Press Releases

July 15, 2011

Udall: $10 Million in Federal Funds Available to Help Struggling New Mexicans Keep Their Homes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today urged New Mexicans who are at risk of foreclosure to take advantage of a new federal program that has made more than $10 million available in interest-free, forgivable loans to help residents keep their homes. He encouraged people to act quickly because funding is limited and the deadline to apply is short. "If you or someone you know is in danger of losing their home because of this recession, this new federal program may be able to help," Udall … Continue Reading


July 15, 2011

Help Avoiding Foreclosure

If you or someone you know is in danger of losing their home because of this recession, a new federal program just became available that might help. It makes more than $10 million available for New Mexico homeowners, but you must act quickly because the funding is limited and the timeline for applying is short - the pre-application is due July 22nd. The funding comes through the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP), which was created by the Wall Street Reform law that Congress past last yea… Continue Reading


July 14, 2011

Udall: Breeders’ Cup Plan to Eliminate Race Day Medication is Positive Step

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today released the following statement in reaction to an announcement by the Breeders' Cup, one of the most important horseracing events in the United States, that it plans to eliminate race day medication from its championships over the next two years: "Today's announcement that the Breeders' Cup will eliminate race-day medication over the next two years is a good step in the right direction. But much more needs to be done to end the chemical warfare o… Continue Reading


July 14, 2011

Udall: $2.6 Million for Expanding School-based Health Clinic Services in N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that six school-based health clinics in New Mexico will receive a total of $2,615,877 to expand and increase health care services for students. Organizations that will receive funding are the Des Moines Municipal Schools in Des Moines; Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque; Northeast Regional Education Cooperative in Las Vegas; University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, La Clinica Del Pueble De Rio Arriba … Continue Reading


July 13, 2011

Bingaman & Udall: 16 Counties Declared Drought Disaster Areas, Making Them Eligible for Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Obama administration has declared 16 northern and central New Mexico counties disaster areas due to severe drought. Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the following 16 counties are now eligible to apply for drought disaster assistance: Bernalillo, Harding, Rio Arriba, Taos, Cibola, Lincoln, San Miguel, Torrance, Colfax, McKinley, Sandoval, Union, Guadalupe, Mora, Santa Fe, and Valencia. Last month, … Continue Reading


July 12, 2011

SFC Petry: Hero and Native Son

Video from the Medal of Honor Ceremony (update) Today, our nation honors the bravery and sacrifice of Santa Fe native Leroy Arthur Petry by awarding him our highest military decoration - the Medal of Honor. Army Rangers lead the way, and Sergeant First Class Petry exemplified that duty in 2008 when he risked his life to save his fellow soldiers on the battlefields of Afghanistan. I'm humbled to join SFC Petry at the White House along with his family, friends and fellow soldiers as he becom… Continue Reading


July 07, 2011

Standing Up for Main Street

Things are pretty frustrating in Washington right now. Gridlock in Congress is standing in the way of tackling some of our nation's biggest challenges. It's a big contrast to what I see in New Mexico, where we rally together when we face a problem like these recent wildfires. I'd like to see more of that attitude in Congress. When I'm traveling around New Mexico, I talk to small business owners who have commonsense solutions to many of the challenges they're facing. As we continue to regain our … Continue Reading


July 07, 2011

Udall: Verizon Alert System to Avoid ‘Bill Shock’ a Positive Step

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement today after Verizon announced a plan to notify customers when they begin to reach data usage limits: "Verizon today announced a plan to alert customers before they exceed their monthly data usage limit. This is a positive step that will help many avoid cell phone 'bill shock' and it shows that sending an automatic notification to a person's smartphone is a simple solution that does not place a burden on companies. I ho… Continue Reading


July 06, 2011

Udall Introduces Bill to Help N.M. Small Businesses Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced a bill that would help create new jobs by expanding federal contracting opportunities for small businesses trying to recover from the recent recession. Companion legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). The Expanding Opportunities for Main Street Act would raise the value of federal contracts that are set aside for small businesses to $500,000 and would increase the government-wide small… Continue Reading


June 27, 2011

Mandatory Evacuation in Los Alamos

The following information has been made available by New Mexico's Fire Information website: Los Alamos County officials are reporting the fire is now threatening Los Alamos. They are ordering a mandatory evacuation which will begin and proceed in this order: Group 1: Western, Quemazon, Ponderosa; Group 2: North Community, Barranca Mesa, North Mesa; Group 3: East of Diamond and the remainder of the town site. White Rock is NOT being evacuated at this time. Residents in Los Alamos should NOT go… Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Udall Introduces Legislation to Help Treat Veterans with PTSD and TBI in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation that would improve access to specialist medical care for veterans in southern New Mexico who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Senator Jeff Bingaman is an original co-sponsor. The bill, called the Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas - Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act of 2011, calls for a report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on the fe… Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Udall Reacts to Strategic Petroleum Reserve Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama's decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve: "The Obama Administration should be commended for rallying an international coalition to prevent disruption in oil markets due to the ongoing conflict in Libya. However, today's action highlights America's dangerous dependence on foreign oil in a world where global oil supplies are failing to keep up with… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

Udall: U.S. Should Have Combat Troops out of Afghanistan in 12 to 18 months

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today in reaction to President Obama's announcement of a planned security transition in Afghanistan: "I commend President Obama for sticking to the July 2011 timeline he outlined in 2009 to begin transitioning security responsibility to the Afghans. Our military, intelligence and diplomatic corps have made tremendous strides in the effort to eradicate al Qaeda and prev… Continue Reading


June 16, 2011

Udall: Congress must signal end to corn ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on his vote in support of ending corn ethanol subsidies: "America no longer needs taxpayer subsidies for corn-based ethanol. It is a mature technology and the Renewable Fuels Standard already ensures that we use ethanol to displace foreign oil. "The debate in the Senate over the past several days has shown that Congress must signal that we're prepared to deal with the corn ethanol subsidy by the end of the year. While I … Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

Udall: $2.6 Million for Santa Fe Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Santa Fe Municipal Airport will receive $2,607,550 to repair taxiways. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Transportation and will be used to rehabilitate two taxiways, including the installation of medium intensity taxiway (MILT) lights and new signage and markings. "This funding will help the airport make much-needed repairs to taxiways and improve safety for travelers on flights in and out of Santa Fe… Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

Senators Call on President to Shift Strategy in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and 24 other senators sent a letter to President Obama today calling for a shift in strategy in Afghanistan ahead of next month's announced deadline to begin an accelerated transition to Afghan security forces. In the letter, the senators urge the President to use the deadline as an opportunity to begin a "sizable and sustained" drawdown of troops that puts the U.S. on a path toward removing all regular combat t… Continue Reading


June 14, 2011

Udall: U.S. Heading Down "Slippery Path" Towards Escalation of Military Force in Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) took to the Senate floor today to warn that the U.S. is heading down a "slippery path" toward escalation of military force in Libya, and urged the Congress to exercise its War Powers Authority to approve or disapprove ground forces in the country. The floor speech comes ahead of Thursday's mark-up of a Kerry-McCain resolution on U.S. involvement in Libya by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Udall is a member. Below are Udall's remarks as… Continue Reading


June 10, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Applaud USDA for Granting Emergency Grazing Permit to Ranchers in Two Additional N.M. Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved an emergency application that allows ranchers from Torrance and Colfax counties to graze their livestock on lands not typically used for grazing. The senators wrote a letter of support for the application. Due to severe drought and wildfires, there is little forage available for livestock grazing. As a result, Bingaman and Udall wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack … Continue Reading


June 10, 2011

Libya Policy is a Slippery Slope

Over 60 days ago, President Obama notified the Congress that he intended to use military force in Libya. In the face of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe, it was the right thing to do and I supported it. Along with the international community, the United States was clear -- the targeting of civilians by Muammar Gaddafi would not be tolerated. But this was intended to be a limited military operation. After 60 days, I fear that we are adrift. We are without direction and we are in danger of… Continue Reading


June 10, 2011

Udall: Congress Must Exercise War Powers Authority on Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today called on the Congress to exercise its War Powers authority to approve or disapprove the use of American troops in Libya - saying that we're "heading down a slippery path towards an escalation of military force" in the country. Udall's comments come as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prepares to consider a resolution next week titled, "Expressing the sense of the Senate on United States military operations in Libya." The committee was origi… Continue Reading

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