Here’s where Rep. Melanie Stansbury’s earmarks will go in 2024

By: - August 17, 2023 8:00 pm

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) speaks from the stage at Tiguex Park on June 24, 2022. After Congress passes a budget, Stansbury's district will recieve $13.1 million in earmarks. (Photo by Shelby Wyatt for Source NM)

Rep. Melanie Stansbury represents Congressional District 1, which incorporates much of Albuquerque east through the Estancia Valley to Santa Rosa, then spreads to southeastern chunks of the state, encompassing Ruidoso to Fort Sumner. 

Last year, Stansbury earmarked $18 million for 15 projects in the district. Some of those projects included $6.8 for the Albuquerque Sobering Center, $1.5 million to the Sandoval County Animal Shelter and another $1.5 million for the Albuquerque Homeless Youth Center.

The original $53.1 million Stansbury requested this year was cut down in the House Appropriations bills to just a quarter of that amount, about $13.1 million a Source NM analysis found. Her largest earmark is $2 million to build a new station for the Peralta Volunteer Fire Department and to also serve as an emergency shelter for the area. She originally requested $7.6 million.

Stansbury said in a written statement that Community Project Funding is vital for addressing food insecurity, local infrastructure, crime, and other major issues.

“Currently, the House Republican majority has failed to pass a budget, which puts all of our projects and communities at risk,” Stansbury said. “I will do everything I can to bring these projects across the finish line, including working with our Senate colleagues to ensure our communities’ needs are met.”

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Danielle Prokop
Danielle Prokop

Danielle Prokop covers the environment and local government in Southern New Mexico for Source NM. Her coverage has delved into climate crisis on the Rio Grande, water litigation and health impacts from pollution. She is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico.