Press Releases

February 04, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Prevent President From Using Emergency Declaration to Raid Funds for Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) introduced the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations… Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Over $2 Million in Federal Funding to Connect Underserved Youth in NM to Education and Job Opportunities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,090,258 in funding to two YouthBuild programs in northern New Mexico - $990,258 to HELP New Mexico, Inc. in Albuquerque and $1,100,000 to YouthWorks in Santa Fe - that work to connect underserved or at-risk young people to educational opportunities, employment, and job training. YouthBuild is an education and training program with a stro… Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Udall, Smith, Murkowski Introduce Major Bipartisan Legislation to Address Violence Against Native Women, Children and Tribal Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced two major, bipartisan bills to address violence against Native women, children, and Tribal law enforcement: the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) and the Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act (Justice for Native Survivors). Both bills build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Vio… Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Warren, Cortez Masto, Smith Work to Expand Entrepreneurship in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) introduced the Native American Business Incubators Program Act to expand entrepreneurship in Indian Country by promoting small businesses development in tribal communities. Entrepreneurs in Indian Country often face unique start-up challenges like di… Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Work to Close Gender Wage Gap

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by guaranteeing that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. The bill introduction comes 10 years after President Obama passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, marking an important step in the fight to end the gender wage gap. "Pay discrimination against women violates the basic tenant of fairness that… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Udall, Carper Respond to EPA Withdrawing Proposal to Scrap Worker Protection Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, responded to news that the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn-for now-its proposal to scrap two critical worker protections, the updated Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Certification of Pesticid… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Leads Introduction of Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Reauthorize Native American Language Programs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), introduced the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs. The bill is named after Esther Marti… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson Fight to Curb Veteran Homelessness in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), reintroduced bipartisan legislation to better serve homeless or at-risk Native American veterans. The senators' Tribal HUD-VASH Act will formally codify a joint tribal housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Ho… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills to Safeguard NM Residents and Wildlife Against Trump Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, as negotiations began in the Senate and House to forge a border security deal, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced three bills to protect the private property rights of residents and safeguard important habitat for wildlife, tribal interests, and religious freedoms in New Mexico's border region. "We need to protect New Mexico's landowners, landscape, and way of life, and stand up for our state's proud border communities against out-of-to… Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Udall Announces Committee Passage of First Bills of New Congress

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading the committee's first business meeting of the year. During the meeting, the committee passed two Udall-cosponsored bills: S. 209, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act, and S. 211, the SURVIVE Act. "We have our work cut out for us this Congress and I hope we can join together to achieve Indian Country's priorities. This committee i… Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Lead Effort to Address Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and eight others to introduce Savanna's Act, legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous women (MMIW) by improving the federal government's response to the crisis. The bipartisan bill increases coordination among all levels of law enforcement, increases data collection and information sharing, and empowers tribal g… Continue Reading


January 28, 2019

Udall, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of 29 senators in urging Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. In their letter, the senators refer to the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which was cosponsored by Udall and signed into law two weeks ago to guarantee that federal and other government employees affected by the shutdown - including at lea… Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Udall Statement on Short-Term Deal to End Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after it was announced that a deal had been reached to temporarily reopen the federal government through February 15, ending the longest government shutdown in American history. "After 35 days of this senseless and cruel Trump shutdown, the president and Republican leadership in Congress have finally agreed to stop blocking a bill to re-open the government. President Trump could have accepted this same deal - o… Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Essential Federal and Tribal Programs from Future Budget Uncertainty

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act (IPAAA) to protect essential federal and tribal… Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Udall Votes to Reopen the Government

As 10,000+ in NM prepare to miss another paycheck, Udall-supported proposal would fund federal government and provide relief to New Mexico's workforce and economy without preconditions WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted for a clean and responsible proposal to reopen the federal government without preconditions. The proposal would reopen currently closed agencies and fund the federal government through February 8th, to allow Congress and the president to negotiate on bor… Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Fight to Ensure Federal Employees Maintain Vision and Dental Insurance During Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, as federal employees prepare to miss yet another paycheck because of the Trump shutdown, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are fighting to ensure that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) takes urgent action to prevent federal employees from losing vision and dental insurance, or having to pay out of pocket for coverage. OPM is the chief human resources agency and personnel policy manager for civilian federal employees. The Federal Employees Dental and Vis… Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Udall, Blumenthal, Colleagues Seek Information About How Trump Shutdown Is Impeding FTC’s Ability To Protect Americans From Robocallers & Scammers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined a group of 13 senators in writing to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to seek more information about how the Trump government shutdown is impeding the agency's ability to protect American consumers from robocallers and scammers. Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that the government shutdown could cause illegal and scamming robocalls to rise dramatically because the FTC was not funded, th… Continue Reading


January 22, 2019

Udall Addresses New Mexico Legislature

SANTA FE - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature. In his speech, Udall discussed opportunities to advance New Mexico priorities in Congress, including reforming our democracy, addressing climate change, and securing strong investment in rural communities, broadband internet, water infrastructure, and more. "As I travel this state, I hear from hundreds, thousands of New Mexicans. And what I hear is this: the people of New Mexico all want the same t… Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. "Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long," said Udall. "New Mexicans shouldn't have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer … Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Demand Oversight Hearings on the Deaths of Two Migrant Children in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Custody

Senators: "We cannot wait for another death to occur" WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees to hold hearings on the tragic deaths of twomigrant children in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. In December alone, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez died in New Mexico after they were detained along with their fathers by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after crossing t… Continue Reading

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