Press Releases

September 16, 2015

Udall at EPW Hearing: New Mexicans Deserve Compensation, Long-Term Plan to Address Gold King Mine Spill

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called for action to help communities affected by the Gold King Mine wastewater spill into the Animas and San Juan rivers. Udall discussed confusion and mistakes made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the immediate aftermath of the spill, and committed to introducing two bills to help Northwestern New Mexico recover and help prevent another disastrous mine s… Continue Reading

September 15, 2015

Preventing Another Animas River Disaster

Water is the lifeblood of New Mexico communities. Our rivers are not only important sources for drinking water and irrigation, they hold cultural significance, fuel our outdoor recreation economy and shape the landscapes we call home. That's why the Gold King Mine blowout and sudden release of 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers were so devastating for Northwestern New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. Earlier this month I visited farmers on the Navajo Nation who have… Continue Reading

September 15, 2015

Udall, Tester, Lujan Grisham Announce Bill to Help Tribes Fight Child Hunger

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), along with U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), announced that they have introduced legislation to streamline and expand access to federal school breakfast and lunch, summer feeding and other meal services by allowing Tribes to participate directly in these programs. Native American children suffer from food insecurity and obesity at rates twice the national average, but too often aren't able to access important hu… Continue Reading

September 15, 2015

Udall Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Recognizes Hispanic-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - To mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, U.S. Senator Tom Udall today joined a bipartisan coalition of senators to introduce a resolution recognizing the culture, history and contributions of the Hispanic community in New Mexico and across the nation. Udall also cosponsored a resolution designating the week of Sept. 14 as National Hispanic-Serving Institution Week, in honor of New Mexico's 18 colleges and universities with high enrollmen… Continue Reading

September 14, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Encourage Outstanding High School Students to Apply for Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich encouraged outstanding New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to apply for the highly competitive United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two New Mexico students will be selected to join 102 other delegates at the program's 54th annual Washington Week from March 5-12, 2016. During their all expenses paid trip, New Mexico's representatives will learn about the workings of the U.S. Senate and federal government. Additionally, … Continue Reading

September 11, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome BLM Decision to Maintain New Mexico State Office

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has heeded their call to reconsider a proposal to merge the New Mexico and Arizona state offices and will allow the offices to remain separate. The senators released the following statement: "New Mexico's many unique public lands issues - including our landscape's strong connection to our state's history and culture - require strong leadership from the Bureau of Land Management. H… Continue Reading

September 11, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $2 Million For Community Health Centers In Doña Ana County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that three Affordable Care Act (ACA) grants totaling $2,172,116 have been awarded to Ben Archer Health Center in Hatch, and La Clinica de Familia and St. Luke's Health Care Clinic in Las Cruces. The ACA grants were made available by the Health Resources Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will allow these community-based health centers to improve and expand exist… Continue Reading

September 11, 2015

Udall Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "Today, we join together to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11. We remember those who lost their lives or were injured, and we honor the first responders who selflessly risked everything to save others. "From firefighters and emergency personnel rushing to the rescue, to New Mexicans giving blood and donating money to the families of victims, our natio… Continue Reading

September 10, 2015

Udall Casts Vote for Iran Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a measure designed to prevent the Iran Nuclear Agreement from taking effect. He issued the following statement: "The Iran Nuclear Agreement is profoundly important to our national security interests and international security -- it is the only realistic way we can prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. And that is why today I voted against a measure that undercuts international diplomacy and prevents the agreement from going into effe… Continue Reading

September 08, 2015

Udall to Attend Pope Francis's Address to Congress with Guest Archbishop Wester

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Most Rev. John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe, will be his guest at Pope Francis's address to Congress on Thursday, September 24. Pope Francis will be the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the speech will be broadcast live on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol. New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of the pope's address should contact Udall's office. "Pope Francis's address to Cong… Continue Reading

September 08, 2015

Udall Welcomes Clinton's Campaign Finance Reform Proposal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Hillary Clinton's campaign finance reform proposal, which includes an endorsement of a constitutional amendment to restore the role of average voters in elections. Clinton's proposal also contains other critically needed changes to amplify the voices of everyday Americans and prevent super wealthy donors from trying to influence elections with secret campaign contributions. Udall is a leading voice in the Senate on camp… Continue Reading

September 04, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $180,387 in AmeriCorps Grants to New Mexico Tribes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that two New Mexico tribes have won AmeriCorps grants to meet critical needs in their communities. The Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation, Navajo AmeriCorps in Nenahnezad and Santo Domingo Pueblo will receive funding totaling $180,387. "By both helping New Mexico communities thrive and offering AmeriCorps members an opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, the AmeriCorps program is truly a win-win," Udall sai… Continue Reading

August 28, 2015

New Mexico, Colorado Senators Welcome Environment and Public Works Oversight Hearing on the Gold King Mine Spill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) welcomed an announcement that the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold an oversight hearing on the harmful impacts of Gold King Mine spill that occurred in southwest Colorado. The hearing, titled "Oversight of the Cause, Response, and Impacts of EPA's Gold King Mine Disaster," will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. ET in Dirks… Continue Reading

August 27, 2015

Udall Welcomes Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Announcement of Oversight Hearing on Gold King Mine Disaster’s Impact on Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed an announcement by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), that the committee will hold an oversight hearing to examine the harmful impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gold King Mine spill on Indian Country. Udall and fellow committee member Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote a letter earlier this month to Barrasso and SCIA Vice Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) requesting … Continue Reading

August 25, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Press Senate Leadership to Begin Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate Democratic Caucus to urge Senate Republican leadership to schedule bipartisan budget negotiations immediately to prevent another budget crisis when the current fiscal year ends this fall. The call was made in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signed by all 46 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. In the letter, Udall and Heinrich stressed their deep concern that, with less than two… Continue Reading

August 19, 2015

New Mexico, Colorado, Utah Senators Demand Answers in EPA Investigation of Mine Spill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of senators, including Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to examine a critical set of questions regarding the Gold King Mine spill that occurred in the Animas River earlier this month. "The release of contaminated water from this legacy mine … Continue Reading

August 18, 2015

Udall Welcomes Upcoming Senate Indian Affairs Committee Oversight Hearing on Impact of Gold King Mine Spill on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON ­- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today joined Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to thank Senate Indian Affairs Committee leadership for agreeing to hold an oversight hearing on the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gold King Mine spill on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona, as well as other issues of concern. Udall and McCain, both members of the committee, sent a letter to Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Vice Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT) earlier today requesti… Continue Reading

August 18, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.3 Million in FAA Grants for New Mexico Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $3.3 million in grants to support runway expansion, rehabilitation and other improvements at nine airports across New Mexico. Clovis, Grants, Alamogordo, Colfax County, Lea County, Questa, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Farmington and Santa Rosa will all receive funding from the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants. "Local airports are an economic engine for many New Mexico communities, and these new grants wi… Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $500,000 for NM Parks, Outdoor Recreation through Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the State of New Mexico will receive $500,138 through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support outdoor recreation and conservation projects throughout the state. LWCF funds are a highly effective tool for creating and protecting urban and rural parks and open spaces that provide recreation opportunities, enhance communities and create jobs, but the program will expire in September unless Congress takes a… Continue Reading

August 14, 2015

Udall Statement on Today's Flag Raising Ceremony in Cuba

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement as the United States raised its flag over the newly re-opened embassy in Havana, Cuba: "The ceremonial flag raising marks a historic turning point in the relationship between the United States and Cuba. The flag represents the strength and ideals of our nation and our ongoing commitment to a free and open Cuba that will strengthen the security and the economic well-being… Continue Reading

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