Press Releases

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

LAUTENBERG REINTRODUCES “SAFE CHEMICALS ACT” TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS

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


April 10, 2013

Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) announcement that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery. USPS' decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services. "The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services," said Udall. "The Postal Service is facing serious financial problems, but they will not be so… Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) announcement that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery. USPS' decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services. "The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services," said Udall. "The Postal Service is facing serious financial problems, but they will not be so… Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Udall Statement on Meeting with Energy Nominee Moniz

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on his meeting this afternoon with Dr. Ernest Moniz, President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here for photos from the meeting. "Dr. Moniz and I had a lively discussion about the Department of Energy and its importance to New Mexico. We discussed long-standing issues before our national labs, such as the stockpile stewardship program, non-proliferation and nuclear … Continue Reading


April 05, 2013

Udall Welcomes FAA Decision to Delay Tower Closures

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) decision to delay air traffic control tower closures, including those in New Mexico. He also announced support of a bipartisan bill to halt the closures for the next two years. Last month, the FAA announced it would end funding for 149 air traffic control towers as a result of sequestration. The closures, which were scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 7, included Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Control towers i… Continue Reading


April 04, 2013

Senators Want Expanded Mental Health Services for Students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are spearheading an effort with 16 of their colleagues to expand comprehensive school-based mental health services for children. The Mental Health in Schools Act would authorize funding for grants to schools and other mental health centers to partner with community-based organizations to expand access to services for students. "Removing the stigma around mental illness and making treatment available at early ages is critical to raising a … Continue Reading


April 01, 2013

Udall and Heinrich Introduce Resolution Honoring César Chávez

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following statements after introducing a resolution honoring the accomplishments and legacy of civil rights leader César Estrada Chávez, and recognizing March 31 as "César Chávez Day. "In the long march of human rights, César Chávez is a towering figure," said Udall. "On the anniversary of his birthday, we honor his compassion, sacrifice and dedication to the rights of workers an… Continue Reading


March 25, 2013

Signed! Río Grande del Norte now a National Monument

WASHINGTON - From the Oval Office to Taos, New Mexicans and members of the Congressional Delegation today celebrated the Río Grande del Norte National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama. The national monument designation is widely welcome by Taos and Rio Arriba county residents. A recent study shows the national monument will support hundreds of jobs and bring millions of tourism dollars to the area. Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Questa… Continue Reading


March 23, 2013

Monday: Udall to Host Río Grande del Norte White House Proclamation Celebration in Taos

Taos, N.M. - While President Barack Obama signs the Río Grande del Norte National Monument proclamation in the Oval Office on Monday, March 25, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will celebrate the historic designation with the local community at a gathering in Taos. "The National Monument proclamation for the Río Grande del Norte was achieved through strong community support and the tireless efforts of many," said Udall. "Our celebration will reach from the Oval Office to Northern New Mexico,… Continue Reading


March 23, 2013

Udall Gets Rural Vets Health and Mining Reform Priorities in Senate Budget Blueprint

WASHINGTON - Before the Senate adjourned around 5 a.m. Saturday morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted for a budget with a balanced approach to address the debt and deficit while investing in middle-class families and taking steps to create jobs and rebuild the economy. The Fiscal Year 2014 Senate budget cleared the chamber by a vote of 50-49. "Enacting this budget would replace the devastating cuts in the sequester with support for small businesses and middle-class families working … Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

NM Delegation Applauds Creation of Río Grande del Norte Monument

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation today applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to create a national monument to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico. The president will hold a National Monument Proclamations Signing Ceremony at the White House on Monday. The Bureau of Land Management, under the direction of the Department of the Interior, currently manages the 240,000 acres of land in Northern New Mexico. The Río Grande del Norte monu… Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Udall Advocates for Telecom Infrastructure to Spur Economic Growth on Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke the at the Federal Communications Commission today to highlight efforts to improve engagement with tribes and tackle the digital divide in Indian Country. Udall has worked closely with the FCC to expand their outreach and address the lack of basic telecommunications services for Native American communities. The meeting coincided with the release of the Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) 2012 report, which details the Commission's enga… Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

PHOTOS: Udall Hosts Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Acoma Tribal Leaders at Senate Meeting on Native Issues

WASHINGTON - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority Executive Director and National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Board Member Floyd Tortalita joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall on Capitol Hill today for a discussion on education, housing and economic development on tribal lands. At an event hosted by Udall and the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, more than a dozen representatives from Native American tribes and organizations highlighted a… Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

Udall Statement on Meeting with EPA Nominee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on his meeting this afternoon with Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama's nominee to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Click here for photos of the meeting. "Gina McCarthy and I committed to working together on issues that will be win-wins for New Mexico's environment and economy. The recent agreement between the state, the Environmental Protection Agency and PNM to transition the San Juan… Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

Udall Statement on Support of Sally Jewell

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after his meeting this afternoon with Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. For photos of the meeting, click HERE. "Sally Jewell will bring a unique business perspective and appreciation for the outdoors to the Department of the Interior, and I am proud to support her nomination. During our meeting today, I conveyed my hope that as secretary, S… Continue Reading


March 18, 2013

Udall: 7K NM Taxpayers Have Unclaimed Tax Refunds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is reminding New Mexico taxpayers that April 15, 2013 is the last day to claim tax refunds for 2009. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that 7,100 New Mexicans are owed a total of $6.45 million, with a median refund of $567. Unless claimed, the money will become property of the U.S. Treasury. "There's more than $6 million in the Treasury that belongs in the pockets of hardworking New Mexico taxpayers," said Udall. "That money could be better used in… Continue Reading

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