Press Releases

July 22, 2010

Udall Announces $795,000 for Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Public Schools Counseling Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that Albuquerque and Rio Rancho public schools will receive a total of $795,119 in grants to improve elementary and secondary school counseling programs. These grants were funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The Albuquerque Public Schools Health and Wellness Department will receive a $397,619 grant, while Rio Rancho Public Schools Student Services will receive $397,500. "Counseling programs provide invaluable support for students a… Continue Reading


July 21, 2010

Bingaman: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act Unanimously Clears Energy Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved a bill that protects the Organ Mountains of Doña Ana County. Bingaman and Senator Tom Udall are sponsors of the bill. The Organ Mountains -Desert Peaks Wilderness Act (S.1689) creates wilderness and conservation areas in Doña Ana County that provide for continued public use while protecting the granite peaks of the Organ Mountains and the volcanic cinder cones of the Pot… Continue Reading


July 21, 2010

Energy Committee Clears Bingaman Bill to Employ and Train Young Americans in Restoring Public Lands

WASHINGTON - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today approved a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman that would expand a program that provides young people with job opportunities, while helping repair and restore the country's public lands. The legislation also includes a provision authored by U.S. Senator Tom Udall to establish the Indian Youth Service Corps. Udall is also a cosponsor of the bill and Representative Ben Ray Lujan sponsored a similar bill in the House o… Continue Reading


July 21, 2010

Udall Highlights N.M. Solutions for Gulf Coast Clean-up

WASHINGTON - At a committee hearing on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed potential solutions from his home state of New Mexico to assist in Gulf Coast clean-up efforts following the BP oil disaster. "Although the Gulf Coast is thousands of miles away, the disaster has impacted us all and the people and institutions in my state are anxious to help," said Udall. "From the use of our unique natural resources to remediate and absorb the toxins, to the brainpower of over 200 emp… Continue Reading


July 21, 2010

Wall Street Reform is Law

I am pleased to announce that earlier today President Obama signed Wall Street Reform into law. This bill is a great victory for the American people. Despite obstruction and delays, we are now on track to providing greater security to Main Street by reining in reckless Wall Street gambling and ensuring accountability. This legislation is the most sweeping financial reform in more than 70 years.I saw this great video put together by the White House. It gives a great overview of what led to the fi… Continue Reading


July 20, 2010

Bingaman, Udall & Teague Introduce Bill to Support FLETC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Representative Harry Teague, today introduced legislation that will allow the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to expand its outdoor training facilities on Bureau of Land Management lands. The bill (S. 3616) would reserve about 2,700 acres of BLM land for use by FLETC. FLETC currently has multiple agreements with BLM to use 1,500 acres of the land, but those agreements each have their own stipulations a… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Offer Assistance in Preserving Paolo Soleri Amphitheater

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are offering their assistance in preserving the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe, should the All Indian Pueblo Council and the Santa Fe Indian School decide to do so. In a letter to Joe Garcia, chairman of the AIPC, and Everett Chavez, superintendent of the SFIS, the Senators point to amphitheater's historic nature and value to the Santa Fe community as reasons to preserve it. A text of the letter follows: Dear Chairman Garcia and Mr.… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

Udall Lauds Passage of Sweeping Wall Street Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the sweeping Wall Street reform legislation: "Today, the United States Senate took action to prevent the same financial regulatory failures that led our nation to the brink of economic collapse from occurring again. We passed a bill that will end taxpayer bailouts of firms that are 'too-big-to-fail' and instead sets up a process of safe liquidation. Additionally, we have put strong meas… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

Tom Udall, Merkley, Carper and Bennet Introduce Oil Independence Bill for a Stronger America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley, Tom Carper and Michael Bennet introduced legislation today to achieve American oil independence, strengthen national security, and create jobs. The Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act will set into law the goal of achieving independence from overseas oil in the next 20 years and a specific plan for achieving it. By committing America to developing a robust clean energy economy, the legislation would create new jobs while eliminating t… Continue Reading


July 14, 2010

Udall, Polis Introduce Resolutions Honoring Conservationist Jane Goodall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) today introduced joint resolutions in the Senate and House honoring the achievements of world-renowned conservationist and primatologist Jane Goodall, who 50 years ago today stepped into what is now Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park to begin her landmark research on chimpanzees. The resolutions honor the "Educational and Scientific Significance of Dr. Jane Goodall on the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of… Continue Reading


July 14, 2010

Helping Vets Cope with PTSD

Army Col. Michael J. Roy, left, who oversees the exposure therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, conducts a demonstration of a life-like simulator that represents a new form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment with Army Sgt. Lenearo Ashford, Technical Services Branch, Uniformed Services University, on Sept. 16, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Defense Dept. photo by John J. Kruzel via Flickr The scale of the service and sacrifice that we ask of our Armed Forces is hard to imagine. They wor… Continue Reading


July 13, 2010

Bingaman, Udall & Teague Announce $10 Million for Santa Teresa Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representative Harry Teague, today announced that the Santa Teresa Port of Entry will receive $10 million to make infrastructure improvements. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "Improvements to the Santa Teresa Port of Entry will help increase trade and foster economic growth in our state. The funding awarded today is an investment in the area's economic development," said Bingaman, who met with Border… Continue Reading


July 13, 2010

Artesia & Albuquerque Awarded Recovery Act Funds for Water-Related Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $434,640 contract to rehabilitate two artesian wells in Artesia, and a $362,223 contract to construct a security fence and vehicle access improvements at the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Sanctuary in Albuquerque's South Valley. The funding for both projects comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The artesian wells produce water for ponds that benefit migratory waterf… Continue Reading


July 12, 2010

Watch the New Udall Update

Now you have another way to stay in-the-loop on what I'm doing for New Mexico as your U.S. senator. The Udall Update is a new television show available on your local public access station and online here. The Udall Update gives you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into our nation's capital. In each program, you can expect great interviews, stories, or tours that give you information about Capitol Hill, a unique look at my work in Washington and in-depth analysis of the important issues tha… Continue Reading


July 12, 2010

Tom Udall Launches 'Udall Update' Television Show

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the launch of "The Udall Update," a public access television series providing information about his work in the U.S. Senate. The series' 30-minute episodes will be released periodically, providing viewers with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the nation's capital. "You can expect great interviews, news stories, and tours that give you unique information about Capitol Hill, a fresh look at my work in Washington and in-depth analysis of … Continue Reading


July 08, 2010

Udall: ABQ to Receive $6.7 Million to Build Transit Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the City of Albuquerque transit department will receive $6,722,800 to build the Montaño Intermodal Center which will provide a new connection between ABQ Ride buses and the Rail Runner Express. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Transportation. "As gas prices inevitably fluctuate, and working families take steps to save money and conserve energy, access to public transportation is essential. This funding will all… Continue Reading


July 08, 2010

Udall, Whitehouse Introduce Legislation to Address Nation’s Water Quality Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have introduced legislation to help address the nation's water quality challenges by encouraging the research, development and promotion of new technologies and designs that use natural processes to combat polluted stormwater runoff. The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act would establish up to five regional centers of excellence that would spearhead the research and development of new stormwater management techniques, w… Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

What Health Reform Means for You

When Congress passed health reform in March, I wrote about how the law would begin providing benefits for New Mexicans within months of its passage. Those benefits are starting now. Here are just a few examples of how the new law is helping: 25,000 New Mexicans with Medicare hit the prescription drug "doughnut hole" last year. Last month, the first beneficiaries who hit the gap this year received a $250 rebate check to help with their expenses. 25,700 New Mexico small businesses could qualif… Continue Reading


June 30, 2010

Senate Committee Discusses Valles Caldera Preserve

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today chaired a hearing to discuss legislation he and Senator Tom Udall wrote to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service. A Senate hearing is the first step toward Congressional passage. The Senators' bill - which was before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today -- directs the Park Service to take over management in a way that protects the Preserve's natural and cultural resources. Hu… Continue Reading


June 29, 2010

$6.41 Million to Cities for New Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that airports in Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell will receive $6.41 million for runway rehabilitation, including the installation of new perimeter fencing and runway and taxiway markings. "These airports provide dependable and safe air travel for the people of New Mexico and tourists alike," said Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "These investments will improve the safety and conditions of our stat… Continue Reading

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