Press Releases

August 05, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Raise Concerns about Possible Closure of Post Offices in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today raised serious concerns they have about the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) plans to study the possible closure of up to 50 post offices in New Mexico. In an effort to reduce costs, the U.S. Postal Service announced last week that it will undertake a study of 3,700 post offices nationwide to determine which to close. The USPS identified 50 it may target in New Mexico. In a letter, the Senators asked for a meeting with the Postmaster Gene… Continue Reading

August 04, 2011

Udall: Two NM Organizations Receive $870,250 to Rehabilitate Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that two New Mexico organizations have been awarded a total of $870,250 in federal funding to rehabilitate affordable housing for low-income residents. Santa Fe-based Homewise will receive $470,250 and Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation in Anthony will be awarded $400,000 from NeighborWorks America, which provides access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing for low- to moderate-income families. The funding was made … Continue Reading

August 02, 2011

My Vote on the Debt Limit

Over the past few months, Congress has been in a state of paralysis over raising the debt limit - the cap on what we borrow to pay the money we've already spent. Although we've been talking about this for months, negotiations came down to the wire this week, nearly triggering an economic disaster that would have compounded the impact of the deep recession we're still struggling to recover from. Instead of passing a clean extension and getting our economy back on track, it took a last minute deal… Continue Reading

August 02, 2011

Udall and Heller Target Ultralight Aircraft Drug Smugglers with Increased Penalties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NV) today introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate to help improve border security by cracking down on smugglers who use ultralight aircraft to bring drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. The legislation previously passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House last Congress after being introduced by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ-08), who has long fought for increased security along the southwest border. Heller, then a member of the H… Continue Reading

August 01, 2011

NM Delegation Introduces Resolutions Honoring Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Arthur Petry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today led the New Mexico delegation in introducing a resolution honoring the valor and heroism of Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, a Santa Fe native who received the Congressional Medal of Honor last month for his courageous actions during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2008. To read the text of the resolution, click here. Udall was joined by Senator Jeff Bingaman in submitting the resolution in the Senate. An identical resolution was introdu… Continue Reading

July 29, 2011

Udall: Boehner Bill Never Viable Option

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement tonight following his vote in opposition of Speaker Boehner's short-term debt ceiling increase: "We're just days away from an unprecedented default on the nation's debt and the House once again sent us a bill that never stood a chance of passing the Senate. Not only is the Boehner Plan faulty in substance, it only forces us back to this standoff in a few months. His bill was never a viable option because experts like Moody… Continue Reading

July 29, 2011

Udall Statement on Historic CAFE Standard Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today lauding the president's historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standard: "President Obama's announcement on CAFE standards is a welcome one. The economic vitality and security of the United States is interconnected with our dependence on fossil fuels, often to our detriment. When gas prices spike because of instability overseas, as it did recently, working families feel the drain in their bank accounts. In rural states l… Continue Reading

July 22, 2011

Udall Says Lower Taxes for Corporations and Ultra-Wealthy not Shared Sacrifice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement on his vote against H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap and Balance Act: "Throughout this debate, we have been talking about the need for shared sacrifice. The House-passed bill I voted against today was nothing of the sort. Instead of phasing out tax breaks for industries making record profits, like big oil, this bill would have shifted the burden of a balanced budget squarely on those who depend on social security and Medicare to… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Udall Reviews Fed Support for Tribal Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the Las Conchas Fire, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Walter Dasheno to Washington today to testify before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee regarding federal support for tribes affected by natural disasters. The nearly 160,000-acre Las Conchas Fire, the largest in New Mexico's history, impacted many of the state's native communities. The emergency response to the fire and post-fire flooding is a coordinated effort between local, trib… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Supporting Tribal Communities During Natural Disasters

Today we held an important hearing in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on how natural disasters impact tribal communities and how the federal government can help them to be better prepared. The Las Conchas fire has been the biggest in our state's history, covering nearly 160,000 acres and with only 80% contained. It also had a significant impact on New Mexico's tribal communities. I visited several of our pueblos in the days and weeks after the fire started to check in on how they were doin… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Udall Announces $1.4 Million for Indian Youth Suicide Prevention in the Pueblo of San Felipe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Pueblo of San Felipe will receive $1.4 million over five years to expand services for adolescents at-risk for suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native Americans between the ages of 15 - 34, with a suicide rate more than three times higher than the national average for this age group. In addition, Native Americans have a 70 percent higher rate of suicide than the overall population in the U.S. Said Udall,… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Senators Klobuchar, Tom Udall, and Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Criminals Using Prepaid Debit Cards to Finance Illegal Activities

Unlike Cash, Prepaid Debit Cards Do Not Have to Be Reported When Entering or Exiting the U.S., Helping Drug Cartels Move Money Across the Border and Allowing Terrorists to Finance Overseas Operations Undetected Legislation Would Prevent Criminals from Operating Under the Radar By Requiring Prepaid Debit Cards to Be Reported When Crossing U.S. Border Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced legislation to prevent drug cartels,… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Udall Reacts to TSA Decision to Upgrade Privacy Protections at Airport Security Checkpoints

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today released the following statement in reaction to an announcement by the Transportation Security Administration that it is upgrading its full body scanners at airports nationwide over the next several months to eliminate the use of images that show a passenger's naked body: "I'm glad to hear that the TSA is speeding up its plan to implement this new software to enhance passenger privacy at our airports. The body images currently produced by screeni… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Udall: Santa Fe Community College to Receive $300,000 for Clean Energy Job Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Santa Fe Community College will receive $300,000 for environmental workforce development and job training. The funding comes through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will be used to teach job skills to unemployed veterans and Native Americans in fields with an environmental benefit. "This is a worthy investment to develop New Mexico's workface and economy," Udall said. "It's an opportunity, specifically, for homeless ve… Continue Reading

July 18, 2011

Udall: Default on the Nation’s Debt would be Catastrophic for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today warned that a default on the nation's debt would be catastrophic for New Mexico, with consequences that include disrupted or reduced federal benefits and services and increased costs of living for families, military personnel, veterans, seniors and local governments. "Failure to extend the debt ceiling would be a real crisis for our state, with every New Mexican paying the price," Udall said. "At a time when families are already dealing with extre… Continue Reading

July 18, 2011

No More Delay on the Debt Limit

I've written here before about the dysfunction we see in Washington and how it stands in the way of tackling so many of the challenges that our nation faces. The latest episode is delay and inaction on raising the debt ceiling - "Russian roulette" in the words of Warren Buffett. Our nation's debt is a serious issue and it deserves a serious debate, but when independent forecasters warn that our economy could dive into a second recession, partisan politics need to be put aside for the good of Ne… Continue Reading

July 18, 2011

Udall: Three New Mexico Airports Receive $1.1 Million for Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that three New Mexico airports will receive a total of $1,195,254 from the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration for safety improvements. "I'm glad to see this money going to improve regional airports throughout New Mexico," said Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. "It's important that we keep our airports in the best condition possible to ensure that air travel is safe … Continue Reading

July 15, 2011

Udall Announces More Than $500,000 for Emergency Food and Shelter Throughout N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that 24 counties in New Mexico will receive a total of $544,745 for emergency food and shelter programs that help support hungry and homeless New Mexicans. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The following counties will receive funding: Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Doña Ana, Grant, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Rooseve… Continue Reading

July 15, 2011

Udall: $10 Million in Federal Funds Available to Help Struggling New Mexicans Keep Their Homes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today urged New Mexicans who are at risk of foreclosure to take advantage of a new federal program that has made more than $10 million available in interest-free, forgivable loans to help residents keep their homes. He encouraged people to act quickly because funding is limited and the deadline to apply is short. "If you or someone you know is in danger of losing their home because of this recession, this new federal program may be able to help," Udall … Continue Reading

July 15, 2011

Help Avoiding Foreclosure

If you or someone you know is in danger of losing their home because of this recession, a new federal program just became available that might help. It makes more than $10 million available for New Mexico homeowners, but you must act quickly because the funding is limited and the timeline for applying is short - the pre-application is due July 22nd. The funding comes through the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP), which was created by the Wall Street Reform law that Congress past last yea… Continue Reading

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