Press Releases

April 08, 2011

Udall: Government Shutdown Could Impede New Mexico Wildfire Prevention and Containment

WASHINGTON - With New Mexico's wildfire season gearing up, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today warned that a federal government shutdown would make it more difficult for the state to prevent and contain fires due of the furlough of thousands of Department of Interior (DOI) and Forest Service workers. To hear more from Udall on how New Mexico could be impacted by a shutdown, click here. DOI is responsible for the management of federal lands, including National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, an… Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Udall Statement on Potential Federal Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the consequences of a government shutdown for New Mexico: "A government shutdown would be a raw deal for the people of New Mexico. To put it in perspective, as of February, our state's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent. A government shutdown could increase that by almost half. That's the equivalent of half the population of Las Cruces - nearly 50,000 people -- all being furloughed on the same day. "The American… Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Prevent Youth Suicide

WASHINGTON, DC- In an effort to prevent youth suicide and reach out to young people who need mental health services, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011. The reauthorization will help improve access to counseling for at-risk teens and promote the development of statewide suicide early intervention and prevention strategies. It will also increase federal fundi… Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Udall, Bingaman Want Military Paid in Event of Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman joined a bipartisan group of senators today in cosponsoring the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (S. 724) to assure that military personnel continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown. The lawmakers urged efforts to prevent a shutdown of government operations, but stressed that a contingency plan must be in place for America's service men and women. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ka… Continue Reading

April 06, 2011

A Real Chance for Renewable Energy

The idea has been passed by the Senate numerous times. The House has passed it again and again, too. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have setup versions of it, and yet, a Renewable Energy Standard (RES) still isn't on the books at the national level. This Congress, I hope we can change that. Today my cousin, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, joined me to re-introduce our legislation for a federal RES requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar… Continue Reading

April 06, 2011

Tom Udall, Mark Udall Introduce Renewable Energy Standard Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today continued their fight to enact a federal Renewable Energy Standard (RES) by introducing legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. The bill would set the first national threshold for utilities to provide a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources - with a 6 percent requirement by 2013, followed by gr… Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Udall Statement on 1099 Repeal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the Senate's passage of H.R. 4, a measure to repeal the 1099 reporting responsibility for small business under the new health care law: "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in New Mexico and around the nation. Revising the new health reform law to eliminate the 1099 reporting requirement will eliminate this burden for owners, helping them spend more time on their business, and not on paperwork. I loo… Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Udall Introduces “Bill Shock” Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation to help limit cell phone "bill shock" that occurs when cellular customers unwittingly exceed their monthly limits for voice minutes, text messages, or data usage. The Cell Phone Bill Shock Act of 2011 would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue a rule that would require cell phone companies to notify their customers via text or email when they have used 80 percent of their monthly limit of voice minute… Continue Reading

April 01, 2011

Udall: $1.9 Million for Head Start Programs in San Juan, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Presbyterian Medical Services will receive $1.9 million for Head Start projects that focus on child welfare, healthy development and preparation for kindergarten. The funding is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Families in our rural communities often have fewer child care options and rely on programs like those from Presbyterian Medical Services," Udall said. "At a time when future f… Continue Reading

March 31, 2011

Our Environmental Laws are Public Health Laws

The Clean Air Act has been a standard for successful public health policy for more than 40 years. Signed into law by President Nixon with strong bipartisan support for decades, this law has helped keep the air we breathe free from pollution. Just last year, the law protected American families from 1.7 million asthma attacks, 130,000 heart attacks and 86,000 emergency room visits. Despite the Environmental Protection Agency's best efforts, in New Mexico alone, over 170,000 residents still suffer … Continue Reading

March 28, 2011

Udall Response to President’s Address on U.S. Military Action in Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement following President Obama's primetime address on the conflict in Libya: "President Obama demonstrated leadership and patience to create a strong international coalition to prevent further attacks on the Libyan populace by its government. As the president outlined tonight, the next step is to make sure the U.S. mission in Libya is more narrowly defined and limited with NATO leading the effort to keep the Gaddafi regime fro… Continue Reading

March 25, 2011

There's No App for Safe Drunk Driving

There's an app for just about everything these days. But what we cannot tolerate are apps that enable law-breakers and endanger others. It came to my attention recently that a number of smartphone apps are available to help individuals evade DWI checkpoints and drive drunk. One application contains a database of DWI checkpoints updated in real-time. Another application, with more than 10 million users, also allows users to alert each other to DWI checkpoints in real time. These apps are realist… Continue Reading

March 25, 2011

President Obama Signs Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico Congressional Delegation today confirmed that President Obama has signed a disaster declaration, making qualified New Mexico counties eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. In February, parts of New Mexico suffered from record-breaking cold weather that disrupted natural gas and water services. Subsequently, Governor Susana Martinez sought a disaster declaration allowing FEMA to assist communities recovering from the damage. The request, which was a… Continue Reading

March 22, 2011

Senators Call on Smartphone Makers to Remove Apps that Help Drunk Drivers Evade Police

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Tom Udall (D-NM) today urged smartphone makers to no longer offer software applications that help drunk drivers evade police, calling the applications "harmful to public safety." In a letter to Google, Blackberry and Apple, Inc., the senators acknowledged the companies' commitment to social responsibility and asked that the applications be removed from online stores or else altered to re… Continue Reading

March 17, 2011

Udall Introduces Bill to Spur Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation to strengthen the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and training programs in order to spur innovation and keep the U.S. competitive in an increasingly global economy. The STEM Support for Teachers in Education and Mentoring (STEM²) Act includes a package of initiatives designed to improve student interest and performance in STEM skills that are critical to future economic growth and co… Continue Reading

March 17, 2011

Udall: Congress Must Forge Budget Compromise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a three-week Continuing Resolution to avert a government shutdown: "Congress cannot continue to shirk its responsibilities and I will be hard-pressed to support another short-term budget extension. Our inability to set a path forward for the remainder of the fiscal year is having a real impact in New Mexico and across the country. As a consequence of the uncertainty, agencies and small businesses ar… Continue Reading

March 16, 2011

Improving Helmet Safety for Children

To mark Brain Injury Awareness Month, today I led the introduction of bipartisan legislation to protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bill also increases potential penalties for using false injury prevention claims to s… Continue Reading

March 16, 2011

Udall, Pascrell Introduce Legislation Requiring Stronger Standards for Youth Football Helmets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-8) today marked Brain Injury Awareness Day by introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bi… Continue Reading

March 14, 2011

Udall Announces $5 Million for Socorro Water and Waste Disposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the city of Socorro will receive $4.945 million in grant and loan funding to build additional water distribution lines and lift stations to serve residents of the communities of Evergreen and Hope Farm. The city will receive a grant of $1.25 million and a loan of $3.695 million from the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program run by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. "Our municipalities often face the dual ch… Continue Reading

March 11, 2011

Udall: Almost $1 Million for Community Health Center in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Ben Archer Health Center will receive $984,209 as part of continued funding to provide primary medical, behavioral health and dental care services in Northern Doña Ana, Sierra, Otero and Luna Counties. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to assist the community health care center in continuing to offer comprehensive primary hea… Continue Reading

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