Press Releases

March 10, 2020

VIDEO: Senate Republicans Block Udall, Merkley Effort to Pass ‘For the People Act’ to Restore our Democracy and Protect Elections From Foreign Interference

Video of Udall's floor speech can be found HERE. Video of Merkley's floor speech can be found HERE. Video of the unanimous consent request can be found HERE. WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) moved to pass the For the People Act, an urgently-needed package of comprehensive democracy reform legislation to end the dominance of big, secret money, make it easier to vote and close ethical loopholes to root out corruption. Senate Republicans once again b… Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Udall Introduces Landmark Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Fund LWCF & Restore National Parks and Public Lands

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the Great American Outdoors Act, landmark conservation legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill also provides five years of funding to address the maintenance backlog for the National Park Service (NPS), other federal public lands agencies, and Bureau of … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Udall Joins Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Alabama

WASHINGTON - This weekend, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined more than 35 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama. The members of Congress spent the weekend-long event visiting locations that were at the center of the fight for equality during the Civil Rights Movement as part of a congressional delegation trip coordinated by the Faith and Politics Institute. "It was deeply moving and humbling to join… Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

One Year After the For The People Act Passed the House, Udall Calls on Republican Senate Majority to Act On Vital Democracy Reform Bill

WASHINGTON- Nearly one year after House Democrats passed the landmark democracy reform package H.R. 1 on March 8, 2019, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), author of the For The People Act and the Democracy For All Amendment in the Senate, called on the Senate Republican majority to join with all Senate Democrats to pass the companion legislation: "American democracy has reached a crisis point," Udall said. "As we approach one of the most important elections in our nation's history, the bill we n… Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Hearing on Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene a legislative hearing on S. 2891, Udall's Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019, which he introduced last November with U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.). The Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act seeks to facilitate Tribal implementation of wildlife corridors on Indian lands and adjacent public lands to help wildlife overco… Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Udall Presses Secretary of Energy on Trump Administration’s Massive Cut for Los Alamos Environmental Cleanup, Lack of Support for NM Infrastructure, and Need for Independent Safety Oversight for Nuclear Labs

DOE Secretary also pledges to resolve dispute over information and facility access with Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board "within the next two weeks" WASHINGTON-Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, pressed U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette on the Trump administration's attempt to slash funding for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Department of Energy's (DOE) Fiscal Year 2021 budget request an… Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Udall Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators Urging Vice President Pence to Ensure Coronavirus Resources for Tribes and Urban Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.). vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a bipartisan group of 27 senators in writing to Vice President Mike Pence requesting the administration meaningfully engage with Native communities and Tribal leaders on their response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The senators sent the letter following congressional passage of a coronavirus emergency supplemental appropriations bill that includes $40 million for Tribes,… Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Vote for $8.3 Billion Emergency Coronavirus Response Package

New Mexico will receive over $5.9 million to fund state public health response WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted in favor of a $8.3 billion bipartisan, bicameral, coronavirus emergency supplemental Appropriations bill to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The funds include a major boost of $950 million in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grants to… Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Udall Presses Interior Secretary Bernhardt on Climate Science Denial

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, questioned Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt about political interference and subversion of climate change science throughout the agency. According to reporting earlier this week from the New York Times, a Department of the Interior official attempted to insert multiple references that undercut established climate … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Senators Demand HHS Provide IHS Report on Patient Abuse and IHS Management Response to Senate Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), all members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, wrote to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar requesting that the Department provide the Committee with an unredacted copy of the internal audit report on the Indian Health Service (IHS) management response to former IHS … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Secures Commitment from Secretary Bernhardt on Trump Administration Support for Fully Funding LWCF

Video of Udall's question is available HERE at hour 01:09. For a downloadable copy of the exchange, please contact news@tomudall.senate.gov. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall secured a commitment from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt that the Trump administration is now supporting full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), following President Trump's tweets last night that he is "calling on Congress to send [him] a Bill that fully and pe… Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Calls Out Trump Administration for Failing to Protect Public Lands, Act on Climate During Interior Appropriations Hearing

Udall highlights Appropriations Committee's bipartisan rejection of Trump budgets and bipartisan investments in NM, national priorities VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGcsJ2E6e4A&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, led a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to examine the Trump administration's 2021 budget for the Department of the Inter… Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump White House Interference in EPA Science and Sabotage of Public Health Protection from Toxic Chemical TCE

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommmittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement condemning the Trump administration for directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to override decades of scientific research on the public health dangers of the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE), proven to cause fetal heart defects, cancer and immune disorders: "Once again, the Trump White House is overrul… Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $4.6M DOT Rail Grant as a Win for Bernalillo County and NM Economy

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.) announced the Federal Railroad Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), has awarded a $4,638,546 grant to Bernalillo County for rail infrastructure and safety improvements. "This grant is part of a larger effort to grow the New Mexican economy through increased exports to solidify… Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump LWCF Tweet

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on President Trump's tweet that he is "calling on Congress to send [him] a Bill that fully and permanently funds the LWCF," despite his administration cutting funding for LWCF by 97 percent in its latest budget: "I welcome the president's apparent newfound support for the Land and Water Conservation Fun… Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Highlights Key Amendments to Senate Energy Bill on Climate Action, Mining Reform

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/zmr7MiK4EsQ WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and author of The Hardrock Mining Reform Act of 2019, addressed the Senate floor urging his fellow senators to strengthen the American Energy Innovation Act with amendments to reform the 1872 Mining Law and add meaningful climate action to the bill. In his speech, Udall highlighted the need for ame… Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Senate Democrats File Amendment to Energy & Critical Minerals Bill To Ensure Mining Companies Pay Their Share

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), joined by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) offered an amendment to the American Energy and Innovation Act, the energy bill pending on the Senate floor, to finally require mining companies to pay a royalty rate and reclamation fee for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper on public lan… Continue Reading


March 02, 2020

Udall Cosponsors Bill to Restore Defense Funds Following President Trump’s Latest Raid on the Military Budget for His Border Wall

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined 31 Senators to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020 to reverse and restore the $3.8 billion in congressionally-appropriated funds that the Trump administration reprogrammed away from the Department of Defense (DoD) to be used for President Donald Trump's border wall this February. The bill also bars DoD from reprogramming different funds for the wall and reinforces Congress… Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Udall Statement on Need for Comprehensive Plan to Tackle Global Coronavirus

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement urging the Trump adminstration to develop and implement a comprehensive response to the novel coronavirus: "The United States needs a full and detailed plan - with the necessary resources behind it - to confront this global health crisis before states like New Mexico are impacted. I'm concerned that President Trump and his administration have not taken the threat of coronavirus seriously up to this point, and I'm especi… Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Makes the Case for a Comprehensive National Strategy to Address Plastic Pollution and Climate Change at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LckBeJLKDqA&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) gave remarks on the global plastic pollution crisis, its impact on climate change and the intersections between climate change and global security during an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Following his remarks, Udall joined Whitley Saumweber, director of the Stephenson Ocean Security Project at CSIS, to discuss the wide-ranging eff… Continue Reading

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