Press Releases

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: 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

November 03, 2011

Cleaning Up Campaign Finance

Cross-posted at As we head into another election year, New Mexicans are about to be bombarded with negative attack ads paid for by anonymous, third-party organizations that dominate our TVs and radios in growing numbers each election cycle. We will see an unprecedented amount of money in our elections, and more than ever it will be coming from corporations and outside special interests. We cannot stand idly by and watch our elections be fundamentally degraded by a flood of unaccou… Continue Reading

November 01, 2011

Senators Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Clean Up Campaign Finance System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Michael Bennet today introduced a constitutional amendment to grant Congress the authority to regulate the campaign finance system. Among other important reforms, the amendment would allow Congress to correct the controversial Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance that has the effect of allowing virtually unlimited corporate and special interest spending in elections. Joining Udall and Bennet as original cosponsors of the legis… Continue Reading

October 31, 2011

Udall Applauds USDA Investment at NMSU

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico State University will receive $800,000 to enhance programs that support underserved students and develop a skilled American workforce. The funding, made possible through a competitive grant program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is awarded to institutions based on their commitment to meeting the needs of the Hispanic community. It will be used to mentor stude… Continue Reading

October 21, 2011

Udall Statement on Iraq Troop Drawdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement today on President Obama's announcement to complete the transition of armed forces out of Iraq by the end of this year: "I applaud President Obama for his commitment to bringing the war in Iraq to a close and commend our armed forces and the many other Americans whose exemplary service has made ending the war a reality. I was opposed to the war in Iraq from the begi… Continue Reading

October 20, 2011

Udall Statement on Death of Gadhafi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement today on the reported death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi: "The death of Moammar Gadhafi closes the final chapter in the dictator's four-decade-long rule. It also marks the beginning of an evolution that will hold a combination of new hopes and challenges for the emerging government and the Libyan people. This is an important moment for the nation of Libya. I e… Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Udall, Rockefeller Raise Red Flags on Concussions in Sports and Questionable Marketing of Sports Safety Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Commerce Committee hearing today, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) highlighted two important points about sports concussions that are often overlooked: that concussions are a serious problem even for young athletes; and that sports equipment is often marketed as "anti-concussion" without sufficient proof. "We now understand that this is not an injury only NFL players can suffer. And it's not just a football problem either," Rockefeller sa… Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Protecting our Youth from Concussions

As I wrote recently in an op-ed for CNN, this year there will be millions of sports-related concussions and many of them will go undiagnosed. Around 300,000 will result in a player losing consciousness. And although much of the media focus has been on football, the sport where the majority of concussions occur, it's certainly not limited to that sport. Today the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to examine the brain injury epidemic and questionable advertising for products that claim to … Continue Reading

October 17, 2011

Udall: Wireless Announcement Marks Big Improvement to Prevent "Bill Shock"

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by CTIA, the Wireless Association, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Consumers Union regarding cell phone "bill shock": "At least 30 million Americans have suffered cell phone 'bill shock' after exceeding the limit of their monthly wireless plan. Over a year ago, I offered a simple solution. Phone companies should alert a consumer before they go over their limit for data, text… Continue Reading

October 12, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Proposal to Provide Millions for New Mexico Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced bipartisan legislation that will extend the life of two initiatives that direct millions of dollars in payments to New Mexico counties to support local employment in schools, county maintenance programs, forest management, and other critical county programs. The County Payments Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S.1692) would extend for five years the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act - a program that suppo… Continue Reading

October 11, 2011

Udall: $1.1 Million to Fight Drunk Driving on N.M. Roads

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive $1.1 million to support programs that aim to reduce drunk driving. The $1,100,126 grant is part of an incentive program by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, encouraging states to enact and enforce laws and implement programs to combat drunk driving. "It was not too long ago that New Mexico ranked first in the nation in alcohol related fatalities. Since then,… Continue Reading

October 11, 2011

Udall Applauds Approval of Funds to Spur $138 Million in N.M. Small Business Lending

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) applauded the administration's approval of New Mexico's Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application, which is expected to generate $138 million in new small business lending in the state. "This year I've held small business and economic development roundtables across New Mexico, and small business owners consistently cite the lack of small business lending as a barrier to creating new jobs," Udall said. "This initiative opens up a new pool of … Continue Reading

October 07, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Meet With Postmaster General and Push For Answers on Closures

WASHINGTON - Following a meeting this week with U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are sending him a letter to reiterate their request for transparency and answers to remaining questions about the impact of proposed postal closures across New Mexico. Bingaman and Udall met with Postmaster General Donahoe on Tuesday to voice their concerns regarding his proposal to close over 50 post offices in New Mexico. During the meeting, the senators noted the … Continue Reading

October 06, 2011

Udall Urges Continued Cleanup of Legacy Uranium Mines and Mills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Children's Health and Environmental Responsibility, held an oversight hearing today on the status of cleanup operations at legacy uranium mining and milling operations in New Mexico and elsewhere in the United States. Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) testified before the su… Continue Reading

October 05, 2011

Bingaman, Udall, Heinrich, and Luján Advocate for a Regional Patent Office in New Mexico

WASHINGTON -- New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Congressmen Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are urging the Obama administration to open a regional Patent and Trademark Office in central New Mexico. Such a move could bring with it as many as 100 highly-skilled professional jobs. Last month, President Obama signed a bill into law that streamlines the process for granting patents. As part of that law, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is required to open at least tw… Continue Reading

October 03, 2011

Twitter Chat: Jobs & Opportunities in the Hispanic Community

In New Mexico, we celebrate a unique cultural heritage that can't be found anywhere else. Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us how truly special New Mexico is. It's a time to look back at the culture and traditions that shaped our state and people, and it's also a chance for us to look forward at building opportunities for the Hispanic community to thrive in the future. The Hispanic community has been hit hard by this bad economy. Hispanic household wealth dropped by 66 percent between 2005 and 20… Continue Reading

September 29, 2011

Senators Call for Stronger Support of Tribal Health Care

Today U.S. Senators from the Western states protected the needs of Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Alaska Native peoples in a letter calling on President Obama to strengthen tribal self-governance, support economic self-sufficiency, and honor the government's agreements with Indian Tribes by fully funding contract support costs and joint venture staffing in his Fiscal Year 2013 budget request. Tribal groups around the country contract with the government to deliver services such as runnin… Continue Reading

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