Press Releases

November 21, 2013

Udall Hails Rules Changes to Make Senate Work for American People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court. Udall has led the effort to reform the Senate's rules since he was elected in 2009. His argument throughout has been that a permanent change in the Senate rules - including by requiring a talking filibuster - is the only way to ensure the Senate will work for the American peo… Continue Reading

November 21, 2013

Udall Amendments to Defense Bill Address Lab Research, Tech Transfer, Veterans' Homelessness, B61 LEP

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced several amendments to a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year. Udall's five amendments include measures to fight unemployment and homelessness among veterans by improving access to education and life skills training for service members; help increase collaboration between the labs, nonprofits a… Continue Reading

November 20, 2013

Udall Honors Code Talkers During Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement honoring the Native American Code Talkers who helped win World War I and II. The Code Talkers were recognized in a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. Members of the Acoma and Laguna Pueblos are among those to receive recognition for their contributions. Navajo Code Talkers were recognized in a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in 2001. "It was an honor to celebrate the tremendous contribution by Native… Continue Reading

November 20, 2013

Udall: Gridlock Tying up the Senate; Reform Needed Now to Make Congress Work

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall again made the case for meaningful reform of the Senate rules, which he says is needed to end partisan gridlock and restore debate. Udall spoke on the Senate floor after a series of qualified presidential nominees for key positions were blocked by filibusters. He was joined by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who has been a partner in advocating rules reform over the past several years. For video of Udall's remarks and the exchange with Merkley, click her… Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

Responding to Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines

The people of the Philippines and the surrounding area have been in my thoughts as they cope with the devastation created by Typhoon Yolanda, also known as Typhoon Haiyan. The storm created widespread flooding, landslides, storm surges and sustained winds that wreaked a terrible toll across the central Philippines. My deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims in this tragedy, and the survivors who have lost their homes or otherwise been impacted, as well as their families in New… Continue Reading

November 14, 2013

Udall Introduces Bill to Prevent Stormwater Pollution, Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a bill to reduce the leading cause of water pollution nationwide, while creating jobs and supporting infrastructure and neighborhood redevelopment. Polluted stormwater runoff is caused when rain or snow flows over roads, roofs, parking lots and other surfaces, picking up toxic chemicals and sediment and carrying them to rivers and streams. The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 would encourage the use of i… Continue Reading

November 12, 2013

Udall: Pattern of GOP Obstruction Signals Need for Reform to get Senate Working Again

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall decried yet another Republican filibuster of a highly qualified presidential nominee: Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The D.C. Circuit is often considered "the second most important court in the land" because it hears some of the nation's most complex cases, yet Republicans refuse to allow confirmation votes on nominees to the three vacancies on the 11-seat court. At the beginning of t… Continue Reading

November 11, 2013

Keeping Our Promise

Today is a special day to remember the men and women of our armed forces who've fought to keep our nation free. On Veterans Day, I'm honored to join New Mexicans and all Americans in paying tribute to these heroes. We have a proud tradition of U.S. military service in New Mexico dating back to the Civil War. This service includes the Navajo Code Talkers. The Defenders of Bataan. Those who fought in Europe and the Pacific to stop fascism, who held the line in Korea, who endured jungle warfare in … Continue Reading

November 11, 2013

Udall Honors America's Veterans in Veterans Day Speech at the N.M. State Veterans' Home

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall commemorated Veterans Day in Truth or Consequences, where he participated in a ceremony at the State Veterans' Home to honor and remember New Mexico's veterans. "Veterans Day is an opportunity to pause from the rush and chaos of our daily lives, to pay tribute to the heroes among us, and those no longer with us," Udall said. "Our veterans and their families deserve our gratitude and respect not just today, but every day. These men and wo… Continue Reading

November 11, 2013

Udall Statement on Passing of John Dendahl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the passing of former GOP party chairman John Dendahl: "John and I worked together for many years, and although we didn't always share the same views, we shared a love for New Mexico and for public service. I will remember John warmly for his dedication to politics and his convictions, as well as his sharp and effective communication style. Jill and I have him and his family in our thoughts."… Continue Reading

November 09, 2013

Udall and Luján Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that more than $2.8 million in federal assistance relief is being made available to Santa Clara Pueblo through the Public Assistance Grant Program to assist with the installation of debris collection structures. As a result of a disaster declaration in August of 2012 in response to severe flooding from June 22 to July 12, 2012, the pueblo was made eligible for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Age… Continue Reading

November 08, 2013

Udall Introduces Bill to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

LOS LUNAS, N.M. - With the abuse and trafficking of prescription drugs on the rise in New Mexico and across the country, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, today announced that he has introduced a bill to fight prescription drug abuse and misuse and improve treatment options to help addicted patients. Udall unveiled the Increasing the Safety of Prescription Drug Use Act during an event he organized at First Choice Community Health in Los L… Continue Reading

November 07, 2013

Udall Hails Bipartisan Senate Vote to Pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today issued the following statement after he voted to support the Employment Non-Discrimation Act known as ENDA. The bill, which bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, passed the Senate by a 64-32 vote. "Today I was proud to join my colleagues in a strong bipartisan vote to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Our nation was founded on the promise of fairness and equality, and passing this legislation r… Continue Reading

November 05, 2013

Udall to Host Women's Career Success Conference in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall is hosting a Women's Career Success Conference with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Women's Career Success Conference will bring together businesses, nonprofit organizations and federal agency officials to help women in New Mexico learn how to enhance their careers and increase their competitiveness in the job market. Space is limited, so women interested in attending are asked to register … Continue Reading

November 05, 2013

The Women's Career Success Conference

New Mexico's economic growth depends on the success of women. On Thursday, November 14, I'm hosting the Women's Career Success Conference with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce to help women in New Mexico improve their job skills and enhance their careers. The conference will bring together area employers, nonprofit organizations and federal agency officials to offer personalized skill-building opportunities for women to strengthen their competitiveness in the workforce. The event is f… Continue Reading

November 04, 2013

Udall Statement on Vote to Advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today issued the following statement after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) cleared an important procedural step in the U.S. Senate, winning a bipartisan filibuster-proof 61 votes for the first time in history and moving a significant step closer to passage: "Today the Senate has taken an important step toward protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination. Clearing this procedural hurdle with a bipartisan vote shows the progress we've ma… Continue Reading

November 01, 2013

Udall Warns Consumers about Phone Scam Targeting Taxpayers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, which oversees the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), warned consumers about a sophisticated telephone scam directed at taxpayers throughout the country. According to the IRS, victims of this scam are told they owe money to the IRS, and that it must be paid immediately through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If victims of the scam refuse to comply with the… Continue Reading

October 31, 2013

Udall Statement on Need for Reform to End Obstruction, Get the Senate Working Again

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall renewed his call for the U.S. Senate to reform its rules after Republicans yet again blocked progress by filibustering qualified presidential nominees: U.S. Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Udall has said since 2009 that a permanent change in the Senate rules - including by requiring a talking filibuster - is the only way t… Continue Reading

October 30, 2013

Udall, Rockefeller React to New Report on Sports Equipment & Concussions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.V.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, today released the following statements after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies released a report concluding there is little to no medical evidence that youth equipment protects against risks of concussions. At Rockefeller and Udall's urging, the IOM studied how best to protect young athletes from sports-related concus… Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President’s Disaster Declaration for September Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that President Obama has declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico and Santa Clara Pueblo for the severe storms and flooding from Sept. 9-22. The declaration means the president has ordered federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts. The assistance will be available on a cost-sharing basis for damage to public infrastructure … Continue Reading

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