Press Releases

September 09, 2009

Udall Lauds Passage of Tourism Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today lauded the passage of legislation to increase the number of foreign tourists who visit the United States and New Mexico. The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (S. 1023), which Udall cosponsored, will establish a nationally-coordinated travel promotion program to accurately communicate America's travel policies and promote international travel to all areas of the United States. "This legislation will allow New Mexico and the rest of the United States to… Continue Reading


September 09, 2009

Udall Statement on Joint Session Address on Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M, issued the following statement today on President Obama's joint address to congress on the importance of reforming health insurance reform: "President Obama has made it very clear that we have a responsibility to act now to improve access and the affordability to health insurance for the American people, and I agree. One in four New Mexicans today is uninsured and just one major accident away from bankruptcy. While insurance companies continue to reap … Continue Reading


September 04, 2009

New Mexico to Receive $1.3 Million for Energy Efficiency Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced the Department of Energy is releasing $1.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to six counties and cities in New Mexico. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grants (EECBG) can be used to help communities improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and create local green jobs. Activities eligible for EECBG funding include energy audits and building retrofit… Continue Reading


August 26, 2009

Tribal Communities to Receive Funding to Support Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Department of Justice released $1.2 million to four New Mexico tribes to support Native American law enforcement agencies. The funding will provide for the salary and benefits of additional officers as well as the purchasing of basic equipment, crime fighting technology systems, and training. "This funding is very important to New Mexico's Native American communities. It means more jobs, safer streets and Tribal communities that are ta… Continue Reading


August 26, 2009

Udall Statement on Edward M. Kennedy

Santa Fe, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement mourning the passing and praising the life of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy: "Senator Edward Kennedy committed his life to fighting for Americans who could not fight for themselves. His tireless drive to provide access to health care, civil rights, and improve education for all will forever serve as a model for true public service. He never gave up on accomplishing these goals and upholding the values of compromise … Continue Reading


August 18, 2009

Town Halls with Tom & Udall Serving YoU Open Office Hours

ALBUQUERQUE - 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 be hosting four Town Halls with Tom and Udall Serving YoU Open Office Hours. 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. By the close of the Au… Continue Reading


August 13, 2009

New Tax Credit Will Encourage Green Collar Jobs in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Departments of Treasury and Energy have outlined plans for how manufacturers of green energy technology can access $2.3 billion in tax credits to create new U.S. jobs. The credit, authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is intended to help stimulate America's economy by making the United States a more attractive location for manufacturers of solar, wind and other green technologies. This $2.3 billi… Continue Reading


August 11, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Announce More Than $11 Million in Housing Funds for N.M. Pueblos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that six New Mexico pueblos will share more than $11 million in grant funding to improve housing. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "This major investment in Indian Country will help ensure there is ample affordable, quality housing for New Mexicans," Bingaman said. "Improving the living conditions and quality of housing in our native communities will create desperately needed jobs on tribal l… Continue Reading


August 06, 2009

Udall Hails Confirmation of New Justice Sonia Sotomayor

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement hailing the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Now, Justice Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and just the third woman to ascend our nation's highest court: "In my first opportunity to confirm a justice to our nation's highest court, I am proud to have cast my vote in favor of as distinguished an individual as Sonia Sotomayor. "We have all had the opportunity to hear Justice S… Continue Reading


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

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