Press Releases

September 24, 2010

Health Care Benefits in Place

Six months after health reform became law, benefits are coming into effect that will help New Mexico families. The Affordable Care Act required insurance companies to implement a number of reforms by September 23. These changes include increased access to preventive care like colonoscopies and immunizations, an extension of coverage for children under 26 and new protections against insurance industry abuses. These are crucial reforms that will mean increased access for many New Mexicans. Here… Continue Reading

September 24, 2010

N.M. Congressional Delegation: Bayard Receives Grant to Expand Library

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation today announced that the City of Bayard has been awarded a federal grant and low-interest loan to expand its public library. The city will receive $148,750 in grant funds and $221,250 in federal loans for the 3,400 square foot expansion. The funding, made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "Expanding the public library will allow the city to better serve resi… Continue Reading

September 22, 2010

Udall Presents ‘Constitutional Option’ to Senate Rules Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today presented his Constitutional Option proposal as a way to restore accountability to the Senate rules during the fifth in a series of hearings by the Rules Committee to examine the filibuster and other obstructionist tactics. The hearing, titled "Legislative Proposals to Change Senate Procedures," featured testimony from Udall and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), as well as three experts on Senate parliamentary procedure. "The Constitutional Option … Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Secretary Salazar Honors Stewart Lee Udall at Interior Building Dedication Ceremony

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar honored the life and legacy of Stewart Lee Udall at a ceremony dedicating the main Interior building after the former Secretary of the Interior. Commemorating the legislation signed by President Barack Obama on June 8, 2010 designating the Department of the Interior Building as the "Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building," the event was widely attended by family and friends of the Udall family. As the 37th Secretary o… Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Bill That Shifts Country Toward Clean Energy, Helps Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced bipartisan legislation to create the first-ever national renewable electricity standard (RES). Under the proposal, electric utilities would be required to produce at least 11 percent of their power from wind, solar, biomass and other renewable sources of energy; the remaining 4 percent could be achieved through energy efficiency improvements. States like New Mexico that have a higher RES would not be affected by the bill. Bu… Continue Reading

September 21, 2010

A National Renewable Electricity Standard Now

A big motivating factor in my run for the U.S. Senate was because it failed to pass the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) I fought to pass three times in the House. That's why the first bill I introduced as New Mexico's new senator was a strong RES. Although both the House and Senate have managed to pass similar RES legislation in the past, a national standard has never been signed into law. That's why I'm pleased to be part of a bipartisan effort to enact an RES in this Congress, led by my f… Continue Reading

September 20, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Introduce “Katie’s Law” Legislation in the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced legislation that expands efforts to collect DNA from serious criminal offenders, with an eye toward solving crimes, saving lives and preventing future crime. The bill closely follows legislation Representative Harry Teague introduced, which passed the House of Representatives earlier this year on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 357 to 32. The Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010, cosponsored in the Senate by … Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Luna County and Española to Benefit from DOJ Recovery Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Luna County Sheriff's Department and the Española Police Department have been awarded funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "The funding awarded today will create jobs while helping keep communities safe by providing additional support to their local law enforcement agencies," Bingaman said. "The importance of combating the epidemic of drug trafficking and drug related crimes in Rio Arrib… Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Key Bill Supports N.M. Military Installations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that a bill being developed in the Senate will support the state's military bases and key research to benefit the Department of Defense. The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2011 Defense Appropriations Bill, which contains funding the Senators secured for defense work being done in New Mexico. That bill can now be sent to the full Senate for debate. "New Mexico has long played a key role in our n… Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Udall Urges Troops and Veterans to Claim Stop Loss Compensation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military branch who had their enlistment extended or retirement suspended due to "Stop Loss," a policy utilized during major conflic… Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

NM Delegation: UNM Receives $143M Loan Guarantee to Build New Sandoval Regional Medical Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján today announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) has received a $143.4 million federal loan guarantee to construct and equip a state-of-the-art, 68-bed teaching hospital in Rio Rancho. UNM will receive a $143,425,000 Section 242 Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan guarantee through the Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund the new Sandoval Regional Medical Center, which … Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

'Stop Loss' Pay Deadline Extended to Dec. 3

UPDATE: "Stop Loss" pay deadline has been extended to Dec. 3, 2010. If you served in the military between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 and your service was involuntarily extended, or your retirement was suspended due to "Stop Loss," you are eligible for special compensation. This is not a gimmick or a scam. It's a real opportunity for our troops who have sacrificed so much. You can find out more about the program on the Defense Department's website here. Under the 2009 War Supplemental … Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Udall: NM Receives $1 Million to Expand Nutrition Aid for Low-Income Seniors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the state of New Mexico is among three states that have been awarded more than $1 million each to expand nutrition assistance to low-income seniors. The grants, which total $3.1 million, were awarded to New Mexico, Washington and Pennsylvania by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and will fund pilot projects to increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation among Medicare's Extra Help population. Extra Help,… Continue Reading

September 16, 2010

Udall Votes to Approve Small Business Jobs Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today joined 60 of his Senate colleagues in approving legislation that will help Americans get back to work by creating the right economic conditions for small businesses to expand and create new jobs. The 61-38 vote on the Small Business Jobs Act came after weeks of obstruction by Senate Republicans, who continue to side with Wall Street over the interests of Main Street and the small businesses that have created two-thirds of all new jobs in America over the… Continue Reading

September 14, 2010

Credit Small Businesses Deserve

Back from the Senate's district work period, our first order of business is to take up a bill to help aid new and existing small businesses. Believe it or not, earlier this summer this commonsense bill was repeatedly blocked by filibusters. Thankfully, after months of obstruction, today we succeeded in overcoming the filibuster so we can pass this measure to help New Mexico's small businesses create jobs and regain access to private capital. Throughout the financial crisis, small business owner… Continue Reading

September 13, 2010

NM Delegation: $18.65 Million Awarded Through Recovery Act for Broadband Services Across State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Harry Teague and Ben Ray Luján today announced that more than $18.65 million has been awarded to three New Mexico Internet providers to expand access to high-speed broadband services to underserved communities across the state. The awards, provided by the Department of Agriculture through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will benefit approximately 45,000 people, more than 600 businesses, and 98 comm… Continue Reading

September 08, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: $3.5 Million in Recovery Act Funds Released For Middle Rio Grande Habitat Restoration Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation is releasing $3.5 million for a restoration project on the Middle Rio Grande. Funding, which is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used for construction of habitat improvements in the Isleta Reach of the Middle Rio Grande floodplain downstream of Belen. The project was designed in consultation with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission under the programma… Continue Reading

September 08, 2010

New Mexico Receives More Than $3.6 Million for Airport Runway Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that airports in Los Alamos and Santa Teresa will receive more than $3.6 million in grants for runway extensions. Doña Ana County Airport in Santa Teresa will receive $2,287,944 in funding. Los Alamos County Airport will receive $1,372,062. "Airports are one of the best economic tools that a community has to offer. The funding awarded today is an important investment in these two airports and in the communities that d… Continue Reading

September 07, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Announce $31 Million to Help Address One of New Mexico’s Most Dangerous Highways

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has signed an agreement with the Navajo Nation's Division of Transportation to provide $31 million to improve and upgrade one of New Mexico's most dangerous highways. The funding, which is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to expand the width of U.S. 491 over a corridor length of approximately 69 miles, constructing two new lanes adjacent to th… Continue Reading

September 07, 2010

ABQ to Receive $500,000 Grant to Make Energy out of Garbage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced the City of Albuquerque will receive a $500,000 grant for its landfill gas-to-energy project. The grant, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will fund a system that converts gas emitted from Albuquerque's Cerro Colorado landfill into energy, including the power for a glass recycling facility. "I applaud the EPA selection of Albuquerque's gas-to-energy project for these funds," Udall said. "This innovative pr… Continue Reading

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