Press Releases

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


October 15, 2012

Register for Women's Career Workshop & Job Fair Today!

New Mexico's economic growth depends on the success of women. On Friday, Oct. 19th, I'm hosting a Women's Career Success Conference and Job Fair with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. It's a free workshop that will focus on providing career guidance and strengthening the job skills of local women. Space is limited and you must register to participate at tomudall.senate.gov/womenssuccess or by calling my Abq. office at (505) 346-6791. This event will bring together area employers, non-… Continue Reading


October 05, 2012

Udall: Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education to Receive $1 Million in Education Grants

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education of New Mexico will receive more than $1 million to increase its role in improving education in Indian country. The grant was one of four made through the U.S. Department of Education's State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program and includes $357,347 per year to the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education of New Mexico, or more than $1 million for the three-year competi… Continue Reading


October 04, 2012

Udall: 20/20 Campaign Nominees Include Federal Program Participants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall recognized Northern New Mexico businesses named to the 20/20 Campaign that have participated in federal programs. "The growth of these businesses is an example of how federal programs can help foster local job creation." said Udall. "I am pleased to see these programs having a sizable impact on our local economy and applaud the 20/20 Campaign's efforts to grow Northern New Mexico's economy." Five of the eight businesses named to the campaign have participated … Continue Reading


October 03, 2012

Udall: Almost $18 Million for Wireless Mobile Coverage in Rural NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that three telecommunications companies will receive almost $18 million to provide advanced mobile service to rural areas in Central and Southeastern New Mexico that currently lack 3G or 4G wireless access. As part of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Mobility Fund auction, Plateau Telecommunications Incorporated in Clovis, NM; Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative in Dexter, NM and T-Mobile West will build new infrastructure to provid… Continue Reading


October 02, 2012

Udall: ABQ Architecture Firm Awarded $3 Million Contract

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that Studio Collaboration in Albuquerque will receive a $3 million contract from the General Services Administration (GSA), an agency of the U.S. Government, for architecture and design projects in New Mexico and the surrounding areas. Studio Collaboration will receive an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. This will allow the firm to work on various projects for GSA buildings located primarily in New Mexico. "It's great t… Continue Reading

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