Press Releases

April 09, 2015

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $3.5 Million to Restore Nambé Falls Reservoir, Reimburse Firefighting for Tres Lagunas Fire

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján today announced that more than $3.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will be awarded to New Mexico to help San Miguel and Santa Fe counties recover from severe fires and flooding. Pojoaque Valley Irrigation District will receive $1,028,174 for emergency repairs to the Nambé Falls Reservoir to clear out debris and sediment that flowed into the reservoir during … Continue Reading

April 08, 2015

Udall, Roybal-Allard Introduce National Public Health Week Resolutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) have introduced resolutions in Congress to recognize this week, April 6th through 12th, as National Public Health Week. Since 1995, public health organizations have used National Public Health Week to educate the public, policymakers, and health professionals about issues that are important to improving America's public health. The theme for this year's National Public Health Week is "Healthiest Nation 20… Continue Reading

April 03, 2015

Udall Statement on Diplomatic Framework Regarding Iran’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today on the diplomatic framework reached by the United States, five other world powers and Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran's nuclear program: "The goal of the framework presented yesterday - accomplished through an intensive diplomatic effort by multiple countries - is to reduce Iran's nuclear capability while providing for extensive verification measures to preclude nuclear weapons development. As ne… Continue Reading

April 02, 2015

Udall Leads Push to Disclose Dark Money in Politics

WASHINGTON - Today, on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision that further eroded the nation's campaign finance laws, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter asking the Obama administration to implement an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose political spending. The letter was also signed by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The letter from the senators com… Continue Reading

April 02, 2015

Protecting Our Kids From Dangerous Chemicals

Most Americans believe that if they can buy a product at the grocery store or the hardware store, the government has tested it and determined that it's safe. But that's not true. The chemical safety law we've had in place since 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act, allows chemicals to be used in consumer products without any evidence of safety. And, even worse because of a court case in 1991, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lost its power to regulate or remove hazardous chemicals … Continue Reading

March 31, 2015

Udall to Open Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations April 7

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Beginning April 7, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will accept applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April, members of Udall's staff will host several information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - require a congre… Continue Reading

March 31, 2015

Udall Statement on U.S. Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment and the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, released the following statement on the White House's plan to cut carbon pollution by 28 percent. The plan is part of an international coalition taking action to combat climate change following the historic climate agreement between the U.S. and China. Udall al… Continue Reading

March 31, 2015

Udall Honors Legacy and Achievements of César Chávez

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, issued the following statement commemorating the life and legacy of civil rights and labor leader César Estrada Chávez. Udall joined several senators last week to introduce a resolution honoring Chávez and recognizing his birthday, March 31, as "César Chávez Day." "César Chávez's story is a story of resilience, hard work, and inspiring activism. He i… Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

Udall Statement on the Retirement of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement today that he will retire from the Senate: "Harry Reid is a fighter, and for the decades he has served in Congress, he has fought on the side of working families, and smart investments that move our country forward. Our country is better for his service, and I've been proud to stand with him. Harry's years as Majority Leader will be remembered for the historic passage of health reform … Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

Udall Introduces Legislation to Permanently Authorize and Fully Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined five other senators, including U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, in introducing legislation (S. 890) to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which conserves and promotes public access to the country's national parks, forests and public lands. The program is set to expire in September of this year. The bill was led by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Other cosponsors include Sens. … Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

Udall Statement After Voting Against Republican Budget, which Fails NM Families

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against the unprecedented $5 trillion in cuts proposed in the Republican budget. A nonbinding guideline for Congress as it begins the annual appropriations process to fund the government, the budget was passed by a vote of 52-46. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the vote: "Instead of investing in working families and child well-being, the Republican budget slashes services… Continue Reading

March 26, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Budget Amendment to Protect America's Treasured Public Lands from Being Sold Off

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced an amendment to the Senate's budget resolution that would protect America's parks and public lands, including national forests, wildlife refuges, and conservation lands, from being sold off as a deficit reduction tactic. The amendment is cosponsored by Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). "New Mexicans have treasured our public lands for hunting, hiking, and camping for generations. This is our sh… Continue Reading

March 26, 2015

NM Delegation Responds to Report by WIPP Technical Assessment Team

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Technical Assessment Team, analyzing the scientific cause of the drum failure that led to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). "Today's report answers some of the questions about what led to the radiological release at WIPP on Feb. 14, 2014. We t… Continue Reading

March 26, 2015

Udall Leads Effort to Keep Dark Money out of Elections

WASHINGTON - With the Senate debating amendments to this year's proposed budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures - so-called "dark money." Their amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation that promotes transparency in political spending … Continue Reading

March 26, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $833,700 Grant to Improve N.M. Affordable Housing Options

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with a total of $833,700 in grants funded through last December's "omnibus" appropriations bill to fund the government. The funds will be used to help families who need safe, affordable housing, and create jobs in New Mexico. Homewise, Inc. will receive $591,450 to help New Mexicans in Santa Fe and Albuquerque buy homes and m… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Udall Statement on the Death of Former Santa Fe Mayor George Gonzales

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in memory of former Santa Fe Mayor George Gonzales, who passed away last night: "Jill and I join the many Santa Feans mourning the loss of George Gonzales. George made tremendous contributions to our community as an artist, a broadcaster, and a leader for Santa Fe city and county. "He was a true Santa Fean who cared deeply about his family, his community, and his culture. He was generous in heart and spirit, and leaves be… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Udall Urges Energy Secretary to Work with N.M. to Safely Reopen WIPP, Support B61 Life Extension Program

WASHINGTON - Today during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to work constructively with the state of New Mexico to safely reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and prioritize the B61 Life Extension Program, which supports jobs at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs. WIPP has been closed since an underground truck fire in February 2014, which was followed by a radiological le… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

N.M. Delegation Encourages Department of Defense to Support UNM’s Proposal to Create National Institute of Photonics

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that they are urging the Department of Defense to select a proposal led by a team that includes the University of New Mexico in a competition to create a national photonics hub. The team, a collaboration of academic institutions from New Mexico and three other states, was named a finalist earlier this year. If selected, it will receive federal fundin… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Udall: New Mexico Families Can’t Afford $5 Trillion in Cuts Proposed in Republican Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor, urging Congress to reject the unprecedented cuts in services proposed in the Republican budget - ranging from Medicare and child care to education and law enforcement - that would continue to hold back New Mexico's economy. The Senate is in the midst of debating the Republicans' budget, a guideline for Congress as it begins the annual appropriations process to fund the government. The Senate Republican budget w… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $5.4 Million Loan for Mescalero Apache Telecom Inc. to Improve Internet Service

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a $5.4 million loan for Mescalero Apache Telecom Inc. (MATI) to improve service for its subscribers by upgrading parts of its telecommunications system, and providing fiber optic Internet service to about half of the territory it serves. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service is awarding the loan under the Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA) provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill, which amended the … Continue Reading

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