Press Releases

November 24, 2009

New Mexico Receives $6.5 Million to Find Ways to Make Electric Grid More Efficient

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will receive $6.5 million in grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to research technology aimed at making the nation's electric grid run more efficiently. The funding is part of the $620 million awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems that will help build a smarter, more e… Continue Reading


November 24, 2009

Fact vs. Fiction on Health Care Research

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would create an independent, non-profit research institute called the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This Institute would be charged with providing for research on what treatments work best for which patients and filling gaps in medical evidence, so doctors have the information they need to deliver the best possible care to their patients. But, unfortunately, there has been misinformation about this Institute. Below you can separate… Continue Reading


November 23, 2009

Take a Tour of the Online Office

Thanks for visiting the home of my official online office as your U.S. Senator. My Web site will keep you up to date on all that I'm doing on behalf of the great state of New Mexico in the U.S. Senate. You can use my Web site to communicate with me and my staff about the many services that my office provides to constituents. Join me in this video for a tour of the new tomudall.senate.gov.… Continue Reading


November 21, 2009

Senate Votes to Begin Health Reform Debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's 60 - 39 vote this evening to begin debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "Tonight's vote by the U.S. Senate brings us an important step closer to completing a journey generations in the making -- the goal of health care reform is to provide quality, affordable coverage for all Americans. I believe we accomplish that with the legislation that will now be considered by the fu… Continue Reading


November 21, 2009

Udall: Health Reform Will Benefit New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today explained how New Mexicans will benefit from health care reform in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Udall's remarks came hours before a vote by the full Senate on whether to begin debate of comprehensive reform. Udall noted that the vast majority of New Mexicans would gain access to quality, affordable health care through the reform legislation, which was unveiled earlier this week after months of consideration by two Senate committees. S… Continue Reading


November 19, 2009

Veteran Caregiver Reform Clears Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today applauded Senate passage of a sweeping reform bill that will dramatically increase federal support of wounded warriors and the families who care for them. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009 merged two veterans' health bills previously approved in committee, including one co-sponsored by Udall that increased technical, financial and practical support to family caregivers of veterans or members of the Armed Forces seri… Continue Reading


November 18, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Applaud Investment in Sandia's Battery Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded the announcement that Sandia National Laboratory will receive $4.2 million from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act for improvements to its Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory. Upgrades at the battery laboratory are aimed at helping develop low cost batteries that can be used in vehicles and to store and transmit renewable energy. "Sandia has been engaged in extremely important research and development on battery technology that w… Continue Reading


November 18, 2009

Udall Honors Governor King on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, took to the Senate floor today to honor former Governor Bruce King, who died last week at the age of 85. The following is the text of Udall's remarks as prepared for delivery: "I rise today to celebrate the life - and mourn the passing - of one of New Mexico's great public servants. "This past Friday, Bruce King - the three-time governor of New Mexico and a constant advocate for the average person - left this world after 85 years of devotion to his fam… Continue Reading


November 17, 2009

Senate Approves Udall, Bingaman & Bond Amendment to Fight Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Kit Bond (R-MO) today reported that the U.S. Senate has approved an amendment they introduced that would increase funding to provide transitional housing for homeless veterans. The amendment adds $6 million to the $144 million already allocated for the Homeless Grant and Per Diem Program through the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MILCON-VA) appropriations bill. This additional funding brings the program to its ful… Continue Reading


November 17, 2009

Udall-Backed "Feed America Day" Unanimously Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has designated this Thursday, November 19 - exactly one week before Thanksgiving Day -- as "Feed America Day". Senator Tom Udall, a sponsor of the bipartisan "Feed America Day" initiative, said that in the spirit of Thanksgiving, the bill encourages Americans to skip two meals this Thursday before Thanksgiving, and instead donate the money they would have spent or food to a local charity or food bank for the hungry. "As we approach the Thanksgiving festivities, it is… Continue Reading


November 13, 2009

Udall Remembers Bruce King

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement in remembrance of former New Mexico Governor Bruce King: "Bruce King was a gentle political giant with a heart of gold. With Alice by his side, he dedicated his entire life to serving New Mexico, and together they instilled the same values in their children. I will always remember Bruce as true cowboy from Stanley who had the most generous spirit and always saw the best in people. In every level of government that he serv… Continue Reading


November 10, 2009

Udall Directs 25 Computers to NM Elementary Schools

WASHINGTON - The office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that 25 computers will be donated between five New Mexico elementary schools through the Senate's Computers for Schools program. The computers are being directed to schools struggling to keep their computer labs and classrooms up to date with evolving technology. "We need to make sure New Mexico's students are learning how to use computers at an early age and many of our public schools simply don't have the resources to k… Continue Reading


November 10, 2009

Udall Statement in Honor of America’s Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following remarks to honor our nation's veterans and commemorate Veterans Day: "Today, Americans gather to thank the men and women who have served this country in uniform. We honor those who risked their lives to keep us free, and we remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion in defense of this country and the ideals for which it stands. "Last week's tragedy at Fort Hood brings this service and sacrifice into even sharper focus. Ou… Continue Reading


November 06, 2009

Senators Call for Increased Funding to Fight Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Kit Bond (R-MO) today introduced an amendment that would increase funding to provide transitional housing for homeless veterans, calling it our nation's sacred responsibility to support the men and women who answered America's call to duty. The amendment would add $6 million to the $144 million already allocated for the Homeless Grant and Per Diem Program through the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bi… Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

Udall: Reform Must Address Outdated Health Care Delivery Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, and eight of his fellow freshman senators took to the floor of the U.S. Senate today for the sixth in a series of speeches to highlight the need for health insurance reform. This week the senators used their remarks to discuss how America's health care delivery systems must be revamped as part of reform. Udall used his remarks to highlight the work of Hidalgo County, NM, which structured its health delivery system to take into account the community's un… Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Approved Bill Contains Funding for Roswell Flight Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that a key spending bill the Senate has approved contains funding for the Flight Research Training Center in Roswell. The bill will now be subject to a House-Senate panel, which will negotiate final legislation that can be signed into law. The fiscal year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill contains $300,000 Bingaman and Udall secured for the Flight Research Training Center based at Eastern New Mexico Universi… Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

Udall: Global Warming Challenge Demands Bipartisan Cooperation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, reported today that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved S.1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. Udall, a member of the committee, voted to pass the legislation so that broader, bipartisan cooperation and consensus to promote clean energy and combat global warming could be reached when the bill is debated by the full Senate Chamber. The EPW Chairman brought the measure to a vote in accordance with Committee rules afte… Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Approved Bill Funds Southern New Mexico Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said they are pleased that a key spending bill the Senate approved today contains millions of dollars to fight meth use, tackle border crime, and support the state's drug courts. The bill will now be subject to a House-Senate panel, which will negotiate final legislation that can be signed into law. The fiscal year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill contains $265,000 the Senators secured for the Juvenile Assessment and… Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

Bingaman and Udall: Key Bill Funds Anti-Drug, Anti-Crime Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today voted to approve legislation that contains $400,000 to help the Torrance County Sheriff's Department fight methamphetamine use. "Meth continues to wreak havoc on families and communities. This federal funding would be put to good use supporting important anti-meth activities underway in Torrance County," Bingaman said. "Methamphetamine abuse affects much more than the user. It tears apart families and has devastating impacts on our com… Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

Bingaman and Udall: Key Bill Funds Anti-Gang Activity in San Juan County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today voted to approve legislation that sets aside $200,000 to help fight gang-related crime in San Juan County. Specifically, the funding will support the work of Youth Advocate Program in San Juan County, which assists youth on parole and to expand gang prevention efforts to an additional 75 youth and their families. "The Youth Advocate Program is a successful initiative aimed at reducing gang-related crime. The funding in this bill will h… Continue Reading

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