Press Releases

July 31, 2014

Udall Statement on Senate's Failure to Advance Funding to Address the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans blocked a final vote on emergency supplemental funding to address the Central American immigration crisis: "We face a humanitarian crisis at the border involving young children, and regardless of how each of us feels about whether they should be returned home or granted asylum, we have a responsibility to provide them with clean, humane housing while we make that determination. Ultimately, I believe the … Continue Reading

July 31, 2014

Udall: Passage of Highway Funding Bill Supports New Mexico Jobs, but Long-term Fix Needed

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 81-13 to pass the Highway and Transportation and Funding Act of 2014, which supports thousands of construction jobs in New Mexico, and prevents an immediate cut to an estimated $350 million in funding for construction projects on roads, bridges and transit systems across the state. The bill guarantees funding to continue work on these important improvement and maintenance projects is available through May 31, 2015. Udall issu… Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Udall Disappointed in Filibuster of Bill to Protect New Mexico Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Republicans blocked the Bring Jobs Home Act, which he supported to protect and create jobs in New Mexico and across the nation by offering incentives for companies that insource jobs and eliminating a tax loophole that benefits companies moving offshore: "Today, we had an opportunity to do right by workers in New Mexico and across the country by moving forward on legislation to help build up communities and create j… Continue Reading

July 29, 2014

Udall Joins Senate in Passing Extension of Highway Funding for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement after joining the Senate in voting 79-18 to extend critical highway funding for construction on roads and bridges in New Mexico and across the country through Dec. 20, 2014. "This is a bill that matters to every New Mexican - extending highway funding is critical to sustain hundreds of jobs in our state and to ensure that transportat… Continue Reading

July 29, 2014

Udall Supports Confirmation of New VA Secretary, Urges Approval of Bipartisan VA Reform Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting unanimously to confirm Robert McDonald, a West Point graduate and former Procter & Gamble CEO, as the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The position was vacated in May when former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned in the wake of the veterans' scheduling scandal that has impacted the Albuquerque VA. Udall recently met with McDonald to discuss the immediate need for changes within the VA so it can … Continue Reading

July 29, 2014

Udall Urges Chevron's Support for Questa Mine Employees and Community

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall wrote to Chevron's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John S. Watson, urging the company to support the employees and community of Questa as Chevron closes its molybdenum mine. Mining operations have sustained the local economy in the Village of Questa for generations, and the mine's unexpected closure - which affects more than 300 employees - raises concerns about the community's future economic stability. Udall pressed Chevron to offer assistance an… Continue Reading

July 25, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Request Restored Border Crossing Hours for Export Vehicles at Santa Teresa Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Eduardo Medina Mora, asking him to work with the Mexican Federal Customs Agency to restore crossing hours for export vehicles at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Earlier this month, the Mexican Federal Customs Agency dramatically reduced the hours of operation for processing vehicles being exported from the U.S. to Mexico, creating a traffic backup along New Mexico's highways that generat… Continue Reading

July 24, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce to Host Energy Secretary in Carlsbad for Discussion about WIPP

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce announced that U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will visit Carlsbad, N.M., on Aug. 12 for a discussion about the ongoing recovery at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Last month, the lawmakers invited Moniz to visit to get an update on cleanup efforts and to talk with workers and local officials about WIPP's importance to the community and to our national defense, as the only deep geo… Continue Reading

July 23, 2014

Udall Speaks out for Workers Affected by Mine Closure in Questa, N.M., Urges Support for Bill to Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pledged his support for workers in Questa, N.M., who will be impacted by Chevron's decision to close its molybdenum mine, which has employed hundreds of New Mexicans for many years. Udall visited with workers in Questa on Sunday and has been leading efforts to get Trade Adjustment Assistance and other help to enable the community rebuild its economy after the mine closes. In his speech, Udall said he is working to do all he can to support new jobs in Ne… Continue Reading

July 23, 2014

Udall Urges New Law to Crack Down on Secret Money in Elections

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United continues to allow corporations and other groups to spend unchecked secret money to influence elections, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke out in favor of a new law to require such organizations to disclose their spending and major sources of funding in a timely manner. During a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee on the DISCLOSE Act, which would turn back the effects of Citizens United, Udall said new laws are needed to return c… Continue Reading

July 23, 2014

Udall Statement on Report that U.S. Military's Burn Pits May have Broken Federal Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to a new report that the U.S. military's use of open-air burn pits at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan may have violated federal law. According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), made public today, most of the solid waste at Shindand Air Base was disposed of for years in open burn pits rather than incinerators. Despite the potential health hazards, burn pits remained in use even after open bu… Continue Reading

July 21, 2014

In Speech, Udall Recognizes Tularosa Basin Downwinders, Urges Expansion of Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

WASHINGTON - In recognition of the anniversary of the first atomic bomb explosion at the Trinity test site in the Tularosa Basin, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor honoring "downwinders" affected by the July 16, 1945, test and urging his colleagues to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to provide justice for those who were made sick from radiation exposure. Many Americans were unknowingly exposed to dangerous levels of radiation as the U.S. governmen… Continue Reading

July 21, 2014

Doing Right By Our Veterans

We make a solemn promise to our veterans: after they serve our country, they get the best care we can provide. From Las Vegas to Las Cruces, many veterans have valued their care from the Department of Veterans Affairs for decades. VA doctors and nurses often have some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any health care providers in the nation. And I've been proud to help increase resources for the VA in New Mexico, including VA clinics in Raton, Artesia, and Santa Fe. I'm angered by … Continue Reading

July 18, 2014

#ShowcaseNM - Photo Contest

New Mexico is one of the most beautiful states in the country, filled with diverse landscapes from mountains and forests to desert peaks and ancient rock formations, which tell the story of our history and culture. Not only do New Mexicans enjoy taking photos of our great scenery in all four corners, we like sharing them too. That's why I'm on the lookout for great photos of New Mexico to feature on my website and social media channels. If you have captured a great picture, please share it with … Continue Reading

July 17, 2014

Udall Meets VA Secretary Nominee McDonald to Discuss Troubled N.M. VA Hospital, Rural Veterans' Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall met with the nominee to replace former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned in May in the wake of the veterans' scheduling scandal that has impacted the Albuquerque VA. Nominee Robert McDonald, a West Point graduate, is the former Procter & Gamble CEO. ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: Udall issued the following statement after their meeting: "New Me… Continue Reading

July 16, 2014

Udall Stands up for New Mexico Women's Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment after Republicans blocked debate on a bill to restore women's access to contraceptive health care in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The court ruled that closely held corporations may deny coverage for certain forms of birth control if members of the board object on religious grounds. The filibuster of the Not My Boss's Business Act, which Udall cosponsored, prevented the Se… Continue Reading

July 15, 2014

Udall Praises Confirmation of N.M.'s Norman C. Bay to Lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting to confirm Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Bay has served as the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC since 2009 and is slated to be named chairman of the commission. Udall issued the following statement after the confirmation vote: "Norman Bay is a dedicated public s… Continue Reading

July 10, 2014

In Letter to VA, N.M. Delegation Urges Transparency, Requests Information about Management and Emergency Response

WASHINGTON - Today, all five members of New Mexico's congressional delegation sent a letter to the acting director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to express their serious concerns about the New Mexico VA's handling of the recent tragic death of a veteran at its Medical Center in Albuquerque, as well as its lack of transparency in response to requests for information from the public and their offices. In the letter, the lawmakers said the lack of transparency is not only eroding … Continue Reading

July 10, 2014

Udall: Campaign Finance Reform Momentum Builds with Panel Vote on Constitutional Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of his proposed constitutional amendment to restore power to regulate campaign finance to the people. Udall's amendment would clarify in the Constitution that money does not equal speech, effectively reversing U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which have unraveled campaign finance regulations and handed undue influence over elections to corporations and wealthy donors. Following today's committee vote, Udall… Continue Reading

July 10, 2014

Udall Proposal Would Help New Mexico Small Businesses Diversify, Expand and Create New Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced a bill to help small business federal government contractors in New Mexico and across the country access the tools, training and hands-on help necessary to diversify their businesses and create jobs. The American Diversification and Progress in Trade (ADAPT) Act of 2014 creates a pilot program at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that will help small business contractors find new customers and grow into new markets. By improving sma… Continue Reading

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