Press Releases

June 24, 2009

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Call on EPA to Support Biodiesel, Save Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are asking Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to act now "to protect the 29,000 jobs biodiesel provides and preserve the future benefits of this renewable fuel." In a letter to Jackson, the New Mexico lawmakers cite recent reports that show, "the U.S. biodiesel industry is in a state of crisis," but say this trend could be reversed today if the EPA implements an interim… Continue Reading

June 22, 2009

Udall Celebrates Obama Signing Tobacco Control Bill into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today applauded President Barack Obama for signing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law. As New Mexico Attorney General, Udall successfully sued the tobacco industry and in Congress has been a strong proponent of legislation to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products. Click here to see his speech from the Senate floor, urging passage of this bill. "After more than a decade of fighting to prot… Continue Reading

June 22, 2009

Udall Praises Hilary Tompkins' Confirmation as Solicitor General

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement praising last night's confirmation of New Mexican Hilary Tompkins as Solicitor General for the U.S. Department of Interior: "Hilary has the expertise and the experience to excel as the Interior Department's Solicitor General. As a prosecutor, a practicing attorney and the first Native American Chief Counsel to New Mexico's governor, Hilary showed her ability to master the difficult areas of the law that an Inter… Continue Reading

June 22, 2009

Congressional Delegation Announces More than $213 Million Available to Support, Reform New Mexico Schools

WASHINGTON -New Mexico's Congressional delegation today announced that $213 million is now available for state schools and education through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding will be dedicated to help save teaching jobs and support state and local efforts to reform and improve the public education system in the state. New Mexico has already received $97 million in education stimulus funds - representing a combination of funding for Title I, the Individuals with Disabilities… Continue Reading

June 17, 2009

Udall Honors Army Spc. Christopher Kurth With Senate Chamber Speech

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D- N.M., today honored the life and memory of Alamogordo Army Spc. Christopher Kurth who lost his life to a grenade attack in Iraq on June 4. Below is the text of Udall's Senate Chamber tribute. Click HERE to see a video of the Udall's speech. "I rise today to honor a proud son of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Army Specialist Chris Kurth died last Thursday, June 4, after his vehicle was struck by an anti-tank grenade. He was 23 years old. "In Iraq, Chris was resp… Continue Reading

June 17, 2009

Udall Commends Bingaman on Committee Passage of Renewable Electricity Standard

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today applauded the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, under the extraordinary and diligent leadership of Chairman Jeff Bingaman, for concluding weeks of legislative mark-up and producing comprehensive energy legislation that includes a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). In the Senate, Udall has introduced similar legislation to set an RES of 25 percent by 2025, the same goal called for by President Barack Obama. As a member of t… Continue Reading

June 17, 2009

Udall Marks Legacy of Three Navajo Code Talkers in Senate Floor Speech

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today honored the legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers and celebrated the service of three who have passed away in the last month. Willie Begay, Thomas Claw and John Brown, Jr. were celebrated on the Senate floor for their dedication and service to America during World War II. Below is the text of Udall's speech and to watch the video click HERE. "Mr. President, I rise today to mark a solemn moment for the Navajo Nation and for our country."In the past m… Continue Reading

June 16, 2009

Feds Will Back Bonds to Allow N.M. Communities to Finance Economic Development Projects

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico congressional delegation today confirmed that the U.S. Treasury Department will underwrite millions of dollars worth of bonds, allowing communities throughout New Mexico to borrow capital at low interest rates to fund economic development projects. The announced bonding authority flows from the Recovery Zone Economic Development Bond program, which Congress created in February in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These bonds allow state and local governme… Continue Reading

June 16, 2009

Udall: Roswell to Receive More Than $1.6 Million to Repair Airport

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that Roswell International Air Center will be receiving $1,632,326.00 to repair two taxiways. More than $1 million was provided according to a federal funding formula, and an additional $540,000 was awarded at the discretion of the U.S. Department of Transportation. "With this support, Roswell can put its citizens to work on a project that will help local businesses and contribute to America's national defense," said Udall. "This is… Continue Reading

June 12, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Announce Job Training Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Tohatchi Area of Opportunity & Services, Inc. will receive $699,600 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide employment skills to local youth.Funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Labor's YouthBuild grant program, which provides job training and educational opportunities for young adults ages 16-24."YouthBuild provides young people with the education and training they need to en… Continue Reading

June 11, 2009

Senate Clears Udall-Backed Bill to Rein in Tobacco Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today hailed Senate passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, legislation which allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products. Udall, a long-time advocate of such legislation who last week urged his Senate colleagues to support the measure, called the passage a critical step in protecting the health of America's children and families. "I do not understand why the FDA can regulate Tylenol, but it can… Continue Reading

June 11, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: New Mexico to Receive $3.16 Million in Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded news that New Mexico will receive millions of dollars in federal assistance to provide career training, and employment and case management services to workers who have lost their jobs due to outsourcing or international trade. New Mexico is slated to receive a total of $3.16 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) funding from the U.S. Department of Labor. TAA provides aid - such as unemployment insurance, funds for retr… Continue Reading

June 11, 2009

Postponed: Udall Meeting With Judge Sonia Sotomayor

WASHINGTON - The office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., said today that the Senator's meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been postponed until Tuesday, June 16, to allow her time to begin preparing for upcoming Judiciary hearings. "The Senate Judiciary Committee has set the schedule for Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings to begin on July 13, and her schedule has been adjusted to allow her time to prepare," said Udall spokeswoman, Marissa Padilla. "Senator Udall… Continue Reading

June 11, 2009

Bingaman, Udall & Teague Announce $2.5 Million for Woody Biomass Project in Lincoln National Forest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall joined U.S. Representative Harry Teague today to announce that the Mescalero Apache Tribe will receive $2.5 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a Woody Biomass Energy Development project. The project will develop a wood pellet production plant and a 6 mega-watt power plant in conjunction with the Mescalero Apache Tribe's sawmill. The funding will help protect the Lincoln National Forest, which is one of the most th… Continue Reading

June 10, 2009

Udall To Host Portales Town Hall And Celebrate Old Fort Days In Fort Sumner This Weekend

Portales, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall will make stops in Portales and Fort Sumner this weekend. Friday, Udall will host a town hall meeting at Eastern New Mexico University from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. He will discuss and take questions about the challenges and achievements of the first six months of the 111th Congress. In addition, Udall will distribute his new GI Bill Resource and Application Guide to Post-9/11 veterans or their family members who are in attendance. The Veterans' Administratio… Continue Reading

June 09, 2009

Udall: Digital Television Transition Just Three Days Away

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. today reminded New Mexico TV consumers that this Friday, June 12, is the day the United States will transition to digital television (DTV). On that day, all full power television stations will stop broadcasting in analog signal and begin broadcasting on digital airwaves. Consumers using antennas or "rabbit ears" to watch free, over-the-air television must obtain a digital converter box or risk losing reception after the transition occurs. Consumers w… Continue Reading

June 05, 2009

Udall to Meet With Judge Sonia Sotomayor

WASHINGTON - The office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., confirmed today that the Senator will be meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor next Thursday, June 11. "Judge Sotomayor has an extraordinary breadth of legal experience, and I look forward to hearing more about her judicial philosophy and how she views her potential role on the Supreme Court when we meet on Thursday," said Udall. "Additionally, as I have said from the beginning, I hope the continued debate surroundin… Continue Reading

June 05, 2009

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $90 Million in Loan Guarantees for New Mexico Rural Electric

WASHINGTON -New Mexico's Congressional delegation today announced that three rural electric cooperatives that serve New Mexico will be receiving more than $90 million in guaranteed loans to help build and improve electricity distribution lines."The loans approved today will help expand electrical services to more New Mexicans," said Senator Jeff Bingaman. "I am pleased the federal government is making this important investment in our state.""These funds will put New Mexicans to work ensuring tha… Continue Reading

June 04, 2009

Udall Thrilled With Succes of Rail Runner Express

WASHINGTON - New Mexico's Rail Runner Express hit a milestone yesterday; carrying its 2 millionth rider. U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., who is a member of two key committees dealing with transportation issues and would like to see further expansion of the Rail Runner, celebrated the milestone. "This is an exciting achievement for the Rail Runner and New Mexico. The Rail Runner is a good example of how New Mexicans are using public transportation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and h… Continue Reading

June 03, 2009

N.M. Congressional Delegation Announces $3.6 Million to Improve Access to Wilderness Areas in Catron

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representative Harry Teague, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is releasing $3.6 million from the economic recovery package to reconstruct a road that bisects two wilderness areas in Catron County. The lawmakers reported that the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will reconstruct 48 miles of road bisecting the Gila Wilderness and Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The project will improve safety for t… Continue Reading

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