Press Releases

April 03, 2019

Udall Opening Statement at Hearing to Examine EPA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to examine the EPA's fiscal year 2020 budget request: Administrator Wheeler, welcome to your first Appropriations hearing as EPA Administrator. It sure is a different day from when w… Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Udall, Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democrats: Trump Administration’s Attempts to Dismantle Affordable Care Act Threaten American Indian and Alaska Native Health

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), all members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the Trump Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision to support the full dismantling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Texas v. United States, which threatens the health care of American Indian… Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Slam President Trump’s Threat to Close the Border

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) responded to President Trump's continued threats that he will close the entire southern border, jeopardizing New Mexico's economy and thriving trade and cultural relationship with Mexico. Today, President Trump acknowledged that his reckless proposal would hurt the nation's economy. Udall and Heinrich issued the following joint statement: "President Trump is not a dictator who can unilaterally close the border to … Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with every Colorado River Basin senator, introduced the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation was developed to ensure the wide-reaching Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) forged between the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes can be implemented while fully respecting important environmental protections in the process. "In New Mexico, we live by the sa… Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Udall Introduces National Public Health Week Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a resolution in Congress to designate this week, April 1st through 7th, as National Public Health Week, as a part of his efforts to continue working toward a healthier New Mexico and healthier America. A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.). "National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the hard work we have done to create healthier communities and to recog… Continue Reading

April 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich File RAIDER Act Amendment to Block Trump Administration from Raiding Disaster, Military Funds for Wall

Action comes as Trump administration plans to raid military personnel funding to build 46 miles of border wall in NM WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich filed amendments to the pending disaster supplemental appropriations bill, including one to block the Trump administration from raiding disaster relief, military, or any other appropriated funds for the purposes of building the president's border wall without authorization from Congress. The first amendment would block t… Continue Reading

April 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand RECA to include Tularosa Downwinders, Post-1971 Uranium Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019. The legislation would expand coverage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to cover victims in New Mexico including the Tularosa Downwinders and Post-1971 Uranium Workers, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Guam. "Justice is long, long overdue for the New Mexico families and Tribal members who are victims of radiation exposure as a result of t… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

As NM Prepares for Wildfire Season, Udall, Heinrich, & Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Reverse Proposed Cuts to Wildfire Prevention, Firefighting Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined seven Western Senate colleagues in urging the Trump administration to reverse proposed funding cuts to critical wildfire prevention and forest restoration projects throughout the country. The administration's recently releas… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses FDA Commissioner to Enact Strong Protections to Address Epidemic of Youth E-Cigarette Use

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the alarming national increase of high school students using e-cigarettes and pressed the commissioner to take meaningful action to address the epidemic. "I am pleased that this budget gives additional funding to help evaluate e-cigarettes - but I remain deeply concerned about the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes by our nation's youth. CDC survey data showed an as… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Udall, Senators Introduce Bill to Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Bill marks the second anniversary of former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to deny a petition to ban chlorpyrifos EPA under Pruitt and Wheeler has refused to act despite overwhelming scientific evidence that chlorpyrifos is dangerous to public health while Interior under Bernhardt reportedly blocked report finding chlorpyrifos so toxic it presents an existential threat to over 1,200 endangered species WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators… Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Push Back Against Trump Administration Plan to Construct New Border Wall South of Deming, New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following statement in response to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan holding a press conference at the border in El Paso, TX: "The Trump administration's decision to visit the border today is part of its campaign to deceive the American people that there is a national security crisis at the El Paso and New Mexico border. To be clear, the only crisis is a humanitarian one of the administrat… Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Udall, Senate Democrats Press Bernhardt for Commitment to Honor the Boundaries of Existing National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, led 16 Senate Democrats in calling on Department of the Interior (DOI) acting Secretary David Bernhardt to make a public commitment to leave existing national monument boundaries intact as originally intended before the Senate votes on his nomination for Secretary of the Interior. "For more than a century, the Antiquities Act has empo… Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

47 Senate Democrats Introduce ‘For the People’ Act to Put Power Back in the Hands of the American People

Udall & Merkley's landmark bill would help repair our broken politics, restore the promise of American democracy, and make government work for the people Sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms makes it easier - not harder - to vote, ends the dominance of big money in politics, and ensures public officials work for the public interest WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), joined by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, le… Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Udall Speaks Out Against Plans for 46 Miles of New Mexico Border Wall, Presses Defense Department for Answers Following Attempted Transfer Of $1 Billion in Military Personnel Funding to Pay for President Trump’s Wall

Raises serious concerns that transfer of funding "constitutes a dollar-for-dollar theft from other readiness needs of our Armed Forces" WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, pressed the Department of Defense (DOD) for information on how DOD's transfer of $1 billion in military personnel funding to t… Continue Reading

March 25, 2019

Udall Announcement on 2020 Senate Election

Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, in a message to New Mexicans, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that he will not seek re-election to a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2020. "I'm confident that we could run a strong campaign next year to earn a third term, because of all the work you and I have done together, along with my wife, Jill, and my incredibly dedicated staff," Udall said. "But the worst thing anyone in public office can do is believe the office belongs to them, rather than to the p… Continue Reading

March 22, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $3 Million in HHS Funding to Fight Opioid Crisis in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, New Mexico's congressional delegation announced nearly $3 million in Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to fight the opioid crisis in New Mexico. The $2,770,397 in funding comes from grants released to states through the State Opioid Response Grant Program. "Substance abuse knows no boundaries, and the opioid epidemic has left its tragic mark on all communities across New Mexico, including urban, rural, and Tribal areas," said Sen. Tom Udall. "Federal funding is an impo… Continue Reading

March 21, 2019

Udall Holds Roundtable on Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Las Cruces

Discusses the critical importance of investing in energy efficiency projects to lower costs for consumers and combat climate change LAS CRUCES - U.S. Senator Tom Udall hosted a roundtable discussion about the vital importance of creating green jobs, and investing in energy efficiency and energy conservation projects to grow the economy, lower costs for consumers, and effectively combat climate change. During the roundtable, Udall heard from local community leaders, educators, and small busine… Continue Reading

March 19, 2019

Udall Welcomes Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Shelby to Los Alamos National Lab

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to New Mexico for a visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). During their visit, Udall and Shelby toured the facilities and met with employees to receive updates about the cutting-edge national security, energy, and other science and engineering projects currently being worked on at the … Continue Reading

March 19, 2019

Udall: New Mexico Military Projects At Risk from President Trump’s Unconstitutional National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to new information released by the Department of Defense (DOD) that lists military construction projects around the country and the world that are at risk of being cut in order to pay for President Trump's border wall through his unconstitutional national emergency declaration. The list includes six New Mexico projects, putting in jeopardy $187.5 million in funding alr… Continue Reading

March 19, 2019

N.M. Delegation Urges Department Of Defense To Consider New Mexico For Space Development Agency

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state's existing core research and development space assets. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan recently noted that the Department of Defense must make changes to … Continue Reading

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