Press Releases

December 23, 2011

Udall Statement on Payroll Tax Extension Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement after a two month extension of the payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits and Medicare fix passed both the House and Senate: "The House-passage of the payroll tax cut extension and unemployment insurance is a relief for working families around the country. They stood to lose the most if the House Republicans failed to act. When Congress resumes in the New Year, it's critical that we begin passing long-term solut… Continue Reading


December 17, 2011

Bingaman & Udall: Budget Bill Includes $215 for NM Air Force Bases, Nat’l Guard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that an omnibus spending bill that passed 67-32 today in the Senate includes $215 million to support New Mexico's military installations and National Guard facilities. The measure also includes additional funding though the Department of Defense for a 1.6 percent pay raise for U.S. Military personnel and is now on its way to the president for signature. The measure contains funding for important projects requested by Sens. Bin… Continue Reading


December 17, 2011

Udall Statement on Payroll Tax Holiday Extension

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the Senate's passage of a two-month payroll tax cut extension: "New Mexico families are doing everything they can just to make ends meet right now and I refuse to sock them with a $1,000 tax increase at the beginning of the year. That's the only reason I supported this two-month payroll tax cut extension. It's a sad example of the dysfunction in Congress that we can't provide working Americans with more certainty … Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

Bill to Combat Transnational Organized Crime Passes the Senate

WASHINGTON - Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to help combat international drug trafficking passed the Senate last night. The Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2011 would provide the Justice Department with new tools to prosecute drug traffickers from foreign countries. In particular, it will help the Justice Department build extradition cases on drug kingpins from the Andean countries of Colombia and Peru who often use Mexican drug trafficking organizations as … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

The End of a War

Yesterday, President Obama marked the end of the war in Iraq by addressing our troops at Ft. Bragg. On his order, this morning our forces in Baghdad conducted the final ceremony of a mission that has lasted nearly nine years. The war in Iraq is over. By the end of this month - and hopefully in time for the holidays - our last remaining troops will come home from Iraq. It's a war that the United States should have never waged in the first place. But when called to duty, the members of our Arme… Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

N.M. Senators React to National Academies & NIH on Recommendations that Would Significantly Limit the Use of Chimpanzees in Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall welcomed news that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will adopt new guidelines outlined in a new scientific report that greatly limit the circumstances under which chimpanzees can be used for research. At the request of New Mexico's senators and Senator Tom Harkin, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies undertook a comprehensive study about whether chimpanzees are still necessary for health research. The expert repor… Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

Udall: It's Time to Honor Bataan Heroes

WASHINGTON - Seventy years after their courageous actions in World War II, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today re-introduced legislation to honor the veterans who defended Bataan and suffered through the Death March with the Congressional Gold Medal. Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are cosponsors of the bill. The 200th Coast Artillery Regiment were the first to fire to defend the Philippines on Dec. 8, 1941, just hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl… Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

Pipeline Safety Bill Passes Senate, Moves to President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today hailed the passage of legislation, which he cosponsored, to increase public safety protections for natural gas and oil pipelines. After passage in the U.S. House on Monday, the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Jobs Creation Act, which reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday night. The Senate version of the bill was sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and also co… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

Udall: Santa Fe Passport Office Re-opened

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Santa Fe Passport office has re-opened after its closure five weeks ago. Less than two weeks ago, Udall sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the prompt re-opening of the Santa Fe Passport office after area residents were left without local passport services. The closure forced residents to travel at least 50 miles round-trip to the nearest passport office in Los Alamos. "I am pleased that the Santa Fe… Continue Reading


December 09, 2011

Udall-Heller Ultralight Aircraft Drug Smuggling Bill Clears Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today lauded the passage of legislation that will help improve border security by cracking down on smugglers who use ultralight aircraft to bring drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. The Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2011, sponsored by Udall and Heller, passed unanimously in the Senate late Thursday night. The bill now moves to the U.S. House, where it passed overwhelmingly last Congress after being introduc… Continue Reading


December 02, 2011

Udall Calls for Re-opening of Santa Fe Passport Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) sent a letter today to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the re-opening of the Santa Fe Passport office. The recent closure of the Santa Fe passport office has left area residents with no local passport office, forcing them to travel at least 50 miles roundtrip to the nearest passport office at the Los Alamos Post Office. The Los Alamos Post Office only operates between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. "Traveling to the Los Alamos Passpor… Continue Reading


December 02, 2011

Senate Passes Udall-Schumer 'Buy American' Solar Amendment for Defense Dept.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) today hailed the passage of an amendment they sponsored to close loopholes that put American manufacturers of solar technology at a disadvantage to foreign competitors. The Buy American Solar Amendment, which passed Thursday night as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, will ensure that "Buy American" requirements apply to all photovoltaic (solar) devices that supply power Department of Defense propert… Continue Reading


November 21, 2011

Small Business Saturday

New Mexico's small businesses are the backbone of our economy. According to the Small Business Administration, there are more than 150,000 small businesses in our state, accounting for more than 55 percent of our private sector jobs. This holiday season, we have a real opportunity to support our local, independently owned businesses. In Congress, I've cosponsored a resolution to designate the Saturday after Thanksgiving -- November 26, 2011 -- as "Small Business Saturday." If you're shopping t… Continue Reading


November 18, 2011

Senators' Amendment Targets Ultralight Aircraft Drug Smugglers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today introduced a bipartisan amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act to help improve border security by cracking down on smugglers who use ultralight aircraft to bring drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. Their amendment, co-sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman, Diane Feinstein, and Kirsten Gillibrand, is identical to legislation Udall and Heller introduced earlier this year. The same bill passed overwhelmingly i… Continue Reading


November 18, 2011

Senators Introduce Burn Pit Amendment to Help Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today offered a bipartisan amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act to create a national registry of service members and veterans impacted by open air burn pits, helping identify and take better care of those affected. Joining them as co-sponsors of the amendment are Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Mark Udall … Continue Reading


November 10, 2011

Udall Statement on Veterans Day and Passage of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today commemorating Veterans Day and lauding passage of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act in the U.S. Senate: "The first piece of legislation I succeeded in passing in the Senate, was an amendment to the Recovery Act to expand tax incentives for employers who hire recently returned veterans. We have a duty to help veterans to get a good job when they come home, and this policy helped in that effort, but it expired in 2010. "Today the Sen… Continue Reading


November 10, 2011

A Conversation with a New Mexico Hero

I invite you to hear the story of one New Mexico hero, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who was awarded our highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for his bravery in Afghanistan. He turned his life around, dedicated himself to serving his country, and didn't hesitate to risk his own life to save his fellow Army Rangers. I was honored to sit down and chat with Sgt. 1st Class Petry. Watch that video above. Petry's story is one of bravery and service. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to a… Continue Reading


November 10, 2011

VIDEO: Udall Interviews Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Leroy Petry

WASHINGTON - In honor of Veterans Day, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) today released a new episode of his public access television program, "The Udall Update," paying tribute to New Mexico's veterans and featuring an in-depth, exclusive interview with Santa Fe native, Sergeant First Class Leroy E. Petry, recipient of the Medal of Honor. Watch the video here: http://tomudall.senate.gov/TV On July 12, 2011, Petry became the second living, active-duty servicemember to receive the military's highest award … Continue Reading


November 09, 2011

Udall Protects Rural N.M. Roads in Transportation Markup

WASHINGTON - Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously reported the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) transportation bill out of committee including three amendments offered by U.S. Senator Tom Udall to protect rural roads in New Mexico. The bipartisan MAP-21 bill will provide funding for surface transportation programs within the Federal Highway Administration through 2013. "This bill provides our states and communities with more stability than the… Continue Reading


November 03, 2011

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Burn Pit Legislation to Support Veterans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced a bill to create a national registry of veterans impacted by burn pits to help identify and take better care of those affected. Joining them as co-sponsors of the legislation are Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Mark Udall (D-Colo.). As early as 2002, U.S. military installations in Afghanistan and Ira… Continue Reading

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