Press Releases

September 13, 2010

NM Delegation: $18.65 Million Awarded Through Recovery Act for Broadband Services Across State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Harry Teague and Ben Ray Luján today announced that more than $18.65 million has been awarded to three New Mexico Internet providers to expand access to high-speed broadband services to underserved communities across the state. The awards, provided by the Department of Agriculture through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will benefit approximately 45,000 people, more than 600 businesses, and 98 comm… Continue Reading


September 08, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: $3.5 Million in Recovery Act Funds Released For Middle Rio Grande Habitat Restoration Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation is releasing $3.5 million for a restoration project on the Middle Rio Grande. Funding, which is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used for construction of habitat improvements in the Isleta Reach of the Middle Rio Grande floodplain downstream of Belen. The project was designed in consultation with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission under the programma… Continue Reading


September 08, 2010

New Mexico Receives More Than $3.6 Million for Airport Runway Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that airports in Los Alamos and Santa Teresa will receive more than $3.6 million in grants for runway extensions. Doña Ana County Airport in Santa Teresa will receive $2,287,944 in funding. Los Alamos County Airport will receive $1,372,062. "Airports are one of the best economic tools that a community has to offer. The funding awarded today is an important investment in these two airports and in the communities that d… Continue Reading


September 07, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Announce $31 Million to Help Address One of New Mexico’s Most Dangerous Highways

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has signed an agreement with the Navajo Nation's Division of Transportation to provide $31 million to improve and upgrade one of New Mexico's most dangerous highways. The funding, which is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to expand the width of U.S. 491 over a corridor length of approximately 69 miles, constructing two new lanes adjacent to th… Continue Reading


September 07, 2010

ABQ to Receive $500,000 Grant to Make Energy out of Garbage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced the City of Albuquerque will receive a $500,000 grant for its landfill gas-to-energy project. The grant, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will fund a system that converts gas emitted from Albuquerque's Cerro Colorado landfill into energy, including the power for a glass recycling facility. "I applaud the EPA selection of Albuquerque's gas-to-energy project for these funds," Udall said. "This innovative pr… Continue Reading


September 02, 2010

Udall: New Mexico Receives $900,000+ for Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that airports throughout New Mexico will receive a total of $925,232 in grants to fund safety improvements and airport master plan studies for future needs. "I am glad to see this funding coming to New Mexico," said Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "These grants will help ensure that local airports have well-researched plans in place and the tools they need to anticipate and respond to future challenges - i… Continue Reading


September 01, 2010

U.S. Education Department Releases $64.9 Million for New Mexico Schools to Keep Teachers in the Classroom

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the U.S. Department of Education has released $64.9 million to help close New Mexico's budget gap, and keep approximately 1,000 teachers in classrooms around the state. "Nothing is more important to a child's education than having good teachers in the classroom. When teachers are fired, classroom sizes increase, other teachers are overloaded, and students are forced to try to learn in challenging environments," Bingaman … Continue Reading


August 27, 2010

Udall: Survey Shows Need to Curb Drunk Driving

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today responded to a National Survey of Drinking and Driving Attitudes and Behaviors released by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing that one-in-five Americans age 16 and over drove a car within two hours of drinking alcohol over a one year period and nearly one-third of them admitted they thought they were over the legal limit. Based on this survey, NHTSA estimates that 8 percent of all drivers, or 17.2 million peop… Continue Reading


August 27, 2010

How We Curb Drunk Driving

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just released a study showing that one-in-five Americans age 16 and over drove a car within two hours of drinking alcohol over a one year period. And nearly one-third of them admitted they thought they were over the legal limit. That means almost 17 million drunk drivers on the roads. We need to do more to keep drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel, and this study also gives important insight into how to make that happen. Par… Continue Reading


August 24, 2010

Udall: Five NM Financial Institutions Receive More Than $2 Million to Help Struggling Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that five New Mexico financial institutions serving struggling communities have received a total of $2.08 million to support small businesses and spur local economic growth by expanding access to capital and affordable financial services. The awards were distributed by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, which invests and builds the capacity of existing private, for-profit and non-p… Continue Reading


August 20, 2010

NM Delegation: ABQ Airport Receives $2.4 Million Grant to Install Solar Panels on Parking Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich today announced that Albuquerque International Sunport has received a $2.4 million federal grant to install solar panels that will provide electrical power to the airport's parking facility. The $2.44 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Voluntary Airport Low-Emission (VALE) project will fund the acquisition and installation of a Solar Photovoltaic Array on top of the airport's multilev… Continue Reading


August 16, 2010

Udall, Bingaman Host NM Broadband Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman today co-hosted a New Mexico Broadband & Smart Grid Summit in Moriarty that featured the announcement of more than $73 million in grants and awards to expand broadband services to rural, underserved areas of New Mexico. More than 300 people attended the summit at the Moriarty Civic Center, which included panel sessions featuring experts on the challenges and opportunities facing New Mexico as it works to overcome the digital divide and h… Continue Reading


August 12, 2010

Udall & Bingaman to Host New Mexico Broadband & Smart Grid Summit

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall will co-host the New Mexico Broadband & Smart Grid Summit with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development on Monday, August 16. The Summit, being held at the Moriarty Civic Center, will feature a keynote address by the Hon. Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator of the USDA Rural Utility Service (RUS). The address will be followed by two panel discussions moderated by Sens. Udall and Bingaman respectively. The American Recov… Continue Reading


August 12, 2010

Senate Passes Crucial Border Security Bill

I am pleased to report that today the Senate came back into session to pass a fully paid for $600 million Southwest border security bill that is now awaiting the President's signature. I was a co-sponsor of this bill because it will help protect Americans by improving security along our Southwest border. Keeping Americans safe from drug trafficking and violence along our border is a top priority and this funding will help ensure that law enforcement agencies have the necessary resources to get t… Continue Reading


August 10, 2010

Senator Udall Invites Students to Apply for In-State Internships

Albuquerque, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students to apply for internships in each of his state offices. To apply for an in-state internship with Sen. Udall's office, please visit tomudall.senate.gov and select Internships. The online application is accessible from that page. All internships are unpaid, but may count toward college credit. Students should check with their respective college or university for requirements. College students from New Mexico or col… Continue Reading


August 09, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: NM Tech & Labs Benefit In Homeland Security Approps Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported today that before adjourning for the August work period, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a Homeland Security measure that will benefit New Mexico Tech and Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. The Senate's version of the fiscal year 2011 Homeland Security Appropriations bill is now ready for full Senate consideration. The measure contains more than $40 million in funding requested by Bingaman and Udall for the ex… Continue Reading


August 06, 2010

Udall: Senate Passes Crucial Border Security Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today applauded the Senate's approval of a $600 million bill that will help protect Americans by improving security along the Southwest border. Passage of the bill came less than a week after Udall sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid urging quick action on border security legislation. Udall is a cosponsor of the Senate measure, which will not add to the nation's deficit, and was overwhelmingly approved on Thursday night. It now must be conside… Continue Reading


August 06, 2010

New Mexico and Colorado Delegations Recognize 40th Anniversary of Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico joined Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Rep. John T. Salazar of Colorado in introducing resolutions in the Senate and House recognizing this month's 40th anniversary of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. The resolution also commends the efforts of New Mexico and Colorado state governments, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Man… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Applaud Approval of Former APD Commander as U.S. Marshal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded the Senate's approval of Conrad Candelaria as U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico. Candelaria retired earlier this year after 25 years of service at the Albuquerque Police Department. He rose through the ranks at APD, retiring from the position of senior commander of the Southwest Area Command. Candelaria is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he is a part-time criminal justice instructor. "With more t… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

Energy Committee Approves Bill to Transfer Valles Caldera to National Park Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that a bill he introduced with Senator Tom Udall to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service has cleared its first hurdle. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Bingaman chairs, approved the measure today. The bill can now be considered by the full Senate. "The Valles Caldera is one of the most beautiful public landscapes in the country, and the nation would benefit from it… Continue Reading

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