Press Releases

March 20, 2014

Udall Statement on Move to Temporarily Stage Los Alamos TRU Waste at WCS in Texas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, NWP, to temporarily stage TRU waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) at WCS in Andrews, Texas, while recovery efforts continue at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. Udall has worked throughout his career for safe cleanup at LANL, and since joining the Senate Appropriations Committee has led the delegation in securing increased funds to ensure nuclear wa… Continue Reading

March 19, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce over $300,000 in Funding to Improve Tribal Transit

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Pueblos of Isleta, Jemez and Santa Ana have been awarded a total of $307,770 in grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration to improve transit services and connections for tribal members and residents of the surrounding communities. Through a competitive selection process, projects at each Pueblo were chosen to receive funding through the FY 2013 Tribal Transit Program. The Tribal Transit Program author… Continue Reading

March 18, 2014

Udall, Corker Press Department of Veterans Affairs on Delay of Open Air Burn Pit Registry

WASHINGTON - In a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee, and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pressed the VA for answers regarding its failure to diligently and expeditiously implement the Open Air Burn Pit Registry as mandated under Section 201 of PL 112-260, which Udall and Corker coau… Continue Reading

March 14, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Department of Energy WIPP Fire Investigation Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement on the release of the U.S. Department of Energy's accident investigation report for the underground mine fire involving a salt haul truck at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. "The findings of the accident investigation board on the February 5th fire at WIPP are deeply concerning. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The community of Carlsbad and the nation expect WIPP to operate with… Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Udall Tech Transfer Bill Would Help Move Innovation from Labs to the Marketplace, Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced legislation to improve the Department of Energy's (DOE) technology transfer process and help innovators turn research into marketable products and businesses. Udall's Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act would help New Mexico entrepreneurs create jobs and revolutionary products. The changes it proposes are critical to helping leverage research at the state's two DOE labs and develop high-tech p… Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Udall Votes to Improve Early Child Care for New Mexico Families

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 97-1 to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. The program, which had not been updated in nearly 20 years, helps New Mexico families obtain safe, reliable and affordable child care while they work, or pursue an education or career training. The bipartisan reauthorization modifies the program based on current research on child development to better align child care health and safety standards w… Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

N.M. Delegation Pushing for Advanced Photonics Manufacturing Consortium to be Designated as a 'Manufacturing Community'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham are advocating for New Mexico Advanced Photonics Manufacturing Consortium in Albuquerque to be recognized by the federal government as a "Manufacturing Community," a designation that could make it eligible for up to $1.3 billion in future federal investment to further economic development strategies. The delegation together wrote a letter in support of an application… Continue Reading

March 12, 2014

Udall Statement on Confirmation of France Cordova of N.M. to Lead NSF

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the confirmation of France Cordova of New Mexico to lead the National Science Foundation: "France Cordova is an internationally recognized astrophysicist with a distinguished career in academia and government service. I look forward to working with her in this position, which plays an important role in New Mexico. As a major source of funding for scientific research, the NSF's mission is to keep the nation at the leading edge… Continue Reading

March 12, 2014

Getting the Most Out of Every Drop

You've probably heard the saying - everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. We know we can't make it rain in New Mexico, but we can improve our response to drought conditions that are stressing our farmers and our community water systems. By taking smart steps, we can save water - and millions of dollars. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I've been working with communities across New Mexico to find ways to improve our infrastructure and increase … Continue Reading

March 11, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding For Major Water Projects In New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to fund eight New Mexico water projects they advocated for, bringing over $28 million in funding to New Mexico and ensuring important infrastructure work for the state is added to the Army Corps' 2014 work plan. "As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I've been working to ensure the Army Corps of Engineers understands the importance of these projects, which are critical to pre… Continue Reading

March 11, 2014

Udall: N.M. 'At the Bull's-eye' of Climate Change Crisis; Urges Action in Speech on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined his colleagues from the Senate Climate Action Task Force for an all-night session urging Congress to take action on climate change. In a speech from the Senate floor, Udall highlighted the impact of climate change in New Mexico and other Southwestern states, which are experiencing one of the longest, most severe droughts in history. "New Mexico and the Southwest are at the bull's-eye when it comes to climate change," Udall said in hi… Continue Reading

March 06, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Press Energy Secretary Moniz on Next Steps for WIPP

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the agency's ongoing response to the incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M. PHOTO LINK: The lawmakers together reiterated the message that it is critical for the DOE to be as open and responsive to the Carlsbad community, where residents understandably are concerned … Continue Reading

March 06, 2014

Udall Welcomes Nomination of Estevan López to Lead the Bureau of Reclamation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today welcomed news that Estevan R. López has been nominated to serve as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. López, a native New Mexican and a graduate of New Mexico Tech, is being nominated replace outgoing Commissioner and Las Cruces native Michael Connor. Connor was recently confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior. "Estevan López is highly qualified to lead the Bureau of Reclamation. With his experience in… Continue Reading

March 06, 2014

Udall Votes to Support Reform for Victims of Military Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the following statement after joining the Senate in voting unanimously to advance the Victims Protection Act of 2014, a bill to improve sexual assault prevention measures and response systems within the armed forces. The final vote is expected next week. Senator Udall also voted for a stronger measure, the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), which would have placed authority for pursuing… Continue Reading

March 06, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Wildfire Funding Reform in President's Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today applauded the news that President Obama incorporated into his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal a plan based on a bill they cosponsored to reform federal wildfire policy. The change, which still must be approved by Congress, would fund major wildfires the same as other natural disasters and free up funding to prevent future fires. "Wildfires are as devastating in New Mexico and the rest of the West as hurricanes are on the East and G… Continue Reading

March 05, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.7 Million for Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Bureau of Reclamation will provide $1.7 million for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project. Combined with previously enacted FY 2014 funding, these additional funds bring the total available for the project to over $2.3 million. The funding will be used to continue construction at the Ute Resevoir, which will supply water to the communities of Clovis, Elida, Grady, Melrose, Portales and Texico, and redu… Continue Reading

March 04, 2014

Udall Statement on President's Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about the President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 budget request: "The president's budget is a statement of the administration's priorities for the year to come, and overall, it contains good news for New Mexicans. It continues to roll back the devastating sequestration cuts that risked jobs and threatened our state's economy. Fiscally responsible investments in innovation and m… Continue Reading

March 04, 2014

Udall, Luján Announce Over $5.1 Million for Wireless Service for Navajo Nation and Picuris Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Federal Communications Commission will award over $5.1 million to support mobile broadband service in areas of the Navajo Nation and Picuris Pueblo lacking wireless coverage. Through a reverse auction bidding process designed to maximize the expansion of wireless coverage, the FCC allocated a total of $5,149,628 to Smith Bagley, Inc. and Commnet Wireless, LLC for mobile broadband service at… Continue Reading

February 28, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $788,700 Grant Funding to Strengthen N.M. Affordable Housing Nonprofit Organizations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with grants funded through the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Funding Bill. Santa Fe's Homewise, Inc., Navajo Partnership for Housing, Inc. in Gallup, and the Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation in Southern New Mexico will receive a total of over $785,000 to support revitalization efforts, to promote and preserve affordable hous… Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Udall: Crucial Veterans Bill Blocked

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed deep disappointment after Republicans blocked a comprehensive bill to expand crucial health care, education and job-training benefits to thousands of veterans in New Mexico and across the nation. The Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act would have restored cost-of-living increases for all remaining future military retirees, and provided a critical expansion of VA health facilities, education assistance for p… Continue Reading

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