Press Releases

July 21, 2011

Udall Reviews Fed Support for Tribal Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the Las Conchas Fire, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Walter Dasheno to Washington today to testify before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee regarding federal support for tribes affected by natural disasters. The nearly 160,000-acre Las Conchas Fire, the largest in New Mexico's history, impacted many of the state's native communities. The emergency response to the fire and post-fire flooding is a coordinated effort between local, trib… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Supporting Tribal Communities During Natural Disasters

Today we held an important hearing in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on how natural disasters impact tribal communities and how the federal government can help them to be better prepared. The Las Conchas fire has been the biggest in our state's history, covering nearly 160,000 acres and with only 80% contained. It also had a significant impact on New Mexico's tribal communities. I visited several of our pueblos in the days and weeks after the fire started to check in on how they were doin… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Udall Announces $1.4 Million for Indian Youth Suicide Prevention in the Pueblo of San Felipe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Pueblo of San Felipe will receive $1.4 million over five years to expand services for adolescents at-risk for suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native Americans between the ages of 15 - 34, with a suicide rate more than three times higher than the national average for this age group. In addition, Native Americans have a 70 percent higher rate of suicide than the overall population in the U.S. Said Udall,… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Senators Klobuchar, Tom Udall, and Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Criminals Using Prepaid Debit Cards to Finance Illegal Activities

Unlike Cash, Prepaid Debit Cards Do Not Have to Be Reported When Entering or Exiting the U.S., Helping Drug Cartels Move Money Across the Border and Allowing Terrorists to Finance Overseas Operations Undetected Legislation Would Prevent Criminals from Operating Under the Radar By Requiring Prepaid Debit Cards to Be Reported When Crossing U.S. Border Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced legislation to prevent drug cartels,… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Udall Reacts to TSA Decision to Upgrade Privacy Protections at Airport Security Checkpoints

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today released the following statement in reaction to an announcement by the Transportation Security Administration that it is upgrading its full body scanners at airports nationwide over the next several months to eliminate the use of images that show a passenger's naked body: "I'm glad to hear that the TSA is speeding up its plan to implement this new software to enhance passenger privacy at our airports. The body images currently produced by screeni… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Udall: Santa Fe Community College to Receive $300,000 for Clean Energy Job Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Santa Fe Community College will receive $300,000 for environmental workforce development and job training. The funding comes through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will be used to teach job skills to unemployed veterans and Native Americans in fields with an environmental benefit. "This is a worthy investment to develop New Mexico's workface and economy," Udall said. "It's an opportunity, specifically, for homeless ve… Continue Reading

July 18, 2011

Udall: Default on the Nation’s Debt would be Catastrophic for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today warned that a default on the nation's debt would be catastrophic for New Mexico, with consequences that include disrupted or reduced federal benefits and services and increased costs of living for families, military personnel, veterans, seniors and local governments. "Failure to extend the debt ceiling would be a real crisis for our state, with every New Mexican paying the price," Udall said. "At a time when families are already dealing with extre… Continue Reading

July 18, 2011

No More Delay on the Debt Limit

I've written here before about the dysfunction we see in Washington and how it stands in the way of tackling so many of the challenges that our nation faces. The latest episode is delay and inaction on raising the debt ceiling - "Russian roulette" in the words of Warren Buffett. Our nation's debt is a serious issue and it deserves a serious debate, but when independent forecasters warn that our economy could dive into a second recession, partisan politics need to be put aside for the good of Ne… Continue Reading

July 18, 2011

Udall: Three New Mexico Airports Receive $1.1 Million for Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that three New Mexico airports will receive a total of $1,195,254 from the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration for safety improvements. "I'm glad to see this money going to improve regional airports throughout New Mexico," said Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. "It's important that we keep our airports in the best condition possible to ensure that air travel is safe … Continue Reading

July 15, 2011

Udall Announces More Than $500,000 for Emergency Food and Shelter Throughout N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that 24 counties in New Mexico will receive a total of $544,745 for emergency food and shelter programs that help support hungry and homeless New Mexicans. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The following counties will receive funding: Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Doña Ana, Grant, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Rooseve… Continue Reading

July 15, 2011

Udall: $10 Million in Federal Funds Available to Help Struggling New Mexicans Keep Their Homes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today urged New Mexicans who are at risk of foreclosure to take advantage of a new federal program that has made more than $10 million available in interest-free, forgivable loans to help residents keep their homes. He encouraged people to act quickly because funding is limited and the deadline to apply is short. "If you or someone you know is in danger of losing their home because of this recession, this new federal program may be able to help," Udall … Continue Reading

July 15, 2011

Help Avoiding Foreclosure

If you or someone you know is in danger of losing their home because of this recession, a new federal program just became available that might help. It makes more than $10 million available for New Mexico homeowners, but you must act quickly because the funding is limited and the timeline for applying is short - the pre-application is due July 22nd. The funding comes through the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP), which was created by the Wall Street Reform law that Congress past last yea… Continue Reading

July 14, 2011

Udall: Breeders’ Cup Plan to Eliminate Race Day Medication is Positive Step

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today released the following statement in reaction to an announcement by the Breeders' Cup, one of the most important horseracing events in the United States, that it plans to eliminate race day medication from its championships over the next two years: "Today's announcement that the Breeders' Cup will eliminate race-day medication over the next two years is a good step in the right direction. But much more needs to be done to end the chemical warfare o… Continue Reading

July 14, 2011

Udall: $2.6 Million for Expanding School-based Health Clinic Services in N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that six school-based health clinics in New Mexico will receive a total of $2,615,877 to expand and increase health care services for students. Organizations that will receive funding are the Des Moines Municipal Schools in Des Moines; Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque; Northeast Regional Education Cooperative in Las Vegas; University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, La Clinica Del Pueble De Rio Arriba … Continue Reading

July 13, 2011

Bingaman & Udall: 16 Counties Declared Drought Disaster Areas, Making Them Eligible for Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Obama administration has declared 16 northern and central New Mexico counties disaster areas due to severe drought. Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the following 16 counties are now eligible to apply for drought disaster assistance: Bernalillo, Harding, Rio Arriba, Taos, Cibola, Lincoln, San Miguel, Torrance, Colfax, McKinley, Sandoval, Union, Guadalupe, Mora, Santa Fe, and Valencia. Last month, … Continue Reading

July 12, 2011

SFC Petry: Hero and Native Son

Video from the Medal of Honor Ceremony (update) Today, our nation honors the bravery and sacrifice of Santa Fe native Leroy Arthur Petry by awarding him our highest military decoration - the Medal of Honor. Army Rangers lead the way, and Sergeant First Class Petry exemplified that duty in 2008 when he risked his life to save his fellow soldiers on the battlefields of Afghanistan. I'm humbled to join SFC Petry at the White House along with his family, friends and fellow soldiers as he becom… Continue Reading

July 07, 2011

Standing Up for Main Street

Things are pretty frustrating in Washington right now. Gridlock in Congress is standing in the way of tackling some of our nation's biggest challenges. It's a big contrast to what I see in New Mexico, where we rally together when we face a problem like these recent wildfires. I'd like to see more of that attitude in Congress. When I'm traveling around New Mexico, I talk to small business owners who have commonsense solutions to many of the challenges they're facing. As we continue to regain our … Continue Reading

July 07, 2011

Udall: Verizon Alert System to Avoid ‘Bill Shock’ a Positive Step

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement today after Verizon announced a plan to notify customers when they begin to reach data usage limits: "Verizon today announced a plan to alert customers before they exceed their monthly data usage limit. This is a positive step that will help many avoid cell phone 'bill shock' and it shows that sending an automatic notification to a person's smartphone is a simple solution that does not place a burden on companies. I ho… Continue Reading

July 06, 2011

Udall Introduces Bill to Help N.M. Small Businesses Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced a bill that would help create new jobs by expanding federal contracting opportunities for small businesses trying to recover from the recent recession. Companion legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). The Expanding Opportunities for Main Street Act would raise the value of federal contracts that are set aside for small businesses to $500,000 and would increase the government-wide small… Continue Reading

June 27, 2011

Mandatory Evacuation in Los Alamos

The following information has been made available by New Mexico's Fire Information website: Los Alamos County officials are reporting the fire is now threatening Los Alamos. They are ordering a mandatory evacuation which will begin and proceed in this order: Group 1: Western, Quemazon, Ponderosa; Group 2: North Community, Barranca Mesa, North Mesa; Group 3: East of Diamond and the remainder of the town site. White Rock is NOT being evacuated at this time. Residents in Los Alamos should NOT go… Continue Reading

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