Press Releases

October 11, 2019

NM Delegation Announces Humanitarian Assistance Awards for New Mexico Organizations, Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, 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 the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has begun awarding the first wave of Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) to organizations and localities in Bernalillo County, Doña Ana County, and Luna County. In June, the lawmakers secured $… Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Udall Statement on Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Turkey launched an offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria, following President Trump's decision to allow the offensive to move forward: "I support ending endless wars. But that is not what President Trump is doing in Syria. Instead, he's impulsively and recklessly opening the door to a Turkish offensive that will only lead to more tragic l… Continue Reading


October 07, 2019

PHOTOS: Udall Chairs Indian Affairs Field Hearing on the Legacy of Uranium Mining in New Mexico and Indian Country

Lawmakers champion the expansion of RECA to cover New Mexicans and Native Americans affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War and World War II Photos available HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing entitled "America's Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of Radiation on Indian Country" at the Southwest Indian Polytech… Continue Reading


September 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant to Taos for Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Development

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (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 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program. $9 million was awarded in total to add… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Calls on Forest Service to Act Swiftly to Allow New Mexicans to Resume Use of National Forests

Lawmakers say USFS must work quickly so that traditional uses like firewood gathering, Tribal cultural activities, forest restoration and fire mitigation can resume alongside efforts to recover Mexican Spotted Owl WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, wrote to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen pressing the agency to take immediate action to comply with the law a… Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Udall Offers Amendment to Prevent President from Diverting Military Construction Money to Wall

Udall also co-sponsors amendment to fund smart border security instead of spending $5 billion on president's political wall project WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, co-led an amendment in the Appropriations Committee that would have blocked the president from diverting military construction funding to fund the president's border wall. Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in offer… Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Udall Secures Strong Investments for New Mexico in Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

Bill includes major funding for wildfire management, LWCF, PFAS cleanup, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, funding for Valles Caldera, Carlsbad Audio of Udall's statement can be found HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding for New Mexico's public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Cou… Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Udall Secures Protections for Chaco Canyon Area in Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes language for the preservation and safekeeping of the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The bill, which passed committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Senate, includes report language directing the Bureau … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Expand Telehealth Care in Underserved Communities through Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas. Project ECHO provides co… Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

As Giuliani’s Ukraine Involvement Becomes Clearer, Seven Senate Democrats Again Request Immediate DOJ Review of Giuliani’s Foreign Agent Registration Compliance

Senators requested FARA review of Giuliani one year ago, but DOJ never responded WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)again requested that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Security Division immediately review whether President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, is in compliance with the Foreign Age… Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Senate Passes Udall Resolution to Block the President’s National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted in bipartisan fashion, by a margin of 54-41, to pass Udall's resolution to terminate the president's national emergency declaration for the southern border, which the Trump administration is using to raid billions in military construction funding and divert it to the border wall, including $125 million from military projects in New Mexico. "Once again, the Senate sent a clear message to th… Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

VIDEO: Ahead of Vote on His Resolution to Block National Emergency Declaration, Udall Urges Senate to Defend the Constitution and Stand Up to the President’s Power Grab

Vote on resolution follows Trump administration diverting $3.6 billion in Congressionally-appropriated military construction funds, including $125 million taken from New Mexico military projects, and reports of more diversions being planned Video of Udall's speech can be found HERE. WASHINGTON- Ahead of a vote on U.S. Senator Tom Udall's (D-N.M.) resolution to block the president's national emergency declaration, Udall spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to support the resolution,… Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Udall Statement on Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement: "Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry into the president of the United States. I have not arrived at this conclusion lightly. The House must initiate this process now, to uncover the facts about reported abuses of power and corruption that the president continues to block from public and congressional view. In the face of the White House's ongoing obstructi… Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Udall Advances Strong Investments for New Mexico in Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding for New Mexico's public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill considered in the subcommittee today. The bill is scheduled to be considered at a meeting of the full Se… Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3 Million Grant for Youth Behavioral Health

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 today that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $3,000,000 grant to New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department's Behavioral Health Services (CYFD BHS). The CYFD BHS will use this grant to expand the existing infrastructure and capacity of the statewide beh… Continue Reading


September 23, 2019

PHOTO & VIDEO: Udall Leads Discussion with Interfaith Leaders on Democracy Reform

Video of the discussion can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here and here. WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) convened a Faithful Democracy Coalition 2020 discussion with interfaith leaders to discuss democracy reform efforts like Udall's For the People Act, and how such reforms affect issues important to faith communities like social and economic justice, climate change, and immigration. Udall was joined by Imam Talib Shareef, President and Imam of the historic Mas… Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Udall Advances Priorities of New Mexico Farmers and Ranchers, Rural Communities in Bipartisan Agriculture Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in unanimously advancing an Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration funding bill that makes critical investments in agriculture, nutrition and research programs to support New Mexico families and rural communities. The bill sets the Fiscal Year 2020 budgets for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and now heads to the full Senate. "In Ne… Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Udall Responds to Trump Interior Department Transferring Public Land for President’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the Interior Department is transferring more than five hundred acres of public land, including hundreds in New Mexico, to the U.S. Army for construction of President Trump's border wall: "The Trump Interior Department under Secretary Bernhardt is now party to Pr… Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Udall, Collins Secure Federal Action to Address Lunch Shaming in Agriculture Funding Bill

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) secured report language within the Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Agriculture funding bill directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to curb the practice of lunch shaming. The language directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide additional guidance to program operators to address the ongoing issue of shaming school children for unpaid school lunch fees. Under the provision, schools would… Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Udall Secures Funding for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, Veteran Housing, Technology to Reduce DUIs in Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in advancing the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) funding bill that makes critical investments in transportation and housing programs to support New Mexico families, rural and Native communities. The bill sets the Fiscal Year 2020 budgets for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and now heads… Continue Reading

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