Press Releases

December 20, 2012

Udall-Corker Burn Pit Registry Passes Senate Unanimously

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced today that their bipartisan legislation to create a registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan has passed the Senate. The Burn Pit Open Registry Act was included as part of an omnibus veterans measure, S. 3202, the "Dignified Burial and Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012," which passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday… Continue Reading

December 19, 2012

Udall Announces $500,000 for New School-Based Health Center in Santa Teresa

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced La Clinica de Familia, Inc. of Las Cruces will receive a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand medical, mental health and dental services to residents in southern New Mexico. The two-year grant will allow La Clinica de Familia to build a new health center next to Santa Teresa High School and strengthen its existing school-based health services. The funding comes from capital project outlays under the A… Continue Reading

December 19, 2012

Bingaman, Udall Seek Answers on REAL ID

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide New Mexicans with immediate assurances that their travel plans early in the new year will not be disrupted by a federal law governing drivers' licenses. While the senators support strengthening the standards governing IDs, they are concerned that as many as 38 states - including New Mexico - will not be able to meet the January 15, 2013 deadline to comply with the law. DHS has … Continue Reading

December 19, 2012

Udall Statement on Speaker Ben Luján

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the passing of Speaker Ben Luján: "Our state lost a great leader, and a great friend, yesterday with the passing of Speaker Ben Luján. For over four decades, Ben was a tireless advocate for the people of New Mexico. Ben was a dedicated public servant, and even a devastating illness could not deter him from the job he had committed to do. He remained steadfast in his service to the people of our stat… Continue Reading

December 14, 2012

N.M. Welcomes Secretary Salazar to Taos on Saturday, December 15th

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Mexico delegation today announced that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit Taos on Saturday, December 15th to host a public meeting and listening session on exploring the best ways to protect the Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico. "I look forward to hearing from New Mexicans about what the Río Grande del Norte means to their community and what their vision is for its future," said Secretary Salazar. "Public lands provide huge e… Continue Reading

December 13, 2012

A Tribute to Jeff Bingaman

Today I rose to speak from the Senate floor with a difficult task. To honor a great man, a great friend and our U.S. Senator, Jeff Bingaman. For three decades, Jeff has been making a difference for the American people and for our beloved home state of New Mexico. As Jeff's final days in the Senate approach, it's time to say thank you and wish him well in the next chapter of his life. I was humbled to say a few word of tribute to Jeff on the Senate floor today. When Jeff came to the Senate thirt… Continue Reading

December 13, 2012

Udall: Native American Early Head Start Program Awarded $820,000

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR) in Albuquerque will receive an $820,034 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its Early Head Start program. "Most families living in poverty have difficulty accessing resources to support their children's development," said Udall. "NAPPR focuses on helping Native American families overcome hardships with programs like Early Head Start that promote healthy chi… Continue Reading

December 12, 2012

Udall Named to Appropriations Post

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will begin serving on the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the new year, his office reported today. "A seat on the Appropriations Committee is very meaningful for New Mexico," said Udall. "From the labs, to the military bases and our public lands, we have a large federal presence in our state. I have no illusions about the difficult economic times and budgetary constraints our nation is facing, and I am eager to do my best and defend New Mexico t… Continue Reading

December 12, 2012

Udall, Grijalva Highlight Taxpayer Losses, Lack of Needed Data Revealed in New Oil and Mining Report

WASHINGTON - A report released this morning by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), originally requested by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), describes glaring shortfalls in the data publicly available on hardrock minerals and highlights lost revenue from extraction on federal lands. In 2011, Udall and Grijalva requested the report from GAO to identify the amount and estimated dollar values of minerals extracted from federal land. The report examined availabl… Continue Reading

December 06, 2012

Senate Rules: Common Sense Reform

In 2009, I took my seat in "the world's greatest deliberative body" as the 17th U.S. Senator for New Mexico. The respect that I hold for the institution of the U.S. Senate is immeasurable, as is the pride with which I serve. But in the past several years I have witnessed an assembly that seems more dysfunctional than deliberative - where partisan rancor and the Senate's own incapacitating rules often prevent us from conducting our business. Many of my colleagues and I were elected to the sound o… Continue Reading

December 05, 2012

Udall, Kyl Announce NNSA Reform in Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years. "The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as… Continue Reading

December 04, 2012

Udall Statement on Disabilities Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement today after 38 Senate Republicans blocked a treaty to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities around the world. A two-thirds vote was required. "As a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I am deeply disappointed that a majority of Senate Republicans chose not to ratify this important treaty. The United States has been at the forefront of advocatin… Continue Reading

December 04, 2012

In Case You Missed It: Udall's USA Today Op-Ed on the Constitutional Option to Fix the Senate

In an op-ed published in USA Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (NM) explains his effort to utilize the Constitutional Option to reform Senate rules and help end the unprecedented abuse of the filibuster. Here are some highlights: "Today, all it takes for one senator to derail a bill and tie the Senate in procedural knots is a phone call," Udall said. "A growing number of my colleagues and I want reform. We believe that if a senator is going to grind the chamber to a halt, he or she should be required t… Continue Reading

November 30, 2012

Udall: Local Conservation Efforts Should Guide FWS Decisions on Lesser Prairie Chicken

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall said local conservation efforts should help guide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) proceedings on a draft rule review process that would list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act. In a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe, Udall highlighted the work of state and local efforts, which have been working in partnership on habitat conservation efforts. "As you know, private ci… Continue Reading

November 29, 2012

Udall Encouraged by FTC Action to Protect Athletes from Deceptive Anti-Concussion Marketing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today to commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for sending warning letters to eighteen sports equipment manufacturers for the way they market their products' ability to reduce the risk of concussions and for reaching a settlement with Brain-Pad, a mouth guard manufacturer. In 2011, the Commerce Committee held a hearing on Brain-Pad and other sports equipment manufacturers which showed that ma… Continue Reading

November 28, 2012

Udall, Bingaman Offer Amendments to Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman announced work on several amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, including one amendment passed today that would ensure the Department of Defense could continue to purchase biofuels, such as those being advanced by companies in New Mexico. "With these amendments, we are ensuring New Mexico is a leader in the 21st century clean energy economy, and at the forefront of the national security achievements being made at our nati… Continue Reading

November 27, 2012

Udall Announces Nearly $1 Million for NM Highway Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive $977,867 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce deaths and injuries on the highways. "We see reports of car accidents in the news all the time, but we often forget about the dangers of the roads we use every day," said Udall, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee. "This funding will help support critical programs that keep us safer on the roads, like initiati… Continue Reading

November 27, 2012

Udall: $275,000 in NEA Grants for NM Arts

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that New Mexico will receive $275,000 in matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The first major round of FY 2013 grants will help support nine music, theater and visual arts projects around the state. "The arts are an important part of New Mexico's culture, tradition and tourism economy," said Udall. "These grants will provide valuable support for projects that both inspire and enrich our lives and make New Mexico a fir… Continue Reading

November 20, 2012

Udall Presents Medals to Navajo World War II Veteran

Albuquerque, N.M. - At a ceremony held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall presented veteran Wilson Halona five medals of recognition for his service to the United States Army during World War II. Download this photo here.See more photos from this event here. "Wilson Halona's service is a wonderful example of heroism and duty," Udall said. "I'm honored to play a small role in recognizing that service for a grateful nation. Today he makes New Mexico a… Continue Reading

November 16, 2012

Udall Offices Recruit Spring Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices. To apply online or download an application, please click here or visit The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in spring internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Dec. 16. … Continue Reading

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