Press Releases

July 27, 2012

Udall Announces $4.6 Million for NM Based Senior Employment Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Albuquerque based National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) will receive almost $4.6 million from the Department of Labor's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to provide workers over the age of 55 with training and assistance to improve their employment opportunities. "As our economy continues to recover, many workers on their way towards retirement are being forced stay competitive in the every-changing job mark… Continue Reading

July 25, 2012

Udall Votes to Extend Tax Cuts for 98% of New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) voted to extend tax cuts for more than 98 percent of New Mexico middle-class families. S. 3412, the Middle Class Tax Relief Bill, passed the Senate by a vote of 51-48. "The average New Mexico family of four makes less than $45,000 a year and extending tax cuts for them is critical," Udall said. "The bill we passed today would benefit 98 percent of New Mexico families and businesses to help keep our economy moving forward." The Senate-passed pack… Continue Reading

July 25, 2012

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Udall Advocates for Constitutional Amendment at Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a committee hearing on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) built support for the constitutional amendment he is sponsoring to give Congress the authority to undo dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system. "Money has poisoned our political system," Udall said. "We, as Americans, believe in government 'of the people, by the people, for the people' - and so we must work t… Continue Reading

July 18, 2012

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Udall Focuses on Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic at Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a Senate hearing today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) underscored the emerging threat of prescription drug abuse and overdoses in New Mexico and the need for a strategy to combat the epidemic nationwide. Click here to see video and photos of Udall at today's hearing. "New Mexico has the sad distinction of having the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country. It is tragic and it is unacceptable," said Udall, a member of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Contro… Continue Reading

July 18, 2012

PHOTOS: NM Small Businessman Participates in Senate Steering Committee

WASHINGTON - At the invitation of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, New Mexico small business owner Arvind Raichur shared his personal experience creating jobs at a Democratic Steering Committee meeting on Capitol Hill today. Mr. Raichur is the President and founder of SonicSEO, an Albuquerque-based company that offers online marketing services to businesses across North America. At the meeting, Democratic Senators and small business owners from across the country discussed how to build on local job creat… Continue Reading

July 13, 2012

Udall, Bingaman & Luján Request Swift Action to Help Santa Clara Pueblo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Congressman Ben Ray Luján today urged federal agency leaders to swiftly release funding to Santa Clara Pueblo following new flooding that prompted Pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno to issue another disaster declaration this week. In a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, FEMA Administrator William Fugate and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, the New Mexico officials asked that federal funding dedicated for flood mi… Continue Reading

July 09, 2012

One Year Later: Udall Visits Santa Clara Pueblo Burn Scars

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall toured areas of Santa Clara Pueblo (SCP) devastated by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire for an update on the status of clean up and restoration efforts. To view photos of the visit, click here. Udall visited sites burned by the Las Conchas fire with SCP officials including Governor Walter Dasheno, Lieutenant Governor Bruce Tafoya and Forestry Director Michael Chavarria. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, the U.S. Army… Continue Reading

July 05, 2012

One Year Later: Udall Visits Wallow Fire

LUNA, N.M. - This past Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall visited areas impacted by the 2011 Wallow Fire in Catron County to discuss restoration efforts, preventive measures against future large-scale wildfires and the lasting impacts it has had on the community. To view photos of the visit, click here. "It's been one year since the Wallow Fire raged through New Mexico and Arizona," said Udall. "As we prepare to address the aftermath of the most recent blazes, it's important to review the recovery … Continue Reading

June 29, 2012

Udall Praises Passage of Student Loan Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement on the passage of the compromise to prevent student loan interest rates from increasing to 6.8 percent on July 1st: "Preventing the interest rates on college loans from doubling next month was the right thing to do for working families and students. This compromise will save new undergraduate borrowers at New Mexico universities an average of almost $1,000 over the life of their loans. With an economy that hasn't ful… Continue Reading

June 29, 2012

Udall Applauds Transportation Bill Passage

WASHINGTON - Following the passage of legislation to fund highway and infrastructure programs across the country, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement: "Every day this Congress failed to pass a new transportation bill, we were neglecting job creation and safer roads and bridges back home. This legislation is far from ideal, but it was the best Congress could agree on and it will benefit the economy in the long-run. "Federal transportation dollars support over 14,000… Continue Reading

June 28, 2012

Udall Statement on Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

WASHINGTON - Following the Supreme Court's ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement: "When Congress and President Obama first took up this issue, we knew it wouldn't be easy. The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is the best possible outcome for the American people. Today, quality, affordable health care is a major step closer to becoming a reality for millions of Americans who live one acciden… Continue Reading

June 21, 2012

Udall: Senate Farm Bill Contains Significant Reforms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement on the Senate's 64-35 passage of the Farm Bill: "Today's Farm Bill contains significant reforms that will positively impact the lives of countless Americans. It's also a rare example of how business should be done in the Senate - with bipartisan cooperation. "The reauthorization is most notably marked by a complete overhaul of an antiquated commodity subsidies program that costs about $5 billion a year and benefits … Continue Reading

June 20, 2012

Udall: NM Tech to Receive $700,000 for Energy Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) at New Mexico Tech in Socorro will receive almost $700,000 to continue developing a method to treat water that is produced in oil and gas production using solar energy. 'Produced water' flows to the surface during oil and gas drilling and often has high concentrations of salts and other contaminants that make it unusable and costly to dispose of safely. "Oil and gas production is a major… Continue Reading

June 19, 2012

Udall: Sandoval County Awarded $5 Million Transportation Grant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today announced that Sandoval County will receive a $5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to improve Torreon Road in Sandoval County and the Navajo Nation. "Torreon Road provides a vital connection to schools, hospitals and jobs within Sandoval County and the Navajo Nation," said Udall. "Yet it is currently unsafe. This project will greatly improve the co… Continue Reading

June 14, 2012

Legislation Introduced Supporting Creation of Manhattan Project National Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced legislation that would designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as a National Historical Park. The legislation stems from the findings of a report prepared by the National Park Service and the Department of Energy that says the best way to preserve and interpret the Manhattan Project is for Congress to establish a national historical park at the three sites where much of the critical scientific activity associate… Continue Reading

June 13, 2012

VIDEO & PHOTO - Udall: It's Time to Give Burn Pit Victims Answers

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) testified in support of his bill to create a registry for returning servicemembers and veterans experiencing health problems due to open-air burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq. Click here to see video and photo of Udall at today's hearing. During his testimony, Udall pointed to MSgt Jessey Baca and his wife Maria, who traveled from New Mexico to attend the hearing. Last year, after hearing MSg… Continue Reading

June 13, 2012

Senators Praise Sand Dune Lizard Listing Outcome

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to forego adding the Dunes Sagebrush (Sand Dune) Lizard to the Endangered Species List. The Senators, who learned of the decision this morning, have been actively engaged with the administration as it determined whether listing the lizard was the best course of action based on science and in light of collaboration at the local level that led to Candidate Conservation Ag… Continue Reading

June 12, 2012

Senators Seek Applicants to Fill Upcoming Vacancy on U.S. District Court

On June 12, 2012, the Honorable Bruce D. Black announced his intention to retire from the federal bench after 17 years of distinguished service. Chief Judge Black's retirement, effective October 1, 2012, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces, New Mexico for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.In accordance with their constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent with respect to federal judges, Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall will submit recommendations to the Pr… Continue Reading

May 30, 2012

Udall: Almost $1.6 Million for AmeriCorps Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state. The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund more than 282 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs. "AmeriCorps allows members to engage in meaningful public service that will make a lasting difference in New Mexico," said Udall. "This funding wi… Continue Reading

May 24, 2012

Senators Engage Air Force on Aggressive Kirtland Fuel Spill Cleanup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are asking the Air Force to partner with county and state authorities to "conduct further scientific and technical analysis" to determine the scope of the Kirtland jet fuel leak and develop contingency plans for the continued safety of the drinking water. The Senators, who met with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers in Washington last week for an update on the plume, wrote to him today in support of the Air Force's goal to cl… Continue Reading

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