Press Releases

July 28, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Funding Awarded to Bolster N.M. Housing & Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that millions of dollars are being directed to New Mexico to bolster rural job creation and fund the construction of affordable housing. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "This funding will give a boost to the effort of encouraging job creation in rural parts of our state, and ensu… Continue Reading

July 28, 2009

Udall Introduces Meat Safety Recall Legislation in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today introduced legislation giving the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to initiate mandatory meat product recalls. Under current law, USDA does not have the authority to issue a mandatory recall of meat believed to be dangerous. The decision to recall or comply with requests from the USDA to recall unsafe products is left in the hands of food processors. This forces the USDA to engage in time-consuming negotiations with… Continue Reading

July 27, 2009

Udall Announces Grant to Purchase New Los Alamos Buses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that $588,000 will be awarded to Atomic Transit of Los Alamos in a grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The funding will go to purchase four new buses. Atomic City Transit will use the money to replace older buses and purchase new buses to expand transit routes and add an eastern area route. The new bus route will serve East Gate businesses, the Airport Basin and the Entrada Business Park. "Providing new buses gives Los Alamos an up-t… Continue Reading

July 23, 2009

Udall Urges Less Expensive Medicare Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined by twenty-one other senators, today sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee today urging the panel to reform the Medicare Part D prescription drug program as a part of health reform to make it more affordable for seniors and the government. "The success of the health care reform effort hinges on whether we can find ways over the long-term to pay less for health care without compromising the goal of high-quality care for every American. This… Continue Reading

July 23, 2009

Nine Freshman Senators Urge Continued Focus on Health Care Cost Containment

WASHINGTON - Nine freshman U.S. Senators today co-signed a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Sen. Max Baucus urging continued work toward bipartisan health care reform legislation and expressing concern that there has been too little focus on containing health care costs. "We are deeply invested in the health care debate and agree that passing sensible reform is essential and cannot wait," the senators said in their joint letter. "The fact is that the current situation is unsustainable in the lo… Continue Reading

July 22, 2009

Udall: Wesst to Receive $800,000 to Support New Mexico Small Businesses

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that the Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST), a New Mexico nonprofit, will receive $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration for the completion of an Enterprise Center to offer state-of-the-art amenities and business assistance programs for 18 to 30 new or expanding small businesses. The facility opened in January 2009, and it already serves five area small businesses. The additional r… Continue Reading

July 21, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: $11.06 Million in Stimulus Funding to Improve New Mexico Forest Facilities and Trails Across New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Forest Service is releasing $11.06 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for upgrades to forest facilities and trails across New Mexico."New Mexico's forests and trails attract visitors from around the country and are an important part of the state's tourist economy," Bingaman said. "The stimulus funding released today will put people to work while investing in our state's public lands.""Funding … Continue Reading

July 21, 2009

Udall Proposal to Make Skies, Roads Safer Gets Committee Nod

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., reported today that his legislation to help prevent drunk driving and dangerous "air rage" incidents won approval from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, of which Udall is a member. Udall's proposal would require airlines to train flight attendants and gate agents on recognizing and dealing with intoxicated or belligerent passengers. Current federal regulations prohibit an intoxicated person from boarding a flight,but it is … Continue Reading

July 17, 2009

Udall on Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement after the conclusion of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor. "The Judiciary Committee hearings have shown the country a qualified and experienced Supreme Court nominee in Sonia Sotomayor. Her hearings were tough but fair, and I think her experience both on the bench and as a prosecutor will add a unique perspective to the court. I am pleased that this nomination i… Continue Reading

July 17, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: $11.38 Million in Stimulus Funding to Improve Bus Services in Albuquerque

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing $11.38 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for upgrades to Albuquerque's bus system. Funding will be used to enhance the operation of ABQ Ride - the city's bus service. Specifically, money will be used to purchase and install fare boxes and related technology on 72 buses; to purchase kiosks and related security equipment for several transit centers… Continue Reading

July 16, 2009

Udall Congratulates the Rail Runner on Third Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, today congratulated the New Mexico Rail Runner Express on three years of successful service. "The third anniversary of the Rail Runner Express is yet another accomplishment for New Mexico. The Rail Runner offers commuters a pleasant alternative to driving and provides a scenic ride on clean and comfortable trains. It can be much better than sitting in traffic on I-25," said Udall. "The success of the Rail Runner shows that New Mexicans are doing their part to… Continue Reading

July 16, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: New Mexico Communities To Benefit from $1.6 Million in Stimulus Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the federal government is releasing over $1.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funding to support housing and economic development projects in New Mexico. "This funding for communities across our state will help meet the housing needs of many in New Mexico, while creating much needed jobs," Bingaman said. "The Community Development Block Grant program is important to preserving and rehabilitating a… Continue Reading

July 14, 2009

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $2 Million in Energy Efficiency Rebates

Washington, DC - Tuesday, the New Mexico Congressional delegation announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made $1,903,927.00 available for energy efficiency rebates for purchases of new ENERGY STAR qualified home appliances. The funding was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "This appliance rebate initiative was written into law in 2005, but the Recovery Act is the first opportunity we've had to fund it. By helping New Mexicans purchase energy-savin… Continue Reading

July 13, 2009

N.M. Congressional Delegation: Holloman Will be Home to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today joined Rep. Harry Teague in announcing that Holloman Air Force Base has been selected as home to two types of unmanned aerial vehicles used in military reconnaissance. As a result of this announcement, Holloman is slated to receive 10 MQ-1s this year, and 12 next in 2010. The base is also scheduled to receive five MQ-9s this year and 11 in 2010. "Unmanned aerial vehicles are playing an increasingly important role in our nation's abili… Continue Reading

July 10, 2009

Udall Serving YoU

Carlsbad, N.M. - A staff member for U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., will be holding 'Udall Serving YoU' Office Hours for Gallup area residents needing help with the federal government from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, July 13. Udall staffer Cal Curley will be on-hand at the Northwest New Mexico County of Governments on 409 South 2nd Street on Monday to assist individuals who need help with a federal issue. Residents may schedule a meeting with Cal, by calling (505) 346-6791, or just stop by. "If you're h… Continue Reading

July 10, 2009

Congressional Delegation Announces Over $38 Million in Recovery Funds to Build Homes in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - New Mexico's Congressional Delegation today announced that communities around New Mexico will receive a total of $38.25 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to construct or acquire and rehabilitate housing for low-income families and individuals. The resources are intended to protect and expand constructions jobs while making it easier for families to find affordable housing. "Unfortunately, the current economic situation has increased the number of peo… Continue Reading

July 10, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: New Mexico to Receive Nearly $13 Million to Promote Clean Energy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will receive $12.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for its State Energy Program. Activities eligible for State Energy Program funding include energy audits, building retrofits, education and training efforts, transportation programs to increase the use of alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, and new financing mechanisms to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. "T… Continue Reading

July 09, 2009

N.M. Senators: Key Spending Bill Contains Funding for N.M. Labs, Water Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded a spending bill working its way through the Senate for the level of funding it provides to New Mexico's two national laboratories, and to a variety of key water-related projects. The Senate's version of the 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill cleared its Senate Appropriations Subcommittee and is now ready for full committee consideration. The measure contains $30 million for upgrades to the Los Alamos Neutron Science Ce… Continue Reading

July 09, 2009

Governor Bill Richardson & Senator Tom Udall Announce Plans to Study High-Speed Rail Linking New Mexico, Colorado & Texas

SANTA FE- Governor Bill Richardson and Senator Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico is partnering with Colorado and Texas to take the initial steps in developing a high-speed rail corridor between El Paso and Denver running through New Mexico. Congress has authorized up to eleven high-speed corridors across the U.S. Currently only 10 corridors have been designated. The three-state partnership is seeking the 11th designation and will be applying for federal funds to conduct a viability study… Continue Reading

July 09, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: ARRA Funds to Help Clean Up Underground Petroleum Leaks in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency is releasing $1.5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help with the cleanup of petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks. "Leaks in underground petroleum storage tanks can have a devastating effect on the environment. Petroleum can seep into underground drinking water and become a public health problem. The funding released today by the EPA will he… Continue Reading

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