Press Releases

August 10, 2017

New Mexico Delegation Urges Swift Appointment of New Mexico Rural Development State Director

USDA RD provided more than $1.7 billion in New Mexico over the past 7 years WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to appoint a Rural Development (RD) state director for New Mexico as soon as possible, to continue the critical mission of USDA RD to administer programs that provide hundreds of loans and grants each yea… Continue Reading

August 08, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Navajo Nation makes human trafficking a criminal offense

by Noel Lyn Smith

August 08, 2017

Udall Statement on EPA's Changes to New Chemicals Review Process

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed its review of 600 new chemicals that had been waiting on approval to go to market. Udall last year led the effort to pass the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first major reform of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. The reform mandates that the EPA evaluate the safety of all new chemicals before they go to market and ensure that their use… Continue Reading

August 05, 2017

IN THE NEWS: The man fighting Donald Trump to preserve America’s national monuments

by John Burnside

August 05, 2017

Udall Marks Second Anniversary of Gold King Mine Spill with Calls for Action from EPA, Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement marking two years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers. On August 5, 2015, an EPA-supervised crew released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into Cement Creek - which flows into the Animas and San Juan rivers - while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado. Udall released the following statement: "Two … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

In Letter to EPA Administrator, NM Delegation Urges Equal Treatment for all Gold King Mine Spill Claimants, Including Navajo Nation and State of NM

WASHINGTON -- Today, following the announcement that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has reconsidered an EPA decision and will allow victims of the Gold King Mine spill to file for compensation, all five members of the New Mexico congressional delegation wrote Pruitt a letter, asking him to treat all claimants equally and clearly explain what this announcement means for those who suffered damages. Pruitt's decision, made public this afternoon during a town hall … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call on FCC to Extend Comment Period on Efforts to Roll Back Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the comment period for its proposal to undo the Open Internet Order and net neutrality protections. In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ens… Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

As Gold King Mine Spill Anniversary Approaches, Udall, Heinrich, Bennet, Luján Prepare Bill to Prevent Future Hardrock Mine Disasters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that they are preparing to introduce legislation to reform the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws and prevent another toxic spill like the Gold King Mine disaster of 2015. Their announcement comes on the eve of the second anniversary of the Aug. 5, 2015, Gold King Mine spill, in which 3 million gallons of polluted wastewater went… Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Udall, Rounds, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Allow All Military Women to Count Maternity Leave Toward Years of Service

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan bill to make certain ?that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. The amendment is also backed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). The Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, ensures female service members of the reserve comp… Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce Passage Of Bipartisan G.I. Bill Reforms To Help N.M. Veterans And Their Families

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the passage of bipartisan legislation they introduced with U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that will modernize and strengthen veterans' education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 further invests in the proven educational success of our veterans and helps propel them toward becoming our nation's civic, business, and p… Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

Udall: I Will Hold FCC Chairman Pai Accountable to Protect Free Speech

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement opposing President Trump's nominee to chair the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai. Pai's nomination to chair the FCC was advanced by the committee this morning and now must be approved by the full Senate. Udall objects to Pai's proposals to roll back net neutrality. And, in the wake of dangerous threats against the news media by Trump, Udall has repeatedly presse… Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

VIDEO: In Speech, Udall Urges Ban of Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked to Brain Damage in Children

VIDEO:‎ WASHINGTON - Today in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall made the case for why Congress must act to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a dangerous neurotoxin linked to brain damage in children. Udall said his Protect Children, Farmers & Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act is urgently needed after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt rejected EPA scientists' deter… Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill To Allow Medicare To Negotiate A Better Deal On Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in cosponsoring legislation led by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to unleash the bargaining power of seniors for a better deal on prescription drug costs. The legislation would allow for Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D. Current law prevents Medicare from directly negotiating for lower drug prices, a practice regul… Continue Reading

August 01, 2017

Udall Statement on Confirmation of Christopher Wray to Head the FBI

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 92 senators in voting to confirm Christopher Wray to lead the FBI. He gave the following statement: "When we met in my office ahead of this vote, Christopher Wray assured me that his only loyalty was to law, justice and the Constitution. He pledged that he would protect the bureau from any outside political influence or attempts to obstruct its important work. This job is demanding even in the best of circumstances, but Mr. Wray also must str… Continue Reading

July 28, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call On President Trump To Protect Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 28, 2017) U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in sending a letter led by U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asking President Donald Trump to use his executive authority to the greatest extent possible to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA provides temporary relief from deportation to immigrant students who arrived in the United States as children if they register with the government, pay a fee, and pass crim… Continue Reading

July 28, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Oppose Trump Administration's Move to Slash Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to reconsider the decision by HHS to unilaterally shorten the duration of grant agreements for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program. Since 2015, the TPP Program has served nearly 1.2 million youth in 40 states and territories, supporting teens in adopting sexual health behaviors that help them avoid unintended pregnancy. The program funds a research project at t… Continue Reading

July 28, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote

July 28, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Key Native-Focused Senators Blocked Obamacare Repeal

by Rob Capriccioso

July 28, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support Inclusion & Engagement of Latinos in Conservation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to introduce a bipartisan resolution that supports the commitment of the Latino community to engage in conservation efforts. The resolution recognizes the contributions of the Latino community to conservation and wildlife protection and urges increased access to public lands for all Americans. "New Mexico's Hispanic and Latino communities have played an in… Continue Reading

July 28, 2017

Udall: Time for an Open Debate on Improving Health Care for All Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall gave the following statement after last night's dramatic defeat of the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which would have canceled health insurance on 16 million Americans and raised premium costs by 20 percent: "Last night proved that the voices of regular people can make all the difference. Over 14,500 New Mexicans and millions of people from across the country have made it clear - they want Washington to stop sabotaging America… Continue Reading

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