Press Releases

November 20, 2014

Udall, Tester Introduce Legislation to Provide Support for Homeless and At-Risk Native Veterans

WASHINGTON - Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 2960) to make sure all Native American veterans have a place to call home. Tester and Udall were joined by co-sponsors Tim Johnson (D-SD), Al Franken (D-MN), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Tester and Udall's bill allows funds meant to help homeless veterans and veterans at-risk of homelessness to be made available to Native veterans. Due to reg… Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Udall Statement on Senate Vote on Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after voting against a bill to mandate approval of the Keystone pipeline. The bill failed to win the support needed to move forward: "Throughout my time in public service, I've advocated for a 'do it all, do it right' strategy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and move toward energy independence - something that will require us to truly invest in clean energy as well as traditional oil and gas resources. I support respons… Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Seek Additional Resources for WIPP

WASHINGTON - As Congress finalizes its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced today they are seeking continued support for funding for the recovery of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. In a letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, the senators urged them to provide an additional $113 million above 2014 funding levels to ensure ongoing recovery efforts are… Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Udall, Flake Pledge Work to Modernize Relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON - After returning from a three-day Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip to Cuba, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pledged to continue working together in the Senate to open U.S. travel to and trade with Cuba, a potential new market for New Mexico, Arizona and other states. During the visit, the senators met with Cuban officials, including Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, and religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo … Continue Reading

November 13, 2014

Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act Clears Senate Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), cleared the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The bill now awaits passage by the full Senate. The Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, which has broad support from the local community, would designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness. The bill would also expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by approximately 650 … Continue Reading

November 13, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Grant to Support Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment for Eligible Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $383,152 for the Connecting Kids to Coverage project at Santo Domingo Pueblo to support increased Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment and retention among eligible children. The grant was awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2014 American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach and Enrollment Grants, which provided $3.9 million for outreach and enrollment efforts in seven s… Continue Reading

November 13, 2014

Udall: Bill to Permanently Transfer Albuquerque's Old Post Office to Amy Biehl High School Foundation Heads to President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the House passage of his bill to authorize the General Services Administration to permanently convey the home of the Amy Biehl High School in Albuquerque to the Amy Biehl High School Foundation. The bill, which Udall first introduced two years ago, passed the Senate in September. "The Amy Biehl High School is a top-notch charter school with a focus on college preparation and community service, and I am relieved that we were able to pass this b… Continue Reading

November 12, 2014

Udall Statement on U.S.-China Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the historic climate agreement between the United States and China: "New Mexicans are seeing firsthand the devastating impacts of global warming, including drought, water scarcity, and more serious wildfires. That's one of the reasons I've been pushing for a "do it all, do it right" plan to develop a strong clean energy sector that will cut pollution and create well-paying jobs in New Mexico and across the country. Bu… Continue Reading

November 10, 2014

Udall Statement in Honor of Veterans Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of our nation's veterans, and to commemorate Veterans Day: "Americans throughout the country gather on Veterans Day to thank the brave men and women of our military and to recognize their service to our nation. We honor the great sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. We thank those who are still serving today and we pay tribute those who have given their all i… Continue Reading

November 10, 2014

Udall Statement on President’s Net Neutrality Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed the president's support for a free and open Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares new net neutrality rules and issued the following statement: "Net neutrality is about leveling the playing field, and I am encouraged that the president has joined the call for strong rules by the FCC to protect the open Internet. I am working in the … Continue Reading

November 07, 2014

Udall Statement on Appointment of Andy Welch as Director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement on the appointment of Andy Welch as the director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System: "I am pleased that Secretary McDonald has finally appointed a permanent director at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, Andy Welch. I met with Mr. Welch at the Clovis Community-Based Outpatient Clinic last year, and I was impressed by his dedication in serving the veterans of eastern New Mexico. New Mexico veterans have faced signi… Continue Reading

October 31, 2014

Udall Statement on Settlement Agreement to Reform the Albuquerque Police Department

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement on the settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Albuquerque to reform the Albuquerque Police Department: "This is a sobering day for Albuquerque and its police force, as it joins a list that no city wants to be on. I hope this court-enforceable consent decree will mark a critical step forward in reforming the Albuquerque Police Department, where the use of excessive force and the … Continue Reading

October 30, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Apple Tech Grants For New Mexico Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded Apple's announcement that it will provide, through the White House ConnectED initiative, six New Mexico schools with grants to help increase technology in the classrooms. "For New Mexico's students to succeed in the 21st century, they need 21st century tools," Udall said. "I am excited that Apple is putting these tools in hands of our students and teachers who need them the most. I strongly support these partner… Continue Reading

October 26, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes Expansion of President’s Disaster Declaration for Summer Floods

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that President Obama has expanded a major disaster for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding from July 27 - August 5 to include Sandoval, Otero and Lincoln counties, as well as the Pueblo of Santa Clara. On October 6, the president declared a major disaster, which meant that federal aid is available to help state, tribal, … Continue Reading

October 23, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Requests Prompt Action on Major Disaster Declaration for September Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to President Obama, requesting prompt action on the state of New Mexico's recent request for a major disaster declaration to assist with recovery efforts following severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Odile in late September. Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 25, parts of New Mexico including Colfax, Eddy, Lea, Otero, San Miguel,… Continue Reading

October 23, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $17 Million to Improve Rural Water Systems in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced nearly $17 million in federal funding to improve three rural water systems in New Mexico. The funding comes in the form of nearly $15 million in grants and $2 million in low cost loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program. The projects will benefit three New Mexico communities: the Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County, the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Do&ntild… Continue Reading

October 23, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $8.5 Million for Sipapu Ski Resort, Santa Fe Charter School

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that Sipapu Recreational Development in Vadito and the Academy for Technology and the Classics Foundation in Santa Fe will each receive more than $4.2 million in guaranteed loans to advance their operations. Sipapu Recreational Development will receive $4.235 million to improve its ski resort operations, including funding to purchase equipment and machinery, provide working capi… Continue Reading

October 22, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding To Improve Public Television Access For Zuni Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $65,000 in federal grant funding to improve public television reception in rural areas of McKinley County. The grant, made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Public Television Digital Transition Grant Program, will allow New Mexico PBS to replace its existing analog system and install a new low-power digital translator for the KNME-TV Zuni Pueblo Digital Television Project, which provides service to the Zuni… Continue Reading

October 17, 2014

Udall Urges Support for Santa Teresa Infrastructure Priorities in Meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -During a roundtable discussion with the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce this week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted the infrastructure needs of Santa Teresa to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and invited Secretary Foxx to visit the Santa Teresa area to observe the need for long-term infrastructure investments. Recent expansions in the Santa Teresa area have significantly boosted economic development in Southern New Mexico by attracting new businesses to the area,… Continue Reading

October 10, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More than $780,000 to Spur Entrepreneurship, Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico. These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post. The EDA has awarded $270,000 to support the implementation of ACCION New Mexico's Presto Loan program to promote and devel… Continue Reading

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