Press Releases

October 01, 2010

Moving New Mexico Forward

As September comes to a close and autumn settles in, I've been looking back at the amazing things I've seen New Mexicans achieve this summer. Over the last two months, I traveled around our state to see how people across New Mexico are using Recovery grants and other federal funding opportunities to create new jobs, boost our economy, strengthen our infrastructure and nurture innovation. We've been hit hard by this recession, but our state's resilience is showing in our small businesses and our … Continue Reading

October 01, 2010

Consumer Advocacy Group Announces Support for Udall’s Cell Phone “Bill Shock” Legislation

WASHINGTON - Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, has announced its support of legislation introduced earlier this week by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) to help limit the cell phone "bill shock" that occurs when cellular customers unwittingly exceed their monthly limits for voice minutes, text messages, or data usage.The Cell Phone Bill Shock Act of 2010 would help protect Americans from "bill shock" by requiring cell phone companies to notify customers by email or text… Continue Reading

September 30, 2010

Udall Introduces Legislation to Reduce Cell Phone “Bill Shock”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced legislation to help limit the cell phone "bill shock" that occurs when cellular customers unwittingly exceed their monthly limits for voice minutes, text messages, or data usage. The Cell Phone Bill Shock Act of 2010 would help protect Americans from "bill shock" by requiring cell phone companies to notify customers by email or text message - free of charge - when they have used 80 percent of their monthly limits under their current plan. It a… Continue Reading

September 29, 2010

Improving Tribal Health Care Through Telecommunications

Most Americans probably cannot imagine life without a telephone. Yet today, more than 30 percent of households in Indian Country do not have access to basic telephone service. The situation is even more appalling on the Navajo Nation, where two out of three people are unable to receive telephone service in their homes. Living without a phone impacts everything from education to employment to health care. In New Mexico, we saw this first hand when a man outside of Gallup missed two opportunitie… Continue Reading

September 29, 2010

Udall and Bingaman Introduce Bill to Allow Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Longer Trust Leasing Terms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall was joined today by Senator Jeff Bingaman in introducing legislation that would allow Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to offer long-term leases for lands held in trust. The proposal is the Senate companion to legislation introduced in the House by U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján with the support of Representative Martin Heinrich. The bill would authorize leases of up to 99 years for lands held in trust for Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in order to increase the ability of… Continue Reading

September 29, 2010

Udall, Genachowski: New ABQ-Based Pilot Program Will Improve Health Care Communications in Rural Native Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski today unveiled a new Albuquerque-based pilot program that will supply up to 2,000 satellite phones to the Indian Health Service (IHS) to improve communications between rural Native Americans and their health care providers. The pilot project will initially be based in the Albuquerque area office of IHS, which serves tribal communities in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. The satellite phon… Continue Reading

September 29, 2010

Senate Passes Bunning, Udall, Alexander, Corker Resolution Honoring Sick Nuclear Workers with a National Day of Remembrance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today announced Senate passage of S. Res. 653, a Senate resolution designating October 30, 2010, as a National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapon Program Workers. The Day of Remembrance honors the thousands of men and women who supported the nation's nuclear efforts during the Cold War. "I could not be more grateful for our nuclear weapons program workers and uranium miners,… Continue Reading

September 28, 2010

N.M. Senators: Air Force Extends Public Comment Period for LATN Proposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today confirmed that the Air Force has agreed to their request to extend by more than a month the Low Altitude Tactical Navigation (LATN) environmental assessment public comment period. To meet Cannon's 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW) national security responsibilities, the Air Force is considering low altitude training in parts of northern New Mexico. In a letter to Cannon Commander Colonel Stephan Clark dated September 24, 2010, the S… Continue Reading

September 27, 2010

Udall: Small Biz Jobs Act Good for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, which will help small businesses create 500,000 new jobs nationwide through $12 billion in new tax cuts, increased small business lending and expanded access to private capital. The Senate approved the legislation by a 61-38 vote earlier this month. "While the economy is continuing to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, it's not i… Continue Reading

September 27, 2010

NM Officials: More Time For Public Comments, Outreach For Cannon’s Low Altitude Training Flights Needed

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján are asking Cannon Air Force Base commander, Colonel Stephen Clark, to extend the Low Altitude Tactical Navigation (LATN) environmental assessment public comment period, and to continue the Air Force's amplified community outreach in northern New Mexico. In a letter to Colonel Clark, the members voiced their support for the mission of Cannon's 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW), and asked that any low altitud… Continue Reading

September 24, 2010

Health Care Benefits in Place

Six months after health reform became law, benefits are coming into effect that will help New Mexico families. The Affordable Care Act required insurance companies to implement a number of reforms by September 23. These changes include increased access to preventive care like colonoscopies and immunizations, an extension of coverage for children under 26 and new protections against insurance industry abuses. These are crucial reforms that will mean increased access for many New Mexicans. Here… Continue Reading

September 24, 2010

N.M. Congressional Delegation: Bayard Receives Grant to Expand Library

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation today announced that the City of Bayard has been awarded a federal grant and low-interest loan to expand its public library. The city will receive $148,750 in grant funds and $221,250 in federal loans for the 3,400 square foot expansion. The funding, made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "Expanding the public library will allow the city to better serve resi… Continue Reading

September 22, 2010

Udall Presents ‘Constitutional Option’ to Senate Rules Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today presented his Constitutional Option proposal as a way to restore accountability to the Senate rules during the fifth in a series of hearings by the Rules Committee to examine the filibuster and other obstructionist tactics. The hearing, titled "Legislative Proposals to Change Senate Procedures," featured testimony from Udall and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), as well as three experts on Senate parliamentary procedure. "The Constitutional Option … Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Secretary Salazar Honors Stewart Lee Udall at Interior Building Dedication Ceremony

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar honored the life and legacy of Stewart Lee Udall at a ceremony dedicating the main Interior building after the former Secretary of the Interior. Commemorating the legislation signed by President Barack Obama on June 8, 2010 designating the Department of the Interior Building as the "Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building," the event was widely attended by family and friends of the Udall family. As the 37th Secretary o… Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Bill That Shifts Country Toward Clean Energy, Helps Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced bipartisan legislation to create the first-ever national renewable electricity standard (RES). Under the proposal, electric utilities would be required to produce at least 11 percent of their power from wind, solar, biomass and other renewable sources of energy; the remaining 4 percent could be achieved through energy efficiency improvements. States like New Mexico that have a higher RES would not be affected by the bill. Bu… Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

A National Renewable Electricity Standard Now

A big motivating factor in my run for the U.S. Senate was because it failed to pass the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) I fought to pass three times in the House. That's why the first bill I introduced as New Mexico's new senator was a strong RES. Although both the House and Senate have managed to pass similar RES legislation in the past, a national standard has never been signed into law. That's why I'm pleased to be part of a bipartisan effort to enact an RES in this Congress, led by my f… Continue Reading

September 20, 2010

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 bill closely follows legislation Representative Harry Teague introduced, which passed the House of Representatives earlier this year on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 357 to 32. The Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010, cosponsored in the Senate by … Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Luna County and Española to Benefit from DOJ Recovery Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Luna County Sheriff's Department and the Española Police Department have been awarded funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "The funding awarded today will create jobs while helping keep communities safe by providing additional support to their local law enforcement agencies," Bingaman said. "The importance of combating the epidemic of drug trafficking and drug related crimes in Rio Arrib… Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Key Bill Supports N.M. Military Installations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that a bill being developed in the Senate will support the state's military bases and key research to benefit the Department of Defense. The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2011 Defense Appropriations Bill, which contains funding the Senators secured for defense work being done in New Mexico. That bill can now be sent to the full Senate for debate. "New Mexico has long played a key role in our n… Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Udall Urges Troops and Veterans to Claim Stop Loss Compensation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military branch who had their enlistment extended or retirement suspended due to "Stop Loss," a policy utilized during major conflic… Continue Reading

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