Press Releases

August 04, 2009

Sotomayor Has Intelligence to Understand Law, Wisdom to Apply It

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, yesterday spoke in the Senate chamber saying Judge Sonia Sotomayor's experience and empathy make her an excellent candidate for the Supreme Court. If approved, Judge Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and just the third woman to serve on the high court. Below is the text of Udall's speech. "I rise today to talk about Judge Sotomayor's experience. And I want to talk about empathy. "In the period since President Obama … Continue Reading


August 04, 2009

Senate-Approved Agriculture Spending Bill Supports New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that a key spending bill that passed the Senate today (80-17) contains funding for key New Mexico agricultural-related projects. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill contains $350,000 the senators secured for the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium. The funding is for New Mexico State University's Agriculture Science Center in Clovis to continue its work to support of the state's dairy industry. The consortium will e… Continue Reading


July 31, 2009

Udall Supports N.M. Dairy Farmers in Meeting with Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to discuss efforts to address the national dairy crisis. The meeting was held in response to a letter sent by Udall and other senators on July 15th, calling for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase dairy price supports by temporarily bumping up the price the USDA pays for dairy products. As the only Western senator at the meeting, Udall called for the USDA to focus on price support pa… Continue Reading


July 31, 2009

Udall Marks New GI Bill Expansion

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today issued the following statement marking the official August 1, 2009 expansion of the G.I. Bill: "The expansion of the GI Bill after more than two decades is a major victory for our veterans and their families. "After World War II we took a step towards fulfilling our responsibility to veterans who served by instituting the Montgomery GI bill, which gave thousands of veterans, including my father and uncle, the chance to pursue higher education. "After 2… Continue Reading


July 31, 2009

USDA Heeds Udall & Teague Calls to Help Struggling N.M. Dairy Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Harry Teague today praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to take action to address America's dairy crisis. The decision by the USDA follows letters from Udall and Teague requesting action. It also follows a meeting between Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Udall, and other senators. The USDA will increase the amount paid for dairy products through the Dairy Product Price Support Program (DPPSP). USDA estimates… Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Spending Bill Containing Millions for New Mexico Projects Clears Hurdle

WASHINGTON - The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved a spending bill that contains millions of dollars U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall requested for New Mexico transportation, housing and community development projects. "The funding included in this bill will help New Mexico communities break ground or continue work on important transportation and neighborhood projects," Bingaman said. "Our growing New Mexico communities would benefit greatly from the project improvements in… Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

NMSU Student from Rio Rancho Earns Washington D.C. Internship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Rio Rancho native and New Mexico State University senior, Miguel Lozano for a summer internship in his Washington, D.C., office. Lozano has long been a valued member of the Udall Team, serving as an intern Udall's Las Cruces office during the school year. He is committed to focusing on border security and veterans' issues while working in D.C. "Miguel has been a great asset to both my Las Cruces and my Washington office," said Udall. "He comes to Wa… Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Udall Welcomes Crystal, N.M. Native to D.C. for Internship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall has welcomed Nicole Johnny, a Crystal, N.M., native to his Washington, D.C., office for a summer internship. While in Washington, Johnny, a member of the Navajo Nation, will be focused on issues affecting Native American communities. "Nicole will be a great asset to the team here in D.C.," said Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "Her firsthand experience with tribal issues will be invaluable to the work I do to improve the lives of all … Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Senate Approves Key Spending Bill that Contains Funding for N.M. Labs, Water Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation that provides funding for 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 the Senate Wednesday night. A House-Senate panel will convene in the coming weeks to finalize the bill. The measure contains $30 million for upgrades to the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) - t… Continue Reading


July 29, 2009

Bingaman, Udall and Teague Announce $9.4 Million Recovery Loan to Build Guadalupe County Hospital

WASHINGTON - Wednesday, Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Congressman Harry Teague announced that $9.4 million in immediate federal funds that will be made available to build the Guadalupe County Hospital. The funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will go to replace the outdated care center currently in Santa Rosa. The new facility will house a 10-bed acute care hospital and medical clinic. "I recently had the opportunity to view the plans for the new hospital, and wa… Continue Reading


July 29, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Key Spending Bill Contains Funding For New Mexico Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said they are pleased with a spending bill working its way through the Senate that contains funding they sought for New Mexico education, job training, and health care initiatives. The funding is contained in the fiscal year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill, which has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill is now ready to be considered by the full Senate. "This funding will support key h… Continue Reading


July 29, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Key Spending Bill Contains Funding For New Mexico Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said they are pleased with a spending bill working its way through the Senate that contains funding they sought for New Mexico education, job training, and health care initiatives. The funding is contained in the fiscal year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill, which has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill is now ready to be considered by the full Senate. "This funding will support key h… Continue Reading


July 29, 2009

Bingaman, Udall and Teague Announce $9.4 Million Recovery Loan to Build Guadalupe County Hospital

Washington, DC- Wednesday, Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Congressman Harry Teague announced that $9.4 million in immediate federal funds that will be made available to build the Guadalupe County Hospital. The funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will go to replace the outdated care center currently in Santa Rosa. The new facility will house a 10-bed acute care hospital and medical clinic. "I recently had the opportunity to view the plans for the new hospital, and… Continue Reading


July 29, 2009

Tom Udall Announces New Outreach Through Social Media

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. today launched his official presence on the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Udall's outreach on social media will provide constituents with the opportunity to engage in a two-way dialogue with his office and stay up-to-date on legislation in Washington and upcoming events in New Mexico. "More and more New Mexicans have started using social media to connect, and I'm happy to say I do too," said Udall. "Using outlets like … Continue Reading


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

Bingaman & Udall: New Mexico Communities Receive $5 Million to Hire Police Officers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the federal government on releasing over $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funding to help New Mexico communities hire law enforcement officers. The grants are being provided through the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program, and will provide 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for entry level officer positions over … 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

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 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

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