Press Releases

March 19, 2013

Udall Statement on Support of Sally Jewell

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after his meeting this afternoon with Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. For photos of the meeting, click HERE. "Sally Jewell will bring a unique business perspective and appreciation for the outdoors to the Department of the Interior, and I am proud to support her nomination. During our meeting today, I conveyed my hope that as secretary, S… Continue Reading

March 18, 2013

Udall: 7K NM Taxpayers Have Unclaimed Tax Refunds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is reminding New Mexico taxpayers that April 15, 2013 is the last day to claim tax refunds for 2009. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that 7,100 New Mexicans are owed a total of $6.45 million, with a median refund of $567. Unless claimed, the money will become property of the U.S. Treasury. "There's more than $6 million in the Treasury that belongs in the pockets of hardworking New Mexico taxpayers," said Udall. "That money could be better used in… Continue Reading

March 15, 2013

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall's office is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. In a YouTube video for prospective nominees across New Mexico, Udall provided information about the process of applying to an academy. To watch the video and learn more, click here. "One of my duties as United States Senator is nominating outstanding young people from New Mexico to our nation's military service academies," said Udall in the video. "More than anything, I … Continue Reading

March 14, 2013

Energy Committee Advances Udall-Heinrich Bill to Prioritize Uranium Mine Cleanup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reported today that their legislation to help New Mexico complete high priority uranium mine cleanup projects has cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Their bill, S. 222, would amend federal law to give states and tribes the ability to apply existing funds for coal-related cleanup efforts to non-coal mine reclamation, including hundreds of abandoned uranium mines throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. "This is a c… Continue Reading

March 13, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Udall's High Country News Op-Ed on Ending Mineral Rights Giveaways

In an op-ed published in High Country News, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) called for reform of the 1872 mining law that allows hardrock minerals to be mined on public lands with no royalty. "As our nation works to address the deficit in the months ahead, we can no longer allow federal giveaways of our natural resources to continue without any compensation to the taxpayers who own those resources." "But the only way mining reform will happen is if the public bec… Continue Reading

March 12, 2013

Udall: Lincoln County to Receive $1 Million for Little Bear Fire Cleanup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $1 million to reimburse Lincoln County for cleanup costs resulting from flooding following the Little Bear Fire in the White Mountain Wilderness Area near Ruidoso. Lincoln County incurred more than $1 million in costs last year removing and hauling debris resulting from post-fire flooding to improve public safety, restore access to roadways and protect property. "As fire… Continue Reading

March 07, 2013

Udall Statement on Brennan Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on his vote to confirm John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "I voted to confirm John Brennan to head the CIA today because he is a well-qualified nominee and this position is too important to our national security to remain vacant. While I'm supporting his nomination, I want to make clear that I am not satisfied by the administration's limited disclosure of documents outlining the legal jus… Continue Reading

March 07, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize and improve key elements of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program. Since 2002, the successful program has funded the rehabilitation of abandoned and polluted properties to increase safety and attract new businesses to communities. All four Senators are members of the Environment and Public Works (… Continue Reading

March 05, 2013

N.M. Lawmakers: Disaster Declaration for Navajo Nation Makes FEMA Funds Available in Wake of Severe Freeze

WASHINGTON - New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representative Ben Ray Luján confirmed today that President Obama has signed a disaster declaration making the Navajo Nation eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. In December and January, a cold spell resulted in damage to more than 3,300 water lines, leaving thousands of members of the Navajo Nation without access to water as subfreezing temperatures caused pipes to freeze and break. The damage a… Continue Reading

March 04, 2013

Udall Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively: "I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. These critical agencies ensure that America benefits from our diverse energy resources in a manner that is e… Continue Reading

March 01, 2013

Udall Hosts Las Cruces Mayor at Senate Meeting on Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima joined U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on Capitol Hill yesterday for a discussion on strengthening local economic development efforts in communities across the state and nation. "Las Cruces is working to build a diverse and vibrant economy. I was proud to host Mayor Miyagishima to discuss how we can continue supporting smart infrastructure and workforce investments in communities like Las Cruces," Udall said. "Our meeting was an important forum to ensure that f… Continue Reading

February 28, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Vote to Avert Sequestration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement today after voting in favor of the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013 to avert the sequester: "The Senate missed an opportunity this afternoon to avert the sequester with a balanced approach that included spending restraint and a fairer tax system with fewer loopholes. "When the sequester kicks in tomorrow our economy will not fall off a cliff, but we will begin tumbling down a hill with damaging consequences for mi… Continue Reading

February 28, 2013

Congress Sends Violence Against Women Bill to President with Tribal Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after House passage of an improved Violence Against Women Act reauthorization today: "By getting this bill across the finish line we are sending a very strong message that violence against women of any color or creed will not be tolerated. I'm especially pleased that when President Obama signs this historic legislation into law, the tribal provisions to protect Native women that I helped craft in the Indian Affairs Committee… Continue Reading

February 27, 2013

Udall Introduces PHYSICAL Act to Expand Health & PE in Schools

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation to improve the quality of health and physical education (PE) programs and make them more accessible to kids across the country. The Promoting Health for Youth Skills in Classrooms and Life (PHYSICAL) Act would classify health and PE as "core" subjects, like art and geography, under federal law. As such, they would be eligible for federal education funding and support. "With increased childhood obesity rates and diabetes,… Continue Reading

February 26, 2013

Udall Gives Sepich Family Signed "Katie's Law" Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Sepich family to his Washington office today to present them with signed copies of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, the federal legislation President Obama recently signed into law. Udall met with Jayann and Dave Sepich and their two children to give them copies of the legislation and praise their efforts to expand "Katie's Law" nationwide. Click here to view photos of the Sepich family in Senator Udall's Washington D.C. office.… Continue Reading

February 26, 2013

Udall Statement on Hagel Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on his vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense: "Chuck Hagel has served our country with distinction and honor from his beginnings as an Army Sergeant, to representing the people of Nebraska in the Senate. After meeting with Sen. Hagel and examining his extensive record, I am confident he is well prepared to lead the Department of Defense and protect the security of our nation. He will assume this new … Continue Reading

February 26, 2013

Udall: NM to Receive $7.2 Million Reimbursement for Fire Fighting Efforts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $7.2 million to New Mexico for the state's recent fire suppression efforts in the 2011 Track and Donaldson fires. "As New Mexico faces this ongoing drought, we are preparing for another potentially dangerous fire season," said Udall. "These federal grants are critical in ensuring that our state has the resources it needs to combat the wildfires that threaten our homes an… Continue Reading

February 15, 2013

Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

WASHINGTON - Twenty-four senators, led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, are challenging the postmaster general's authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval. In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the senators acknowledge the financial challenges the Postal Service is facing and urge him to work with Congress to address these problems through bipartisan reform, such as the Senate legislation passed last year. They also point out tha… Continue Reading

February 15, 2013

Senators Launch Effort to Employ Youth Restoring Public Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today reintroduced legislation to expand job training and educational opportunities for youth, while helping repair and restore the country's public lands. The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013 improves on the existing Public Lands Corps by expanding the scope of projects to reflect new challenges. It would also add incentives to attract new participants, including Native Americans and veterans, that suffer from disproportionately hig… Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Udall Makes Case for NM Assets at Approps Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing today, New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall pressed top Obama Administration officials about the potentially dangerous impacts of federal budget cuts on the national laboratories and military bases in his state. The rare full committee hearing, Udall's first since being appointed to the panel, examined "The Impacts of Sequestration" and outlined the negative impacts of scheduled across-the-board federal budget cuts in detail. For video of the … Continue Reading

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