop this needless suffering.”

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MICK RICH ANNOUNCES PLAN TO STRENGTHEN NEW MEXICO SCHOOLS

Albuquerque, NMU.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich unveiled his plan to strengthen New Mexico’s schools at Gilbert L. Sena Charter High School. The plan focuses on getting the federal government out of the classroom, building up public schools and growing innovation and choice, increasing vocational and skills training, and making higher education more affordable.

“Bureaucrats, politicians, and special interests have been putting themselves first and our students second for far too long,” Mick Rich said. “My plan focuses on empowering parents, teachers, and schools to better prepare students for success. As a general contractor for 35 years, I’ve seen our economy and workforce change dramatically, and it is time to change our education system to give our students what they need to build a brighter future. As New Mexico’s next U.S. senator, I will work hard to make this vision a reality.”

Rich’s plan calls for getting the federal government out of the classroom by restoring control of education to parents, teachers, and communities. Rolling back one-size-fits-all federal mandates like No Child Left Behind and fostering parental engagement to support academic success will put parents, teachers, and communities back in the driver’s seat.

The plan also boosts vocational and skills training to better prepare students to succeed in a changing workforce by: increasing STEM education, and trade and vocational training, and creating short-term workforce Pell grants to improve job training. Rich also proposes allowing veterans to enter into pre-apprenticeship programs to better transfer their skills and training from military service into the workforce, and reforming and streamlining federal laws and bureaucracy on apprenticeships.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to prepare students for today’s workforce,” Associated Builders and Contractors New Mexico Chapter President Roxanne Rivera-Wiest said. “But federal laws and bureaucracy are in dire need of reform. Mick Rich’s plan will help cut through red tape and better equip New Mexicans to enter today’s dynamic workforce.”

A third element of the plan is expanding school choice and innovation. According to the National Alliance for Public Charters, charter school enrollment in the U.S. has tripled since 2006 – to more than 3 million students. The success of school choice shows the importance of innovation and competition in education. Targeting investment on students will allow funding to follow them through their entire education with vouchers, savings accounts, and scholarship programs. 529 savings accounts would also be expanded to include K through 12 education expenses.

“Our charter schools are an important asset to our education system,” Gilbert L. Sena Charter High School Executive Director Nadine Torres said. “By increasing options for families to choose how to educate their students, more New Mexicans will be able to access the right path for success.”

The fourth element of the plan seeks to make higher education more affordable and accessible. New Mexico’s colleges and universities are among the most affordable in the nation. Yet as New Mexico continues to lag behind the rest of the country in poverty and college enrollment, higher education institutions in the state continue to raise costs – by 30 percent since 2004. Rich’s plan calls for streamlining and reforming federal student financial aid through shared accountability for colleges and universities in repaying student loans, consolidating income-driven repayment options into a single plan, and capping monthly payments at 12.5 percent of income and forgiving balances after 15 years.

Mick Rich’s complete education plan is available online here.

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MICK RICH CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON HISTORIC SUMMIT WITH NORTH KOREA

Albuquerque, NM – The Mick Rich for U.S. Senate campaign issued the following statement on the President’s historic summit with North Korea.

“The President’s meeting with North Korea is a historic opportunity to strive for peace and reduce the threat of nuclear weapons,” campaign spokesman Mike Lonergan said. “It’s a shame that Martin Heinrich is more interested in petty political jabs on Twitter than making Americans and our allies safer at home and around the world.”

Background:

“President Trump just gave a brutal North Korean dictator the international legitimacy he has always craved and got nothing in return. Weak.,” (Senator Martin Heinrich Twitter Post, 6/12/18)

Even former Democrat Governor Bill Richardson said that meeting with North Korea was “…worth the risk.” (Washington Times, History is made as Trump and Kim meet, but will they produce something historic?, 6/12/18)

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MICK RICH STATEMENT ON LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY MANAGEMENT CONTRACT

Albuquerque, NMMick Rich, candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement on today’s announcement of a new management contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“Los Alamos National Laboratory is such an important asset to our economy and our national security,” Mick Rich said. “I’m encouraged by the announcement of a new management team. From violating nuclear safety standards to shipping nuclear material through commercial air cargo and other issues, it was clear that new leadership was needed. I’m looking forward to working with them as New Mexico’s next U.S. senator to protect LANL’s funding and mission for years to come.”

Statement from Mick Rich on May U.S. Jobs Report

Albuquerque, NMMick Rich, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, released the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that the nation’s economy created 223,000 new jobs in May.

“New Mexico’s unemployment rate has been one of the highest in the country for far too long,” Mick Rich said. “Our state deserves a senator that will stand up for working families and small businesses with policies that make New Mexico more competitive – so our kids can have better futures right here in our state. As New Mexico’s senator, I will fight to repeal burdensome federal regulations and support tax reform policies that let our families and businesses save and invest more of their hard-earned money.”

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