Press Releases

August 05, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Impact Aid Infrastructure Act to Boost School Infrastructure Projects Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to introduce the Impact Aid Infrastructure Act (IAIA), which provides $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants through the Impact Aid program. IAIA provides competitive and formula grants for school infrastruc… Continue Reading

August 05, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Secures Support for Legislation to Protect NM Consumers from COVID-19 Scams During Commerce Committee Hearing

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured important support from commissioners on the Federal Trade Commission for his Stopping COVID Scams Act of 2020. The legislation would empower the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general to hold bad actors accountable for defrauding consumers during the current public health emergency. "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen Americans come together to support frontline w… Continue Reading

August 05, 2020

On Fifth Anniversary of Gold King Mine Spill, Udall Renews Call for EPA to Compensate Victims, Navajo Nation, and State of New Mexico

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill. Udall again called for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to compensate individual victims, along with the Navajo Nation and State of New Mexico, for the damage caused by the 2015 spill. Udall also called on Congress to reform the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws. "Five years ago, the waters of the Animas and San Juan rivers turned yellow … Continue Reading

August 04, 2020

Udall, Neguse Introduce Landmark Pesticide Reform to Protect Children, Farmworkers and Consumers from Toxic Pesticides

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) introduced landmark pesticide reform legislation to prevent the use of toxic pesticides that harm children, farmworkers and consumers in the United States. The Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020 (PACTPA) represents the first comprehensive update since 1996 to the law govern… Continue Reading

August 04, 2020

Udall Applauds Enactment of Major Conservation Law to Fully and Permanently Fund LWCF, Address Park Maintenance Backlog

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the president signed the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation Udall championed to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the maintenance backlog facing our public lands, into law. More information on the legislation is available HERE. "This is a momentous conservation victory for New Mexico and for the entire nation. And make no mistake: it was o… Continue Reading

August 03, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $1 Million Grant to UNM Memory and Aging Center

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the National Institute on Aging, has awarded $1,069,505 to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Memory and Aging Center to conduct research on health disparities in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease among rural populations, with a parti… Continue Reading

July 31, 2020

Udall, Schumer: Republican Coronavirus Proposal Leaves Tribes, Native Communities Out

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued the following statement on the Republican coronavirus proposal, which shortchanges Tribal governments and Native American communities: "It is unacceptable that the coronavirus relief package put forward by Senate Republicans sidelines the needs of Tribal governments and Native communities. As Senate Republicans and the Trum… Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Presses Trump Administration on Bureau of Indian Education Response to COVID-19

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.),chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, to convene an oversight hearing to examine the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Tribal schools entitled "Preparing to Head Back t… Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Consumers from COVID Scams

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Commerce Committee and former New Mexico Attorney General, introduced new legislation to address the growing threat of COVID-19-related scams seeking to fleece American consumers. Udall was joined by U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The Stopping COVID Scams Act of 20… Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump Attacking the Integrity of American Democracy and Calling for Unconstitutional Election Delay

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump suggested delaying the 2020 presidential election, making the outrageous and baseless claim that the election will be fraudulent and yet again falsely discrediting the security of mail-in ballots: "There is no way that the president can legally delay the election. We shouldn't let him distract us from his incompetence in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. But the fact that he is even suggestin… Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Senate Passes Udall’s Bipartisan, Bicameral National Public Health Week Resolution

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded the passage of his bipartisan Senate resolution to recognize National Public Health Week. "National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the hard work we must do to protect our communities, and recognize the bravery of public health workers in New Mexico and across the country who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe," Udall said. "During National Public Health week, we must renew our commitment to building healthier comm… Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Udall Statement on Senate Republican Plan to Drastically Cut Critical Unemployment Assistance As Pandemic, Economic Crises Worsen

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the Senate Republican coronavirus response package that cuts unemployment assistance by $400 per week as the nation faces record unemployment and consistently high levels of COVID-19 cases: "While our country suffers devastating and tragic losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, and over 100,000 New Mexicans have lost their jobs almost overnight through no fault of their own, Senate Republicans are proposing a plan… Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Introduce Major Legislation to Expand Funding to Restore America’s National Forests

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-Wash.), and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), introduced the Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act or the REPLANT Act, legislation to expand funding for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to carry out reforestation projects in U.S. forestland damaged by events such as wildfires, insects… Continue Reading

July 28, 2020

Senator Tom Udall’s Legislative Actions to Address the Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19

To download and print this information, please click HERE. Funding - Senator Udall voted to pass H.R. 266, a $484 billion bipartisan COVID-19 response package with key funding for New Mexico and Indian Country, including: - Senator Udall and Senate Democrats fought to increase the amount of loans that small community lenders receive by $120 billion, a key provision that will help finance the loans for many small businesses in New Mexico and Indian Country. - An additional $75 billion for h… Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join 47 Senators in Introducing The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 47 senators in introducing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bipartisan bill to restore the landmark Voting Rights Act, end the scourge of minority voter suppression, and help preserve the legacy of John Lewis - one of America's greatest civil rights heroes who fought tirelessly to protect the right to vote for every American. In 2013, the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted critic… Continue Reading

July 27, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds $32.3 Million in HHS COVID-19 High Impact Allocation Provider Relief Grants

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 High-Impact Allocation Provider Relief Fund, has awarded $32.3 million to the Gallup Indian Medical Center, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHHCS) Hospital, UNM Sandoval Region… Continue Reading

July 24, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $1.8 Million in HHS Grants to Support Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1,892,826 in mental health and substance abuse prevention grants to the New Mexico State Department of Human Services, the National Center for Frontier Communities, the Carlsbad Community Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition, and the National Indian Y… Continue Reading

July 24, 2020

Udall, Colleagues Urge Administration to Continue Housing Eviction Bans Due to Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of 26 Senate Democrats in urging the Trump Administration to continue to ban housing evictions for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic as COVID-19 continues to put many Americans in danger of falling behind on monthly rent payments. In a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Ma… Continue Reading

July 24, 2020

Udall, Blumenthal, Davis Introduce Bicameral Legislation To Provide Permanent Amtrak Funding

Legislation will benefit routes like NM's Southwest Chief WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-Ill.) introduced the Intercity Passenger Rail Trust Fund Act to permanently fund Amtrak. Intercity passenger rail currently relies on the often unpredictable and limited annual appropriations process for funding, making it difficult to plan long-term, comprehensive investments needed to improve the system. In New Mexico, th… Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Highlights 30 By 30 Resolution to Save Nature During ‘Road to 30’ Virtual Event with Nevada Conservation Leaders

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies joined the Center for Western Priorities (CWP) and the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) to hold the Nevada stop on the "Road to 30" virtual tour of states across the West. During the virtual event, Udall discussed the urgent need for the nation to address the nature crisis and how the national goal… Continue Reading

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