Press Releases

July 11, 2013

Udall Statement on Historic Gridlock in Washington

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on the need to end gridlock in Washington: "I have said for a long time: the Senate is a graveyard for good ideas. Gridlock, hyper-partisanship, delay, obstruction - it all adds up to one thing: broken. I have been calling for changes in the Senate rules since I was elected to the Senate - for a simple reason: the Senate is not serving the American people. It's not serving the people of my home state of New Mexico. "What … Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

Udall Announces Grant Program to Improve Highly Rural Vets Transportation

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a new initiative that supports innovative transportation services for veterans living in highly rural areas. Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) and State Veterans Service Agencies can now apply for grants up to $50,000 to provide transportation options for rural veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that administer VA care. If specified in the application, the servic… Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

Udall: $2.2 Million to Increase NM's Health Insurance Enrollment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that 15 community health centers across New Mexico will receive over $2.2 million in grants to help enroll uninsured individuals into new affordable health coverage options that will go into effect on October 1, 2013. Currently, approximately 20 percent of New Mexico residents are uninsured. The awards are issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and will allow t… Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

Udall Urges Senate to Act to Keep Student Loan Rates Low

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today expressed disappointment that the Senate again failed to act to prevent interest rates from increasing on loans for college students in New Mexico and across the country. Last month, because of gridlock in the Senate, Congress failed to prevent a temporary agreement from expiring, causing interest rates on new federal subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduates to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Today, the Senate considered legislation… Continue Reading


July 03, 2013

Tom Udall's Statement on the Passing of Randy Udall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the death of his cousin, James "Randy" Udall: "My family and I are moved by the overwhelming support and condolences for my cousin Randy Udall. He was an extraordinary person who touched so many lives with his spirit, his intelligence and his example. His death is a tremendous loss, and we will miss him more than I can express. There was no one like him. "Randy and I were especially close. We shared a love of the mountains and… Continue Reading


July 03, 2013

Udall: $28 Million Coming to NM for Head Start

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ­- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced today that a New Mexico non-profit organization and the City of Albuquerque are receiving a combined $28 million in federal grant money for children's Head Start education in the state. This comes as New Mexico was recently ranked 50th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book. HELP-New Mexico, Inc., a community-based organization with 40 offices and/or Head St… Continue Reading


July 02, 2013

Udall Announces $1 Million for NM to Expand Children's Health Insurance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ­- Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced the New Mexico Human Services Department is receiving $1 million in federal grant money to expand health insurance for children in New Mexico through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act and will be used to to increase the number of children eligible, but not yet enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP, and to keep them covered for as long as they qualify. These r… Continue Reading


July 01, 2013

Udall Statement on Firefighter Deaths in Arizona

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today issued the following statement on the news regarding firefighter deaths that occurred in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona: "Today all Americans are mourning the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed battling a fire outside Yarnell, Arizona. They are heroes who put themselves in harm's way for the safety of others. New Mexicans are especially thankful for their assistance fighting the recent Thompson Ridge Fire… Continue Reading


July 01, 2013

Udall Fighting to Keep Student Loans Affordable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the automatic interest rate hike on new subsidized federal undergraduate Stafford loans, which went into effect today, doubling the interest rate on these loans. "I am very disappointed that this increase went into effect. It happened despite efforts to work for a compromise - because Congress was unable to reach agreement to extend the lower rate. For thousands of New Mexico students, grants and loans make the difference b… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

Udall Stands up for N.M. in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in approving a bill that includes significant support for important New Mexico installations and programs, including Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and New Mexico water projects. The bill includes record-level base funding for waste cleanup at Los Alamos (LANL), and significant funding levels for WIPP operations and maintenance. Udall also included an a… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

Udall Votes for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement after joining the full Senate in passing historic comprehensive immigration reform by a vote of 68-32. "I am proud to come from a state where we celebrate our diversity; Native American, Hispanic and European traditions are folded into our culture and make our state the most special place in the country. We appreciate that immigrant traditions are part of our identity. "As residents of a border state, New Mexicans also un… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

N.M. Congressional Delegation Seeks to Help New Mexicans with Genetic Brain Disorder

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico Congressional Delegation has introduced legislation to expand needed research, treatment and education efforts related to Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM), a relatively unknown disorder of the brain and spinal cord more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group. The Cavernous Angioma Research and Treatment Act would build upon an existing network of clinical and research labs to increase coordination, information sharing and awareness about the dise… Continue Reading


June 26, 2013

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today issued the following statement the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): "Today's ruling by the Supreme Court reflects the growing progress made for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals around the country. Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is a victory for thousands of loving, committed families who have been denied equality under the law for too long and will now be rightly treate… Continue Reading


June 25, 2013

Udall Says Bold Action Needed to Address Climate Change, Applauds President's Speech

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today welcomed President Obama's proposal to renew efforts to address global warming. In New Mexico, rising temperatures have exacerbated the impact of wildfires and severe drought, he said, and the time for action is now. • Temperatures in New Mexico have been rising 50 percent faster than the global average in recent decades; • New Mexico is suffering from the worst drought conditions in the nation; and• The last 10 years have seen the … Continue Reading


June 24, 2013

Udall: Senate Appropriations Passes $148 Million for NM Military Construction Projects, Major Initiatives for Veterans Backlog

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding for essential military construction projects for New Mexico's Air Force bases (AFB) and provisions to improve veteran care. "Our nation's military readiness relies on the quality of our people, their equipment, and our facilities. This legislation makes important investments in the future of New Mexico's military bases supporting the people and communities who work there," said Udall… Continue Reading


June 24, 2013

Udall Advances Rural New Mexico Priorities in Agriculture Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall applauded the inclusion of important funding for New Mexico's rural communities approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee late last week. "The rural development and agricultural programs included in this bill are vital to the economy of a large western state like New Mexico," said Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "The bill also funds critical nutrition and research programs, that help to fight child hunger and promote develo… Continue Reading


June 20, 2013

Senators Tom Udall, Lee, Murphy, Paul Introduce Bill to Block Military Funds to Syria

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the President from using any funds on activities that would escalate U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. The bill would ban the Department of Defense, the CIA and all other intelligence agencies from funding any military, paramilitary or covert operations in Syria. The legislation would not affect humanitarian aid. All four Senators… Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

Udall Introduces Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced a constitutional amendment that would restore authority back to Congress, individual states and the American people to regulate campaign finance. The constitutional amendment would reverse dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system. It would allow Congress to regulate the raising and spending of money, including so-called "Super … Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

Valles Caldera Bill Clears Key Senate Committee With Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON - Legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to transition the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to new management to increase public access cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today with bipartisan support. The Senators introduced S. 285, the Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act, on February 12, 2013. The bill would transfer management of the Preserve from the current Board of Trustees to the National Pa… Continue Reading


June 17, 2013

Udall on Syria: Intervening in Another Middle Eastern Civil War is Not in U.S. Interests

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged those pushing for military intervention to answer three basic questions before rushing into a Middle Eastern civil war in Syria. To watch video of Udall's speech, click here. Below are Udall's remarks as prepared for delivery: Like many others, I am deeply disturbed by the current situation in Syria. The appalling atrocities. The tragic loss of human life… Continue Reading

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