Press Releases

January 19, 2013

For Katie & The Bacas

This weekend, Americans across the country are participating in a National Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, as we celebrate his birthday, we will also observe the second inaugural of our first African American President. But before President Obama is sworn in for his second term, I want to let you know about two bills -- inspired by brave New Mexico families -- that he signed into law at the end of his first. Earlier this month, President Obam… Continue Reading


January 16, 2013

Udall Statement on Departure of Interior Secretary Salazar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued this statement today following Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that he will return to Colorado in March: "I want to extend my thanks and best wishes to Ken Salazar for his years in public office and dedicated service as Secretary of the Interior. "Over the last four years Ken has worked tirelessly to expand our nation's domestic energy resources and worked with tribal leaders to build stronger, healthier Native American communities.… Continue Reading


January 11, 2013

Udall: Bataan Survivors' Stories Entered Into Library of Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In partnership with the office of Senator Tom Udall and The Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico, New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews conducted for the television program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, for inclusion into the permanent collection at the Library of Congress. As a companion to the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN, New Mexico PBS produced the program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, with survivors o… Continue Reading


January 10, 2013

Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced that today President Obama signed their bill to establish a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan into law. "Today we celebrate the conclusion of our bipartisan effort to improve the health and well-being of our veterans," Udall said, "This is a victory for our men and women in uniform across the globe, and I am proud to sa… Continue Reading


January 10, 2013

Udall: President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law. Katie's Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders. The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003. Because New Mexico did not collect DNA fr… Continue Reading


January 03, 2013

Senators Introduce Rules Resolution to Restore Senate Debate and Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today introduced a resolution to enact meaningful Senate rules reforms that would end filibuster abuse and restore debate to the chamber. In accordance with Article 1, section 5 of the Constitution, a majority of senators have the power to adopt or amend the operating rules of the chamber at the beginning of a new Congress, a procedure known as the Constitutional Option. Earlier today, Senate Majority Lea… Continue Reading


January 01, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Fiscal Cliff Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted 89-8 on a measure to avert the fiscal cliff: "I remain disillusioned with the short-term nature of the deal that came through the Senate last night, but ultimately felt we had to pass it. We managed to make progress on middle-class tax cuts, wind energy tax incentives and unemployment insurance, but squandered an opportunity to implement a long-term vision to deal with the debt and deficit. "Inste… Continue Reading


December 28, 2012

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Passes "Katie's Law," Bill Goes to President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded last night's passage of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, a bill named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003. Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at the time, her killer was not identified when he was arrested in 2003 for unrelated crimes. It wasn't until three years later, after his conviction for other crimes, that his DNA was ta… Continue Reading


December 22, 2012

A Victory For Our Veterans

I'm pleased to share some good news for our veterans. For the past two years, I've been working on a bill to help service members who were exposed to toxic fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, the Senate unanimously approved our bill as part of a larger veterans package. National Guardsman MSgt Jessey Baca and his wife Maria of Albuquerque told me about Jessey's battle with cancer, PTSD and numerous other ailments believed to have been caused by exposure to burn pits… Continue Reading


December 21, 2012

Congress Sends President Defense Authorization with NNSA Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported the Senate has passed legislation that contains critical funding for New Mexico's military bases, national laboratories and military families by a vote of 81-14. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which also includes Udall's amendment to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), was passed in the House yesterday and will now be sent to the president for signature. "This bill will ensure that New Mexico's bases a… Continue Reading


December 20, 2012

Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate. The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part of an omnibus veterans measure, S. 3202, the "Dignified Burial and Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012," which passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday… Continue Reading


December 19, 2012

Udall Announces $500,000 for New School-Based Health Center in Santa Teresa

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced La Clinica de Familia, Inc. of Las Cruces will receive a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand medical, mental health and dental services to residents in southern New Mexico. The two-year grant will allow La Clinica de Familia to build a new health center next to Santa Teresa High School and strengthen its existing school-based health services. The funding comes from capital project outlays under the A… Continue Reading


December 19, 2012

Bingaman, Udall Seek Answers on REAL ID

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide New Mexicans with immediate assurances that their travel plans early in the new year will not be disrupted by a federal law governing drivers' licenses. While the senators support strengthening the standards governing IDs, they are concerned that as many as 38 states - including New Mexico - will not be able to meet the January 15, 2013 deadline to comply with the law. DHS has … Continue Reading


December 19, 2012

Udall Statement on Speaker Ben Luján

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the passing of Speaker Ben Luján: "Our state lost a great leader, and a great friend, yesterday with the passing of Speaker Ben Luján. For over four decades, Ben was a tireless advocate for the people of New Mexico. Ben was a dedicated public servant, and even a devastating illness could not deter him from the job he had committed to do. He remained steadfast in his service to the people of our stat… Continue Reading


December 14, 2012

N.M. Welcomes Secretary Salazar to Taos on Saturday, December 15th

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Mexico delegation today announced that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit Taos on Saturday, December 15th to host a public meeting and listening session on exploring the best ways to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico. "I look forward to hearing from New Mexicans about what the Río Grande del Norte means to their community and what their vision is for its future," said Secretary Salazar. "Public lands provide huge e… Continue Reading


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

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