Press Releases

April 07, 2014

Udall Votes to Restore Emergency Unemployment Insurance

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan coalition of his colleagues in voting 59-38 for an extension of emergency unemployment insurance that may help up to an estimated 14,000 New Mexicans pay for basic needs while they look for work. Emergency unemployment insurance expired on Dec. 28. The Senate bill includes a five month retroactive extension, and will provide benefits for the long-term unemployed through May 31. Udall issued the following statement after the vote: "T… Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Udall: $1 Billion to Clean up Uranium Mines in Navajo Nation a Major Step Toward Repairing Historic Environmental Injustice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs and Environment and Public Works committees, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the U.S. government has entered into a settlement to clean up the toxic remains of abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation and elsewhere. Through the settlement, the defendants - Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and its subsidiary, the Kerr-McGee Corp. - will pay $985 million toward the cleanup of a… Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Udall Bill to Reclaim Brownfields Passes Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed passage in the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) of his bill to modernize the Brownfields Program, which has helped communities in New Mexico and across the country to revitalize blighted neighborhoods and create prospering developments. The bill, the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act, received bipartisan support and now goes to the full Senate for approval. "From Albuquerque's Sawmill neighbor… Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Women's Career Success Conference

New Mexico's economic growth depends on the success of women. On Thursday, April 17, I'm hosting the Women's Career Success Conference in Las Cruces to help women in New Mexico improve their job skills and enhance their careers. If you are a woman looking to start your own business, needing help improving your résumé, or simply considering a career change, I invite you to join me for this exciting conference. The event is free, but space is limited, so I encourage you to register a… Continue Reading

April 02, 2014

Delivering for New Mexico

I joined the Senate Appropriations Committee because it put me in position to fight for many of New Mexico's priorities. From funding for the national labs, energy initiatives, and water resources to our Air Force bases, White Sands Missile Range, and health care for our veterans, I am proud to fight for our state. And I was proud to defend critical New Mexico programs last year when our national labs and other critical areas were slated for budget cuts. This year, we're beginning the process of… Continue Reading

April 02, 2014

Udall Presses Administration on Effectiveness of Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall chaired a hearing of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee on the importance of sanctions in U.S. foreign policy and to ensure the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) has the resources it needs to fulfill its critical mission. Udall also asked about the foreign policy consequences of a budget shortfall. The TFI is a small, specialized unit of the U.S. Treasury Department,… Continue Reading

April 02, 2014

Udall Statement on Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down aggregate limits on campaign donations. The McCutcheon v. FEC decision will allow a federal politician to solicit - or a wealthy donor to give - a $3.6 million check to benefit a political party and federal candidates over a two-year election cycle. Udall issued the following statement: "Americans already believe the election system has been fundamentally corrupted by big money from co… Continue Reading

April 01, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Luján: Milestone Reached in Construction of Navajo-Gallup Water Project

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed news that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $19.6 million construction contract to build the Tohlakai Pumping Plant, a significant milestone and the first pumping plant for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. "Access to drinkable water is a basic necessity for public health and economic development, and it's intolerable that many Navajos in New Mexico still must travel miles a… Continue Reading

April 01, 2014

Protecting Your Family & Property from Wildfires

This week is Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, and I want to add my voice to federal and state government partners encouraging everyone to learn more about protecting their families and property from wildfires. With historic drought and dry conditions, the wildfire season is already starting, and I'll be working to ensure land agencies in New Mexico have the resources they need to prevent and fight wildfires. On the Senate Appropriations Committee, I'll be pushing to ensure we have enough resou… Continue Reading

March 31, 2014

Udall Commemorates the Legacy and Accomplishments of César Chávez

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a coalition of his colleagues in signing a resolution commemorating the accomplishments and legacy of civil rights leader César Estrada Chávez. Udall issued the following statement honoring Chávez on his birthday: "Today we honor the legacy and achievements of American civil rights hero, who dedicated his life to improving the lives of others. Through nonviolent means, César Chávez fought for human rights and justice,… Continue Reading

March 27, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Ask for Explanation of Missed Mine Safety Inspections at WIPP

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that they have sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, asking for a written report on why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) had not done legally required regular inspections at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. The information about missed safety inspections was revealed in the Department of Energy's accident report on the Feb. 5 fire at WIPP. A specialized salt mine over 2,000 f… Continue Reading

March 27, 2014

Udall Statement on Listing of Lesser Prairie-Chicken as Threatened Species

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decision to list the lesser prairie-chicken as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. "Private citizens, industry and public land management agencies have put an impressive amount of effort toward a collaborative solution to protecting the lesser prairie-chicken habitat. We all had hoped those strong steps would avoid a listing. But years of severe drought have been hard on ev… Continue Reading

March 27, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Congratulate Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham congratulated the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque on its recent progress and achievements, and extended their gratitude to SIPI president, Dr. Sherry Allison, the board of regents, and the faculty and staff for their dedication to student success. SIPI is federally operated by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Education. This month, SIPI… Continue Reading

March 25, 2014

Udall, Heinrich: EPA to Deploy Mobile Air Monitors to WIPP

WASHINGTON - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that within the next two weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. In a Feb. 27 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators had asked the EPA to send the additional air monitors to conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following … Continue Reading

March 20, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funds for Economic Development in Eastern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, which serves Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties, has been awarded $120,000 in planning investment funding from the Economic Development Administration, to support the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region. A CEDS will help the public and private sectors of the region unite to … Continue Reading

March 20, 2014

Udall Statement on Move to Temporarily Stage Los Alamos TRU Waste at WCS in Texas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, NWP, to temporarily stage TRU waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) at WCS in Andrews, Texas, while recovery efforts continue at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. Udall has worked throughout his career for safe cleanup at LANL, and since joining the Senate Appropriations Committee has led the delegation in securing increased funds to ensure nuclear wa… Continue Reading

March 19, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce over $300,000 in Funding to Improve Tribal Transit

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Pueblos of Isleta, Jemez and Santa Ana have been awarded a total of $307,770 in grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration to improve transit services and connections for tribal members and residents of the surrounding communities. Through a competitive selection process, projects at each Pueblo were chosen to receive funding through the FY 2013 Tribal Transit Program. The Tribal Transit Program author… Continue Reading

March 18, 2014

Udall, Corker Press Department of Veterans Affairs on Delay of Open Air Burn Pit Registry

WASHINGTON - In a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee, and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pressed the VA for answers regarding its failure to diligently and expeditiously implement the Open Air Burn Pit Registry as mandated under Section 201 of PL 112-260, which Udall and Corker coau… Continue Reading

March 14, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Department of Energy WIPP Fire Investigation Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement on the release of the U.S. Department of Energy's accident investigation report for the underground mine fire involving a salt haul truck at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. "The findings of the accident investigation board on the February 5th fire at WIPP are deeply concerning. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The community of Carlsbad and the nation expect WIPP to operate with… Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Udall Tech Transfer Bill Would Help Move Innovation from Labs to the Marketplace, Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced legislation to improve the Department of Energy's (DOE) technology transfer process and help innovators turn research into marketable products and businesses. Udall's Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act would help New Mexico entrepreneurs create jobs and revolutionary products. The changes it proposes are critical to helping leverage research at the state's two DOE labs and develop high-tech p… Continue Reading

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