Press Releases

February 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Additional $50 Million to Keep Southwest Chief on Track

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that their bipartisan measure to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations bill. The Udall-Heinrich-Luján… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Udall Statement on Government Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, joined the Senate in voting 83-16 for an agreement to fund the government through September 2019. Udall also responded to reports that President Trump will declare a national emergency in order to raid other funds to build his border wall, after the congressional agreement rejected President Trump's demands for $5.7 billion in funding for the wal… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

As NM Prepares for Wildfire Season, Udall, Heinrich, & Colleagues Press U.S. Forest Service for Answers on Wildfire Prevention and Fuels Treatment Efforts Following Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and a group of their colleagues in seeking answers from the U.S. Forest Service on the recent Trump shutdown and its impact on the agency's critical wildfire preven… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Udall Statement on Confirmation of William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of William Barr to serve as attorney general: "The Trump attorney general's office has been ground-zero for many of this administration's most xenophobic, hateful, and anti-immigrant policies - including family separation - all of which will leave a permanent stain on our nation's history. Unfortunately, Mr. Barr has given the American people little reason to believe he will right t… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Infrastructure Improvements to Bolster New Mexico Border Economies

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Infrastructure Improvements to Bolster New Mexico Border Economies WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned transportation leaders on opportunities for infrastructure improvements at ports of entry during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled "America's Infrastructure Needs: Keeping Pace with a Growing Economy." As a member of the Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees, Udall has long championed strong federal investment to improve infrastructure and tec… Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce $380,000 for New Mexico Arts Programs from the National Endowment for the Arts

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a total of $380,000 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) for arts programs throughout New Mexico. The grants will fund 15 music, dance, theater, and visual arts projects across the state to support local economies. "I am proud that New Mexico is home to one of the most vibrant and diverse arts communities in the nation, which improves our quality of life and plays a critical role in our state's economy,… Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce Air Force Plans to Construct Secure Facilities at Kirtland Air Force Base to Expand Space Capabilities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Air Force has submitted a three-phase plan to construct secure workspace at Kirtland Air Force Base that will support the expanded mission of the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) and benefit New Mexico's growing space economy. The Air Force's plan comes in response to recent efforts led by Udall and Heinrich in the U.S. Senate to push for establishing classified workspace, or secure compartmentalized inf… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

In Address to National Congress of American Indians, Udall Recommits to Fighting for Issues Vital to Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) at its 2019 Executive Council Winter Session. In his remarks, Udall outlined his upcoming legislative priorities for the 116th Congress, and recommitted to fighting for issues vital to Indian Country, including ensuring equal access to the ballot box for Native Americans, supporting Native-owned businesses, revitalizing Native la… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Udall & McCain’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act Clears Senate

WASHINGTON- Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Senate has passed the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2019 (21CSC), legislation he championed with the late Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) to reinvigorate the nation's conservation service corps, bolstering public-private partnerships to engage youth and veterans in conservation-related civilian national service positions. Originally introduced by McCain and Udall in 2017, the 21CSC would facilitate conservation service p… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure Permanent Reauthorization of Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program in Public Lands Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have secured a provision in the public lands package that passed the Senate today to permanently reauthorize the Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program, a collaborative program that brings together federal and state agencies, Tribes, non-profits, and local communities to work to reduce sediment, control erosion, and restore healthy vegetation on the Rio Puerco watershed. The Rio Puerco Basin is a critical watershed f… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins in Public Lands Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, a historic bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument and Rio Grande del Norte Nation… Continue Reading


February 08, 2019

Udall Statement on BLM Deferring Chaco Lease Sales

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to BLM's announcement that it will defer leases within the 10-mile buffer zone surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park for the upcoming March lease sale: "The BLM did the right thing by deferring these parcels from being leased on culturally-significant and fragile land in the greater Chaco area, a UNESCO world heritage site. However, this is the third time under this administration that BLM has chosen to… Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Smart Measures To Enhance Safety In Remote Border Areas, Boost Trade At Ports of Entry

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced three key proposals to address the needs in remote areas of the nation's southern border region and invest in our southern ports of entry to increase international trade and bolster economic development in border communities. As congressional negotiators continue to work on a path forward for funding border security measures and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the fiscal … Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Udall, Haaland Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), led a group of more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress in re-introducing legislation to protect America's treasured national monuments against the Trump administration's relentless attacks on public lands. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Eco… Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Passage of Bipartisan Land and Water Conservation Bill with Major Wins for NM

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHmUKE1Prlo&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to outline his strong support for S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a bipartisan public lands package that includes major conservation victories Udall championed for New Mexico's treasured public lands and for local economies. In his sp… Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Passes 3 Udall Bills for Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, applauded the committee's unanimous passage of three bills he introduced last week: • S. 256 - the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act; • S. 257 - the Tribal HUD-VASH Act of 2019; and • S. 294 - the Native American Business Incubators Program Act. "I am proud to join Chairman Hoeven and the leadership of the Senate Veterans Affairs Co… Continue Reading


February 06, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Prevent Separation of Immigrant Families at the Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 40 other Democratic senators, introduced legislation to keep immigrant families together and prevent the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from taking children from their parents at the border. The Keep Families Together Act would prohibit the separation of children from their parents or legal guardians at or near ports of entry or within 100 miles of the border, unless they are being trafficked or abused by their parents. … Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Udall Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address: "After he dragged our country through the longest government shutdown in American history, President Trump had an opportunity tonight to show people in New Mexico that he would change course. Unfortunately, the president seems committed to the same destructive tactics that caused 35 days of hardship, pain, and fear for families across our state and the country. "The president's a… Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call on EPA to Set Federal Drinking Water Standards for PFOA and PFOS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to develop federal drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as part of the agency's national management plan for this class of chemicals. In a bipartisan letter to Wheeler, the Senators also request that the EPA provide briefings on the agency's efforts on this issue, as well as re… Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Nearly $2.5 Million for Rail Runner Safety Upgrades

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2,496,842 in federal funding to the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RTD) to make critical improvements to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express system's Wi-Fi network that will support full implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, a federally mandated safety system designed to prevent train accidents and … Continue Reading

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