Press Releases

January 20, 2014

Udall Statement in Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Dr. King spoke to the best in us with courage, understanding and compassion. He once said, 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?' That question shaped his life and inspires our own. Today, we honor what he stood for, what he fought for and what he died for. We also remember all that remains to be done. On this day, let his memory once again insp… Continue Reading

January 17, 2014

Udall Statement on President's Proposed Intelligence Surveillance Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement responding to the president's proposed reforms of government surveillance programs. "The reforms outlined by President Obama today are a welcome first step in reining in the government's unacceptable infringement on Americans' privacy rights. But I'm not satisfied these reforms go far enough. Congress must pass legislation to comprehensively reform our surveillance programs and the secret courts created under the Foreign Intelli… Continue Reading

January 16, 2014

Udall Secures Support from Senate Appropriations Chair on Critical PILT Funding for N.M. Counties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall won a commitment from a powerful Senate committee chairwoman to work with him to find reliable funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, a critical source of revenue for local governments throughout New Mexico and the rural West. Udall secured her support after making his case for the program in a speech on the Senate floor. PILT funding expired at the end of last year, and Udall and others are fighting to find full funding. Udall argu… Continue Reading

January 16, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Urge Funding for PILT in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that that they have sent a bipartisan letter signed by a coalition of senators to the leadership of the Farm Bill conference committee requesting that funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program be included in the final Farm Bill conference report. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal land within their boundaries. These resources ar… Continue Reading

January 15, 2014

N.M. Delegation Announces Federal Drought Assistance Available for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that 27 counties in New Mexico will qualify for emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) due to losses caused by the ongoing drought. A full list of counties is included below. The designation makes producers, farmers and ranchers in these counties eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans, provided eligibility re… Continue Reading

January 15, 2014

Udall Statement on Republican Filibuster of Emergency Unemployment Benefit Extension

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment at yesterday's failed vote to advance a bill to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation for millions of out-of-work Americans. Emergency unemployment insurance ran out on Dec. 28, leaving nearly 6,000 New Mexicans who are looking for work wondering how they will makes ends meet until Congress can work together to find a solution. Although a majority of the Senate voted to move the bill forward (55-45), it failed to win the 60 vo… Continue Reading

January 14, 2014

Udall Statement on Roswell School Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement, responding to the tragic school shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell: "My heart goes out to the victims of the shooting today at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell. The children, their families, and the entire school community are in my thoughts and prayers. I thank all of the school and emergency personnel who responded urgently to the situation. I talked briefly with the mayor and the sheriff today and conveyed my sym… Continue Reading

January 13, 2014

Udall Secures Funding for N.M. Priorities in Omnibus Bill to Help Support Economy, Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced funding in a major appropriations bill that will help a number of New Mexico priorities, and support the state's economy and job growth. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall fought for New Mexico's national labs, military facilities, water projects and other federally funded programs. He secured significant increases in funding in several cases - for example, cleanup at the labs and WIPP each will receive increases over FY… Continue Reading

January 09, 2014

Udall Pushes to Undo Cut to Military Retirees' COLA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he is supporting an amendment to emergency unemployment legislation to protect military retirees from changes to cost of living adjustments (COLA) that were included in a bipartisan budget agreement. The amendment mirrors legislation Udall helped introduce in December, the Military Retirement Restoration Act, which would reverse the 1 percent reduction in the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for working-age military retirees. "The budg… Continue Reading

January 08, 2014

N.M. Delegation Announces $1.6 Million Grant for Highway and Road Repairs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive a $1.6 million grant for repair and reconstruction of roads around the state damaged in last year's floods. The grant funds will be used to restore major highways and roads on federal lands that were damaged by the severe flooding in September. The record-breaking rain and storms caused damag… Continue Reading

January 08, 2014

The Military Retirement Restoration Act

I'm glad to return to Washington to work for New Mexicans. We're starting the year with a bipartisan budget and the hope that we can come together to meet the challenges before us. The budget deal is important to New Mexico because it replaces the across-the-board sequestration cuts -- which would have been disastrous to our military bases, labs, and other federal installations -- with smarter alternatives that will help our small businesses expand, create jobs, and support our military. However… Continue Reading

January 06, 2014

Udall Praises Confirmation of Janet Yellen

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in confirming Janet Yellen to serve as Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. He issued the following statement: "Today's vote was a historic moment for the Federal Reserve and for our nation. I look forward to seeing Dr. Yellen become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve Board. As Vice Chair of the Fed, Dr. Yellen has proven herself to be a thoughtful and extremely effective leader. I look forward to her experienced hand and stron… Continue Reading

December 23, 2013

Senators: Congress Should Honor Commitment to Rural Communities Through PILT Funding

WASHINGTON - Where there's federal land, rural and local communities must provide government services despite being unable to obtain property tax revenue from land owned by the federal government. To offset this loss in revenue, Congress should continue annually appropriating Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to offset the cost of providing services related to public safety, housing, social services, transportation and the environment. That was the message of U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.)… Continue Reading

December 20, 2013

Tom Udall Releases New Episode of 'The Udall Update' Television Show

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall released a new episode of "The Udall Update," a public access television program that provides the public an inside look at what's happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico. The 30-minute episode, which airs on Sen. Udall's YouTube channel and on public access TV throughout the state, includes interviews, in-depth stories and feature segments about the work he is doing in Washington on behalf of New Mexicans. Viewers in Albuquerq… Continue Reading

December 20, 2013

Udall-Sponsored N.M. Priorities Included in Major Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall last night joined the Senate in overwhelmingly approving a major defense bill by a vote of 84-15. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes provisions that will support jobs and strengthen New Mexico's military bases, small businesses and federal defense installations, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The NDAA is critical legislation, which sets the fiscal year 2014… Continue Reading

December 19, 2013

New Mexico Lawmakers Applaud New Mexico Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham applauded a decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court that affirms marriage equality in the State of New Mexico. "We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law," wrote Justice Edward Chávez in a un… Continue Reading

December 18, 2013

Udall Joins Senate in Approving Budget that Reduces Sequestration Cuts, Offers Relief to N.M.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting for the bipartisan budget agreement, which was approved by a vote of 64-36. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly last week by a bipartisan vote of 332-94. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been fighting for budget certainty and an end to the devastating sequestration cuts, which have disproportionately hurt New Mexico. He issued the following statement: "While the bu… Continue Reading

December 18, 2013

Udall Backs Plan to Undo Military Retiree COLA Changes in Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has cosponsored the Military Retirement Restoration Act to safeguard military retirees from a proposed 1 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) cut for working-age military retirees. This change was included in the bipartisan budget agreement the Senate is expected to clear this week. The legislation would replace the $6 billion in total expected cuts to working-age military retirees' COLAs with an estimated $6.6 billion raised by el… Continue Reading

December 17, 2013

The Udall Update

As we close out the year, I'm proud to release a new episode of the "The Udall Update," a public access television program that provides you with an inside look at what's happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico. The episode includes interviews, in-depth stories and feature segments about the work I am doing in Washington on behalf of New Mexicans. If you live in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Silver City you can watch "The Udall… Continue Reading

December 17, 2013

Udall, Moran Urge Overhaul of Federal IT Oversight to Save Taxpayers Billions of Dollars

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade. The senators urged quick action on IT reform, announcing their bill as President Obama met with executives from tech firms to discuss ways to improve the functioning of the health care website, The… Continue Reading

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