Press Releases

December 13, 2012

A Tribute to Jeff Bingaman

Today I rose to speak from the Senate floor with a difficult task. To honor a great man, a great friend and our U.S. Senator, Jeff Bingaman. For three decades, Jeff has been making a difference for the American people and for our beloved home state of New Mexico. As Jeff's final days in the Senate approach, it's time to say thank you and wish him well in the next chapter of his life. I was humbled to say a few word of tribute to Jeff on the Senate floor today. When Jeff came to the Senate thirt… Continue Reading


December 13, 2012

Udall: Native American Early Head Start Program Awarded $820,000

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR) in Albuquerque will receive an $820,034 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its Early Head Start program. "Most families living in poverty have difficulty accessing resources to support their children's development," said Udall. "NAPPR focuses on helping Native American families overcome hardships with programs like Early Head Start that promote healthy chi… Continue Reading


December 12, 2012

Udall Named to Appropriations Post

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will begin serving on the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the new year, his office reported today. "A seat on the Appropriations Committee is very meaningful for New Mexico," said Udall. "From the labs, to the military bases and our public lands, we have a large federal presence in our state. I have no illusions about the difficult economic times and budgetary constraints our nation is facing, and I am eager to do my best and defend New Mexico t… Continue Reading


December 12, 2012

Udall, Grijalva Highlight Taxpayer Losses, Lack of Needed Data Revealed in New Oil and Mining Report

WASHINGTON - A report released this morning by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), originally requested by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), describes glaring shortfalls in the data publicly available on hardrock minerals and highlights lost revenue from extraction on federal lands. In 2011, Udall and Grijalva requested the report from GAO to identify the amount and estimated dollar values of minerals extracted from federal land. The report examined availabl… Continue Reading


December 06, 2012

Senate Rules: Common Sense Reform

In 2009, I took my seat in "the world's greatest deliberative body" as the 17th U.S. Senator for New Mexico. The respect that I hold for the institution of the U.S. Senate is immeasurable, as is the pride with which I serve. But in the past several years I have witnessed an assembly that seems more dysfunctional than deliberative - where partisan rancor and the Senate's own incapacitating rules often prevent us from conducting our business. Many of my colleagues and I were elected to the sound o… Continue Reading


December 05, 2012

Udall, Kyl Announce NNSA Reform in Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years. "The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as… Continue Reading


December 04, 2012

Udall Statement on Disabilities Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement today after 38 Senate Republicans blocked a treaty to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities around the world. A two-thirds vote was required. "As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I am deeply disappointed that a majority of Senate Republicans chose not to ratify this important treaty. The United States has been at the forefront of advocatin… Continue Reading


December 04, 2012

In Case You Missed It: Udall's USA Today Op-Ed on the Constitutional Option to Fix the Senate

In an op-ed published in USA Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (NM) explains his effort to utilize the Constitutional Option to reform Senate rules and help end the unprecedented abuse of the filibuster. Here are some highlights: "Today, all it takes for one senator to derail a bill and tie the Senate in procedural knots is a phone call," Udall said. "A growing number of my colleagues and I want reform. We believe that if a senator is going to grind the chamber to a halt, he or she should be required t… Continue Reading


November 30, 2012

Udall: Local Conservation Efforts Should Guide FWS Decisions on Lesser Prairie Chicken

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall said local conservation efforts should help guide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) proceedings on a draft rule review process that would list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act. In a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe, Udall highlighted the work of state and local efforts, which have been working in partnership on habitat conservation efforts. "As you know, private ci… Continue Reading


November 29, 2012

Udall Encouraged by FTC Action to Protect Athletes from Deceptive Anti-Concussion Marketing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today to commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for sending warning letters to eighteen sports equipment manufacturers for the way they market their products' ability to reduce the risk of concussions and for reaching a settlement with Brain-Pad, a mouth guard manufacturer. In 2011, the Commerce Committee held a hearing on Brain-Pad and other sports equipment manufacturers which showed that ma… Continue Reading


November 28, 2012

Udall, Bingaman Offer Amendments to Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman announced work on several amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, including one amendment passed today that would ensure the Department of Defense could continue to purchase biofuels, such as those being advanced by companies in New Mexico. "With these amendments, we are ensuring New Mexico is a leader in the 21st century clean energy economy, and at the forefront of the national security achievements being made at our nati… Continue Reading


November 27, 2012

Udall Announces Nearly $1 Million for NM Highway Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive $977,867 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce deaths and injuries on the highways. "We see reports of car accidents in the news all the time, but we often forget about the dangers of the roads we use every day," said Udall, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee. "This funding will help support critical programs that keep us safer on the roads, like initiati… Continue Reading


November 27, 2012

Udall: $275,000 in NEA Grants for NM Arts

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that New Mexico will receive $275,000 in matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The first major round of FY 2013 grants will help support nine music, theater and visual arts projects around the state. "The arts are an important part of New Mexico's culture, tradition and tourism economy," said Udall. "These grants will provide valuable support for projects that both inspire and enrich our lives and make New Mexico a fir… Continue Reading


November 20, 2012

Udall Presents Medals to Navajo World War II Veteran

Albuquerque, N.M. - At a ceremony held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall presented veteran Wilson Halona five medals of recognition for his service to the United States Army during World War II. Download this photo here.See more photos from this event here. "Wilson Halona's service is a wonderful example of heroism and duty," Udall said. "I'm honored to play a small role in recognizing that service for a grateful nation. Today he makes New Mexico a… Continue Reading


November 16, 2012

Udall Offices Recruit Spring Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices. To apply online or download an application, please click here or visit tomudall.senate.gov/internships. The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in spring internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Dec. 16. … Continue Reading


November 13, 2012

In Case You Missed It: NYT Editorializes on Udall's Filibuster Reform Efforts

In today's editorial "A New Chance for the Senate," The New York Times once again reaffirmed its support for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's efforts to alleviate gridlock and filibuster abuse. Read the full editorial here. "In May, Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, was furious at yet another obstructionist filibuster by Senate Republicans. He admitted then that he was wrong in 2011 not to change the Senate's rules when he had a chance," wrote the Times. "'These two young, fine senators said it was t… Continue Reading


October 25, 2012

Udall & Bingaman Ask President to Consider Two National Monuments for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked President Obama to consider designating two special areas in New Mexico - already managed by the Bureau of Land Management - for National Monument status. The senators are the sponsors of legislation that would elevate these two places - the Rio Grande Gorge and adjacent Taos Plateau, and the Organ Mountains and other important public lands in Doña Ana County - to National Conservation Areas/Wilderness Areas. In a letter … Continue Reading


October 24, 2012

Udall, Rockefeller Welcome National Academies' Study on Concussions in Youth Sports

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall, (D-NM) and Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) commended the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for creating a committee to study sports-related concussions in youth. Rockefeller and Udall sent a letter in May 2012 to the National Academy of Sciences urging a comprehensive assessment of how best to protect young athletes. "I appreciate the decision by the Institute of Medicine to move forward with our request," Udall said… Continue Reading


October 17, 2012

Udall Celebrates Completion of NM Ports-to-Plains Corridor

CLAYTON, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall praised cooperation and bipartisan efforts while speaking today at the US 64/87 Highway, Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor ribbon cutting ceremony. The event marked the completion of improvements to the highway, which runs from Clayton to Raton as part of an interstate commerce route from the U.S.-Mexico border to Colorado. Click here for more photos from the event. "Today we are celebrating a success story," said Udall. "I was proud to cosponsor legislation i… Continue Reading


October 17, 2012

Udall Commends Progress to Prevent "Bill Shock"

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall applauded progress by wireless companies toward implementing voluntary measures to prevent consumer "bill shock" by providing free alerts to notify subscribers on their cellphone usage. October 17, 2012 marks the preliminary implementation deadline of a bill shock agreement announced last year by CTIA -The Wireless Association (CTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). "At least 30 million Americans have suffered 'bill shock' after exceeding… Continue Reading

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