Press Releases

July 20, 2010

Bingaman, Udall & Teague Introduce Bill to Support FLETC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Representative Harry Teague, today introduced legislation that will allow the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to expand its outdoor training facilities on Bureau of Land Management lands. The bill (S. 3616) would reserve about 2,700 acres of BLM land for use by FLETC. FLETC currently has multiple agreements with BLM to use 1,500 acres of the land, but those agreements each have their own stipulations a… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Offer Assistance in Preserving Paolo Soleri Amphitheater

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are offering their assistance in preserving the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe, should the All Indian Pueblo Council and the Santa Fe Indian School decide to do so. In a letter to Joe Garcia, chairman of the AIPC, and Everett Chavez, superintendent of the SFIS, the Senators point to amphitheater's historic nature and value to the Santa Fe community as reasons to preserve it. A text of the letter follows: Dear Chairman Garcia and Mr.… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Udall Lauds Passage of Sweeping Wall Street Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the sweeping Wall Street reform legislation: "Today, the United States Senate took action to prevent the same financial regulatory failures that led our nation to the brink of economic collapse from occurring again. We passed a bill that will end taxpayer bailouts of firms that are 'too-big-to-fail' and instead sets up a process of safe liquidation. Additionally, we have put strong meas… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Tom Udall, Merkley, Carper and Bennet Introduce Oil Independence Bill for a Stronger America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley, Tom Carper and Michael Bennet introduced legislation today to achieve American oil independence, strengthen national security, and create jobs. The Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act will set into law the goal of achieving independence from overseas oil in the next 20 years and a specific plan for achieving it. By committing America to developing a robust clean energy economy, the legislation would create new jobs while eliminating t… Continue Reading

July 14, 2010

Udall, Polis Introduce Resolutions Honoring Conservationist Jane Goodall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) today introduced joint resolutions in the Senate and House honoring the achievements of world-renowned conservationist and primatologist Jane Goodall, who 50 years ago today stepped into what is now Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park to begin her landmark research on chimpanzees. The resolutions honor the "Educational and Scientific Significance of Dr. Jane Goodall on the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of… Continue Reading

July 14, 2010

Helping Vets Cope with PTSD

Army Col. Michael J. Roy, left, who oversees the exposure therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, conducts a demonstration of a life-like simulator that represents a new form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment with Army Sgt. Lenearo Ashford, Technical Services Branch, Uniformed Services University, on Sept. 16, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Defense Dept. photo by John J. Kruzel via Flickr The scale of the service and sacrifice that we ask of our Armed Forces is hard to imagine. They wor… Continue Reading

July 13, 2010

Bingaman, Udall & Teague Announce $10 Million for Santa Teresa Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representative Harry Teague, today announced that the Santa Teresa Port of Entry will receive $10 million to make infrastructure improvements. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "Improvements to the Santa Teresa Port of Entry will help increase trade and foster economic growth in our state. The funding awarded today is an investment in the area's economic development," said Bingaman, who met with Border… Continue Reading

July 13, 2010

Artesia & Albuquerque Awarded Recovery Act Funds for Water-Related Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $434,640 contract to rehabilitate two artesian wells in Artesia, and a $362,223 contract to construct a security fence and vehicle access improvements at the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Sanctuary in Albuquerque's South Valley. The funding for both projects comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The artesian wells produce water for ponds that benefit migratory waterf… Continue Reading

July 12, 2010

Watch the New Udall Update

Now you have another way to stay in-the-loop on what I'm doing for New Mexico as your U.S. senator. The Udall Update is a new television show available on your local public access station and online here. The Udall Update gives you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into our nation's capital. In each program, you can expect great interviews, stories, or tours that give you information about Capitol Hill, a unique look at my work in Washington and in-depth analysis of the important issues tha… Continue Reading

July 12, 2010

Tom Udall Launches 'Udall Update' Television Show

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the launch of "The Udall Update," a public access television series providing information about his work in the U.S. Senate. The series' 30-minute episodes will be released periodically, providing viewers with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the nation's capital. "You can expect great interviews, news stories, and tours that give you unique information about Capitol Hill, a fresh look at my work in Washington and in-depth analysis of … Continue Reading

July 08, 2010

Udall: ABQ to Receive $6.7 Million to Build Transit Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the City of Albuquerque transit department will receive $6,722,800 to build the Montaño Intermodal Center which will provide a new connection between ABQ Ride buses and the Rail Runner Express. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Transportation. "As gas prices inevitably fluctuate, and working families take steps to save money and conserve energy, access to public transportation is essential. This funding will all… Continue Reading

July 08, 2010

Udall, Whitehouse Introduce Legislation to Address Nation’s Water Quality Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have introduced legislation to help address the nation's water quality challenges by encouraging the research, development and promotion of new technologies and designs that use natural processes to combat polluted stormwater runoff. The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act would establish up to five regional centers of excellence that would spearhead the research and development of new stormwater management techniques, w… Continue Reading

July 01, 2010

What Health Reform Means for You

When Congress passed health reform in March, I wrote about how the law would begin providing benefits for New Mexicans within months of its passage. Those benefits are starting now. Here are just a few examples of how the new law is helping: 25,000 New Mexicans with Medicare hit the prescription drug "doughnut hole" last year. Last month, the first beneficiaries who hit the gap this year received a $250 rebate check to help with their expenses. 25,700 New Mexico small businesses could qualif… Continue Reading

June 30, 2010

Senate Committee Discusses Valles Caldera Preserve

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today chaired a hearing to discuss legislation he and Senator Tom Udall wrote to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service. A Senate hearing is the first step toward Congressional passage. The Senators' bill - which was before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today -- directs the Park Service to take over management in a way that protects the Preserve's natural and cultural resources. Hu… Continue Reading

June 29, 2010

$6.41 Million to Cities for New Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that airports in Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell will receive $6.41 million for runway rehabilitation, including the installation of new perimeter fencing and runway and taxiway markings. "These airports provide dependable and safe air travel for the people of New Mexico and tourists alike," said Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "These investments will improve the safety and conditions of our stat… Continue Reading

June 25, 2010

Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Hearing on RECA Amendments Act of 2010

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on the recently introduced Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2010, which would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living near atomic weapons tests. Senator Udall was joined in the letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL… Continue Reading

June 25, 2010

UNM to Receive More Than $21 Million for Clinical and Translational Science Center

WASHIINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that the University of New Mexico Health Science Center has been named a federal Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), a designation that comes with $21 million in awards over five years, establishes UNMHSC as a key national research center, and will create more than 100 stable, high-paying jobs in New Mexico. This federal designation - the first regional CTSC in the southwest - will greatly enhance UNMHSC's ability to recru… Continue Reading

June 24, 2010

$4 Million for Clovis Airport Runway Expansion

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the Clovis Municipal Airport will receive $4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway extension construction. In 2006 Clovis Municipal Airport conducted an Airport Action Plan, which found that Runway 22 was too short to accommodate increased jet traffic. Since 2006, the airport has been working to expand the runway to 7,200 feet in order to allow for regional jet service. "With the expansion of Cannon Air Force Base and t… Continue Reading

June 23, 2010

A Hold-Up in the Senate

The Senate Rules Committee continued its series of hearings examining the filibuster and other forms of obstruction in the Senate today with testimony from two great panels on secret holds and the nominations process. A secret hold happens when a Senator anonymously prevents a piece of legislation or a nominee from getting a vote on the Senate floor. It's not transparent and it's just one more example of how manipulation of the Rules continues to foster a level of gridlock and obstruction unlik… Continue Reading

June 23, 2010

'Secret Holds' Illustrate Need for Constitutional Option

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today argued in a Senate committee hearing that rising abuse of "secret holds" to obstruct key nominations and legislation further underscores the need for his proposal to reform the Senate rules in accordance with the Constitution. To watch Udall's remarks, click here and here. Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, continued his push for the Constitutional Option during the third in a series of hearings by the committee on filibuster reform… Continue Reading

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