Press Releases

April 06, 2011

Tom Udall, Mark Udall Introduce Renewable Energy Standard Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today continued their fight to enact a federal Renewable Energy Standard (RES) by introducing legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. The bill would set the first national threshold for utilities to provide a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources - with a 6 percent requirement by 2013, followed by gr… Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Udall Statement on 1099 Repeal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the Senate's passage of H.R. 4, a measure to repeal the 1099 reporting responsibility for small business under the new health care law: "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in New Mexico and around the nation. Revising the new health reform law to eliminate the 1099 reporting requirement will eliminate this burden for owners, helping them spend more time on their business, and not on paperwork. I loo… Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Udall Introduces “Bill Shock” Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation to help limit cell phone "bill shock" that occurs when cellular customers unwittingly exceed their monthly limits for voice minutes, text messages, or data usage. The Cell Phone Bill Shock Act of 2011 would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue a rule that would require cell phone companies to notify their customers via text or email when they have used 80 percent of their monthly limit of voice minute… Continue Reading

April 01, 2011

Udall: $1.9 Million for Head Start Programs in San Juan, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Presbyterian Medical Services will receive $1.9 million for Head Start projects that focus on child welfare, healthy development and preparation for kindergarten. The funding is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Families in our rural communities often have fewer child care options and rely on programs like those from Presbyterian Medical Services," Udall said. "At a time when future f… Continue Reading

March 31, 2011

Our Environmental Laws are Public Health Laws

The Clean Air Act has been a standard for successful public health policy for more than 40 years. Signed into law by President Nixon with strong bipartisan support for decades, this law has helped keep the air we breathe free from pollution. Just last year, the law protected American families from 1.7 million asthma attacks, 130,000 heart attacks and 86,000 emergency room visits. Despite the Environmental Protection Agency's best efforts, in New Mexico alone, over 170,000 residents still suffer … Continue Reading

March 28, 2011

Udall Response to President’s Address on U.S. Military Action in Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement following President Obama's primetime address on the conflict in Libya: "President Obama demonstrated leadership and patience to create a strong international coalition to prevent further attacks on the Libyan populace by its government. As the president outlined tonight, the next step is to make sure the U.S. mission in Libya is more narrowly defined and limited with NATO leading the effort to keep the Gaddafi regime fro… Continue Reading

March 25, 2011

There's No App for Safe Drunk Driving

There's an app for just about everything these days. But what we cannot tolerate are apps that enable law-breakers and endanger others. It came to my attention recently that a number of smartphone apps are available to help individuals evade DWI checkpoints and drive drunk. One application contains a database of DWI checkpoints updated in real-time. Another application, with more than 10 million users, also allows users to alert each other to DWI checkpoints in real time. These apps are realist… Continue Reading

March 25, 2011

President Obama Signs Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico Congressional Delegation today confirmed that President Obama has signed a disaster declaration, making qualified New Mexico counties eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. In February, parts of New Mexico suffered from record-breaking cold weather that disrupted natural gas and water services. Subsequently, Governor Susana Martinez sought a disaster declaration allowing FEMA to assist communities recovering from the damage. The request, which was a… Continue Reading

March 22, 2011

Senators Call on Smartphone Makers to Remove Apps that Help Drunk Drivers Evade Police

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Tom Udall (D-NM) today urged smartphone makers to no longer offer software applications that help drunk drivers evade police, calling the applications "harmful to public safety." In a letter to Google, Blackberry and Apple, Inc., the senators acknowledged the companies' commitment to social responsibility and asked that the applications be removed from online stores or else altered to re… Continue Reading

March 17, 2011

Udall Introduces Bill to Spur Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation to strengthen the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and training programs in order to spur innovation and keep the U.S. competitive in an increasingly global economy. The STEM Support for Teachers in Education and Mentoring (STEM²) Act includes a package of initiatives designed to improve student interest and performance in STEM skills that are critical to future economic growth and co… Continue Reading

March 17, 2011

Udall: Congress Must Forge Budget Compromise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today after the Senate passed a three-week Continuing Resolution to avert a government shutdown: "Congress cannot continue to shirk its responsibilities and I will be hard-pressed to support another short-term budget extension. Our inability to set a path forward for the remainder of the fiscal year is having a real impact in New Mexico and across the country. As a consequence of the uncertainty, agencies and small businesses ar… Continue Reading

March 16, 2011

Improving Helmet Safety for Children

To mark Brain Injury Awareness Month, today I led the introduction of bipartisan legislation to protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bill also increases potential penalties for using false injury prevention claims to s… Continue Reading

March 16, 2011

Udall, Pascrell Introduce Legislation Requiring Stronger Standards for Youth Football Helmets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-8) today marked Brain Injury Awareness Day by introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bi… Continue Reading

March 14, 2011

Udall Announces $5 Million for Socorro Water and Waste Disposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the city of Socorro will receive $4.945 million in grant and loan funding to build additional water distribution lines and lift stations to serve residents of the communities of Evergreen and Hope Farm. The city will receive a grant of $1.25 million and a loan of $3.695 million from the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program run by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. "Our municipalities often face the dual ch… Continue Reading

March 11, 2011

Udall: Almost $1 Million for Community Health Center in Southern N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Ben Archer Health Center will receive $984,209 as part of continued funding to provide primary medical, behavioral health and dental care services in Northern Doña Ana, Sierra, Otero and Luna Counties. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to assist the community health care center in continuing to offer comprehensive primary hea… Continue Reading

March 09, 2011

Udall Statement On Budget Votes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today after the Senate voted to defeat HR. 1 and a Senate alternative: "There is no disagreement -- the need to reduce the national deficit is an accepted fact. It's a matter of doing so responsibly to protect jobs and our fragile economic recovery. "Today, the Senate rejected budget proposals from both chambers of Congress. The House-passed bill would have set in motion radical and punitive cuts, costing New Mexico over … Continue Reading

March 09, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Introduce "Katie's Law" Legislation in the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced legislation that expands efforts to collect DNA from serious criminal offenders, with an eye toward solving crimes, saving lives and preventing future crime. The Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2011, cosponsored in the Senate by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), incentivizes states to expand efforts to collect DNA from individuals arrested or charged with serious crimes. … Continue Reading

March 08, 2011

Udall, Corker Introduce ROADS SAFE Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today marked "Fat Tuesday" - a day when some Americans may celebrate and make the poor choice to drive home drunk - by introducing legislation designed to reduce the number alcohol-related fatalities on America's roads through the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while drunk. The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere, or ROADS SAFE, Act wo… Continue Reading

March 07, 2011

New Mexico a Women-Owned Business Leader

New Mexico is leading the nation in women-owned businesses! Today's Albuquerque Journal highlighted a recent U.S. Census study with promising findings: Almost 32 percent of businesses in New Mexico are owned by women, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau survey of 2007 numbers. That is one of the highest percentages in the nation, just behind Washington, D.C., at 34.5 percent and Maryland at 32.6 percent, according to the Census report. In my travels around the state, I've consistently se… Continue Reading

March 04, 2011

Bingaman & Udall Stress Importance of Funding Navajo Technical College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked Senate leaders to continue educational support for two of the country's tribal colleges - one in New Mexico. A bill that passed the House of Representatives to fund the remainder of fiscal year 2011 would make drastic cuts to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Two tribally controlled colleges, Navajo Technical College (NTC) in Crownpoint and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) have been the successful app… Continue Reading

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