Press Releases

December 10, 2013

Udall: Filibuster Rule Change Reducing Senate Gridlock

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall praised the confirmation of Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is the first nominee to be confirmed by the Senate since changing its rules to prohibit filibusters of executive branch and judicial nominees, other than those to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since 2009, Udall has led the fight in the Senate to cut through gridlock, and he said Millett's confirmation by a vote of 56-38 is evidence that… Continue Reading

December 09, 2013

Additional Women's Career Success Conference on Thursday

Last month, I was pleased to host the Women's Career Success Conference to help women in New Mexico advance their careers. Because of the overwhelming response from you, I'm hosting another conference on Thursday, December 12, at CNM's Workforce Training Center in Albuquerque. Limited space is still available, so I invite you to register today at or by calling my Albuquerque office at (505) 346-6791. If you are a woman in New Mexico and you haven't attended a pr… Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Udall Statement Honoring the Life of Nelson Mandela

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela: "I'm deeply saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela's passing. His inspiring personal fight to overcome oppression and his lifetime of crusading for justice transformed a nation and changed the world for the better. He taught that freedom and peace are best achieved through education and respect for everyone i… Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Udall to Host Additional Women's Career Success Conference in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is hosting an additional Women's Career Success Conference at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. 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 … Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Udall Statement on President's Challenge to Triple Federal Government's Renewable Energy Use by 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the president's "Presidential Memorandum," challenging federal agencies to nearly triple their renewable energy consumption to 20 percent by 2020. Udall, who has led the effort to set a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025, issued the following statement: "The United States should lead the world in clean energy jobs, innovation and in effo… Continue Reading

November 27, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.49 Million Federal Grant for Innovation Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced federal funding to help develop a new high-tech business district in Albuquerque. STC.UNM, the technology-transfer and economic-development arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM), will receive a $1,498,048 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to go toward the purchase of property to be developed into an innovation center between downtown Albuquerque's central business district … Continue Reading

November 27, 2013

As Holiday Approaches, Udall Encourages New Mexicans to Support Small Businesses in NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement announcing his cosponsorship of a resolution to designate Nov. 30, 2013, as "Small Business Saturday" and to increase awareness of the importance of locally owned small businesses. On Saturday, Udall will visit Albuquerque small businesses to talk to owners and shoppers about the important role small business plays in our economy. "Small businesses have been the economic foundation of communities across America since our n… Continue Reading

November 27, 2013

Supporting Small Businesses in New Mexico

Small businesses have been the foundation of our communities since our nation's beginning, and today they are a driving force behind our economy. Small businesses in New Mexico are almost 96 percent of our state's employers, and employ over half of our private-sector workforce. That's why I co-sponsored a resolution in the Senate to designate the Saturday after Thanksgiving - Nov. 30, 2013 - as Small Business Saturday. It's a day to support the family- and locally-owned businesses that keep New … Continue Reading

November 22, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Praise Nomination of Damon P. Martinez for US Attorney

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed news that President Barack Obama has nominated Damon P. Martinez to be the next United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. Martinez has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001 and currently supervises the Organized Crime and Gang Section in Albuquerque. He is highly experienced in cases concerning national security and anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics. The senators recommended Martinez for the posi… Continue Reading

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

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