Press Releases

April 29, 2014

Momentum on Campaign Finance Reform

Earlier this month, we saw the U.S. Supreme Court deal another blow to our democracy. While Citizens United opened the floodgates for a wave of money into our elections, the McCutcheon decision lets that money flow to unlimited candidates - all across the country. As I said at the time, McCutcheon should be the breaking point that forces Washington to permanently reform the campaign finance system. Today I'm pleased to report my constitutional amendment is gaining momentum, and that Senate Majo… Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

A Fair Shot for New Mexico

This week, we have the opportunity to pass legislation that would help get our economy back on track and give more New Mexico families a fair shot at making a good living. S.1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour - bringing it to where it would be if it had kept up with inflation. At today's wage, too many New Mexico families are left working two or three jobs just to pay rent and put food on the table. This increase would give 147,000 work… Continue Reading

April 24, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Department of Energy WIPP Radiological Release Investigation Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following statement on the release of the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management initial accident investigation report related to the February 14 radiological release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The senators urge WIPP and DOE officials to fully implement all necessary corrective actions before restarting operations. "The report on the response to the radiation re… Continue Reading

April 24, 2014

Udall Commends Gallup's Octavia Fellin Public Library for National Award

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall congratulated the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup for winning the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Octavia Fellin Public Library was among 10 institutions nationwide selected to receive the award for exceptional service. Udall issued the following statement to commend the library and its community members: "Congratulations to the Octavia Fellin Public Library on bein… Continue Reading

April 22, 2014

Udall Encourages Participation in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - As New Mexico continues to battle alarming prescription drug abuse rates, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is encouraging citizens to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 26, and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), provides free, anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for safe medication disposal. Residents can search online by c… Continue Reading

April 22, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Seek Support for Amtrak's Southwest Chief Route

SANTA FE, N.M. - As Congress prepares its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced today they are seeking support for capital improvements to Amtrak's long distance trains, including the Southwest Chief, which runs through New Mexico. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, the senators urged them to invest in long distance trains, such as the Southwest… Continue Reading

April 21, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Encourage Organizations Supporting Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for Grant Funding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that grant funding is available for New Mexico organizations conducting programs to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), which Udall and Heinrich championed in the 2014 Farm Bill, more than $19 million was reauthorized to assist non-governmental, community-based and school-based organizations that conduct programs to help educate and trai… Continue Reading

April 16, 2014

Udall Focuses on Work to Create High-Tech Jobs in Visit to Economic Forum, ATA

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall wrapped up a swing through Albuquerque and Northern New Mexico with a speech at the Economic Forum and a visit to Applied Technology Associates (ATA), a small company that has seen great success by building on technology developed at New Mexico's national labs. Udall's message to the Economic Forum was that New Mexico needs to work together to build on its economic strengths and create jobs. Udall is working with a coalition of private busines… Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Udall, Portman Urge Attorney General Holder to Aggressively Address Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) urged Attorney General Eric Holder to address addiction to prescription opioids and heroin head on by drawing on the many evidenced-based strategies that are being successfully implemented in the states. Prescription opioid and heroin addiction are both expressions of the same disease that drives a wide range of criminal activities and public health consequences. As such, the Senators suggested that we must treat addiction with… Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Justice Department Report about Albuquerque Police Department

WASHINGTON - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following joint statement on the U.S. Department of Justice report, which found that the Albuquerque Police Department has engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive and fatal force: "The Justice Department's report makes sobering findings about the use of excessive force and the lack of accountability and oversight at the Albuquerque Police Department. The report is a welcome step forward in a longer process. "We hop… Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Udall Bill to Curb False Advertising Claims on Protective Sports Gear Clears Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Youth Sports Concussions Act (S. 1014), a bill he introduced with Commerce Committee Chairman John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV (D-W.V.), cleared a major hurdle when it passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The legislation would help protect youth athletes from the dangers of concussions by curbing false advertising claims made by sports equipment manufacturers to increase protective sports gear sales. … Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Udall: Equal Pay Legislation Deserves Debate

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Republicans' filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act: "Equal pay for equal work - it's a principle I think we can all agree with on. But over 50 years after we passed the Equal Pay Act, women are still paid less than men doing the same job. In New Mexico, women earn 80 cents for every dollar men make. The pay gap is hurting our economy in New Mexico and throughout the country, and I've heard from women across the state… Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Udall Bills Would Help Communities Improve Water Efficiency, Save Money & Energy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced four bills designed to encourage innovative solutions to improve water efficiency. The measures would not only help communities and individuals take steps to save water, but they would help save money and energy. The bills are based on recommendations made during a Water Conference that Udall co-hosted with N.M. State University in Las Cruces. In 2012, Udall brought together farmers, industry, communities and individuals to talk about New Mex… Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Staff for Udall will also host several information sessions throughout the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - require a congressional, vice-presidential, or s… Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns for New Mexico Offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. "Congressional internships provide an unparall… Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

Udall Votes to Restore Emergency Unemployment Insurance

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan coalition of his colleagues in voting 59-38 for an extension of emergency unemployment insurance that may help up to an estimated 14,000 New Mexicans pay for basic needs while they look for work. Emergency unemployment insurance expired on Dec. 28. The Senate bill includes a five month retroactive extension, and will provide benefits for the long-term unemployed through May 31. Udall issued the following statement after the vote: "T… Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Udall: $1 Billion to Clean up Uranium Mines in Navajo Nation a Major Step Toward Repairing Historic Environmental Injustice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs and Environment and Public Works committees, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the U.S. government has entered into a settlement to clean up the toxic remains of abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation and elsewhere. Through the settlement, the defendants - Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and its subsidiary, the Kerr-McGee Corp. - will pay $985 million toward the cleanup of a… Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Udall Bill to Reclaim Brownfields Passes Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed passage in the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) of his bill to modernize the Brownfields Program, which has helped communities in New Mexico and across the country to revitalize blighted neighborhoods and create prospering developments. The bill, the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act, received bipartisan support and now goes to the full Senate for approval. "From Albuquerque's Sawmill neighbor… Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Women's Career Success Conference

New Mexico's economic growth depends on the success of women. On Thursday, April 17, I'm hosting the Women's Career Success Conference in Las Cruces to help women in New Mexico improve their job skills and enhance their careers. If you are a woman looking to start your own business, needing help improving your résumé, or simply considering a career change, I invite you to join me for this exciting conference. The event is free, but space is limited, so I encourage you to register a… Continue Reading

April 02, 2014

Delivering for New Mexico

I joined the Senate Appropriations Committee because it put me in position to fight for many of New Mexico's priorities. From funding for the national labs, energy initiatives, and water resources to our Air Force bases, White Sands Missile Range, and health care for our veterans, I am proud to fight for our state. And I was proud to defend critical New Mexico programs last year when our national labs and other critical areas were slated for budget cuts. This year, we're beginning the process of… Continue Reading

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