Press Releases

May 26, 2010

Bingaman, Udall, Teague Announce $4.5 Million for Socorro Water Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Representative Harry Teague today announced that the City of Socorro will receive more than $4.5 million in loans and grants for water system improvements. The funding - a $3.29 million grant and a $1.23 million loan - will be made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and regular U.S. Department of Agriculture Water and Environmental Program funds. It will allow the city to make critical improvements to water qua… Continue Reading


May 25, 2010

Udall Applauds Announcement of Additional Funding, Manpower for Border Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that he will request $500 million in supplemental funds and order up to 1,200 additional National Guard troops to enhance border protection and law enforcement activities along the U.S.-Mexico border: "Today's announcement from President Obama is welcome news for New Mexico and other border states that are struggling to ensure the safety of border residents in the face … Continue Reading


May 25, 2010

Increased Border Security is the Right Move

Today's announcement from President Obama is welcome news for New Mexico and other border states that are struggling to ensure the safety of border residents in the face of increasingly violent trafficking organizations along the U.S.-Mexico border. This additional funding and manpower will give the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol - who often are forced to operate with too few staff and limited supplies - expanded resources to more effectively monitor our nation's borders and keep New Me… Continue Reading


May 24, 2010

Udall Announces $150,000 for Miner Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro will receive $147,305 to promote miner safety and health training programs. The grant was funded through the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). MSHA's State Grants Program distributes grants to 49 states and the Navajo Nation to support health and safety programs that aim to reduce mining accidents, injuries and illnesses. "New Mexico plays an … Continue Reading


May 21, 2010

Financial Reform Holds Wall Street Accountable

Last night, I was proud to be presiding over the U.S. Senate Chamber when we voted to pass sweeping legislation to reform Wall Street. We are now one step closer to bringing greater accountability to Wall Street, and to providing greater security to folks on Main Street. The reckless gambling of a few big bankers and the failure of Washington to regulate them, resulted in a recession where the average American family lost about $100,000 in savings and home values, and 8 million Americans lost th… Continue Reading


May 21, 2010

Udall: ABQ Company Receives Funding for Cancer Treatment Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that TPL, Inc., in Albuquerque will receive $717,744 to continue its cancer treatment research through a grant from the National Cancer Institute at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Small Business Innovation Research Grants program has awarded the funding for TPL Inc.'s research with Power Source Development for Compact Proton Accelerators, a newly developed tool for radiation-based treatment technology. "Millions of Ameri… Continue Reading


May 21, 2010

Federal Advisory Panel Approves Petition of Sick LANL Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Congressman Ben Ray Luján today applauded a federal advisory panel's approval of a petition that expands the number of sick Los Alamos National Laboratory workers who will be eligible to receive compensation for their service. The panel, called the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, approved a petition late Thursday that provides a "Special Exposure Cohort" (SEC) status to all workers who developed radiogenic cancers afte… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Udall Announces Seven N.M. Counties Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that farmers and ranchers in Colfax, Harding, Mora, Quay, San Miguel, Taos and Union counties will qualify for federal disaster relief from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) due to losses caused by drought and high winds that occurred in 2009. The assistance includes FSA emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance. "This aid i… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Bingaman, Udall & Heinrich Gain Air Force Commitment to Accelerated Jet Fuel Cleanup in Albuquerque

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Representative Martin Heinrich, have secured a commitment from a top Air Force official to accelerate cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination resulting from a jet fuel leak at Kirtland Air Force Base. To fund its stepped-up commitment, the Air Force said it is committing $15 million toward cleanup efforts this year. The fuel leaked over several decades from storage tanks at a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel loading facility… Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Laguna Education Foundation Receives Almost $150,000

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Laguna Education Foundation will receive $148,600 to involve Laguna Middle School youth in service learning projects that support student development and meet community needs. The grant was awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Learn and Serve America program and will involve 200 youth in projects that focus on the retention of tribal history, language and culture. "With this funding, Laguna Pueblo will be able… Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Walter Mondale on Fixing Senate Rules

In the history of the U.S. Senate, there is a long line of senators who have endeavored to reform the institution at times when its rules are abused. My predecessor, New Mexico's Clinton Anderson, was one of those people. Another is former Vice President Walter Mondale, who testified before the Senate Rules Committee today. Vice President Mondale was serving as senator from Minnesota when he helped lead the charge for rules reform in 1975 - which was the last time the Senate revised Rule XXII, … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Udall, Former VP Mondale Continue Call for Senate Rules Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, continued his push for use of the Constitutional Option to reform the Senate rules during a hearing today that featured testimony by former Vice President Walter Mondale, who helped lead a similar effort 35 years ago. Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, commended Mondale for his leadership on the issue throughout his time in the Senate and beyond. Mondale was serving as senator from Minnesota when he helped lead the charge for rules reform… Continue Reading


May 18, 2010

Oil Spill Hearings: Round 2

The Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works is continuing to investigate the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, I had the opportunity to question high-ranking officials from BP, Transocean and Haliburton. Today, I questioned senior administration officials on the response to the spill and the need for increased regulation to prevent it from happening again. At the hearing, I urged federal officials to implement their strategy for adopting new regulations soo… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

Udall Helps Chair Hearing on Safety Issues at BIA Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today helped chair a Senate hearing to examine student safety at schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education, which has come under fire after massive health and safety deficiencies were revealed through federal reports and separate media investigations. To watch Udall's remarks and hearing testimony, click here. To view photos, click here. Udall, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, requested the hearing as part of his proposal to de… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

Indian School Safety Must Not be Neglected

Today I helped chair a Senate hearing to examine student safety at schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education, which has come under fire after massive health and safety deficiencies were revealed through federal reports and separate media investigations. As a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I requested this hearing as part of my proposal to develop a "Marshall Plan" to eliminate the backlog in construction and maintenance at BIE schools and other Indian Country facilities. C… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

Udall Statement on Sandia National Lab Leadership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today thanking retiring Sandia National Laboratories Director Tom Hunter for his service and welcoming Paul Hommert to the position: "Tom Hunter's 34 year career at Sandia has been distinguished. Under his leadership, in addition to safeguarding the nation's stockpile, Sandia expanded its work on groundbreaking energy research and cutting edge technology to combat terrorism. Even currently his reach and expertise are being utiliz… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

American Power Act Promotes Bipartisan Ideas

This afternoon, I welcomed the introduction of the American Power Act - an important step toward comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation. Senators John Kerry, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham have worked tirelessly to balance a variety of regional, economic, and environmental interests, and I am reviewing their bipartisan work. This draft bill, combined with the work of Senator Bingaman's Energy Committee and the legislation passed in my Senate Environment Committee, shows the … Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

Udall Statement on The American Power Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, released the following statement in response to today's introduction of The American Power Act, a comprehensive energy and climate proposal sponsored by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT). Udall is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which last year approved a separate version of clean energy legislation, called the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. "Today is an important milestone for comprehensive clean… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

Offshore Oil Industry Needs Regulating

Listen to my thoughts from the hearing during today's Tuesday with Tom radio press conference. Last month's oil spill in the Gulf of New Mexico makes clear that we need tougher regulation of our offshore oil industry. Today I had the opportunity to question high-ranking executives from BP America and its major contractors, Transocean and Halliburton, during a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. The industry must change its de-regulatory and self-regulatory attitud… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

Udall Calls for Tougher Regulation of Offshore Oil Industry in Wake of Catastrophic Gulf Spill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today told offshore oil company executives that they must be open to increased regulation if the United States is to avoid another catastrophic offshore oil spill like last month's disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Udall gave his reaction to the hearing during his weekly Tuesday's with Tom press conference call. For audio, click here. Udall questioned high-ranking executives from BP America and its major contractors, Transocean and Halliburton, during a h… Continue Reading

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