Press Releases

May 15, 2014

Udall Recognizes National Small Business Week, Introduces IGNITE Act to Help Entrepreneurs Save

WASHINGTON - In celebration of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall recognized the over 150,000 small business owners across New Mexico, who create jobs and make up almost 96 percent of the state's employers. In their honor, Udall also unveiled a new bill to help continue to build and strengthen New Mexico's small business community. The Incentivize Growth Now In Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs (IGNITE) Act will help ease the challenge many entrepreneurs face accessing credit to pay th… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Udall Hosts New Mexico Conservation Leader at U.S. Capitol for Discussion on Outdoor Recreation, Jobs and Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted New Mexico Wildlife Federation Executive Director Garrett VeneKlasen for a discussion on how the federal government can partner with local sportsmen and conservation leaders to support America's tourism economy, create jobs and protect access to public land for preservation and recreational opportunities. The meeting was held before the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee at the U.S. Capitol. For photos of the meeting, click he… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Udall Welcomes Dr. Oz's Endorsement of PHYSICAL Act to Promote Health & PE in Schools

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed an endorsement by Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice-chairman and professor of surgery at Columbia University, co-founder of HealthCorps and host of the Emmy Award-winning television program "The Dr. Oz Show," of Udall's legislation aimed at increasing access to effective health and physical education (PE) programs in schools across the country. As part of his efforts to pass the PHYSICAL Act, Udall is also asking communities in New Mexico to share st… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Senators Push CFPB to Crack Down on Predatory Payday Loans

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today, six Senators - Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) - pushed the bureau to take new action to protect consumers from predatory storefront and online payday loans. The letter arrives as the CFPB prepares rules for the small dollar lending market. Each day, a large n… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Udall Urges FCC to Protect Open Internet

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, expressed his support for a free and open Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares new net neutrality rules, including a proposal to charge companies for faster delivery of content. Udall is a cosponsor of S. 1981, "The Open Internet Preservation Act," to protect consumers and innovation online. He issued the following statement in advance of… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

Udall, Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Improve Care for Veterans with Hearing Loss

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that he has joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce a bill to improve health care for veterans with service-connected hearing disabilities. Congressmen Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill seeks to improve access to hearing aid services for veterans by allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire hearing aid specialists, and requiring the VA to produce … Continue Reading


May 08, 2014

Udall Calls for VA to Broaden Investigation into 'Secret' Waiting Lists

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed outrage at the ongoing allegations that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System and possibly others were covering up the extent of their waiting lists while veterans died waiting for appointments. In a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Udall called for VA officials to expand their investigation to facilities in New Mexico and elsewhere. Arizona, New Mexico and part of Texas fall under the same Veterans Integrated Service Network (V… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Udall Presses Administration Officials on Federal Information Technology Reforms

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall chaired a hearing of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee on reforming federal information technology (IT) investments to prevent wasteful spending and improve government effectiveness. Citing testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that over $12 billion of major federal IT projects are at risk or need management attention, Udall pressed officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the … Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

Udall Working to Keep College Affordable for All Students

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a coalition of senators in introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would help rein in college costs by allowing students and graduates with existing student loan debt to refinance at lower interest rates. A college degree is increasingly critical to qualify for a well-paying job and enter the middle class. But with college costs skyrocketing, and U.S. student loan debt now outstripping Americans' credit card debt, m… Continue Reading


May 01, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.4 Million for Repairs to Catwalk Trail in Gila National Forest

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Federal Highway Administration will provide $4.4 million in funding from the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program to restore the Catwalk Trail in the Gila National Forest. The Catwalk Trail is a historically significant National Recreational Trail that has attracted visitors for generations, but it suffered significant damage as a result of monsoonal rain and resulting debris flows in Whitewat… Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Udall Disappointed in Filibuster of Minimum Wage Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans filibustered a measure he supported to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour: "Today we had the opportunity to help kickstart our economy in New Mexico and across the country by increasing the minimum wage. Yet Republicans chose obstruction over a common-sense proposal to help families get ahead. "Our nation was founded on a basic promise that no matter who you are, if you w… Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Udall Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance to get Senate Floor Vote

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed a pledge by Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer to hold a Senate floor vote on Udall's constitutional amendment to reform the nation's broken campaign finance system. Udall, an outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, has led the fight in the Senate for campaign finance reform. Udall introduced his constitutional amendment, S.J. Res. 19, last June to reverse the Court's … Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

Udall at Appropriations Hearing: Investment in Innovation Can Create Jobs in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about initiatives Udall is championing to create jobs in New Mexico. The hearing focused on how federal investment in innovation can create jobs and spark advancements in science. Moniz appeared as a witness, along with the directors of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, a… Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

In Speech, Udall Urges Support for Increasing Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor to urge support for increasing the federal minimum wage. Udall is a cosponsor of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, a bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over the next two years, which the Senate is scheduled to consider on the floor this week. To illustrate the need for the bill and its widespread support throughout New Mexico, Udall mentioned several of the many letters he has received from constitue… Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

Momentum on Campaign Finance Reform

Earlier this month, we saw the U.S. Supreme Court deal another blow to our democracy. While Citizens United opened the floodgates for a wave of money into our elections, the McCutcheon decision lets that money flow to unlimited candidates - all across the country. As I said at the time, McCutcheon should be the breaking point that forces Washington to permanently reform the campaign finance system. Today I'm pleased to report my constitutional amendment is gaining momentum, and that Senate Majo… Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

A Fair Shot for New Mexico

This week, we have the opportunity to pass legislation that would help get our economy back on track and give more New Mexico families a fair shot at making a good living. S.1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour - bringing it to where it would be if it had kept up with inflation. At today's wage, too many New Mexico families are left working two or three jobs just to pay rent and put food on the table. This increase would give 147,000 work… Continue Reading


April 24, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Department of Energy WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management initial accident investigation report related to the February 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The senators urge WIPP and DOE officials to fully implement all necessary corrective actions before restarting operations. "The report on the response to the radiation re… Continue Reading


April 24, 2014

Udall Commends Gallup's Octavia Fellin Public Library for National Award

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall congratulated the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup for winning the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Octavia Fellin Public Library was among 10 institutions nationwide selected to receive the award for exceptional service. Udall issued the following statement to commend the library and its community members: "Congratulations to the Octavia Fellin Public Library on bein… Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Udall Encourages Participation in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - As New Mexico continues to battle alarming prescription drug abuse rates, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is encouraging citizens to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 26, and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), provides free, anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for safe medication disposal. Residents can search online by c… Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Seek Support for Amtrak's Southwest Chief Route

SANTA FE, N.M. - As Congress prepares its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced today they are seeking support for capital improvements to Amtrak's long distance trains, including the Southwest Chief, which runs through New Mexico. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, the senators urged them to invest in long distance trains, such as the Southwest… Continue Reading

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