Press Releases

March 13, 2012

Udall: Contaminated Laguna Mine Proposed for 'Superfund' Cleanup Status

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued a statement today following the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to list the Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine in Cibola County to the National List of Priorities of Superfund sites. Udall, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has been urging the EPA to expedite the cleanup of uranium contamination on Tribal lands in New Mexico. Udall said: "Today EPA is getting serious about the uranium contamination cleanup that the … Continue Reading

March 13, 2012

Senate Democrats Form Working Group to Craft New Response to Rise of Super PACs and Unlimited Spending by Outside Groups

Senators Have Already Urged Action By IRS, FEC, FCC-Now Planning Legislative Remedy As Well In 2012 Alone, Outside Groups Have Spent $90M Influencing Elections-Many Groups Raise Funds in Unlimited Quantities and Do Not Disclose Donors Working Group Includes Senators Whitehouse, Udall, Shaheen, Merkley, Bennet, and Franken WASHINGTON - A group of Democratic senators announced today they have joined together to craft a new legislative response to blunt the harmful impacts from the Supr… Continue Reading

March 08, 2012

N.M. Senators Vote to Extend Life of Programs that Provide Millions to New Mexico Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today voted to approve a provision to a transportation bill to extend the life of two programs that provide millions to help New Mexico counties fund roads, schools, National Forest restoration projects, wildfire protection, search and rescue, and other county programs. The amendment reauthorizes for one year the Department of Agriculture's Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Program, which will provide nearly $12.3 million… Continue Reading

March 07, 2012

NM SENS: Bring Troops Home From Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - In a bipartisan letter from 24 senators, Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today called on the president to bring American combat forces home from Afghanistan. As the Senate considers the 2012 Highway Bill on the floor this week, the senators pointed out that the total dollar amount spent in both Iraq and Afghanistan to datewould provide enough funding to rebuild the American interstate highway system five times over. "We simply cannot afford more years of elevated troop levels in Afghani… Continue Reading

March 07, 2012

Bingaman & Udall Urge Obama Administration to Find a Way for Cattle to Cross Border Again at Columbus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are urging the Obama administration to find a way for cattle to once again cross the U.S.-Mexico border at the Columbus Port of Entry. Their request comes one day after that cattle gate was closed due to U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to restrict its veterinarians from crossing the border because of safety concerns. New Mexico ranchers purchase "feeder" cattle from Mexico to supplement their herds; additionally, other animals are… Continue Reading

March 07, 2012

Udall: $6.6 Million for NM Rural Electric Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced a $6,646,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to install smart grid technology and make improvements to electric generation and transmission facilities in rural northeastern New Mexico and surrounding states. Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc., the recipient of the loan, will use the funding to build and improve 65 miles of distribution lines and make other system improvements, including smart grid technology. "We need to make … Continue Reading

March 06, 2012

Udall Calls on Regulators to Curb Oil Speculation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and 69 other members of Congress have called on federal regulators to address oil speculation contributing to a rise in the price of gasoline to more than $3.50 a gallon in New Mexico. In a letter sent to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday, lawmakers requested that new trading limits be put in place, as mandated by Congress in the 2010 Wall Street reform law. Limits were supposed to be put in place by the commission before Jan. 17, 2011. "We … Continue Reading

February 29, 2012

Udall Recruits Applicants for Internships

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Carlsbad offices. To apply online or download an application, please click here. Washington internships have two sessions for summer interns: May 29 - June 29 and July 2 - August 3. The deadline to apply for both sessions of the DC-based internship is March 18. Placements… Continue Reading

February 21, 2012

Senators Call on Election Commission to Make Campaign-Related Spending More Transparent

Washington, DC - Voters deserve to know who is paying for political advertisements, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and 10 of his fellow senators wrote today in a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). As the FEC considers changes to its rules in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the senators called on the Commission to implement broad disclosure and disclaimer requirements so that voters know who is funding campaign-related commercials. Through Citize… Continue Reading

February 17, 2012

Udall Statement on Payroll Tax Compromise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the Payroll Tax cut extension through the end of the year: "As our economy shows signs of improvement, we must sustain that momentum by supporting working families. That's exactly what the Senate did today by extending the payroll tax credit through the end of the year. While the deal also extended unemployment assistance, we must do even more to provide a safety net for New Mexico's wor… Continue Reading

February 17, 2012

Payroll Tax Cut in Your Community

Today I voted in support of an extension of the payroll tax cuts through the end of this year. While our economy is showing some signs of improvement, I believe we need to sustain that momentum by supporting working families. But what does this mean for you? Well, for an average family in Dona Ana County, for example, it means nearly $600 throughout the rest of the year. Find out how the extension of this tax cut helps your household on the interactive Google Map below. For New Mexico families, … Continue Reading

February 16, 2012

Bingaman & Udall Honor Speaker Lujan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today paid tribute to N.M. House Speaker Ben Luján in speeches before the U.S. Senate. Luján, who served New Mexico for more than four decades, announced he had lung cancer last month and would retire from the N.M. House of Representatives after this year's legislative session. "Throughout his long career, he's fought fiercely to ensure that the needs of his fellow New Mexicans were being addressed. He's worked hard to improv… Continue Reading

February 16, 2012

Senators Call for IRS Investigations into Potential Abuse of Tax-Exempt Status by Groups Engaged in Campaign Activity

Washington, DC - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Udall (D-NM), today called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate whether organizations claiming tax-exempt status are engaging in a substantial amount of campaign activity. In a letter to Douglas H. Shulman, commissioner of the IRS, the Senators requested the IRS enforce the law and prevent… Continue Reading

February 16, 2012

N.M. Tribes Receive $1.37 Million for Renewable Energy Projects

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that several tribes and tribal organizations in New Mexico will receive a total of $1.37 million for renewable energy development. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program, which has distributed $36 million for tribal energy development since 2002. According to the National Congress of American Indians, tribal lands have enough renewable potential to supply 14% of the nation's electricity needs with… Continue Reading

February 14, 2012

“Tuesdays with Tom”: Udall Discusses Transportation Reauthorization Ahead of Senate Debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today discussed the transportation reauthorization legislation currently before the Senate. The bill includes four Udall provisions including the Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere (ROADS SAFE) act, which would use technology to reduce the number of drunk driving fatalities. The ROADS SAFE Act would support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Driver Alcohol Detection System… Continue Reading

February 14, 2012

Coming Together to Secure the Border

Over the past month, we've seen a rare Washington phenomenon. Democrats and Republicans came together in Congress to overwhelmingly pass a commonsense bill so that President Obama could quickly sign it into law. The reason? Gabby Giffords brought us together. I was honored to work with her to pass the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act, bipartisan anti-drug trafficking legislation that I sponsored with Sen. Dean Heller in the Senate and Gabby sponsored in the House. Now it's the law… Continue Reading

February 13, 2012

Udall Statement on President’s Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on the President's 2013 budget blueprint: "President Obama's 2013 budget proposal sets a mark for his priorities and his vision for the country. While I don't agree with the entirety of his request, his budget works toward deficit reduction by meeting the deep automatic spending cuts that were set into motion last year. It is also a strong endorsement for future job creation, with investments in manufacturing jobs, renew… Continue Reading

February 10, 2012

Delegation's CCM Bill Garners Wide Support

WASHINGTON - Community-wide support continues to build following the introduction of legislation to increase education and research efforts for a rare genetic disease affecting Hispanics. Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM) affects approximately 1.5 million Americans, the majority of whom reside in New Mexico. Yesterday, the New Mexico Congressional Delegation introduced legislation that would authorize a Cavernous Angioma Clinical Care, Awareness, Research and Education (CARE) Center of Excel… Continue Reading

February 10, 2012

Giffords Anti-Drug Trafficking Bill Becomes Law

Our bill to fight drug trafficking using ultralight aircraft is now law. So proud to work with @SenDeanHeller and Gabby on her last bill. - Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) February 10, 2012 WASHINGTON - Anti-drug trafficking legislation sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the U.S. House and U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NV) in the U.S. Senate was signed into law today by President Obama. The Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act wascosponsored in the Senate by Sens. … Continue Reading

February 09, 2012

N.M. Congressional Delegation Seeks to Help Hispanics with Rare Genetic Disease

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich led the New Mexico Congressional Delegation in introducing a bill to increase research and education efforts related to Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM), a relatively unknown illness more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group. The bill would authorize a Cavernous Angioma Clinical Care, Awareness, Research and Education (CARE) Center of Excellence to increase research and awareness about the … Continue Reading

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