Press Releases

May 20, 2011

Small Business Week

This week is Small Business Week - a time to recognize the contributions that our small businesses make as the backbone of our economy. Really, every week is Small Business Week. In New Mexico they provide 55 percent of our private sector jobs. And particularly during a time of economic recovery, helping our small businesses to weather the economic downturn has been a top priority of mine. Over the past few months, I've traveled across New Mexico, speaking with small business owners about the ch… Continue Reading


May 19, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Renew Effort to Protect Organ Mountains While Improving Border Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today renewed their push to protect the scenic landscape of the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County. The legislation, called the Organ Mountains - Doña Ana County Conservation and Protection Act (S. 1024), creates wilderness and conservation areas in the county that provide for continued public use while protecting the granite peaks of the Organ Mountains and the volcanic cinder cones of the Potrillo Mountains, among other public lands in … Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

Senate Energy Committee Considers Bills Introduced by New Mexico Senators

WASHINGTON - Three bills written by Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall to benefit New Mexico were the subject of a Senate hearing today. A hearing marks the first step toward Congressional passage. One of the bills the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands considered today was the Río Grande del Norte Conservation Establishment Act, which would protect approximately 236,000 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Taos and Río A… Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

Time for Transition in Afghanistan

We've been in Afghanistan for nearly ten years -- this is America's longest war. Today, as part of a new project organized by YouTube, called the YouTube Town Hall, I posted a video calling for an accelerated transition of security operations to Afghan forces. Last year President Obama outlined a plan to begin this transition in July. It's critical that we meet this target date for the Afghans to take responsibility for their country and begin bringing our troops home. In December I laid out the… Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

Udall: Tohatchi Non-Profit to Receive $1.1 Million for At-Risk Youth Education, Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Tohatchi Area of Opportunity & Services Inc. will receive a $1.1 million federal grant for its career education program, which provides education and job training to out-of-school youth in the Navajo Nation and northwest New Mexico. The grant is funded through the Department of Labor's YouthBuild initiative. Since 2007, YouthBuild has provided grantees with funding to help out-of-school youth obtain their diplomas or GEDs while … Continue Reading


May 17, 2011

Udall Votes to Reduce Deficit By Repealing Big Oil Tax Subsidies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on his vote for legislation to reduce the deficit by repealing tax breaks and loopholes for five Big Oil companies: "Today I voted to cut the federal deficit by $21 billion over the next ten years by reducing tax subsidies for large, multi-national oil companies. At a time of federal budget stress, we cannot afford more tax subsidies for the Big Oil corporations that reported making over $30 billion in profits duri… Continue Reading


May 17, 2011

Udall Announces Almost $1 Million for Arts Funding in N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico will receive a series of grants totaling $944,600 for music, theatre and visual arts projects across the state. The funding was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. "The arts are an important part of New Mexico's culture, traditions, and economy. This funding will help provide creative outlets and essential support to community art projects from Las Cruces to Santa Fe, and will help build up local econ… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

Bill Would Improve Safety of Roads on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced a measure to renew a program that aims to improve the safety of roads that serve the Navajo Nation that are used as school bus routes. Senator Tom Udall is a cosponsor of the bill. The condition of roads on the Navajo Nation has long been a problem. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), of the 9,700 miles of public roads that serve the Navajo Nation, only about one-third are paved. The remaining 6,500 miles are dirt roads. Nea… Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

We Need Bipartisan Immigration Reform

This week, President Obama visited the Southwest to speak on an issue that's vitally important to New Mexico and all border states - immigration reform. In 2007, I supported the efforts of former President George W. Bush to overhaul the immigration system, and I applaud President Obama for again bringing this issue to the forefront. In his El Paso, Texas speech, President Obama echoed my thoughts when he said: The most significant step we can now take to secure the borders is to fix the system … Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

Udall Reacts to President Obama’s Immigration Speech

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's speech on immigration: "In 2007, I supported the efforts of former President George W. Bush to overhaul the immigration system, and I applaud President Obama for again bringing this issue to the forefront. "Meaningful reform is about more than just building a fence or arresting undocumented immigrants. In a border state like ours, it's making sure that federal, state and local law enforcem… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that his office has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies for the class of 2016. In a YouTube video for prospective nominees across New Mexico, Udall provided information about the process of applying to an academy. To watch the video, click here. "One of my duties as United States Senator is nominating outstanding young people from New Mexico to our nation's military service academies," said Ud… Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

Udall Amendment to Improve Pipeline Safety Passes Committee

WASHINGTON - An amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) to improve pipeline safety in rural areas was reported out of the Senate Commerce Committee today. The amendment was included in the larger Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011 (S. 275) which also passed committee on a unanimous voice vote. In August 2000, a severely corroded natural gas transmission line exploded outside of Carlsbad killing 12 members of several related families camping near the Pecos River.… Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

Finally

As you've no doubt heard, President Obama announced this week that Osama bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan. Bin Laden epitomized the terror that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, citizens across the globe share in a sense of relief and justice with all those who lost loved ones at his hands. Our heartfelt congratulations belong to the intelligence personnel, military forces and our Commander-In-Chief for bringing this long manhunt to a close. We also re… Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

Bill Would Improve Safety of Roads on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced a measure to renew a program that aims to improve the safety of roads that serve the Navajo Nation that are used as school bus routes. Senator Tom Udall is a cosponsor of the bill. The condition of roads on the Navajo Nation has long been a problem. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), of the 9,700 miles of public roads that serve the Navajo Nation, only about one-third are paved. The remaining 6,500 miles are dirt roads. Nea… Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

Whitfield, Udall Introduce Legislation to End Doping of Race Horses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01) and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced the 'Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011,' to end the use of performance enhancing drugs in the sport of horseracing. The industry's permissive medication rules have resulted in some unscrupulous trainers giving horses painkillers and other drugs to improve their chances of success without regard for health or safety. This can mean that horses run as fast as possible without feeling the pain … Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

Udall: Killing of Bin Laden “Momentous Achievement” for America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the killing of Osama Bin Laden: Osama Bin Laden epitomized the terror that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, citizens across the globe share in a sense of relief and justice with the Americans who lost loved ones at his hands. Our heartfelt congratulations belong to the intelligence personnel, military forces and Commander-In-Chief for bringi… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

Udall Statement on FY11 Budget Compromise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on today's vote to pass the remaining budget for fiscal year 2011: "I certainly don't agree with everything in this budget resolution but it's the best agreement that could be reached in order to prevent a government shutdown and the major economic damage it would cause. New Mexico has a one of the highest percentages of federal employees in the nation, including families who continue our state's strong tradition of milit… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

Udall Invites Las Cruces Mayor Pro-Tem to Testify at Senate Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Las Cruces City Councilor and Mayor Pro-Tem Sharon Thomas to Washington today to testify before his Environment and Public Works Committee on the importance of surface transportation for New Mexico communities. Click here to watch Thomas' testimony. Click here for a photo of Senator Udall and Thomas. Udall, a member of the committee, invited Thomas to participate in the panel to ensure that New Mexico priorities are being addressed as the Safe Accoun… Continue Reading


April 12, 2011

Tom Udall Leads Bipartisan Group in Introducing RECA Amendments Act of 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2011, which would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests. Senator Udall was joined in introducing the legislation by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mark Udall (D-CO), James Risch (R-ID), and Michael Bennet (D-CO). Companion legislation w… Continue Reading


April 11, 2011

Pueblo of Laguna Receives $2 Million for Water and Waste Disposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Pueblo of Laguna will receive two grants totaling $2 million to improve the Pueblo's sewer infrastructure. The grants - worth $1 million each - are made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development Native American Set-Aside grant program. "Like many of our Native communities, the Pueblo of Laguna faces the dual challenge of outdated and overused water and waste disposal systems," Udall said. "The Pue… Continue Reading

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