Press Releases

June 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Invite CBP Commissioner To Visit Santa Teresa Port Of Entry, Underscore Support For Extending Hours Of Operation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are inviting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske to visit the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (POE) and border industrial zone in southern New Mexico to see firsthand how federal and private investments in the Santa Teresa POE have improved interstate commerce and bolstered the region's economy. In a letter today, the Senators also underscored their support for Dell Inc.'s application to CBP's Reimbursable S… Continue Reading

June 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Improve Health of Border Communities, Strengthen National Security

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they have introduced a bill to improve the health and economies of border communities and strengthen national security. The Border Health Security Act of 2015 would strengthen binational collaboration to address border health issues, and establish grant programs to improve public health infrastructure and infectious disease monitoring. Many residents of New Mexico's border communities face unique public health challenges, … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Udall Champions Bill to Empower Small Donors in Elections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has joined U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and others in introducing the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way congressional elections are financed. Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and special interests. U.S. Sen. Martin … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Udall Unveils VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act to Help More Veterans Find Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has reintroduced legislation to extend and streamline hiring incentives for unemployed and disabled veterans. The VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2015 would renew and extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which provided employers with tax credits for hiring unemployed or disabled veterans until its expiration in 2014. Udall said the bill is good for veterans, businesses and New Mexico's economy. For example, some veterans … Continue Reading

June 10, 2015

Udall Calls on Commerce, Ag Secretaries to Prioritize Broadband Access for Rural New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan coalition, led by Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Angus King (I-ME), in an effort to ensure the federal government prioritizes high-speed broadband access for rural Americans. Broadband Internet is critical to expand economic development opportunities, distance learning and telehealth to rural communities in New Mexico and across the country. In a bipartisan letter signed by more than a dozen senators, Udall and others pr… Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Udall Renews Call for a Limited Authorization of Military Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - After a meeting of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall reinforced his call for Congress to debate and pass a resolution authorizing limited military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Udall, a member of the committee, supports restrictions on the time, geographic scope and cost of U.S. operations in Iraq and Syria, including a prohibition on the use of U.S. ground troops for combat operations, and has consistently pushed f… Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Udall Welcomes Back KENW to New Mexico Satellite TV

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that KENW's satellite public TV broadcasts will be returning to viewers' screens across New Mexico. KENW has served TV viewers from Farmington to Artesia for more than 40 years, but Nielsen recently re-designated it into a Texas TV market - causing satellite TV subscribers across New Mexico to lose access to KENW's public programming, news, local weather and emergency alerts. Udall led a New Mexico congressional delegation letter to press Niel… Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce New Investment in Southwest N.M. Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments has received a $250,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to promote entrepreneurship and business development in Luna, Grant, Hidalgo and Catron counties. Udall and Heinrich helped lead a task force - initially convened by former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in 2010 - that led to this grant award, which will fund an innovative initiative to promote … Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge CFPB To Issue Strong Rules To Stop Predatory PayDay Lending Practices

WASHINGTON - As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) considers new rules to address predatory practices in payday and similar types of lending, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in expressing support for initial steps the agency has taken and urging the agency to issue strong rules to combat the "cascade of devastating financial consequences" that these high-priced loans often have on consumers. "We support the CFPB's initial steps towards releasin… Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

Udall, Tester Introduce Bill to Prevent Damaging Cuts in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced legislation to prevent the return of damaging across-the-board budget cuts that significantly impacted health care, education, public safety, and housing throughout Indian Country. Udall and Tester's bill will exempt the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, and critical housing assistance from future sequestration. "Across-the-board budget cuts presented a major setback for Indian Country, forcing… Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

Udall Highlights Lifesaving Drunk-Driving Prevention Technology, Will Re-introduce Bill to Continue Progress toward Eliminating DWI

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and over 300 members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) from New Mexico and across the country demonstrated exciting progress that has been made toward developing lifesaving drunk-driving prevention technology, known as the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). Udall, a long-time advocate for eliminating drunk driving, joined officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio… Continue Reading

June 03, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Herald Investment in New Sunland Park Wastewater Treatment Plant

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed news that the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA) has received an $8 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Border Environmental Infrastructure Fund (BEIF) to construct a new wastewater treatment plant to serve two Doña Ana County communities, Sunland Park and Santa Teresa. The new treatment plant will help the area resolve ongoing wastewater treatment problems, which have caused some… Continue Reading

June 02, 2015

Udall Votes for USA Freedom Act to Permanently End NSA's Illegal Phone Surveillance

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting 67-32 for the USA Freedom Act, a bill to end the federal government's illegal bulk phone records collection program and make other long-overdue reforms to the Patriot Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The vote on final passage of the bill came after Udall and a majority of other senators voted to defeat amendments offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would have weakened the reforms in the U… Continue Reading

June 02, 2015

Udall Statement After Voting Against Ending Debate on USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after opposing the Senate Majority Leader's strategy of limiting amendments to the USA Freedom Act to only those that would weaken the bill and further jeopardize Americans' privacy rights. "Although it is not as strong as I would like, I support the USA Freedom Act because it would permanently sunset the government's illegal dragnet phone records collection and implement other important reforms. But this morning, I oppo… Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

Udall, Notah Begay III Host Native Leaders Convening to Discuss Native Children and Youth Wellness

SANTA ANA PUEBLO - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Notah Begay III, founder of the Notah Begay III Foundation, welcomed Native tribal leaders, health and wellness practitioners and youth to a roundtable discussion focused on Native youth health and wellness. Together they shared their perspectives on how to address the health and wellness challenges facing Native youth and also listened to attendee solutions and perspectives. In the end, prevention, accountability, measureable impact, investment and … Continue Reading

May 28, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Preserve and Expand Native American Languages

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they have introduced a bill to preserve endangered Native languages. The Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act creates a new grant initiative to establish or expand Native language immersion programs. The grants will support the revitalization and maintenance of Tribal languages while increasing educational opportunities for Native American students. "Native language education fosters pride and a feeling of int… Continue Reading

May 25, 2015

Udall Statement on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in celebration of Memorial Day: "Of all American holidays, Memorial Day is the most solemn - it is a day of remembrance for the courageous men and women who risked everything to defend our nation. Their commitment knew no limits, and their bravery knew no bounds. "Today we also remember the families who grieve for their loved ones, for sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, who answered the call to serve, and who did not come … Continue Reading

May 23, 2015

Udall Opposes Extension of Dragnet Phone Records Collection, Votes for USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a majority of senators in opposing an extension of the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, a Patriot Act program declared illegal earlier this month in a unanimous decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The program is set to expire on June 1. The Senate took two procedural votes on two bills, which both failed to get the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster and resulted in deadlock. Udall joined 5… Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Udall Votes Against Fast-Track Trade Authority

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted against Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which would give the administration fast-track authority for six years to move trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, through Congress with limited debate and no amendments. The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 62-37. "This legislation gives the administration the ability to speed up trade agreements, including the Trans-Pa… Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Udall, Heinrich: Northern N.M. Wilderness Bill Gains Momentum In Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to establish two wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico, received a positive hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. In his opening statement, Senator Heinrich, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Nat… Continue Reading

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