Press Releases

May 19, 2020

DHS Inspector General to Examine ICE Detention Facility COVID-19 Policies and Practices

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released a letter announcing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) will conduct a review of U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in its facilities. Following reports that ICE detention facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were operating without processes to protect both staff and detainees such as providing protective gear, ensuring detaine… Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Ensure All Students Have Access To Internet During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 44 of their Democratic Senate colleagues, have introduced the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill is the Senate companion to legislation recently introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), but makes one important change: increasing the appropriation from $2 bil… Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Udall Celebrates Legacy of Senator Dennis Chávez in Senate Floor Speech Honoring 70th Anniversary of ‘El Senador’s’ Speech Defending American Values from McCarthyism

WASHINGTON-Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor and submitted a speech for the Congressional Record honoring the legacy of U.S. Senator Dennis Chávez (D-N.M.), the first American-born Hispanic U.S. Senator. In the speech, Udall highlighted Chávez's principled stance on the 70th anniversary of Chávez becoming the first sitting senator to deliver a speech on the Senate floor denouncing then-Senator Joseph McCarthy's smear campaign against Americ… Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $5.5 Million in Housing Assistance Grants for Communities Across New Mexico

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.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted public housing authorities across the state more than $5.5 million for Community Development Block Grants to increase access to affordable housing in New Mexico as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor to Call on Fellow Senators to Protect Americans from Unconstitutional Privacy Violations

Udall voted against the original PATRIOT Act in October 2001 VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fkwTJ2WI3Y&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor today to call on the Senate to pass long-overdue protections for Americans' Fourth Amendment privacy rights. Udall spoke ahead of the Senate's vote on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, urging the Senate to protect constitutional rights, privacy and civil liberties. "In October… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Builds Support for Expanding Broadband Access in Indian Country at Senate Commerce Committee Hearing

Industry representatives testify in support of Udall's bill to bridge the digital divide in Indian Country VIDEO LINK: Udall's question begins at the 1:32:47 mark here. WASHINGTON-Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed representatives from broadband service providers to focus on expanding broadband internet access to Indian Country. Each represent… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $77 Million for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

Funding arrives as the State of New Mexico, a national leader in per capita COVID-19 testing, is expanding testing availability for New Mexicans free of charge WASHINGTON-Today, 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.), announced that the state of New Mexico will receive over $77 million for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing from the U.S. Department … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Court Filing to Protect Americans’ Health Care As Republicans Attempt To Rip Coverage From Millions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The amicus brief joined by all 47 Senate Democrats argues the Affordable Care Act's Individual Mandate is constitutional WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the entire Senate Democratic caucus in filing an amicus brief in the case of California v. Texas (formerly Texas v. Azar). The case brought by several Republican Attorneys General and the Trump administration is currently pending before the Supreme Court and represents a direct threat to the A… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Udall, Democratic Senators Call On Trump Administration to Safeguard Voters and Poll Workers in Upcoming Elections Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Udall's call comes as New Mexico's primary elections are set for June 2, all eligible voters have been mailed absentee ballot applications and early voting begins May 30 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 25 colleagues in a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calling on the Trump administration to issue comprehensive guidance on safety measures to keep voters, poll workers, and election workers safe during upcoming elections, both for mail voting an… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Nearly $1 Million CARES Act FCC Telehealth Grant for Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau approved $954,990 to the Navajo Nation Department of Health for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Program funded 56 health care providers in 23 states for a total of $24.9 million in funding. The funding will be used to provide home… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

AUDIO: Udall, Heinrich, Lt. Governor, County Commissioner, Local Business Owner Discuss Wild & Scenic Bill To Protect the Gila River

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) held a teleconference to announce the M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act to designate portions of the Gila River, its watershed and other rivers in the Gila National Forest as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The senators were joined by New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales, Grant County Commissioner Chris Ponce, Gila Backcountry Services Co-Owner Jamie Crockett. AUDIO: Teleconference Announcin… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

NM Delegation Announces $6.6 Million in Grants to 16 Community Health Centers for COVID-19 Relief and Testing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $6,626,899 to 16 New Mexico community health centers, Tribal health centers and Urban Indian Organizations to expand COVID-19 testing capacity and procure medical supplies. The funding will be used to acquire additional personal protective equipm… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Wild & Scenic Legislation to Protect the Gila River

The legislation, incorporating input from a diverse array of New Mexico voices, will benefit New Mexico's outdoor economy by designating portions in the Gila River Basin and Gila National Forest as Wild and Scenic WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the introduction of legislation to designate portions of the Gila River, its watershed and other rivers in the Gila National Forest as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation will be a boon to Ne… Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Udall Welcomes Inspector General Reviews of Tribal Data Breach, Potential Conflicts of Interest in Interior Official’s Role in Distribution of Emergency Coronavirus Relief to Tribal Governments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed news that the Offices of Inspector General (OIGs) for both the Department of the Treasury and the Department of the Interior are conducting official reviews into two concerns raised by Tribal governments in New Mexico and across the country related to the Trump administration's handling of COVID-19 relief funding for Tribes: the improper release of sensitive Tribal data and a se… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Udall, Smith, Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Health Care Resources for Urban Indian Health Organizations Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to introduce bipartisan legislation to boost health resources for urban Indian health organizations (UIOs) as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators' legislation comes as UIOs across the country face major funding and staff shortfalls, in addition to shortages in medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These hardships have forced t… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Udall, Murkowski Announce Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring Native Women

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced the Senate passed the resolution he led with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to celebrate and honor the successes of Indigenous women across the country. The resolution recognizes the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, highlighting the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upho… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Udall Pushes to Include Additional Funding for Tribal and Urban Indian Health Facilities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), joined 10 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging additional funding for Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Health Organizations (I/T/U) to recover from significant COVID-19 related losses in revenue. "I/T/U facilities provide critical access to h… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $23 Million in Grants to Connect Over 2,200 Homes in Rural New Mexico to Broadband Internet

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.) andXochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded $23 million in rural broadband grants to communities across New Mexico from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grants are part of the first wave of ReConnect pilot program funding increased by Congress in the CARES Act to improve rural broadband access for unserved and underserved areas… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

N.M. Delegation Introduces Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act

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.), introduced the bipartisan Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act, legislation to eliminate the non-federal cost share for emergency protective measures undertaken by Tribal governments in response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency'… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Udall Votes To Override President’s Veto of Bipartisan War Powers Resolution to Halt Trump’s Reckless Escalation with Iran

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and author of the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019, voted to override President Donald J. Trump's veto of S.J.Res.68, a bipartisan War Powers Act resolution to prevent the Trump administration from escalating war with Iran. The resolution passed the Senate in a 55-45 bipartisan vote on February 13, following President Trump's January order to launch an unprovoked… Continue Reading

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