Press Releases

May 24, 2018

Udall, Gardner Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bill to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study and do homework. The legislation would allow the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate program to reimburse schools that place wi-fi technology on school buses carrying students to school or school related extracurricular activities. "Every New Mexico kid sh… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Udall Presses IHS Officials on Trump Admin. Comments Challenging Unique Legal Status of Tribes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS), pressed IHS officials to affirm the unique legal government-to-government relationship between the federal government and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes in response to concerning comments made earlier this year by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders and Dep… Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Questions IHS on Efforts to Improve Facilities, Combat Addiction in NM’s Tribal Communities in Appropriations Hearing

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDio6QU8sTE&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned IHS Acting Director Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee and other top IHS officials on the FY2019 budget for the Indian Health Service. Udall pressed the panel on how it can sufficiently improve healt… Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Udall to Pruitt: Apologize for EPA’s ‘Disturbing’ Treatment of Journalists & Do the Public’s Business in Public

Udall also urges Pruitt to direct unbiased press access and publicly release his schedule for transparency at EPA WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) demanded that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt answer for the "disturbing treatment of journalists under [his] leadership." Udall's letter to Pruitt follows reports that EPA today barred journalists representing a number of respected media organizations from covering EPA's "Leadership Summit" regardi… Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Protect Chaco Canyon Area

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the lands around Chaco Canyon from further development by the federal government. The bill would ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park by preventing any future leasing or development of minerals owned by the U.S. government that are located within a protected radius around Cha… Continue Reading


May 21, 2018

Udall, House & Senate Democratic Leaders Unveil A Better Deal For Our Democracy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and House and Senate Democrats held a press conference on the steps of the United States Capitol to unveil the newest plank of their bold economic agenda, A Better Deal for Our Democracy, to fix Washington's broken political system and return to a government of, by and for the American people. This new plank of Democrats' A Better Deal agenda focuses on taking back the power from special interests and getting rid of the pay-to-play culture of corruption… Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Urges Support for NM’S Air Force Bases In Appropriations Hearing

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY_JWf9GamI&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the FY2019 budget for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to support funding and resources for projects critical to the operations and competitiveness of Holloman, Cannon, and Kirtland Air Force bases. Udall pressed Wilson and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force General David G… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Udall Votes to Preserve Net Neutrality, Save The Internet

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of Senators in voting 52-47 to overturn the Federal Communications Commision's (FCC) repeal of the 2015 net neutrality rule. Udall released the following statement: "New Mexicans rely on a free and open internet for work, school, and to connect with the rest of the world. The FCC's repeal of Net Neutrality undermines the free and open nature of the internet that has made it an essential tool for entrepreneurship, economic acti… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Udall Presses Bureau of Indian Education Director on School Safety

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Tony Dearman about the BIE's shortcomings in proactively addressing school violence and emergency preparedness, at an oversight hearing entitled "Protecting the Next Generation: Safety and Security at BIE Schools." "Recent events have, once again, led to a national dialogue on school safety. It's crucial that schools in Indian Country be part of … Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Udall Holds Pruitt Accountable on Multiple Ethics Violations At Senate Hearing

Pruitt contradicted documents on condo deal, unauthorized use of sirens on government vehicle, and admitted he didn't pay a subordinate who went apartment hunting for him -- a likely violation of federal law WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, publicly held Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to account about the many and well-documented ethical viola… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Udall Votes to Preserve Net Neutrality, Save The Internet


May 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Call for NM Counties to be Prioritized in Federal Funding to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján urged the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to include New Mexico counties in the list of rural counties that will be prioritized for federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic. HRSA will soon award grants as part of a new Rural Communities Opioids Response Planning Initiative focused on counties considered "at risk" based on the Centers for Disease Control and Preven… Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Urges Support for White Sands Missile Range at Appropriations Hearing on FY2019 Funding for the U.S. Army

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0housmrMRGQ&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted the critical role that White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) plays in national security during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Udall pressed Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper for resources and funding for additional projects at WSMR and to consider WSMR as a basing location for a Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB). "White Sands Missil… Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Top Dems: Pruitt Still Isn’t Complying With Federal Spending Laws

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is still failing to comply with federal spending laws, weeks after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the EPA violated the law by purchasing a $43,000 phone both for Pruitt's office and hiding the purchase from Congress. The lawmakers wrote that the EP… Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $1 Million in Funding 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 $959,500 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) for arts programs throughout New Mexico. The grants will fund 11 music, theater, and visual arts projects across the state. "New Mexico is home to over 4,300 arts-related businesses that employ over 15,600 people, and with more artists per capita than any other state, New Mexico stands as one of the most vibrant artistic communities in the nation.… Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Udall Calls on Senate to Reject Gina Haspel’s Nomination to Serve as CIA Director

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on the Senate to reject Gina Haspel's nomination to serve as CIA Director due to her involvement with the CIA's unlawful "enhanced interrogation" program: "The CIA's torture of detainees in U.S. custody was a stain on our history and our standing in the world. While Acting Director Haspel's qualifications and expertise are evident, her oversight of the CIA's now outlawed torture program, and refusal to fully repudiate it, should be disqualifying… Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Secures Commitment from Zinke to Improve Public Input Process for Leasing Public Land

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), secured a commitment from DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke to improve public input while considering lease sales on public land, after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) updated its guidelines to severely limit public input. Questioning Zinke about BLM's new guidelines for considering lease sales on public lands Udall said, "In January, BLM is… Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Statement On NNSA's Announcement On Pit Production

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.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) released the following statement in response to the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) recommended alternative for recapitalization of plutonium pit production announced today: "While we are pleased that Los Alamos National Laboratory will remain the Research & Development Plutonium Center of Excellence and will … Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Questions Zinke on Inadequate Interior Budget, Reorganization Proposals, Attacks on Public Lands

VIDEO: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/hearing-to-review-the-fy2019-budget-request-for-the-us-department-of-interior WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), pressed DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke about the department's inadequate fiscal year 2019 budget request, serious management concerns under Zinke's watch, the administration's continued attacks on America'… Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding to Rebuild Laguna BIE Elementary School

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Senator Martin Heinrich announced funding has been granted to Laguna Pueblo to rebuild their elementary school. After many years of fighting for funding to rebuild the school, the tribe was finally awarded the design-build contract and funding to soon begin breaking ground on a new school. "T… Continue Reading

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