Earlier this month, Heleen participated in a virtual news conference hosted by Luján. Due to inadequate infrastructure on the reservation, she has struggled to keep learning because she lacks electricity and reliable internet, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on April 9. According to Luján, the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan stands to benefit students like Heleen. He said the American Rescue Plan Act, which became law on March 11 through the passage of H.R.1319 in the 117th Congress, will provide $979 million to schools in New Mexico to address learning loss, provide education technology, implement public health measures and meet other critical needs. “With the historic investments made by the American Rescue Plan, schools across New Mexico will be able to better serve students like Heleen and help them achieve their dreams,” said Luján, who is a new member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. “New Mexico’s students deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of where they live, and I’m committed to working in the Senate to ensure that we provide them with the tools they need to succeed,” he said. Biden’s address to a joint session of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate at 9pm Eastern on April 28. The speech takes place ahead of his 100th day in office as the 46th president of the United States.
Yesterday, I sat down with @NMPED Sec. Ryan Stewart, school administrators, and a talented Cuba High School sophomore named Heleen to discuss my legislation to help close the homework gap for New Mexico students by increasing investment and helping equip school buses with Wi-Fi. pic.twitter.com/k2lP07MGP8— Ben Ray Luján (@SenatorLujan) April 9, 2021
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