Press Releases

February 12, 2015

Udall Statement on Confirmation of Ashton Carter to Serve as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after joining the Senate in voting 93-5 to confirm Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense: "Ashton Carter has demonstrated over his many years at the Pentagon that he has the commitment and knowledge needed to lead the Department of Defense, and I was honored to vote to confirm him. With his service under multiple secretaries of defense, and his experience managing large budgets and handling many demands under sc… Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome More Than $2.2 Million in Funding for New Mexico Drought Response

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich heralded the Bureau of Reclamation's more than $2.2 million investment in drought relief projects in New Mexico, which was made possible by funding Udall secured in last December's "omnibus" funding bill. The funds recently released for Western drought response include $700,000 for construction of the Eastern New Mexico Water Supply Project, $1 million for voluntary water leasing in the Middle Rio Grande and $500,000 for voluntary wate… Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Udall Announces Major Legislation to Improve Health and Well-being of New Mexico Children

Next week, in speech to state Legislature, Udall will urge lawmakers to set a goal to lift New Mexico from the bottom of child well-being rankings WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced major legislation aimed at helping improve the health and education of New Mexico children by increasing access to federal education and anti-poverty programs. The Saving Our Next Generation (SONG) Act is based on outreach and research Udall conducted over the last year, incl… Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Udall: Watchdog Report Shows Need to Redouble Commitment to Federal IT Reform

WASHINGTON - Following the Government Accountability Office's move today to add IT acquisition to its biennial list of troubled "high-risk" programs, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged the administration to swiftly implement recently passed legislation to modernize federal IT systems. Udall also called for stronger congressional oversight of federal IT programs and vowed to use his position on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. "With an $80 billion ye… Continue Reading

February 05, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Lead Bipartisan Coalition to Expand Relief for Americans Sickened by Radiation Exposure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of senators this week in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for victims of radiation exposure related to U.S. nuclear arms testing in the 1950s and 1960s. As a part of that effort, the senators introduced the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), which seeks to expand RECA eligibility to affected individuals in New Mexico, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Utah. Senators… Continue Reading

February 05, 2015

N.M. Delegation, UNM Announce that Proposal to Create National Institute of Photonics will Advance to Final Round

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham along with the University of New Mexico, announced that the Department of Defense has selected a team that includes UNM as a finalist for the administration's new Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) program. The initiative is part of a national effort launched in 2013 to create a network of regional manufacturing institutes or … Continue Reading

February 05, 2015

Udall Introduced Bipartisan Bill to Improve VA Staffing, Create Jobs for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he joined U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) in introducing a bill to streamline the hiring process for medically trained service men and women to transition immediately from active duty service to caring for veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. The Frontlines to Lifelines Act expands the Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) pilot program, which facilitates the immediate employment of Department of De… Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Laud President's $85M Budget Proposal To Construct A New Replacement Port Of Entry In Columbus, N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) strongly support President Obama's 2016 budget request to invest $85,645,000 to construct a new replacement Port of Entry in Columbus, N.M. The construction project includes a new main building, commercial and noncommercial inspection facilities, pedestrian crossing, and export facilities. The request now must be approved by Congress. Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Heinrich will fight to ensure fundi… Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Udall Leads Push to Expand Access to Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has joined several senators in introducing legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. The Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act helps more kids arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed by establishing a federal-state partnership that incentivizes states to improve the quality of their preschool programs and expand to serve more children in need. "Investing in our ch… Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Udall Acknowledges 2 New Mexico DREAMers in Senate Floor Speech, Calls for Prompt Homeland Security Funding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall shared the stories of two hardworking DREAMers from Santa Fe and Belen, N.M. in a speech from the Senate floor. His remarks came just after voting against beginning debate on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which he said unfairly targets young undocumented immigrants. Congress must pass a DHS funding bill before Feb. 27 or DHS will shut down. Out of anger at President Obama's immigration policies, Republicans have proposed legi… Continue Reading

February 02, 2015

Udall Statement on President Obama’s Proposed 2016 Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about President Obama's FY2016 budget proposal. The president's proposal will be reviewed by Congress, which writes and sets the actual spending levels through its annual appropriations process. "New Mexicans were hit hard by the Great Recession, and I am doing everything I can as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure our state has the resources to recov… Continue Reading

January 29, 2015

Udall Joins Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will join the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The subcommittee holds jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, and is responsible for producing one of 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government's programs and responsibilities. Udall will also continue to serve on four other subcommittees that allocate key funding for programs important to New Mexico: the… Continue Reading

January 29, 2015

Udall Votes Against Special Interest Bill for Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a bill mandating approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, saying it was an unprecedented act for Congress to require the administration to approve a pipeline for a private, foreign corporation. The vote came shortly after Udall offered an amendment to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard, which would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. His amendment received bipartisan supp… Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge McConnell To Pass Homeland Security Funding Bill without Unfairly Targeting DREAMers

WASHINGTON - In a letter, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass a clean bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the remainder of the fiscal year. The letter was signed by forty-five Senators, including two Independents calling for a DHS funding bill without extraneous policy riders attached. The letter also noted that the President would veto any piece of legislation that would limit his discretion on immigration m… Continue Reading

January 27, 2015

Keystone Bill is the Wrong Energy Priority

I have long called for a "do it all, do it right" energy strategy that invests not only in traditional energy sources but allows us to maximize our potential when it comes to renewable sources, like solar and wind. That's one reason I'm so disappointed that for the third week, the Senate has been debating a bill that would mandate approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Keystone doubles down on foreign oil imports rather than moving our nation forward, and it fails to create the jobs of the future… Continue Reading

January 26, 2015

Udall, Heinrich: Decision to Base Osprey in N.M. Shows Value of N.M. Air Force Bases

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed news that Cannon and Kirtland Air Force bases will temporarily house a total of seven CV-22 Osprey until they can be permanently based to serve the U.S. Pacific Command. Air Force officials have advised the lawmakers' offices that three CV-22s will be based at Cannon and four will be based at Kirtland. "New Mexicans are proud of our unparalleled flying space and our contribution to a well-prepared military. This announcement i… Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Announce $15.6 Million Expansion Funding for State Veterans' Home

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved $15.6 million conditional funding for the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences to construct a new 59 bed facility. The construction and expansion project includes 39 Alzheimer's beds, a 20 bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a new rehabilitation section for inpatient and outpatient services, and a… Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

Udall Amendment to Keystone Pipeline Bill Emphasizes Homegrown Renewable Energy, would Create Thousands of Clean Energy Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create over a quarter of a million jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers billions of dollars. The legislation, which would help the United States become energy independent while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity … Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Senators Reintroduce DISCLOSE Act on Anniversary of Citizens United Decision

WASHINGTON - Five years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its disastrous Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for unlimited, secret spending in American elections. Today, to mark this anniversary, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall reintroduced the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that 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 … Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Udall Leads Members of Congress in Marking Citizens United Anniversary with Reintroduction of Pro-Democracy Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision, which paved the way for unlimited corporate political spending, U.S. Senators and Representatives came together in the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the reintroduction of legislation covering a host of solutions to the problem of big money domination of our elections. These reform measures (full list below) included small donor public financing, disclosure, a constitutional amendment to overturn deci… Continue Reading

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