MIL-OSI USA: Vasquez Announces Nearly $40 Million in Proposed Investments to Support Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Infrastructure Improvements

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Gabe Vasquez’s (NM-02)

After successfully securing roughly $14 million last year, Vasquez requested funding for fifteen new initiatives through Community Project Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, June 7, 2024, U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez (NM-02) announced nearly $40 million in Community Project Funding (CPF) requests for New Mexico’s second congressional district in Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). Congress is responsible for passing annual Appropriations legislation to fund the federal government, including funding for local projects. Vasquez’s proposed projects focus on an array of issues ranging from public safety investments to infrastructure improvements on roads and wastewater facilities.

“Our budget is a statement of our values, that’s why I’m especially proud to work with local leaders and partners to bring home much-needed federal investments to all parts of our district,” said Vasquez. “From Acoma to Carlsbad to Columbus, the projects I’m proposing help support law enforcement, keep our constituents safe and increase access to clean water. I’m in office to serve New Mexicans and that means assisting in getting the necessary funding for our state to thrive.”

Vasquez opened CPF applications in February and received various applications from across the district. Members of the House can only submit fifteen community project requests to the House Appropriations Committee. After careful review, Vasquez is proud to have selected fifteen projects totaling $39.86 million in Community Project Funding to support New Mexico’s second congressional district. 

“I am very grateful to Rep. Vasquez for his support of our efforts to enhance technology in the pursuit of crime prevention,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen. “The technology will enhance public safety for Bernalillo County by providing the necessary tools for both law enforcement and the community it serves.”

“I am thrilled to see Congressman Gabe Vasquez supporting the Carlsbad Police Department’s Main Station Renovation through Community Project Funding. These renovations are crucial for accommodating the department’s growth and improving operational efficiency. By making the station more accessible to the public, the department will be able to run more effectively,” said Carlsbad Mayor Rick Lopez. “One key part of the plan is to relocate the records and patrol division to the first floor, making them more accessible to the public. The fourth floor will also become the PD administration and training space equipped with essential technology. Ensuring a safe community is one of my top priorities, and I am grateful for the funding opportunity to enhance the capabilities of our police department. Thank you to Congressman Vasquez for including this project in his requests.”

“Representative Gabe Vasquez clearly demonstrates his understanding of underserved, rural New Mexico native communities, especially for our Acoma Pueblo seniors,” said Governor Randall Vicente, Pueblo of Acoma. “He makes time to listen to our Acoma leaders and seniors to understand why we are significantly behind middle American families. Our traditional sand stone homes need major home improvements and repairs. They were constructed by our Acoma men and do not meet current housing standards. Today, my Acoma people are faced with a housing crisis because housing is not affordable under a traditional mortgage.”

“We are pleased and excited about this support. Congressman Vasquez understands our community and our needs,” said Las Cruces Mayor Eric Enriquez. “We thank him for supporting our initiatives from housing to economic development. These projects will have a significant impact on our community and the people living here for years to come.”

“The Belen wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation is integral in providing essential services to the growing town of Belen. With the age of the current structure, double its predicted usable life, rising costs in repairs and upkeep, and operations nearing capacity, it is necessary to address this critical component of our infrastructure as soon as possible,” saidBelen Mayor Robert Noblin.

“The Village of Columbus wants to thank Congressman Vasquez for keeping Columbus in his thoughts and funding requests,” said Columbus Mayor Philip Skinner. “This project will be used to supply much-needed infrastructure in our community.”

For Fiscal Year 2024, Vasquez secured funding for all fifteen projects requested in the district, bringing $13.9 million back to New Mexico’s second district. 

Information about all fifteen proposed projects for FY25 is available at the link here.

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