Press Releases

March 14, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Repeat Call for Senate Hearing on Aviation Safety Issues with FAA

Udall & Heinrich first called for hearing on engine and other safety issues at FAA last year after years without Congressional safety oversight WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee leadership to support the committee's call for a hearing on aviation safety issues with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the wake of two fatal crashes involving Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, and to request that that the hearing also include a disc… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

VIDEO: Ahead of Historic Vote on Resolution to Block Emergency Declaration, Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Urging Colleagues to Defend the Constitution and Stand Up to Presidential Power Grab

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/274987936754626/ WASHINGTON -- Today, ahead of a historic vote on the bipartisan joint resolution to block the president's national emergency declaration, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support the resolution, uphold the separation of powers, and stand up to the president's unconstitutional power grab. Udall, along with U.S. Senators Su… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses Air Force Secretary Wilson on PFAS Contamination in New Mexico

VIDEO: In SAC-D hearing, Udall slams Air Force for not acting more aggressively to address PFAS contamination around air force bases WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), in a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for the Department of the Air Force, pressed Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson about the Air Force's insufficient response to PFAS contamination in groundwater surrounding Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases in New Mexico. "As you are aware, an epidemic of P… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

It’s Time for U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan

by Tom Udall and Rand Paul


March 12, 2019

Udall & Heinrich: Major Public Lands Package with Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a sweeping bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monumen… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall, Luján Introduce Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M) led a group of Senate and House Democrats in re-introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans and Alaska Natives have equal access to the electoral process. Udall led the introduction of the Native American Voting Rights Act l… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall, Luján, Haaland Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

Legislation would make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate reimbursement WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study, learn, and complete homework. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate Program to reimburse school districts … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall, Gardner, Cortez Masto, and Whitehouse Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

Legislation would make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate reimbursement WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study, learn, and complete homework. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall Convenes Oversight Hearing on GAO High-Risk Indian Programs, Presses IHS on Abuse Allegations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoven (R-N.D.) to convene an oversight hearing on the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) continued "High Risk" designation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the Indian Health Service (IHS). This hearing followed up on the three hearings the committee held last Congress on agencies' high risk designation in 2… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall and Quigley Reintroduce Bicameral MAR-A-LAGO Act to Require Disclosure of Visitor Logs at White House, Trump Properties Where President Conducts Official Business

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus reintroduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bicameral bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties that he frequents. … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Budget

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on President Trump's budget blueprint: "The president's budget is a clear reflection of his administration's backwards and dangerous priorities, which would be devastating to New Mexico's economy and to working families in our state and across the country. To finance tax cuts lining the pockets o… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation Honoring Native Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution to celebrate and honor the successes of indigenous women across the country. This resolution recognizes the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, highlighting the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women. "During Wo… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Udall, Senate Democrats Applaud Enactment of Farmworker Protections As Part of PRIA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) andBen Cardin (D-Md.), applauded the enactment of a Udall amendment to preserve key protections for children and farmworkers as part of a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the nation's pesticide registration program under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). The Udall amendment… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Udall Applauds House Passage of H.R.1, a Sweeping Democracy Reform Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded House passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a comprehensive democracy reform package to fight corruption and repair our broken politics. Udall plans to soon introduce companion legislation in the U.S. Senate. The legislation builds off of the We The People Democracy Reform package, which Udall and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced in the 115th Congress. Udall issued the following statement: "Today, the House took a h… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Udall, Cortez Masto, and Tester Demand Answers After Tribal Health Care Resources Removed from HHS Websites

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar calling on him to explain why HHS removed vital health care resources for Tribal communities from its Office of Minority Health and Administration for Native Americans (ANA) websites. In their letter, the senators note that American Indian and Alaska Native… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Introduces Alamogordo Native VFW Commander-in-Chief B.J. Lawrence to Present Legislative Agenda to Congress

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/j895GsTw9RU WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced Vincent "B.J." Lawrence, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), to present the VFW's legislative agenda for the year at a joint hearing hosted by the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs. During the hearing, Commander Lawrence advocated for important VFW legislative priorities, including improving the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry - an issue that Udall has championed … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Udall, Warren, Brown Introduce Legislation to Protect Student Borrowers’ Rights and Hold Loan Servicers Accountable

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced legislation to protect student borrowers and guarantee oversight of the lending industry. The CFPB Student Loan Integrity & Transparency Act of 2019 ensures the transparency and effectiveness of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Student Loan Education Ombudsman, the federal government's top official tasked with serving as an internal advocate for students wh… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Details Plans for Sweeping Democracy Reform Package

Udall: "This is not about protecting Democrats or Republicans. It's about protecting Americans from a rigged system." VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Details Plans for Sweeping Democracy Reform Package WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor to discuss his plans to introduce Senate companion legislation to H.R. 1, a historic democracy reform package set to pass the House of Representatives this week. Udall was joined on the floor by U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Legislation to Provide Relief to New Mexico Communities Affected by PFAS

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján introduced a bill to provide relief to communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country. Udall, Heinrich, and Luján are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to coordinate closely with the state of New Mexico to quickly move forward with remediation p… Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Trump is barreling toward war with Iran. Congress must act to stop him.

by Tom Udall and Richard J. Durbin

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