Press Releases

February 07, 2013

Udall Urges Senate to Protect Native Women in Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall today urged the Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with tribal provisions to protect Native American women from domestic abuse. Since VAWA's passage, domestic violence has decreased by over 50 percent. Yet, 1 in 3 Native women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and Native women are victims of domestic violence at a disproportionately higher rate. The VAWA provisions would help tribal courts prosecute … Continue Reading

February 07, 2013

Udall, Heinrich & Luján: Protect Río Grande del Norte

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich and Representative Ben Ray Luján, have reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico, an area comprised of more than 240,000 acres of BLM-managed lands in Taos and Rio Arriba Counties. Since 2009, the three lawmakers and former Sen. Jeff Bingaman have worked -- with the support of the local communities -- to pass legislation to designate the culturally and recreationally signifi… Continue Reading

February 06, 2013

Udall Statement on Nomination of Sally Jewell

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Sally Jewell to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior: "Sally Jewell is a unique and exciting pick to head up the Department of the Interior. If confirmed, she would bring to the position an array of skills from her business background in energy development and as the CEO of a wildly successful outdoor outfitter. "I look forward to meeting with her as she works … Continue Reading

February 05, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Seeks Legal Justifications for the Deliberate Killing of Americans

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence prepares to consider White House national security official John Brennan's nomination to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Al Franken (D- Minn.) have sent a letter to Presid… Continue Reading

February 04, 2013

Udall and Heinrich Request Funding For Cleanup Efforts At Los Alamos National Laboratory And WIPP

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 4, 2013) - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall sent a letter to President Obama today requesting that the administration include federal funding in the Department of Energy's Defense Environmental Cleanup 2014 budget for at least $255 million for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory and $222 million to operate and maintain the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall sent a letter to President Ob… Continue Reading

February 04, 2013

Senators & Reps Introduce Bipartisan Mining Cleanup Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, with Reps. Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján, introduced legislation in the Senate and House to help state and tribal governments complete high-priority uranium mine cleanup projects. The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund was created as part of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and requires fees to be paid on local coal production to fund state and tribal mine reclamation. Current law limits state and tribal use o… Continue Reading

February 01, 2013

NFL Endorses Udall-Rockefeller Youth Sports Safety Effort

WASHINGTON - Ahead of this Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, welcomed the NFL's endorsement of their forthcoming legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Youth Sports Concussion Act will ensure that safety standards for sports equipment are up to date and informed by the latest science. The bill will also increase… Continue Reading

February 01, 2013

Udall & Heinrich: COOL rules must put Americans first

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to make sure that American families know where their meat comes from. The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently required the USDA to adjust its rules requiring American retailers to clearly label where meat was raised and processed. The WTO said that while the U.S. can require meat labeling, current U.S. Co… Continue Reading

February 01, 2013

Congressional Delegation: Preserve Full Special-Ed Federal Funding

WASHINGTON - New Mexico's Congressional Delegation today sent a letter encouraging the U.S. Department of Education to give serious consideration to the New Mexico Public Education Department's (NMPED) waiver request to avoid a reduction in the state's special education funding. "Educating students with special needs is a serious shared responsibility between the state and the federal government," the delegation wrote to Secretary Duncan. "The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) f… Continue Reading

January 31, 2013

Udall Bill Increases Federal Contracting Opportunities

WASHINGTON - In his first bill of the 113th Congress, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is seeking to expand opportunities for small businesses to secure federal contracts, and make the reporting requirements for those awarded more transparent. The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2013, would raise the Small Business Administration's (SBA) government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent. It would also increase the contracting goal from 5 to 10 percent for businesses owned by … Continue Reading

January 30, 2013

Senators Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Online Payday Loans

Washington, DC - Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans. "We threw the payday lenders, who prey on families when they're at their most vulnerable, out of Oregon back in… Continue Reading

January 29, 2013

Udall: Kerry Will Serve Nation Well As Sec. of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on his vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to confirm Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State: "I am confident John Kerry will serve our country well as Secretary of State. He is a decorated war hero who returned from battle to serve in a variety of ways, including as an outspoken activist, prosecutor and United States senator. "Throughout his distinguished career, John has earned a reputation as a seriou… Continue Reading

January 28, 2013

Udall Statement on Bipartisan Immigration Framework

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after a bipartisan group of senators released an outline for comprehensive immigration reform legislation: "I am very encouraged by the bipartisan framework that has been unveiled in the Senate to modernize our broken immigration system. Reform is long overdue. "The proposal contains the elements necessary to overhaul the system, including securing our borders, a roadmap to earned citizenship and employment verifi… Continue Reading

January 24, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Rules Reform Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on the Senate rules agreement reached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: "For more than three years, I've been committed to changing the Senate rules so that Congress can effectively respond to the needs of the country. The Constitution has been the catalyst for reforming the current filibuster and that marks a breakthrough. "The agreement that's been struck is a combination o… Continue Reading

January 22, 2013

ICYMI: NYT Backs Udall's Filibuster Reform Efforts

Today, The New York Times once again supported U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's efforts to end Senate gridlock and filibuster abuse in its editorial, "A Chance to Fix the Senate." Read the full editorial here. "For six years, Democrats in the Senate have chafed at an unprecedented abuse of the filibuster by Republicans, who have used the practice to hold up nominees high and low and require a supermajority for virtually every bill. But now that they finally have an opportunity to end much of this delay and… Continue Reading

January 19, 2013

For Katie & The Bacas

This weekend, Americans across the country are participating in a National Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, as we celebrate his birthday, we will also observe the second inaugural of our first African American President. But before President Obama is sworn in for his second term, I want to let you know about two bills -- inspired by brave New Mexico families -- that he signed into law at the end of his first. Earlier this month, President Obam… Continue Reading

January 16, 2013

Udall Statement on Departure of Interior Secretary Salazar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued this statement today following Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that he will return to Colorado in March: "I want to extend my thanks and best wishes to Ken Salazar for his years in public office and dedicated service as Secretary of the Interior. "Over the last four years Ken has worked tirelessly to expand our nation's domestic energy resources and worked with tribal leaders to build stronger, healthier Native American communities.… Continue Reading

January 11, 2013

Udall: Bataan Survivors' Stories Entered Into Library of Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In partnership with the office of Senator Tom Udall and The Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico, New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews conducted for the television program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, for inclusion into the permanent collection at the Library of Congress. As a companion to the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN, New Mexico PBS produced the program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, with survivors o… Continue Reading

January 10, 2013

Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced that today President Obama signed their bill to establish a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan into law. "Today we celebrate the conclusion of our bipartisan effort to improve the health and well-being of our veterans," Udall said, "This is a victory for our men and women in uniform across the globe, and I am proud to sa… Continue Reading

January 10, 2013

Udall: President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law. Katie's Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders. The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003. Because New Mexico did not collect DNA fr… Continue Reading

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