Press Releases

December 11, 2018

Udall Secures Key Tribal Provisions in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on tribal provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization, which will set federal nutrition, agriculture, forestry, and nutrition policy for the next five years and includes many tribal-specific provisions championed by Udall in the CROPS for Indian Country Act and the Tribal Food and Housing Security Act. "I worked closely with stakeholders … Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Major Wins for NM Farmers, Ranchers, Dairies, and Tribes in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined their colleagues in the Senate to pass the final 2018 Farm Bill - major legislation that will send needed assistance to New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and support every county in the state by protecting the farm safety net and basic social services, while also making strategic investments in broadband access, clean drinking water, rural development, telemedicine, and more. The Farm Bill, which serves as th… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Following Washington Post Report, Senators Reiterate Calls for Full Disclosure of Trump-Saudi Business Ties

According to Washington Post report, lobbyists for Saudi government paid for 500 rooms at Trump's D.C. hotel after the 2016 election WASHINGTON - Today, a group of 11 Democratic senators are reiterating their call for President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to disclose any financial ties between the Trump Organization and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, following a Washington Post report that lobbyists representing the Saudi government paid for 500 rooms at the Trump D.C. hotel shortly a… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Udall Hails Senate Passage of Savanna’s Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, applauded the passage of Savanna's Act in the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and co-sponsored by Udall, would establish best practices guidelines for law enforcement agencies to respond to and solve more cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. It is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a member of the Spirit L… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.29 Million to North Central Regional Transit District from DOT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $1.29 million grant to New Mexico to fund improvements to the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD) in Española. The award, which comes through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants program, will enable North Central RTD to build a maintenance facility, standalone vehicle wash… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Udall, Beyer Introduce Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act to Safeguard America’s Biodiversity

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 to protect and restore fish, wildlife, and plant species, especially those that are at risk to habitat loss and fragmentation--a major factor in species decline and extinction. The legislation establishes a National Wildlife Corridors Program to ensure that species are able to move between habitats by improving data use and collection and enhancing i… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

IN THE NEWS: It’s clear Trump illegally shrunk Bears Ears; the Department of Justice doesn’t want to hear our legal opinion

by TOM UDALL and RAÚL M. GRIJALVA


December 05, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Harris Call On ICE And CBP To Release Documentation On Death Of Transgender Woman In ICE Custody

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan urging the immediate public release of a death review and supporting documentation on Roxana Hernández, a 33-year old transgender woman who died at a New Mexico hospital while in ICE custody. The senators have also req… Continue Reading


December 05, 2018

Following Recent Federal Climate Report, Udall Urges Immediate Action to Combat Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Following the recent release of a federal climate report, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in calling for bold action to combat climate change. Along with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Udall and 23 other senators introduced a resolution affirming findings from the recent National Climate Assessment, along with the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) report, and urging decisive action to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emiss… Continue Reading


December 04, 2018

Udall, Hatch Introduce Smoke Free Schools Act to Combat E-Cigs in Schools

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced The Smoke Free Schools Act of 2018 to help school districts and local education agencies combat the surge of e-cigarette use in schools. The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities, and clarify that state and local education agencies can use grant funding for e-cigarette prevention programs. It would also instruct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to partner with th… Continue Reading


December 04, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Announce an Additional $10.48 Million for NM Water Infrastructure Projects from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated over $10,478,478 in additional money for water resources projects across New Mexico, including funding to rehabilitate the Turley Acequia in San Juan County, reimburse counties and cities for major water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Albuquerque region, complete a feasibility study … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Udall Statement on New FTC Documents on Whitaker’s Involvement in World Patent Marketing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on new documents released from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's role as an advisory board member for World Patent Marketing, a company accused of perpetrating a serious consumer scam and which shut down shortly after the FTC took enforcement action against it. "These new revelations of Mr. Whitaker's extensive involvement in World Patent Marketing - as it was c… Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Resolution Recognizing 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich, along with Representative Ben Ray Luján, introduced a bicameral resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of Tribal communities and families. ICWA sets best-practice standards for child welfare and adoption proceedings involving children who are members of a f… Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Udall Statement on NAFTA Deal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the signing of a replacement NAFTA agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada at the G20 summit: "Today's signing comes after two years of pointless uncertainty and reckless threats to NAFTA from the Trump administration, which raised roadblocks to investment and economic progress across New Mexico. This new deal - the full extent of which has not been released - will require approval in the … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Trump administration seeks to block legal briefs from Democrats in national monuments case

by Dino Grandoni


November 27, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Presses FTC Commissioners on Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s Links to Company Accused of Scamming Consumers

VIDEO: https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings?ID=8094A55F-C761-4731-8B88-3AFBF2D98F0B [Udall's questioning begins at 1:50:10] WASHINGTON - Today, in an oversight hearing of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons and other FTC Commissioners about Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's role as an advisory board m… Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, along with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.), led 46 members of Congress in introducing a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of T… Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

Senators Demand Answers on Acting AG Whitaker’s Role at Firm FTC Charged with Scamming Consumers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are seeking answers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's role as an advisory board member for World Patent Marketing, a company accused of perpetrating a serious consumer scam and which shut down shortly after the FTC took enforcement action against it. The senators asked for information on reports that the… Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

Udall, Inhofe Introduce Legislation Designating Route 66 as a National Historic Trail

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced S. 3609, The Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, which would amend the National Trails System Act to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service (NPS). In June of this year, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the bipartisan legislation. Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, is more than 2,400 miles long, stretching from Ch… Continue Reading


November 23, 2018

Udall, Blumenthal, Schumer & Tonko Announce Bicameral Bill to Block Cyber Grinches Stealing Christmas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) today announced introduction of The Stopping Grinch Bots Act of 2018 to crack down on cyber grinches using bot technology to snatch up large batches of hot holiday toys in order to resell to parents at unfair, inflated prices. Third-party sellers are deploying cyber bot technology to game online sales systems in order to buy out inventory of hot … Continue Reading

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