Press Releases

July 07, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds $550,000 in Grants to 11 Arts Organizations Across the State

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.) announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $550,000 in grant funding to 11 organizations across New Mexico. The grants, part of the $75 million for NEA appropriated through the CARES Act, will be used to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities cost… Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

In Indian Affairs Hearing, Udall Scrutinizes Barriers Impacting COVID-19 Response in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, to convene an oversight and legislative hearing entitled "Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities." "Over the last several months, our nation has faced a convergence of major and seemingly unprecedented challenges: a global pandemic, an economi… Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Udall, Leahy Lead Amendment Requiring Trump Organization Disclose Income and Licensing Agreements for Its Foreign Properties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) are leading a new proposed amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to require President Trump and the Trump Organization to disclose full financial information, including the total income earned by the Trump Organization from any licensing agreements, for foreign properties owned by President Trump's family business. In addition to Udall and Leahy, the amendment is co-sponsored by U.S. Se… Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Udall, Murray, Pallone, Grijalva, Gallego Raise Concerns about Tribes Being Denied Access to Critical Federal COVID-19 Data

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Ruben Gallego (D- Ariz.), Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peop… Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Klobuchar, Udall, Colleagues, Urge Department of Justice to Address Mass Closure of Polling Locations in Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a letter with Senate colleagues to Attorney General Barr expressing serious concern regarding the mass closures of polling locations in Tribal communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators are asking for a commitment from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to wor… Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join All Senate Democrats in Telling Trump Administration: Don’t Repeal Affordable Care Act During Public Health Crisis

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined all Senate Democrats in introducing a Senate resolution condemning the Trump administration's "reckless" effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) just last week filed a Supreme Court brief arguing the entire law should be struck down. The resolution demands that the DOJ defend the lifesaving law in court. If the ACA is repea… Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Following Trump’s National Guard Deployment to D.C. During Largely Peaceful Protests, Udall Introduces Amendment to Block Presidents from Using National Guard Troops as a Domestic Police Force

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to restore the long-standing American principle of "posse comitatus" - the principle that the federal government cannot deploy troops to act as a domestic police force absent explicit authorization by Congress. The Udall amendment follows President Trump's deployment of thousands of National Guard troops from other states into Washington, D.C. to respond to overwhelmingly… Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

VIDEO: Sens. Udall and Smith Speak Out on Senate Floor Calling on Senate to Immediately Provide Additional COVID-19 Relief for Tribes

VIDEO LINK, Sen. Udall: https://youtu.be/1du5efb_rHI VIDEO LINK, Sen. Smith: https://smithsenate.app.box.com/s/whi3jxtm8c85i4f7bhw7vkz1dbhpy9lv WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the United States, and called for immediate Senate action on additional COVID-19 re… Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

As Trump Admin. Continues Saber-Rattling, Udall Re-introduces Amendment to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit any war with Iran that is not authorized by Congress. A bipartisan majority of the Senate supported Udall's amendment during consideration of the 2020 NDAA last year, but it did not clear the 60-vote threshold to advance instituted by the Republican Majority Leader. In March of this year, Co… Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Nearly $800,000 in Grants to Cultural Organizations Across the State

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 nearly $800,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to cultural and historical organizations across the state. The grants represent the second wave of funds from $75 million in supplemental NEH funding as part of the emergency $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Response, and E… Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Udall Statement on Passing of Author Rudolfo Anaya

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the passing of Rudolfo Anaya, pioneering Chicano author and recipient of the National Humanities Medal: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Rudolfo Anaya, a true American treasure," Udall said. "Great authors and great literature inspire empathy-empathy with their characters and diverse experiences. Rudolfo Anaya helped render and share Chicano experiences in New Mexico with works like Bless Me Ultima. Th… Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Udall: 30 by 30 National Conservation Goal a Part of House Climate Action Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded the inclusion of the national conservation goal, his 30 by 30 Resolution to Save Nature, in the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis' Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America. On Sunday, Udall authored an op-ed in the Denver Post with Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), calling on the Senate to take action on the 30 by 30 Resolution. U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.… Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $41 Million in 2020 PILT Payments for 32 NM Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that 32 counties across New Mexico will receive $41,357,054 through the Department of Interior's (DOI) Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT funding will be used by local governments across New Mexico to provide crucial services to residents, such aspublic safety, fire protection, emergency response, road maintenance, and more. A full list of funding by county is available below. PILT provides fede… Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act Highlighted in House Democrats’ Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), announced that their landmark legislation, the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, is highlighted in the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis's Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America. The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was created by Speaker Pelosi at the outset of the 116th session of Congress to make science-ba… Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Bipartisan Letter To Amtrak Opposing Cuts To The Southwest Chief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan letter to the President of Amtrak opposing plans to terminate one out of every five employees, putting thousands out of work, and reducing the hours of operation of the National Network that includes the long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief. In New Mexico, the Southwest Chief serves several communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque, and Gallup. Senators Udall and H… Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Rename All Bases And Other Military Assets Named For The Confederacy Within One Year

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 34 Senate Democrats, have introduced standalone legislation requiring the Pentagon to remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America and anyone who voluntarily served it from all military bases and other assets of the Department of Defense. The Pentagon must rename the assets within one year. "Our military installations should not … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Udall Statement on Nomination of William Perry Pendley to Serve as Bureau of Land Management Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on President Trump's nomination of William Perry Pendley to serve as director of the Bureau of Land Management: "William Perry Pendley has no business running the Bureau of Land Management. He is an anti-public lands extremist who has repeatedly made it clear that he does not believe in conservation at all. Unl… Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Require Transparency Of Small Business Loans Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Paycheck Protection Program Transparency Act, legislation that requires the Small Business Administration (SBA) to release data on companies receiving loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) amid the COVID-19 crisis. The bill comes after reports of PPP loans going to rich corporations, while shutting out small businesses- particularly small businesses in minority communities. Udall and Heinrich ar… Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Udall Highlights 30 by 30 Resolution to Save Nature During Colorado Stop on ‘Road to 30 Virtual Tour’

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) joined Jennifer Rokala, Executive Director of the Center for Western Priorities and Kelly Nordini, Executive Director of Conservation Colorado, for a virtual event to discuss urgent conservation priorities to address the nature crisis and how the national goal of conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 would benefit the West. The event represented the Colorado "stop" on the "Road to 30 … Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Udall Holds Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Water Infrastructure, Cultural Patrimony Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene a legislative hearing on seven bills - the committee's first hearing since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic. Before turning to scheduled business, Udall underscored COVID-19's ongoing and disproportionate impact on Indian Country. "In my home state of New Mexico, and across the country, Tribal communities have been on the… Continue Reading

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