Press Releases

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

February 27, 2014

Udall Praises Confirmation of Michael Connor as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting unanimously to confirm Michael Connor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Connor is a Las Cruces native and New Mexico State University graduate, and currently serves as commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. Udall issued the following statement after the confirmation vote: "Mike Connor has proven himself to be a smart, thoughtful and effective public servant. As a native New Mexi… Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Ask EPA to Assess Risk, Deploy Mobile Monitors to WIPP

WASHINGTON - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy asking her to provide public health analysis and deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. The mobile monitors would conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP. "The health and safety o… Continue Reading

February 27, 2014

Udall Praises Reauthorization of Critical Drought Information Program to Protect N.M. Farmers, Ranchers and Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mark Pryor (D-AR), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Udall (D-CO) applauded the passage of their bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), which provides vital drought information to farmers, ranchers and other industries affected by weather conditions. The bill, which was also sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), will now head to the president for his signature. "This bill is vital for N… Continue Reading

February 26, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Luján: New Mexicans Deserve Clear Information about Lamy Project

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that they have sent a letter on behalf of their constituents to Pacer Energy Marketing, which has announced plans to truck crude oil from the Four Corners to a property in Lamy owned by Santa Fe Southern Railway, where it would be transported by rail to refineries south of Albuquerque. The lawmakers note in their letter that Pacer's plans have raised strong concerns among the residents of L… Continue Reading

February 26, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Back Effort To Secure Water Resources In New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are backing legislation to conserve water resources and promote sustainability. The SECURE Water Amendments Act of 2014 would expand grants and increase funding for water conservation and drought projects, and provide resources for better data collection and analysis of water supply and use. The bill, introduced by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, will rec… Continue Reading

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