Press Releases

October 26, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Calls on Senate to Protect Health Care for New Mexicans, Native Americans and Vote Against Judge Barrett’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

Senate Republicans rushing to confirm Judge Barrett just eight days before the conclusion of the presidential election to cement an extreme right-wing majority to strike down Affordable Care Act, instead of working on desperately-needed COVID-19 relief for the American people Udall also sounds the alarm on Judge Barrett's troubling record on peaceful transfer of power, climate change, Roe V. Wade VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today… Continue Reading

October 23, 2020

AUDIO: During Roundtable with New Mexicans, Udall Urges Senate Republicans, Trump Administration to Pass Urgent COVID-19 Relief

AUDIO: Udall Holds Listening Session with New Mexicans Calling for further COVID-19 Relief WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a listening session with New Mexicans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss the critical need for Senate Republicans to pass an additional coronavirus relief package and extend unemployment assistance to keep New Mexico families and state, local and Tribal governments afloat. During the call, Udall heard from two New Mexicans currently livin… Continue Reading

October 23, 2020

MEMO: Fact Checking the Trump Administration’s Attempt to Re-write its Native American Record, False Promises to Tribes

The Trump White House's newly-released "Putting America's First Peoples First: Forgotten No More!" document attempts to re-write its record on Native American issues in numerous misleading ways. The Trump administration claims credit for work primarily achieved by Senate and House Democrats to advance Indian Country priorities and ignores the damage the administration has wrought across Indian Country. "It's unfortunate, but hardly surprising, that the Trump White House is now making highly mi… Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Holds Roundtable with New Mexicans who Rely on ACA, Condemns Republican Push for SCOTUS Nominee Who Could Destroy Law During Pandemic

As Senate Republicans rush to jam a conservative judge onto the Supreme Court and overturn the ACA, Udall hears from New Mexicans who rely on the ACA for Medicaid expansion and pre-existing conditions protections AUDIO: Udall Hears from New Mexicans who Rely on the ACA WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a listening session with New Mexicans who rely on the health insurance marketplace and Medicaid expansion coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Udall stressed … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds $1.6 Million in USDA Grants for Agricultural Training and Support for Military Veterans, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

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.) applauded $1.6 million in grants to three organizations that will support New Mexico military veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers with agricultural training, sustainability education and support to begin successful careers in agriculture. Not Forgotten Outreach will use a $749,826 award for outreach to o… Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Provide Lifeline For Small Businesses, Decry Senate GOP Inaction

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have helped introduce the HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act, a comprehensive package of measures that would provide support to the hardest-hit, most vulnerable small businesses and industries, such as food services, hospitality, and live venues. "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly told the White House yesterday that they should not make a deal on coronavirus relief before the election - so he can focus on… Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

VIDEO: On the Senate Floor, Udall Urges Senate to Pass Critical and Comprehensive Pandemic Relief for Tribes, Native Communities

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, spoke on the Senate floor calling for the Senate to pass comprehensive COVID-19 relief legislation that would provide critical assistance to Tribal COVID-19 response efforts. Udall further highlighted the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on Tribes and Native communities. Udall's call for a… Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Udall Bill to Boost Small Business Development, Create Jobs in Indian Country Signed into Law

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the president signed his Native American Business Incubators Act into law. The legislation will help support creation of Native American-owned small business. U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. "Small businesses form the backbone of strong economies and communities. But for too l… Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Presses Amtrak CEO on Cuts to Southwest Chief During Commerce Committee Hearing

VIDEO LINK: Udall's questions begin at 1:31:38 here. WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned William Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak, on proposed cuts to the Amtrak workforce and long-distance rail routes like the Southwest Chief. Udall pressed Flynn on the importance of protecting New Mexico jobs by preventing further furloughs and reduced access to the Southwest Chief, the … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

NM Delegation Hails Over $20 Million in Funding to Connect Over 2800 Rural Homes, Farms and Businesses with Broadband Internet Across Seven Counties

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded over $20 million in rural broadband grants to four New Mexico telecommunications utilities that will connect over 2800 rural households in Sierra, Lea, Chaves, Eddy, Lincoln, Otero and Cibola counties with high-speed broadband internet. The New Mexico delegation supported SWCT and Sierra Electric … Continue Reading

October 20, 2020

Udall Welcomes Sportsmen Groups’ Engagement in 30x30 Conservation Effort

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Senate sponsor of the 30x30 Resolution to Save Nature, issued the following statement thanking a coalition of hunting and fishing groups for their constructive engagement in the 30x30 effort: "Sportsmen and women across this county have always been a critical part of America's conservation successes. I am encouraged to see the nation's leading hunting and fishing groups announce their support for a collaborative, stakeholder-driven and … Continue Reading

October 16, 2020

Udall, Schumer Lead Panel with National Indian Health Board to Discuss Threat to Native Health if SCOTUS Terminates Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON-Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a virtual panel with Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and National Indian Health Board representatives Amber Torres, chairwoman of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, and Nickolaus Lewis, councilman for the Lummi Nation. During the panel, Udall, Schumer, Torres, and Lewis discussed the lasting consequences to Native health if the Affordable Care Act(ACA) is dismantle… Continue Reading

October 14, 2020

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Allowing the Trump Administration to Cut off the 2020 Census Count

SANTA FE, N.M.-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.),vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the Supreme Court suspended a lower court order that extended the Census Count, allowing the Trump administration to cut the 2020 Census count one month short. The shortened timeline, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, risks an inaccurate count in Indian Country and in New Mexico, potentially cutting resources short for minority and rural communities. Jus… Continue Reading

October 14, 2020

VIDEO: Udall, Haaland, New Mexicans Reflect on the Trailblazing Life and Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

VIDEO LINK: SANTA FE, N.M.-Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) hosted a panel of New Mexico lawyers and champions of women's empowerment to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As Senate Republicans rush Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings to fill Justice Ginsburg's seat, the panelists discussed the importance of Justice Ginsburg's lifelong fight for wom… Continue Reading

October 13, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $1.5 Million CARES Grant to Connect Rural Communities to Broadband to Support Education and Economic Recovery During COVID-19 Pandemic

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.) hailed a $1.5 million award from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) to finance broadband connections in rural areas. The grant comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the delegation voted to pass in March.… Continue Reading

October 12, 2020

Udall Statement Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day

SANTA FE, N.M.-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement honoring the contributions and resilience of Native Americans in New Mexico and across the country on Indigenous Peoples' Day: "Today, we pay tribute to the strength, resilience and contributions of Native Americans in New Mexico and across the country. As the original stewards of the land which we call home, Indigenous peoples have contributed immeasura… Continue Reading

October 09, 2020

NM Delegation Hails Over $2.6 Million to Boost Online Education and Career Training for Public High School Students

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.) applauded over $2.6 million in federal funding awarded to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to help provide online career and technical education (CTE) opportunities for high school students. In New Mexico, more than two-thirds of all students take a CTE course in high school, with roughly 20 per… Continue Reading

October 08, 2020

Senate Democrats Release New Report Detailing the Assault on Our Democracy by Republican-appointed Judges

"Donald Trump's judicial nominees, as well as judges nominated by previous Republican presidents, are responsible for the vast majority of the decisions that have resulted in voter suppression and made it nearly impossible to regulate political spending" WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.), Tom Udall, (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-R.I.), and Debbie Stabenow, (D-Mich.), today led Senate Democrats in releasing a new report outlining the ways campaign finance laws and the right to vot… Continue Reading

October 07, 2020

Udall Hails California’s Commitment to Conserving 30 Percent of California’s Lands and Waters by 2030

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead author of the Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature in the Senate, released the following statement applauding California Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order on biodiversity that establishes a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the state's lands and waters by 2030. "California's official commitment to protect 30 percent of its lands and waters by 2030 is another sign of the growing momentum behind this necessary and achi… Continue Reading

October 07, 2020

Udall, Lowenthal Call for Action Following Industry Support for Packaging Fees to Tackle Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) released the following statement after two major industry organizations announced newfound support for packaging fees to support recycling-a key principle of the lawmakers' Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020: "The announcement that major manufacturers and consumer products companies now support paying fees to support recycling is a big step in the right direction. It is encouraging that the d… Continue Reading

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