Press Releases

July 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1 Million For Veterans Housing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust in partnership with New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will receive a $1 million competitive grant for a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant will be used to rehabilitate or modify an estimated 80 residences across the state - helping disabled veterans to a… Continue Reading


July 12, 2019

Udall Statement on Death of Ernestine Romero

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the death of Ernestine Romero in a shooting in Santa Fe: "Ernestine Romero was a tremendously talented musician, a dedicated state employee, and a beloved member of our community. This is a devastating loss for New Mexico, and my heart goes out to her family and loved ones. "As we come together to mourn this tragedy, we remain forever grateful for the indelible mark Ernestine left on all of us. Her powerful voice wil… Continue Reading


July 12, 2019

Udall Statement on House Vote to Pass Iran Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead sponsor of the bipartisan Senate amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran that secured majority Senate support, issued the following statement after the House voted to adopt a similar amendment offered by U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) as part of the House NDAA: "I was proud that a bipartisa… Continue Reading


July 12, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Fights for Communities Impacted by PFAS Contamination

Fight back against Trump administration threats to veto defense bill over PFAS provisions Ahead of Senate vote on EPA Superfund Nominee Peter Wright, Udall and Heinrich demand EPA declare PFAS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Action on PFAS in Senate Floor Speech Opposing Nomination of Peter Wright to EPA

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Action on PFAS in Senate Floor Speech Opposing Nomination of Peter Wright to EPA WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), spoke on the Senate floor to call for action for New Mexico farmers, businesses, and families affected by exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals. Udall outlined his opposition to the nomination of Peter Wright to serve as assista… Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Udall Responds to Trump Administration Sowing Fear in Immigrant Communities, Threatening to Separate Families

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on reports that the Trump administration is planning to carry out nationwide immigration raids, raids that will reportedly involve arresting children and family separation: "The Trump administration is once again resorting to the only policy it knows on immigration: intentionally sowing fear and chaos through immigrant communities in New Mexico and across the country. This time, they're doing so through indiscriminate rou… Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

AUDIO: Udall Speaks Out Against Trump Threat to Veto Defense Bill, Imperil New Mexico Farmers Ruined by PFAS Pollution

Udall was joined by a New Mexico dairy farmer whose livelihood has been threatened by PFAS contamination near Cannon Air Force Base AUDIO: Udall Speaks Out Against Trump Threat to Veto Defense Bill, Imperil New Mexico Farmers Ruined by PFAS Pollution WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke out against the Trump administration's recent threat to veto the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if the bill includes provisions championed by the New Mexico … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

HEINRICH, UDALL: Congress Needs Additional Oversight Of Treatment Of Migrant Children In Custody

WASHINGTON - After recent horrific reports of sexual assault and the inhumane treatment of migrant children in U.S. detention facilities, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall today sent a letter to Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Gary Peters of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to request a hearing on standards for U.S. Border Patrol detention facilities. "We believe there is an immediate need to hold a hearing calling Department of Homeland Securit… Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Udall, Schatz, Senators Request Feedback from American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Community Leaders on the Effects of Climate Change on Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev… Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

On Day of Texas v. U.S. Oral Arguments, Udall and Heinrich Highlight New Mexico Families Who Would Be Hurt If Lawsuit to Strike Down ACA Succeeds

WASHINGTON - Today, on the first day of oral arguments in the Texas v. United States litigation supported by the Trump administration and Republicans to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined Senate and House Democrats on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to highlight the stories of New Mexico families who would be hurt if the Trump administration and Republicans succeed in their effort to overturn the ACA and strip away protections for people wit… Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

NM Delegation Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Native American Language Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the Senate passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs. The bill is named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo tra… Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Udall, Leahy, Van Hollen Request GAO Investigation into Full Costs, Legal Compliance for Trump Fourth of July Event

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of Interior's budget, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation into the costs and impacts associated with President Trump's expanded Fourth of July events and into whether the expenses complie… Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce $150,000 to Navajo Agricultural Products Industry to Improve Irrigation Efficiency

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI), located in Farmington, New Mexico, was awarded $150,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation's WaterSMART Program for its Irrigation Scheduling Improvement Project. The funds for NAPI will help improve irrigation scheduling and efficiency by monitoring system equipment and installing a moisture probe. The more efficient system will reduce… Continue Reading


July 02, 2019

Udall: We Must Treat Children, Families, and All Asylum Seekers With Dignity, Care, Humanity

Albuquerque, N.M. -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: The images and reports we have heard and seen at the border and in government facilities are horrifying, heartbreaking and appalling. In the United States of America, children and families seeking asylum at our borders must be treated humanely - with basic human needs met, such as food, clean water, sanitation, clean clothes - and they must be treated with dignity and care for their health and safety. To tolerat… Continue Reading


July 02, 2019

Udall: Interior Failing to Answer Questions about President’s July 4th Event

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement after the Department of Interior (DOI) failed to respond to a June 18 letter from Udall and U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) calling on DOI Secretary David Bernhardt to provide information to Congress about the president's reported Fourth of July plans and how the additi… Continue Reading


July 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce Over $3.2 Million to Help Modernize Pueblo of Laguna’s Wastewater Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Pueblo of Laguna was awarded $3,242,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for three projects to renovate and improve wastewater infrastructure in Seama Village, Paquate Village, and New Laguna Village. The funding will help modernize the Pueblo of Laguna's wastewater systems, eliminating the use of septic tanks and connecting residen… Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Udall, Heinrich: Census Should Stay On Schedule, Omit Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 27 senators in calling for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to meet the administration's previously set deadline of July 1 to begin printing materials for the 2020 Census and move forward without adding a politically motivated question about citizenship. Their call comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's rationale for adding the question "appears to have been … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Udall, Kaine Hail Historic Vote on Iran Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) hailed the Senate's historic vote on their bipartisan Udall-Kaine amendment to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran. 51 senators supported the amendment - a bipartisan majority. The final vote tally was 50-40, but the amendment was not adopted because it did not meet the 60-vote threshold. "Today, a bipartisan coalition - a majority of the Senate - came together to rebuke the Trump administration's march toward an… Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Udall Announces Senate Passage of 11 Indian Affairs Committee Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced unanimous Senate passage of 11 Indian Affairs Committee bills, including two Udall-led bills and two Udall-cosponsored bills. All 11 bills will now be sent to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. "The 11 bills passed out of the Senate today seek to level the playing field for Tribes and Native communities. As vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs,… Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Udall Statement On Supreme Court Blocking Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census for the time being: "Today's decision from the Supreme Court is a relief for New Mexico communities. Ensuring an accurate census count is critical to making sure that every community in our state gets its rightful share of federal resources-hundreds of millions of dollars are stake. The Trump administration's proposal to ad… Continue Reading

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