Press Releases

March 18, 2019

Udall Welcomes Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Shelby to Sandia National Labs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to New Mexico for a visit to Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. During their visit, Udall and Shelby toured the facilities and met with employees to receive updates about the cutting-edge national security, energy, and other science and engineering projects currently being worked on a… Continue Reading


March 18, 2019

Udall, McCollum Request IG Investigation into Potential Violations of Federal Ethics Regulations at Interior by Acting Secretary Bernhardt and Other Senior Officials

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, wrote to U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Deputy Inspector General Mary L. Kendall to request an investigation into whether senior DOI officials, including Acting Secretary of the Interior David Ber… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bicameral MAR-A-LAGO Act to Require Disclosure of Visitor Logs at White House, Trump Properties Where President Conducts Official Business

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bicameral bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties that he frequents. "No one should have greater access to or influence over the president or the administration just because t… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Udall Meets with VA Sec. Wilkie Regarding Help for Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits, NM VA Health Care System

Also pushes VA to address staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities plaguing the New Mexico VA Health Care System WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall met with the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie to discuss the urgent need to enact bipartisan legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, staffing shortages and decreasing capabilities at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, and other issues critical to health and wellbeing of veterans in New Mexico and across th… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Veto of Resolution Blocking Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on President Trump's veto of a resolution terminating his national emergency declaration. The resolution passed the Senate by a margin of 59-41 today. Udall was the lead sponsor of the bipartisan Senate resolution to terminate the declaration. "Across party lines, Congress rejected the president's national emergency power grab in historic fashion. But the president is not listening, and continues to try to forc… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Udall Statement on EPA Methylene Chloride Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on EPA's final rule on methylene chloride: "The Trump administration has again failed to live up to the letter and spirit of the historic bipartisan reform of TSCA that Congress passed in 2016. In that law, we explicitly authorized EPA's work to ban methylene chloride-based paint strippers because of thei… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Udall, Senators Unveil Legislation to Prevent Trump Administration Efforts to Twist Climate Change Science and Eliminate its Utility for National Security Planning

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined ten other Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to introduce legislation to ensure that political ideology on climate change does not compromise the quality of U.S. intelligence and national security strategies. The introduction of The Climate Security Act of 2019 follows recent reports that National Security Council Senior Director, William Happer, an outspoken climate-change denier, is working on an Executive Order for the Tru… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Udall Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Resolution to Block the President’s National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Senate's bipartisan vote to pass a resolution to terminate the president's national emergency declaration. Udall introduced the Senate resolution to terminate the president's national emergency declaration, along with U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). "The message that we sent today was historic, resounding, and unequivocal. For the first time… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Udall, Democratic Appropriators Demand Answers from DoD on its Plans to Defund Military Projects to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Senate Appropriations Committee members Senators Tom Udall, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and a group of Democratic appropriators are calling on the Department of Defense to provide Congress with a list of military projects it intends to defund to pay for President Trump's ineffective border wall. "We have strong concerns about hitting the pause button on such readiness initiatives that Congress already approved when it exercised its constitu… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Repeat Call for Senate Hearing on Aviation Safety Issues with FAA

Udall & Heinrich first called for hearing on engine and other safety issues at FAA last year after years without Congressional safety oversight WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee leadership to support the committee's call for a hearing on aviation safety issues with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the wake of two fatal crashes involving Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, and to request that that the hearing also include a disc… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

VIDEO: Ahead of Historic Vote on Resolution to Block Emergency Declaration, Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Urging Colleagues to Defend the Constitution and Stand Up to Presidential Power Grab

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/274987936754626/ WASHINGTON -- Today, ahead of a historic vote on the bipartisan joint resolution to block the president's national emergency declaration, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support the resolution, uphold the separation of powers, and stand up to the president's unconstitutional power grab. Udall, along with U.S. Senators Su… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses Air Force Secretary Wilson on PFAS Contamination in New Mexico

VIDEO: In SAC-D hearing, Udall slams Air Force for not acting more aggressively to address PFAS contamination around air force bases WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), in a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for the Department of the Air Force, pressed Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson about the Air Force's insufficient response to PFAS contamination in groundwater surrounding Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases in New Mexico. "As you are aware, an epidemic of P… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

It’s Time for U.S. Troops to Leave Afghanistan

by Tom Udall and Rand Paul


March 12, 2019

Udall & Heinrich: Major Public Lands Package with Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a sweeping bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monumen… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall, Luján Introduce Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M) led a group of Senate and House Democrats in re-introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans and Alaska Natives have equal access to the electoral process. Udall led the introduction of the Native American Voting Rights Act l… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall, Luján, Haaland Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

Legislation would make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate reimbursement WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study, learn, and complete homework. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate Program to reimburse school districts … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall, Gardner, Cortez Masto, and Whitehouse Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

Legislation would make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate reimbursement WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study, learn, and complete homework. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall Convenes Oversight Hearing on GAO High-Risk Indian Programs, Presses IHS on Abuse Allegations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoven (R-N.D.) to convene an oversight hearing on the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) continued "High Risk" designation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the Indian Health Service (IHS). This hearing followed up on the three hearings the committee held last Congress on agencies' high risk designation in 2… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall and Quigley Reintroduce Bicameral MAR-A-LAGO Act to Require Disclosure of Visitor Logs at White House, Trump Properties Where President Conducts Official Business

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus reintroduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bicameral bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties that he frequents. … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Budget

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on President Trump's budget blueprint: "The president's budget is a clear reflection of his administration's backwards and dangerous priorities, which would be devastating to New Mexico's economy and to working families in our state and across the country. To finance tax cuts lining the pockets o… Continue Reading

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