Press Releases

October 01, 2012

NB3 Foundation Gets $$ for Childhood Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that New Mexico-based Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation will receive the first of two $293,513 grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes at San Felipe Pueblo. The NB3 Foundation will use the funding for San Felipe Pueblo: Turning the Tide Against Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, a community-based program that will address the many factors involved in maintaining a healthy l… Continue Reading


September 26, 2012

Udall Advocates National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

WASHINGTON - 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, Sept. 29 and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities. The event, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will provide free, anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for safe medication dispo… Continue Reading


September 26, 2012

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

During the past several years, a frightening trend has been taking place in New Mexico and throughout the nation. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and it's leading to addiction and death. More people die now from prescription drugs like oxycodone, morphine and methadone than from illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine. With this shift, the drug epidemic has moved from the streets to our medicine cabinets. Reversing this trend will require an all hands on deck approach. That's why I'm enco… Continue Reading


September 24, 2012

Congress Recognizes New Mexico’s Centennial

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico congressional delegation has won support for a resolution honoring New Mexico's 100th anniversary as a state. The resolution, cosponsored by all five members of the delegation, was introduced in both chambers of Congress. Only the Senate votes on resolutions; the New Mexico centennial resolution was approved today by unanimous consent. "New Mexico has made numerous contributions to our country in its first hundred years as a state. On our centennial anniversary,… Continue Reading


September 21, 2012

Udall Praises Appointment of First New Mexican to Lead EPA Regional Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on the appointment of Ron Curry to be the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator for the South Central Region 6, which includes the State of New Mexico. "For more than three decades, the State of New Mexico has entrusted Ron to be a custodian of our natural resources," Udall said. "Today, I applaud the Environmental Protection Agency for entrusting him with the responsibilities and challenges that come with leadi… Continue Reading


September 18, 2012

Cold War Heroes Overcome Major Hurdle in Battle for Just Compensation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today applauded a federal advisory panel's approval of a petition that could pave the way for hundreds of sick Los Alamos National Laboratory workers to receive compensation for their service. The panel, called the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, approved a petition Tuesday granting "Special Exposure Cohort" (SEC) status to all LANL workers who developed radiogenic cancers after having been employed for at least 250 days from January 1, 1… Continue Reading


September 17, 2012

Record Turnout for the NM WRRI Water Conference in Las Cruces

I was proud to co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Las Cruces on August 28, 2012. Our conference brought together 500 participants, including farmers, ranchers, engineers and other community members. It brought together panels of experts who allowed us to gain valuable insights from years of experience. But most importantly, it was an opportunity to listen, and to have a real dialogue about an issue that is so important to the future of our state. If you weren't able to join u… Continue Reading


September 13, 2012

Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has joined Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Dean Heller (D-Nev.) are also original cosponsors of the legislation. "New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotion… Continue Reading


September 12, 2012

Senate Vets Committee Advances Udall's Burn Pit Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) reported today that the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation that includes S. 1798, The Open Burn Pits Registry Act. Udall became an advocate for a burn pit registry after meeting Albuquerque veteran Msgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria. MSgt Baca was stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, which hosted approximately 25,000 personnel at the height of operations and over ten acres of land for burning toxic debris. MSgt Baca… Continue Reading


September 12, 2012

Udall Condemns American Attacks in Libya

WASHINGTON - While presiding over a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this afternoon, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) made the following remarks about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Video of Udall's statement can be viewed HERE. "Today, the Senate Foreign Relations committee mourns the loss of four brave Americans in Libya, including our Ambassador John Christopher Stevens. As many of you probably know, Ambassador Stevens was very close to this committee. He was a Pe… Continue Reading


September 11, 2012

Bingaman & Udall Recommend Five Candidates to Fill U.S. District Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have identified five highly-qualified candidates to replace retiring U.S. District Court Chief Judge Bruce D. Black. They sent the names to the White House for President Obama's consideration. The Senators solicited applicants from around the state for the position on the court, which Black has held for 17 years. They are recommending the following candidates, who are named in alphabetical order: Norman Bay: Currently the Director of the… Continue Reading


September 11, 2012

PHOTO: Udall & Dean Washburn Visit on Assistant Secretary Nomination

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) met with Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law Kevin K. Washburn on his nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Washburn will testify Friday on his nomination before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "Dean Washburn has a strong history of working with tribes across the country, and I have heard a lot of support from Native American communities in New Mexico for his n… Continue Reading


August 28, 2012

VIDEO: Udall Opens 57th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) underscored the need for collaboration on drought and water supply challenges as he opened the 57th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity. "I believe we are at a crossroads, where we will have to make hard choices," Udall said. "The hardest choice is between conflict and cooperation. In New Mexico we cannot afford to be cynical about the value of water, and so we must work tog… Continue Reading


August 24, 2012

Udall Announces $1.2 Million for STEM Education at Northern New Mexico Colleges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced the National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology a $1.2 million grant to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees throughout colleges in underserved communities in northern New Mexico. "For years, our state has led the way in science and technology thanks to educational institutions like New Mexico Tech," Udall said. "This grant will make … Continue Reading


August 16, 2012

Udall Applauds FTC Action on Misleading Sports Equipment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joined Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller today to commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for taking action against a company for making marketing claims about its product's ability to reduce the risk of concussions that were not supported by sound scientific evidence. "Increased awareness of the dangers associated with sports concussions is extremely important," said Udall, "but as the Brain-Pad settlement proves, some compani… Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Bingaman, Udall & Luján Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara and Cochiti Pueblos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced today that more than $5 million in federal assistance relief is being made available for Santa Clara and Cochiti Pueblos in an effort to prevent catastrophic flooding in the area. Santa Clara Pueblo will receive $4,107,862 in addition to more than $11 million that was provided by FEMA last month. Cochiti Pueblo will receive $1,298,291 in federal funds. These vital funds will allow the pueblos to … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Bingaman & Udall Announce $1.35 Million to Help New Mexico Small Businesses Boost Job Creation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that ACCION New Mexico has been awarded a $1.35 million federal grant to help it continue to provide low-interest loans to New Mexico small businesses. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and will help ACCION provide microenterprise and small business loans to entrepreneurs in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado who might otherwise be overlooked b… Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Udall To Co-Host 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Las Cruces

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), announced today that he will co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference on Tuesday, August 28 in Las Cruces. The daylong event, also co-hosted by New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture, will take place at the Corbett Center on the NMSU campus. The conference is put on by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) and is titled, "Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity." "Water is cruc… Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

Udall, Bingaman Announce Federal Drought Assistance Funding for NM Farmers and Ranchers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman announced that in light of historic drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to immediately help crop and livestock producers across New Mexico. First, New Mexico will receive $628,588 from the USDA's National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities and water conservation practices. Second, USDA will transfer $14 million into the Emergency … Continue Reading


August 08, 2012

Water Conference at New Mexico State University

In the West, water is a precious resource. It is the "don divino," the lifeblood of our communities. Water is crucial to our economy and to our quality of life. It is no exaggeration to say that our future depends on it. Unfortunately, in times of drought and decaying infrastructure, communities, farms, and industry in the West are not getting the water they need to thrive. This is a shared problem, and it's time to collaborate on shared solutions. And so, I am pleased to co-host the 57th Annual… Continue Reading

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