Press Releases

June 03, 2020

Udall Joins Legislation to Uphold Congressional Power of the Purse

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined 18 Senate Democrats to introduce the Congressional Power of the Purse Act to reaffirm the role of Congress, directly elected by the American people, as the sole branch of government vested with the power in the Constitution to decide how taxpayer funds are spent. The senators introduced the legislation to rein in the Executive Branch's encroachment on federal spending decisions. President D… Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Applaud Nearly $3 Million DOT Grant for Low Emission Bus Program

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $2,920,000 grant to the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) for the Low or No-Emission bus program to replace gas-powered buses in its fleet with electric buses and the accompanying charging infrastructure. The NCRTD serves residents of northern New Mexico across five counties, includi… Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

N.M. Delegation Calls on USCIS to Help Strengthen America’s Health Care Workforce and Prevent Medical Professional Shortages in Rural and Underserved Areas During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) are calling on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to take immediate visa processing actions that will bolster the health care workforce in rural and underserved areas and help fill medical provider shortages in these areas. The lawmakers are calling on USCIS to expedite premium processing … Continue Reading


June 01, 2020

Udall Statement on Nationwide Protests in Response to Police Violence Against Black Americans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on nationwide protests, including in New Mexico, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minnesota: "The righteous demand for justice, equality, and an end to systemic racism and violence against Black Americans and other people of color is echoing across New Mexico and the nation today. Elected officials at every level of government owe it to those who have been killed - George Floyd, Breo… Continue Reading


June 01, 2020

N.M. Delegation Announces Over $20 Million in CARES Act Funding for Skilled Nursing Facilities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that 59 skilled nursing facilities in the State of New Mexico will receive $20,537,500 to help combat the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds come from the $175 billion Provider Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act a… Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Udall, Democratic Senators Request Information About the Distribution of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Tribal Governments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators John Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Il.), Angus King (I-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.),and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting th… Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Udall Joins New Mexico Municipal League’s Mayoral Caucus for Discussion on Federal Support for Local Governments

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined the New Mexico Municipal League's weekly caucus call with mayors to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their communities. During the call with approximately 60 mayors from around the state, Udall outlined measures the U.S. Senate should take in its next COVID-19 relief bill to support local government and New Mexico communities. "I realize your plates are full now," Udall said. "You're on the frontlines as your com… Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

VIDEO: Udall, Community Leaders Hold Virtual Roundtable on Restarting Census Collection in Southern New Mexico

Udall has been highlighting census efforts with #CensusCounts social media campaign VIDEO LINK: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bGna4qjHcno SANTA FE, N.M.- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a virtual roundtable with the Las Cruces Area Office of the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders in eastern and southern New Mexico to announce the restarting of census collection efforts temporarily paused to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Las Cruces-based field office will hand-deliver cen… Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Hail $112,000 Grant to San Juan College Harvest University Center for Economic Diversification Efforts

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) applauded over $112,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to the Harvest University Center at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. The $112,850 grant funds the third year of the five-year Harvest University Center program at San Juan College. The Enterprise Center at San Juan College won a competitive EDA gr… Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the bipartisan Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act which would recapture a limited number of unused visas from prior years and allocate them to doctors and nurses who can help in the fight against COVID-19. The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would not increase current immigration numbers and also would not displace American workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the need for additional health care prof… Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

NM, AZ Lawmakers Demand Answers to Reports that Former Trump White House Official Supplied Indian Health Service with Potentially Substandard Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Tom O'Halleran (D-Ariz.), and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) sent a bicameral letter to the Director of the Indian Health Service (IH… Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Release Plan to Expand Access to Health Insurance and Affordability Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 33 Senate Democrats to release a plan to dramatically expand access to health insurance for all Americans and cover all COVID-19 treatment costs amid the current pandemic. The senators outlined a commonsense policy proposal that would reduce costs for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace plans and create a special enrollment period to obtain coverage, subsidize the high cost of COBRA plans for the n… Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Applaud Nearly $2.9 Million Grant to Upgrade and Replace Williamsburg Sewer System

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a nearly $2.9 million grant to the village of Williamsburg, New Mexico to expand and improve the existing sewer line delivery system to pave the way for integrating the system with the sewer system of the adjacent town of Truth or Consequences. Williamsburg received the $2,887,000 grant as the existing… Continue Reading


May 25, 2020

VIDEO: On Memorial Day, Udall Marks the Completion of 90 Oral Histories from NM Veterans with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden for the Veterans History Project

Udall and his staff conducted interviews and documented the oral histories of veterans from each of New Mexico's 33 counties VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AggPVnarU8 WASHINGTON - In honor of Memorial Day, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to virtually present 90 oral histories his office collected from New Mexico veterans to the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project. Udall and his staff have worked with the veterans-who come… Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Udall Statement on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement to honor our fallen service members in New Mexico and across the nation ahead of Memorial Day: "Today, and every day, we honor the service and sacrifices of the women and men in New Mexico and across the nation whose lives were lost in defense of our country and to protect our way of life. We remember that they gave their own lives for the values that unite us all - freedom, democracy, safety and security. We owe… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Udall Announces New Chief of Staff, Legislative Director

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that Andrew (Drew) Wallace will serve as his new chief of staff in Washington, D.C. Wallace succeeds Bianca Ortiz Wertheim, who has been appointed secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Wallace has served as Udall's Legislative Director since 2013. Lauren Arias, Udall's current Legislative Assistant on health care and education issues, will serve as Legislative Dir… Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Push to Ensure Detainees at ICE Detention Centers Are Guaranteed Access to Free Telephone Calls During COVID-19 Pandemic

Letter also calls on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to guarantee that communications with attorneys are confidential and unsupervised by detention center staff WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 27 senators in a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), urging the Trump administration to ensure that all ICE detention centers implement the agency's recent commitment to provide 52… Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

As Wildfire Season Approaches, Udall Leads Bipartisan Push in Letter to Vice President Pence to Secure PPE, COVID-19 Testing for Firefighters on the Front Lines

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, joined Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), ranking member of the Senate ENR Committee in a bipartisan letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging the White House Coronavirus Task Force to assist … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Kicks Off “Road to 30 Virtual Tour” to Protect 30 Percent of America’s Lands and Water by 2030

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/W5TokjE5m5U WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with the Center for Western Priorities and the Sierra Club, kicked off a "Road to 30 Virtual Tour" of states across the West to emphasize the importance of his bold legislation to set a national goal of protecting 30 percent of America's lands and water by 2030, known as the 30x30 initiative. In the kick-off event, Udall joined Dr. Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and one of the w… Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

DHS Inspector General to Examine ICE Detention Facility COVID-19 Policies and Practices

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released a letter announcing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) will conduct a review of U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in its facilities. Following reports that ICE detention facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were operating without processes to protect both staff and detainees such as providing protective gear, ensuring detaine… Continue Reading

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