Press Releases

September 18, 2012

Cold War Heroes Overcome Major Hurdle in Battle for Just Compensation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today applauded a federal advisory panel's approval of a petition that could pave the way for hundreds of sick Los Alamos National Laboratory workers to receive compensation for their service. The panel, called the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, approved a petition Tuesday granting "Special Exposure Cohort" (SEC) status to all LANL workers who developed radiogenic cancers after having been employed for at least 250 days from January 1, 1… Continue Reading

September 17, 2012

Record Turnout for the NM WRRI Water Conference in Las Cruces

I was proud to co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Las Cruces on August 28, 2012. Our conference brought together 500 participants, including farmers, ranchers, engineers and other community members. It brought together panels of experts who allowed us to gain valuable insights from years of experience. But most importantly, it was an opportunity to listen, and to have a real dialogue about an issue that is so important to the future of our state. If you weren't able to join u… Continue Reading

September 13, 2012

Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has joined Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Dean Heller (D-Nev.) are also original cosponsors of the legislation. "New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotion… Continue Reading

September 12, 2012

Senate Vets Committee Advances Udall's Burn Pit Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) reported today that the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation that includes S. 1798, The Open Burn Pits Registry Act. Udall became an advocate for a burn pit registry after meeting Albuquerque veteran Msgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria. MSgt Baca was stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, which hosted approximately 25,000 personnel at the height of operations and over ten acres of land for burning toxic debris. MSgt Baca… Continue Reading

September 12, 2012

Udall Condemns American Attacks in Libya

WASHINGTON - While presiding over a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this afternoon, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) made the following remarks about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Video of Udall's statement can be viewed HERE. "Today, the Senate Foreign Relations committee mourns the loss of four brave Americans in Libya, including our Ambassador John Christopher Stevens. As many of you probably know, Ambassador Stevens was very close to this committee. He was a Pe… Continue Reading

September 11, 2012

Bingaman & Udall Recommend Five Candidates to Fill U.S. District Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have identified five highly-qualified candidates to replace retiring U.S. District Court Chief Judge Bruce D. Black. They sent the names to the White House for President Obama's consideration. The Senators solicited applicants from around the state for the position on the court, which Black has held for 17 years. They are recommending the following candidates, who are named in alphabetical order: Norman Bay: Currently the Director of the… Continue Reading

September 11, 2012

PHOTO: Udall & Dean Washburn Visit on Assistant Secretary Nomination

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) met with Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law Kevin K. Washburn on his nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Washburn will testify Friday on his nomination before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "Dean Washburn has a strong history of working with tribes across the country, and I have heard a lot of support from Native American communities in New Mexico for his n… Continue Reading

August 28, 2012

VIDEO: Udall Opens 57th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) underscored the need for collaboration on drought and water supply challenges as he opened the 57th Annual New Mexico WRRI Water Conference, Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity. "I believe we are at a crossroads, where we will have to make hard choices," Udall said. "The hardest choice is between conflict and cooperation. In New Mexico we cannot afford to be cynical about the value of water, and so we must work tog… Continue Reading

August 24, 2012

Udall Announces $1.2 Million for STEM Education at Northern New Mexico Colleges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced the National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology a $1.2 million grant to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees throughout colleges in underserved communities in northern New Mexico. "For years, our state has led the way in science and technology thanks to educational institutions like New Mexico Tech," Udall said. "This grant will make … Continue Reading

August 16, 2012

Udall Applauds FTC Action on Misleading Sports Equipment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joined Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller today to commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for taking action against a company for making marketing claims about its product's ability to reduce the risk of concussions that were not supported by sound scientific evidence. "Increased awareness of the dangers associated with sports concussions is extremely important," said Udall, "but as the Brain-Pad settlement proves, some compani… Continue Reading

August 09, 2012

Bingaman, Udall & Luján Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara and Cochiti Pueblos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced today that more than $5 million in federal assistance relief is being made available for Santa Clara and Cochiti Pueblos in an effort to prevent catastrophic flooding in the area. Santa Clara Pueblo will receive $4,107,862 in addition to more than $11 million that was provided by FEMA last month. Cochiti Pueblo will receive $1,298,291 in federal funds. These vital funds will allow the pueblos to … Continue Reading

August 09, 2012

Bingaman & Udall Announce $1.35 Million to Help New Mexico Small Businesses Boost Job Creation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that ACCION New Mexico has been awarded a $1.35 million federal grant to help it continue to provide low-interest loans to New Mexico small businesses. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and will help ACCION provide microenterprise and small business loans to entrepreneurs in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado who might otherwise be overlooked b… Continue Reading

August 09, 2012

Udall To Co-Host 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Las Cruces

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), announced today that he will co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference on Tuesday, August 28 in Las Cruces. The daylong event, also co-hosted by New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture, will take place at the Corbett Center on the NMSU campus. The conference is put on by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) and is titled, "Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity." "Water is cruc… Continue Reading

August 09, 2012

Udall, Bingaman Announce Federal Drought Assistance Funding for NM Farmers and Ranchers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman announced that in light of historic drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to immediately help crop and livestock producers across New Mexico. First, New Mexico will receive $628,588 from the USDA's National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities and water conservation practices. Second, USDA will transfer $14 million into the Emergency … Continue Reading

August 08, 2012

Water Conference at New Mexico State University

In the West, water is a precious resource. It is the "don divino," the lifeblood of our communities. Water is crucial to our economy and to our quality of life. It is no exaggeration to say that our future depends on it. Unfortunately, in times of drought and decaying infrastructure, communities, farms, and industry in the West are not getting the water they need to thrive. This is a shared problem, and it's time to collaborate on shared solutions. And so, I am pleased to co-host the 57th Annual… Continue Reading

August 02, 2012

Sen. Udall Lauds Kevin Washburn Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on the nomination of University of New Mexico School of Law Dean Kevin K. Washburn's nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior: "UNM's School of Law has flourished under the direction of Kevin Washburn. Like former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, Kevin will bring to the position an in-depth understanding of the issues that are important to tribes in New Mexico. Tha… Continue Reading

August 02, 2012

Udall: $7.4 Million Awarded for NM Highway Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), announced today that New Mexico will receive more than $7.4 million from the Department of Transportation to fund highway rehabilitation projects and improve traffic safety and congestion. "The quality and reliability of our roadways are critical in our daily lives," said Udall. "In a large, rural state like ours, with limited public transportation options, we depend on our roadways to get to work and school every day. This funding will pay for necessa… Continue Reading

July 27, 2012

Udall: Almost 8,000 in Rural NM to Get High-Speed Internet Access

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that almost 8,000 rural New Mexico residents will gain high-speed internet access within the next three years as a part of the first phase of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) "Connect America Fund." Udall is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees telecommunications issues. Broadband and telecommunications companies CenturyLink and Windstream will receive $2.3 million to build broadband infrastructure for … Continue Reading

July 27, 2012

Senators Seek Answers from DNI on How Many of Americans' Communications Have Been Monitored

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. Senate debates the renewal of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman sent a letter with Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and a bipartisan group of legislators, including Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Lee (R- Utah), Bernie Sanders (I-VT.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dick Durbin (D-Il.) to request more information about the number of Americans' communications secretly c… Continue Reading

July 27, 2012

Udall, Bingaman & Lujan Announce Federal Assistance for Santa Clara Pueblo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced today that more than $11 million in federal assistance relief is being made available for Santa Clara Pueblo following recent flooding in the area. On July 13th, the New Mexico officials wrote a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, FEMA Administrator William Fugate and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, asking that federal funding dedicated for flood mitigation and restorat… Continue Reading

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