Press Releases

September 24, 2013

Making Progress in Tribal Communities

Visiting with New Mexicans is one of the most important ways I stay in touch with our state's priorities. Earlier this month, I traveled to Western New Mexico to get an update about programs we've been working on together and to hear about ways I can continue to be a good partner, particularly on the issues of rural development, expanding broadband access and improving health care. I had a great visit in the small community of Pine Hill, near Gallup, where I learned more about how local leaders … Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Udall Calls on VA to Take Immediate Action on Claims Errors

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, announced that he has called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to immediately address N.M. claims processing errors highlighted in a recent report by the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (VA OIG). Numerous problems were found at the Albuquerque VA Regional Office (VARO), including that the office incorrectly processed 40 percent of the di… Continue Reading


September 21, 2013

Udall: $2 Million in 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds Coming to N.M.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Transportation will make immediately available $2 million in emergency relief funds to help New Mexico cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by the severe storms this month. "Communities across our state are cleaning up from devastating floods, and many are facing expensive repairs to roads and bri… Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Udall Statement on New Proposed Rules for Carbon Pollution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, delivered the following response to the administration's proposed limits on carbon pollution from new power plants: "Global warming is not just a problem of the future; it's one of the greatest economic and public health challenges of today. We've seen the impacts in New Mexico and across the arid West. Taking steps to reduce carbon pollution will fight climate change, while helping to create job… Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

New Mexico Delegation Requests Disaster Aid for July Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent two joint, bipartisan letters asking the president to act quickly on the state of New Mexico and Santa Clara Pueblo's requests for disaster assistance from the severe July floods. Storms in the period from July 19-28 caused flooding and other damage in communities across New Mexico, with some of the worst effects seen in the Central Rio Grande Valley i… Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Udall Statement in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, U.S. Senator Tom Udall submitted the following statement to the Congressional Record recognizing the tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans in New Mexico and across the country: "Mr. President, September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to remember and to celebrate the integral role of Hispanic Americans in the economy, culture and identity of our natio… Continue Reading


September 18, 2013

Balancing Environmental Protection with Smart Infrastructure Projects

We all know infrastructure projects like roads, dams and bridges, are important to keep our New Mexico communities and businesses strong, but we want to ensure they're done right without wasting taxpayer dollars, polluting rivers and streams or harming historic artifacts. Since 1970, the National Environmental Protection Act has helped us strike that balance. The process can be improved, however, and that's what we discussed in a Senate Environment & Public Works Committee hearing this week,… Continue Reading


September 17, 2013

Udall Announces $7.5 Million in Funding for Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, announced that airports in Albuquerque and Santa Fe will receive a combined $7.5 million for taxiway improvements. The funding will pay for critical repairs and an expansion of infrastructure. Albuquerque International Sunport will receive $5 million in grant support for a project to rehabilitate Taxiway A. Santa Fe Municipal Airport will receive $2.5 m… Continue Reading


September 17, 2013

Udall Introduces NM Native Michael Connor at Energy Committee Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), spoke before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of the nomination of New Mexico native Michael Connor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department. A Las Cruces native and NMSU graduate with degrees in engineering and law, Connor currently serves as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He previously ran the Interior Secretary's Indian water rights office before moving to the U.S. Senate as counse… Continue Reading


September 13, 2013

An Update on the Eastside

Whenever I can, I travel the state to hear from New Mexicans firsthand. Over the last month, as Congress held its annual state work period, I had the opportunity to visit with constituents and community leaders throughout the state. We talked about ways I can help New Mexico through my role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and we followed up on many projects that are helping create jobs and grow our economy. During our visit to the Eastside, I met with constituents, local officials, milit… Continue Reading


September 12, 2013

Udall Announces Measures to Promote Water and Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced in a speech on the Senate floor that he will push for three measures designed to save energy and water and boost the market for clean energy production. The common-sense measures will be introduced as amendments to a major energy efficiency bill being debated now in the Senate. All build on work he has done to promote water and energy efficiency as a way to save money, help crea… Continue Reading


September 11, 2013

Udall Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today released the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "Today we pause to remember those who lost their lives and honor the brave men and women who were called to duty that fateful day. We commemorate those who sacrificed all to make our country safer, and recognize those who continue to serve in New Mexico and around the world. "As we look back on the last 12 years, we can be thankful that we are now… Continue Reading


September 11, 2013

Udall Welcomes News that FCC will Address Rural Dropped Calls

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take steps to prevent telecommunications operators from dropping calls from rural customers. During a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Udall, who chairs the subcommittee, secured the promise from FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn that FCC regulators will ensure providers will no longer discriminate against calls coming from… Continue Reading


September 11, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Udall's USA TODAY Op-Ed on Syria

In an op-ed published in USA TODAY, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reaffirmed his opposition to military strikes in Syria and explained his vote against the authorization for use of force during the committee's consideration of the measure last week. Here are some highlights. Read Udall's full op-ed here. "...a limited U.S. strike is unlikely to eliminate chemical weapons or save lives, and it is a dangerous step for the region. "...in punishin… Continue Reading


September 10, 2013

Udall: U.S. Must Keep up Pressure on Russia to Follow Through with Commitment to Secure Syria's Chemical Weapons

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call for the United States to use diplomatic, economic and political pressure to ensure Russia and Syria keep their commitment to surrender Syria's chemical weapons to the international community for destruction. He issued the following statement after President Obama's speech: "The single greatest reason Bashar al-Assad has been able to remain in power is that he is rec… Continue Reading


September 09, 2013

Udall: Almost 9,000 NM Households to Gain Broadband Access

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall applauded the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) allocation of $5.18 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand and improve broadband service to nearly 9,000 New Mexico households. This announcement follows Udall's efforts to urge the FCC to free up unused funds that would help close the digital divide between urban areas that have access to high-speed Internet and rural areas that do not. "Reliable high-speed Internet is critica… Continue Reading


September 06, 2013

Udall Visits Pine Hill to Celebrate Rural & Native Economic Development Projects

PINE HILL, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall was in rural Western New Mexico to celebrate the grand opening of the Oso Vista Ranch Project office expansion in Pine Hill and discuss the importance of federal support for community farm projects and new initiatives to expand telehealth and broadband access to the Ramah Navajo and Ramah areas. At the event, Udall heard from Oso Vista Ranch Project officials, Native Foods and the El Morro Valley Cooperative on how federal development grants have e… Continue Reading


September 06, 2013

Udall Statement on Firefighter Token Adams

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement following the news that missing Jemez Ranger District Engine Captain Token Adams has died. "I am thankful for Token Adams's courage as he fought fires to protect all of us, and I am thankful to the crews who worked through difficult conditions to find him. His death is a very sad loss for our community and a reminder of the risks our firefighters and first responders face every day to keep our communities safe. My deepest sy… Continue Reading


September 05, 2013

Udall Seeks Solutions at Water Conference with Sandia Labs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) moderated a panel discussion and delivered a speech at the "Transformational Solutions for Water in the West" conference to explore ways to address the future demands on our limited water supply. Udall has also long pushed for sustainable solutions to water shortages and drought in New Mexico and the West. Last year, he co-hosted the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference at New Mexico State University to address the impact of water sca… Continue Reading


September 04, 2013

Udall Votes Against Proposal to Use Force in Syria

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons. The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7. The full Senate will consider the resolution by next week. Udall said that while he believed Assad must be deterred from attacking his own citizens, Udall opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force … Continue Reading

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