Press Releases

August 05, 2010

Udall: New Mexico Businessman Among Appointees to Manufacturing Council

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that the founder of a New Mexico renewable energy company is one of 17 appointees to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke's Manufacturing Council. David Melton, president and chief executive of Albuquerque-based Sacred Power, and his fellow appointees will serve two-year terms and advise Secretary Locke on policy related to promoting and increasing the competitiveness of U.S. industry and manufacturing. The new appointees were named during a pr… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

Udall Votes to Confirm Kagan as 112th Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today released the following statement after the Senate's 63-37 vote to confirm Elena Kagan as the nation's 112th justice of the United States Supreme Court: "The inscription that greets visitors to the Supreme Court building reads: 'Equal Justice Under Law.' I believe that inscription is at the heart of the experience Elena Kagan will bring as the newest member of the high court. "It includes a reputation as one of the nation's foremost legal minds; a… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

Udall Votes to Keep NM Teachers, Firefighters and Police at Work

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement today following the Senate's vote to protect the jobs of nearly 300,000 teachers, firefighters and police officers across America with critical funding to states: "Today, the Senate finally did its job. We were able to overcome unprecedented Republican obstructionism and finally pass an essential piece of legislation to prevent nearly 300,000 teachers, firefighters and police officers from being laid off this fall. Whil… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

A Space that Art Should Fill

As arts programs fade from school schedules across the nation, students are missing out on valuable opportunities to nurture their talent and expand their minds. In New Mexico, non-profit organizations have been stepping up to the plate to fill this important role. I had a chance to see kids hard at work at the Fine Arts for Children and Teens (FACT) at the ARTbarn Community Studio in Santa Fe. The program is keeping New Mexico kids off the streets and making masterpieces. When Congress passed t… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

NM Delegation: Recovery Grant Will Expand Broadband Access in Otero County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Harry Teague today announced that Dell Telephone Cooperative will receive a $435,500 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to expand access to broadband services in southern New Mexico. The grant will allow the cooperative to provide broadband Internet and improved phone services to residents of the Bug Scuffle community of Otero County. The grant is one of 126 new Recovery Act broadband infrastructure projects that will… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Udall Statement on Senate Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., a sponsor of legislation to enact a federal Renewable Electricity Standard, issued the following statement today on the obstruction of Senate energy legislation: "The ongoing obstruction of clean energy policy in the United States Senate is extremely frustrating. When we return in September, the Senate should move as quickly as possible and pass legislation to reform offshore oil and gas production, establish a Renewable Electricity Standard, reduce… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Udall: $1.5 Million to Cities for New Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that airports in Aztec, Clovis, Las Cruces and Silver City will receive approximately $1.5 million for runway rehabilitation and wildlife hazard assessments. "This grant will help ensure the safety of travelers to and from our cities by investing in important safety improvements," said Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "This funding will also help ensure that local airports have well-developed plans in place… Continue Reading


August 02, 2010

Udall to Support Kagan Nomination

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote to confirm current Solicitor General Elena Kagan as Supreme Court Justice: "Throughout the confirmation process, Solicitor General Kagan has proven that she is well-prepared to serve on the United States Supreme Court. She has long been recognized as one of our nations leading legal minds and has demonstrated her expertise arguing cases before the court on which she has now been nominated to serve. "In addition, I have had t… Continue Reading


August 02, 2010

Udall, Bingaman Introduce Bill to Create Cavernous Angioma ‘Center of Excellence’ at UNM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall was joined today by Senator Jeff Bingaman in introducing legislation that would establish a Center of Excellence at the University of New Mexico to coordinate the treatment and research of Cavernous Angioma, a vascular disorder of the central nervous system that disproportionally impacts New Mexicans. The bill would create the Cavernous Angioma Clinical Care, Advocacy, Research and Education (CARE) Center through the National Institutes of Health to increase r… Continue Reading


July 30, 2010

Udall Asks Reid For Swift Action on House-Passed Border Security Bill

WASHINGTON - In a letter today to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., urged swift action in the Senate on the Emergency Border Security Supplemental Act of 2010. The legislation, which passed the House on Wednesday, is cosponsored by New Mexico Congressman Harry Teague and supported by Congressmen Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján. The legislation contains more than $701 million to help protect Americans by improving security along the Southwest Border. "Ame… Continue Reading


July 30, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Small Business Gets Boost In Financial Services Approps Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the Senate Appropriations Committee has cleared legislation to support business in New Mexico and around the nation. The senators said that the fiscal year 2011 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. In addition to valuable project requests for New Mexico businesses by Bingaman and Udall, this measure contains an almost 10 percent budget increase fo… Continue Reading


July 30, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Key Spending Bill Includes $292 Million for NM Air Force Bases, Nat’l Guard, WSMR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that legislation moving through Congress contains more than $292 million to support New Mexico's military installations and National Guard facilities. The Senate's version of the fiscal year 2011 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon/VA) Appropriations bill has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now ready for full Senate consideration. The measure contains funding for important pr… Continue Reading


July 29, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Spending Bill Contains Funding for New Mexico Health and Education Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said they are pleased a spending bill working its way through the Senate contains funding they sought for New Mexico health care and education initiatives. The funding is contained in the fiscal year 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill, which has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill is now ready to be considered by the full Senate. "This bill gives priority to a variety of … Continue Reading


July 29, 2010

Pentagon: Holloman Will Be Home to Two New Squadrons of F-16s

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon today announced that Holloman Air Force Base will be the home of two new squadrons of F-16s, a mission that will bring an increase of trainees and contractors to the base. Holloman will become a training base for the jet-fighter aircraft, which is one of the Air Force's most valuable assets. The F-16s will be in use for at least the next two decades. "F-16s are the workhorse of the U.S. Air Force. This training mission, combined with the cutting-edge unmanned aerial v… Continue Reading


July 28, 2010

Udall: Constitutional Option Would Restore Accountability to Senate Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today continued his call for reform of the Senate rules during the fourth in a series of hearings to examine the filibuster, saying that adoption of the rules at the beginning of each Congress through his Constitutional Option would restore accountability to the Senate. To watch Udall's remarks, click here. Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, questioned panelists during the hearing titled, "Examining the Filibuster: Legislative Proposals to C… Continue Reading


July 28, 2010

Bring Accountability Back to the Senate

In the fourth of a series of hearings in the Senate Rules Committee, today we heard from my colleagues, Senators Lautenberg and Bennet about proposals for fixing Senate rules. Their proposals included a lot of good ideas that I believe would go a long way to making the Senate work for the American people again. A trend you see in these proposals is that they're not limited to just reforming the filibuster. The filibuster is a symptom of a larger issue. And that issue is a system of rules in a S… Continue Reading


July 26, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Ag Approps Bill Will Help NM Farmers and Ranchers, Protect Natural Resources

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that legislation moving through Congress contains more than $36 million to help New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and to preserve New Mexico's natural resources. The Senate's version of the fiscal year 2011 Agricultural Appropriations Bill cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. "Farming and ranching are the backbone of New Mexico's economy. The legislation we're develo… Continue Reading


July 26, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Appropriations Bill Includes $3.5 Million for NM Safety, Justice Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded a spending bill working its way through the Senate that contains $3.5 million for New Mexico projects to support at-risk youth, reduce recidivism, and cut crime across the state. The Senate's version of the fiscal year 2011 Commerce, Justice and Science bill has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now ready for full Senate consideration. The measure contains more than $1.1 million in funding for projects reques… Continue Reading


July 22, 2010

Udall Statement on Absence of Renewable Electricity Standard in New Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement today on the absence of a Renewable Electricity Standard in upcoming Senate energy legislation: "Our coalition will continue to push for a strong Renewable Electricity Standard to be included in energy legislation that the Senate will consider before the August recess. Americans desperately need jobs and the implementation of a strong, federal RES would create tens of thousands of them in near term and over the long run… Continue Reading


July 22, 2010

N.M. Senators: Labs Get Boost in Senate Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said a spending bill working its way through the Senate contains a major boost for New Mexico's two national laboratories. The bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today and is ready for full Senate action. As part of President Obama's commitment to the new START Treaty with Russia for a smaller safe and secure stockpile, the bill increases the National Nuclear Security Administration's stockpile budget to $7.01 billion - a … Continue Reading

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