Press Releases

January 05, 2011

Recognizing our Chance for Reform

A year ago, I stood on the Senate floor and appealed that we change the way that business is conducted in this body. In the time since, we've seen continued obstruction and abuse of procedural rules, rather than an open, honest debate over the challenges that our nation faces. The House of Representatives passed more than 400 bills that the Senate never debated. We didn't pass a budget, we only passed one authorization, government nominees were needlessly delayed, many before passing by near-u… Continue Reading

January 04, 2011

Udall Seeks Investigation of Misleading Football Helmet Safety Claims

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today requested that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate false and misleading concussion safety claims in advertising for football helmets, specifically those sold for use by young children. The FTC enforces laws to protect consumers, including those related to deceptive advertising and marketing practices that raise health and safety concerns. "I am concerned for our young football players and their safety. I hope football helmet makers impr… Continue Reading

December 22, 2010

A Busy End to the 111th Congress

Over the last couple weeks, the U.S. Senate tackled a number of pressing national issues, held up by months of delay. The extension of tax cuts, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and an important nuclear treaty all finally faced up-or-down votes. To cut through the noise coming out of Washington, here's a new edition of my "Video Vote" -- a quick overview of how I voted on these important bills and how they impact New Mexico. Watch my "Video Vote" on these recent key bills above.As the 111th C… Continue Reading

December 22, 2010

Ratification of New START Will Make America Safer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement after the Senate voted 71-26 today to ratify the New START nuclear weapons treaty with Russia: "With today's ratification of the New START Treaty, we move a step closer toward realizing the legacy of a world without nuclear weapons that was first articulated by President Kennedy, built upon by President Reagan and further advanced by President Obama. The threat of nuclear weapons is not a partisan issue, it is an Americ… Continue Reading

December 20, 2010

Udall Announces Over $700,000 for Cerrillos Hills State Park

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that Cerrillos Hills State Park was awarded $782,910.88 from the National Park Service to build needed support facilities such as a visitors center and a maintenance building. "This funding will allow Cerrillos Hills State Park to offer expanded services to New Mexicans and visitors from across the country who are interested in the many opportunities for year-round hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking that the park has to offer,… Continue Reading

December 20, 2010

Udall Statement on 150th Air National Guard Association with Kirtland’s 58th Special Operations Wing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement after the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Norton Schwartz, announced a new association between Kirtland Air Force's 150th Air National Guard and the 58th Special Operations Wing: "The announcement of this new association is good news for the men and women who proudly serve as part of the 150th Air National Guard's 'Flying Tacos.' For more than 60 years, Kirtland's 150th Tacos have made New Mexico home. Joinin… Continue Reading

December 18, 2010

Udall Statement on His Vote to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement today following the Senate's passage of legislation to repeal "Don't ask, don't tell." "As Barry Goldwater used to say, 'You don't have to be straight to shoot straight,' and I couldn't agree more. Since 'Don't ask don't tell' was instituted more than 14,000 men and women who pledged their lives for this country were discharged. "A clear majority of the American people and our military leadership agree that repealing th… Continue Reading

December 15, 2010

Udall Urges President to Keep “Accelerated Transition” Timeline in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) expressed mounting concern about the U.S.'s strategy in Afghanistan, calling on President Obama to stick to his timeline for an "accelerated transition" to the Afghans and emphasizing that our military commitment there should not be open-ended. Udall's remarks came one day before President Obama is expected to unveil an annual review of strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which he ordered last December when he aut… Continue Reading

December 15, 2010

Udall: Costs of Deal for Future Generations Too Much to Concede

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement today on his vote opposing the $858 billion tax package: "While I understand the value of a compromise, the literal costs of this deal for future generations of Americans is too much to concede. With a depressed economy and high unemployment we should be finding ways to create jobs, pull America's middle class from the edge and bolster our economy. Instead, this proposal will drive our national deficit upwards another $… Continue Reading

December 15, 2010

Reviewing Afghanistan

We are due to see President Obama's progress report for Afghanistan in the next couple days. The timetable for this critical review was appropriately set a year ago, after the announcement that 30,000 more troops would be deployed to Afghanistan, increasing the total number to about 100,000. While awaiting this report, we must keep the big picture in mind. It arrives over one-hundred-and-nine months into this war and counting. That's longer than the wars in Vietnam or Iraq. It's longer even t… Continue Reading

December 13, 2010

Udall Statement on Tax Proposal Procedural Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, (D-NM) released the following statement today on his vote to invoke cloture on the president's proposed tax measure: "Today, I voted to move the Senate forward to a straight up or down vote on this tax proposal. While I still have serious concerns with the package, there has been adequate time to study it and now we must do our jobs and vote. I have continually fought against obstruction and needless delay in the Senate and refuse to contribute to our dysfun… Continue Reading

December 10, 2010

Udall Announces $1.1 Million to Improve Tribal Transit Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Navajo Transit System, Ohkay Owingeh and the Pueblos of Santa Ana, San Ildefonso and Tesuque will receive a total of $1,139,667 to enhance their public transportation systems. Funding will be provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration and will be used for operating costs and expansion of services including new buses, bus shelters and seven additional routes. "It is important to invest in our… Continue Reading

December 08, 2010

Taos and Aamodt Water Settlements Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that legislation to settle the water rights claims of Taos Pueblo and the claims of the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso and Tesuque was signed into law. The bill not only codifies the settlements, it also provides funding to implement them -- including $180 million to implement the Navajo settlement that Congress enacted last year. The legislation, which was approved by Congress last week, settles two of the longest… Continue Reading

December 06, 2010

How to Reform the U.S. Senate

The Constitutional Option The United States Senate is broken. Business as usual in the Senate too often means backroom deals and partisan gridlock rather than open, honest debate. The result is an institution that is unable to address the many challenges our country faces. Senators were sent to Washington to vote "yes" or "no" on bills, not to block them from ever coming up for debate. The Constitution provides a clear way to fix Congress when it isn't working. Article I, section 5 of the Consti… Continue Reading

December 04, 2010

Udall: Republicans Once Again Side with Millionaires Over Hardworking Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement today after Republicans in the Senate blocked passage of critical legislation that would have extended tax cuts for middle class Americans - including 98 percent of New Mexicans: "Today, Democrats offered two versions of legislation that would have permanently extended the Bush-era tax cuts for hardworking Americans. But while Democrats fought to protect middle class families, Republicans continued to hold these tax cut… Continue Reading

December 03, 2010

Delegation Opposes Current VA Plan to Restrict Care at Northern NM Clinics

WASHINGTON - Over the next two weeks, the Veterans Administration (VA) will hold a series of public meetings to unveil plans to discontinue contract care at nine VA access point clinics in northern New Mexico. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman and Representative Ben Ray Luján are asking northern New Mexico veterans and their families to attend the meetings, learn about the plan and express their views. Under the plan, the VA will close nine access point clinics in Embudo, Chama, Coyo… Continue Reading

December 02, 2010

Udall Focuses on Football Helmet Safety at Hearing

WASHINGTON - At an oversight hearing of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., raised the pressing safety issue of football helmet safety for young athletes with CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. Showcasing University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University football helmets on the dais, Udall highlighted the need for improved standards to protect younger athletes from not only direct blows to the head, but also other hits that can cause concussion,… Continue Reading

November 30, 2010

A Step to Safer Food

The Senate today passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in a bipartisan vote of 75 to 23. I was a cosponsor of the bill and voted in support of it. Too often, our approach to outbreaks of foodborn illnesses like E. coli has been response rather than prevention. Just this August, 1,500 people got sick from an outbreak of salmonella. As food distribution across our country has grown and become more complex, regulation has been unable to keep up. This bill gives the Food and Drug Administr… Continue Reading

November 30, 2010

Udall: Bipartisan Bill Will Help Keep Food Safe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today joined a bipartisan majority of his Senate colleagues in approving important legislation to protect New Mexican families from food-borne illnesses by strengthening the nation's food safety system. "Too many people in New Mexico and across the country have become ill in recent years due to a rash of food-borne illnesses nationwide. This legislation is long overdue, and will give New Mexico families the confidence that - when they sit down at their… Continue Reading

November 30, 2010

Udall Calls on Commission to Investigate Football Helmet Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, is asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to investigate football helmet safety standards, especially for high school and younger athletes, to prevent concussions and other head injuries. "Being active and participating in sports is important for young people, but we should be taking a serious look at how to best protect our most vulnerable athletes from severe head injuries like concussions," Udall said. "We need to make sure we are looki… Continue Reading

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