Press Releases

July 22, 2013

Udall, Corker: End Unnecessary & Dangerous Use of Burn Pits in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced they have sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits at two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Their letter follows reports by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that found the burn pits were utilized without need and at great danger to the health of U.S. military an… Continue Reading

July 18, 2013

Udall Advances 2 Bills to Support N.M. Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced two bills to help New Mexico small businesses grow in the tough economy and continue to create jobs. The bills, the Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act and the Expanding Opportunities for Main Street Act, are the result of Udall's conversations with small business owners across New Mexico about ways the federal government can streamline contracting and reduce unnecessary red tape. Udall's announcement comes a day after h… Continue Reading

July 17, 2013

New Mexico Chamber Leaders Join Udall for Economic Development Meeting on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) hosted two New Mexico chamber of commerce leaders on Capitol Hill for a discussion on job creation and economic recovery. Alex O. Romero, President and CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and Laura E. Sanchez, CEO, New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, joined Udall for a meeting in the U.S. Capitol before the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. The goal of the discussion was to highlight how the federal government and local c… Continue Reading

July 17, 2013

Udall and Heinrich Call for Investigation of Allegations that "Debt Relief" Firms are Exploiting Students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have called on federal officials to investigate allegations that so-called "debt relief" companies have been using deceptive practices to profit from students seeking assistance in repaying their college loans. The federal government provides tools to help students manage their college loans free of charge, but a new National Consumer Law Center report revealed that private companies are taking advantage of students by charging them up to … Continue Reading

July 16, 2013

Udall Statement on Agreement to Vote on Presidential Appointments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans agreed to end their filibusters of several presidential appointees for key positions protecting consumers and working families: "The agreement to confirm nominees for the slate of presidentially appointed positions before us today is a very positive breakthrough. Their confirmation is good news for consumers and the health and well-being of families across the country, and I want to thank S… Continue Reading

July 15, 2013

Udall Calls for Reform to Fix Broken Senate

WASHINGTON - Today, following a rare meeting of Republicans and Democrats to discuss how to end unprecedented obstruction, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) said he was hopeful that the Senate would move forward to confirm several nominees for key administration positions. But he added that "obstruct and delay" has become the norm, and said a permanent change in the Senate rules must be made so the Senate can get work done for the American people. Since 2009, Udall has called on the Senate to ref… Continue Reading

July 15, 2013

Udall Urges Congress not to Move Forward on Farm Bill that Eliminates Nutrition Programs

WASHINGTON - After the U.S. House of Representatives voted late last week to cut nutrition programs, including food stamps, from its version of the Farm Bill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on Senate leadership to keep the Farm Bill whole and oppose any efforts that would undermine New Mexico's farmers and hungry families. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Udall joined with 16 other colleagues to oppose the House's unprecedented legislative maneuver. He said the move disrupts a de… Continue Reading

July 12, 2013

Udall: $1.9 Million in Grant Funding for Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, announced that three New Mexico nonprofit organizations will receive a combined $1.9 million in grant funding to provide services to veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Goodwill Industries of New Mexico will receive $1,085,481 to serve veterans in 26 counties throughout the state, including the tribal lands of Cochiti, Isleta, … Continue Reading

July 12, 2013

Tom's Travels in Eastern New Mexico

During the Fourth of July work period, I was glad to travel through eastern New Mexico and talk with local leaders, farmers and ranchers and small business owners about how I can work with them as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to help them boost the economy and create jobs in our rural communities. From Tucumcari to Raton, I heard about the incredible need for affordable housing and community development projects, the serious situations our farmers and ranchers are facing durin… Continue Reading

July 11, 2013

Udall Statement in Memory of Gov. David Cargo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement, which will also be read at the memorial service for former Gov. David Cargo. "Dave Cargo holds a special place in the annals of our state and in our hearts. He was much more than New Mexico's youngest governor. He led our state with uncommon gifts. Dave had a compassion for people that knew no bounds. He was bold. He was visionary. And he was always willing to reach across the aisle. He governed our state during a … Continue Reading

July 11, 2013

Udall Statement on Historic Gridlock in Washington

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on the need to end gridlock in Washington: "I have said for a long time: the Senate is a graveyard for good ideas. Gridlock, hyper-partisanship, delay, obstruction - it all adds up to one thing: broken. I have been calling for changes in the Senate rules since I was elected to the Senate - for a simple reason: the Senate is not serving the American people. It's not serving the people of my home state of New Mexico. "What … Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

Udall Announces Grant Program to Improve Highly Rural Vets Transportation

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a new initiative that supports innovative transportation services for veterans living in highly rural areas. Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) and State Veterans Service Agencies can now apply for grants up to $50,000 to provide transportation options for rural veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that administer VA care. If specified in the application, the servic… Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

Udall: $2.2 Million to Increase NM's Health Insurance Enrollment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that 15 community health centers across New Mexico will receive over $2.2 million in grants to help enroll uninsured individuals into new affordable health coverage options that will go into effect on October 1, 2013. Currently, approximately 20 percent of New Mexico residents are uninsured. The awards are issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and will allow t… Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

Udall Urges Senate to Act to Keep Student Loan Rates Low

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today expressed disappointment that the Senate again failed to act to prevent interest rates from increasing on loans for college students in New Mexico and across the country. Last month, because of gridlock in the Senate, Congress failed to prevent a temporary agreement from expiring, causing interest rates on new federal subsidized Stafford loans for undergraduates to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Today, the Senate considered legislation… Continue Reading

July 03, 2013

Tom Udall's Statement on the Passing of Randy Udall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the death of his cousin, James "Randy" Udall: "My family and I are moved by the overwhelming support and condolences for my cousin Randy Udall. He was an extraordinary person who touched so many lives with his spirit, his intelligence and his example. His death is a tremendous loss, and we will miss him more than I can express. There was no one like him. "Randy and I were especially close. We shared a love of the mountains and… Continue Reading

July 03, 2013

Udall: $28 Million Coming to NM for Head Start

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ­- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced today that a New Mexico non-profit organization and the City of Albuquerque are receiving a combined $28 million in federal grant money for children's Head Start education in the state. This comes as New Mexico was recently ranked 50th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book. HELP-New Mexico, Inc., a community-based organization with 40 offices and/or Head St… Continue Reading

July 02, 2013

Udall Announces $1 Million for NM to Expand Children's Health Insurance

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ­- Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced the New Mexico Human Services Department is receiving $1 million in federal grant money to expand health insurance for children in New Mexico through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act and will be used to to increase the number of children eligible, but not yet enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP, and to keep them covered for as long as they qualify. These r… Continue Reading

July 01, 2013

Udall Statement on Firefighter Deaths in Arizona

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today issued the following statement on the news regarding firefighter deaths that occurred in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona: "Today all Americans are mourning the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed battling a fire outside Yarnell, Arizona. They are heroes who put themselves in harm's way for the safety of others. New Mexicans are especially thankful for their assistance fighting the recent Thompson Ridge Fire… Continue Reading

July 01, 2013

Udall Fighting to Keep Student Loans Affordable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the automatic interest rate hike on new subsidized federal undergraduate Stafford loans, which went into effect today, doubling the interest rate on these loans. "I am very disappointed that this increase went into effect. It happened despite efforts to work for a compromise - because Congress was unable to reach agreement to extend the lower rate. For thousands of New Mexico students, grants and loans make the difference b… Continue Reading

June 27, 2013

Udall Stands up for N.M. in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in approving a bill that includes significant support for important New Mexico installations and programs, including Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and New Mexico water projects. The bill includes record-level base funding for waste cleanup at Los Alamos (LANL), and significant funding levels for WIPP operations and maintenance. Udall also included an a… Continue Reading

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