Press Releases

February 23, 2010

Udall Applauds Plans for Solar Facility in Questa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, applauded today's commitment by Chevron Mining to build a new solar technology facility atop a brownfield site at the company's Questa mine. Chevron will redevelop a portion of the tailings site from its molybdenum mine in Questa, which has been in use for more than a century. This project will allow for exploration of new uses for mining brownfields while producing approximately one megawatt of solar power to be sold locally and connected to the Kit Ca… Continue Reading


February 23, 2010

Public Option Still the Best Option

I recently signed onto a letter by Sen. Michael Bennet urging Senate Majority Leader Reid to include a public health insurance option in health care reform under budget reconciliation rules. The letter highlights some of the great things about a public option that we've been talking about throughout this debate. A public option would provide Americans with a low-cost alternative to private insurance and improve market competitiveness. It could also bring cost savings of at least $25 billion, a… Continue Reading


February 22, 2010

Udall: New Credit Card Rules Take Effect Today

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, announced the implementation today of major reforms passed last year to protect consumers from unfair or dishonest acts by credit card companies. Last spring on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Udall fought for changes to the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which requires greater disclosure of credit card terms, prevents card companies from raising rates unfairly or retroactively and charging misleading late fees, and … Continue Reading


February 18, 2010

Udall Urges Senate Leadership to Include Public Option in Health Insurance Reform Reconciliation Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, today signed onto a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to include a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules to pass health care reform. The letter highlights findings from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that said a public option could yield cost savings of at least $25 billion. The letter also states that a public option would provide Americans with a low-cost alternative to private insurance a… Continue Reading


February 17, 2010

Navajo D.O.T. Receives $31 Million

WASHINGTON - On the one year anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Representative Ben Ray Luján today announced that the Navajo Department of Transportation will receive $31 million from the Recovery Act to widen and improve U.S. 491 between Shiprock and Gallup. This funding, which is provided under the Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grant program… Continue Reading


February 17, 2010

New Mexico - One Year into Recovery

One year ago, we squared off against the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression with a comprehensive recovery package to help America get back on track. In the year since President Obama signed it into law, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has cushioned the blow of the economic downturn by creating jobs, funding improvements to our infrastructure and spurring economic growth. And now we're seeing some signs of hope. In the fourth quarter, our economy experienced its biggest… Continue Reading


February 17, 2010

Two N.M. Telephone Companies Receive $14.8 Million For Broadband Infrastructure Improvement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that two New Mexico telephone companies will receive $14.8 million in federal funding to improve broadband access and quality in remote and underserved parts of the state. This funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law by President Obama a year ago today. Western New Mexico Telephone Company will receive an $11.5 million grant to provide last mile broadband services to remote an… Continue Reading


February 16, 2010

Udall Visits Southern NM "Recovery Act" Projects to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, marked this week's one-year anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by visiting several projects in southern New Mexico that received funding from the landmark recovery legislation. Udall began the day in Deming, where he toured the Luna County Sheriff's Department, visited an area of Spruce Street undergoing major refurbishment, and toured homes with weatherization and energy audits underway. The senator then traveled t… Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

Udall Announces $1.9 Million for I-10 Improvement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced new federal funding for improvements to Interstate 10 from Las Cruces to the Texas state line. The $1.9 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help expand Interstate 10 from four lanes to six lanes between Las Cruces and El Paso. "This funding will provide more lanes on I-10 between Las Cruces and El Paso, which will improve safety and ease traffic congestion along this heavily traveled roadway," Udall said. The … Continue Reading


February 10, 2010

Snowed in by Rules

In the last week we have seen more examples of how Senate rules can be used, as the President says, to gum up the works. We've had Senate business ground to a halt to consider the district projects of a single Senator. Then a routine nomination was blocked by a filibuster, despite majority support for the nominee. The continued abuse of Senate rules is the kind of business-as-usual Washington politics that so frustrates the American people. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer blo… Continue Reading


February 02, 2010

Let's Reform Campaign Finance Laws for Good

Today, I joined my colleagues on the Senate Rules Committee to discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on campaign finance reform - a decision that strikes down long-standing campaign finance laws limiting corporate influence on elections. With this decision, the Supreme Court has shown its willingness to rule broadly and ignore longstanding precedent when it is reviewing the constitutionality of campaign finance laws. It was a victory for special interests at the expense of the American… Continue Reading


February 02, 2010

Udall to Propose Constitutional Amendment to Reform Campaign Finance Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced his plans to introduce a constitutional amendment designed to curb the impact of special interests on American political campaigns. The announcement comes a week after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down long-standing campaign finance law that limited electoral contributions by corporations. Udall noted that, with its decision, the Supreme Court has "shown its willingness to rule broadly and ignore longstanding precedent when it is review… Continue Reading


February 01, 2010

Udall Calls President's Budget Proposal Good Start

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today expressed optimism for President Obama's budget proposal, saying the administration's recommendations are a good start for New Mexico and the nation. "Our budget must work in a fiscally responsible manner to create jobs around the country and improve the lives of working families and my initial review of the president's proposal is positive," said Udall. "Our labs and bases are all well positioned for the future in this budget blueprint, which a… Continue Reading


February 01, 2010

President’s Budget a Good Start

President Obama has delivered his budget proposal to Congress and after an initial review of the administration's recommendations, I believe this budget is a good start for New Mexico and the nation. Our budget must work in a fiscally responsible manner to create jobs around the country and improve the lives of working families. Budget of the U.S. Government, FY 2011 Here are some of the highlights: Department of Energy A $393 million budget increase for Los Alamos National Labs, bringing th… Continue Reading


January 28, 2010

Udall Statement on Bernanke Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement regarding Chairman Ben Bernanke's reconfirmation as chairman of the Federal Reserve: "Our current economic crisis is the result of weak regulation and poor oversight by Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. Chairman Bernanke has conceded that leading up to the meltdown their actions, and his, were, 'too late or insufficient.' "After initial inaction, Chairman Bernanke showed the strength of character to make the ri… Continue Reading


January 27, 2010

Udall Reacts to President’s State of Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, tonight released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's first State of the Union address. Click here to listen to audio of Udall's reaction. "Tonight President Obama outlined an aggressive strategy for getting our economy back on a sustainable path for growth. With initiatives like the economic recovery package, President Obama has made strides during his first year in office and our economy is stronger than it was a year ago at this t… Continue Reading


January 26, 2010

It's Time for the Constitutional Option

Resolution on the Constitutional Option Full Text of the Floor Speech A year ago, 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 year 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… Continue Reading


January 25, 2010

Udall Introduces Constitutional Option to Reform Senate Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today introduced a resolution prompting the Senate to exercise its Constitutional Option to reform the rules governing the chamber at the beginning of each session. To read the full version of Udall's prepared remarks, click here. Udall argues that the current practice of operating under rules adopted by previous Congresses robs a new Senate of its right to vote on its own rules and makes effective legislating nearly impossible. Since 1959, the Senate r… Continue Reading


January 22, 2010

Senators Urge Extension of COBRA and Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC - A group of 31 senators today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus urging an extension of unemployment benefits and eligibility for the COBRA Premium Assistance Program through December 31, 2010. The letter urged swift action on providing relief for unemployed Americans. "As our nation continues to battle double digit unemployment rates, we must act right away to continue vital safety net coverage for the American family," the… Continue Reading


January 21, 2010

Statement by Senator Udall on Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Finance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, released the following statement regarding today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn long-established federal campaign finance law that limited electoral contributions by corporations. "Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for special interests at the expense of the average American. We've seen firsthand the impact special interests like big oil and big banks and health insurance companies have had on the legislative proc… Continue Reading

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