Press Releases

June 01, 2013

New Mexico Wildfires

As fires across our state continue to burn, I am doing everything I can to help our firefighting personnel and officials on the ground. One day after the first fire started, I attended a briefing on the Tres Lagunas fire by Incident Commander John Pierson, and I have been in contact with local leaders in both communities to monitor the efforts being made on both fires. I will continue to keep a close eye on the situation to make sure our officials and residents have the support they need, and he… Continue Reading

May 22, 2013

Udall, Rockefeller Introduce Bill to Help Protect Young Athletes from Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries

WASHINGTON - To mark National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today introduced legislation that seeks to protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries by improving equipment safety standards and curbing false advertising claims. The Youth Sports Concussion Act will help ensure that safety standards for spor… Continue Reading

May 17, 2013

Failures at the IRS & Shining a Light on Campaign Spending

People in New Mexico and all across America feel a sense of outrage over what happened at the IRS - and they should. I'm outraged too. Partisan bias and abuse by the IRS cannot be tolerated. IRS employees failed to carryout their duties impartially and I believe calling for and accepting the resignation of the IRS's top official was the right thing to do. But another failure of the IRS is the failure to stop front groups from filing false statements and engaging in illegal amounts of political a… Continue Reading

May 16, 2013

Udall-Heinrich Bill To Establish Wilderness Areas In The Río Grande del Norte National Monument Clears Energy and Natural Resources Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, a bill sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to designate two wilderness areas in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument, cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Watch a video clip from the markup here. "Communities around the Rio Grande Del Norte are very enthusiastic about the President's designation of the National Monument." said Sen. Udall. "Finalizing these study areas as wilderness will add to the po… Continue Reading

May 15, 2013

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Funding for LANL Cleanup Efforts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced today that the necessary Senate and House committees have approved a reprogramming request for an additional $19 million needed to assist in maintaining the ongoing cleanup and environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The news comes just days after the New Mexico lawmakers sent a letter to the committees urging their approval of the request made by the… Continue Reading

May 14, 2013

Bipartisan Enzi-Udall Bill Introduced to Protect State Mineral Revenue Payments

WASHINGTON - Every year, billions of dollars in revenue are generated from energy production on federal lands. Since states bear most of the costs associated with mineral development, they are guaranteed a share of the revenue under federal law. But the federal government isn't upholding its end of the bargain and is trying to keep state money. A bipartisan group of Senators today introduced a bill that would allow states the option to collect their own share of federal mineral revenue and prote… Continue Reading

May 14, 2013

Udall Initiative Would Increase Graduation Rate, Help Underperforming Schools

WASHINGTON - With graduation season underway, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a bill today that would increase the graduation rate in New Mexico and across the nation. Nationwide, approximately one-fifth of high school students drop out of school each year. According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the state's graduation rate was 70.3 percent in 2012, with a 67.7 percent rate for Hispanic students and 64.9 percent for Native Americans. In addition, New Mexico's state's … Continue Reading

May 08, 2013

ICYMI: Western Senators Seek to Restore Mineral Payments

The Associated Press reported today that U.S. Senator Tom Udall is working on legislation with Republican colleagues from Wyoming to restore millions of dollars in federal minerals payments to states being cut by sequestration. Read the full AP article here. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, questioned Interior Department officials about the mineral payments and the overall impact of sequestration on New Mexico at a hearing before the Interior & Environment Subcommittee… Continue Reading

May 07, 2013

Udall, Hirono, Polis Introduce Bill to Support Pregnant & Parenting Students

WASHINGTON - To mark National Teen Pregnancy Month, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have joined with U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-Colo.) to introduce a bill that would help states and local school districts support pregnant and parenting youth who face unique challenges staying in school and graduating ready for college or a career. Each year in the U.S., approximately 750,000 teens get pregnant and almost one-fifth of students across the country drop out of hi… Continue Reading

May 06, 2013

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Make Progress On Restoring LANL Cleanup Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House have responded to their calls for critical funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) by sending a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million. They are now urging the necessary Congressional Committees to approve the request without delay … Continue Reading

May 01, 2013

Federal Programs for Fire and Post-Fire Family & Business Assistance

Federal Fire Assistance Guide Emergency PreparationEmergency Preparedness Tips:FEMA outlines the steps families can take to be informed and prepared for natural disasters. Outdoor Safety Tips:The Forest Service provides tips for campfire safety, debris control, and outdoor equipment safety. Home Safety Tips:The Forest Service provides tips for keeping homes in the wildland-urban interface safe from wildfires.http://www.smokeybe… Continue Reading

May 01, 2013

New Bill to End Doping of Racehorses on Horizon

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-Ken.) and Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) revealed draft legislation they intend to introduce to end doping in horseracing and kick cheaters out of the sport. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to cleanup the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering. USADA is a non-governmental organization th… Continue Reading

April 30, 2013

Water Conference Report

Last summer, I was proud to co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Our conference brought together around 500 participants, including farmers, ranchers, engineers, experts and community members to address the impact of water scarcity and explore possible solutions to help New Mexico adapt to the ongoing drought. Since the conference, my office has been compiling the strategies and policy proposals we discussed. Today, I am pleased to re… Continue Reading

April 26, 2013

Udall: Safely Dispose of Rx Drugs this Saturday

WASHINGTON - As New Mexico continues to battle alarming prescription drug abuse rates, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is encouraging citizens to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 27 and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities. Additional drop-off sites have been added since last year's Take-Back Day, including many in rural areas. The event, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement … Continue Reading

April 26, 2013

Senators Recommend Damon P. Martinez for US Attorney Position

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are recommending to President Barack Obama that Damon P. Martinez be the next United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. The senators made their recommendation to the president in a letter today. Martinez has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001 and currently supervises the Organized Crime and Gang Section in Albuquerque. He is highly experienced in cases concerning national security and anti-terrorism, immigration and … Continue Reading

April 25, 2013

Udall Statement on Chemical Weapons in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today issued the following statement on intelligence assessments indicating the use of chemical weapons in Syria: "Today, the administration indicated there is some evidence of small scale military use of a chemical weapon-sarin gas-by the Syrian regime. Geneva Protocol prohibits the military use of sarin gas and this is a very troubling development. I remain concerned about the ongoing violence i… Continue Reading

April 22, 2013

Udall, Heinrich & Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

WASHINGTON - In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today reintroduced legislation to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness - a proposal with strong support from the local community. A companion bill will be introduced in the House tomorrow by Representative Ben Ray Luján. Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a "Wilderness Study Area" since 1980. A map of the proposal can be f… Continue Reading

April 19, 2013

Udall: VA Plan to End Backlog Good First Step, More Work Needed to Improve Veterans Care

WASHINGTON - A new initiative to reduce the backlog of veterans benefit claims is a good first step, but more work must be done to improve the quality health care for veterans overall, says U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.). The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its plans to expedite compensation decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer to have their claims processed. It will also begin making provisional decisions on veterans' claims, starting with the oldest… Continue Reading

April 19, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests. April 19, 2013 is the 24th anniversary of the introduction of the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in the U.S. Senate. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), James Risch (R-Idaho), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joi… Continue Reading

April 18, 2013

Udall Statement on the ‘Gang of Eight' Immigration Proposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on the "Gang of Eight's" Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013: "We have an extraordinary opportunity to pass a long-term, comprehensive solution to fix our broken immigration system. I am very encouraged by the 'Gang of Eight's' proposal to secure our borders, bring undocumented individuals from the shadows and enhance our visa and employment verification systems. The law… Continue Reading

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