Press Releases

May 08, 2013

ICYMI: Western Senators Seek to Restore Mineral Payments

The Associated Press reported today that U.S. Senator Tom Udall is working on legislation with Republican colleagues from Wyoming to restore millions of dollars in federal minerals payments to states being cut by sequestration. Read the full AP article here. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, questioned Interior Department officials about the mineral payments and the overall impact of sequestration on New Mexico at a hearing before the Interior & Environment Subcommittee… Continue Reading

May 07, 2013

Udall, Hirono, Polis Introduce Bill to Support Pregnant & Parenting Students

WASHINGTON - To mark National Teen Pregnancy Month, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have joined with U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-Colo.) to introduce a bill that would help states and local school districts support pregnant and parenting youth who face unique challenges staying in school and graduating ready for college or a career. Each year in the U.S., approximately 750,000 teens get pregnant and almost one-fifth of students across the country drop out of hi… Continue Reading

May 06, 2013

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Make Progress On Restoring LANL Cleanup Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House have responded to their calls for critical funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) by sending a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million. They are now urging the necessary Congressional Committees to approve the request without delay … Continue Reading

May 01, 2013

Federal Programs for Fire and Post-Fire Family & Business Assistance

Federal Fire Assistance Guide Emergency PreparationEmergency Preparedness Tips:FEMA outlines the steps families can take to be informed and prepared for natural disasters. Outdoor Safety Tips:The Forest Service provides tips for campfire safety, debris control, and outdoor equipment safety. Home Safety Tips:The Forest Service provides tips for keeping homes in the wildland-urban interface safe from wildfires.http://www.smokeybe… Continue Reading

May 01, 2013

New Bill to End Doping of Racehorses on Horizon

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-Ken.) and Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) revealed draft legislation they intend to introduce to end doping in horseracing and kick cheaters out of the sport. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to cleanup the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering. USADA is a non-governmental organization th… Continue Reading

April 30, 2013

Water Conference Report

Last summer, I was proud to co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Our conference brought together around 500 participants, including farmers, ranchers, engineers, experts and community members to address the impact of water scarcity and explore possible solutions to help New Mexico adapt to the ongoing drought. Since the conference, my office has been compiling the strategies and policy proposals we discussed. Today, I am pleased to re… Continue Reading

April 26, 2013

Udall: Safely Dispose of Rx Drugs this Saturday

WASHINGTON - As New Mexico continues to battle alarming prescription drug abuse rates, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is encouraging citizens to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 27 and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities. Additional drop-off sites have been added since last year's Take-Back Day, including many in rural areas. The event, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement … Continue Reading

April 26, 2013

Senators Recommend Damon P. Martinez for US Attorney Position

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are recommending to President Barack Obama that Damon P. Martinez be the next United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. The senators made their recommendation to the president in a letter today. 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 … Continue Reading

April 25, 2013

Udall Statement on Chemical Weapons in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today issued the following statement on intelligence assessments indicating the use of chemical weapons in Syria: "Today, the administration indicated there is some evidence of small scale military use of a chemical weapon-sarin gas-by the Syrian regime. Geneva Protocol prohibits the military use of sarin gas and this is a very troubling development. I remain concerned about the ongoing violence i… Continue Reading

April 22, 2013

Udall, Heinrich & Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

WASHINGTON - In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today reintroduced legislation to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness - a proposal with strong support from the local community. A companion bill will be introduced in the House tomorrow by Representative Ben Ray Luján. Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a "Wilderness Study Area" since 1980. A map of the proposal can be f… Continue Reading

April 19, 2013

Udall: VA Plan to End Backlog Good First Step, More Work Needed to Improve Veterans Care

WASHINGTON - A new initiative to reduce the backlog of veterans benefit claims is a good first step, but more work must be done to improve the quality health care for veterans overall, says U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.). The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its plans to expedite compensation decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer to have their claims processed. It will also begin making provisional decisions on veterans' claims, starting with the oldest… Continue Reading

April 19, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests. April 19, 2013 is the 24th anniversary of the introduction of the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in the U.S. Senate. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), James Risch (R-Idaho), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joi… Continue Reading

April 18, 2013

Udall Statement on the ‘Gang of Eight' Immigration Proposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on the "Gang of Eight's" Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013: "We have an extraordinary opportunity to pass a long-term, comprehensive solution to fix our broken immigration system. I am very encouraged by the 'Gang of Eight's' proposal to secure our borders, bring undocumented individuals from the shadows and enhance our visa and employment verification systems. The law… Continue Reading

April 17, 2013

Udall Statement on Defeat of Bipartisan Background Check Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued this statement following the Senate's consideration of amendments to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, including the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on commercial gun sales: "The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with … Continue Reading

April 11, 2013

PHOTOS: Udall Meets with VA Secretary Shinseki

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) met this afternoon with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to discuss ways to improve veterans care in New Mexico and around the country. Click here for additional photos from the meeting. "Secretary Shinseki and I had a productive conversation about the need to improve services for veterans in our state. I shared with him my recent visit to Southeastern New Mexico, where I heard once again from rural veterans about their t… Continue Reading

April 11, 2013

GAO Report Finds ATM Fees on the Rise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American consumers have paid higher automated teller machine (ATM) fees over the past five years according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation released today by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The lawmakers requested the report to assess increased ATM use by Americans in recent years. GAO estimates that there are 420,000 ATMs in the United States. According to … Continue Reading

April 11, 2013

Judiciary Panel Approves Gonzales Nomination for U.S. District Judge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reported today that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Kenneth J. Gonzales to be a U.S. District Judge for New Mexico. Gonzales, the current U.S. Attorney, cleared the committee by a unanimous voice vote and is now eligible for confirmation by the full Senate. "Ken has served the people of New Mexico and our country exceptionally well, showing strong judgment and knowledge in his previous civilian and military … Continue Reading

April 11, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released this statement following the Senate's vote to begin debate and consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013: "Congress has an obligation to pass sensible legislation in an effort to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our nation and prevent tragic mass shootings. We can take logical steps to expand criminal background checks, increase school safety and strengthen laws against gun trafficking and illegal purchases, witho… Continue Reading

April 11, 2013

Udall Statement on President's Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal: "The president's budget request is overall positive news for New Mexico. It replaces harmful sequester cuts with a more balanced approach and calls for investments in Pre-K and manufacturing to help bolster the middle class. He is also recommending funding increases for New Mexico's labs, military inst… Continue Reading

April 10, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), the leader in Congress on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), today reintroduced his "Safe Chemicals Act" to protect Americans from dangerous toxic chemicals that are found in everyday consumer products. Senator Lautenberg has been working since 2005 to reform TSCA and provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to protect Americans from harmful chemicals. "American families deserve to know that t… Continue Reading

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