Press Releases

February 01, 2013

Congressional Delegation: Preserve Full Special-Ed Federal Funding

WASHINGTON - New Mexico's Congressional Delegation today sent a letter encouraging the U.S. Department of Education to give serious consideration to the New Mexico Public Education Department's (NMPED) waiver request to avoid a reduction in the state's special education funding. "Educating students with special needs is a serious shared responsibility between the state and the federal government," the delegation wrote to Secretary Duncan. "The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) f… Continue Reading

January 31, 2013

Udall Bill Increases Federal Contracting Opportunities

WASHINGTON - In his first bill of the 113th Congress, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is seeking to expand opportunities for small businesses to secure federal contracts, and make the reporting requirements for those awarded more transparent. The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2013, would raise the Small Business Administration's (SBA) government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent. It would also increase the contracting goal from 5 to 10 percent for businesses owned by … Continue Reading

January 30, 2013

Senators Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Online Payday Loans

Washington, DC - Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans. "We threw the payday lenders, who prey on families when they're at their most vulnerable, out of Oregon back in… Continue Reading

January 29, 2013

Udall: Kerry Will Serve Nation Well As Sec. of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on his vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to confirm Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State: "I am confident John Kerry will serve our country well as Secretary of State. He is a decorated war hero who returned from battle to serve in a variety of ways, including as an outspoken activist, prosecutor and United States senator. "Throughout his distinguished career, John has earned a reputation as a seriou… Continue Reading

January 28, 2013

Udall Statement on Bipartisan Immigration Framework

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after a bipartisan group of senators released an outline for comprehensive immigration reform legislation: "I am very encouraged by the bipartisan framework that has been unveiled in the Senate to modernize our broken immigration system. Reform is long overdue. "The proposal contains the elements necessary to overhaul the system, including securing our borders, a roadmap to earned citizenship and employment verifi… Continue Reading

January 24, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Rules Reform Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on the Senate rules agreement reached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: "For more than three years, I've been committed to changing the Senate rules so that Congress can effectively respond to the needs of the country. The Constitution has been the catalyst for reforming the current filibuster and that marks a breakthrough. "The agreement that's been struck is a combination o… Continue Reading

January 22, 2013

ICYMI: NYT Backs Udall's Filibuster Reform Efforts

Today, The New York Times once again supported U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's efforts to end Senate gridlock and filibuster abuse in its editorial, "A Chance to Fix the Senate." Read the full editorial here. "For six years, Democrats in the Senate have chafed at an unprecedented abuse of the filibuster by Republicans, who have used the practice to hold up nominees high and low and require a supermajority for virtually every bill. But now that they finally have an opportunity to end much of this delay and… Continue Reading

January 19, 2013

For Katie & The Bacas

This weekend, Americans across the country are participating in a National Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, as we celebrate his birthday, we will also observe the second inaugural of our first African American President. But before President Obama is sworn in for his second term, I want to let you know about two bills -- inspired by brave New Mexico families -- that he signed into law at the end of his first. Earlier this month, President Obam… Continue Reading

January 16, 2013

Udall Statement on Departure of Interior Secretary Salazar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued this statement today following Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that he will return to Colorado in March: "I want to extend my thanks and best wishes to Ken Salazar for his years in public office and dedicated service as Secretary of the Interior. "Over the last four years Ken has worked tirelessly to expand our nation's domestic energy resources and worked with tribal leaders to build stronger, healthier Native American communities.… Continue Reading

January 11, 2013

Udall: Bataan Survivors' Stories Entered Into Library of Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In partnership with the office of Senator Tom Udall and The Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico, New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews conducted for the television program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, for inclusion into the permanent collection at the Library of Congress. As a companion to the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN, New Mexico PBS produced the program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, with survivors o… Continue Reading

January 10, 2013

Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced that today President Obama signed their bill to establish a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan into law. "Today we celebrate the conclusion of our bipartisan effort to improve the health and well-being of our veterans," Udall said, "This is a victory for our men and women in uniform across the globe, and I am proud to sa… Continue Reading

January 10, 2013

Udall: President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law. Katie's Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders. The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003. Because New Mexico did not collect DNA fr… Continue Reading

January 03, 2013

Senators Introduce Rules Resolution to Restore Senate Debate and Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today introduced a resolution to enact meaningful Senate rules reforms that would end filibuster abuse and restore debate to the chamber. In accordance with Article 1, section 5 of the Constitution, a majority of senators have the power to adopt or amend the operating rules of the chamber at the beginning of a new Congress, a procedure known as the Constitutional Option. Earlier today, Senate Majority Lea… Continue Reading

January 01, 2013

Udall Statement on Senate Fiscal Cliff Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted 89-8 on a measure to avert the fiscal cliff: "I remain disillusioned with the short-term nature of the deal that came through the Senate last night, but ultimately felt we had to pass it. We managed to make progress on middle-class tax cuts, wind energy tax incentives and unemployment insurance, but squandered an opportunity to implement a long-term vision to deal with the debt and deficit. "Inste… Continue Reading

December 28, 2012

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Passes "Katie's Law," Bill Goes to President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded last night's passage of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, a bill named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003. Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at the time, her killer was not identified when he was arrested in 2003 for unrelated crimes. It wasn't until three years later, after his conviction for other crimes, that his DNA was ta… Continue Reading

December 22, 2012

A Victory For Our Veterans

I'm pleased to share some good news for our veterans. For the past two years, I've been working on a bill to help service members who were exposed to toxic fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, the Senate unanimously approved our bill as part of a larger veterans package. National Guardsman MSgt Jessey Baca and his wife Maria of Albuquerque told me about Jessey's battle with cancer, PTSD and numerous other ailments believed to have been caused by exposure to burn pits… Continue Reading

December 21, 2012

Congress Sends President Defense Authorization with NNSA Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported the Senate has passed legislation that contains critical funding for New Mexico's military bases, national laboratories and military families by a vote of 81-14. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which also includes Udall's amendment to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), was passed in the House yesterday and will now be sent to the president for signature. "This bill will ensure that New Mexico's bases a… Continue Reading

December 20, 2012

Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate. The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part of an omnibus veterans measure, S. 3202, the "Dignified Burial and Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012," which passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday… Continue Reading

December 19, 2012

Udall Announces $500,000 for New School-Based Health Center in Santa Teresa

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced La Clinica de Familia, Inc. of Las Cruces will receive a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand medical, mental health and dental services to residents in southern New Mexico. The two-year grant will allow La Clinica de Familia to build a new health center next to Santa Teresa High School and strengthen its existing school-based health services. The funding comes from capital project outlays under the A… Continue Reading

December 19, 2012

Bingaman, Udall Seek Answers on REAL ID

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide New Mexicans with immediate assurances that their travel plans early in the new year will not be disrupted by a federal law governing drivers' licenses. While the senators support strengthening the standards governing IDs, they are concerned that as many as 38 states - including New Mexico - will not be able to meet the January 15, 2013 deadline to comply with the law. DHS has … Continue Reading

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