Press Releases

June 24, 2013

Udall Advances Rural New Mexico Priorities in Agriculture Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall applauded the inclusion of important funding for New Mexico's rural communities approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee late last week. "The rural development and agricultural programs included in this bill are vital to the economy of a large western state like New Mexico," said Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "The bill also funds critical nutrition and research programs, that help to fight child hunger and promote develo… Continue Reading

June 20, 2013

Senators Tom Udall, Lee, Murphy, Paul Introduce Bill to Block Military Funds to Syria

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the President from using any funds on activities that would escalate U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. The bill would ban the Department of Defense, the CIA and all other intelligence agencies from funding any military, paramilitary or covert operations in Syria. The legislation would not affect humanitarian aid. All four Senators… Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Udall Introduces Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced a constitutional amendment that would restore authority back to Congress, individual states and the American people to regulate campaign finance. The constitutional amendment would reverse dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system. It would allow Congress to regulate the raising and spending of money, including so-called "Super … Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Valles Caldera Bill Clears Key Senate Committee With Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON - Legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to transition the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to new management to increase public access cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today with bipartisan support. The Senators introduced S. 285, the Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act, on February 12, 2013. The bill would transfer management of the Preserve from the current Board of Trustees to the National Pa… Continue Reading

June 17, 2013

Udall on Syria: Intervening in Another Middle Eastern Civil War is Not in U.S. Interests

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged those pushing for military intervention to answer three basic questions before rushing into a Middle Eastern civil war in Syria. To watch video of Udall's speech, click here. Below are Udall's remarks as prepared for delivery: Like many others, I am deeply disturbed by the current situation in Syria. The appalling atrocities. The tragic loss of human life… Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

Udall Serving YoU: Our New Eastside Office in Portales

As your U.S. Senator I am working hard to serve constituents in all 33 New Mexico counties. Today I'm proud to announce I have opened a new office in Portales for residents in Eastern New Mexico. If you live in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, De Baca, Harding or Union Counties, our Portales office is ready to serve you. You don't have to have to travel to Washington, D.C. for help - you can get it right here in Eastern New Mexico. New! Udall Eastside Office in Portales100 South Avenue ASuite 113Porta… Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

Udall Opens New Office in Eastern New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced he has opened a Senate office in Portales to serve New Mexico constituents in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, De Baca, Harding and Union Counties. Located in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center at 100 South Avenue A, Suite 113 in Portales, the field office will provide Eastern New Mexico residents an opportunity to receive more direct information on a variety of federal services, from helping access rural and small business resources… Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

Udall Seeks Extension of Lesser Prairie Listing in Bipartisan Letter to FWS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall has led a bipartisan call to extend a decision whether to list the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act, his office announced today. Udall and senators from the five states affected by a possible listing sent a letter to Dan Ashe, Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), requesting an additional six months in the listing decision process, as allowed by the Endangered Species Act. "With an influx of significant new public input from t… Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

NM Delegation Introduces Bill to Improve Tribal Education

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Steve Pearce announced they have introduced legislation to improve tribal education and preserve Native American language in schools. Graduation rates for American Indians and Alaska Natives are less than 50 percent - lower than the graduation rates for all other ethnic groups in the United States. The Building Upon Unique Indian Learning and Development (BUILD) Act … Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

Udall, Thune Applaud CMS Decision to Remove Barriers to Emergency Services in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) issued statements today applauding a recent decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will provide rural hospitals with the staffing flexibility needed in order to satisfy a federal emergency room "on call" staffing requirement. Udall and Thune,, who have been raising concerns about this issue for some time, introduced legislation earlier this year to correct this workforce regulation, the Strengthe… Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Express Concern With Increase in HIV Cases on Navajo Nation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján wrote a letter today to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indian Health Services to express their concern with the rapid increase in HIV cases on the Navajo Nation. The New Mexico members were also joined by Representative Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona. "We are very concerned about the rapid increase in HIV cases on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona recently report… Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

Udall Named Chairman of Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall has been named the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, his office announced today. Udall was named the new Chairman by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the full Appropriations Committee. He succeeds Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who passed away on June 3, 2013. "As Chairman I look forward to the responsibility of ensuring taxpayers dollars are spent wisely and the interests of hardwo… Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

NM Counties to Receive $34 Million in PILT Payments for Police, Fire and Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced counties in New Mexico will receive approximately $34 million through the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. A full list of the funding by county is included below. PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdiction, including Bureau of Land Management land… Continue Reading

June 12, 2013

NM Delegation Members Introduce Bill to Strengthen STEM Fields

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Steve Pearce announced they have introduced a bill to strengthen the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and training programs in New Mexico and the U.S. 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. It wou… Continue Reading

June 12, 2013

Udall Calls for Independent Investigation on NSA Data Collection, Director Says NSA Will Cooperate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today led a bipartisan call for an independent investigation into the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone records and data collection programs by a key privacy and civil liberties panel originally recommended by the 9/11 Commission and strengthened through Udall's efforts in the House of Representatives. Udall sent a bipartisan letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, asking it to "make it an urgent priority to investigate the pro… Continue Reading

June 11, 2013

Udall Encouraged by Vote to Begin Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after voting to begin debate on the comprehensive immigration reform legislation, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act: "I was very encouraged with the strong, bipartisan vote to restart the debate on comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate. "We still have a long way to go before immigration reform becomes law, and as it progresses in the Senate I will be… Continue Reading

June 10, 2013

Udall Hails Passage of Farm Bill in the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today after the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, also known as the farm bill, passed the Senate by a vote of 66-27: "Today I was proud to support passage of the Senate's new farm bill - a very important step for New Mexico, especially during our extreme drought. This bill contains the most significant reforms in decades - saving $24 billion in taxpayer dollars by eliminating wasteful programs like direct payments an… Continue Reading

June 07, 2013

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Praise Final Rule Extending Border Commercial Zone

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representative Steve Pearce, praised the Department of Homeland Security's final rulemaking decision to extend the current border commercial zone from 25 to 55 miles in Southern New Mexico. In an effort to promote border commerce, Mexican nationals who have undergone background, fingerprint and security checks may receive Border Crossing Cards (BCC) and are currently permitted to travel 25 miles into the United State… Continue Reading

June 06, 2013

Udall: Americans Deserve More Transparency on Phone Record Collection

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement today on news reports that government agencies have collected extensive information on Americans' phone records: "The news that the government issued a blanket order for Americans' phone records is deeply disturbing and exactly why I voted against the Patriot Act in 2001. It's also why I have opposed reauthorization of similar provisions without adding civil liberties protections - protections that require agencies to explain… Continue Reading

June 06, 2013

Udall and Heinrich: Prevent Fires from Downed Power Lines

WASHINGTON - Following news that recent fires in New Mexico were caused by downed power lines, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are encouraging cooperation between utility companies and federal agencies to keep trees away from power lines and reduce the risk of wildfires. Downed power lines have caused several wildfires, including the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires currently burning in northern New Mexico. In letters to the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture and t… Continue Reading

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