Press Releases

April 22, 2010

Admitting the Rules Predicament

The first step to reforming behavior is admitting there's a problem. This applies to Congress too. On Thursday, the Senate Rules Committee took a look at the history of one Senate rule, the filibuster rule. Seeing how this rule has been abused more and more in recent years, by both parties, I think reveals a pretty serious problem. In the Senate today, legislation is often stalled by the mere threat of a filibuster - meaning a minority of senators can prevent a majority from acting. But when … Continue Reading

April 21, 2010

Udall Marks 40th Celebration of Earth Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement marking the 40th celebration of Earth Day: "Earth Day serves as an annual reminder of the growing threats that face our planet's natural environment and consequently its people. It also serves as an important opportunity to educate our nation about the contributions we can make to protect the earth for future generations and prevent global warming. "This Earth Day, I encourage all New Mexicans to be more conscientious of e… Continue Reading

April 21, 2010

Udall Pays Tribute to Former Senator Dennis Chavez on Anniversary of His Birth

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today honored the late Dennis Chavez with remarks on the Senate floor marking the 122nd anniversary of the legendary New Mexico senator's birthday. Chavez served in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1935, where he served until his death in 1962. He remains the longest-serving Hispanic senator in the history of the U.S. Senate. Below are Udall's remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. President. Today I r… Continue Reading

April 20, 2010

Mescalero Apache Schools Receives Funding to Help Prevent Teen Suicide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that Mescalero Apache Schools in New Mexico will receive $48,040 from the Department of Education to fund services to help prevent suicide among teens and young adults. The funding comes after four young people from the Mescalero tribe took their own lives over the course of less than two months last year. It will fund emergency services to schools experiencing a "traumatic event that disrupts the learning environment," according to the … Continue Reading

April 19, 2010

Udall Joins Fight to Keep Teachers in the Classroom

WASHINGTON - As school districts in New Mexico and across the country face record budget deficits and possible teacher layoffs, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, has joined more than a dozen of his Senate colleagues in co-sponsoring the Keep Our Educators Working Act to help keep teachers in the classroom. The legislation would create a $23 billion "Education Jobs Fund" modeled after the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund that was established through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Rec… Continue Reading

April 19, 2010

Tom Udall Leads Bipartisan Group in Introducing RECA Amendments Act of 2010

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2010, which would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living near atomic weapons tests. Senator Udall was joined in introducing the legislation by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mark Udall (D-CO), James Risch (R-ID), and Michael Bennet (D-CO). Companion legislation will be … Continue Reading

April 16, 2010

Report from Afghanistan

In Congress, we are routinely briefed about our military effort in Afghanistan. But nothing compares to meeting face-to-face with the people on the ground and assessing the situation with your own eyes. Last week, I got that chance as part of a bipartisan, congressional delegation trip to South Asia. What I saw during this trip underscored the exceptional efforts of our armed forces and the extraordinary challenges that we face in the region. From our distinguished leaders like General McChrys… Continue Reading

April 15, 2010

Udall Announces $2.6 Million for Community Health Centers in El Rito and Albuquerque

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that two community health centers in New Mexico will receive more than $2.6 million to fund primary care services for community health centers in Albuquerque and El Rito. Las Clinicas Del Norte Inc. in El Rito will receive $1.8 million and First Nations Community HealthSource of Albuquerque will receive $795,544. This funding is distributed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administra… Continue Reading

April 14, 2010

Making our Roads Safe

Today the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee held a hearing to discuss safety on our nation's roads. A crucial step to making our roads safe is finding new ways to stop drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. The ROADS-SAFE Act, which I introduced earlier this year, tackles this head-on by funding the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. You can watch my floor speech on the ROADS-SAFE Act here. Alt… Continue Reading

April 14, 2010

Udall Pushes for Road Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today discussed his efforts to reduce drunk driving and to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on America's roads during a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. Udall, a member of the EPW Committee, highlighted his recently-introduced ROADS SAFE Act (The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere Act). The legislation is designed to reduce the number of drunk drivin… Continue Reading

April 07, 2010

Udall Announces More Than $2 Million for Economic Development in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced seven cities in New Mexico will receive a total of more than $2 million for economic development designed to create jobs and diversify the region's economy. The community investments are made available through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and will be used to establish an economic development planning framework that supports private capital investment and job creation. Udall, a member of the Senate Commer… Continue Reading

April 07, 2010

New Mexico to Receive $28.5 Million to Turn Around Low-Performing Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico has been awarded $28.5 million to help improve low-performing schools. The U.S. Department of Education made the award to the New Mexico Public Education Department with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Schools from around the state are eligible to apply for funding. "It's important to identify which schools are doing a good job, and which need to improve. But we obviously cannot stop t… Continue Reading

March 31, 2010

"Stewart L. Udall: A Celebration of Life and Legacy," Public Memorial Service

Santa Fe, N.M. - The Udall family will hold a public memorial for the family's late patriarch entitled "Stewart L. Udall: A Celebration of Life and Legacy" on Father's Day, June 20, 2010. The former Interior Secretary, and father of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, passed away peacefully at the age of 90, on March 20 at his home in Santa Fe. He was surrounded by family. Sen. Tom Udall said, "Our family was blessed to have Stewart Udall as our Father, and we were honored to share him with the people, the la… Continue Reading

March 31, 2010

Udall Statement on Administration’s Decision to Expand Domestic Energy Production

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement in reaction to the administration's announcement to expand oil and gas development and exploration on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS): "I commend President Obama and Secretary Salazar for moving past politics and taking another step towards a comprehensive energy policy that will help reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and put us on a path towards a cleaner, more secure energy future. Today's announceme… Continue Reading

March 31, 2010

Udall Announces Nearly $4 Million for HIV/AIDS Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Department of Health will receive nearly $4 million to continue its services for New Mexicans living with HIV or AIDS. The $3,970,969 is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Ryan White Title II Formula Grants Program. "As health care costs rise and the economy continues to suffer, this program will help provide life-saving medical care, medication and support to people with HIV and AIDS," Udall sai… Continue Reading

March 30, 2010

Senators Announce $8.6 Million for Northern N.M. School Districts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Questa Independent Schools will receive $8.6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Land of Enchantment Teacher Quality Partnership. The grant will fund 50 special education teachers and 50 principals over the next five years in the Chama Valley, Dulce, Cuba, Jemez Mountain, Mesa Vista, Questa, Peñasco and Central Consolidated (Kirtland) school districts. The $8,680,166 is funded thro… Continue Reading

March 29, 2010

N.M. Delegation Urges Enhanced Border Patrol Presence in State's 'Boot Heel'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Representative Harry Teague, today pressed the Department of Homeland Security to step-up the Border Patrol's presence in New Mexico's boot heel. The area is about 10 miles from an Arizona ranch where a rancher was killed over the weekend. The New Mexico lawmakers pointed out that the number of Border Patrol agents stationed along our borders has reached a record high of 20,000, which has helped strengthen security along the U.S… Continue Reading

March 26, 2010

New Submarine Honors New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today released the following statement in advance of the commissioning on Saturday of the Navy's newest Virginia-class attack submarine, the USS New Mexico, during a ceremony in Norfolk, Va.: "It is an honor to know that a submarine named in honor of New Mexico will be traveling the world, protecting the freedoms the people of our state hold so dear. I join my fellow New Mexicans in wishing the commander and crew of the New Mexico safe travels and Godsp… Continue Reading

March 26, 2010

Udall & Luján Plug Think BIG Farmington in YouTube Spoof!

WASHINGTON - New Mexico's U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján released a lighthearted YouTube video appeal today to rally online support for Think BIG Farmington's proposal to become a Google test site for ultra-high speed broadband Internet. The video spoof features Udall and Luján catching up via video chat and encountering technical difficulties and miscommunication due to slow Internet connections in Farmington. The video, which can be seen at http://www.youtub… Continue Reading

March 25, 2010

Navajo Nation Awarded $32 Million Recovery Grant for Ultra Fast Broadband Network

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Luján today announced that the Navajo Nation will benefit from a $32 million Recovery grant to create an ultra fast broadband network on the reservation. The new broadband network will cover more than 15,000 square miles across New Mexico, Arizona and Utah where more than 60 percent of residents lack basic telephone service. The group officials made the announcement on a press conference call with U.S. Secretary Gary Loc… Continue Reading

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