Press Releases

February 28, 2013

Congress Sends Violence Against Women Bill to President with Tribal Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after House passage of an improved Violence Against Women Act reauthorization today: "By getting this bill across the finish line we are sending a very strong message that violence against women of any color or creed will not be tolerated. I'm especially pleased that when President Obama signs this historic legislation into law, the tribal provisions to protect Native women that I helped craft in the Indian Affairs Committee… Continue Reading

February 27, 2013

Udall Introduces PHYSICAL Act to Expand Health & PE in Schools

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation to improve the quality of health and physical education (PE) programs and make them more accessible to kids across the country. The Promoting Health for Youth Skills in Classrooms and Life (PHYSICAL) Act would classify health and PE as "core" subjects, like art and geography, under federal law. As such, they would be eligible for federal education funding and support. "With increased childhood obesity rates and diabetes,… Continue Reading

February 26, 2013

Udall Gives Sepich Family Signed "Katie's Law" Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Sepich family to his Washington office today to present them with signed copies of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, the federal legislation President Obama recently signed into law. Udall met with Jayann and Dave Sepich and their two children to give them copies of the legislation and praise their efforts to expand "Katie's Law" nationwide. Click here to view photos of the Sepich family in Senator Udall's Washington D.C. office.… Continue Reading

February 26, 2013

Udall Statement on Hagel Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on his vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense: "Chuck Hagel has served our country with distinction and honor from his beginnings as an Army Sergeant, to representing the people of Nebraska in the Senate. After meeting with Sen. Hagel and examining his extensive record, I am confident he is well prepared to lead the Department of Defense and protect the security of our nation. He will assume this new … Continue Reading

February 26, 2013

Udall: NM to Receive $7.2 Million Reimbursement for Fire Fighting Efforts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $7.2 million to New Mexico for the state's recent fire suppression efforts in the 2011 Track and Donaldson fires. "As New Mexico faces this ongoing drought, we are preparing for another potentially dangerous fire season," said Udall. "These federal grants are critical in ensuring that our state has the resources it needs to combat the wildfires that threaten our homes an… Continue Reading

February 15, 2013

Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

WASHINGTON - Twenty-four senators, led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, are challenging the postmaster general's authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval. In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the senators acknowledge the financial challenges the Postal Service is facing and urge him to work with Congress to address these problems through bipartisan reform, such as the Senate legislation passed last year. They also point out tha… Continue Reading

February 15, 2013

Senators Launch Effort to Employ Youth Restoring Public Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today reintroduced legislation to expand job training and educational opportunities for youth, while helping repair and restore the country's public lands. The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013 improves on the existing Public Lands Corps by expanding the scope of projects to reflect new challenges. It would also add incentives to attract new participants, including Native Americans and veterans, that suffer from disproportionately hig… Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Udall Makes Case for NM Assets at Approps Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing today, New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall pressed top Obama Administration officials about the potentially dangerous impacts of federal budget cuts on the national laboratories and military bases in his state. The rare full committee hearing, Udall's first since being appointed to the panel, examined "The Impacts of Sequestration" and outlined the negative impacts of scheduled across-the-board federal budget cuts in detail. For video of the … Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Senators Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Critical Drought Information Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joined Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR), Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Thune (R-SD) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today to introduce legislation that would reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), which provides vital drought information to farmers, ranchers, and other industries affected by weather conditions. The NIDIS program is a function of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Since the NIDIS Act was signed into law, gov… Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Thune, Udall Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Emergency Services in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON - Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today introduced legislation to improve access to emergency services in rural and medically underserved areas. The Strengthening Rural Access to Emergency Services Act (S. 328) would amend the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) to allow eligible hospitals in rural and medically underserved areas to use interactive telehealth programs to satisfy the federal emergency room staffing requirement for an "on call" physici… Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Udall And Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Protect Public Lands And Spur Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a group of western Senators, including Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-NV), in introducing a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). FLTFA allows the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service in the western United States to use the proceeds from sales of certain federally designated areas to protect lands of exceptional conser… Continue Reading

February 13, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Kenneth J. Gonzales at Senate Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 13, 2013) - New Mexico U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today introduced U.S. District Court nominee Kenneth J. Gonzales at his confirmation hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Gonzales, the current U.S. attorney for New Mexico, was nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. "Ken Gonzales is an exceptionally well-qualified nominee," said Udall. "He has shown a reverence for-and dedicati… Continue Reading

February 13, 2013

Udall Hosts NM’s MVD Express at Senate Meeting on Job Creation

WASHINGTON - New Mexico small business leader Janice Lucero of Albuquerque was the guest of U.S. Senator Tom Udall at a Capitol Hill discussion on best practices creating jobs and strengthening America's economy. Lucero is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MVD Express, a public-private partnership with the State of New Mexico that provides high-quality, efficient motor vehicle services throughout 11 locations in the state. Representatives from the technology, IT, manufacturing, food ind… Continue Reading

February 13, 2013

Udall Recruits Applicants for 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., Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Carlsbad offices. To apply online, please click here, or visit Udall's website at Washington internships have two summer sessions: May 28 - June 28 and July 1 - August 2. The deadline to apply for the 2013 DC summer sessions is Sunday, March 17. P… Continue Reading

February 12, 2013

Udall Remarks on State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address: "The vitality of our economy is rooted in the middle-class. Tonight, President Obama presented a clear vision for growing the economy from the middle-class out through job creation in homegrown clean energy development, manufacturing and by rebuilding bridges and roads across the country. "We have a big task ahead to find common ground and pass a budget that reduces the def… Continue Reading

February 12, 2013

Udall: House’s Turn to Pass VAWA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued this statement following the Senate's passage of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization by a vote of 78-22: "For 19 years, the Violence Against Women Act has helped protect women across the country from abuse. Today, the Senate voted to modernize the law and make sure more women - including those in Indian Country - can benefit from its protections. "Native women are 2 1/2 times more likely than others in the United States to be victims… Continue Reading

February 12, 2013

Senators Reintroduce Measure to Transfer Valles Caldera to the National Park Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation today to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service (NPS). Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first introduced this legislation in 2010 in light of inconsistent funding, the need for infrastructure improvements and concerns that the Preserve would not achieve financial self-sustainability by 2015, as directed by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000. "Milli… Continue Reading

February 11, 2013

Udall Statement on Hagel Meeting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement after a meeting with Secretary of Defense nominee, Sen. Chuck Hagel: "My meeting today with Senator Chuck Hagel was very useful. We had the opportunity to touch on a variety of issues facing our country and how New Mexico contributes to the strength of our national security. "Senator Hagel conveyed that if confirmed, he will be committed to keeping safe, reliable and secure nuclear deterrent. We also discussed the n… Continue Reading

February 11, 2013

Senators Seek US Attorney Applicants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are accepting applications for the position of United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. On January 4, 2013, President Obama nominated current U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales to a federal court judgeship. Upon Gonzales' confirmation by the Senate, the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico will become vacant. In accordance with their constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent with respect to f… Continue Reading

February 08, 2013

Lawmakers Request Strong New NNSA Administrator With Commitment to Reform

WASHINGTON - Members of the NM Congressional Delegation, Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, "The NNS… Continue Reading

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