Press Releases

October 04, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes Selection of Photonics Manufacturing For Next Department Of Defense Innovation Institute Competition

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed an announcement by the White House to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense (DoD), and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year. This selection comes just four months after the delegation wrote a let… Continue Reading

October 02, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Requests Expedited Major Disaster Declaration for Summer Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to take prompt action on the State of New Mexico's recent request for a major disaster declaration to assist with damage that occurred throughout the state during storms and flooding in July and August. Between July 27 and August 5, parts of New Mexico including Bernalillo, Guadalupe, Otero, Rio Arriba… Continue Reading

October 02, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $2.8 Million in Grants to New Mexico Tribes for Energy and Mineral Resource Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that more than $2.8 million has been awarded to 13 tribal energy and mineral development projects in New Mexico. These awards to eight tribes will help them better evaluate and make use of their energy and mineral resources to benefit the tribal, state, and national economy. The Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of Cochiti, Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of San Felipe, Pueblo of Zuni, Jicarilla Apache Nation, and Navajo … Continue Reading

October 01, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $547,000 for Research Innovation Cluster in Southeastern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded $547,000 to support a Regional Innovation Cluster in Southeastern New Mexico. The award to Emerging Technology Ventures (ETV), a New Mexico company, supports work to create an unmanned systems research center that provides specialized tech transfer assistance, which both Udall and Heinrich have championed. ETV, in partnership with state and local partners, will … Continue Reading

September 29, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $1 Million in Funding to Promote Agriculture Marketing in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $538,279 in funding to New Mexico organizations to help farmers and ranchers develop new market opportunities for their products. The grants, provided through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), will support a wide array of local projects designed to bolster economic opportunities for family farmers, support rural communities and increase access to fresh, healthy fo… Continue Reading

September 26, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Invite Underserved New Mexico Communities to Apply for Promise Zone Designation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich invited underserved urban, rural and tribal communities in New Mexico to apply for the second round of designations for the Promise Zone Initiative, part of a plan developed by the president to create jobs, increase economic mobility, improve educational opportunities and reduce crime in high-poverty communities throughout the country. The initiative helps communities create a pathway to the middle class by connecting groups and bus… Continue Reading

September 26, 2014

Udall, Pearce Congratulate Marvin Trujillo on Selection as Chairman of VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce congratulated former Laguna Pueblo Second Lieutenant Governor Marvin Trujillo on his selection as the new chairman of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans (ACMV). Trujillo is a former U.S. Marine Corps first lieutenant and a member of the Pueblo of Laguna. He currently serves as a member of the ACMV, and will assume the role of chairman beginning in 2015. The ACMV c… Continue Reading

September 25, 2014

Udall Encourages Participation In National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Praises Expanded Drug Disposal Options

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall encouraged New Mexicans to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event this Saturday, September 27, and turn in unused or expired medication at designated locations in their communities. He also praised a new U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) policy, similar to legislation he has sponsored, that will enable pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other authorized collectors to serve as drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs in th… Continue Reading

September 23, 2014

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Introduces Bill to Strengthen Privacy Oversight Board

WASHINGTON - In an effort to significantly improve the oversight and accountability of the nation's intelligence community, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.) and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) spearheaded a bipartisan, bicameral effort to strengthen the government's privacy protection board. The legislation gives the oversight board greater ability to carry out its function of balancing the government's national security and counterterrorism activities with the need to protect the privacy ri… Continue Reading

September 19, 2014

Johnson and Udall Introduce Bill to Take Politics And Partisanship Out of Redistricting Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act (S. 2910) to take politics and partisanship out of the congressional redistricting process. Their bill would set minimum standards that states must adhere to when redrawing their congressional map. "Partisanship should not have a role in the congressional redistricting process, but it's all too common for politicians to use redistricting as a tool to unfairly wi… Continue Reading

September 19, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $14 Million for Rural Electric Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Springer Electric Cooperative Inc. will receive more than $14 million in guaranteed loans to improve the delivery of electric power to rural New Mexico communities. The Springer Electric Cooperative Inc. will receive $14,117,000 to build a photovoltaic facility to supply usable solar power, to build and improve 74 miles of distribution lines, and make other improvements. The loan includes $518,400 for smart grid … Continue Reading

September 18, 2014

Udall Votes to Avoid Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on today's 78-22 vote on a budget resolution to keep the federal government operating through mid-December: "I voted for today's budget resolution because it's the right thing for New Mexico's economy, and it supports jobs. New Mexico cannot afford another government shutdown and today's vote took the threat off the table. This bill includes critical funding for New Mexico's national labs and bases and an important provision tha… Continue Reading

September 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More than $14 Million for New Mexico Airport Improvements, Strategic Planning

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded more $14 million in grants to support air transportation in New Mexico. The grants, which were awarded to Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Lea County, Questa, Roswell and the New Mexico Department of Transportation, will fund repairs and maintenance, runway extensions, emissions reduction and strategic planning. "This funding will not only help create jobs for New Mexic… Continue Reading

September 17, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Meet with Air Force to Discuss Progress, Plan for Fuel Spill at KAFB

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham met with U.S. Air Force Acting Assistant Secretary for Installations, Environment and Logistics Kathleen Ferguson today to follow up on key commitments the lawmakers had secured to address the impacts of a major fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) that has been affecting the base and the region since the 1950s and threatens the city's water supply. PHOTO LINK: At the brie… Continue Reading

September 16, 2014

Udall, Barrasso Hail Senate Passage of Bill to Streamline BLM Energy Permits

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Barrasso (R-WY) announced that the Senate passed their bipartisan bill to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) balance complex demands, including oil and gas permitting and environmental management, in New Mexico, Wyoming and other parts of the West. The BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent, permanently extends a pilot program from the Energy Pol… Continue Reading

September 15, 2014

Udall Votes for Equal Pay for Women

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment that Republicans again blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Although the bill received support from a majority in the Senate, 52-40, it failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to overcome the Republican filibuster. Today's vote was the second time this year that Republicans have filibustered equal pay for equal work. Udall issued the following statement on Repub… Continue Reading

September 15, 2014

Udall Statement in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall celebrated the kickoff of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, and joined a bipartisan coalition of senators in support of a resolution to recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of the Hispanic community to the United States. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate the integral role and tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans in New Mexico, Udall issued the following statement:… Continue Reading

September 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Transportation Grant for Santa Teresa Border Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that the Santa Teresa border area will receive $400,000 to develop a strategic plan to improve transportation infrastructure. Udall and Heinrich have championed Santa Teresa's growth, including fighting to restore vehicle crossing hours and supporting $10 million in federal funding to upgrade the crossing. The senators advocated for the New Mexico Department of Transportation's (NMDOT) application for the grant… Continue Reading

September 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $4 Million in Funding for New Mexico Health Centers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that 16 health centers in New Mexico will receive more than $4 million to expand primary care services by hiring an estimated 52 staff, extending operating hours, and offering new services including oral health, behavioral health, vision services, and pharmacies. The funding was made possible under the Affordable Care Act, and will help health centers reach an estimated 16,943 new patients. "Health centers are … Continue Reading

September 11, 2014

Udall Encouraged by Growing Support for Constitutional Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led the Senate in rallying historic support for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance. The amendment, S.J. Res. 19, won 54 votes, a majority of the Senate, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote. An outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, Udall introduced his constitutional amendment last June to make it clear in the C… Continue Reading

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