Press Releases

July 06, 2011

Udall Introduces Bill to Help N.M. Small Businesses Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced a bill that would help create new jobs by expanding federal contracting opportunities for small businesses trying to recover from the recent recession. Companion legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). The Expanding Opportunities for Main Street Act would raise the value of federal contracts that are set aside for small businesses to $500,000 and would increase the government-wide small… Continue Reading


June 27, 2011

Mandatory Evacuation in Los Alamos

The following information has been made available by New Mexico's Fire Information website: Los Alamos County officials are reporting the fire is now threatening Los Alamos. They are ordering a mandatory evacuation which will begin and proceed in this order: Group 1: Western, Quemazon, Ponderosa; Group 2: North Community, Barranca Mesa, North Mesa; Group 3: East of Diamond and the remainder of the town site. White Rock is NOT being evacuated at this time. Residents in Los Alamos should NOT go… Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Udall Introduces Legislation to Help Treat Veterans with PTSD and TBI in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation that would improve access to specialist medical care for veterans in southern New Mexico who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Senator Jeff Bingaman is an original co-sponsor. The bill, called the Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas - Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act of 2011, calls for a report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on the fe… Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Udall Reacts to Strategic Petroleum Reserve Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama's decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve: "The Obama Administration should be commended for rallying an international coalition to prevent disruption in oil markets due to the ongoing conflict in Libya. However, today's action highlights America's dangerous dependence on foreign oil in a world where global oil supplies are failing to keep up with… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

Udall: U.S. Should Have Combat Troops out of Afghanistan in 12 to 18 months

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today in reaction to President Obama's announcement of a planned security transition in Afghanistan: "I commend President Obama for sticking to the July 2011 timeline he outlined in 2009 to begin transitioning security responsibility to the Afghans. Our military, intelligence and diplomatic corps have made tremendous strides in the effort to eradicate al Qaeda and prev… Continue Reading


June 16, 2011

Udall: Congress must signal end to corn ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on his vote in support of ending corn ethanol subsidies: "America no longer needs taxpayer subsidies for corn-based ethanol. It is a mature technology and the Renewable Fuels Standard already ensures that we use ethanol to displace foreign oil. "The debate in the Senate over the past several days has shown that Congress must signal that we're prepared to deal with the corn ethanol subsidy by the end of the year. While I … Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

Udall: $2.6 Million for Santa Fe Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Santa Fe Municipal Airport will receive $2,607,550 to repair taxiways. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Transportation and will be used to rehabilitate two taxiways, including the installation of medium intensity taxiway (MILT) lights and new signage and markings. "This funding will help the airport make much-needed repairs to taxiways and improve safety for travelers on flights in and out of Santa Fe… Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

Senators Call on President to Shift Strategy in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and 24 other senators sent a letter to President Obama today calling for a shift in strategy in Afghanistan ahead of next month's announced deadline to begin an accelerated transition to Afghan security forces. In the letter, the senators urge the President to use the deadline as an opportunity to begin a "sizable and sustained" drawdown of troops that puts the U.S. on a path toward removing all regular combat t… Continue Reading


June 14, 2011

Udall: U.S. Heading Down "Slippery Path" Towards Escalation of Military Force in Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) took to the Senate floor today to warn that the U.S. is heading down a "slippery path" toward escalation of military force in Libya, and urged the Congress to exercise its War Powers Authority to approve or disapprove ground forces in the country. The floor speech comes ahead of Thursday's mark-up of a Kerry-McCain resolution on U.S. involvement in Libya by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Udall is a member. Below are Udall's remarks as… Continue Reading


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

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