Press Releases

December 18, 2013

Udall Backs Plan to Undo Military Retiree COLA Changes in Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has cosponsored the Military Retirement Restoration Act to safeguard military retirees from a proposed 1 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) cut for working-age military retirees. This change was included in the bipartisan budget agreement the Senate is expected to clear this week. The legislation would replace the $6 billion in total expected cuts to working-age military retirees' COLAs with an estimated $6.6 billion raised by el… Continue Reading

December 17, 2013

The Udall Update

As we close out the year, I'm proud to release a new episode of the "The Udall Update," a public access television program that provides you with an inside look at what's happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico. The episode includes interviews, in-depth stories and feature segments about the work I am doing in Washington on behalf of New Mexicans. If you live in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Silver City you can watch "The Udall… Continue Reading

December 17, 2013

Udall, Moran Urge Overhaul of Federal IT Oversight to Save Taxpayers Billions of Dollars

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade. The senators urged quick action on IT reform, announcing their bill as President Obama met with executives from tech firms to discuss ways to improve the functioning of the health care website, The… Continue Reading

December 17, 2013

Udall, Rubio Introduce Bill to Promote Historic Preservation Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill that would give Hispanic-serving colleges and universities increased access to a grant program designed to encourage more students to pursue historic and cultural preservation. The program is similar to one already available to historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and nontribal colleges with a high enrollment of Native Americans or Native Hawaiians. The Preservation Research a… Continue Reading

December 16, 2013

Udall Statement on District Court Ruling on NSA Phone Surveillance Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the D.C. District Court ruling regarding the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program. Udall has long pushed for reforms that would balance national security with Americans' constitutional rights, including the USA FREEDOM Act to end the bulk collection of phone records, and two bills to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts. He has also led a bipartisan push to ask for an independent investigation of t… Continue Reading

December 12, 2013

Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks

Today I'm proud to introduce legislation to preserve some of our state's most iconic landscapes, while boosting the region's tourism and outdoor economy, creating jobs and improving hunting and hiking opportunities. Our Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act would designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument on 498,815 acres to conserve to conserve and protect scenic, recreational and culturally significant land. Designating a national monument would put the Organ Mountain… Continue Reading

December 12, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve some of Doña Ana County's most iconic landscapes, while boosting the region's tourism and outdoor economy, creating jobs and improving hunting and hiking opportunities. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act would designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument to conserve, protect and enhance scenic, recreational and culturally significant land. The new monument wo… Continue Reading

December 12, 2013

Udall-Heinrich Provision to Expand White Sands Included in Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today made the following statements in response to a provision included in the compromise language of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released yesterday. The provision is part of a bill the New Mexico senators introduced earlier this year, which passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss. "White Sands Missile Ran… Continue Reading

December 10, 2013

Winter Photo Contest Results

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December 10, 2013

Udall: Filibuster Rule Change Reducing Senate Gridlock

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall praised the confirmation of Patricia Millett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is the first nominee to be confirmed by the Senate since changing its rules to prohibit filibusters of executive branch and judicial nominees, other than those to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since 2009, Udall has led the fight in the Senate to cut through gridlock, and he said Millett's confirmation by a vote of 56-38 is evidence that… Continue Reading

December 09, 2013

Additional Women's Career Success Conference on Thursday

Last month, I was pleased to host the Women's Career Success Conference to help women in New Mexico advance their careers. Because of the overwhelming response from you, I'm hosting another conference on Thursday, December 12, at CNM's Workforce Training Center in Albuquerque. Limited space is still available, so I invite you to register today at or by calling my Albuquerque office at (505) 346-6791. If you are a woman in New Mexico and you haven't attended a pr… Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Udall Statement Honoring the Life of Nelson Mandela

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela: "I'm deeply saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela's passing. His inspiring personal fight to overcome oppression and his lifetime of crusading for justice transformed a nation and changed the world for the better. He taught that freedom and peace are best achieved through education and respect for everyone i… Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Udall to Host Additional Women's Career Success Conference in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is hosting an additional Women's Career Success Conference at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. The Women's Career Success Conference will bring together businesses, nonprofit organizations and federal agency officials to help women in New Mexico learn how to enhance their careers and increase their competitiveness in the job market. Space is limited, so women interested in attending are asked to … Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Udall Statement on President's Challenge to Triple Federal Government's Renewable Energy Use by 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the president's "Presidential Memorandum," challenging federal agencies to nearly triple their renewable energy consumption to 20 percent by 2020. Udall, who has led the effort to set a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025, issued the following statement: "The United States should lead the world in clean energy jobs, innovation and in effo… Continue Reading

November 27, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.49 Million Federal Grant for Innovation Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced federal funding to help develop a new high-tech business district in Albuquerque. STC.UNM, the technology-transfer and economic-development arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM), will receive a $1,498,048 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to go toward the purchase of property to be developed into an innovation center between downtown Albuquerque's central business district … Continue Reading

November 27, 2013

As Holiday Approaches, Udall Encourages New Mexicans to Support Small Businesses in NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement announcing his cosponsorship of a resolution to designate Nov. 30, 2013, as "Small Business Saturday" and to increase awareness of the importance of locally owned small businesses. On Saturday, Udall will visit Albuquerque small businesses to talk to owners and shoppers about the important role small business plays in our economy. "Small businesses have been the economic foundation of communities across America since our n… Continue Reading

November 27, 2013

Supporting Small Businesses in New Mexico

Small businesses have been the foundation of our communities since our nation's beginning, and today they are a driving force behind our economy. Small businesses in New Mexico are almost 96 percent of our state's employers, and employ over half of our private-sector workforce. That's why I co-sponsored a resolution in the Senate to designate the Saturday after Thanksgiving - Nov. 30, 2013 - as Small Business Saturday. It's a day to support the family- and locally-owned businesses that keep New … Continue Reading

November 22, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Praise Nomination of Damon P. Martinez for US Attorney

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed news that President Barack Obama has nominated Damon P. Martinez to be the next United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. Martinez has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001 and currently supervises the Organized Crime and Gang Section in Albuquerque. He is highly experienced in cases concerning national security and anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics. The senators recommended Martinez for the posi… Continue Reading

November 21, 2013

Udall Hails Rules Changes to Make Senate Work for American People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court. Udall has led the effort to reform the Senate's rules since he was elected in 2009. His argument throughout has been that a permanent change in the Senate rules - including by requiring a talking filibuster - is the only way to ensure the Senate will work for the American peo… Continue Reading

November 21, 2013

Udall Amendments to Defense Bill Address Lab Research, Tech Transfer, Veterans' Homelessness, B61 LEP

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced several amendments to a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year. Udall's five amendments include measures to fight unemployment and homelessness among veterans by improving access to education and life skills training for service members; help increase collaboration between the labs, nonprofits a… Continue Reading

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