Press Releases

April 22, 2020

Udall: Reflecting on the 50th Earth Day During a Time of Crisis

Read the full Medium post here. SANTA FE, N.M. -Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, marked the 50thEarth Day by highlighting the nexus between the COVID-19 pandemic and the crises facing our planet, and outlined a vision for the future to help prevent future public health crises, fight the dual nature and climate crises, and advance environmental justice. Excerpts from Udall's piece… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Udall Applauds Senate Passage of Additional Emergency Funding for Small Businesses, Hospitals, Nationwide Testing

SANTA FE, N.M.-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall applauded unanimous Senate passage of a bipartisan interim COVID-19 relief agreement to bolster the public health response and economic recovery provisions of the CARES Act by providing additional emergency funding and fixes for small business relief, hospitals and health care workers, and to increase nationwide testing and contact tracing capabilities: "As our communities continue to step up and slow the spread of COVID-19, small business owners an… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Heinrich, Udall Announce Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced the Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act, legislation he plans to introduce to eliminate the non-federal cost share for emergency protective measures undertaken by Tribal governments in response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Senators Heinrich and Udall recently sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Peter T. Gaynor outlining significant concerns about the public health and economic … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Udall Statement Ahead of 50th Earth Day

SANTA FE-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement ahead of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which falls on Wednesday, April 22nd: "Across the United States, 20 million people of all ages and backgrounds united on April 22, 1970 to protect our planet and build an environmental movement from the ground up to chart a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable f… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $84 million in CARES Act Grants For NM Colleges and Universities and Students That Have Been Affected By The Coronavirus Pandemic

$22 million from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund will go towards ensuring education continues for students of all ages 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 over $84 million in grants will go to local education institutions, students, and the governor's office as part of the $2 trillionCoronavirus Aid, R… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Udall Joins New Mexico Economic Development Department for Roundtable Discussion on Small Business Assistance

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined New Mexico Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department for a webinar for New Mexico small businesses. During the webinar, Udall outlined the federal small business assistance from the recently-passed $2 trillion emergency coronavirus response package and his efforts to secure future assistance for New Mexico small businesses in Congress. "I'd like to extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call On Congressional Leaders To Ensure Immigrant Families Can Access Critical Services During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 27 Senators and 77 Members of the House of Representatives, are urging Congressional leadership to call for an inclusive coronavirus relief package that ensures that urgently-needed coronavirus testing and medical care and other critical lifelines are accessible by all communities, regardless of limited English proficiency or immigration status. In their letter, the Members of Congress highlighted the immigran… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call on Trump Administration to Automatically Extend Work Authorizations for DACA & TPS Recipients Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Nationally, an estimated 330,000 DACA and TPS recipients are essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, including more than 50,000 in the health care industry WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 36 Democratic Senators in a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to automaticallyextend existing legal work authorizations for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and other … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Joins Leading Scientists to Discuss the Nexus of Coronavirus and Nature Crises, Calls for Bold Conservation Vision to Help Prevent Future Pandemics

AUDIO LINK: Udall's remarks begin at 2:19 here. WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined world-renowned scientists Thomas Lovejoy, Senior Fellow on Biodiversity and Environmental Science at the U.N. Foundation, and Enric Sala, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, during a press call ahead of the release of a new issue brief by the Center for American Progress on the intersection between the coronavirus pandemic and the nature crisis. During the press call, … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Push Senate and House Leadership to Expand Health Care Coverage for New Mexicans in Future COVID-19 Legislation

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 36 fellow senators in a letter to Senate and House Republican leadership, requesting that any future emergency coronavirus legislation include strong provisions that protect and expand healthcare coverage for the millions of Americans and record number of New Mexicans who have filed for unemployment and recently lost employer-based healthcare coverage. In the letter, the senators urged congressional leadership… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds CARES Act Grant Funding for HIV/AIDS Treatment and Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $853,877 to the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of Health and the Southwest C.A.R.E. Center, for the Ryan White HIV/Aids Program as a part of the COVID-19 CARES Act congressional response. The Ryan White HIV/Aids p… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Udall Calls for Immediate Bipartisan Action to Fix Paycheck Protection Program and Provide Additional Funding for Small Businesses, Healthcare Providers, State, Local and Tribal Governments on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Crisis

SANTA FE - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement calling for immediate bipartisan action to address gaps in the recently passed CARES Act that would provide additional funding and fixes for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), shoring up our hospitals and other health care providers as they fight COVID-19 while losing regular revenue, and provide relief to state, local and Tribal governments as they continue to experience severe financial losses caused by the co… Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Udall Pushes to Ensure Workers Receive Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and 33 Democratic colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, pressing the department to ensure that workers Congress intended to be covered by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program under the CARES Act receive the benefits they deserve. "[P]arts of the guidance appear narrow or ambiguous, which could make states think they need to exclude workers who Congress clearly intended to receive unemployment comp… Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $25.2 million in Grants to 50 Local Airports from Emergency Coronavirus Response Package

WASHINGTON-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 50 local airports across New Mexico will receive over $25.2 million in federal grants to sustain critical operations and connect the state and rural communities to the resources they need. The funds are part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that th… Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Udall and Heinrich Join Bipartisan Call to Increase Support for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of 39 senators in a letter calling on Senate leadership to include strong support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in future legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators highlighted a deeply concerning trend that service providers are reporting, in which many local law enforcement agencies are… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

N.M. Delegation Calls On Trump Admin To Quickly Remedy Faulty Implementation Of CARES Act Programs For Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted By Coronavirus

WASHINGTON- 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 raising concerns with the U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration's (SBA) implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) process. The delegation is urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza to imp… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Bipartisan Push for USDA to Provide Relief for Local Farmers Losing Sales During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Trump administration to provide relief for local farmers who are struggling as the nation combats the spread of COVID-19. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators urged USDA to ensure that a portion of the $9.5 billion they secured in the Coronavirus Ai… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Press Administration For Information On Distribution Of Critical Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are raising serious concerns about the Trump administration's lack of transparency and reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Although the President has declared a national emergency and mobilized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help distribute supplies, FEMA is currently relying on private companies to distribute masks, N95 respir… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Push for Transparency on Nationwide Plan for Increasing Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 44 Senate Democrats in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urging them to publicize a comprehensive and transparent plan to conduct a national inventory of the coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge FEMA To Support Tribal Requests For Assistance

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter T. Gaynor outlining significant concerns about the public health and economic impacts that the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is having on tribal communities in New Mexico. Senators Udall and Heinrich are urging Administrator Gaynor to heed the requests of tribes that are requesting prompt action to receive assistance to address the… Continue Reading

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