Press Releases

March 25, 2011

There's No App for Safe Drunk Driving

There's an app for just about everything these days. But what we cannot tolerate are apps that enable law-breakers and endanger others. It came to my attention recently that a number of smartphone apps are available to help individuals evade DWI checkpoints and drive drunk. One application contains a database of DWI checkpoints updated in real-time. Another application, with more than 10 million users, also allows users to alert each other to DWI checkpoints in real time. These apps are realist… Continue Reading


March 25, 2011

President Obama Signs Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico Congressional Delegation today confirmed that President Obama has signed a disaster declaration, making qualified New Mexico counties eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. In February, parts of New Mexico suffered from record-breaking cold weather that disrupted natural gas and water services. Subsequently, Governor Susana Martinez sought a disaster declaration allowing FEMA to assist communities recovering from the damage. The request, which was a… Continue Reading


March 22, 2011

Senators Call on Smartphone Makers to Remove Apps that Help Drunk Drivers Evade Police

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Tom Udall (D-NM) today urged smartphone makers to no longer offer software applications that help drunk drivers evade police, calling the applications "harmful to public safety." In a letter to Google, Blackberry and Apple, Inc., the senators acknowledged the companies' commitment to social responsibility and asked that the applications be removed from online stores or else altered to re… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

Udall Introduces Bill to Spur Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation to strengthen the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and training programs in order to spur innovation and keep the U.S. competitive in an increasingly global economy. The STEM Support for Teachers in Education and Mentoring (STEM²) Act includes a package of initiatives designed to improve student interest and performance in STEM skills that are critical to future economic growth and co… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

Udall: Congress Must Forge Budget Compromise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a three-week Continuing Resolution to avert a government shutdown: "Congress cannot continue to shirk its responsibilities and I will be hard-pressed to support another short-term budget extension. Our inability to set a path forward for the remainder of the fiscal year is having a real impact in New Mexico and across the country. As a consequence of the uncertainty, agencies and small businesses ar… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

Improving Helmet Safety for Children

To mark Brain Injury Awareness Month, today I led the introduction of bipartisan legislation to protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bill also increases potential penalties for using false injury prevention claims to s… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

Udall, Pascrell Introduce Legislation Requiring Stronger Standards for Youth Football Helmets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-8) today marked Brain Injury Awareness Day by introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bi… Continue Reading


March 14, 2011

Udall Announces $5 Million for Socorro Water and Waste Disposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the city of Socorro will receive $4.945 million in grant and loan funding to build additional water distribution lines and lift stations to serve residents of the communities of Evergreen and Hope Farm. The city will receive a grant of $1.25 million and a loan of $3.695 million from the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program run by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. "Our municipalities often face the dual ch… Continue Reading


March 11, 2011

Udall: Almost $1 Million for Community Health Center in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Ben Archer Health Center will receive $984,209 as part of continued funding to provide primary medical, behavioral health and dental care services in Northern Doña Ana, Sierra, Otero and Luna Counties. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to assist the community health care center in continuing to offer comprehensive primary hea… Continue Reading


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

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