Press Releases

September 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $3.2 Million for Angel Fire Veterans’ Cemetery

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a grant, totaling $3,215,760, to fund the establishment and construction of a state veterans' cemetery in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Currently, the nearest national cemetery to Angel Fire is Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is approximately 91 miles away. The lawmakers said the new cemetery will pro… Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address Suicide Crisis in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to address the growing suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and Tribal organizations to design and implement statewide suicide intervention and prevention programs that work for their communities. The legislation is the Senate companion to H… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Udall, Klobuchar Introduce Resolution Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Indian Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, introduced S. Res. 631, a Senate resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Indian Civil Rights Act and the importance of expanding voting rights access for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This resolution honors Native voting rights advocates from around the nation… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Rollback of Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior's budget, released the following statement on reports that the Department of the Interior will announce a major revision designed to weaken the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. Udall led the effort in the Senate to successfully defeat the attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the rule. "Toda… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Vote for Vital Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 99-1 to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic that continues to have a devastating effect on communities across New Mexico and the United States. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 includes a number of critical provisions to help New Mexico battle the opioid crisis, including important changes to Medicare and Medicaid that will help more people receive tr… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Udall Statement on Allegation Against Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Dr. Ford's allegation against Judge Kavanaugh is disturbing and should be fully investigated by the FBI. The Senate Judiciary Committee should delay the vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination until that investigation is complete and this deeply serious and troubling allegation has been heard by the committee in the appropriate way. "The Senate has … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Statement on 24th Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the 24th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) being signed into law: "Twenty four years ago, we enacted the Violence Against Women Act and dedicated ourselves to improving the national response to sexual assault and domestic violence perpetrated against women. This landmark legislation committed valuable resources and services to help support survivors, prosecute abusers and prevent future viol… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Outlines Priorities at Interior Bill Conference Committee Meeting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, participated in the conference committee meeting to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House's fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bills. "As I begin, I want to note what a remarkable achievement it is to convene a conference on the Interior Appropriations bill-for the first time in nearly a decade,… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Named to House-Senate Conference Committee to Finalize Interior and Environment Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, was named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies. The conference committee includes leaders of four House a… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Amtrak May Put Passengers on Buses in Fight Over Safety Upgrade

by Alan Levin


September 13, 2018

Udall, Carper, Grijalva, Dingell and Beyer Join Advocates in Defending Endangered Species Act

Trump administration has proposed regulatory changes to undermine key protections of the law WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Don Beyer (D-Va.) joined scientists, faith leaders, environmental advocates and the public to gather in support of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the nation's most effective tool to safeguard wildlife facing extinction. The event highlighted t… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Democrats push back against GOP plan to change Endangered Species Act

by Alexis Egeland


September 12, 2018

IN THE NEWS: NM senators use budget bill to protect nuke safety board

by Mark Oswald


September 12, 2018

In Address to National Congress of American Indians, Udall Discusses Kavanaugh Nomination, Indian Affairs Committee Work

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 at its 2018 Tribal Unity Impact Days. In his remarks, Udall discussed the committee's work to achieve Indian Country's priorities and his commitment to fighting for issues vital to tribal communities - including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and strengthening its tribal provisions. Udall also highlighted his concer… Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Provision to Prohibit Nuclear Safety Board Staff Cuts & Reorganization

DNFSB is critical for providing oversight and ensuring safety at New Mexico's national labs and nuclear facilitiesn WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they have secured two provisions in the final FY 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill to protect the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) and its important safety mission. One Udall-Heinrich provision prohibits the use of any appropriated funds to carry out … Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Udall Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: "Today, we join together as a nation to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11 and commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost in its aftermath. We remember the first responders who rushed into burning buildings to the aid of others, the passengers who selflessly charged the cockpit door to wrest control from hijackers, and all those who lost their lives or were injured in… Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump EPA Move to Weaken Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to weaken oil and gas emissions limits: "Methane gas is a super-pollutant for climate change and today's EPA action is wasteful and outrageous. Actions by EPA to weaken these commonsense, cost-effective oil and gas emission limits will increase pollution an… Continue Reading


September 10, 2018

Udall: Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings Reveal Deeply Troubling Views on Indian Law and Policy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement expressing his deep concerns about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on Indian law and policy: "Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings have only reinforced my serious concern that his confirmation poses a real threat to bedrock federal Indian law and policy principles that have guided the high court for decades. Judge Kavanaugh has shown in his writing… Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Legislation to Overturn the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

Trump's junk insurance plans don't have to provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to overturn the Trump Administration's expansion of "junk insurance" plans. Currently, 44 senators have cosponsored the resolution of disapproval, signaling their opposition to President Trump's final junk in… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Udall, Colleagues Join Judiciary Committee Democrats to Demand Kavanaugh’s Full WH Record Be Made Public

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with fourteen other senators, joined Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee in calling on the White House to make Judge Brett Kavanaugh's complete White House record available to the Senate and the public. In a letter led by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), the senators implored White House Counsel Donald McGahn to make the documents available for review before th… Continue Reading

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