Governor Martinez and House Republicans failed to compromise; REAL ID extension denied
SANTA FE – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has denied a REAL ID extension to the state of New Mexico, after Governor Susana Martinez and House Republicans refused to compromise on a bipartisan REAL ID compliance bill during the 2015 legislative session.
Representative Javier Martinez issued the statement below.
“Today, we see the consequences of the Governor and House Republicans’ obstructionism and partisan politics. We had the chance to become REAL ID compliant during the 2015 Legislative Session. House Democrats introduced the REAL ID and Safety First proposal, and soon after, Senators John Arthur Smith and Stuart Ingle sponsored and passed a mirror proposal with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate. House Republicans voted our proposal down, and blocked the Senate bill from moving forward and refused to bring it to a vote. The only reason we are in this position is because House Republicans and Governor Susana Martinez are catering to out-of state special interests and they continue to put their anti-immigrant agenda over the New Mexico’s public safety. Our commonsense proposal would have given U.S. citizens the option to purchase a REAL ID compliant license, while still permitting our Motor Vehicle Department to issue our current licenses to ensure that all drivers are licensed and our roads are safe.”
House Democrats will continue to work across the aisle and with the New Mexico Congressional Delegation to find a commonsense solution that will keep New Mexico’s roads safe.
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