Press Releases

December 16, 2009

President Signs Spending Bill Containing Millions for New Mexico Crime-Fighting Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that a spending bill that contains millions of dollars to fight meth use, tackle border crime, and support the state's drug courts has been signed into law. "From domestic violence prevention to juvenile justice programs, New Mexico communities will greatly benefit from the funding included on this bill," Bingaman said. "I am pleased that President Obama has signed a bill to give our law enforcement the tools they need to kee… Continue Reading


December 15, 2009

Udall Urges Quick Passage of Indian Health Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) highlighted on the Senate floor the disparities Native Americans face in gaining access to quality health care, urging his colleagues to reform the Indian health care system as part of the larger health care overhaul. In his remarks, Udall noted that the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which provides the framework under which Native American health care programs are delivered, hasn't been reauthorized in more than a decade. "This means the Indian He… Continue Reading


December 15, 2009

Health reform is Our Chance to Fix Indian Health Care Disparities

While we discuss health care reform, we all too frequently neglect to talk about the health care needs of Indian Country. I spoke on the Senate floor about the dismal health care situation faced by Native Americans. For them, the status quo was plainly summed up in a recent Civil Rights Commission study: U.S. Spending (per year) on Health Care General population: $5,000 per person Federal prison inmates: $3,800 per person Native Americans: $1,900 per person That's right: our inmates have be… Continue Reading


December 11, 2009

Finalized Bill Contains Million For New Mexico Transportation Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the final version of a key spending bill contains millions of dollars to address transportation and community needs in New Mexico. The bill is expected to pass the Senate as soon as this weekend, and be sent to the president for signature. "Improving our roads, highways and public transportation are essential to building a strong economy in New Mexico," Bingaman said. "This spending bill invests millions of dollars in t… Continue Reading


December 11, 2009

Finalized Spending Bill Contains Millions for New Mexico Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the final version of a key spending bill contains millions of dollars to fight meth use, tackle border crime, and support the state's drug courts. It also allocates additional funding to recruit new graduates into science fields and to support the development of aviation jobs in southeastern New Mexico. The bill is expected to pass the Senate as soon as this weekend, and be sent to the president for signature. "This bil… Continue Reading


December 11, 2009

Reimbursement Fix Should Be Part of Medicare Buy-In

WASHINGTON - Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Tom Udall (N.M.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today highlighting their concerns regarding plans to expand Medicare to Americans between the ages of 55-64 without addressing inequities in current Medicare reimbursement rates. Such an e… Continue Reading


December 11, 2009

Key Spending Bill Contains Millions for New Mexico Air Force Bases

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the final version of a key spending bill contains funding for numerous upgrades at New Mexico's military installations and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill is expected to pass the Senate as soon as this weekend, and be sent to the president for signature. The legislation also included an amendment from Udall, Bingaman and Sen. Kit Bond, R-MO, to provide an additional $6 million for transitional housing service… Continue Reading


December 11, 2009

Finalized Bill Contains Funds for New Mexico Health and Education Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the final version of a key spending bill contains funding for New Mexico health and education initiatives. The bill is expected to pass the Senate as soon as this weekend, and be sent to the president for signature. "The initiatives funded in this bill represent some of the most innovative thinking in the state. They benefit their community and help them reach their full potential," Bingaman said. "Investing in the heal… Continue Reading


December 10, 2009

Holiday Travel Will Not Be Disrupted By REAL ID Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Representative Ben Ray Luján today received assurances from the Department of Homeland Security that New Mexico travelers planning to use a state-issued identification to travel after Dec. 31 will not encounter problems. On a conference call with DHS officials, the delegation offices were once again told the administration preferred to enact new legislation, called PASS ID, which would again postpone the date of compliance. However, … Continue Reading


December 10, 2009

Senator Udall Invites Students to Apply for In-State Internships

Albuquerque, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students to apply for internships in each of his state offices. To apply for an in-state internship with Sen. Udall's office, please send an email to internship_program@tomudall.senate.gov, and request an application. All internships are unpaid, but may count toward college credit. Students should check with their respective college or university for requirements. College students from New Mexico or college students atten… Continue Reading


December 10, 2009

NM Tribal Communities Receive Recovery Act Funds for Energy Efficiency/Transportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that several New Mexico tribal communities will receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve energy efficiency and public transportation. "New Mexico communities are putting their share of recovery funds to very good use, and in the process they're creating jobs. Some of this funding will help boost energy efficiency efforts, while other funding will be invested in key public transportation in… Continue Reading


December 09, 2009

Udall Highlights New Mexico Voices for Health Insurance Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today launched the Web page: New Mexico Voices for Health Insurance Reform at tomudall.senate.gov, his official online office. Three videos highlight the all-too-common problems with health insurance under the status quo faced by thousands of New Mexicans. The Web page also outlines how the Senate health insurance reform bill would address those issues. To see the Web page, visit tomudall.senate.gov/healthreformvoices. "As we move closer than ever to securin… Continue Reading


December 08, 2009

Eleven Freshman Senators Announce Health Reform Amendments to Expand Innovation, Lower Cost

WASHINGTON -- A group of 11 freshman U.S. Senators, including Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), today introduced a package of amendments that will broaden and accelerate efforts to encourage innovation and lower costs for consumers across the U.S. health care system. The amendments have been endorsed by many of the nation's leading business, consumer and health provider organizations. To view event photos and read the full text of Udall's remarks on the Senate floor, click here. "Months ago, our freshma… Continue Reading


December 08, 2009

Containing Health Care Costs through Freshman Amendments

Today, I joined with 10 other freshman senators to introduce a package of amendments to health insurance reform, aimed at boosting innovation, affordability & access to care. Our amendments have been endorsed by many of the nation's leading business, consumer and health provider organizations. Many of them, like the President of the Business Roundtable joined us at a press conference to discuss our cost-cutting amendments and here's what the White House had to say about it: Moving Forward o… Continue Reading


December 08, 2009

Senators Urge President to Put Americans to Work Rebuilding Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Washington, DC - As the President and Congress continue to examine new ways to create jobs, a group of 24 U.S. Senators today urged President Obama to focus these efforts on rebuilding our nation's infrastructure. In a letter to the President, the Senators argued that their states have "significant, documented infrastructure repair needs" which present a prime opportunity for job creation. The letter was signed by Senators Whitehouse, Leahy, Levin, Kerry, Harkin, Wyden, Durbin, Reed, Landrieu,… Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

N.M. Delegation Congratulates VA Pharmacy Center for Winning Prestigious National Award

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Rep. Martin Heinrich, today offered congratulations to the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordination Center in Albuquerque for winning the 2009 Baldrige National Quality Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Baldrige award is the nation's highest Presidential honor for innovation and performance excellence. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., next year. … Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

Udall Announces More Than $250,000 in Arts Grants for N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that New Mexico will receive a series of grants totaling $257,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts for various projects including concerts, music festivals, museums and cultural events around the state. These matching grants help support projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work - both new and established. "The arts have flourished in New Mexico for hundreds of years and they continue to be a ver… Continue Reading


December 06, 2009

Sunday in the Senate Update

Just before we started voting this afternoon on more amendments to the Senate's health reform bill, we had a very special opportunity to hear from President Obama. He reminded us that today, Congress is closer than ever before to passing meaningful health reform that will make a real difference for families struggling with health care costs. He also told us that we have the opportunity to pass a truly historic health reform initiative that will provide more stability and security for American fa… Continue Reading


December 04, 2009

NM Plant to Receive $100 Million in Federal Backing for Development of Biofuel Technology

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded today's announcement that a planned biorefinery in Columbus, New Mexico, will receive a $50 million economic recovery grant and up to $54.5 million in guaranteed loans to build the facility and develop algae-based biofuels for use in jet fuel and diesel. Sapphire Energy, which is based in San Diego, announced earlier this year plans to build an integrated algal biorefinery in Luna County. Construction of the biorefinery is expected… Continue Reading


December 04, 2009

Udall Honors Fallen NM Heroes on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today honored two New Mexico heroes who died recently in Iraq while serving their country with tribute remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Army Corporal Anthony "Tony" Carrasco, 25, was born in Las Cruces and raised in Berino, graduating from Gadsden High School in 2003. Carrasco, a truck commander for armored vehicles, died Nov. 4 after being hit by sniper fire in Ad Dawr, Iraq. He leaves behind a pregnant wife, two stepchildren, and his parent… Continue Reading

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