Press Releases

May 01, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.4 Million for Repairs to Catwalk Trail in Gila National Forest

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Federal Highway Administration will provide $4.4 million in funding from the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program to restore the Catwalk Trail in the Gila National Forest. The Catwalk Trail is a historically significant National Recreational Trail that has attracted visitors for generations, but it suffered significant damage as a result of monsoonal rain and resulting debris flows in Whitewat… Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Udall Disappointed in Filibuster of Minimum Wage Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans filibustered a measure he supported to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour: "Today we had the opportunity to help kickstart our economy in New Mexico and across the country by increasing the minimum wage. Yet Republicans chose obstruction over a common-sense proposal to help families get ahead. "Our nation was founded on a basic promise that no matter who you are, if you w… Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Udall Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance to get Senate Floor Vote

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed a pledge by Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer to hold a Senate floor vote on Udall's constitutional amendment to reform the nation's broken campaign finance system. Udall, an outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, has led the fight in the Senate for campaign finance reform. Udall introduced his constitutional amendment, S.J. Res. 19, last June to reverse the Court's … Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Udall at Appropriations Hearing: Investment in Innovation Can Create Jobs in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about initiatives Udall is championing to create jobs in New Mexico. The hearing focused on how federal investment in innovation can create jobs and spark advancements in science. Moniz appeared as a witness, along with the directors of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, a… Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

In Speech, Udall Urges Support for Increasing Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor to urge support for increasing the federal minimum wage. Udall is a cosponsor of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, a bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over the next two years, which the Senate is scheduled to consider on the floor this week. To illustrate the need for the bill and its widespread support throughout New Mexico, Udall mentioned several of the many letters he has received from constitue… Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Momentum on Campaign Finance Reform

Earlier this month, we saw the U.S. Supreme Court deal another blow to our democracy. While Citizens United opened the floodgates for a wave of money into our elections, the McCutcheon decision lets that money flow to unlimited candidates - all across the country. As I said at the time, McCutcheon should be the breaking point that forces Washington to permanently reform the campaign finance system. Today I'm pleased to report my constitutional amendment is gaining momentum, and that Senate Majo… Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

A Fair Shot for New Mexico

This week, we have the opportunity to pass legislation that would help get our economy back on track and give more New Mexico families a fair shot at making a good living. S.1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour - bringing it to where it would be if it had kept up with inflation. At today's wage, too many New Mexico families are left working two or three jobs just to pay rent and put food on the table. This increase would give 147,000 work… Continue Reading

April 24, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Department of Energy WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management initial accident investigation report related to the February 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The senators urge WIPP and DOE officials to fully implement all necessary corrective actions before restarting operations. "The report on the response to the radiation re… Continue Reading

April 24, 2014

Udall Commends Gallup's Octavia Fellin Public Library for National Award

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall congratulated the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup for winning the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Octavia Fellin Public Library was among 10 institutions nationwide selected to receive the award for exceptional service. Udall issued the following statement to commend the library and its community members: "Congratulations to the Octavia Fellin Public Library on bein… Continue Reading

April 22, 2014

Udall Encourages Participation in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - As New Mexico continues to battle alarming prescription drug abuse rates, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is encouraging citizens to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 26, and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), provides free, anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for safe medication disposal. Residents can search online by c… Continue Reading

April 22, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Seek Support for Amtrak's Southwest Chief Route

SANTA FE, N.M. - As Congress prepares its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced today they are seeking support for capital improvements to Amtrak's long distance trains, including the Southwest Chief, which runs through New Mexico. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, the senators urged them to invest in long distance trains, such as the Southwest… Continue Reading

April 21, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Encourage Organizations Supporting Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for Grant Funding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that grant funding is available for New Mexico organizations conducting programs to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), which Udall and Heinrich championed in the 2014 Farm Bill, more than $19 million was reauthorized to assist non-governmental, community-based and school-based organizations that conduct programs to help educate and trai… Continue Reading

April 16, 2014

Udall Focuses on Work to Create High-Tech Jobs in Visit to Economic Forum, ATA

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall wrapped up a swing through Albuquerque and Northern New Mexico with a speech at the Economic Forum and a visit to Applied Technology Associates (ATA), a small company that has seen great success by building on technology developed at New Mexico's national labs. Udall's message to the Economic Forum was that New Mexico needs to work together to build on its economic strengths and create jobs. Udall is working with a coalition of private busines… Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Udall, Portman Urge Attorney General Holder to Aggressively Address Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) urged Attorney General Eric Holder to address addiction to prescription opioids and heroin head on by drawing on the many evidenced-based strategies that are being successfully implemented in the states. Prescription opioid and heroin addiction are both expressions of the same disease that drives a wide range of criminal activities and public health consequences. As such, the Senators suggested that we must treat addiction with… Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Justice Department Report about Albuquerque Police Department

WASHINGTON - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following joint statement on the U.S. Department of Justice report, which found that the Albuquerque Police Department has engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive and fatal force: "The Justice Department's report makes sobering findings about the use of excessive force and the lack of accountability and oversight at the Albuquerque Police Department. The report is a welcome step forward in a longer process. "We hop… Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Udall Bill to Curb False Advertising Claims on Protective Sports Gear Clears Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Youth Sports Concussions Act (S. 1014), a bill he introduced with Commerce Committee Chairman John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV (D-W.V.), cleared a major hurdle when it passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The legislation would help protect youth athletes from the dangers of concussions by curbing false advertising claims made by sports equipment manufacturers to increase protective sports gear sales. … Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Udall: Equal Pay Legislation Deserves Debate

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Republicans' filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act: "Equal pay for equal work - it's a principle I think we can all agree with on. But over 50 years after we passed the Equal Pay Act, women are still paid less than men doing the same job. In New Mexico, women earn 80 cents for every dollar men make. The pay gap is hurting our economy in New Mexico and throughout the country, and I've heard from women across the state… Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Udall Bills Would Help Communities Improve Water Efficiency, Save Money & Energy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced four bills designed to encourage innovative solutions to improve water efficiency. The measures would not only help communities and individuals take steps to save water, but they would help save money and energy. The bills are based on recommendations made during a Water Conference that Udall co-hosted with N.M. State University in Las Cruces. In 2012, Udall brought together farmers, industry, communities and individuals to talk about New Mex… Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Staff for Udall will also host several information sessions throughout 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 congressional, vice-presidential, or s… Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns for New Mexico Offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. "Congressional internships provide an unparall… Continue Reading

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