OnTheIssuesLogo

Martin Heinrich on Technology

 

 


Hailed $165 million for rural broadband in New Mexico

Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with Representatives Ben Ray Lujan, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, hailed the announcement that 18 cable companies, satellite businesses, electrical cooperatives, and wireless providers in New Mexico have won nearly $165 million from the Federal Communications Commission's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction. The utilities received the funding for a 10-year period to provide broadband access in 64,170 locations in New Mexico.
Source: Haaland press release on 2024 New Mexico Senate race , Dec 11, 2020

More federal spending on transportation infrastructure

Q: Support Federal spending to promote the economy?

Martin Heinrich (D): Yes, particularly transportation infrastructure.

Gary Johnson (L): No. Cut government spending by 20%.

Mick Rich (R): Yes. Energy development & infrastructure repair.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Supports Net Neutrality; reverse FCC's repeal

Q: Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access?

Martin Heinrich (D): Yes. Voted to reverse FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules.

Gary Johnson (L): No. Government shouldn't regulate.

Mick Rich (R): No position found.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Invest in infrastructure and tech transfer

Q: How can congress create jobs?

Balderas: We need real tax reform that favors small business. We need a Washington that's going to prioritize and educate the workforce and grow the middle class.

Heinrich: We have to invest in infrastructure and focus on small businesses with tax credits and business loans. Also we need to focus on technology transfer.

Source: KOAT-7 live blogging of 2012 N.M. Senate debate , Jun 3, 2012

Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes.

Congressional Summary: The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 authorizes each state to require all sellers with sales exceeding $1 million in the preceding calendar year to collect and remit sales and use taxes, but only if complying with the minimum simplification requirements relating to the administration of such taxes & audits.

Opponent's Argument for voting No (Cnet.com): Online retailers are objecting to S.743, saying it's unreasonable to expect small businesses to comply with the detailed--and sometimes conflicting--regulations of nearly 10,000 government tax collectors. S.743 caps years of lobbying by the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represent big box stores. President Obama also supports the bill.

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes: Sen. COLLINS. This bill rectifies a fundamental unfairness in our current system. Right now, Main Street businesses have to collect sales taxes on every transaction, but outbecause -of-state Internet sellers don't have to charge this tax, they enjoy a price advantage over the mom-and-pop businesses. This bill would allow States to collect sales taxes on Internet sales, thereby leveling the playing field with Main Street businesses. This bill does not authorize any new or higher tax, nor does it impose an Internet tax. It simply helps ensure that taxes already owed are paid.

Opponent's Argument for voting No: Sen. WYDEN: This bill takes a function that is now vested in government--State tax collection--and outsources that function to small online retailers. The proponents say it is not going to be hard for small businesses to handle this--via a lot of new computer software and the like. It is, in fact, not so simple. There are more than 5,000 taxing jurisdictions in our country. Some of them give very different treatment for products and services that are almost identical.

Reference: Marketplace Fairness Act; Bill S.743 ; vote number 13-SV113 on May 6, 2013

Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio.

    Congressional Summary: To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content, including:
  1. broadcasting, transmitting, and programming over noncommercial educational radio broadcast Corporation for Public Broadcasting was created in 1967. Today, we have multiple listening choices; NPR [has become an] absurd anachronism. It is time to move forward and to let National Public Radio spread its wings and support itself.

    Opponent's Argument for voting No:
    [Rep. Waxman, D-CA]: This bill will cripple National Public Radio, public radio stations, and programming that is vital to over 27 million Americans. We are now voting to deny the public access to one of our Nation's most credible sources of news coverage. This bill does not save a penny. This legislation does not serve any fiscal purpose, but it does serve an ugly ideological one. This legislation is not about reforming NPR. It is about punishing NPR. It is vindictive, it is mean-spirited, it is going to hit the smallest stations in rural areas particularly hard. Public radio is indispensable for access to news that's hard to get, especially where broadband service is limited.

    Reference: Prohibit Federal Funds for NPR; Bill H.1076 ; vote number 11-HV192 on Mar 17, 2011

    Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months.

    Congressional Summary:Amends the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act to delay the transition of television broadcasting from analog to digital to June 13, 2009. Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend for a 116-day period the licenses for recovered spectrum, including the construction requirements associated with those licenses.

    Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. RICK BOUCHER (D, VA-9): Fully 6.5 million households are totally unprepared for the transition on February 17; these 6.5 million households will lose all of their television service, and that number represents about 5.7% of the total American television viewing public. If almost 6%of the nation's households lose all of their television service, I think that most people would declare that the digital television transition has been a failure. In recognition of that reality, this legislation would delay the transition until June 12.

    Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. JOE LINUS BARTON (R, TX-6): The majority is trying to fix a problem that I do not think really exists. We have sent out 33 million coupons: 22 million of those coupons have been redeemed, and 11 million coupons are outstanding. The outstanding coupons are being redeemed, I think, by about 500,000 a week, something like that. In my opinion, you could keep the hard date and not have a problem, but if you think there is a problem, it is not from lack of money. We have appropriated $1.3 billion. About half of that is still in the Treasury, so the redemption rate is only about 52%. Even though we are delaying this until June 12 if this bill becomes law, according to the acting chairman of the FCC, 61% of the television stations in America are going to go ahead and convert to digital. 143 television stations already have converted, and in those areas where they have converted, I am not aware that there has been a huge problem.

    Reference: DTV Delay Act; Bill S.352 ; vote number 2009-H052 on Mar 4, 2009

    Other candidates on Technology: Martin Heinrich on other issues:
    NM Gubernatorial:
    Deb Haaland
    Gary Johnson
    Gary King
    Jay Block
    Jeff Apodaca
    Joe Cervantes
    John Sanchez
    Mark Ronchetti
    Michelle Lujan-Grisham
    Rebecca Dow
    Steve Pearce
    Susana Martinez
    NM Senatorial:
    Ben Ray Lujan
    Bob Walsh
    Gary Johnson
    Gavin Clarkson
    Maggie Toulouse Oliver
    Mark Ronchetti
    Mick Rich
    Tom Udall

    NM politicians
    NM Archives
    Senate races 2021-22:
    AK: Incumbent Lisa Murkowski(R)
    vs.Challenger Kelly Tshibaka(R)
    vs.2020 candidate Al Gross(D)
    AL: Incumbent Richard Shelby(R) vs.U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks(R) vs.Ambassador Lynda Blanchard(R) vs.Katie Britt(R) vs.Judge Jessica Taylor(R) vs.Brandaun Dean(D) vs.State Rep. John Merrill(R)
    AR: Incumbent John Boozman(R)
    vs.Candidate Dan Whitfield(D)
    vs.Jake Bequette(R)
    AZ: Incumbent Mark Kelly(D)
    vs.CEO Jim Lamon(R) vs.Blake Masters(R)
    vs.A.G. Mark Brnovich(R) vs.Mick McGuire(R)
    CA: Incumbent Alex Padilla(D)
    vs.2018 Senate candidate James Bradley(R)
    vs.Lily Zhou(R)
    vs.State Rep. Jerome Horton(D)
    CO: Incumbent Michael Bennet(D)
    vs.Eli Bremer(R)
    vs.USAF Lt. Darryl Glenn(R)
    CT: Incumbent Richard Blumenthal(D)
    vs.Challenger Joe Visconti(R)
    vs.2018 & 2020 House candidate John Flynn(R)
    FL: Incumbent Marco Rubio(R)
    vs.U.S.Rep. Val Demings(D)
    vs.U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson(D)
    GA: Incumbent Raphael Warnock(D)
    vs.Navy vet Latham Saddler(R)
    vs.Gary Black(R)
    vs.Herschel Walker(R)
    HI: Incumbent Brian Schatz(D)
    vs.Former State Rep. Cam Cavasso(R ?)
    IA: Incumbent Chuck Grassley(R)
    vs.State Sen. Jim Carlin(R)
    vs.Michael Franken(D)
    vs.Bob Krause(D)
    vs.Former U.S. Rep IA-1 Abby Finkenauer(D)
    ID: Incumbent Mike Crapo(R)
    vs.James Vandermaas(D)
    vs.Natalie Fleming(R)
    IL: Incumbent Tammy Duckworth(D)
    vs.U.S.Rep. Adam Kinzinger(? R)
    vs.Peggy Hubbard(R)
    IN: Incumbent Todd Young(R)
    vs.Challenger Haneefah Abdul-Khaaliq(D)
    vs.Psychologist Valerie McCray(D)
    vs.Thomas McDermott(D)
    KS: Incumbent Jerry Moran(R)
    vs.Michael Soetaert(D)
    vs.Mark Holland(D)
    vs.Joan Farr(R)
    KY: Incumbent Rand Paul(R)
    vs.State Rep Charles Booker(D)
    LA: Incumbent John Kennedy(R)
    vs.Luke Mixon(D)
    vs.Gary Chambers(D)

    MD: Incumbent Chris Van Hollen(D)
    vs.Colin Byrd(D)
    MO: Incumbent Roy Blunt(R)
    vs.Eric Greitens(R) vs.Scott Sifton(D)
    vs.Eric Schmitt(R) vs.Lucas Kunce(D)
    vs.Mark McClosky(R) vs.Vicky Hartzler(R)
    vs.Tim Shepard(D) vs.Billy Long(R)
    NC: Incumbent Richard Burr(R,retiring)
    Erica Smith(D) vs.Mark Walker(R)
    vs.Ted Budd(R) vs.Pat McCrory(R)
    vs.Cheri Beasley(D) vs.Rett Newton(D)
    vs.Jeff Jackson(D) vs.Marjorie K. Eastman(R)
    ND: Incumbent John Hoeven(R)
    vs.Michael J. Steele(D)
    NH: Incumbent Maggie Hassan(D)
    vs.Don Bolduc(R)
    vs.Chris Sununu(R ?)
    NV: Incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto(D)
    vs.Adam Laxalt(R)
    NY: Incumbent Chuck Schumer(D)
    vs.Antoine Tucker(R)
    OH: Incumbent Rob Portman(R,retiring)
    Bernie Moreno(R) vs.Tim Ryan(D)
    vs.Jane Timken(R) vs.Josh Mandel(R)
    vs.JD Vance(R) vs.Mike Gibbons(R)
    vs.Morgan Harper(D) vs.Matt Dolan(R)
    OK: Incumbent James Lankford(R)
    vs.Nathan Dahm(R)
    vs.Joan Farr(R)
    OR: Incumbent Ron Wyden(D)
    vs.QAnon adherent Jo Rae Perkins(R)
    vs.Jason Beebe(R)
    PA: Incumbent Pat Toomey(R,retiring)
    vs.Everett Stern(R) vs.Jeff Bartos(R)
    vs.Val Arkoosh(D) vs.Carla Sands(R)
    vs.John Fetterman(D) vs.Malcolm Kenyatta(D)
    vs.Kathy Barnette(R) vs.Sharif Street(D)
    vs.Conor Lamb(D) vs.Sean Parnell(R)
    vs.Craig Snyder(R) vs.Mehmet Oz(R)
    SC: Incumbent Tim Scott(R)
    vs.State Rep. Krystle Matthews(D)
    SD: Incumbent John Thune(R)
    vs.State Rep. Billie Sutton(? D)
    UT: Incumbent Mike Lee(R) vs.Allen Glines(D)
    vs.Austin Searle(D) vs.Evan McMullin(I)
    VT: Incumbent Patrick Leahy(D)
    vs.Scott Milne(? R)
    vs.Peter Welch(D)
    WA: Incumbent Patty Murray(D)
    vs.Challenger Tiffany Smiley(R)
    WI: Incumbent Ron Johnson(R) vs.Tom Nelson(D)
    vs.Sarah Godlewski(D) vs.Alex Lasry(D)
    vs.Chris Larson(D) vs.Mandela Barnes(D)
    Abortion
    Budget/Economy
    Civil Rights
    Corporations
    Crime
    Drugs
    Education
    Energy/Oil
    Environment
    Families
    Foreign Policy
    Free Trade
    Govt. Reform
    Gun Control
    Health Care
    Homeland Security
    Immigration
    Jobs
    Principles
    Social Security
    Tax Reform
    Technology
    War/Peace
    Welfare

    Other Senators
    Senate Votes (analysis)
    Bill Sponsorships
    Affiliations
    Policy Reports
    Group Ratings

    Contact info:
    Fax Number:
    202-225-4975
    Mailing Address:
    Longworth HOB 1505, Washington, DC 20515
    Phone number:
    (202) 225-6316
    Search for...





    Page last updated: Dec 27, 2021