Press Releases

April 15, 2019

Udall, McCollum Respond to IG Opening Investigation into Interior Secretary Bernhardt

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, responded to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) agreeing to open an investigation into whether senior DOI officials, including Secretary of the Interior David Bernhard… Continue Reading


April 15, 2019

Udall, Luján, New Mexico Delegation Introduce Legislation to Address Health Disparities for Native Americans Living in Urban Areas Off the Reservations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, along with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by ten other U.S. Senators and 13 ot… Continue Reading


April 15, 2019

Marking Tax Day, Udall Reintroduces Legislation to Simplify and Decrease the Costs of Tax Preparation and Filing

Bill with Sen. Elizabeth Warren would simplify tax filing process and let Americans file their taxes directly with the IRS for free WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in reintroducing the Tax Filing Simplification Act to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers. Last tax season, taxpayers spent an average of 11 hours and around $200 preparing their tax returns -- a cost equal to almost 10 pe… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Secures USDA Commitments to Support Land Grants and Acequias in Farm Bill, Dairies Facing PFAS Contamination, and NM Rural Communities

Perdue to Udall: "We as a government have a responsibility" to use USDA assistance programs for farmers affected by PFAS contamination to their "fullest extent" VIDEO: https://youtu.be/3fbKQF7bxVc WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on his commitment to supporting core U.S. Department of Agricul… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Unveil Legislation to Cut Taxes for Workers and Families in New Mexico

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of Tax Day and the IRS Commissioner's annual appearance before the Senate and House, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 46 Senate Democrats, introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act. At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). EITC and CTC are two of the most effe… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Amtrak to Continue Support for Routes That Connect Rural Communities in NM & Across the U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Joe Manchin (D-W. VA.), Dick Durbin (D- Ill.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are calling on Amtrak to continue service to rural communities in New Mexico and across the U.S. by investing in long-distance and state-supported routes."We are writing in strong support of Amtrak's n… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Examines Federal Resources Available to Tribes to Promote Community and Economic Development

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyzaMlJThyw&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a committee oversight hearing entitled "Building out Indian Country: Tools for Community Development."The committee heard from Department of the Interior's (DOI) Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, Acoma Pueblo 1st Lieutenant Governor and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Board Member Mark Thompson,Departm… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Udall Votes Against Bernhardt for Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, voted against confirming David Bernhardt to serve as Secretary of the Interior. The full Senate confirmed Bernhardt by a vote of 56-41. Yesterday, Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to Bernhardt's nomination. "After considering the whole of Mr. Bernhardt's record -- especially the open questions about his actions that have benefitted… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $7.89 Million to Upgrade and Improve Rural Water Infrastructure in Socorro

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $7,892,462 in funding to help upgrade and improve rural water infrastructure in the City of Socorro. The award, which was funded through the USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, includes $4,950,000 in low-cost loans and $2,942,462 in grants for projects that will increase access to … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Permanently Fund LWCF

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million. "In February, we secured permanent reauthorization for … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses Pompeo on Trump Administration’s Threats to Close the Southern Border

Udall to Pompeo: "Do you believe our country is 'full,' as the president has said?" Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6tzC4OUsHc&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the Trump administration's stance toward Mexico and Central America, including President Trump's continued threats to seal off the U.S.-Mexico border and his proposal to cut off direct aid to the Northern Triangle countries - El Salvador, Guatemala and Ho… Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Udall To Wheeler on EPA Reorganization: Agency Should Focus on Staffing Crisis and Environmental Enforcement, Not Budget Cuts & Organizational Exercises

WASHINGTON- Today, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed reorganization of regional offices, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, requested a detailed plan from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to improve staffing levels across the agency, prioritize enforcement and compliance, increase communication with states, Tribes, and EPA staff, and honor agreements with s… Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Udall, Haaland, Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Prohibit School 'Lunch Shaming'

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), joined by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Penn.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M) introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit school "lunch shaming" - the practice of discri… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Udall Statement on Passage of the Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after both the Senate and the House passed the Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan Bill: "Thanks to rapid, bipartisan cooperation among the Colorado River basin state delegations, this critical piece of bipartisan legislation is heading to the president's desk. This bill will enable the new Drought Contingency Plan to go into place soon, benefitting all the river's water users in the long run, from Ind… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Reintroduces Bill to Honor Bataan Veterans

Udall has introduced legislation to honor Bataan veterans in several Congresses WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small reintroduced the Bataan Congressional Gold Medal Act, a bill to honor the heroic veterans who defended Bataan and Corregidor, and suffered through the Bataan Death March-which began 77 years ago this day-with the Congressional Gold Medal. On December 8, 1941, hours a… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland, Torres Small Introduce Legislation to Protect Chaco Canyon Area

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, S. 1079, a bill to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Culture from further mineral development. The bill, alongside anticipated actions from State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, would help ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco… Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2020. The first session will be held on April 11 in Farmington. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Udall, Democratic Colleagues to JUUL: You Are More Interested in Profits Than Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with 10 Senate Democrats, questioned JUUL CEO Kevin Burns about the company's partnership with Big Tobacco giant Altria, and requested information about its marketing tactics to children as youth e-cigarette use soars to epidemic levels in large part due to kid-appealing flavors and easy to conceal devices. Federal public health agencies have identified JUUL as being largely responsible for fueling this epidemic among America's youth and evidence has em… Continue Reading


April 05, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland Announce More Than $114 Million to Indian Health Service for 3 New Mexico Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland, announced that the Indian Health Service (IHS) allocated $114.2 million in funding to continue planning and construction for three key New Mexico facilities. The award will enable IHS to move forward with critical projects at three facilities, … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Udall, Durbin, Paul Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds which could lead to war with Iran without express approval from Congress, as required by the Constitution. The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019 underscores that Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States grants… Continue Reading

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