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LCV, HMF Launch TV Ad Praising New Mexico Rep. Xochitl Torres Small

Feb 19, 2020

Aliyah Rich, 202-454-4554,

Albuquerque, NM — LCV (League of Conservation Voters) and House Majority Forward today launched a television ad praising Representative Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) for her work in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect New Mexico families from pollution. The New Mexico ad is part of a $1 million campaign thanking eight Members of Congress for their legislative actions and leadership on locally significant environmental issues.

WATCH: “Devastating” (Rep. Xochitl Torres Small; NM-02)

In 2019, Representative Torres Small co-sponsored a bill to test military children for PFAS exposure, H.R. 4295, the Protect our Military Children Act. Representative Torres Small also offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to force the Department of Defense to provide clean water to farmers affected by contamination from military bases and voted in favor of the PFAS Action Act last year. The ad campaign will run for two weeks.

“Poll after poll shows people are demanding action on climate change, clean water and clean air more than ever before,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters. “Fortunately environmental champions in Congress like Xochitl Torres Small are responding in big ways by passing legislation and holding polluters accountable. We want their constituents to know about several recent actions where their representatives put the health and safety of people and the planet first so they can thank them and encourage them to keep making progress on these issues.”

“At a time when leadership is in short supply, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small is doing the hard work to fight for clean air and water for our families,” said Abby Curran Horrell, executive director of House Majority Forward. “Rep. Torres Small is taking responsible steps to pass legislation that will strengthen environmental protections and hold big polluters accountable, while also encouraging innovation in the energy sector.”

During the past year, the House of Representatives has taken bold action on a critical set of issues, fighting back against dangerous environmental rollbacks and failure to act on the climate crisis. They have held over 100 congressional hearings on the climate crisis, passed the first pro-climate action legislation through the House in a decade, passed the largest public lands bill in a decade, and passed legislation to protect the Arctic Refuge, national monuments, and more.

Most recently, the House passed the PFAS Action Act to finally start taking action on these dangerous chemicals, passed legislation to protect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from offshore drilling, and members of the House introduced critical and bold legislation like the Climate Action Now Act to put us on the path to combat the climate crisis. In addition, many individual members were outspoken advocates for extending vital tax incentives for clean energy.

Ad script:

“Devastating” (Rep. Xochitl Torres Small – NM-02)

New Mexico has a problem.
For years, a dangerous chemical known as PFAS, seeping into our water.
Devastating businesses, and threatening our health.
But Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small is standing up to protect New Mexico.
“This response is wholly insufficient.”
Sponsoring a bill to help those impacted most, including military families.
Working with Republicans and Democrats to safeguard us from toxic chemicals.
Thank Xochitl Torres Small. Tell her to keep fighting to protect our water.

LCV (League of Conservation Voters) builds political power to protect people and the planet. We influence policy, hold politicians accountable, and win elections. This is how we fight to build a world with clean air, clean water, public lands, and a safe climate that are protected by a just and equitable democracy.

House Majority Forward is a progressive, non-profit organization committed to promoting economic growth and opportunity, social justice, environmental stewardship, and democracy in the United States of America. We aim to achieve these core goals through aggressive advocacy of policies that move America in the right direction.


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