Press Releases

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


January 20, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Announce "Green Jobs" Grant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions will receive $5.99 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment funding aimed at creating and supporting "green jobs." Funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Labor's State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants program, and will support job training programs in the state aimed at helping dislocated workers find jobs in expanding green industries and re… Continue Reading


January 20, 2010

Bright Prospects for New Mexico

Businesses across New Mexico have a great strategy in common for coming out of the recession stronger than ever: innovation. Last week I travelled around our state, visiting with everyone from small business owners to students with great ideas for New Mexico's future. While times are tough, I'm happy to report that the future for New Mexico looks bright indeed. Here's a glimpse of the things I did and what I saw back home: Making New Mexico the Clean Energy LeaderLast week, I joined Governor … Continue Reading


January 15, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Announce $1.68 Million for Lighting Projects at Sandia National Labs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Sandia National Laboratory will receive $1.68 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support high-efficiency solid-state lighting research and development projects. Solid-state lighting, which uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) instead of incandescent bulbs, has the potential to be ten times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent lighting. Ligh… Continue Reading


January 15, 2010

Udall Honors MLK’s Legacy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. today released the following statement honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day just one year after electing our nation's first African American president, it is tempting to believe that we have reached the Promised Land that Dr. King predicted more than four decades ago. "We are not the first generation of Americans to feel that our country's sins have been absolved. When Dr. King began his… Continue Reading


January 14, 2010

U.S. 491 to Receive Nearly $1 Million for Upgrade

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Navajo Nation will benefit from a $950,000 grant to help upgrade U.S. 491 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The federal grant funding will be used to acquire right of way and perform archeological studies to upgrade the highway from two lanes to four. "This grant will help advance the important work -- already underway -- of expanding U.S. 491. Specifically, it will be used to add two new lanes to the rout… Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

Disaster Relief for Haiti

Many New Mexicans have contacted my office about Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti, asking about ways to help those who have been affected. Click the link below for suggestions from the White House on how to help. President Obama has committed our assistance to Haiti -- an effort that is being coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). You can find out more about USAID's response to the disaster and how to help those in need at the following website: http://… Continue Reading


January 12, 2010

N.M. Dept. of Technology Awarded $2 Million

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Department of Technology is set to receive nearly $2 million in funding for broadband planning and expansion throughout New Mexico from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded New Mexico $1.4 million for a two-year period for broadband data collection and mapping activities and $500,000 over a five ye… Continue Reading


January 08, 2010

Recovery Tax Credits for NM Clean Energy Projects Will Create Jobs, Improve Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that two New Mexico clean energy manufacturing projects will receive a total of almost $5 million in tax credits as part of $2.3 billion in Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits announced today by President Obama. Johnson Plate & Tower Fabrication, Inc., of Santa Teresa, will receive a $2.3 million tax credit to establish and design a facility to manufacture commercial wind towers. The facility will produc… Continue Reading


December 24, 2009

Senate Passes Historic Health Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today voted in favor of historic health care reform legislation that will provide quality, affordable health coverage to 96 percent of New Mexicans while reducing health care costs for individuals, businesses and government. The Senate approved the bill 60-39. The legislation, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, expands health care coverage to 31 million Americans, including 305,000 additional New Mexicans. It also reduces the federal… Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

As Holidays Approach, Lautenberg and Udall Introduce New Legislation to Fight Drunk Driving

WASHINGTON - Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Tom Udall (D-NM) were joined by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) today to unveil new legislation that would help keep repeat drunk drivers off the road. Under the legislation, states must require the use of ignition interlock technology for all convicted drunk driving offenders, or else lose a portion of their federal transportation funding. The ignition interlock is an electronic breath testing system connected to a vehicle's ignition syst… Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

Coming Together to Work for Reform

I've noticed that whenever a snowstorm hits Santa Fe, there's always a bright side - bringing a community together. Helping your neighbor dig out their car or shovel their sidewalk, a good blizzard can bring us closer to one another. This spirit seemed to be alive and well in the Senate this weekend as we made significant strides toward achieving meaningful health insurance reform. Very early this morning we held an important vote on a package of amendments to the Senate health reform bill that … Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

Senate Takes Next Step Toward Historic Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, reported today that the Senate took another historic step toward health care reform by voting to end debate on an amendment package that includes numerous provisions advocated by Udall to benefit New Mexicans. The Senate is expected to vote on final approval Tuesday morning. The so-called "manager's package" includes proposals to increase coverage options for Americans, improve preventive care, expand access to care for rural residents, and reauthorize … Continue Reading


December 18, 2009

Udall Statement on President’s Progress in Copenhagen Climate Negotiations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's breakthrough towards reaching international climate change agreements in Copenhagen: "I commend President Obama for rescuing a deal for major nations to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in Copenhagen tonight. Here in the United States and in my home state of New Mexico we will continue to advance clean energy technology and save money… Continue Reading


December 18, 2009

No Air Travel Disruptions - REAL ID Deadline Extended

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján today announced that the Department of Homeland Security has officially extended the Dec. 31 deadline for compliance with the REAL ID Act, ensuring that New Mexicans planning domestic air travel over the New Year won't face disruptions because of new identification requirements. Last week, Bingaman, Udall and Luján received assurances from the Department of Homeland Security that New Mexico travele… Continue Reading


December 17, 2009

NM Congressional Delegation Announces $5 Million to Provide Health Care for More Children

WASHINGTON - Today, the New Mexico Congressional delegation announced that New Mexico is one of nine states to receive a Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHPRA) performance bonus of $5,084,179 for boosting enrollment among eligible, uninsured children, particularly the lowest income children eligible for Medicaid. The amount of money awarded to New Mexico was calculated based on the level of enrollment success and per capita State Medicaid expenditures for children. "The … Continue Reading


December 17, 2009

N.M. Institutions Receive Funding For Humanities and Culture Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that three New Mexico institutions will receive $140,000 in several grants to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. The National Endowment for the Humanities grants to the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture will help ensure that the best of humanities research, education, preservation and public pro… Continue Reading

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