Press Releases

November 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Senate Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the introduction of a bipartisan resolution to mark the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the immeasurable contributions that Native Americans have made to our nation through their diverse cultures, rich heritages, and unique traditions. "During Native American Heritage Month, we recognize and celebrate the … Continue Reading

November 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome New Pricing Preferences For Northern NM Businesses Contracting With LANL

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed a new agreement for procurement opportunities for northern New Mexico businesses contracting with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Under LANL's new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, that went into effect on November 1, 2018, there continues to be a pricin… Continue Reading

November 19, 2018

Udall, Grijalva Lead 118 Members of Congress on Bicameral Amicus Brief to Protect National Monuments Against Unconstitutional Attacks by Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), 26 Senators and 92 House members submitted an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in five cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that challenge the Trump administration's decision to significantly diminish the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in southern Utah. In the brief, the lawmakers argue that under the Constitution, no… Continue Reading

November 16, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Intent to Nominate Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, released the following statement after President Trump said he would nominate Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator in a permanent capacity: "If President Trump follows through on his statement today and nominates Acting Administrator Wheeler to serve in a permanent capacity, the Senate will fin… Continue Reading

November 16, 2018

As Congress Negotiates DHS Funding, ICE Dodging Inquiries About Possible Spending Violations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is calling attention to the Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) failure to respond to an October inquiry from 14 senators regarding ICE's violation of congressional requirements, questionable contracting practices, and pattern of spending beyond its means. In their October inquiry, Udall and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (W-Dis.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Richard Blume… Continue Reading

November 14, 2018

Udall, Markey, Blumenthal Call for FTC Investigation into Manipulative Marketing in Children’s Apps

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch an investigation into new evidence of manipulative marketing in apps directed at children. A new study authored by public health experts in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics reveals numerous instances of young children's games using advertising techniques that ap… Continue Reading

November 13, 2018

Udall Statement on FDA’s Proposal to Limit Sales of E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released the following statement after the FDA proposed plans to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, and e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs subsequently announced that it would take steps to curtail sales of its flavored products in retail stores. The FDA's proposal and JUUL Labs' announcement comes after mounting public pressure in response … Continue Reading

November 11, 2018

Udall Statement Honoring Veterans Day

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day: "Today, 100 years since the signing of the armistice ending World War I, we honor the brave men and women from New Mexico and across the United States who have sacrificed to defend our values and protect our freedoms, both at home and abroad. New Mexicans carry a long and storied tradition of military service. From enduring the brutal Bataan Death March during World War II to braving the b… Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.347 Million for Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project will receive a total of $4.347 million from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's (BOR) fiscal year 2019 budget. The project, when complete, will deliver a reliable water supply to Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, Grady, Elida, Melrose, Portales, Texico, and Roosevelt and Curry counties. An additional $7.65 million will be allocated to other projects along the Ri… Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

Udall Statement on Firing of Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "Any effort to obstruct or terminate the special counsel's investigation would precipitate a crisis for our constitution and our republic. Unfortunately, the American people have every reason to fear that the president's firing of Attorney General Sessions represents an attempt to interfere with the investigation into the Trump campaign. The new acting attorn… Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

Udall: New Mexicans Vote for New Direction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the results of the midterm election: "Voters in New Mexico and across this country voted to turn the page - and to stand up for the fundamental values that make our state and our nation strong. We voted to reject the politics of fear, hatred, and division. We voted to affirm what we know to be true in majority-minority state like New Mexico: that our diversity is our strength, and that we can accomplish so muc… Continue Reading

November 05, 2018

NM Delegation Urges House & Senate Agriculture Committees to Include Farm Bill Provisions Helping Acequias and Land Grants Access Federal Resources

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lújan are urging the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to maintain a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill to make acequias eligible for federal resources through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). They also requested that the committees include language to make land grants eligible for these resources as well. These … Continue Reading

November 05, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Administration Reimposing Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Iran that had been eased following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and threatened yet further sanctions. Udall has introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds for war with Iran without either express approval from Congress or in response to imminent attack, … Continue Reading

November 05, 2018

Udall Celebrates Completion of Sunland Park Wastewater Treatment Plant

Santa Teresa, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Santa Teresa to celebrate the completion of the Sunland Park Wastewater Treatment Plant, made possible through a $9 million grant to the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which awards grants to address high-priority water supply and water sanitation needs. A representative from U.S. Senator Martin Heinr… Continue Reading

November 01, 2018

Udall & Colleagues Urge FDA to Protect Kids from Tobacco Use and Addiction

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of colleagues in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take stronger action to reduce youth use of addictive electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by immediately requiring manufacturers to remove kid-appealing flavored e-cigarettes from the market. More than two million middle and high-schoolers are using e-cigarettes today, making them the most popular form of tobacco product among youth-with 81 percent of kids who have… Continue Reading

October 28, 2018

Udall Statement on Tree of Life Shooting

Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and his wife, Jill Cooper Udall, attended a memorial service at the Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, N.M., where they attend services, to honor the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. Udall released the following statement: "It is abundantly clear that the hatred that exists in this nation is strong. That fact has been repeatedly laid bare -- agonizingly so yesterday, when 11 innocent people, seeking peace in a house… Continue Reading

October 22, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, O’Rourke Demand Answers from HHS on Unaccompanied Migrant Children Detained at Tornillo Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to provide information on the operations and conditions of the temporary tent facility in Tornillo, Texas housing detained unaccompanied migrant children. In a letter to Azar, the lawmakers demanded answers regarding the expansion of the Tornillo facility, and new administration policies that are se… Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Udall Joins Protect Our Care’s Bus Tour in ABQ, Fights to Protect Health Care for New Mexico Families

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with local health care advocates, community members, and elected officials, joined Protect Our Care on its nationwide Care Force One Bus Tour at its stop in Albuquerque. During the event, he called on Republicans to end their relentless attacks on New Mexicans' health care, and pledged to work to defend and improve access to comprehensive coverage for hardworking New Mexico families. Udall began by committing to defend comprehensive hea… Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Udall Tours Economic and Community Development Hubs in the South Valley

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall toured three economic development organizations in the South Valley that serve farmers, entrepreneurs, community members and small business owners who are helping to drive New Mexico's economy forward. During his tours, he met with local community members who have benefitted from these initiatives and discussed how federal resources can best support programs to foster entrepreneurship, workforce education, and economic and community development t… Continue Reading

October 17, 2018

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote to President Donald Trump and to the Trump Organization seeking a full accounting of any financial ties between the Trump Organization and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi… Continue Reading

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