Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Starting on September 1st, 2015, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park. The single visitor entrance fee will increase from $3 to $5. The family rate of $10 will not be affected and all passes will continue to be honored as in the past.
Members of the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 came together Thursday afternoon at Gough Park to honor their fellow Marines and a sailor killed in Chattanooga, Tenn., one week ago.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, H.R. 3009, by a vote of 241-179. Following his vote for passage, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released this statement: “Our nation’s immigration system is broken, no one can deny that,” stated Pearce. “However, the failures and flaws in our system are no excuse to actively break the law. On July 1, Kate Steinle was murdered on a San Francisco pier by an individual who not only had seven prior felony convictions, but had been deported five times. The individual was in custody in April, but was allowed to go free. Three months later, he killed Kate. This Administration must not continue to pay cities to actively skirt around our laws. Passage of this legislation today simply prioritizes federal assistance for communities that follow federal law.”
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, by a bipartisan vote of 275-150. This bill provides clarity and uniformity for the labeling of food products containing genetically engineered plants or ingredients (GMO’s), helping consumers make informed choices. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement: “Today I voted to protect both American consumers and producers by creating a national labeling standard for genetically engineered foods,” Pearce said. “It is imperative that we ensure food safety standards nationwide, while also providing affordable and accessible food for all families. To have a medley of laws from one state to the next causes confusion and inconsistencies in what a label means.”
Records from the state of New Mexico reveal fewer undocumented immigrants are being issued driver’s licenses and IDs. The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, which oversees the state’s Motor Vehicle Division, is putting employees through mandatory fraud training.