Press Releases

August 24, 2010

Udall: Five NM Financial Institutions Receive More Than $2 Million to Help Struggling Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that five New Mexico financial institutions serving struggling communities have received a total of $2.08 million to support small businesses and spur local economic growth by expanding access to capital and affordable financial services. The awards were distributed by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, which invests and builds the capacity of existing private, for-profit and non-p… Continue Reading

August 20, 2010

NM Delegation: ABQ Airport Receives $2.4 Million Grant to Install Solar Panels on Parking Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich today announced that Albuquerque International Sunport has received a $2.4 million federal grant to install solar panels that will provide electrical power to the airport's parking facility. The $2.44 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Voluntary Airport Low-Emission (VALE) project will fund the acquisition and installation of a Solar Photovoltaic Array on top of the airport's multilev… Continue Reading

August 16, 2010

Udall, Bingaman Host NM Broadband Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman today co-hosted a New Mexico Broadband & Smart Grid Summit in Moriarty that featured the announcement of more than $73 million in grants and awards to expand broadband services to rural, underserved areas of New Mexico. More than 300 people attended the summit at the Moriarty Civic Center, which included panel sessions featuring experts on the challenges and opportunities facing New Mexico as it works to overcome the digital divide and h… Continue Reading

August 12, 2010

Udall & Bingaman to Host New Mexico Broadband & Smart Grid Summit

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall will co-host the New Mexico Broadband & Smart Grid Summit with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development on Monday, August 16. The Summit, being held at the Moriarty Civic Center, will feature a keynote address by the Hon. Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator of the USDA Rural Utility Service (RUS). The address will be followed by two panel discussions moderated by Sens. Udall and Bingaman respectively. The American Recov… Continue Reading

August 12, 2010

Senate Passes Crucial Border Security Bill

I am pleased to report that today the Senate came back into session to pass a fully paid for $600 million Southwest border security bill that is now awaiting the President's signature. I was a co-sponsor of this bill because it will help protect Americans by improving security along our Southwest border. Keeping Americans safe from drug trafficking and violence along our border is a top priority and this funding will help ensure that law enforcement agencies have the necessary resources to get t… Continue Reading

August 10, 2010

Senator Udall Invites Students to Apply for In-State Internships

Albuquerque, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students to apply for internships in each of his state offices. To apply for an in-state internship with Sen. Udall's office, please visit and select Internships. The online application is accessible from that page. All internships are unpaid, but may count toward college credit. Students should check with their respective college or university for requirements. College students from New Mexico or col… Continue Reading

August 09, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: NM Tech & Labs Benefit In Homeland Security Approps Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported today that before adjourning for the August work period, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a Homeland Security measure that will benefit New Mexico Tech and Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. The Senate's version of the fiscal year 2011 Homeland Security Appropriations bill is now ready for full Senate consideration. The measure contains more than $40 million in funding requested by Bingaman and Udall for the ex… Continue Reading

August 06, 2010

Udall: Senate Passes Crucial Border Security Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today applauded the Senate's approval of a $600 million bill that will help protect Americans by improving security along the Southwest border. Passage of the bill came less than a week after Udall sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid urging quick action on border security legislation. Udall is a cosponsor of the Senate measure, which will not add to the nation's deficit, and was overwhelmingly approved on Thursday night. It now must be conside… Continue Reading

August 06, 2010

New Mexico and Colorado Delegations Recognize 40th Anniversary of Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico joined Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Rep. John T. Salazar of Colorado in introducing resolutions in the Senate and House recognizing this month's 40th anniversary of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. The resolution also commends the efforts of New Mexico and Colorado state governments, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Man… Continue Reading

August 05, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Applaud Approval of Former APD Commander as U.S. Marshal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded the Senate's approval of Conrad Candelaria as U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico. Candelaria retired earlier this year after 25 years of service at the Albuquerque Police Department. He rose through the ranks at APD, retiring from the position of senior commander of the Southwest Area Command. Candelaria is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he is a part-time criminal justice instructor. "With more t… Continue Reading

August 05, 2010

Energy Committee Approves Bill to Transfer Valles Caldera to National Park Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that a bill he introduced with Senator Tom Udall to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service has cleared its first hurdle. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which Bingaman chairs, approved the measure today. The bill can now be considered by the full Senate. "The Valles Caldera is one of the most beautiful public landscapes in the country, and the nation would benefit from it… Continue Reading

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

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