Press Releases

March 09, 2011

Udall Statement On Budget Votes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today after the Senate voted to defeat HR. 1 and a Senate alternative: "There is no disagreement -- the need to reduce the national deficit is an accepted fact. It's a matter of doing so responsibly to protect jobs and our fragile economic recovery. "Today, the Senate rejected budget proposals from both chambers of Congress. The House-passed bill would have set in motion radical and punitive cuts, costing New Mexico over … Continue Reading


March 09, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Introduce "Katie's Law" Legislation in the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced legislation that expands efforts to collect DNA from serious criminal offenders, with an eye toward solving crimes, saving lives and preventing future crime. The Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2011, cosponsored in the Senate by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), incentivizes states to expand efforts to collect DNA from individuals arrested or charged with serious crimes. … Continue Reading


March 08, 2011

Udall, Corker Introduce ROADS SAFE Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today marked "Fat Tuesday" - a day when some Americans may celebrate and make the poor choice to drive home drunk - by introducing legislation designed to reduce the number alcohol-related fatalities on America's roads through the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while drunk. The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere, or ROADS SAFE, Act wo… Continue Reading


March 07, 2011

New Mexico a Women-Owned Business Leader

New Mexico is leading the nation in women-owned businesses! Today's Albuquerque Journal highlighted a recent U.S. Census study with promising findings: Almost 32 percent of businesses in New Mexico are owned by women, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau survey of 2007 numbers. That is one of the highest percentages in the nation, just behind Washington, D.C., at 34.5 percent and Maryland at 32.6 percent, according to the Census report. In my travels around the state, I've consistently se… Continue Reading


March 04, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Stress Importance of Funding Navajo Technical College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked Senate leaders to continue educational support for two of the country's tribal colleges - one in New Mexico. A bill that passed the House of Representatives to fund the remainder of fiscal year 2011 would make drastic cuts to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Two tribally controlled colleges, Navajo Technical College (NTC) in Crownpoint and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) have been the successful app… Continue Reading


March 04, 2011

Senator Udall Recruits Applicants for D.C. Summer Internships

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., office. To apply online or download an application, please click here. There are two sessions for summer internships: May 29 - July 2 and July 3 - August 6. Deadline to apply for both sessions is March 25. "Working in my Washington, D.C., office will give students a unique and unparalleled perspective into the… Continue Reading


March 03, 2011

Chairman Boxer & EPW Colleagues’ Statement On Inhofe/Upton Bill That Would Permanently Block Protections from Carbon Pollution

Washington, DC - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and other EPW Committee members released the following statement in response to a bill introduced today by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in the Senate and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) in the House that would hamstring the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to implement the Clean Air Act and permanently block the agency from curbing carbon pollution from the nation's largest polluters. … Continue Reading


March 03, 2011

Udall Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Push for More Options to Help Families Keep Their Homes

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), urged government agencies to take action to prevent foreclosures and help families keep their homes. The senators made their request in a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Sheila Bair, Acting Comptroller of the Cu… Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Our Achilles Heel, Again Exposed

It's a familiar sight. Over the past few weeks, we've seen gas prices shooting up at the pumps. Due in large part to the uprisings across the Middle East, oil prices recently topped out at more than $100 a barrel, and if the security situation worsens, prices could rise significantly more. And while one eye watches oil prices, the other sees events continue to unfold in the Middle East and Northern Africa. First, the fall of the Tunisian government and the resignation of Egyptian President Mub… Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Udall: Funding For Two Weeks at a Time is no Way to do Business

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement today on the Senate's passage of a short-term Continuing Resolution: "I voted for the CR today to avoid a government shutdown and provide another two weeks for Congress and the president to negotiate a budget for the rest of the year. However, funding for two weeks at a time is no way to do business, either for the federal agencies who have important services to provide to our constituents, or for the private sector, w… Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

Udall Announces $1.6 Million for Youth Education and Job Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that two organizations in New Mexico would receive a total of $1,655,454 to support programs that assist out-of-school youth in obtaining their diplomas or GEDs while providing construction job training. The funding was made possible with a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's YouthBuild program. YouthWorks in Santa Fe will receive $934,454 and HELP - New Mexico, Inc. in Albuquerque will receive $720,000. "In a still-recovering eco… Continue Reading


February 24, 2011

Delegation Asks President for Swift Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico Congressional Delegation today asked President Obama to quickly approve Gov. Susana Martinez's request to declare the state a federal disaster area, making public assistance available following the extreme cold weather conditions and subsequent natural gas outages that struck earlier this month. In a letter to the president, the lawmakers described the record-breaking cold stretch that crippled water and gas services in nine counties and five tribal areas around the s… Continue Reading


February 24, 2011

$46 Million for Economic Development in Low-Income Communities in N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Finance New Mexico will receive $46 million to support job creation and investments from the private-sector in economically distressed communities across the state. The $46 million comes through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program under the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. The NMTC is an important tool in economic recovery that supports job creation and small business growth… Continue Reading


February 23, 2011

Time to Discuss the Patriot Act

Nearly a decade ago, I was one of only sixty-six members of the House of Representatives to vote against the so-called Patriot Act. This past week, Congress extended controversial provisions within this law for another three months and once again, I opposed it. As we approach the law's 10 year anniversary, the time has come for us to thoroughly review all of its provisions. In October, 2001, Congress introduced, passed, and the president signed the Patriot Act. It was a far-reaching piece of le… Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

Udall Leaves Mark on Aviation Jobs Bill

WASHINGTON - Legislation to modernize and improve the safety of the U.S. air transportation system passed the Senate last night and included three provisions by U.S. Senator Tom Udall to help airlines address inebriated and unruly passengers, increase personal privacy, and exchange land for the airport in Doña Ana County. "This legislation will mean safer skies, more efficient travel, and improved privacy protections for air passengers," said Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce, Scienc… Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

Udall Statement on Jeff Bingaman’s Decision to Retire in 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement today on Sen. Jeff Bingaman's decision to not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate: "Jeff Bingaman is my friend and mentor. He has served the citizens of New Mexico and the nation for over three decades, and we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his outstanding public service. "Jeff has never been one to promote himself, but his accomplishments are too great to list. He has been a national leader in pushing for… Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

Udall: Let’s Get PHYSICAL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation to get American kids moving through the Promoting Health for Youth Skills in Classrooms and Life (PHYSICAL) Act. The measure, which has earned the backing of more than 40 health organizations and fitness advocate Richard Simmons, would improve the quality of school health and physical education programs and make them more accessible to kids across the country. "Over recent decades, time devoted to physical and health educat… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

Udall Statement on PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), issued the following statement regarding his opposition to the reauthorization of controversial provisions of the Patriot Act: "Nearly a decade has passed since I was one of only sixty-six members to vote against the so-called Patriot Act in the House of Representatives. That October, Congress introduced, passed, and the president had signed the far-reaching piece of legislation with the power to undermine the Constitutional right to privacy of law-abi… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

Udall Joins President for Launch of ‘America’s Great Outdoors’ Initiative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today joined President Obama and others at the White House to launch the president's 21st century conservation and outdoor recreation agenda, an initiative based on extensive public input and designed to reflect and support Americans' love of special outdoor places and desire to protect our lands and waters for decades to come. The president's "America's Great Outdoors Initiative" (AGO) is the result of 51 public listening sessions - including a stop in… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

Udall Meets with Indian Housing Leaders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today discussed the importance of access to quality, affordable housing in Indian Country with members of the National American Indian Housing Council, who were in Washington for their annual legislative conference. Udall, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, highlighted his work in the Senate to maintain federal funding for tribal housing programs, and urged attendees to work together to find innovative ways to address the lack of affordabl… Continue Reading

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