Press Releases

July 16, 2014

Udall Stands up for New Mexico Women's Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment after Republicans blocked debate on a bill to restore women's access to contraceptive health care in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The court ruled that closely held corporations may deny coverage for certain forms of birth control if members of the board object on religious grounds. The filibuster of the Not My Boss's Business Act, which Udall cosponsored, prevented the Se… Continue Reading

July 15, 2014

Udall Praises Confirmation of N.M.'s Norman C. Bay to Lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting to confirm Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Bay has served as the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC since 2009 and is slated to be named chairman of the commission. Udall issued the following statement after the confirmation vote: "Norman Bay is a dedicated public s… Continue Reading

July 10, 2014

In Letter to VA, N.M. Delegation Urges Transparency, Requests Information about Management and Emergency Response

WASHINGTON - Today, all five members of New Mexico's congressional delegation sent a letter to the acting director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to express their serious concerns about the New Mexico VA's handling of the recent tragic death of a veteran at its Medical Center in Albuquerque, as well as its lack of transparency in response to requests for information from the public and their offices. In the letter, the lawmakers said the lack of transparency is not only eroding … Continue Reading

July 10, 2014

Udall: Campaign Finance Reform Momentum Builds with Panel Vote on Constitutional Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of his proposed constitutional amendment to restore power to regulate campaign finance to the people. Udall's amendment would clarify in the Constitution that money does not equal speech, effectively reversing U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which have unraveled campaign finance regulations and handed undue influence over elections to corporations and wealthy donors. Following today's committee vote, Udall… Continue Reading

July 10, 2014

Udall Proposal Would Help New Mexico Small Businesses Diversify, Expand and Create New Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced a bill to help small business federal government contractors in New Mexico and across the country access the tools, training and hands-on help necessary to diversify their businesses and create jobs. The American Diversification and Progress in Trade (ADAPT) Act of 2014 creates a pilot program at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that will help small business contractors find new customers and grow into new markets. By improving sma… Continue Reading

July 09, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Support Bill to Protect Women's Health in Wake of Hobby Lobby Decision

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined their Senate colleagues in introducing the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement and other services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and prevent employers from imposing their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. The bill was filed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. "New Mexicans know that a wo… Continue Reading

July 08, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding for N.M. State Parks, Outdoor Recreation through Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $500,000 will be awarded to the state of New Mexico through the Land and Water Conservation Fund for state-certified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has proven to be a highly effective tool for creating and protecting urban parks and open spaces that contribute to environmental vibrancy and generate economic growth in communities. Udall an… Continue Reading

July 08, 2014

Free 'Job to Career Readiness Bootcamp' for New Mexico Job Seekers

I'm partnering on three career readiness workshops in Southern New Mexico to help job seekers strengthen their interview skills and better prepare themselves to land a job. If you're a New Mexico resident over the age of 18 and looking for employment, I invite you to take advantage of our free upcoming Job to Career Readiness Bootcamp workshops. Employers in Doña Ana county seek up to 1,000 entry level employees for manufacturing, secretarial and clerical, and call center positions, and t… Continue Reading

June 30, 2014

Udall: Supreme Court Wrong to Put Corporate Interests Ahead of Women's Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to protect corporate interests while rolling back women's access to contraception: "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong. The Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby is a step backward for women's health and another disturbing decision in which the justices put corporate interests ahead of American citizens. Nearly every woman in the United States will use birth control at some point in her li… Continue Reading

June 27, 2014

Udall Calls on House to Act on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Senate's passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation: As residents of a border state, New Mexicans understand the challenges we face in securing our border while also respecting that we are a nation of immigrants. They also know how critical it is for us to act to protect our nation, strengthen families and support our economy. Today marks a year since I proudly joined the Senate in… Continue Reading

June 27, 2014

Udall Secures Resources for N.M. Wildfire Prevention, Border Security, FLETC in DHS Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Appropriations Committee in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding to protect New Mexico's border; ensure our ports of entry operate smoothly; and address the use of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to detain women and children in removal proceedings. Udall also included an amendment that would help New Mexico communities prevent serious wildfires. The amendment would allow state and loc… Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Udall Welcomes Passage of Government IT Reform in Key Senate Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall commended the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for passing legislation that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade. Last year, Udall and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help modernize the government's computer and technology systems, cut waste to save billions of taxpayers' dollars, and prevent management and ac… Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Udall Votes to Improve Training & Education for New Mexico Workers Seeking Jobs or Career Advancement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 95-3 to pass a bipartisan bill that will help New Mexico workers get updated workforce and skills training to better enable them to compete for new jobs and career advancement. The bill, which is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives soon, will also help employers find the qualified workers they need to grow and expand their businesses. "This bill is a critical investment in New Mexico's workforce. It will make m… Continue Reading

June 24, 2014

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Secret Spending in Elections

WASHINGTON - With outside special interest groups spending untold millions to secretly influence this year's elections, a group of senators today introduced the DISCLOSE Act of 2014. The bill would crack down on so-called "dark money" by requiring organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending as well as their major sources of funding in a timely manner. The legislation is cosponsored by 50 senators, including Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sheld… Continue Reading

June 19, 2014

Udall: Launch of VA Open Burn Pit Registry will Help Veterans get Care they have Earned

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which he was instrumental in creating through bipartisan legislation. Similar to the Agent Orange and Gulf War registries, the burn pit registry will enable the VA to track service members and veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will help the VA and doctors to better assess the… Continue Reading

June 19, 2014

For Veterans: The Open Burn Pit Registry

In 2013, the president signed into law a bill I wrote to create a registry of military service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been working closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to get the registry up and running, and to ensure it meets the needs of our veterans. Today I'm pleased to report the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry has been launched and I'm encouraging all eligibl… Continue Reading

June 18, 2014

N.M. Counties Will Receive $37 Million in PILT Funding for Local Police, Fire and Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced counties in New Mexico are set to receive approximately $37 million as part of the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, an over 8 percent increase from 2013. A full list of the funding by county is included below. PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdi… Continue Reading

June 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Ask Forest Service to Resolve Concerns Raised by Acequia Associations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Thomas Tidwell, asking that he work with them on a collaborative solution to ensure traditional users of Forest Service land can continue to manage and maintain acequias while staying within USFS guidelines. The lawmakers note in their letter that members of New Mexico's traditional land grants and acequia associations have raised a numbe… Continue Reading

June 17, 2014

Udall Secures Funding for Labs, WIPP, N.M. Water Projects in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding for New Mexico's national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and other Department of Energy (DOE) and water-related programs important to the state. The full committee will vote on the bill as early as this week. As a member of the subcommittee, Udall was instrumental in securing full funding for key DOE programs at L… Continue Reading

June 13, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6 Million Grant to Alamogordo for Flood Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that more than $6 million in federal relief funding will be awarded to the city of Alamogordo to clear out debris and sediment that flowed into Bonito Lake when monsoonal rains caused heavy flooding and runoff from the Little Bear Fire burn scar. The lake, used for drinking water and recreation, is owned and maintained by the city of Alamogordo but located in Lincoln County. The funding from the Federal Emergency Manageme… Continue Reading

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