Press Releases

June 01, 2011

Udall Announces $200,000 for Job Training in Lea County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce will receive $200,000 to provide 100 Lea County area residents with job training skills. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Labor. The project will provide job readiness skill training, English as a Second Language instruction, case management, GED preparation and job placement services. "With the economy continuing its slow recovery, it is more important than ever … Continue Reading


June 01, 2011

Udall Congratulates Santa Fe Native on Recognition as Medal of Honor Recipient

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today released the following statement offering his congratulations and thanks to Santa Fe native Leroy Arthur Petry, an Army Ranger who will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month by President Obama for his courageous actions during combat operations in Afghanistan in May 2008. "Today I join with New Mexicans, and all Americans, in congratulating Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry on this historic occasion - his recognition as only the sec… Continue Reading


May 27, 2011

My Vote on the Ryan Budget

This week we held a vote on the House-passed 2012 budget, proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan. A budget is an outline of our priorities as a nation. It shows what we think is important and what we as a nation should invest in. The budget passed by the House would end Medicare as we know it and put insurance companies between patients and their doctors. It would cut programs that benefit the middle-class and protect senior citizens and the poor, all the while lowering taxes on the wealthiest Americ… Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Udall Welcomes New LANL Director to Position

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today congratulating Dr. Charles McMillan on his appointment to director of Los Alamos National Laboratory: "I congratulate Dr. Charles McMillan on his selection as Los Alamos National Labs Director and President of Los Alamos National Security, LLC. The inception of LANL may be legendary, but its mission is ever relevant today. The United States and our allies depend on LANL to continue its far-reaching scientific missio… Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Udall, Whitehouse, Cardin Introduce Bill to Address Nation’s Water Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced legislation to help address the nation's water challenges by encouraging the research, development and promotion of new green infrastructure technologies and designs, which use natural processes to combat polluted stormwater runoff. Companion legislation was also introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD). In New Mexico and the Southwest, drought … Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Udall & Bingaman Applaud USDA for Granting Emergency Grazing Permit to Ranchers in Curry County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved an emergency application that allows ranchers from Curry County to graze their livestock on federal lands not typically used for grazing. The senators wrote a letter of support for the application. Due to severe drought and wildfires, there is little forage available for livestock grazing. As a result, Bingaman and Udall wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging hi… Continue Reading


May 25, 2011

Udall Statement On Republican Budget Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on his vote against the House-passed budget in the Senate this evening: "A budget is an outline of our priorities as a nation. It shows what we think is important and what we as a nation should invest in. I voted against the Republican Budget because the outlined priorities are wrong. I don't believe that New Mexicans want to end Medicare as we know it and prioritize tax cuts for the wealthy. Instead, our budget should fo… Continue Reading


May 25, 2011

Udall: N.M. Receives $1.6 Million to Support AmeriCorps Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism will receive $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state. The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund 412 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs. "With an economy that is still recovering, AmeriCorps members are more important to our communities than ever in addres… Continue Reading


May 25, 2011

Udall: Reauthorizing Patriot Act without Debate, Amendments is Mistake

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), took to the Senate floor today to reaffirm his opposition to the Patriot Act, saying that the law undermines the constitutional right to privacy of law-abiding citizens. Udall's remarks came as the Senate prepares to vote this week on a reauthorization of the three controversial provisions within the law that fail to protect the privacy rights of innocent Americans and do nothing to guard against potential abuse. Those provisions are: roving wiretaps, … Continue Reading


May 20, 2011

Small Business Week

This week is Small Business Week - a time to recognize the contributions that our small businesses make as the backbone of our economy. Really, every week is Small Business Week. In New Mexico they provide 55 percent of our private sector jobs. And particularly during a time of economic recovery, helping our small businesses to weather the economic downturn has been a top priority of mine. Over the past few months, I've traveled across New Mexico, speaking with small business owners about the ch… Continue Reading


May 19, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Renew Effort to Protect Organ Mountains While Improving Border Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today renewed their push to protect the scenic landscape of the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County. The legislation, called the Organ Mountains - Doña Ana County Conservation and Protection Act (S. 1024), creates wilderness and conservation areas in the county that provide for continued public use while protecting the granite peaks of the Organ Mountains and the volcanic cinder cones of the Potrillo Mountains, among other public lands in … Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

Senate Energy Committee Considers Bills Introduced by New Mexico Senators

WASHINGTON - Three bills written by Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall to benefit New Mexico were the subject of a Senate hearing today. A hearing marks the first step toward Congressional passage. One of the bills the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands considered today was the Río Grande del Norte Conservation Establishment Act, which would protect approximately 236,000 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Taos and Río A… Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

Time for Transition in Afghanistan

We've been in Afghanistan for nearly ten years -- this is America's longest war. Today, as part of a new project organized by YouTube, called the YouTube Town Hall, I posted a video calling for an accelerated transition of security operations to Afghan forces. Last year President Obama outlined a plan to begin this transition in July. It's critical that we meet this target date for the Afghans to take responsibility for their country and begin bringing our troops home. In December I laid out the… Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

Udall: Tohatchi Non-Profit to Receive $1.1 Million for At-Risk Youth Education, Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Tohatchi Area of Opportunity & Services Inc. will receive a $1.1 million federal grant for its career education program, which provides education and job training to out-of-school youth in the Navajo Nation and northwest New Mexico. The grant is funded through the Department of Labor's YouthBuild initiative. Since 2007, YouthBuild has provided grantees with funding to help out-of-school youth obtain their diplomas or GEDs while … Continue Reading


May 17, 2011

Udall Votes to Reduce Deficit By Repealing Big Oil Tax Subsidies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on his vote for legislation to reduce the deficit by repealing tax breaks and loopholes for five Big Oil companies: "Today I voted to cut the federal deficit by $21 billion over the next ten years by reducing tax subsidies for large, multi-national oil companies. At a time of federal budget stress, we cannot afford more tax subsidies for the Big Oil corporations that reported making over $30 billion in profits duri… Continue Reading


May 17, 2011

Udall Announces Almost $1 Million for Arts Funding in N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico will receive a series of grants totaling $944,600 for music, theatre and visual arts projects across the state. The funding was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. "The arts are an important part of New Mexico's culture, traditions, and economy. This funding will help provide creative outlets and essential support to community art projects from Las Cruces to Santa Fe, and will help build up local econ… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

Bill Would Improve Safety of Roads on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced a measure to renew a program that aims to improve the safety of roads that serve the Navajo Nation that are used as school bus routes. Senator Tom Udall is a cosponsor of the bill. The condition of roads on the Navajo Nation has long been a problem. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), of the 9,700 miles of public roads that serve the Navajo Nation, only about one-third are paved. The remaining 6,500 miles are dirt roads. Nea… Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

We Need Bipartisan Immigration Reform

This week, President Obama visited the Southwest to speak on an issue that's vitally important to New Mexico and all border states - immigration reform. In 2007, I supported the efforts of former President George W. Bush to overhaul the immigration system, and I applaud President Obama for again bringing this issue to the forefront. In his El Paso, Texas speech, President Obama echoed my thoughts when he said: The most significant step we can now take to secure the borders is to fix the system … Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

Udall Reacts to President Obama’s Immigration Speech

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's speech on immigration: "In 2007, I supported the efforts of former President George W. Bush to overhaul the immigration system, and I applaud President Obama for again bringing this issue to the forefront. "Meaningful reform is about more than just building a fence or arresting undocumented immigrants. In a border state like ours, it's making sure that federal, state and local law enforcem… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that his office has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies for the class of 2016. 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, 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 Ud… Continue Reading

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