Press Releases

October 06, 2015

Udall, Vitter, Inhofe, Bonnie Lautenberg Urge Passage of Historic Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - In a press conference today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), David Vitter (R-La.), and Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), along with Bonnie Lautenberg, widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and supporters of chemical safety reform, urged the Senate to act to pass a historic bill to reform the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Written by Udall and Vitter and based on a bill Vitter wrote with Lautenberg, the Frank R. La… Continue Reading

October 05, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome $5.7 Million to Build Veterans Cemetery at Fort Stanton

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have secured $5,741,388 to cover the full cost of construction for a veterans cemetery near Fort Stanton. Currently, the state has only two veterans cemeteries -- located in Santa Fe and at Fort Bayard -- and many veterans and their families have to travel a great distance to honor loved ones. The new cemetery at Fort Stanton will serve more than 7,500 veterans and their families. Ground breaking for the project is… Continue Reading

October 02, 2015

Udall, Manchin, Murphy, Lee Call for an End to the Failed Syria Train and Equip Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan urging them to end the Syria Train and Equip Program - an unsuccessful effort to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters - which has endangered Americans and further escalated conflict in the region. The Senators wrote in part… Continue Reading

October 02, 2015

Udall, Markey, Durbin Announce Agreement on Chemical Safety Reform Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, as the full Senate prepares to begin debate on a historic bill to overhaul the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) announced they have agreed on new improvements to the bill. With the changes, Markey and Durbin have agreed to support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). Their cosponsorship brings the… Continue Reading

October 01, 2015

Udall Introduces Resolution to Promote Reconciliation on 50th Anniversary of Indonesian Massacres

WASHINGTON - Today, on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, U.S. Senator Tom Udall reintroduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to bring attention to the 1965-66 slaughter of up to 1 million people in Indonesia. On Oct. 1, 1965, six Indonesian Army generals were killed by Indonesian military personnel, but their deaths were blamed on Indonesia's Communist Party. It is believed that the Suharto-led Indonesian government used this event to … Continue Reading

September 30, 2015

Udall Welcomes Passage of Short-Term Budget Agreement, Urges Responsible Long-Term Budget for NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting for a short-term agreement to keep the federal government running until Dec. 11. The measure, which passed the Senate 78-20 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives 277-151, is now headed to the president to be signed into law. While Udall welcomed the short-term agreement called a "continuing resolution," he urged Congress to agree to a long-term budget that also ends the d… Continue Reading

September 30, 2015

Udall Calls on Congress to Immediately Extend LWCF, Find Permanent Solution

WASHINGTON - With the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) set to expire at midnight, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on Congress to immediately pass a 60-day extension and continue working to permanently authorize and fully fund the nation's premier conservation program. Udall's father, former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, helped secure passage of the LWCF in 1965 and the program has since helped boost the economy in local communities and supported outdoor recreation throughout the nation.… Continue Reading

September 29, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Congratulate New Mexico’s National Blue Ribbon Schools

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich congratulated Mora High School, Melrose Elementary School and Newcomb Elementary School on being named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the awards today and recognized outstanding schools across the country for their overall academic excellence or their progress toward closing achievement gaps. Mora High School and Melrose Elementary School are being named Exemplary Achievement Gap Cl… Continue Reading

September 25, 2015

NM Delegation Welcomes $2 Million for Native American Schools

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed news that the Native American Community Academy (NACA) Foundation is receiving a highly competitive $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch and maintain five schools in New Mexico Native communities. The NACA-Inspired School Network is one of 12 programs nationally to receive this award. The funding will support five schools i… Continue Reading

September 25, 2015

Udall Urges Congress to Stop Playing Games, Pass a Responsible Budget for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor about the impact a potential government shutdown would have in New Mexico. With less than one week left until government funding runs out, Udall urged Congress to pass a temporary funding extension and begin bipartisan budget negotiations he's long called for. "Have we forgotten what happened two years ago? The people of my home state of New Mexico have not. We were badly … Continue Reading

September 24, 2015

Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act Passes Senate, Moves to House

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján welcomed passage in the Senate of the Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act. Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Heinrich introduced the Senate bill to place four tracts of land from the former Albuquerque Indian School into trust for the 19 Pueblos, consolidating the last parcels of the old school property into the Albuquerque… Continue Reading

September 24, 2015

Udall Welcomes Pope Francis' Message of Cooperation, Freedom and Responsibility

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Pope Francis' address to Congress (Spanish translation follows): "I am honored and humbled to have been present for Pope Francis' historic address to Congress. This is an important moment for Catholics and all of us who admire his mission to create a more compassionate world. His words were not just a call to faith but a call for peace. He reminded us of Americans throughout history whose work and values have helped make o… Continue Reading

September 23, 2015

Udall Encourages New Mexicans to Participate in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall encouraged New Mexicans to participate in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. MT, and to return unwanted, unneeded or expired prescriptions for safe disposal. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and provides free anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for New Mexicans to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Residents can search online by county, city or zi… Continue Reading

September 23, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $23.2 Million in Grants for Taos, Artesia, Albuquerque Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $23.2 million in grants to support air transportation infrastructure at the airports in Taos, Artesia and Albuquerque. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grants to fund airport construction and rehabilitation, and reduce pollution. The Taos Regional Airport will receive $16,162,353 to fund the construction of a new runway. The Artesia Municipal Airport will receive $2,042,802 to rehabilitate its e… Continue Reading

September 22, 2015

Sens. Udall, Heinrich, Bennet, Rep. Luján Introduce Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, are introducing legislation to help the Navajo Nation and communities in Northwestern New Mexico and Southwestern Colorado recover from the Gold King Mine blowout that spilled toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers. The Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Act of 2015 will ensure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to work with affe… Continue Reading

September 22, 2015

NM Delegation Reminds Non-Farm Businesses to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans by Oct. 5

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham reminded small non-farm businesses in 11 New Mexico counties to apply by Oct. 5 for Small Businesses Administration (SBA) federal disaster loans to offset economic losses caused by the drought last year. Businesses in Cibola, Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Miguel, Sandoval and Taos counties may be eligible to apply. Small… Continue Reading

September 21, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Press for Permanent Authorization and Strong Investment in the Nation’s Premier Land and Water Conservation Program

WASHINGTON - With the expiration of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) fast approaching, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan coalition of 51 other senators to call on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid to permanently reauthorize and adequately fund the nation's premier federal conservation program, now in its 50th year. The LWCF has helped create and protect parks and open spaces that enhance recreation and outdoor opportun… Continue Reading

September 17, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Naming of Park Service Superintendent at Valles Caldera National Preserve

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich congratulated Jorge Silva-Bañuelos on being named superintendent of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Silva-Bañuelos's hiring marks an important milestone for Valles Caldera, which is making the transition from a unique management structure as part of the Forest Service to management by the National Park Service (NPS). Both lawmakers pushed for the change, which was enacted as part of an omnibus defense bill at the… Continue Reading

September 16, 2015

Udall: Letter from Groups Representing More than 25 Million Americans Asks for Senate Vote on Lautenberg Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted a message from national groups representing over 25 million Americans involved in environmental, labor, conservation, health and animal welfare issues, urging the Senate to pass the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The bill, by Udall and Senator David Vitter, R-La.,would overhaul our nation's broken chemical safety law by requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test and regulate chemicals and prote… Continue Reading

September 16, 2015

Udall Presses EPA Administrator on Response to Gold King Mine Spill at Indian Affairs Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the Gold King Mine spill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy about the impact on the Navajo Nation and San Juan County. Udall, who serves on the committee and requested the hearing, pushed McCarthy to commit to a smooth claims process for spill victims seeking compensation, a strong government-to-government relationship between the EPA and the Navaj… Continue Reading

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