Press Releases

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


August 02, 2012

Sen. Udall Lauds Kevin Washburn Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on the nomination of University of New Mexico School of Law Dean Kevin K. Washburn's nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior: "UNM's School of Law has flourished under the direction of Kevin Washburn. Like former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, Kevin will bring to the position an in-depth understanding of the issues that are important to tribes in New Mexico. Tha… Continue Reading


August 02, 2012

Udall: $7.4 Million Awarded for NM Highway Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), announced today that New Mexico will receive more than $7.4 million from the Department of Transportation to fund highway rehabilitation projects and improve traffic safety and congestion. "The quality and reliability of our roadways are critical in our daily lives," said Udall. "In a large, rural state like ours, with limited public transportation options, we depend on our roadways to get to work and school every day. This funding will pay for necessa… Continue Reading


July 27, 2012

Udall: Almost 8,000 in Rural NM to Get High-Speed Internet Access

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that almost 8,000 rural New Mexico residents will gain high-speed internet access within the next three years as a part of the first phase of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) "Connect America Fund." Udall is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees telecommunications issues. Broadband and telecommunications companies CenturyLink and Windstream will receive $2.3 million to build broadband infrastructure for … Continue Reading


July 27, 2012

Senators Seek Answers from DNI on How Many of Americans' Communications Have Been Monitored

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. Senate debates the renewal of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman sent a letter with Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and a bipartisan group of legislators, including Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Lee (R- Utah), Bernie Sanders (I-VT.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dick Durbin (D-Il.) to request more information about the number of Americans' communications secretly c… Continue Reading


July 27, 2012

Udall, Bingaman & Lujan Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara Pueblo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced today that more than $11 million in federal assistance relief is being made available for Santa Clara Pueblo following recent flooding in the area. On July 13th, the New Mexico officials wrote a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, FEMA Administrator William Fugate and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, asking that federal funding dedicated for flood mitigation and restorat… Continue Reading


July 27, 2012

Udall Announces $4.6 Million for NM Based Senior Employment Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Albuquerque based National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) will receive almost $4.6 million from the Department of Labor's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to provide workers over the age of 55 with training and assistance to improve their employment opportunities. "As our economy continues to recover, many workers on their way towards retirement are being forced stay competitive in the every-changing job mark… Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

Udall Votes to Extend Tax Cuts for 98% of New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) voted to extend tax cuts for more than 98 percent of New Mexico middle-class families. S. 3412, the Middle Class Tax Relief Bill, passed the Senate by a vote of 51-48. "The average New Mexico family of four makes less than $45,000 a year and extending tax cuts for them is critical," Udall said. "The bill we passed today would benefit 98 percent of New Mexico families and businesses to help keep our economy moving forward." The Senate-passed pack… Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Udall Advocates for Constitutional Amendment at Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a committee hearing on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) built support for the constitutional amendment he is sponsoring to give Congress the authority to undo dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system. "Money has poisoned our political system," Udall said. "We, as Americans, believe in government 'of the people, by the people, for the people' - and so we must work t… Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Udall Focuses on Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic at Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a Senate hearing today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) underscored the emerging threat of prescription drug abuse and overdoses in New Mexico and the need for a strategy to combat the epidemic nationwide. Click here to see video and photos of Udall at today's hearing. "New Mexico has the sad distinction of having the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country. It is tragic and it is unacceptable," said Udall, a member of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Contro… Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

PHOTOS: NM Small Businessman Participates in Senate Steering Committee

WASHINGTON - At the invitation of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, New Mexico small business owner Arvind Raichur shared his personal experience creating jobs at a Democratic Steering Committee meeting on Capitol Hill today. Mr. Raichur is the President and founder of SonicSEO, an Albuquerque-based company that offers online marketing services to businesses across North America. At the meeting, Democratic Senators and small business owners from across the country discussed how to build on local job creat… Continue Reading


July 13, 2012

Udall, Bingaman & Luján Request Swift Action to Help Santa Clara Pueblo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Congressman Ben Ray Luján today urged federal agency leaders to swiftly release funding to Santa Clara Pueblo following new flooding that prompted Pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno to issue another disaster declaration this week. In a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, FEMA Administrator William Fugate and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, the New Mexico officials asked that federal funding dedicated for flood mi… Continue Reading

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