July 16, 2013

Udall Statement on Agreement to Vote on Presidential Appointments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans agreed to end their filibusters of several presidential appointees for key positions protecting consumers and working families:

"The agreement to confirm nominees for the slate of presidentially appointed positions before us today is a very positive breakthrough. Their confirmation is good news for consumers and the health and well-being of families across the country, and I want to thank Senator Reid and all of my colleagues who have come together at the last hour so we can get back to work for the people again.

"This deal should help solidify that 'obstruct and delay' can't be the norm in the Senate any more. I hope that this deal represents a new spirit in the Senate - that my colleagues will no longer unnecessarily hold up the business of the American people for partisan gain as has been the case with these nominees and so many other issues.

"The Senate's issues with obstruction go further than just presidential nominees. I'm putting my colleagues on notice: If the Senate goes back to ‘business as usual' and endless filibustering, I will be back fighting harder than before for reform."

Earlier in the day, Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor. Watch his speech here.