Press Releases

January 20, 2015

Udall Response to President’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the president's annual State of the Union Address: "Tonight, the president laid out a strategy that would help New Mexicans - and all Americans - address challenges like access to fair housing and education that we must meet in order to ensure everyone has a fair shot at the American dream. While the economy is much stronger nationwide, it is still lagging in New Mexico. I applaud the president for thinking … Continue Reading

January 20, 2015

AUDIO: Udall Previews State of the Union on 'Tuesdays with Tom'

WASHINGTON - Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall previewed President Obama's State of the Union Address. He discussed some of the initiatives the president announced recently and urged Congress to act on the proposals. Udall applauded the president for thinking about solutions to big challenges that face New Mexico and the nation, such as poverty, a lack of affordable education and poor quality housing. He highlighted the president's proposals to guarant… Continue Reading

January 19, 2015

Udall Statement in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Martin Luther King Jr. once said that 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.' There is a profound truth and great hope in those words. Dr. King had a dream of a more just society. His dream, which he championed so eloquently and gave his life for so bravely, is our dream too. The great ideal of America is equal opportunity and justice for all, but socia… Continue Reading

January 16, 2015

Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against Congress Mandating Approval of Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor against a bill to mandate approval of the Keystone pipeline. Udall said that Congress should not intervene in approving a pipeline for a foreign corporation. "We are being asked to do something that I believe is unprecedented," he said in his remarks, "for Congress to step in and promote a bill for one private sector energy project, and to wave ahead a private pipeline for a private, foreign corporation, so that Ca… Continue Reading

January 09, 2015

Udall Named Lead Democrat on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he will assume the role of the lead Democrat (ranking member) on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The U.S. Department of the Interior manages America's vast natural and cultural resources, and holds important jurisdiction in New Mexico through its leadership of the Bureaus of Land Management, Indian Affairs and Reclamation; the National Park Service; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic… Continue Reading

January 06, 2015

Udall Offers Rules Reform Proposal to Fix the Broken Senate

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor on a proposal he offered with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to increase transparency, restore accountability and foster debate in the Senate by reforming the Senate's often-abused rules. The centerpiece of their proposal requires a "talking filibuster," meaning senators wishing to block legislation would have to do so by speaking on the Senate floor. Udall has been a leader in the effort to reform the… Continue Reading

January 06, 2015

Udall Sworn in for 2nd Term

WASHINGTON - At just after noon (ET) today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall was sworn in for his second term in the U.S. Senate. He issued the following statement: "Public service is a true honor, and I'm humbled to be able to work on behalf of New Mexicans for another term in the U.S. Senate. I look forward to continuing to fight for our state's priorities - for funding for our national labs, military bases and other federal installations, for our veterans and for working families. "We face many challe… Continue Reading

December 22, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $324 Million for WIPP Cleanup, Recovery

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the president has signed legislation providing $324 million for recovery and operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. Earlier this year, Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Heinrich had requested the funding to ensure recovery efforts can continue so the facility can safely resume operation and accept waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The funding was included in … Continue Reading

December 19, 2014

Holiday Reflections

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, when we reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the next. It's also a time to think about family and friends. New Mexico has a proud tradition of military service, and many of us have family serving far away. Please join Jill and me in sending our warmest thanks to the service members who are far from their family and friends this holiday season. We've had an eventful year in Congress, and I'm pleased with the progress we made for New Mexico, … Continue Reading

December 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Secure Critical PILT Funding for New Mexico Counties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the president has signed legislation that fully funds the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program (PILT) for 2015. New Mexico counties rely on PILT to provide services, including schools, roads, and public safety. Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Heinrich are strong advocates for the PILT program because of how important it is to New Mexico communities, and they have pushed hard to ensure funding would be… Continue Reading

December 17, 2014

Udall Statement on Relations with Cuba and Release of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released a statement today on the president's announcement that he has taken steps to normalize relations with the country of Cuba and has secured the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban jail since 2009. In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) where they met with Cuban officials as well as religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and… Continue Reading

December 16, 2014

Udall Welcomes Passage of Bill to Begin Reform of Federal Information Technology Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, today announced that a bill he has helped champion in Congress, to begin needed reforms of federal information technology (IT) purchasing and management, has passed Congress as a part of major defense legislation. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) passed last week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). FITARA is… Continue Reading

December 15, 2014

Udall Secures Technology Transfer Provisions for N.M. Labs in Major Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that two major bills passed by Congress last week include key reforms he has championed to improve technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and create new businesses and jobs in New Mexico. Udall is pushing the federal government to improve its tech transfer efforts to bring to market research being done at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs as well as White Sands Missile Range and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtl… Continue Reading

December 14, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of Bill to Fund N.M. Priorities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich last night joined the full Senate in voting 56-40 for a so-called "omnibus" appropriations bill to fund the government, including critical New Mexico programs, through September 2015, the end of the Fiscal Year. The bill includes full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps pay for law enforcement, schools, roads and other local government services N… Continue Reading

December 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Momentous Gains For New Mexico With Passage Of Public Lands Package

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded the passage of a historic public lands package today. Several conservation and energy bills championed by the senators were included in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act. The end of year package passed the Senate by a vote of 89 to 11 and now goes to the President for his signature. "This is an exciting day for everyone who enjoys public lands and parks in New Mexico. With today's vote we are protecting some of the m… Continue Reading

December 12, 2014

Udall to Join Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that beginning in January 2015 (the 114th Congress), he will return to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Udall will also serve on the Senate Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Indian Affairs, and Rules committees. Udall previously served on the Commerce Committee from 2009-2012. "Returning to the Commerce Committee, in combination with my other committee assignments, puts me in an exciting position to fight for issues … Continue Reading

December 12, 2014

Udall, Barrasso Energy Bill Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Barrasso (R-WY) welcomed the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included their bill to permanently reauthorize and reform 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 bipartisan BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2440), w… Continue Reading

December 11, 2014

Udall Votes for Authorization of Military Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined the full committee to debate and pass a resolution authorizing war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for three years. During the hearing, Udall offered two amendments with Senator Rand Paul (R-Kent.): to limit the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to just one year, and to ensure the use of force doesn't extend beyond Iraq and Syria without congressiona… Continue Reading

December 10, 2014

Udall Urges Congress to Do its Work, Pass Bill to Fund Important Programs for N.M., Avoid Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed the release of a so-called "omnibus" appropriations bill, which includes critical funding for New Mexico and keeps the government running through September 2015, the end of the fiscal year. The bill funds many New Mexico priorities that Udall has fought for, such as the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps pay for local services New Mexicans rely on, including law enforcement, sc… Continue Reading

December 09, 2014

Udall Presses Kerry on Strategy, Authority for War Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, attended a hearing on the war with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to share his grave concerns about the United States entering a third war in the region. Udall expressed his frustration with the administration's reluctance to work with Congress to define the scope of and authorization for its military engagement against ISIS. Udall questioned Secretary of State John Kerry about the continuing r… Continue Reading

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