Press Releases

March 18, 2010

Jobs Bill Signed and Benefits On the Way

Today, President Obama signed an important jobs bill that will help spur job growth and strengthen the private sector in New Mexico and across the country. Watch my Video Vote on the Hire Act below to hear more: Video requires Flash Player For business owners, it means new tax incentives to make hiring new employees easier; For small businesses, it means tax breaks for recent investments in equipment so that they can focus on the road ahead; For working New Mexicans, it means funding fo… Continue Reading


March 17, 2010

Udall, Senate Send HIRE ACT to President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today voted to put America back to work by joining 67 other senators in giving final approval to the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, a bipartisan bill that will boost the economy and potentially create and save more than a million jobs. The HIRE Act passed with a bipartisan 68-29 vote. It now goes to President Obama for his signature. "The HIRE Act will spur the creation of quality, stable jobs for hardworking New Mexicans," Udall sa… Continue Reading


March 16, 2010

Statement from Sen. Udall on National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement on the National Broadband Plan: "Broadband enables new opportunities to improve economic development, education and healthcare delivery in New Mexico and across the nation. Yet, over the last decade the United States has gone from being a world leader in Internet penetration to ranking 15th or worse among developed countries and New Mexico ra… Continue Reading


March 11, 2010

Udall: San Ildefonso Pueblo Receives $783,000 to Improve Drinking Water Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that San Ildefonso Pueblo will receive $783,000 to improve drinking water treatment facilities and the associated distribution system for the Pajarito Village and Battleship Mesa. The funding, part of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Grants Tribal Set-Aside program through the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), will also be used to upgrade the drinking water system for the Main Village and Black Mesa. "Safe drinking water is imperat… Continue Reading


March 11, 2010

Udall Promotes Importance of Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., has introduced a resolution to designate April 5 - 11 as National Public Health Week. The measure, which has also been introduced by U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard in the House, would recognize and highlight the importance of public health in preventing disease and promoting good health. National Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association and seeks to educate the public, policy-makers and public health profess… Continue Reading


March 11, 2010

The Will to Fix Senate Rules

In January, I blogged about the obstruction and inefficiency that the nation has witnessed in the U.S. Senate throughout my first year in the "world's greatest deliberative body." Since then things haven't improved. In many ways, they've actually gotten worse. Over the past two months, we've seen the list of bills passed by the House of Representatives, but stalled in the Senate, climb to 290; we've seen a single senator hold up key legislation, causing the Highway Trust Fund and critical Unempl… Continue Reading


March 10, 2010

Census Forms Headed Your Way!

This month, Census forms will be delivered to every residence in New Mexico. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. It's simple, quick and private. It's also critically important to New Mexico's economy. More than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed every year based on the outcome of the Census. That means this is our chance to reclaim the federal dollars we've paid into the system. Filling out you… Continue Reading


March 10, 2010

Udall Asks Google to Think Big in Farmington

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., has written Google's CEO Eric Schmidt in support of Think BIG Farmington's proposal to become a test site for the company's experimental project for ultra-high speed broadband internet networks in select locations across the country. The project, called Google Fiber for Communities, will test new ways to make broadband internet connections faster and more accessible. In his letter, Udall highlights Farmington's collaborative effort to win participatio… Continue Reading


March 09, 2010

Troubling Health Insurance Numbers

Last week I blogged about the troubling news that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico was planning to increase premiums for individual plans by 25%. I'm encouraged to hear that State Insurance Superintendant Morris Chavez has put the brakes on this rate hike and I look forward to a public hearing to get to the bottom of it. But these kinds of abuses are what we have come to expect from insurance companies across the country. It's far too common to see troubling numbers that just seem to ke… Continue Reading


March 09, 2010

Lieberman Announces Additional Support for Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) today announced that nine additional United States Senators have joined as co-sponsors to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (S. 3065). Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Udall (D-NM), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Russ Feingold (D-WI) have signed on to the bill, which Senator Lieberman introduced with Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and thirteen… Continue Reading


March 08, 2010

Udall Supports Repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation introduced by Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman to repeal the ban on openly gay service members in the military. "For almost two decades, ‘Don't Ask Don't Tell' has placed an unjust burden on qualified service members who are forced to hide who they are in order to defend our country," Udall said. "Repealing this policy is the right thing to do. As Barry Goldwater used to say, ‘You don't have to be… Continue Reading


March 08, 2010

Time to End 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Today I announced that I will be co-sponsoring Sen. Joe Lieberman's bill to repeal the ban on openly gay service members in the military. For almost two decades, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has placed an unjust burden on qualified service members who are forced to hide who they are in order to defend our country. Repealing this policy is the right thing to do. As Barry Goldwater used to say, "You don't have to be straight to shoot straight." It's time to end this discriminatory policy that has kept … Continue Reading


March 08, 2010

U.S. Education Department to Release $86 Million to Support N.M. Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said the U.S. Department of Education will soon release an additional $86 million to New Mexico to support the state's schools. New Mexico has already received $491 million for schools through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, bringing the total to $577 million. "State budgets across the country remain extremely tight, but I am convinced that the Recovery Act is having a positive impact. Without this investment in New Mexic… Continue Reading


March 04, 2010

Millions in Grants and Loans to Benefit New Mexico Rural Broadband Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that two New Mexico organizations will share over $10 million in broadband loan and grant funding that has been awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Pueblo de San Ildefonso has been awarded a $632,225 loan and a $632,225 grant for the TewaCom Broadband Initiative (TBI), Phase 1-Upper Rio Grande Valley Project. The funding will enable the Pueblo to expand service to 2,405 households. Peñasco … Continue Reading


March 03, 2010

Bingaman & Udall React to President Obama's Nominee for U.S. Attorney in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded news that President Obama has nominated Albuquerque resident Kenneth J. Gonzales to be New Mexico's U.S. Attorney. Gonzales is a graduate of Pojoaque High School, and received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of New Mexico. Before taking a position in 1999 as a career prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's New Mexico offices in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, he served as a judicial law clerk to a chi… Continue Reading


March 03, 2010

Countdown to Health Reform

After more than a year of discussions, hearings and debates on health insurance reform, we're moving into the final stretch. The proposal President Obama laid out today melds together many of the best ideas from the Senate and House, Democrats and Republicans, and gives us a clear path forward in passing this critical legislation so that every New Mexican has access to quality, affordable health care. You can read about the President's proposal and what it will mean for you over at whitehouse.go… Continue Reading


March 03, 2010

Udall Statement on President’s Health Reform Proposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, released the following statement after President Obama unveiled his health reform proposal and plans for passage of the landmark legislation: "The proposal President Obama laid out today melds together many of the best ideas from the Senate and House, Democrats and Republicans, and gives us a clear path forward in passing this critical legislation so that every New Mexican has access to quality, affordable health care. "Throughout this process, one of o… Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

Senators: Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority Receives Over $176,000

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority is being awarded $176,400 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the capacity of one public computer center and create additional computer labs within community centers in Santa Fe. The project expects to add 13 new broadband workstations and replace seven others which will allow the centers to increase the number of patrons who use the computers by more … Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

Udall Questions Toyota, Gov’t Officials During Senate Probe of Massive Vehicle Recall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today questioned Toyota Motor Company and government officials during a Commerce Committee probe of the company's massive vehicle safety recall, which was spurred by thousands of consumer complaints and at least 34 deaths. "For years, Toyota has enjoyed a stellar reputation here in America, and around the world. But the reality is, too many Toyota vehicles driven over the past decade haven't been safe," Udall said during the hearing. "As a result, dozen… Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

Learning from the Toyota Recall

Today, I had the chance to ask Toyota and government regulators the tough questions that the millions of American Toyota owners, including myself, want answered. Here's an overview of the meeting and video of my questioning and remarks. Video requires Flash Player During the morning session, which focused on the government's response to the recalls, I questioned Transportation Secretary LaHood about a spike in consumer safety complaints reported in today's New York Times and why it did … Continue Reading

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