Press Releases

October 18, 2013

Udall, Heinrich Stand Up for N.M. Priorities in Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the budget agreement to end the government shutdown will provide additional funding over the previous fiscal year's levels for a number of programs important to New Mexicans. The bill - a continuing resolution to fund the government through Jan. 15 - was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president late Wednesday night. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Udall successfully fought during the n… Continue Reading

October 16, 2013

Udall Hails Senate Vote to Re-Open Federal Government

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), issued the following statement on the Senate vote to end the government shutdown: "Reason has finally prevailed in Congress, and we have a bipartisan agreement that will enable us to re-open the government, pay our bills and begin to restore the damage the shutdown caused to our economy. I'm also pleased the agreement includes a provision I fought for that will ensure retroactive pay for federal workers in New Mexico and across the country wh… Continue Reading

October 08, 2013

Members of the N.M. Delegation Working to Protect Federal & Lab Workers Hurt by Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham are working to ensure that federal workers in New Mexico are not financially hurt in the long-term by the federal government shutdown. New Mexico is home to roughly 27,000 federal workers, and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employ an additional 18,000 New Mexicans. All four lawmakers are strong supporters of the Federal Employee Retroac… Continue Reading

October 01, 2013

Udall Statement on Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement: "A small minority of extremists in the Republican party is now holding the entire country hostage over a law that has cleared the Congress and the Supreme Court, and survived a presidential election. Insisting on a government shutdown to prove a point isn't leadership, it's a temper tantrum, and the American people are rightly disgusted. In New Mexico, the impacts of a shutdown will be felt immediately as our civilian employee… Continue Reading

September 30, 2013

Udall Votes to Prevent Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement: "The majority of the Senate has once again agreed to a measure that would keep the government running, protect our economic recovery, ensure our military families and veterans get timely pay and benefits, and prevent us from sending tens of thousands of workers home without pay. A government shutdown would only hurt New Mexico at a time when we're still trying to build our economy and recover from widespread flooding and stor… Continue Reading

September 28, 2013

Udall Responds to Latest Push by House to Shut Down Government

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the latest attempt by the U.S. House of Representatives to push the nation to a government shutdown: "Shutting down the government over an issue that was settled in the last election isn't leadership, it's political gamesmanship at its worst. "A shutdown would cause hardship for thousands of people in New Mexico, hurt our already struggling economy, and delay military pay and veterans' benefits. It would be an insult to th… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Udall Backs Bill to Protect Constitutional Rights, Reform Surveillance Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced his support for a new bipartisan bill to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and ensure Americans' rights to free speech and freedom from unreasonable searches are protected. "The National Security Agency's mission is to protect our nation from foreign threats, and I support that goal, but it is becoming clear that millions of Americans' communications are being swept up in their dragnet," Udall said. "I have been concer… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Udall Urges FTC to Investigate Telephone Scams in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall wrote a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to take "aggressive action" to investigate and prevent telephone scams targeting utility customers in New Mexico. Over 130 N.M. utility customers have been targeted so far. Some have lost of thousands of dollars in the telephone scams, in which callers threaten to disconnect electric service unless the customer sends money via prepaid card or online payment. The scamme… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Vote to Avoid Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the following statement after voting with the majority of the Senate to prevent a shutdown of the federal government: "Today the Senate voted on the side of common sense. It's now up to the U.S. House of Representatives to determine whether to follow through with its threat to hold the federal government hostage over a political fight that was settled in the last election."I'm tired of these ultimatums, and I know New Mexicans are too. Lurchi… Continue Reading

September 26, 2013

Udall Backs Measure to Protect Military Pay in Case of Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, announced that he is joining a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring a bill to protect military pay in the event of a government shutdown. The Military Pay Protection Act, which is based on a similar proposal introduced in January, would ensure the nation's military families, including National Guard units assisting in disaster recovery, and critical Defense Department civilian workers, would not see a delay in their paychecks if the government … Continue Reading

September 24, 2013

Making Progress in Tribal Communities

Visiting with New Mexicans is one of the most important ways I stay in touch with our state's priorities. Earlier this month, I traveled to Western New Mexico to get an update about programs we've been working on together and to hear about ways I can continue to be a good partner, particularly on the issues of rural development, expanding broadband access and improving health care. I had a great visit in the small community of Pine Hill, near Gallup, where I learned more about how local leaders … Continue Reading

September 23, 2013

Udall Calls on VA to Take Immediate Action on Claims Errors

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, announced that he has called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to immediately address N.M. claims processing errors highlighted in a recent report by the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (VA OIG). Numerous problems were found at the Albuquerque VA Regional Office (VARO), including that the office incorrectly processed 40 percent of the di… Continue Reading

September 21, 2013

Udall: $2 Million in 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds Coming to N.M.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Transportation will make immediately available $2 million in emergency relief funds to help New Mexico cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by the severe storms this month. "Communities across our state are cleaning up from devastating floods, and many are facing expensive repairs to roads and bri… Continue Reading

September 20, 2013

Udall Statement on New Proposed Rules for Carbon Pollution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, delivered the following response to the administration's proposed limits on carbon pollution from new power plants: "Global warming is not just a problem of the future; it's one of the greatest economic and public health challenges of today. We've seen the impacts in New Mexico and across the arid West. Taking steps to reduce carbon pollution will fight climate change, while helping to create job… Continue Reading

September 19, 2013

New Mexico Delegation Requests Disaster Aid for July Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent two joint, bipartisan letters asking the president to act quickly on the state of New Mexico and Santa Clara Pueblo's requests for disaster assistance from the severe July floods. Storms in the period from July 19-28 caused flooding and other damage in communities across New Mexico, with some of the worst effects seen in the Central Rio Grande Valley i… Continue Reading

September 19, 2013

Udall Statement in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, U.S. Senator Tom Udall submitted the following statement to the Congressional Record recognizing the tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans in New Mexico and across the country: "Mr. President, September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to remember and to celebrate the integral role of Hispanic Americans in the economy, culture and identity of our natio… Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Balancing Environmental Protection with Smart Infrastructure Projects

We all know infrastructure projects like roads, dams and bridges, are important to keep our New Mexico communities and businesses strong, but we want to ensure they're done right without wasting taxpayer dollars, polluting rivers and streams or harming historic artifacts. Since 1970, the National Environmental Protection Act has helped us strike that balance. The process can be improved, however, and that's what we discussed in a Senate Environment & Public Works Committee hearing this week,… Continue Reading

September 17, 2013

Udall Announces $7.5 Million in Funding for Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, announced that airports in Albuquerque and Santa Fe will receive a combined $7.5 million for taxiway improvements. The funding will pay for critical repairs and an expansion of infrastructure. Albuquerque International Sunport will receive $5 million in grant support for a project to rehabilitate Taxiway A. Santa Fe Municipal Airport will receive $2.5 m… Continue Reading

September 17, 2013

Udall Introduces NM Native Michael Connor at Energy Committee Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), spoke before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of the nomination of New Mexico native Michael Connor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department. A Las Cruces native and NMSU graduate with degrees in engineering and law, Connor currently serves as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He previously ran the Interior Secretary's Indian water rights office before moving to the U.S. Senate as counse… Continue Reading

September 13, 2013

An Update on the Eastside

Whenever I can, I travel the state to hear from New Mexicans firsthand. Over the last month, as Congress held its annual state work period, I had the opportunity to visit with constituents and community leaders throughout the state. We talked about ways I can help New Mexico through my role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and we followed up on many projects that are helping create jobs and grow our economy. During our visit to the Eastside, I met with constituents, local officials, milit… Continue Reading

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