Press Releases

December 07, 2009

N.M. Delegation Congratulates VA Pharmacy Center for Winning Prestigious National Award

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Rep. Martin Heinrich, today offered congratulations to the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordination Center in Albuquerque for winning the 2009 Baldrige National Quality Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Baldrige award is the nation's highest Presidential honor for innovation and performance excellence. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., next year. … Continue Reading

December 06, 2009

Sunday in the Senate Update

Just before we started voting this afternoon on more amendments to the Senate's health reform bill, we had a very special opportunity to hear from President Obama. He reminded us that today, Congress is closer than ever before to passing meaningful health reform that will make a real difference for families struggling with health care costs. He also told us that we have the opportunity to pass a truly historic health reform initiative that will provide more stability and security for American fa… Continue Reading

December 04, 2009

Udall Honors Fallen NM Heroes on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today honored two New Mexico heroes who died recently in Iraq while serving their country with tribute remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Army Corporal Anthony "Tony" Carrasco, 25, was born in Las Cruces and raised in Berino, graduating from Gadsden High School in 2003. Carrasco, a truck commander for armored vehicles, died Nov. 4 after being hit by sniper fire in Ad Dawr, Iraq. He leaves behind a pregnant wife, two stepchildren, and his parent… Continue Reading

December 04, 2009

NM Plant to Receive $100 Million in Federal Backing for Development of Biofuel Technology

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded today's announcement that a planned biorefinery in Columbus, New Mexico, will receive a $50 million economic recovery grant and up to $54.5 million in guaranteed loans to build the facility and develop algae-based biofuels for use in jet fuel and diesel. Sapphire Energy, which is based in San Diego, announced earlier this year plans to build an integrated algal biorefinery in Luna County. Construction of the biorefinery is expected… Continue Reading

December 03, 2009

Women's Health Amendment Improves Preventive Care

Today we saw the Senate health reform bill strengthened with the inclusion of Senator Mikulski's Women's Health Amendment. As a son, husband and father, I fully supported this proposal, which requires all health plans to cover comprehensive women's preventive care and screenings and to do so at no additional cost to women. Under the status quo, more than half of women delay or avoid preventive care because of its cost. That means postponed mammograms or missed screenings for heart disease and … Continue Reading

December 02, 2009

Udall Encourages Local Producers to Take Advantage of Livestock Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today encouraged New Mexico ranchers and livestock producers impacted by droughts and wildfires in 2008 to apply for federal aid before next week's Dec. 10 deadline. Udall joined Salomon Ramirez, state executive director for the New Mexico Farm Service Agency (FSA), in reminding eligible ranchers and livestock producers from Chaves, Doña Ana, Eddy, Harding, Hidalgo, Grant, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra and Union counties to apply for benefits unde… Continue Reading

December 01, 2009

Udall Statement on President’s Approach in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement this evening in reaction to President Barack Obama's address outlining an increase in troops for the war in Afghanistan: "I appreciate President Obama's thoughtful and deliberative approach in both determining and explaining the path forward in Afghanistan. He obviously inherited a very complex situation as president. Fighting two costly wars and determining the best course of action is not an easy task to undertake. "Throu… Continue Reading

November 30, 2009

MIT Economist Shows 20% Savings in Senate Health Reform Bill

MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber, PhD, presented an important report yesterday on how the Senate health insurance reform bill will reduce costs and improve coverage for Americans. Based on data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, Gruber determined that insurance exchanges setup under the Senate plan would save individuals and families between $200 and $500 annually on their health insurance. With higher quality benefits in the exchange, that means paying 20 percent less for more cov… Continue Reading

November 30, 2009

Bingaman, Udall Seek Clarity for New Mexico Travelers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide New Mexicans with assurances that their travel plans early in the new year will not be disrupted by a federal law governing drivers' licenses. In 2005, Congress passed legislation -- called the REAL ID Act -- requiring states to tighten requirements related the issuance of drivers' licenses because they are used as a standard form of identification for a variety of federal purposes, … Continue Reading

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… 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

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