Press Releases

May 21, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Confirmation of Damon Martinez as U.S. Attorney for N.M.

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting unanimously to confirm Damon P. Martinez to be U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico. Martinez has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001 and as acting U.S. Attorney since March 2014. He is highly experienced in cases concerning national security and anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics. The senators recommended Martinez for the position of U.S. Attorney in an April 26, 2013, letter to… Continue Reading

May 21, 2014

Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks

New Mexico has a new national monument that will put the unique and spectacular desert landscapes of Southern New Mexico on recreation maps around the world. The creation of the national monument finally puts into motion a plan that began with the people of Southern New Mexico, who wanted to ensure these special places would continue to be available for local families and visitors to hike, hunt, and learn from the hundreds of significant historic sites throughout the area for generations to come… Continue Reading

May 21, 2014

Udall, Heinrich: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Officially a National Monument

WASHINGTON - Today, New Mexicans celebrated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama. Retired U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and community leaders from New Mexico joined the president and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for the signing ceremony at the Department of Interior. PHOTO LINK: "The people o… Continue Reading

May 19, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Welcome White House Announcement To Designate Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks A National Monument

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statements today after the White House announced President Obama's plan to sign a proclamation designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument: "The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will put the unique and spectacular desert landscapes of Southern New Mexico on recreation maps around the world, attracting tourists to the region, creating jo… Continue Reading

May 15, 2014

Udall Responds to Further Allegations of VA Mismanagement, Encourages N.M. Veterans, VA Employees to Report Concerns

WASHINGTON - Today, as Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about allegations that VA employees in Phoenix and possibly elsewhere were covering up excessive wait times for appointments, U.S. Senator Tom Udall reiterated his concerns about whether similar practices might be happening in New Mexico. He urged veterans, VA employees and anyone with related information to report it to the VA Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) or to his Senate offic… Continue Reading

May 15, 2014

Udall Joins Committee in Passing Transportation Bill that Invests in Infrastructure, Boosts Jobs in N.M.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted as a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to approve a major transportation bill, which funds 70 percent of New Mexico highways and bridges and provides almost half of the total transportation dollars spent in the state. The hearing was a critical step toward reauthorization of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which renews transportation policy and funding for another six years. With the Highway Trust… Continue Reading

May 15, 2014

Udall Recognizes National Small Business Week, Introduces IGNITE Act to Help Entrepreneurs Save

WASHINGTON - In celebration of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall recognized the over 150,000 small business owners across New Mexico, who create jobs and make up almost 96 percent of the state's employers. In their honor, Udall also unveiled a new bill to help continue to build and strengthen New Mexico's small business community. The Incentivize Growth Now In Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs (IGNITE) Act will help ease the challenge many entrepreneurs face accessing credit to pay th… Continue Reading

May 14, 2014

Udall Hosts New Mexico Conservation Leader at U.S. Capitol for Discussion on Outdoor Recreation, Jobs and Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted New Mexico Wildlife Federation Executive Director Garrett VeneKlasen for a discussion on how the federal government can partner with local sportsmen and conservation leaders to support America's tourism economy, create jobs and protect access to public land for preservation and recreational opportunities. The meeting was held before the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee at the U.S. Capitol. For photos of the meeting, click he… Continue Reading

May 14, 2014

Udall Welcomes Dr. Oz's Endorsement of PHYSICAL Act to Promote Health & PE in Schools

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed an endorsement by Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice-chairman and professor of surgery at Columbia University, co-founder of HealthCorps and host of the Emmy Award-winning television program "The Dr. Oz Show," of Udall's legislation aimed at increasing access to effective health and physical education (PE) programs in schools across the country. As part of his efforts to pass the PHYSICAL Act, Udall is also asking communities in New Mexico to share st… Continue Reading

May 14, 2014

Senators Push CFPB to Crack Down on Predatory Payday Loans

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today, six Senators - Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) - pushed the bureau to take new action to protect consumers from predatory storefront and online payday loans. The letter arrives as the CFPB prepares rules for the small dollar lending market. Each day, a large n… Continue Reading

May 14, 2014

Udall Urges FCC to Protect Open Internet

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, expressed his support for a free and open Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares new net neutrality rules, including a proposal to charge companies for faster delivery of content. Udall is a cosponsor of S. 1981, "The Open Internet Preservation Act," to protect consumers and innovation online. He issued the following statement in advance of… Continue Reading

May 12, 2014

Udall, Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Improve Care for Veterans with Hearing Loss

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that he has joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce a bill to improve health care for veterans with service-connected hearing disabilities. Congressmen Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced a similar bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill seeks to improve access to hearing aid services for veterans by allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire hearing aid specialists, and requiring the VA to produce … Continue Reading

May 08, 2014

Udall Calls for VA to Broaden Investigation into 'Secret' Waiting Lists

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed outrage at the ongoing allegations that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System and possibly others were covering up the extent of their waiting lists while veterans died waiting for appointments. In a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Udall called for VA officials to expand their investigation to facilities in New Mexico and elsewhere. Arizona, New Mexico and part of Texas fall under the same Veterans Integrated Service Network (V… Continue Reading

May 07, 2014

Udall Presses Administration Officials on Federal Information Technology Reforms

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall chaired a hearing of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee on reforming federal information technology (IT) investments to prevent wasteful spending and improve government effectiveness. Citing testimony from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that over $12 billion of major federal IT projects are at risk or need management attention, Udall pressed officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the … Continue Reading

May 06, 2014

Udall Working to Keep College Affordable for All Students

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a coalition of senators in introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would help rein in college costs by allowing students and graduates with existing student loan debt to refinance at lower interest rates. A college degree is increasingly critical to qualify for a well-paying job and enter the middle class. But with college costs skyrocketing, and U.S. student loan debt now outstripping Americans' credit card debt, m… Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.4 Million for Repairs to Catwalk Trail in Gila National Forest

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Federal Highway Administration will provide $4.4 million in funding from the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program to restore the Catwalk Trail in the Gila National Forest. The Catwalk Trail is a historically significant National Recreational Trail that has attracted visitors for generations, but it suffered significant damage as a result of monsoonal rain and resulting debris flows in Whitewat… Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Udall Disappointed in Filibuster of Minimum Wage Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans filibustered a measure he supported to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour: "Today we had the opportunity to help kickstart our economy in New Mexico and across the country by increasing the minimum wage. Yet Republicans chose obstruction over a common-sense proposal to help families get ahead. "Our nation was founded on a basic promise that no matter who you are, if you w… Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Udall Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance to get Senate Floor Vote

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed a pledge by Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer to hold a Senate floor vote on Udall's constitutional amendment to reform the nation's broken campaign finance system. Udall, an outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, has led the fight in the Senate for campaign finance reform. Udall introduced his constitutional amendment, S.J. Res. 19, last June to reverse the Court's … Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Udall at Appropriations Hearing: Investment in Innovation Can Create Jobs in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about initiatives Udall is championing to create jobs in New Mexico. The hearing focused on how federal investment in innovation can create jobs and spark advancements in science. Moniz appeared as a witness, along with the directors of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, a… Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

In Speech, Udall Urges Support for Increasing Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor to urge support for increasing the federal minimum wage. Udall is a cosponsor of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, a bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over the next two years, which the Senate is scheduled to consider on the floor this week. To illustrate the need for the bill and its widespread support throughout New Mexico, Udall mentioned several of the many letters he has received from constitue… Continue Reading

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