Press Releases

July 09, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Support Bill to Protect Women's Health in Wake of Hobby Lobby Decision

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined their Senate colleagues in introducing the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement and other services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and prevent employers from imposing their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. The bill was filed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. "New Mexicans know that a wo… Continue Reading

July 08, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding for N.M. State Parks, Outdoor Recreation through Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $500,000 will be awarded to the state of New Mexico through the Land and Water Conservation Fund for state-certified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Over the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has proven to be a highly effective tool for creating and protecting urban parks and open spaces that contribute to environmental vibrancy and generate economic growth in communities. Udall an… Continue Reading

July 08, 2014

Free 'Job to Career Readiness Bootcamp' for New Mexico Job Seekers

I'm partnering on three career readiness workshops in Southern New Mexico to help job seekers strengthen their interview skills and better prepare themselves to land a job. If you're a New Mexico resident over the age of 18 and looking for employment, I invite you to take advantage of our free upcoming Job to Career Readiness Bootcamp workshops. Employers in Doña Ana county seek up to 1,000 entry level employees for manufacturing, secretarial and clerical, and call center positions, and t… Continue Reading

June 30, 2014

Udall: Supreme Court Wrong to Put Corporate Interests Ahead of Women's Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to protect corporate interests while rolling back women's access to contraception: "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong. The Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby is a step backward for women's health and another disturbing decision in which the justices put corporate interests ahead of American citizens. Nearly every woman in the United States will use birth control at some point in her li… Continue Reading

June 27, 2014

Udall Calls on House to Act on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Senate's passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation: As residents of a border state, New Mexicans understand the challenges we face in securing our border while also respecting that we are a nation of immigrants. They also know how critical it is for us to act to protect our nation, strengthen families and support our economy. Today marks a year since I proudly joined the Senate in… Continue Reading

June 27, 2014

Udall Secures Resources for N.M. Wildfire Prevention, Border Security, FLETC in DHS Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Appropriations Committee in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding to protect New Mexico's border; ensure our ports of entry operate smoothly; and address the use of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to detain women and children in removal proceedings. Udall also included an amendment that would help New Mexico communities prevent serious wildfires. The amendment would allow state and loc… Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Udall Welcomes Passage of Government IT Reform in Key Senate Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall commended the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for passing legislation that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade. Last year, Udall and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help modernize the government's computer and technology systems, cut waste to save billions of taxpayers' dollars, and prevent management and ac… Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Udall Votes to Improve Training & Education for New Mexico Workers Seeking Jobs or Career Advancement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 95-3 to pass a bipartisan bill that will help New Mexico workers get updated workforce and skills training to better enable them to compete for new jobs and career advancement. The bill, which is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives soon, will also help employers find the qualified workers they need to grow and expand their businesses. "This bill is a critical investment in New Mexico's workforce. It will make m… Continue Reading

June 24, 2014

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Secret Spending in Elections

WASHINGTON - With outside special interest groups spending untold millions to secretly influence this year's elections, a group of senators today introduced the DISCLOSE Act of 2014. The bill would crack down on so-called "dark money" by requiring organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending as well as their major sources of funding in a timely manner. The legislation is cosponsored by 50 senators, including Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sheld… Continue Reading

June 19, 2014

Udall: Launch of VA Open Burn Pit Registry will Help Veterans get Care they have Earned

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which he was instrumental in creating through bipartisan legislation. Similar to the Agent Orange and Gulf War registries, the burn pit registry will enable the VA to track service members and veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will help the VA and doctors to better assess the… Continue Reading

June 19, 2014

For Veterans: The Open Burn Pit Registry

In 2013, the president signed into law a bill I wrote to create a registry of military service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been working closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to get the registry up and running, and to ensure it meets the needs of our veterans. Today I'm pleased to report the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry has been launched and I'm encouraging all eligibl… Continue Reading

June 18, 2014

N.M. Counties Will Receive $37 Million in PILT Funding for Local Police, Fire and Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced counties in New Mexico are set to receive approximately $37 million as part of the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, an over 8 percent increase from 2013. A full list of the funding by county is included below. PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdi… Continue Reading

June 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Ask Forest Service to Resolve Concerns Raised by Acequia Associations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Thomas Tidwell, asking that he work with them on a collaborative solution to ensure traditional users of Forest Service land can continue to manage and maintain acequias while staying within USFS guidelines. The lawmakers note in their letter that members of New Mexico's traditional land grants and acequia associations have raised a numbe… Continue Reading

June 17, 2014

Udall Secures Funding for Labs, WIPP, N.M. Water Projects in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding for New Mexico's national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and other Department of Energy (DOE) and water-related programs important to the state. The full committee will vote on the bill as early as this week. As a member of the subcommittee, Udall was instrumental in securing full funding for key DOE programs at L… Continue Reading

June 13, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6 Million Grant to Alamogordo for Flood Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that more than $6 million in federal relief funding will be awarded to the city of Alamogordo to clear out debris and sediment that flowed into Bonito Lake when monsoonal rains caused heavy flooding and runoff from the Little Bear Fire burn scar. The lake, used for drinking water and recreation, is owned and maintained by the city of Alamogordo but located in Lincoln County. The funding from the Federal Emergency Manageme… Continue Reading

June 12, 2014

Udall Introduces Bill to Help New Mexico Farmers, Communities Address Drought, Water Scarcity

WASHINGTON - As New Mexico deals with the impact of several years of severe drought, U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced major legislation to help the state's communities use water more efficiently and address the impact of water scarcity. His bill, the New Mexico Drought Relief Act of 2014 is cosponsored by Senator Martin Heinrich and has the support of major water stakeholders throughout the state. "Water is critical to our economy and our ability to grow, but scientists predict that water… Continue Reading

June 11, 2014

Udall: Passage of Bill to Increase Accountability at VA a Strong Step Forward, but There's More Work to Do

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the quick passage of a bipartisan bill to correct serious systemic problems that have plagued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including lack of accountability for senior administrators, long wait times for appointments and a shortage of doctors and nurses. Udall joined the Senate in voting 93-3 for the bill. The Veterans Care Act would give the VA authority to immediately remove senior executives based on poor job performance, wh… Continue Reading

June 11, 2014

Udall: Filibuster of Bill to Help Students with Crippling Loan Debt 'Disappointing'

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment after Republicans blocked debate on a bill to help students struggling with out-of-control college loan debt. The filibuster of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which Udall cosponsored, prevented the Senate from beginning consideration of a measure to allow students and graduates with existing loans to refinance at the same lower interest rates offered to new borrowers. "This bill would help our student … Continue Reading

June 11, 2014

N.M. Delegation Requests DOD Support for Development of Advanced Photonics Manufacturing Hub

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel underlining their strong support for the Department of Defense's (DoD) manufacturing innovation institute competition, and requesting the DoD choose the development of an advanced photonics manufacturing hub in the United States as they select the technical focus area of their next manufacturing institute. In the le… Continue Reading

June 09, 2014

Udall: Audit Shows 'Unacceptable' Wait Times, Confirms VA Provided Inaccurate Information

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the results of a nationwide audit of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities, which found New Mexico's veterans wait an average of 46 days for primary care and identified New Mexico as being one of a select number of facilities that need a follow-up investigation. Udall called in May for the audit of the VA health care network covering New Mexico, Arizona and Texas (VISN 18), and former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced … Continue Reading

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