Press Releases

June 13, 2012

VIDEO & PHOTO - Udall: It's Time to Give Burn Pit Victims Answers

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) testified in support of his bill to create a registry for returning servicemembers and veterans experiencing health problems due to open-air burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq. Click here to see video and photo of Udall at today's hearing. During his testimony, Udall pointed to MSgt Jessey Baca and his wife Maria, who traveled from New Mexico to attend the hearing. Last year, after hearing MSg… Continue Reading


June 13, 2012

Senators Praise Sand Dune Lizard Listing Outcome

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to forego adding the Dunes Sagebrush (Sand Dune) Lizard to the Endangered Species List. The Senators, who learned of the decision this morning, have been actively engaged with the administration as it determined whether listing the lizard was the best course of action based on science and in light of collaboration at the local level that led to Candidate Conservation Ag… Continue Reading


June 12, 2012

Senators Seek Applicants to Fill Upcoming Vacancy on U.S. District Court

On June 12, 2012, the Honorable Bruce D. Black announced his intention to retire from the federal bench after 17 years of distinguished service. Chief Judge Black's retirement, effective October 1, 2012, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces, New Mexico for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.In accordance with their constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent with respect to federal judges, Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall will submit recommendations to the Pr… Continue Reading


May 30, 2012

Udall: Almost $1.6 Million for AmeriCorps Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state. The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund more than 282 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs. "AmeriCorps allows members to engage in meaningful public service that will make a lasting difference in New Mexico," said Udall. "This funding wi… Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Senators Engage Air Force on Aggressive Kirtland Fuel Spill Cleanup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are asking the Air Force to partner with county and state authorities to "conduct further scientific and technical analysis" to determine the scope of the Kirtland jet fuel leak and develop contingency plans for the continued safety of the drinking water. The Senators, who met with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers in Washington last week for an update on the plume, wrote to him today in support of the Air Force's goal to cl… Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Bingaman & Udall Announce Cattle Crossing at Columbus Will Reopen

WASHINGTON - After several months of working with the Obama administration, U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that a cattle gate in Columbus is being reopened. The gate was closed since March due to U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to restrict its veterinarians from crossing the border because of safety concerns. New Mexico ranchers purchase "feeder" cattle from Mexico to supplement their herds; additionally; other animals are transferred through the crossing. Be… Continue Reading


May 15, 2012

Udall Calls Football Helmet Replacement Partnership "Important Step"

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) expressed support for the youth football safety and helmet replacement program launched today by the "Youth Football Safety and Helmet Partnership." The pilot program will remove and replace football helmets that are 10 years or older and will provide coaches with the latest educational information to help keep young athletes healthier and safer in underserved communities in four markets, the California Bay Area, Gulf Coast region, Northern Ohio, and th… Continue Reading


May 10, 2012

Udall: Postal Service Plan Needs More Scrutiny

WASHINGTON - After receiving an update to the U. S. Postal Service's five-year plan, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today said more details are needed before passing judgment. "According to what USPS has released so far, the plan seems like a step toward helping rural post offices stay open, but we have yet to see the full proposal," said Udall. "The proof will be in the pudding, and their recipe is missing too many key ingredients right now to determine how it would turn out." The proposal, sent… Continue Reading


May 09, 2012

Udall: Almost $35,000 to Farmers Markets for SNAP Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award approximately $34,700 to New Mexico farmers markets to help give financially struggling families access to healthy, fresh food. These funds are part of a $4 million award to provide wireless Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) systems for the 7,100 farmers markets nationwide. Currently, Farmers markets, which usually do not have access to phone lines or electricity, have difficulty redeemi… Continue Reading


May 03, 2012

Bingaman, Udall & Luján Request Santa Clara Flood Preparation Assistance

WASHINGTON - In anticipation of the summer monsoon season, U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján are urging three federal agencies to commit resources to prevent catastrophic flooding in Santa Clara Pueblo that could occur as a result of the 2011 Las Conchas Wildfire. In a letter to the Department of the Interior, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers the officials thanked the agencies for providing support in the aftermath of th… Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

My Vote to Help Protect Women

Yesterday I voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with some important improvements for Native American victims of domestic violence. This law has helped protect women for 18 years and as a result, domestic violence is down by more than 50 percent. It's proven policy that is saving women's lives. Watch my Video Vote on VAWA and learn how we've built on this law's success to make protections for women even stronger. Sadly, many Native American women who have experienced domest… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

Udall: Tribal Victims of Domestic Violence Deserve Justice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today called for the swift passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) with provisions to address the crisis of domestic violence in tribal communities. In a speech on the Senate floor, Udall praised VAWA's past effectiveness and outlined the benefits of new provisions that give tribal courts broader jurisdiction to prosecute domestic violence against tribal members. According to the National Congress of American Indians, an esti… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

Udall: Almost $1 Million to Benefit Art Programs in NM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico will receive 11 matching grants totaling $946,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support music, theater and visual arts projects across the state. "The arts and humanities not only help us to continue New Mexico's culture and traditions, they also allow us to share new ideas and experiences," said Udall. "The arts are an important driver of our economy and these grants will promote local artists and expose ou… Continue Reading


April 24, 2012

VIDEO: Udall, Fish & Wildlife Director Discuss Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Conservation

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discussed conservation efforts between government agencies and New Mexico's oil and gas, and agricultural industries to protect the habitat of the dunes sagebrush lizard. Testifying at the hearing, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe described how conservation agreements with industry have been working, expressed hope that it would avoid the necessity to list the lizard as an en… Continue Reading


April 20, 2012

N.M. Senators and Rep. Luján Congratulate Alex Wirth on Appointment to U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Representative Ben Ray Luján congratulated Alex Wirth of Santa Fe on his recent appointment to the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Education, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At 18, Wirth is the youngest member to be appointed to the Commission. His appointment reflects the current Administration's ongoing commitment to youth engagement here in the U.S. and around the world. "I congratulate Ale… Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

Udall Amendment Would Save Six-Day Postal Service

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. Senate considers reform of the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced an amendment that would protect the Postal Service's six-day service, a significant competitive advantage for post offices and an essential service for communities and businesses. Saturday service supports nearly 80,000 jobs nationwide. As currently written, the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 would reduce post office service to five days per week in two years. Udall's am… Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

Senators Praise Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Conservation Agreements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman today praised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Mexico's oil and gas, and agricultural industries for working together to establish agreements to protect the habitat of the dunes sagebrush lizard. In a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife leadership, presented today to Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle, the senators thanked the agency for their work and encouraged the Regional Director to continue to work with stakeholders in the state … Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

Udall Questions GSA’s Waste, Fraud in Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today called for the General Services Administration (GSA) to put a stop to systemic waste and abuse within the agency and assure that important projects in New Mexico be completed efficiently and responsibly. Udall questioned GSA officials during a Senate hearing to investigate the mishandling of federal funds by the agency at a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, NV that cost more than $800,000. "A mind reader, sushi, luxury suites-when you are wasting taxp… Continue Reading


April 05, 2012

Fact vs. Fiction: Ending Race Horse Doping

The sport of horseracing showcases the beauty of an iconic American animal. But under the surface, a doping epidemic undermines the safety and integrity of the sport. Often drugged up with painkillers and performance-enhancing substances, race horses are pushed beyond their limits, leading to regular break downs with potentially severe or fatal consequences for both the horses and their riders. Twenty-four horses reportedly die each week at racetracks across America. In 2011, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitf… Continue Reading


March 26, 2012

Senators Announce Bipartisan Coalition Urging Investment in Key Program to Fight Crime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced their participation in a bipartisan coalition of 42 senators supporting continued investment in a crucial tool for law enforcement in the fight against crime. Led by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Chuck E. Grassley (R-IA), the coalition penned a letter Friday to Senate Appropriators opposing any additional cuts to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, which helps states and communiti… Continue Reading

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