Press Releases

April 10, 2019

Udall, Haaland, Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Prohibit School 'Lunch Shaming'

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), joined by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Penn.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M) introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit school "lunch shaming" - the practice of discri… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Udall Statement on Passage of the Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after both the Senate and the House passed the Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan Bill: "Thanks to rapid, bipartisan cooperation among the Colorado River basin state delegations, this critical piece of bipartisan legislation is heading to the president's desk. This bill will enable the new Drought Contingency Plan to go into place soon, benefitting all the river's water users in the long run, from Ind… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Heroes of Bataan and Corregidor deserve Congressional Gold Medal

by Senator Tom Udall and VFW Commander-in-Chief B.J. Lawrence


April 09, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Reintroduces Bill to Honor Bataan Veterans

Udall has introduced legislation to honor Bataan veterans in several Congresses WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small reintroduced the Bataan Congressional Gold Medal Act, a bill to honor the heroic veterans who defended Bataan and Corregidor, and suffered through the Bataan Death March-which began 77 years ago this day-with the Congressional Gold Medal. On December 8, 1941, hours a… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland, Torres Small Introduce Legislation to Protect Chaco Canyon Area

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, S. 1079, a bill to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Culture from further mineral development. The bill, alongside anticipated actions from State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, would help ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco… Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2020. The first session will be held on April 11 in Farmington. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Udall, Democratic Colleagues to JUUL: You Are More Interested in Profits Than Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with 10 Senate Democrats, questioned JUUL CEO Kevin Burns about the company's partnership with Big Tobacco giant Altria, and requested information about its marketing tactics to children as youth e-cigarette use soars to epidemic levels in large part due to kid-appealing flavors and easy to conceal devices. Federal public health agencies have identified JUUL as being largely responsible for fueling this epidemic among America's youth and evidence has em… Continue Reading


April 05, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland Announce More Than $114 Million to Indian Health Service for 3 New Mexico Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland, announced that the Indian Health Service (IHS) allocated $114.2 million in funding to continue planning and construction for three key New Mexico facilities. The award will enable IHS to move forward with critical projects at three facilities, … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Udall, Durbin, Paul Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds which could lead to war with Iran without express approval from Congress, as required by the Constitution. The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019 underscores that Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States grants… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Udall Urges Action to Improve the Condition and Safety of Indian Roads

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing on "Tribal Transportation: Enhancing Tribal Self-Governance and Safety of Indian Roads." The committee heard from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Lands Highway Administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Division of Transportation, Ohkay Owingeh Head Councilman Joe Garcia, and Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis. "As Congress… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Udall Questions Wheeler on Crippling Budget Cuts in Hearing to Review EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

"This administration has abandoned all efforts to fight climate change, and you've personally doubled down on that by denying climate change is even a major crisis." "Proposing cuts of this terrible degree show us in clear print what this administration is about: industry comes before public health and environmental protection." WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, ques… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses EPA Administrator on PFAS Contamination in New Mexico

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_tLFry4rAI&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, pressed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the agency's role in cleaning up PFAS contamination in New Mexico during a hearing to examine the EPA's Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Udall demanded that EPA do more to assist New M… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Udall Statement on Senate Republicans’ Rules Changes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Rules Committee, issued the following statement on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leading Senate Republicans in invoking the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules on executive and judicial nominations: "After denying Merrick Garland a hearing for nearly a year, and after obstructing President Obama's nominees in record and destructive fashion during his two terms in office, Leader McConnell and Senate Republi… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Udall Opening Statement at Hearing to Examine EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to examine the EPA's fiscal year 2020 budget request: Administrator Wheeler, welcome to your first Appropriations hearing as EPA Administrator. It sure is a different day from when w… Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Udall, Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democrats: Trump Administration’s Attempts to Dismantle Affordable Care Act Threaten American Indian and Alaska Native Health

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), all members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the Trump Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision to support the full dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Texas v. United States, which threatens the health care of American Indian… Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Slam President Trump’s Threat to Close the Border

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) responded to President Trump's continued threats that he will close the entire southern border, jeopardizing New Mexico's economy and thriving trade and cultural relationship with Mexico. Today, President Trump acknowledged that his reckless proposal would hurt the nation's economy. Udall and Heinrich issued the following joint statement: "President Trump is not a dictator who can unilaterally close the border to … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with every Colorado River Basin senator, introduced the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation was developed to ensure the wide-reaching Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) forged between the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes can be implemented while fully respecting important environmental protections in the process. "In New Mexico, we live by the sa… Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Udall Introduces National Public Health Week Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a resolution in Congress to designate this week, April 1st through 7th, as National Public Health Week, as a part of his efforts to continue working toward a healthier New Mexico and healthier America. A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.). "National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the hard work we have done to create healthier communities and to recog… Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich File RAIDER Act Amendment to Block Trump Administration from Raiding Disaster, Military Funds for Wall

Action comes as Trump administration plans to raid military personnel funding to build 46 miles of border wall in NM WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich filed amendments to the pending disaster supplemental appropriations bill, including one to block the Trump administration from raiding disaster relief, military, or any other appropriated funds for the purposes of building the president's border wall without authorization from Congress. The first amendment would block t… Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand RECA to include Tularosa Downwinders, Post-1971 Uranium Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019. The legislation would expand coverage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to cover victims in New Mexico including the Tularosa Downwinders and Post-1971 Uranium Workers, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Guam. "Justice is long, long overdue for the New Mexico families and Tribal members who are victims of radiation exposure as a result of t… Continue Reading

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