Press Releases

October 28, 2009

Navajo Nation to Benefit from Energy "Smart Grid" Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Navajo Tribal Utility Association will receive a $4.9 million grant to better serve its 38,000 customers. The funding, which comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to install a "smart grid" network and data management system that will quickly identify system outages. "This is an important investment in the Navajo Nation - one that will result in better service to the Navajo Nation Utility… Continue Reading


October 26, 2009

Udall Applauds Inclusion of Public Option in Senate Health Insurance Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to include a public option in health insurance reform legislation that will be debated by the full Senate: "I applaud Majority Leader Reid for including a public option in health insurance reform legislation that will be considered by the full U.S. Senate. A strong public option will insert honest competition into the health insurance market, and is essential… Continue Reading


October 26, 2009

Udall: Revised Energy and Climate Bill Addresses Many Issues Important to New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, today reported that new and revised language in the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act will provide greater benefits for New Mexico while putting the nation on a path toward energy independence. Udall said the changes strengthen the overall legislation by including provisions that are important to New Mexico and the West, including: Increased support for renewable energy development, including major utility-scale projects Enhanced protections of n… Continue Reading


October 23, 2009

Udall: Senate Approves Key Defense Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, today reported that the Senate has passed key defense legislation that includes significant funding for New Mexico's military installations and national laboratories that provide critical support of the nation's defense. The 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, which passed the House earlier this month, was approved by the Senate 68-29 and now goes to the president for his signature. Defense spending must approved through this authorization bill before funding… Continue Reading


October 22, 2009

Udall Praises Law For Better Veteran Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement praising President Obama's signing of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act into law: "This is a great step toward improving the care for our nation's veterans. Too often we have been faced with an inadequate, late budget for veterans' health care. Being given timely access to medical services assures vets' health care needs will be properly met. This bill will allow veterans' hospitals and … Continue Reading


October 21, 2009

Udall: Health Reform Must Help Rural Americans

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 fourth in a series of speeches to highlight the need for health insurance reform. This week the senators used their remarks to discuss how reform will benefit a wide variety of individuals and groups across America. Udall used his remarks to illustrate why health insurance reform is important to rural Americans, who are more likely to be uninsured than their urb… Continue Reading


October 21, 2009

Udall Urges Passage of Unemployment Benefits Extension for 1.9 Million Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today called on Senate Republicans to stop blocking legislation to extend unemployment benefits to jobless Americans who are struggling to put food on the table as they search for new jobs and train for new careers. Legislation to extend benefits to 1.9 million out-of-work Americans has widespread support among Democrats, but passage has been delayed because of stall tactics by Republicans opposed to the bill. The legislation would provide a 14-week ext… Continue Reading


October 20, 2009

Senators: New Mexico to Benefit from Homeland Security Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded the passage of a bill that supports several of New Mexico's national security initiatives. The Senate approved the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill; this measure can now be sent to the White House for signature. The bill includes $20 million Bingaman and Udall requested for the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. The program model… Continue Reading


October 20, 2009

Udall Statement on Afghan Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement in reaction to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's acceptance of a runoff in the country's disputed election: "The United States needs a credible and reliable government in Afghanistan. The corruption and fraud that has been well-documented in this past election are clearly unacceptable and prevent such a government from taking shape. "I welcome President Karzai's decision to accept a runoff election in Afghanistan. T… Continue Reading


October 19, 2009

Udall Congratulates Sacred Wind for "Shine a Light" Win

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., congratulated Albuquerque-based Sacred Wind Communications for winning the "Shine a Light" small business contest for their work to improve telecommunications services for the Navajo Nation. Fewer than four out of every 10 homes on the reservation currently have access to basic telephone services. "I want to congratulate Sacred Wind Communications for using their vision and expertise to help bridge the digital divide that exists for families and busin… Continue Reading


October 15, 2009

Town Hall with Tom in Lordsburg

LORDSBURG - In his continued effort to reach out to New Mexicans and provide an opportunity to learn about his work on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will host a Town Hall with Tom in Lordsburg on Friday, October 16, 2009. Senator Udall will provide an update on what he's doing for New Mexico in the U.S. Senate and will field questions on a variety of issues, including the importance of providing New Mexicans with quality, affordable access to health care. Since being elected to the Senate… Continue Reading


October 15, 2009

Udall Honors Fallen NM Heroes on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today honored the lives of two New Mexico heroes killed this year in the line of duty with tribute remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Army Sergeant 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook, who grew up in Shiprock, NM, died last week from injuries sustained while serving his country in Afghanistan. His death came just over four years after his brother, Sergeant Marshall A. Westbrook, was killed when a bomb exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad, Iraq. He will be … Continue Reading


October 15, 2009

Udall: ABQ Firm to Receive $1 Million to Expand Rural Broadband Access

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. today announced that Albuquerque business, Agavue, LLC will receive $1.12 million to build computer centers in Cerillos and Manzano. These centers will contain 10 computers with printers, technical support and high speed broadband Internet service. In addition to the wireless broadband services that will be made available to the community residents, the Community Connect centers will provide employment opportunities as well as training on Internet usag… Continue Reading


October 15, 2009

Udall: Reform Will Help America Achieve 'Best Health Care System in World'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, and seven of his fellow freshman senators today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate for the third in a series of speeches to highlight the need for health insurance reform. This week, the senators used their remarks to dispel myths promoted by opponents of reform who want to impede change and maintain the status quo. Udall used his time to dispel the myth that reform isn't necessary because the United States already has the greatest health care system … Continue Reading


October 15, 2009

N.M. Senators: Key Spending Bill Strongly Supports N.M. Labs, WIPP & Water Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall voted to give final passage (80-17) to a key spending bill that supports New Mexico's two national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project and a variety of key water-related projects. The 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill is now ready to be sent to the White House for signature. The measure contains $20 million for upgrades to the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) - the only machine in the country that can do a serie… Continue Reading


October 15, 2009

Udall Introduces Indian Health Improvement Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, joined 15 Senate colleagues today in introducing major legislation to improve health care for 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives across the country - the Indian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization and Extension Act of 2009. The federal government has treaty obligations to provide health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but Udall noted Indian health care programs haven't been updated in more than ten years and have been chron… Continue Reading


October 13, 2009

Udall Sponsors Measure to Extend Unemployment Benefits to New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, is cosponsoring a comprehensive proposal to extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers. Nearly two million out-of-work Americans face expiring benefits by the end of the year. In August, New Mexico had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent just up by 0.5 percent in July. "I am committed to protecting New Mexicans who are trying to make ends meet in this tough economic climate," said Udall. "Helping our citizens provide for th… Continue Reading


October 09, 2009

Udall Announces $$$ to Improve Scenic Roads in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. today announced that New Mexico will receive $365,000 in federal funding to improve scenic byways throughout the state. The funding comes from five U.S. Department of Transportation grants to help improve the travel experience along the roadways. "New Mexico's scenic byways allow us to share our culture and history with residents and visitors within the state and I am pleased this funding will help promote them," Udall said. New Mexico has 26 scenic by… Continue Reading


October 09, 2009

Town Hall with Tom in Gallup

GALLUP - In his continued effort to reach out to New Mexicans and provide an opportunity to learn about his work on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will host a Town Hall with Tom in Gallup on Monday, October 12, 2009. Senator Udall will provide an update on what he's doing for New Mexico in the U.S. Senate and will field questions on a variety of issues, including the importance of providing New Mexicans with quality, affordable access to health care. Since being elected to the Senate, Udal… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Los Alamos National Lab Receives $2 Million for Development of Solar Energy Technology

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will receive more than $2 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) to support the development of new solar energy technologies and the rapid development of available carbon-free solar energy systems. The funding is part of up to $87 million that will be made available by DOE to support solar energy development - $50 million of which will come from the American Recovery and Reinves… Continue Reading

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