In this installment of Civil Discourse, host Jamie Newton interviews Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). The discussion took place on the morning of February 8, 2018 by audio link from his Washington, DC office as a second government shutdown loomed with a midnight deadline. Though brief, the Senator responded to several questions of events and issues currently at the center of political attention in Washington, including:
- Funding for more than 10,000 community health centers that serve low-income people, like those operated in New Mexico by Hidalgo Medical Services – a rare bipartisan effort by 65 senators, including New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, asks Senate leaders to restore funding that expired in September 2017.
- The budget agreement negotiated by Senate leaders, but yet to be voted on by the Senate and House, with contrasting demands by conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats threatening to shut down the US Government at midnight on the day of the interview – 2/8/2018.
- Immigrant justice, immigration policies, and the prospects of including in budget negotiations an extension of DACA protection for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
- Election security, the Mueller investigation of possible collusion between the staff of then-candidate Donald Trump and the Russian Government, and the White House release of the Nunes memo that challenges the objectivity of the FBI.
The interview was broadcast on …
- Friday / 9 February 2018 / 12:30 pm
- Saturday / 10 February 2018 / 6 pm
- Sunday / 11 February 2018 / 11 am
- Monday / 12 February 2018 / 9 am
Or listen at your convenience via the following link…