Press Releases

October 13, 2009

Udall Sponsors Measure to Extend Unemployment Benefits to New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, is cosponsoring a comprehensive proposal to extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers. Nearly two million out-of-work Americans face expiring benefits by the end of the year. In August, New Mexico had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent just up by 0.5 percent in July. "I am committed to protecting New Mexicans who are trying to make ends meet in this tough economic climate," said Udall. "Helping our citizens provide for th… Continue Reading


October 09, 2009

Town Hall with Tom in Gallup

GALLUP - In his continued effort to reach out to New Mexicans and provide an opportunity to learn about his work on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will host a Town Hall with Tom in Gallup on Monday, October 12, 2009. Senator Udall will provide an update on what he's doing for New Mexico in the U.S. Senate and will field questions on a variety of issues, including the importance of providing New Mexicans with quality, affordable access to health care. Since being elected to the Senate, Udal… Continue Reading


October 09, 2009

Udall Announces $$$ to Improve Scenic Roads in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. today announced that New Mexico will receive $365,000 in federal funding to improve scenic byways throughout the state. The funding comes from five U.S. Department of Transportation grants to help improve the travel experience along the roadways. "New Mexico's scenic byways allow us to share our culture and history with residents and visitors within the state and I am pleased this funding will help promote them," Udall said. New Mexico has 26 scenic by… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Udall Announces Resources for Homeless NM Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D- N.M. today announced the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope in Las Cruces will receive $180,750 to provide homeless veterans with shelter. The grant provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will fund 22 beds and one van. "Our veterans devoted their lives to taking care of us, and we have a moral obligation to ensure their care in return. With this funding, the Community of Hope will have additional resources to help get homeless veterans off the s… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Time Is Now to End Gender Discrimination in Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today backed his female Senate colleagues' call for health reform to end discriminative practices by insurers based on gender. The nine female senators came together this morning to highlight practices Udall wants to reform including denial of coverage to domestic violence survivors, charging higher premiums for women than men, and the exclusion of maternity care services. "As a husband, father, brother and son, I refuse to accept a health care system… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Udall, 29 Senators Push Public Option in Health Reform Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, and 29 fellow senators sent a letter to Senate leadership today urging the inclusion of a public health option in any health reform legislation that will be considered on the Senate floor. In the letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the senators expressed concern that without a competitive and robust public insurance option, health reform legislation will not produce nationwide access and ongoing cost containment. "Health reform is a… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Obama Administration Endorses Organ Mountains Bill

WASHINGTON - At a Senate hearing today, the Obama administration endorsed legislation written by U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall to protect the scenic landscape of the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County. The bill, called the Organ Mountains -Desert Peaks Wilderness Act, creates wilderness and conservation areas that would provide for continued public use while protecting the granite peaks of the Organ Mountains and the volcanic cinder cones of the Potrillo Mountains, among other… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

Los Alamos National Lab Receives $2 Million for Development of Solar Energy Technology

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will receive more than $2 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) to support the development of new solar energy technologies and the rapid development of available carbon-free solar energy systems. The funding is part of up to $87 million that will be made available by DOE to support solar energy development - $50 million of which will come from the American Recovery and Reinves… Continue Reading


October 07, 2009

Senate Approves Bill that Funds Projects at White Sands Missile Range and National Defense

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today voted to approve a spending bill that contains more than $45 million dollars to support national defense efforts, including work at White Sands Missile Range and various New Mexico universities. The Senate passed the fiscal year 2010 Defense Spending Bill (93-07); the measure must now be reconciled with the bill passed by the House of Representatives. "This spending bill funds projects in our state that are critical to our nation's def… Continue Reading


October 07, 2009

Udall Welcomes New Mexico Veterans at WWII Memorial

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today joined a group of more than 100 veterans from southern New Mexico at the national World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., to welcome them as they visited the memorial built in their honor, most for the first time. Click here to view photos of the visit. The group of World War II, Vietnam and Korean war veterans traveled in matching New Mexico yellow jackets as part of a trip organized by a national organization to bring veterans to see their me… Continue Reading


October 02, 2009

Corporation Receives Funding to Improve Homes in Colonias

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation will receive a $121,848 grant to repair and rehabilitate the homes of five low income families in the Colonias in Anthony. In addition, Tierra Del Sol will provide more than $300,000 from other sources to help with repairs. The funding, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Preservation Grant program, will help repair leaking roofs, plumbing and crumbling foundations. It will also be used … Continue Reading


October 01, 2009

Bingaman, Udall & Lujan Applaud Progress on Navajo-Gallup Pipeline Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Representative Ben Ray Lujan, today celebrated the latest milestones in implementing the Navajo-Gallup Pipeline Project. The New Mexico lawmakers joined Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor at a Capitol Hill signing ceremony making official the environmental impact statement for the project. Signing the Record of Decision was necessary to allow the project to move forward. The Navaj… Continue Reading


October 01, 2009

WESST to Receive $500,000 to Increase Affordable Lending Access

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST) in Albuquerque will receive $500,000 to provide access to affordable lending for low-income New Mexicans. The money is part of the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) program through the U.S. Treasury Department. "WESST's work to promote entrepreneurship by providing low-income New Mexicans with access to affordable lending is commendable and a great service to New Mexico. This new f… Continue Reading


October 01, 2009

Prevention Must be Cornerstone of Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today joined his fellow freshman senators on the floor of the U.S. Senate for the second in a series of speeches to highlight the need for health reform. In his remarks, Udall said that prevention must be a cornerstone of health reform in order for the United States to achieve success in "bending the cost curve" and reining in health care costs. Udall said that, in addition to clinical preventive services like mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol s… Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

Key Spending Bill Strongly Supports N.M. Labs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that a House-Senate panel has finalized a spending bill that supports New Mexico's two national laboratories, and a variety of key water-related projects. The 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill is now ready for final passage through the Senate and House of Representatives. The measure contains $20 million for upgrades to the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) - the only machine in the country that can do a series of d… Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

Udall Advocates for 'Do It All', 'Do It Right' Energy and Climate Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today called for the Senate to pass legislation that will put our nation on a path towards energy independence at a Capitol Hill press conference today to unveil the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. Click here for photos from the event. Udall joined Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, other senators, and a diverse coalition of military veterans, working Americans, business leaders, and environmental advocates to discuss the initiative to cre… Continue Reading


September 29, 2009

Senators: Balloons Heading Home for Fiesta

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported today that the thirteen special shape balloons being held by a Chinese company are at the airport and bound for the U.S. just in time for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Bingaman and Udall have both asked the Chinese Embassy in Washington to intervene. "This is terrific news for the thousands of New Mexicans and visitors to our state who are looking forward to Balloon Fiesta this year," Bingaman said. "I appreciate the… Continue Reading


September 29, 2009

NMSU to Receive $350,000 Grant to Fight Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced New Mexico State University will receive a $350,000 grant from the Department of Justice to combat domestic violence. The funds will be used to enhance the safety of child, teen and adult victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by supporting projects that are uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes. "Domestic violence remains a serious problem in New Mexico. This new funding will help give victim… Continue Reading


September 28, 2009

NM Organization Receives $500,000 to Expand Access to Home Loans on Native Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the Navajo Partnership for Housing Inc. in Gallup will receive almost $500,000 from the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) to increase access to home loans for Native families. The $470,000, which was awarded by the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) program, will allow the Navajo Partnership for Housing to expand access to home mortgages, home improvement, interim construction loans and deve… Continue Reading


September 28, 2009

NM Gets Almost $900,000 to Improve 911 Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $900,000 to upgrade the state's E-911 technology so that emergency responders can more quickly locate people who call 911 from wireless or Internet-connected phones. The $888,893 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow New Mexico to improve its current emergency response system to account for the large increase of emergency calls originating from cell phones or Internet… Continue Reading

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