Press Releases

November 05, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: N.M. Receives $380 Million in Royalty Payments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico has received $380.6 million in revenue payments from energy produced on federal and tribal lands. "New Mexico plays an extremely important role in meeting our nation's energy needs," said Bingaman, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "The revenue New Mexico receives from being a key energy producer allows us to make essential investments in our state." "The people of New Mexico sh… Continue Reading

October 21, 2010

No More 'Trick or Treat' Phone Bills

It's happened to far too many Americans. You open up your phone bill and wonder why there's an extra zero, or several, on the amount that you owe. Maybe your son or daughter downloaded a new game, or your phone automatically went online to upgrade its software. Perhaps a family emergency meant more time talking than usual. In any of these cases, it would be commonsense for consumers to get a warning before they exceed their voice minutes, text messages, or data usage. And cell phone companie… Continue Reading

October 20, 2010

Udall Applauds Santa Fe FACT Program for National Youth Arts and Humanities Award

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall commended the Santa Fe Fine Arts for Children and Teens After-School Program (FACT) for being honored with a 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award today at the White House. FACT, which received the 2010 Coming Up Taller Award, was one of just 15 youth arts and humanities organizations recognized in ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The award acknowledges programs whose work is making a difference in the lives of youth. In addition t… Continue Reading

October 14, 2010

Udall Announces $118,000 for Albuquerque and Santa Fe Farmers Markets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that Albuquerque and Santa Fe will receive a total of $118,000 in grants to improve local farmers markets, and expand farmers market access to more low income families. The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2010 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). The city of Albuquerque will receive a $63,914 grant to establish a sales and marketing organization to maximize benefits from a permanent downtown Albuquerque indoor… Continue Reading

October 14, 2010

Udall: Deadline Extended for Troops and Veterans to Claim Stop Loss Pay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that the Department of Defense has extended until Dec. 3 the deadline for active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended due to "Stop Loss" 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 b… Continue Reading

October 14, 2010

Strengthening Education in New Mexico

Traveling around New Mexico over the past few weeks, I've been inspired by educators who are pushing the envelope to help the young people in our state. Improving our education system is key to keeping America strong. From early education, to our public schools, to community colleges and universities, we must help students gain the knowledge they need to succeed in a global economy. And our state is filled with examples of how to improve education here and around the country. Click the links b… Continue Reading

October 13, 2010

Udall Statement on FCC Bill Shock Recommendations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission's proposed "Bill Shock" rules: "Today, cell phones and mobile devices have become the standard for communicating -- not the exception. During these tough economic times, high poverty rates and depleted family budgets have become all too common, too. That is why explicit notification and consent guidelines are critical to preventing cell phone bill shock. I commend FCC Ch… Continue Reading

October 07, 2010

Udall to FCC: Notification and Consumer Consent Would Alleviate “Bill Shock”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is asking the Federal Communications Commission to take strong action to help protect consumers from sudden spikes in their monthly phone bills, or "bill shock," during their upcoming meeting. "According to the FCC's survey of cell phone users, thirty million Americans - about one-in-six adult cell phone users - have experienced bill shock," Udall says in a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "This survey also found that, in one-in-four cases, … Continue Reading

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

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