Press Releases

August 23, 2013

Udall Offices Recruit Fall Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining experience in a congressional field office to apply for fall internships in his Santa Fe, Portales, Carlsbad, Las Cruces and Washington, D.C., offices. To apply online or download an application, please click here or visit Students or individuals looking for more information on internships in the New Mexico offices can also call (505) 346-6791. "Congressio… Continue Reading

August 19, 2013

Udall: Over $27 million for NM Head Start

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Mid-West New Mexico Community Action Program (NMCAP) will receive $5,494,451 a year for the next five years, totaling more than $27 million to continue their Head Start projects helping children in Valencia, Socorro, Cibola and McKinley counties. In 2012, Mid-West NMCAP helped nearly 1,000 children, with almost 75 percent living in households with income below the federal poverty line. "New Mexico's future relies on the success of its … Continue Reading

August 14, 2013

Members of NM Delegation Request Public Forum on Disruptions to Behavioral Health Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, are calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to hold a public forum in New Mexico to give constituents the opportunity to provide detailed input and feedback about their access to quality behavioral health services as a result of recent changes in Medicaid service providers. The letter comes after payments to 15 providers that deliver 87% of Medicaid-cove… Continue Reading

August 14, 2013

Udall and Corker: DoD Shuts Down Burn Pits at Camp Leatherneck

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has ceased burn pit operations at one of two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Its closure follows Udall and Corker's recent call for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits after findings by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that found the burn pits were utilized without need and at great danger… Continue Reading

August 12, 2013

Udall Unveils Bill to Help Turn Innovative Ideas into Successful Businesses

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced legislation to help create high-tech jobs and industries in New Mexico by streamlining the process for getting cutting-edge research and development from our state's universities and national labs to the marketplace. Udall unveiled the bill during a half-day conference and workshop he organized at Santa Fe Community College called, "Technology Transfer: Key to New Mexico's Future." The event brought together some of New Mexico's s… Continue Reading

August 08, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Call For Emergency Help To Support Food Banks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to make emergency purchases for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to ensure food banks in New Mexico and across the country are able to help families in need. TEFAP buys food and makes it available to agencies, such as New Mexico's Human Services Department, which work with the state's major food banks to distribute to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. In a letter… Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Udall Unveils Major Legislation to Reform FISA Courts

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) - joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) - unveiled two bills that would ensure FISA courts properly balance the need to protect national security with constitutional and statutory requirements to safeguard individual rights to privacy and liberty. The first bill - the FISA Court Reform Act of 2013 - would create a Special Advocate with the power to argue in the FISA courts on behalf of the right to privacy and other ind… Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Udall Stands up for American Concerns on Syria Involvement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today successfully included an amendment to the Senate FY 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations bill that would prevent the use of defense funds for any military action in Syria in violation of the War Powers Act. The amendment was approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee by a bipartisan vote of 20-10. Majorities of both Democratic and Republican members of the Appropriations Committee supported the amendment. The DOD appropriations bill, as am… Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Small Business Growth for N.M. Jobs & Families

One of my top priorities in the U.S. Senate is to do everything I can to help create jobs and opportunities for all New Mexicans. I wanted to update you on some of the work I've been doing to put us back on a path to creating more well-paying jobs. Recently, I met with chamber of commerce leaders in New Mexico and in Washington to discuss how the federal government can partner with the private sector to grow our economy. Our chamber leaders provide valuable resources to job seekers, workers and … Continue Reading

July 31, 2013

Udall: Now is the Time to Reform 'Broken' Chemical Safety Law

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) urged his colleagues to work together to pass major bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from toxic chemicals. Udall, who chairs the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, has been leading a bipartisan effort with Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to update and replace the federal government's much-criticized signature law on toxic pollution, the To… Continue Reading

July 31, 2013

Udall: $303K to Support Rural NM Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, announced that seven projects will receive a total of $303,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support New Mexico's small and emerging rural businesses through technical assistance, training programs, and studies for future economic growth possibilities. "New Mexico's small businesses are the backbone of our state, and their survival means… Continue Reading

July 31, 2013

Udall Welcomes Nomination of Michael Connor as Deputy Secretary of Interior Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement praising President Obama's nomination of Michael Connor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department. Connor, of New Mexico, currently serves as commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation: "I'm proud to support the nomination of Mike Connor. A Las Cruces native and NMSU graduate, Mike has proven himself to be a smart, thoughtful public servant and a leader on matters important to New Mexico. He brings a wealth… Continue Reading

July 26, 2013

Udall Introduces Bill to Reduce Tax Bias Against Small Business Investment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced today that he has introduced legislation with Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to preserve a tax deduction that helps businesses buy the equipment they need to grow, at the levels that will encourage job creation and economic growth. "Next year, New Mexico's small businesses face the significant loss of the section 179 deduction that encourages them to make investments in the equipment, office space and technology they need to keep their doors … Continue Reading

July 26, 2013

Udall Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize Key Tribal Housing Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that he has joined Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Vice Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) in introducing a bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), which is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2013. The bill was also cosponsored by Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Al Franken (D-MN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Mazie Hiro… Continue Reading

July 25, 2013

Udall-Authored Financial Services and General Government Bill Approved by Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today led the Senate Appropriations Committee in approving the fiscal year 2014 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill. Udall succeeded the late Senator Frank Lautenberg as chairman of the subcommittee earlier this year. The bill funds a wide range of federal agencies and priorities important to New Mexicans and all Americans. It funds the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law that protects families and invest… Continue Reading

July 24, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Vote on Student Loan Rates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting against a measure that would allow interest rates on federal undergraduate subsidized Stafford Loans to rise to as high as 8.25 percent: "After listening to this debate and weighing both sides, I couldn't endorse this bill. I can't support any measure that balances the budget on the backs of college students. The ability to get a college degree is too important for our students' future - and for our country… Continue Reading

July 24, 2013

Udall Highlights N.M. Success Using Brownfields Program to Revitalize Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, today led a hearing examining how a toxic site cleanup program overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has helped revitalize communities in New Mexico and across the country. Since 2002, the EPA's brownfields program has enabled communities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and elsewhere to clean up and repurpose formerly polluted land, a… Continue Reading

July 24, 2013

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Housing Privatization Project at Cannon AFB

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced today that the Air Force will award a project to Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) to privatize the military family housing at Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) as part of the six-base Northern Group housing privatization project. The Air Force intends to close the deal on August 1, 2013. At Cannon AFB, the Air Force will convey 763 homes to BBC and lease the underlying land of 368 acres for… Continue Reading

July 24, 2013

Udall: We Need a Functioning FEC to Reform our Campaign Finance System

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) called for a functioning Federal Election Commission (FEC) to enforce federal campaign finance laws. His remarks came during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration to consider President Obama's nominees to serve on the FEC. "As you know, I am a strong supporter of reforming our campaign finance system. I believe one important step is to have a functioning FEC, where all six seats are filled with commissioners in terms th… Continue Reading

July 23, 2013

Veterans: Help Create the Burn Pits Registry

Earlier this year President Obama signed into law a bill I wrote to create a registry of military service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been working closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make sure it has the registry up and running quickly, and to ensure it meets the needs of our veterans. The VA is currently seeking input from veterans about a Web-based questionnaire that will be … Continue Reading

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