Press Releases

January 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. "Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long," said Udall. "New Mexicans shouldn't have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer … Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Demand Oversight Hearings on the Deaths of Two Migrant Children in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Custody

Senators: "We cannot wait for another death to occur" WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees to hold hearings on the tragic deaths of twomigrant children in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. In December alone, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez died in New Mexico after they were detained along with their fathers by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after crossing t… Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Action on Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill As Part of Broader Call to Reopen All of the Federal Government

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Action on Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill As Part of Broader Call to Reopen All of the Federal Government WASHINGTON -- Today, on day 27 of the longest government shutdown in American history, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to demand action on the bipartisan Interior appropriations bill passed by the House last week, H.R. 266 -- … Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Trump Shutdown Receive the Back Pay They Deserve

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to secure back pay for low-wage federal government contractors who continue to go without pay during the ongoing government shutdown, which is now the longest shutdown in American history. The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act aims to help struggling employees of federal contractors impacted by the shutdown -- including janitorial, kitchen, and security services workers -- many of whom are paid … Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Shares the Shutdown Fears of a New Mexico Family Being Pushed to the Brink After Missing Paycheck

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Shares the Shutdown Fears of a New Mexico Family Being Pushed to the Brink After Missing Paycheck PHOTO: Udall Joins Senate Democrats on Capitol Steps to Highlight New Mexicans & Americans Hurt By Shutdown WASHINGTON - In a speech from the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall shared the story and fears of a family from New Mexico that is concerned about its financial security after missing a paycheck due to the Trump shutdown. Udall's remarks came just… Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Lawmakers File Bipartisan, Bicameral Amicus Brief in Support of the Indian Child Welfare Act

Urges the Fifth Circuit to overturn lower court's unprecedented ruling WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) along with U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and Don Young (R-Alaska) filed an amicus brief in federal court making the case for the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The lawmakers' brief, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Cir… Continue Reading


January 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Sound Alarm: Trump Shutdown Threatens Wildfire Preparedness

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich pressed President Trump and congressional Republicans to end their shutdown of the federal government, sounding the alarm about the growing impacts on wildfire preparedness as funding continues to delay critical firefighter training and wildfire prevention programs. Typically, federal agencies use the winter months to hire and train firefighters in advance of the upcoming fire season, and to perform fire prevention work-like tree … Continue Reading


January 15, 2019

AUDIO: On ‘Tuesdays with Tom,’ Udall Discusses Disastrous Effects of Trump Shutdown on New Mexico Families, Tribes, and Public Lands

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall held a press conference call for local reporters to discuss the devastating consequences of the Trump shutdown - now the longest shutdown in American history - for New Mexico families. During the call, he addressed the disastrous effects of the president's act of political extortion on federal workers, farmers, ranchers, Tribes, and public lands across New Mexico and Indian Country. "President Trump and his allies in Congress are holding the liveliho… Continue Reading


January 14, 2019

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Shares Stories of New Mexicans Hurt by Trump Shutdown

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Shares Stories of New Mexicans Hurt by Trump Shutdown WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the devastating effects of the Trump shutdown - now the longest shutdown in American history - on families, communities and businesses across New Mexico. Udall shared the stories of countless New Mexicans who are paying the price for President Trump's irresponsible decision to hold their livelihoods and critical services hos… Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

On First Day Employees are Missing Paychecks, Udall & Heinrich Fight to Protect Federal Workers and Contractors Stiffed Out of Pay Due to Trump Shutdown

In separate letter, Senators also press Trump Administration to guarantee that federal contractor employees receive backpay WASHINGTON - As hundreds of thousands of federal workers miss their first paychecks today due to the Trump shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a bill cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that ensures that impacted federal and other government workers will receive their back pay. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, S.24, would guarantee … Continue Reading


January 10, 2019

Udall Joins Democratic Efforts to End President Trump’s Shutdown

Udall calls on Trump to return from pointless border photo op & heed bipartisan calls to open the government WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined his Democratic colleagues in taking to the Senate floor to demand "unanimous consent" to take up the bipartisan appropriations bills passed by the House to reopen the federal government. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Senate Democrats' efforts despite the fact that tomorrow, thousands of federal workers will miss… Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Background Check Expansion Act To Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the United States may occur without a background check even though 97 percent of Americans support comprehensive backgroun… Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Senators Urge Interior Department to Extend Public Comment Period on Proposal to Lease Oil and Gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), wrote to U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to extend the public comment period for a draft Environmental Impact Statement on potential oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The letter follows the Trump administration's decision to rush through the environmental review process i… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Udall Statement on President’s Address to the Nation amid Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after President Trump addressed the nation on the 18th day of the Trump shutdown. Udall spoke on the Senate floor today calling for President Trump and Senate Republicans to end the shutdown immediately. "President Trump needs to end his shutdown now, before his reckless tantrum hurts more New Mexico families. New Mexicans didn't hear anything new tonight from the president. Instead, they just heard more fear-mon… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

VIDEO: Ahead of President Trump’s Address, Udall Speaks Out Against the Devastating Effects of the Trump Shutdown on New Mexico Families, Tribes, and Public Lands

Udall: "New Mexico is one of the states that is being hit the hardest by the President's temper tantrum" VIDEO: Ahead of President Trump's Address, Udall Speaks Out Against the Devastating Effects of the Trump Shutdown on New Mexico Families, Tribes, and Public Lands WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of President Trump's Tuesday evening address to the nation, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommitt… Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Udall Statement on Commitments from EPA on Worker Protection Rules

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) for securing pro-worker and pro-environment commitments from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including a written promise that the agency will preserve -- for now -- two critical rules that EPA had proposed scrapping -- the updated Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Certification of Pesticide Applicators (CPA) Rule, which provide key safeguards for farmworkers, and particularly chil… Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Udall, Merkley Applaud House Democrats’ Introduction of Sweeping Democracy Reform Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) applauded House Democrats' introduction of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a comprehensive democracy reform package to fight corruption and fix our broken politics. Udall and Merkley will introduce companion legislation in the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks. The legislation builds off of the We The People Democracy Reform package, which Udall and Merkley introduced in the 115th Congress. Udall and Merkley… Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Udall to Continue Serving on Five Key Committees for NM

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)welcomed the opening of the 116th Congress and announced that he will continue to serve on five key committees for New Mexico: - Committee on Appropriations - Committee on Indian Affairs - Vice Chairman - Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation - Committee on Foreign Relations - Committee on Rules and Administration "I'm deeply honored to continue serving New Mexico as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations, Indian Affairs,… Continue Reading


December 31, 2018

Udall Statement on Democratic Proposal to End Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after Democratic leaders announced a plan to end President Trump's government shutdown and reopen the federal government: "Democrats are offering a responsible path forward to end the Trump shutdown, reopen the government, and provide certainty for New Mexico workers, families, and our economy. New Mexi… Continue Reading


December 28, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Harris, Gillibrand, Luján Demand Investigation into Death of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez

Lawmakers seek answers to alarming questions about the timeline and actions surrounding Felipe's death WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) wrote to leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding an immediate investigation into yet another tragic death of a child in U.S. custody, … Continue Reading

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