Press Releases

October 29, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Back Effort to End Dragnet Collection of Phone Data & Add Meaningful Oversight of Surveillance Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are backing legislation that seeks to restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities. "In 2001, I voted against the Patriot Act because I believed it was hastily written and had the power to undermine the constitutional rights of our citizens. Unfortunately we now know that th… Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Designate October as 'National Work And Family Month'

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored a resolution to designate October 2013 as "National Work and Family Month." This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Senate recognizing this public awareness campaign. The Senators are hopful that the resolution passes today. "Effective work-life balance programs are essential to productive workplaces, and to building the long-term workforce necessary to grow our nation's economy," said Sen. Udall. "I'm proud to cospo… Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Celebrate Restored Access to Historical Cemetery for San Joaquin del Rio de Chama Land Grant Heirs

SANTA FE, NM - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Luján celebrated the restored access to the San Joaquin del Rio de Chama Land Grant's cemetery. On Saturday, October 26, Luján along with staff from the two senators' offices joined the heirs to the land grant to mark the determination of the boundary for the cemetery that had inadvertently been considered part of Chama River Canyon Wildness Area since 1978. "The history and culture of San Joaquin de… Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

Tom Udall, Mark Udall Fight for National Renewable Electricity Standard

WASHINGTON - Continuing their push for legislation to set a threshold for renewable electricity production, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today introduced a bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers money. By requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025, the bill would encourage the growth of U.S. renewable energy that… Continue Reading

October 28, 2013

Udall, Coalition of Senators Urge Congressional Negotiators to Reject Cuts to Food Stamps for Millions of Children, Seniors and Families

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the first public meeting of the Senate and House 2013 Farm Bill conference committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a coalition of 38 of his colleagues in urging the conferees to fight against harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The senators also urged the negotiators to reject all eligibility changes that would prevent millions of children, seniors and families facing a constant struggle against hunger from accessing nutritious food and hu… Continue Reading

October 25, 2013

Udall, Heinrich and Coalition of Senators Call for Extension of Open Enrollment under ACA

WASHINGTON - As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period to give Americans more time to obtain health insurance coverage. "As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll people in insurance plans," the senators wrote… Continue Reading

October 23, 2013

Udall Statement on US Fish & Wildlife Endorsement of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Plan

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) decision to endorse the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan (RWP). Udall has been a leading supporter for the groundbreaking, five-state effort to conserve the habitat of the lesser prairie-chicken, which was proposed for listing as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FWS endorsement is an important step to… Continue Reading

October 23, 2013

New Mexico Delegation Requests 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 they have sent two joint, bipartisan letters to President Obama, urging him to respond quickly to separate requests for disaster assistance for the state of New Mexico and Santa Clara Pueblo. The state and the Pueblo are asking the federal government for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged between Sept. 9 and Se… Continue Reading

October 22, 2013

Udall Visits Navajo Broadband Data Center that Puts Tribe 'Among the Clouds'

FARMINGTON, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall congratulated the Navajo Nation for its work to build an ultra-fast broadband network during a visit Monday to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) data center. Udall helped the Navajo Nation leverage a $32 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant in 2010 to expand broadband Internet across its land in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Udall has been a leading advocate for expanding broadband and has worked for many years to add more acces… Continue Reading

October 21, 2013

Celebrating Citizenship, Celebrating America

Last week, I was proud to return to New Mexico to deliver the keynote address at a special U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony in Albuquerque. It was an inspiring ceremony, held at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Having fulfilled the requirements to become citizens, 68 New Mexicans - representing 29 countries - took the oath of allegiance to our country. New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment not just because of our beautiful landscapes but becau… Continue Reading

October 18, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Stand Up for N.M. Priorities in Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the budget agreement to end the government shutdown will provide additional funding over the previous fiscal year's levels for a number of programs important to New Mexicans. The bill - a continuing resolution to fund the government through Jan. 15 - was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president late Wednesday night. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Udall successfully fought during the n… Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Udall Hails Senate Vote to Re-Open Federal Government

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), issued the following statement on the Senate vote to end the government shutdown: "Reason has finally prevailed in Congress, and we have a bipartisan agreement that will enable us to re-open the government, pay our bills and begin to restore the damage the shutdown caused to our economy. I'm also pleased the agreement includes a provision I fought for that will ensure retroactive pay for federal workers in New Mexico and across the country wh… Continue Reading

October 08, 2013

Members of the N.M. Delegation Working to Protect Federal & Lab Workers Hurt by Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luj├ín and Michelle Lujan Grisham are working to ensure that federal workers in New Mexico are not financially hurt in the long-term by the federal government shutdown. New Mexico is home to roughly 27,000 federal workers, and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employ an additional 18,000 New Mexicans. All four lawmakers are strong supporters of the Federal Employee Retroac… Continue Reading

October 01, 2013

Udall Statement on Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement: "A small minority of extremists in the Republican party is now holding the entire country hostage over a law that has cleared the Congress and the Supreme Court, and survived a presidential election. Insisting on a government shutdown to prove a point isn't leadership, it's a temper tantrum, and the American people are rightly disgusted. In New Mexico, the impacts of a shutdown will be felt immediately as our civilian employee… Continue Reading

September 30, 2013

Udall Votes to Prevent Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement: "The majority of the Senate has once again agreed to a measure that would keep the government running, protect our economic recovery, ensure our military families and veterans get timely pay and benefits, and prevent us from sending tens of thousands of workers home without pay. A government shutdown would only hurt New Mexico at a time when we're still trying to build our economy and recover from widespread flooding and stor… Continue Reading

September 28, 2013

Udall Responds to Latest Push by House to Shut Down Government

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the latest attempt by the U.S. House of Representatives to push the nation to a government shutdown: "Shutting down the government over an issue that was settled in the last election isn't leadership, it's political gamesmanship at its worst. "A shutdown would cause hardship for thousands of people in New Mexico, hurt our already struggling economy, and delay military pay and veterans' benefits. It would be an insult to th… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Udall Backs Bill to Protect Constitutional Rights, Reform Surveillance Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced his support for a new bipartisan bill to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and ensure Americans' rights to free speech and freedom from unreasonable searches are protected. "The National Security Agency's mission is to protect our nation from foreign threats, and I support that goal, but it is becoming clear that millions of Americans' communications are being swept up in their dragnet," Udall said. "I have been concer… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Udall Urges FTC to Investigate Telephone Scams in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall wrote a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to take "aggressive action" to investigate and prevent telephone scams targeting utility customers in New Mexico. Over 130 N.M. utility customers have been targeted so far. Some have lost of thousands of dollars in the telephone scams, in which callers threaten to disconnect electric service unless the customer sends money via prepaid card or online payment. The scamme… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Vote to Avoid Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the following statement after voting with the majority of the Senate to prevent a shutdown of the federal government: "Today the Senate voted on the side of common sense. It's now up to the U.S. House of Representatives to determine whether to follow through with its threat to hold the federal government hostage over a political fight that was settled in the last election."I'm tired of these ultimatums, and I know New Mexicans are too. Lurchi… Continue Reading

September 26, 2013

Udall Backs Measure to Protect Military Pay in Case of Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, announced that he is joining a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring a bill to protect military pay in the event of a government shutdown. The Military Pay Protection Act, which is based on a similar proposal introduced in January, would ensure the nation's military families, including National Guard units assisting in disaster recovery, and critical Defense Department civilian workers, would not see a delay in their paychecks if the government … Continue Reading

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