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Democratic Congresswoman Deb Haaland from New Mexico's First Congressional District needs only 50 votes to be confirmed as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer says she'll soon have them -- probably next week.

Once Haaland is confirmed as Interior Secretary, people across the United States will have an interest in filling her House seat with the most progressive new Congress Member possible. We think that's State Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez.

In recent weeks, Sedillo Lopez has played a leading or prominent role in moving through committee or the full Senate in New Mexico, legislation to end life sentences for children, provide paid sick leave, upgrade broadband internet service, ban fracking, restrict predatory lending, require reporting on killings by police, provide public funding for district court elections, and amend the New Mexico Constitution to create a right to a clean, safe, and protected natural environment.

She has also supported a campaign funding transparency amendment and voluntarily disclosed her donors of $200 or more. There's not a single oil or weapons company among them!

She is taking no corporate PAC money, no fossil fuel money, and no NRA money. It's up to us to support this outstanding candidate and to fund RootsAction's work by donating here.

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Antoinette Sedillo Lopez is campaigning on a platform of Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, free college and university and trade schools, recurring pandemic survival checks, humane immigration policies, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, paid family leave, legalization of cannabis, the Voting Rights Act, ending gerrymandering, publicly financed campaigns, a wealth tax, a financial transaction tax, a $15 minimum wage, moving 10% out of military spending, and ending wars.

If there's one issue Antoinette Sedillo Lopez has led on in the State Senate of New Mexico, it's been countering the destruction and pollution of the oil and gas industry.

There are few things Washington could use right now more than the news that a leading opponent of fracking was just elected to Congress by enthusiastic supporters of ending that horrible industry nationwide.

If you think a Green New Deal is a better idea than fracking, let somebody know.

-- The RootsAction.org Team


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