Press Releases

November 13, 2012

In Case You Missed It: NYT Editorializes on Udall's Filibuster Reform Efforts

In today's editorial "A New Chance for the Senate," The New York Times once again reaffirmed its support for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's efforts to alleviate gridlock and filibuster abuse. Read the full editorial here. "In May, Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, was furious at yet another obstructionist filibuster by Senate Republicans. He admitted then that he was wrong in 2011 not to change the Senate's rules when he had a chance," wrote the Times. "'These two young, fine senators said it was t… Continue Reading

October 25, 2012

Udall & Bingaman Ask President to Consider Two National Monuments for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked President Obama to consider designating two special areas in New Mexico - already managed by the Bureau of Land Management - for National Monument status. The senators are the sponsors of legislation that would elevate these two places - the Rio Grande Gorge and adjacent Taos Plateau, and the Organ Mountains and other important public lands in Doña Ana County - to National Conservation Areas/Wilderness Areas. In a letter … Continue Reading

October 24, 2012

Udall, Rockefeller Welcome National Academies' Study on Concussions in Youth Sports

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall, (D-NM) and Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) commended the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for creating a committee to study sports-related concussions in youth. Rockefeller and Udall sent a letter in May 2012 to the National Academy of Sciences urging a comprehensive assessment of how best to protect young athletes. "I appreciate the decision by the Institute of Medicine to move forward with our request," Udall said… Continue Reading

October 17, 2012

Udall Celebrates Completion of NM Ports-to-Plains Corridor

CLAYTON, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall praised cooperation and bipartisan efforts while speaking today at the US 64/87 Highway, Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor ribbon cutting ceremony. The event marked the completion of improvements to the highway, which runs from Clayton to Raton as part of an interstate commerce route from the U.S.-Mexico border to Colorado. Click here for more photos from the event. "Today we are celebrating a success story," said Udall. "I was proud to cosponsor legislation i… Continue Reading

October 17, 2012

Udall Commends Progress to Prevent "Bill Shock"

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall applauded progress by wireless companies toward implementing voluntary measures to prevent consumer "bill shock" by providing free alerts to notify subscribers on their cellphone usage. October 17, 2012 marks the preliminary implementation deadline of a bill shock agreement announced last year by CTIA -The Wireless Association (CTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). "At least 30 million Americans have suffered 'bill shock' after exceeding… Continue Reading

October 15, 2012

Register for Women's Career Workshop & Job Fair Today!

New Mexico's economic growth depends on the success of women. On Friday, Oct. 19th, I'm hosting a Women's Career Success Conference and Job Fair with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. It's a free workshop that will focus on providing career guidance and strengthening the job skills of local women. Space is limited and you must register to participate at or by calling my Abq. office at (505) 346-6791. This event will bring together area employers, non-… Continue Reading

October 05, 2012

Udall: Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education to Receive $1 Million in Education Grants

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education of New Mexico will receive more than $1 million to increase its role in improving education in Indian country. The grant was one of four made through the U.S. Department of Education's State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program and includes $357,347 per year to the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education of New Mexico, or more than $1 million for the three-year competi… Continue Reading

October 04, 2012

Udall: 20/20 Campaign Nominees Include Federal Program Participants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall recognized Northern New Mexico businesses named to the 20/20 Campaign that have participated in federal programs. "The growth of these businesses is an example of how federal programs can help foster local job creation." said Udall. "I am pleased to see these programs having a sizable impact on our local economy and applaud the 20/20 Campaign's efforts to grow Northern New Mexico's economy." Five of the eight businesses named to the campaign have participated … Continue Reading

October 03, 2012

Udall: Almost $18 Million for Wireless Mobile Coverage in Rural NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that three telecommunications companies will receive almost $18 million to provide advanced mobile service to rural areas in Central and Southeastern New Mexico that currently lack 3G or 4G wireless access. As part of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Mobility Fund auction, Plateau Telecommunications Incorporated in Clovis, NM; Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative in Dexter, NM and T-Mobile West will build new infrastructure to provid… Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Udall: ABQ Architecture Firm Awarded $3 Million Contract

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that Studio Collaboration in Albuquerque will receive a $3 million contract from the General Services Administration (GSA), an agency of the U.S. Government, for architecture and design projects in New Mexico and the surrounding areas. Studio Collaboration will receive an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. This will allow the firm to work on various projects for GSA buildings located primarily in New Mexico. "It's great t… Continue Reading

October 01, 2012

NB3 Foundation Gets $$ for Childhood Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that New Mexico-based Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation will receive the first of two $293,513 grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes at San Felipe Pueblo. The NB3 Foundation will use the funding for San Felipe Pueblo: Turning the Tide Against Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, a community-based program that will address the many factors involved in maintaining a healthy l… Continue Reading

September 26, 2012

Udall Advocates National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

WASHINGTON - As New Mexico continues to battle alarming prescription drug abuse rates, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is encouraging citizens to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, Sept. 29 and turn in unused or expired medication to locations in their communities. The event, sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will provide free, anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for safe medication dispo… Continue Reading

September 26, 2012

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

During the past several years, a frightening trend has been taking place in New Mexico and throughout the nation. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and it's leading to addiction and death. More people die now from prescription drugs like oxycodone, morphine and methadone than from illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine. With this shift, the drug epidemic has moved from the streets to our medicine cabinets. Reversing this trend will require an all hands on deck approach. That's why I'm enco… Continue Reading

September 24, 2012

Congress Recognizes New Mexico’s Centennial

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico congressional delegation has won support for a resolution honoring New Mexico's 100th anniversary as a state. The resolution, cosponsored by all five members of the delegation, was introduced in both chambers of Congress. Only the Senate votes on resolutions; the New Mexico centennial resolution was approved today by unanimous consent. "New Mexico has made numerous contributions to our country in its first hundred years as a state. On our centennial anniversary,… Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Udall Praises Appointment of First New Mexican to Lead EPA Regional Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on the appointment of Ron Curry to be the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator for the South Central Region 6, which includes the State of New Mexico. "For more than three decades, the State of New Mexico has entrusted Ron to be a custodian of our natural resources," Udall said. "Today, I applaud the Environmental Protection Agency for entrusting him with the responsibilities and challenges that come with leadi… Continue Reading

September 18, 2012

Cold War Heroes Overcome Major Hurdle in Battle for Just Compensation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today applauded a federal advisory panel's approval of a petition that could pave the way for hundreds of sick Los Alamos National Laboratory workers to receive compensation for their service. The panel, called the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, approved a petition Tuesday granting "Special Exposure Cohort" (SEC) status to all LANL workers who developed radiogenic cancers after having been employed for at least 250 days from January 1, 1… Continue Reading

September 17, 2012

Record Turnout for the NM WRRI Water Conference in Las Cruces

I was proud to co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference in Las Cruces on August 28, 2012. Our conference brought together 500 participants, including farmers, ranchers, engineers and other community members. It brought together panels of experts who allowed us to gain valuable insights from years of experience. But most importantly, it was an opportunity to listen, and to have a real dialogue about an issue that is so important to the future of our state. If you weren't able to join u… Continue Reading

September 13, 2012

Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has joined Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Dean Heller (D-Nev.) are also original cosponsors of the legislation. "New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotion… Continue Reading

September 12, 2012

Senate Vets Committee Advances Udall's Burn Pit Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) reported today that the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation that includes S. 1798, The Open Burn Pits Registry Act. Udall became an advocate for a burn pit registry after meeting Albuquerque veteran Msgt. Jessey Baca and his wife Maria. MSgt Baca was stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, which hosted approximately 25,000 personnel at the height of operations and over ten acres of land for burning toxic debris. MSgt Baca… Continue Reading

September 12, 2012

Udall Condemns American Attacks in Libya

WASHINGTON - While presiding over a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this afternoon, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) made the following remarks about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Video of Udall's statement can be viewed HERE. "Today, the Senate Foreign Relations committee mourns the loss of four brave Americans in Libya, including our Ambassador John Christopher Stevens. As many of you probably know, Ambassador Stevens was very close to this committee. He was a Pe… Continue Reading

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