Press Releases

December 02, 2011

Udall Calls for Re-opening of Santa Fe Passport Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) sent a letter today to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the re-opening of the Santa Fe Passport office. The recent closure of the Santa Fe passport office has left area residents with no local passport office, forcing them to travel at least 50 miles roundtrip to the nearest passport office at the Los Alamos Post Office. The Los Alamos Post Office only operates between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. "Traveling to the Los Alamos Passpor… Continue Reading

December 02, 2011

Senate Passes Udall-Schumer 'Buy American' Solar Amendment for Defense Dept.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) today hailed the passage of an amendment they sponsored to close loopholes that put American manufacturers of solar technology at a disadvantage to foreign competitors. The Buy American Solar Amendment, which passed Thursday night as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, will ensure that "Buy American" requirements apply to all photovoltaic (solar) devices that supply power Department of Defense propert… Continue Reading

November 21, 2011

Small Business Saturday

New Mexico's small businesses are the backbone of our economy. According to the Small Business Administration, there are more than 150,000 small businesses in our state, accounting for more than 55 percent of our private sector jobs. This holiday season, we have a real opportunity to support our local, independently owned businesses. In Congress, I've cosponsored a resolution to designate the Saturday after Thanksgiving -- November 26, 2011 -- as "Small Business Saturday." If you're shopping t… Continue Reading

November 18, 2011

Senators' Amendment Targets Ultralight Aircraft Drug Smugglers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today introduced a bipartisan amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act to help improve border security by cracking down on smugglers who use ultralight aircraft to bring drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. Their amendment, co-sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman, Diane Feinstein, and Kirsten Gillibrand, is identical to legislation Udall and Heller introduced earlier this year. The same bill passed overwhelmingly i… Continue Reading

November 18, 2011

Senators Introduce Burn Pit Amendment to Help Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today offered a bipartisan amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act to create a national registry of service members and veterans impacted by open air burn pits, helping identify and take better care of those affected. Joining them as co-sponsors of the amendment are Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Mark Udall … Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

Udall Statement on Veterans Day and Passage of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act

WASHINGTON - Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today commemorating Veterans Day and lauding passage of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act in the U.S. Senate: "The first piece of legislation I succeeded in passing in the Senate, was an amendment to the Recovery Act to expand tax incentives for employers who hire recently returned veterans. We have a duty to help veterans to get a good job when they come home, and this policy helped in that effort, but it expired in 2010. "Today the Sen… Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

A Conversation with a New Mexico Hero

I invite you to hear the story of one New Mexico hero, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who was awarded our highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for his bravery in Afghanistan. He turned his life around, dedicated himself to serving his country, and didn't hesitate to risk his own life to save his fellow Army Rangers. I was honored to sit down and chat with Sgt. 1st Class Petry. Watch that video above. Petry's story is one of bravery and service. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to a… Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

VIDEO: Udall Interviews Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Leroy Petry

WASHINGTON - In honor of Veterans Day, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) today released a new episode of his public access television program, "The Udall Update," paying tribute to New Mexico's veterans and featuring an in-depth, exclusive interview with Santa Fe native, Sergeant First Class Leroy E. Petry, recipient of the Medal of Honor. Watch the video here: On July 12, 2011, Petry became the second living, active-duty servicemember to receive the military's highest award … Continue Reading

November 09, 2011

Udall Protects Rural N.M. Roads in Transportation Markup

WASHINGTON - Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously reported the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) transportation bill out of committee including three amendments offered by U.S. Senator Tom Udall to protect rural roads in New Mexico. The bipartisan MAP-21 bill will provide funding for surface transportation programs within the Federal Highway Administration through 2013. "This bill provides our states and communities with more stability than the… Continue Reading

November 03, 2011

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Burn Pit Legislation to Support Veterans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced a bill to create a national registry of veterans impacted by burn pits to help identify and take better care of those affected. Joining them as co-sponsors of the legislation are Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), and Mark Udall (D-Colo.). As early as 2002, U.S. military installations in Afghanistan and Ira… Continue Reading

November 03, 2011

Cleaning Up Campaign Finance

Cross-posted at As we head into another election year, New Mexicans are about to be bombarded with negative attack ads paid for by anonymous, third-party organizations that dominate our TVs and radios in growing numbers each election cycle. We will see an unprecedented amount of money in our elections, and more than ever it will be coming from corporations and outside special interests. We cannot stand idly by and watch our elections be fundamentally degraded by a flood of unaccou… Continue Reading

November 01, 2011

Senators Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Clean Up Campaign Finance System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Michael Bennet today introduced a constitutional amendment to grant Congress the authority to regulate the campaign finance system. Among other important reforms, the amendment would allow Congress to correct the controversial Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance that has the effect of allowing virtually unlimited corporate and special interest spending in elections. Joining Udall and Bennet as original cosponsors of the legis… Continue Reading

October 31, 2011

Udall Applauds USDA Investment at NMSU

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico State University will receive $800,000 to enhance programs that support underserved students and develop a skilled American workforce. The funding, made possible through a competitive grant program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is awarded to institutions based on their commitment to meeting the needs of the Hispanic community. It will be used to mentor stude… Continue Reading

October 21, 2011

Udall Statement on Iraq Troop Drawdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement today on President Obama's announcement to complete the transition of armed forces out of Iraq by the end of this year: "I applaud President Obama for his commitment to bringing the war in Iraq to a close and commend our armed forces and the many other Americans whose exemplary service has made ending the war a reality. I was opposed to the war in Iraq from the begi… Continue Reading

October 20, 2011

Udall Statement on Death of Gadhafi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement today on the reported death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi: "The death of Moammar Gadhafi closes the final chapter in the dictator's four-decade-long rule. It also marks the beginning of an evolution that will hold a combination of new hopes and challenges for the emerging government and the Libyan people. This is an important moment for the nation of Libya. I e… Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Udall, Rockefeller Raise Red Flags on Concussions in Sports and Questionable Marketing of Sports Safety Equipment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Commerce Committee hearing today, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) highlighted two important points about sports concussions that are often overlooked: that concussions are a serious problem even for young athletes; and that sports equipment is often marketed as "anti-concussion" without sufficient proof. "We now understand that this is not an injury only NFL players can suffer. And it's not just a football problem either," Rockefeller sa… Continue Reading

October 19, 2011

Protecting our Youth from Concussions

As I wrote recently in an op-ed for CNN, this year there will be millions of sports-related concussions and many of them will go undiagnosed. Around 300,000 will result in a player losing consciousness. And although much of the media focus has been on football, the sport where the majority of concussions occur, it's certainly not limited to that sport. Today the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to examine the brain injury epidemic and questionable advertising for products that claim to … Continue Reading

October 17, 2011

Udall: Wireless Announcement Marks Big Improvement to Prevent "Bill Shock"

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by CTIA, the Wireless Association, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Consumers Union regarding cell phone "bill shock": "At least 30 million Americans have suffered cell phone 'bill shock' after exceeding the limit of their monthly wireless plan. Over a year ago, I offered a simple solution. Phone companies should alert a consumer before they go over their limit for data, text… Continue Reading

October 12, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Proposal to Provide Millions for New Mexico Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced bipartisan legislation that will extend the life of two initiatives that direct millions of dollars in payments to New Mexico counties to support local employment in schools, county maintenance programs, forest management, and other critical county programs. The County Payments Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S.1692) would extend for five years the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act - a program that suppo… Continue Reading

October 11, 2011

Udall: $1.1 Million to Fight Drunk Driving on N.M. Roads

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive $1.1 million to support programs that aim to reduce drunk driving. The $1,100,126 grant is part of an incentive program by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, encouraging states to enact and enforce laws and implement programs to combat drunk driving. "It was not too long ago that New Mexico ranked first in the nation in alcohol related fatalities. Since then,… Continue Reading

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