Press Releases

September 27, 2011

Udall: $1 Million for Nutrition Aid Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico will be awarded $1,056,711 in recognition of the state's improved administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rewards states that ensure SNAP benefits are received in a timely manner and administered with efficiency and integrity. New Mexico was recognized for "Best Application Processing Timeliness." "I applaud New Mexico for making sure this importan… Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

Delegation Pays Tribute to Medal of Honor Recipient SFC Leroy Petry

WASHINGTON - Today, the New Mexico Congressional Delegation welcomed Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry and his wife Ashley to Capitol Hill for a ceremony where they presented him with a resolution honoring his gallantry and valor beyond the call of duty. For photos of the ceremony, click here. For video, click here. On July 12, Petry became the second living, active-duty servicemember to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He received the award from Preside… Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Udall Responds to President’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following reaction this evening in response to President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress: "The key to revitalizing our economy and reducing the deficit is job creation. "President Obama outlined a framework for our economy that would help middle class families keep more of their hard-earned money and incentivize new hiring in fields like construction. He also reminded us the importance of extending unemployment insurance and ke… Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Udall Lauds $4.84 Million Investment for Geothermal Energy at N.M. Labs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs and Applied Technology Associates in Albuquerque will receive a total of $4.84 million for the development of geothermal energy technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the funds through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to help reduce the cost of geothermal energy thus making it more competitive with conventional sources of electricity. "I applaud the Department … Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Bill that Funds Labs Clears Hurdle

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said a spending bill working its way through the Senate contains significant support for New Mexico's two national laboratories. The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which funds the labs and various important New Mexico water projects; the measure is now ready for full Senate action. The bill increases the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) stockpil… Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

Udall Announces $5.3 Million for Las Cruces Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the City of Las Cruces will receive $5,333,879 for taxiway rehabilitation and repair at the Las Cruces International Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation. "This funding will help the airport make much-needed repairs to the taxiway that will allow accommodation of larger aircraft. This investment will be good for the local economy," said Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Com… Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

Udall Introduces Bill to Improve Tribal Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced a bill to improve tribal education by increasing access to resources in a way that preserves Native American culture in schools. Graduation rates for American Indians and Alaska Natives are less than 50 percent, which is lower than the graduation rates for all other ethnic groups in the United States. "Across Indian Country too many tribal school systems are struggling. Native schools are in desperate need of renovations, they're unab… Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

On 9/11, Stop and Remember

This Sunday, we mark ten years since 9/11. Ten years since our nation was attacked and we came together to mourn. Now, let's come together again to stop and remember. At 11:00 a.m. MDT on Sunday, September 11, Americans from coast-to-coast will participate in the 9/11 National Moment of Remembrance. For one minute, stop and remember the lives that were lost and the countless others who were affected, while bells and sirens ring out from places of worship and first responders in communities acros… Continue Reading


August 09, 2011

Udall to Introduce Bill that would Level Playing Field for Advanced Biofuels

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced his plans to introduce bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would help level the playing field for advanced biofuels like algae by reforming the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) to make it more technology neutral. Udall will introduce the bill with Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) after the Senate returns from its August work period. Udall made the announcement after touring New Mexico State University's Energy Research Laborator… Continue Reading


August 09, 2011

Leveling the Clean Energy Playing Field

I believe New Mexico can be the place where a clean energy economy leads the nation in developing the jobs of the future. I saw this first-hand today at NMSU's Energy Research Laboratory, which is on the front lines of technology with huge potential. Advanced biofuels like algae use less energy, water or land than traditional biofuels like corn-based ethanol. And they also have the potential of creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs for hardworking Americans - as long as the right p… Continue Reading


August 05, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Raise Concerns about Possible Closure of Post Offices in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today raised serious concerns they have about the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) plans to study the possible closure of up to 50 post offices in New Mexico. In an effort to reduce costs, the U.S. Postal Service announced last week that it will undertake a study of 3,700 post offices nationwide to determine which to close. The USPS identified 50 it may target in New Mexico. In a letter, the Senators asked for a meeting with the Postmaster Gene… Continue Reading


August 04, 2011

Udall: Two NM Organizations Receive $870,250 to Rehabilitate Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that two New Mexico organizations have been awarded a total of $870,250 in federal funding to rehabilitate affordable housing for low-income residents. Santa Fe-based Homewise will receive $470,250 and Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation in Anthony will be awarded $400,000 from NeighborWorks America, which provides access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing for low- to moderate-income families. The funding was made … Continue Reading


August 02, 2011

My Vote on the Debt Limit

Over the past few months, Congress has been in a state of paralysis over raising the debt limit - the cap on what we borrow to pay the money we've already spent. Although we've been talking about this for months, negotiations came down to the wire this week, nearly triggering an economic disaster that would have compounded the impact of the deep recession we're still struggling to recover from. Instead of passing a clean extension and getting our economy back on track, it took a last minute deal… Continue Reading


August 02, 2011

Udall and Heller Target Ultralight Aircraft Drug Smugglers with Increased Penalties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate to help improve border security by cracking down on smugglers who use ultralight aircraft to bring drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. The legislation previously passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House last Congress after being introduced by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ-08), who has long fought for increased security along the southwest border. Heller, then a member of the H… Continue Reading


August 01, 2011

NM Delegation Introduces Resolutions Honoring Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Arthur Petry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today led the New Mexico delegation in introducing a resolution honoring the valor and heroism of Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, a Santa Fe native who received the Congressional Medal of Honor last month for his courageous actions during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2008. To read the text of the resolution, click here. Udall was joined by Senator Jeff Bingaman in submitting the resolution in the Senate. An identical resolution was introdu… Continue Reading


July 29, 2011

Udall: Boehner Bill Never Viable Option

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement tonight following his vote in opposition of Speaker Boehner's short-term debt ceiling increase: "We're just days away from an unprecedented default on the nation's debt and the House once again sent us a bill that never stood a chance of passing the Senate. Not only is the Boehner Plan faulty in substance, it only forces us back to this standoff in a few months. His bill was never a viable option because experts like Moody… Continue Reading


July 29, 2011

Udall Statement on Historic CAFE Standard Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today lauding the president's historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standard: "President Obama's announcement on CAFE standards is a welcome one. The economic vitality and security of the United States is interconnected with our dependence on fossil fuels, often to our detriment. When gas prices spike because of instability overseas, as it did recently, working families feel the drain in their bank accounts. In rural states l… Continue Reading


July 22, 2011

Udall Says Lower Taxes for Corporations and Ultra-Wealthy not Shared Sacrifice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement on his vote against H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap and Balance Act: "Throughout this debate, we have been talking about the need for shared sacrifice. The House-passed bill I voted against today was nothing of the sort. Instead of phasing out tax breaks for industries making record profits, like big oil, this bill would have shifted the burden of a balanced budget squarely on those who depend on social security and Medicare to… Continue Reading


July 21, 2011

Udall Reviews Fed Support for Tribal Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the Las Conchas Fire, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Walter Dasheno to Washington today to testify before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee regarding federal support for tribes affected by natural disasters. The nearly 160,000-acre Las Conchas Fire, the largest in New Mexico's history, impacted many of the state's native communities. The emergency response to the fire and post-fire flooding is a coordinated effort between local, trib… Continue Reading


July 21, 2011

Supporting Tribal Communities During Natural Disasters

Today we held an important hearing in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on how natural disasters impact tribal communities and how the federal government can help them to be better prepared. The Las Conchas fire has been the biggest in our state's history, covering nearly 160,000 acres and with only 80% contained. It also had a significant impact on New Mexico's tribal communities. I visited several of our pueblos in the days and weeks after the fire started to check in on how they were doin… Continue Reading

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