Press Releases

June 25, 2010

Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Hearing on RECA Amendments Act of 2010

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on the recently introduced Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2010, which would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living near atomic weapons tests. Senator Udall was joined in the letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL… Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

UNM to Receive More Than $21 Million for Clinical and Translational Science Center

WASHIINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that the University of New Mexico Health Science Center has been named a federal Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), a designation that comes with $21 million in awards over five years, establishes UNMHSC as a key national research center, and will create more than 100 stable, high-paying jobs in New Mexico. This federal designation - the first regional CTSC in the southwest - will greatly enhance UNMHSC's ability to recru… Continue Reading


June 24, 2010

$4 Million for Clovis Airport Runway Expansion

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the Clovis Municipal Airport will receive $4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway extension construction. In 2006 Clovis Municipal Airport conducted an Airport Action Plan, which found that Runway 22 was too short to accommodate increased jet traffic. Since 2006, the airport has been working to expand the runway to 7,200 feet in order to allow for regional jet service. "With the expansion of Cannon Air Force Base and t… Continue Reading


June 23, 2010

A Hold-Up in the Senate

The Senate Rules Committee continued its series of hearings examining the filibuster and other forms of obstruction in the Senate today with testimony from two great panels on secret holds and the nominations process. A secret hold happens when a Senator anonymously prevents a piece of legislation or a nominee from getting a vote on the Senate floor. It's not transparent and it's just one more example of how manipulation of the Rules continues to foster a level of gridlock and obstruction unlik… Continue Reading


June 23, 2010

'Secret Holds' Illustrate Need for Constitutional Option

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today argued in a Senate committee hearing that rising abuse of "secret holds" to obstruct key nominations and legislation further underscores the need for his proposal to reform the Senate rules in accordance with the Constitution. To watch Udall's remarks, click here and here. Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, continued his push for the Constitutional Option during the third in a series of hearings by the committee on filibuster reform… Continue Reading


June 17, 2010

Udall Introduces Bill to Establish U.S. International Conservation Strategy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced bipartisan legislation that would coordinate the work of all U.S. agencies involved in international conservation and establish a national strategy for promoting conservation initiatives that strengthen global security, health and economies. Udall is joined by a fellow co-chair of the Senate International Conservation Caucus, Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), in introducing the legislation. Currently, multiple U.S. agencies are involved in interna… Continue Reading


June 17, 2010

Responding to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

This week, President Obama addressed the nation about the unprecedented environmental, economic and human catastrophe that our country is facing in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He outlined the many ways that our nation's civilian and military resources have been deployed to the region and I encourage you to visit the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command's website at www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com for information about the continuing effort. I'm particularly p… Continue Reading


June 11, 2010

N.M. Recycling Coalition Awarded $2.79 Million Grant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Department of Energy has awarded $2.79 million to New Mexico Recycling Coalition in Santa Fe as part of a national effort to support energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that reduce energy use by American homes, vehicles, and businesses. The grant, which was awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will support the New Mexico Recycling Coalition's efforts to promote recycling across the … Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

Udall Announces $6.79 Million to Improve N.M. Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced airports across New Mexico will receive a total of $6.79 million for runway rehabilitations, lighting replacement and new equipment. The funding distributed through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration includes $4.78 million for the Albuquerque International Sunport for rehabilitation of all taxiway lights. "From runway rehabilitation to weather reporting equipment, the Department of Transportation is providing… Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

Murkowski Resolution Would be Bailout for Special Interest Polluters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today gave the following remarks on the Senate floor in opposition to a resolution proposed by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski that would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Senate was expected to vote later today on the resolution. "Today, America faces an energy crisis. The Senate owes the American people solutions. But this resolution is an attempt to bury our heads in the sand and igno… Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

Senators Merkley and Tom Udall Join Clean Energy Leaders in Calling for Defeat of Murkowski Resolution

WASHINGTON - At a press conference this morning, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) were joined by former EPA Administrator Russell E. Train, along with national security and environmental leaders, in calling for the U.S. Senate to reject the Murkowski resolution, which is expected to be voted on by the Senate later today. According to the speakers, this resolution is a Big Oil Bailout that would weaken efforts to protect America's air and water, would allow dirty industries t… Continue Reading


June 09, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Unveil Strengthened Doña Ana Wilderness Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today unveiled their new proposal to protect the scenic landscape of the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County. Last year the Senators introduced legislation, called the Organ Mountains -Desert Peaks Wilderness Act (S.1689), which 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 Potrillo … Continue Reading


June 09, 2010

Udall’s ROADS SAFE Act Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that legislation he and Republican Senator Bob Corker introduced earlier this year to develop new technologies that would reduce drunk driving crashes cleared a key hurdle in its path to Senate passage. The bill, called the Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere, or ROADS SAFE, Act, was incorporated into larger legislation that was then approved by the Senate Commerce Committee, of which Udall i… Continue Reading


June 03, 2010

NM Primary Care Association Receives $2 Million Recovery Act Grant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Primary Care Association in Albuquerque will receive more than $2 million in grant funds to help adopt electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) systems. The $2.01 million is part of the $2 billion allotted to the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand… Continue Reading


May 28, 2010

Let Us Remember Those Who Gave Everything in Defense of Our Nation

This weekend, Americans from all walks of life will gather together in cemeteries or town squares or other special places to honor those brave men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion for a country and a cause. For more than 140 years, we have set aside this day to honor our fallen service members. Memorial Day is different from the many other occasions we observe to honor America's soldiers and veterans. Today is - first and foremost - a day of mourning. That is why, on this,… Continue Reading


May 28, 2010

On Memorial Day, Udall Honors America’s Fallen Soldiers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement honoring Memorial Day: "This weekend, Americans from all walks of life will gather together in cemeteries or town squares or other special places to honor those brave men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion for a country and a cause. "For more than 140 years, we have set aside this day to honor our fallen service members. Memorial Day is different from the many other occasions we observe to hono… Continue Reading


May 27, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Bill to Transfer Valles Caldera to National Park Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced legislation to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service. The bill follows on a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) mandated by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000 and a feasibility study from the National Park Service requested by the two senators. The GAO reports that the Preserve is at least five years behind schedule in the development of … Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

Udall, Heinrich Lead NM Delegation Effort to Designate Moriarty DWI Memorial as “National DWI Victims Memorial”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich today led the Delegation's introduction of legislation to designate New Mexico's DWI Victims Memorial of Perpetual Tears in Moriarty as the nation's first and only memorial of its kind. For photos of the memorial, click here. "As a senator from New Mexico, I am proud to seek this official designation for the DWI Victims Memorial of Perpetual Tears to further elevate awareness of this completely preventable killer," Udall… Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

Kagan is Articulate and Well-Prepared for the Court

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with President Obama's second Supreme Court Nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan. In our meeting, she was both thoughtful and forthcoming. We discussed her recent experience arguing cases before the court on which she has now been nominated to serve, and she shared her belief in the honor of military service. In our conversation, I also conveyed my constitutional approach to resolving the current gridlock in the Senate, and my conviction in the common law… Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

Kagan Very Articulate, Well-Prepared Nominee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued this statement today following his meeting with Supreme Court nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan: "In our meeting today, Solicitor General Elena Kagan was both thoughtful and forthcoming. We discussed her recent experience arguing cases before the court on which she has now been nominated to serve, and she shared her belief in the honor of military service. "In our conversation, I also conveyed my constitutional approach to resolving the current gri… Continue Reading

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