Press Releases

January 19, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Syria Is Now Mr. Trump’s War

by New York Times Editorial Board

January 18, 2018

Udall Votes to Protect Americans from Warrantless Spying

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a six-year renewal of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) Section 702 because it was not reformed to protect Americans from warrantless spying. FISA Section 702 authorizes the government to collect the emails, phone records and other communication of foreigners overseas without obtaining a warrant, but a backdoor loophole allows Americans who communicate with 702 targets to also be subject to warrantless surveillance. Udall re… Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

NM Democrats Urge Trump Not to Make Changes to SNAP

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the president not to alter to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in ways that would prohibit New Mexicans in need from accessing food assistance. New Mexico has the third-highest proportion of SNAP recipients per capita - nearly one quarter of the state's residents rely on food assistance. According to the lawmakers, the Trump administr… Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Ahead of Farm Bill Reauthorization, Udall Leads Oversight Hearing on Native Agribusiness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing entitled, "Breaking New Ground in Agribusiness Opportunities in Indian Country." Udall highlighted how successes in Native agribusinesses have created jobs and improved food security in Indian Country, and questioned witnesses on how to build on this progress with greater Tribal input in the Farm Bill. "Indian Country's interest in agribusiness is real and growing," Udal… Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Udall Opposes House GOP’s Temporary Funding Proposal with No Solution for DREAMers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall declared his opposition to the House Republicans' proposal to yet again temporarily fund the government through Feb. 16 without addressing the nation's critical priorities. The Republican bill doesn't include protection for 800,000 DREAMers - including 7,000 in New Mexico - whose legal status is in jeopardy because President Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It also would further weaken the Affordable Care Act, putting m… Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Udall, Senate Democrats: EPA Putting Taxpayers on the Hook for Hard Rock Mining Disasters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of eight Senate Democrats in condemning Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision not to issue final federal financial responsibility requirements for hard rock mining operations, leaving taxpayers on the hook for cleaning up toxic spills from metal mining - the single largest source of toxic releases, according to EPA. The proposed rules would have assured that mining companies maintain enough fun… Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Trump eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards

by Suzy Khimm

January 17, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Udall, Heinrich will vote 'no' unless DREAMers are protected

January 12, 2018

Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Udall Denounces Trump’s Racist Remarks Against Immigrants

WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement denouncing President Trump's offensive remarks about immigrants made during an Oval Office meeting: "As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I join with people from across New Mexico in reflecting on what Dr. King's work can teach us today. Thanks to Dr. King and other great Civil Rights leaders, our children grow up believing that no one should be judged on the color of their skin,… Continue Reading

January 10, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Highlights Urgent Need to Protect Dreamers

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released a powerful video highlighting the stories of seven Dreamers from New Mexico as part of his fight for a permanent solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Udall urged Republicans to join with Democrats and work in good faith toward an immediate agreement that will protect the future of the 800,000 Dreamers in the United States, including 7,000 … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Udall, Markey Net Neutrality Resolution Reaches 40-Vote Milestone in the Senate

Washington (January 9, 2018) - U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced today 40 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that overturns the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality. At a press conference in the Capitol attended by Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer-am… Continue Reading

January 08, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $10.7 Million in Grants to Help NM End Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed $10.7 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to help New Mexico families, veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness. The grants will go to programs in communities across the state, including three new organizations. "Everyone deserves a quality place to call home, and this funding is particularly welcome news during the harsh winter months. These grants will help families and veterans experiencing homelessn… Continue Reading

January 03, 2018

Udall Responds to Trump’s Heartless DACA Brinkmanship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to President Trump's tweet on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and to reports that the White House is seeking to avoid discussion of DACA during a meeting with congressional leadership today: "President Trump's continued heartlessness toward DREAMers and his political brinkmanship with their future is a stain on our country and on the office of the president. The fear and chaos in immigrant communities following the … Continue Reading

December 26, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Bill proposes adding protection for Native American children, officers

by Noel Lyn Smith

December 25, 2017

IN THE NEWS: New Mexico's 'best and brightest' nominated for U.S. service academies

December 24, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Trump’s controversial EPA nominee withdraws following GOP objections

by Matthew Rozsa

December 21, 2017

Río Grande del Norte Wilderness Bill Passes the Senate Unanimously

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that their legislation to protect wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, N.M., has passed the Senate with unanimous support. The bill establishes two new wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. "Designating the Cerro del Yuta and Rio San Antonio areas as wilderness is a final step towa… Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Udall Statement on Vote for Stopgap Measure to Keep the Government Open

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted for the continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through Jan. 19, 2018. In addition to continuing federal funding into next year, the measure waives so-called PAYGO laws to prevent a $136 billion cut to Medicare, state mineral leasing payments, farm bill payments, and other critical funding in 2018. Waiving PAYGO was necessary to offset massive budget cuts caused by President Trump and the Republicans' tax cut, which will cost $1.5… Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

NM Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration to Help Pueblo of Acoma Recover from October Storms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a major disaster declaration has been issued for the Pueblo of Acoma to provide federal aid for the severe storm and flooding that occurred between October 4 and October 6, 2017. The lawmakers sent a letter to the President earlier this month asking for prompt action on the Pueblo of Acoma's request for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public i… Continue Reading

December 20, 2017

Udall Votes Against Trump-Republican Tax Break for Millionaires and Corporations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after voting against President Trump and the Republicans' tax plan. Earlier in the evening, Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the bill, and his speech can be viewed here. "The Trump-Republican tax bill will line the pockets of President Trump, his family, and the GOP's billionaire donors. It will be a boon for the multinational corporations that have spent years shipping jobs overseas. But for working New Mexica… Continue Reading

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