Press Releases

May 07, 2020

Udall, Senators Tell Trump Administration: Stop Playing Politics with the U.S. Postal Service

In thinly-veiled attempt to retaliate against perceived critics like Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, President Trump recently threatened not to approve the loan unless package rates were raised by an exorbitant amount The hardworking men and women of the USPS working the front lines, keeping our society and economy functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, don't deserve to be political pawns WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of 30 senators … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Udall Joins Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize National Nurses Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan Senate resolution announcing the designation of May 6 to 12, 2020 as National Nurses Week. The resolution honors the important contributions of America's nurses to safe, high-quality health care, and the invaluable role that nurses play in patient care and support. Nurses are currently risking their health in the fight against COVID-19. Nurses represent the single-largest component of health care professionals, with an estimated 4… Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Udall Introduces Legislation to Dramatically Expand National Service to Combat COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 15 senators in introducing legislation to significantly expand national service programs as the country works to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act would fund 750,000 national service positions over a three-year response and recovery period, in part to meet the projected need for as many as 300,000 public health workers. The bill would also expand partnershi… Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $114 Million to 160 Rural Health Care Providers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) andXochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that 160 rural health care providers in New Mexico received over $114 million in federal funding to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and account for lost revenue that has stretched the resources of rural health providers in New Mexico and across the country. The $114,184,099 in fun… Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

Udall Introduces Resolution Recognizing National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined 11 senators to introduce a bipartisan resolution designating May 5th as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Available data from the U.S. Department of Justice indicates that Native women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average murder rate, there are more than 5,000 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Nati… Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on Senate’s Return to Washington and Priorities for COVID-19 Response

AUDIO LINK: Udall Hosts Press Call on Senate's Return to Washington and COVID-19 Response WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted a press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss the Senate's return to Washington this week and the priorities he is fighting for in the federal response to COVID-19. "The Senate is back in session, but, unfortunately and inexplicably, the Republican majority is not working full steam ahead on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic," Udall said… Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

Udall Statement on Treasury Announcement on Tribal Relief Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that, nearly six weeks after the CARES Act was signed into law, it is beginning to distribute $4.8 billion of the $8 billion Congress allocated for Tribal Governments for a Coronavirus Relief Fund. "Treasury's announcement is the definition of 'too little, too late.' It comes weeks after the deadline and bil… Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $1.6 Million in Grants to New Mexico Public Housing Authorities for Rental Assistance

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,621,186 to public housing authorities in 14 counties across New Mexico for rental assistance for families, individuals, and owners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is funded by the $850 million provided by the Cor… Continue Reading

May 04, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $4 Million in Federal Grants for Airports Across the State

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $4 million in grants to seven regional airports across the state for construction and maintenance projects. The airports receiving the $4,194,551 in funds are Grant County Airport, Four Corners Regional Airport, Reserve Airport in Catro… Continue Reading

May 04, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Call to Expand Tax Credit for Working Families During Coronavirus Economic Downturn

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 39 senators in a letter to Senate Leaders calling for a temporary expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the next coronavirus relief package. As the economic effects of COVID-19 are expected to continue into the future, the tax credits would put money back in the pockets of working families as they weather the economic downturn. At a time of deep economic pain and rising… Continue Reading

May 01, 2020

N.M. Delegation Request For Holtec Public Comment Period Extension Granted

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small, Ben Ray Luján, andDeb Haaland are welcoming an announcement from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that their March 20 request has been met and a 60-day extension on the public comment period will be implemented for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Holtec's proposed spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Southeast New Mexico. "Allowing for full public participation, a… Continue Reading

May 01, 2020

AUDIO: Udall, Tribal Leaders, Experts Demand Trump Administration Give Communities Hit Hard by COVID-19 Time to Comment on Proposed Interior Department Chaco Drilling Plans

AUDIO LINK: Senator Udall's remarks begin at minute 1:06 here. SANTA FE, N.M.-Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Tribal leaders and other experts on a press conference call urging the Trump administration to extend the period for public input on the controversial draft Farmington Resource Management Plan Amendment - which includes the Interior Department's preferred alternative to open up more areas around Chaco Culture National Historical Park to oil and gas drilling. The call follow… Continue Reading

May 01, 2020

Udall, Senate Colleagues Urge Interior Department to Maintain Oil and Gas Royalties to Protect Western State Budgets

Senators seeks answers to questions about BLM plan which is unlikely to stop job losses & would exacerbate oil oversupply and price collapse WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, led seven of his colleagues in a letter to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt opposing the Department of Interior's plan to expedite action to relieve oil and gas companies of their obligati… Continue Reading

April 30, 2020

Udall, Colleagues Ask HHS Secretary Alex Azar About Political Interference In COVID-19 Response Following Ouster of Vaccine Development Head

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) joined 19 Senate Democrats in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to express their concern regarding reports of political influence at HHS, demand more information on staffing issues related to the COVID-19 response efforts, and ask whether staff turmoil and turnover is hindering HHS' work. The senators' letter follows reports about the removal of Dr. Rick Bright as Director of the Biomedical Advanced Resea… Continue Reading

April 29, 2020

Udall Requests Formal Inspector General Review of Tribal Data Breach, Potential Conflicts of Interest in Interior Official’s Role in Distribution of Emergency Coronavirus Relief to Tribal Governments

Request follows reports that sensitive Tribal data was shared widely outside the Executive Branch and Tribal complaints of Trump administration official's potential conflicts of interest SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, formally requested official reviews by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for both the Department of the Treasury and the Department of the Interior into two concerns raised by Tribal governments in N… Continue Reading

April 29, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on COVID-19 Response, Recent Congressional Action to Fund Small Business and Hospital Relief, COVID-19 Testing

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on COVID-19 Response, Recent Congressional Package Replenishing Small Business Loans WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted a press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss the latest $484 billion coronavirus relief package that passed Congress last week. Udall discussed his efforts to ensure that the latest Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds are distributed to small businesses in New Mexico-including minority, women-owned and T… Continue Reading

April 29, 2020

Udall, Senate Democratic Committee Leaders Urge Sen. McConnell to Focus Senate Business on COVID-19 Matters and Legislative Oversight

Senate Democrats say oversight hearings must include look at nation's testing capabilities, Paycheck Protection Program, best ways to protect health and safety of frontline workers, and more WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Senate Democratic Committee leaders in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), urging Leader McConnell to focus the Sena… Continue Reading

April 29, 2020

Udall Encourages New Mexico Voters to Request Absentee Ballots for June Election to Safely Participate in Democratic Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2 primary includes important local, state and federal elections SANTA FE, N.M.-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement encouraging New Mexico voters eligible for the June 2 primary to send in their application for an absentee ballots by May 28. The applications are being sent to all eligible voters by the New Mexico Secretary of State this week to request an absentee ballot. Senator Udall encourages all voters to vote absentee, which will ensure their safe partic… Continue Reading

April 28, 2020

Udall, Democratic Colleagues Call on DHS Inspector General to Review ICE Detention Facility COVID-19 Policies and Practices

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of 26 Democratic senators in calling for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) to conduct a full assessment, including site inspections, of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities nationwide to evaluate whether the facilities' operations, management, standards, and conditions have adapted to address the threat of COVID-19 to both the staff and detainees. Joining Udall on the letter… Continue Reading

April 28, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge Federal Communications Commission to Inform Eligible Families About How They Can Receive Discount Broadband Services

The FCC's Lifeline program is the primary federal program charged with helping low-income families obtain broadband and telephone services WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 142 lawmakers from the House and Senate, requested Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to actively notify the millions of Americans who are eligible for discount telephone or broadband access from the FCC's Lifeline program. In the bicameral letter,… Continue Reading

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