Press Releases

April 01, 2013

Udall and Heinrich Introduce Resolution Honoring César Chávez

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following statements after introducing a resolution honoring the accomplishments and legacy of civil rights leader César Estrada Chávez, and recognizing March 31 as "César Chávez Day. "In the long march of human rights, César Chávez is a towering figure," said Udall. "On the anniversary of his birthday, we honor his compassion, sacrifice and dedication to the rights of workers an… Continue Reading

March 25, 2013

Signed! Río Grande del Norte now a National Monument

WASHINGTON - From the Oval Office to Taos, New Mexicans and members of the Congressional Delegation today celebrated the Río Grande del Norte National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama. The national monument designation is widely welcome by Taos and Rio Arriba county residents. A recent study shows the national monument will support hundreds of jobs and bring millions of tourism dollars to the area. Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Questa… Continue Reading

March 23, 2013

Monday: Udall to Host Río Grande del Norte White House Proclamation Celebration in Taos

Taos, N.M. - While President Barack Obama signs the Río Grande del Norte National Monument proclamation in the Oval Office on Monday, March 25, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will celebrate the historic designation with the local community at a gathering in Taos. "The National Monument proclamation for the Río Grande del Norte was achieved through strong community support and the tireless efforts of many," said Udall. "Our celebration will reach from the Oval Office to Northern New Mexico,… Continue Reading

March 23, 2013

Udall Gets Rural Vets Health and Mining Reform Priorities in Senate Budget Blueprint

WASHINGTON - Before the Senate adjourned around 5 a.m. Saturday morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted for a budget with a balanced approach to address the debt and deficit while investing in middle-class families and taking steps to create jobs and rebuild the economy. The Fiscal Year 2014 Senate budget cleared the chamber by a vote of 50-49. "Enacting this budget would replace the devastating cuts in the sequester with support for small businesses and middle-class families working … Continue Reading

March 22, 2013

NM Delegation Applauds Creation of Río Grande del Norte Monument

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation today applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to create a national monument to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico. The president will hold a National Monument Proclamations Signing Ceremony at the White House on Monday. The Bureau of Land Management, under the direction of the Department of the Interior, currently manages the 240,000 acres of land in Northern New Mexico. The Río Grande del Norte monu… Continue Reading

March 20, 2013

Udall Advocates for Telecom Infrastructure to Spur Economic Growth on Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke the at the Federal Communications Commission today to highlight efforts to improve engagement with tribes and tackle the digital divide in Indian Country. Udall has worked closely with the FCC to expand their outreach and address the lack of basic telecommunications services for Native American communities. The meeting coincided with the release of the Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) 2012 report, which details the Commission's enga… Continue Reading

March 20, 2013

PHOTOS: Udall Hosts Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Acoma Tribal Leaders at Senate Meeting on Native Issues

WASHINGTON - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority Executive Director and National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Board Member Floyd Tortalita joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall on Capitol Hill today for a discussion on education, housing and economic development on tribal lands. At an event hosted by Udall and the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, more than a dozen representatives from Native American tribes and organizations highlighted a… Continue Reading

March 19, 2013

Udall Statement on Meeting with EPA Nominee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on his meeting this afternoon with Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama's nominee to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Click here for photos of the meeting. "Gina McCarthy and I committed to working together on issues that will be win-wins for New Mexico's environment and economy. The recent agreement between the state, the Environmental Protection Agency and PNM to transition the San Juan… Continue Reading

March 19, 2013

Udall Statement on Support of Sally Jewell

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after his meeting this afternoon with Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. For photos of the meeting, click HERE. "Sally Jewell will bring a unique business perspective and appreciation for the outdoors to the Department of the Interior, and I am proud to support her nomination. During our meeting today, I conveyed my hope that as secretary, S… Continue Reading

March 18, 2013

Udall: 7K NM Taxpayers Have Unclaimed Tax Refunds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is reminding New Mexico taxpayers that April 15, 2013 is the last day to claim tax refunds for 2009. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that 7,100 New Mexicans are owed a total of $6.45 million, with a median refund of $567. Unless claimed, the money will become property of the U.S. Treasury. "There's more than $6 million in the Treasury that belongs in the pockets of hardworking New Mexico taxpayers," said Udall. "That money could be better used in… Continue Reading

March 15, 2013

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall's office is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. In a YouTube video for prospective nominees across New Mexico, Udall provided information about the process of applying to an academy. To watch the video and learn more, click here. "One of my duties as United States Senator is nominating outstanding young people from New Mexico to our nation's military service academies," said Udall in the video. "More than anything, I … Continue Reading

March 14, 2013

Energy Committee Advances Udall-Heinrich Bill to Prioritize Uranium Mine Cleanup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reported today that their legislation to help New Mexico complete high priority uranium mine cleanup projects has cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Their bill, S. 222, would amend federal law to give states and tribes the ability to apply existing funds for coal-related cleanup efforts to non-coal mine reclamation, including hundreds of abandoned uranium mines throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. "This is a c… Continue Reading

March 13, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Udall's High Country News Op-Ed on Ending Mineral Rights Giveaways

In an op-ed published in High Country News, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) called for reform of the 1872 mining law that allows hardrock minerals to be mined on public lands with no royalty. "As our nation works to address the deficit in the months ahead, we can no longer allow federal giveaways of our natural resources to continue without any compensation to the taxpayers who own those resources." "But the only way mining reform will happen is if the public bec… Continue Reading

March 12, 2013

Udall: Lincoln County to Receive $1 Million for Little Bear Fire Cleanup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $1 million to reimburse Lincoln County for cleanup costs resulting from flooding following the Little Bear Fire in the White Mountain Wilderness Area near Ruidoso. Lincoln County incurred more than $1 million in costs last year removing and hauling debris resulting from post-fire flooding to improve public safety, restore access to roadways and protect property. "As fire… Continue Reading

March 07, 2013

Udall Statement on Brennan Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on his vote to confirm John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "I voted to confirm John Brennan to head the CIA today because he is a well-qualified nominee and this position is too important to our national security to remain vacant. While I'm supporting his nomination, I want to make clear that I am not satisfied by the administration's limited disclosure of documents outlining the legal jus… Continue Reading

March 07, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize and improve key elements of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. Since 2002, the successful program has funded the rehabilitation of abandoned and polluted properties to increase safety and attract new businesses to communities. All four Senators are members of the Environment and Public Works (… Continue Reading

March 05, 2013

N.M. Lawmakers: Disaster Declaration for Navajo Nation Makes FEMA Funds Available in Wake of Severe Freeze

WASHINGTON - New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representative Ben Ray Luján confirmed today that President Obama has signed a disaster declaration making the Navajo Nation eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. In December and January, a cold spell resulted in damage to more than 3,300 water lines, leaving thousands of members of the Navajo Nation without access to water as subfreezing temperatures caused pipes to freeze and break. The damage a… Continue Reading

March 04, 2013

Udall Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively: "I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. These critical agencies ensure that America benefits from our diverse energy resources in a manner that is e… Continue Reading

March 01, 2013

Udall Hosts Las Cruces Mayor at Senate Meeting on Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima joined U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Capitol Hill yesterday for a discussion on strengthening local economic development efforts in communities across the state and nation. "Las Cruces is working to build a diverse and vibrant economy. I was proud to host Mayor Miyagishima to discuss how we can continue supporting smart infrastructure and workforce investments in communities like Las Cruces," Udall said. "Our meeting was an important forum to ensure that f… Continue Reading

February 28, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Vote to Avert Sequestration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement today after voting in favor of the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013 to avert the sequester: "The Senate missed an opportunity this afternoon to avert the sequester with a balanced approach that included spending restraint and a fairer tax system with fewer loopholes. "When the sequester kicks in tomorrow our economy will not fall off a cliff, but we will begin tumbling down a hill with damaging consequences for mi… Continue Reading

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