Press Releases

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


June 09, 2011

Senators Announce that Apple Inc, in Major Change in Policy, Will Ban New Apps that Help Drunk Drivers Evade Police

Yesterday, At The Senators' Request, Apple Changed Their App Store Policy, Banning Future Applications That Inform Users of DUI Checkpoints; Senators Continue to Urge Apple to Remove Existing Applications That Still Enable Drunk Driving Numerous Applications For Smartphones Help Drivers Identify Where Local Police Officers Have Set Up DUI Checkpoints - Allowing Intoxicated Drivers To Avoid ThemIn March, Senators Reid, Schumer, Lautenberg and Tom Udall Asked Apple, Research in Motion (RIM), Googl… Continue Reading


June 08, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Applaud USDA for Approving Disaster Assistance for More Than 20 N.M. Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 23 New Mexico counties eligible for disaster assistance due to severe drought conditions. The Senators wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to take this action. The following 15 counties were made eligible for USDA assistance due to severe drought conditions: Chaves, Catron, Curry, DeBaca, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Luna, Otero, Q… Continue Reading


June 08, 2011

Cleaner Air Means Healthier Kids

Today is an "orange alert" day in Washington, DC. That means air pollution levels are high enough to be unhealthy for people with asthma and other sensitivities. In New Mexico, ash and smoke from the wildfires in Arizona are making the air similarly harmful for certain people. With all of that happening, it's fitting that today I had the opportunity to co-chair a hearing with Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) on the effects of air pollution on a particularly sensitive group of people - children. Children… Continue Reading


June 08, 2011

Carper, Udall Convene Senate Hearing on Air Pollution and Children’s Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Udall (D-NM) today convened a joint subcommittee hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to gather information about the impact of air pollution and other environmental contaminants on children's health. The hearing comes as the Congress continues its debate of the Clean Air Act and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pollution standards. The subcommittee hearing, titled "Air Quality and Children's Health," was … Continue Reading


June 03, 2011

Udall Announces New National Recreation Trail in Farmington

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Berg and Animas Trail has been added to the National Recreation Trails system. New Mexico is home to 17 units of the National Park Service which includes parks, monuments and historic trails. The announcement comes as part of a series of designations across the country by the U.S. Department of the Interior adding almost 650 miles of trails to the system in 17 states. "New Mexico is blessed with an abundance of unique outdoo… Continue Reading


June 03, 2011

Pueblo of Laguna Receives $2.6 Million in Federal Grants and Loans for Water and Waste Disposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Pueblo of Laguna will receive $2.6 million in federal grants and loans to improve the Pueblo's water and sewer infrastructure. The $1.95 million grant and $650,000 loan were made possible through U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The funds will be used for improvements to the Pueblo's villages of Encinal, Paguate, Seama, Laguna and Mesita. "Outdated and overused water and waste disposal systems pose a threat to c… Continue Reading


June 02, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Applaud USDA for Granting Emergency Grazing Permit to Ranchers in Five 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 Harding, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union 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 Se… Continue Reading


June 02, 2011

Udall Announces $7.1 Million for Health Centers in Las Cruces and Santa Fe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that La Clinica De Familia in Las Cruces and La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe will receive a total of $7.1 million as part of continued funding to provide health care services for low-income and homeless residents in their respective communities. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. La Familia Medical Center will receive $3,192,773 and La… Continue Reading


June 01, 2011

Udall Announces $200,000 for Job Training in Lea County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce will receive $200,000 to provide 100 Lea County area residents with job training skills. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Labor. The project will provide job readiness skill training, English as a Second Language instruction, case management, GED preparation and job placement services. "With the economy continuing its slow recovery, it is more important than ever … Continue Reading


June 01, 2011

Udall Congratulates Santa Fe Native on Recognition as Medal of Honor Recipient

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today released the following statement offering his congratulations and thanks to Santa Fe native Leroy Arthur Petry, an Army Ranger who will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month by President Obama for his courageous actions during combat operations in Afghanistan in May 2008. "Today I join with New Mexicans, and all Americans, in congratulating Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry on this historic occasion - his recognition as only the sec… Continue Reading


May 27, 2011

My Vote on the Ryan Budget

This week we held a vote on the House-passed 2012 budget, proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan. A budget is an outline of our priorities as a nation. It shows what we think is important and what we as a nation should invest in. The budget passed by the House would end Medicare as we know it and put insurance companies between patients and their doctors. It would cut programs that benefit the middle-class and protect senior citizens and the poor, all the while lowering taxes on the wealthiest Americ… Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Udall Welcomes New LANL Director to Position

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today congratulating Dr. Charles McMillan on his appointment to director of Los Alamos National Laboratory: "I congratulate Dr. Charles McMillan on his selection as Los Alamos National Labs Director and President of Los Alamos National Security, LLC. The inception of LANL may be legendary, but its mission is ever relevant today. The United States and our allies depend on LANL to continue its far-reaching scientific missio… Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Udall, Whitehouse, Cardin Introduce Bill to Address Nation’s Water Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced legislation to help address the nation's water challenges by encouraging the research, development and promotion of new green infrastructure technologies and designs, which use natural processes to combat polluted stormwater runoff. Companion legislation was also introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD). In New Mexico and the Southwest, drought … Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Udall & Bingaman Applaud USDA for Granting Emergency Grazing Permit to Ranchers in Curry County

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 Curry County to graze their livestock on federal 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 urging hi… Continue Reading


May 25, 2011

Udall Statement On Republican Budget Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on his vote against the House-passed budget in the Senate this evening: "A budget is an outline of our priorities as a nation. It shows what we think is important and what we as a nation should invest in. I voted against the Republican Budget because the outlined priorities are wrong. I don't believe that New Mexicans want to end Medicare as we know it and prioritize tax cuts for the wealthy. Instead, our budget should fo… Continue Reading


May 25, 2011

Udall: N.M. Receives $1.6 Million to Support AmeriCorps Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism will receive $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state. The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund 412 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs. "With an economy that is still recovering, AmeriCorps members are more important to our communities than ever in addres… Continue Reading


May 25, 2011

Udall: Reauthorizing Patriot Act without Debate, Amendments is Mistake

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), took to the Senate floor today to reaffirm his opposition to the Patriot Act, saying that the law undermines the constitutional right to privacy of law-abiding citizens. Udall's remarks came as the Senate prepares to vote this week on a reauthorization of the three controversial provisions within the law that fail to protect the privacy rights of innocent Americans and do nothing to guard against potential abuse. Those provisions are: roving wiretaps, … Continue Reading

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