Press Releases

May 06, 2011

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that his office has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies for the class of 2016. In a YouTube video for prospective nominees across New Mexico, Udall provided information about the process of applying to an academy. To watch the video, click here. "One of my duties as United States Senator is nominating outstanding young people from New Mexico to our nation's military service academies," said Ud… Continue Reading

May 05, 2011

Udall Amendment to Improve Pipeline Safety Passes Committee

WASHINGTON - An amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) to improve pipeline safety in rural areas was reported out of the Senate Commerce Committee today. The amendment was included in the larger Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011 (S. 275) which also passed committee on a unanimous voice vote. In August 2000, a severely corroded natural gas transmission line exploded outside of Carlsbad killing 12 members of several related families camping near the Pecos River.… Continue Reading

May 04, 2011


As you've no doubt heard, President Obama announced this week that Osama bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan. Bin Laden epitomized the terror that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, citizens across the globe share in a sense of relief and justice with all those who lost loved ones at his hands. Our heartfelt congratulations belong to the intelligence personnel, military forces and our Commander-In-Chief for bringing this long manhunt to a close. We also re… Continue Reading

May 04, 2011

Bill Would Improve Safety of Roads on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced a measure to renew a program that aims to improve the safety of roads that serve the Navajo Nation that are used as school bus routes. Senator Tom Udall is a cosponsor of the bill. The condition of roads on the Navajo Nation has long been a problem. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), of the 9,700 miles of public roads that serve the Navajo Nation, only about one-third are paved. The remaining 6,500 miles are dirt roads. Nea… Continue Reading

May 04, 2011

Whitfield, Udall Introduce Legislation to End Doping of Race Horses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01) and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced the 'Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011,' to end the use of performance enhancing drugs in the sport of horseracing. The industry's permissive medication rules have resulted in some unscrupulous trainers giving horses painkillers and other drugs to improve their chances of success without regard for health or safety. This can mean that horses run as fast as possible without feeling the pain … Continue Reading

May 02, 2011

Udall: Killing of Bin Laden “Momentous Achievement” for America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the killing of Osama Bin Laden: Osama Bin Laden epitomized the terror that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, citizens across the globe share in a sense of relief and justice with the Americans who lost loved ones at his hands. Our heartfelt congratulations belong to the intelligence personnel, military forces and Commander-In-Chief for bringi… Continue Reading

April 14, 2011

Udall Statement on FY11 Budget Compromise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement on today's vote to pass the remaining budget for fiscal year 2011: "I certainly don't agree with everything in this budget resolution but it's the best agreement that could be reached in order to prevent a government shutdown and the major economic damage it would cause. New Mexico has a one of the highest percentages of federal employees in the nation, including families who continue our state's strong tradition of milit… Continue Reading

April 14, 2011

Udall Invites Las Cruces Mayor Pro-Tem to Testify at Senate Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Las Cruces City Councilor and Mayor Pro-Tem Sharon Thomas to Washington today to testify before his Environment and Public Works Committee on the importance of surface transportation for New Mexico communities. Click here to watch Thomas' testimony. Click here for a photo of Senator Udall and Thomas. Udall, a member of the committee, invited Thomas to participate in the panel to ensure that New Mexico priorities are being addressed as the Safe Accoun… Continue Reading

April 12, 2011

Tom Udall Leads Bipartisan Group in Introducing RECA Amendments Act of 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2011, which would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests. Senator Udall was joined in introducing the legislation by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mark Udall (D-CO), James Risch (R-ID), and Michael Bennet (D-CO). Companion legislation w… Continue Reading

April 11, 2011

Pueblo of Laguna Receives $2 Million for Water and Waste Disposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the Pueblo of Laguna will receive two grants totaling $2 million to improve the Pueblo's sewer infrastructure. The grants - worth $1 million each - are made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development Native American Set-Aside grant program. "Like many of our Native communities, the Pueblo of Laguna faces the dual challenge of outdated and overused water and waste disposal systems," Udall said. "The Pue… Continue Reading

April 08, 2011

Udall: Government Shutdown Could Impede New Mexico Wildfire Prevention and Containment

WASHINGTON - With New Mexico's wildfire season gearing up, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today warned that a federal government shutdown would make it more difficult for the state to prevent and contain fires due of the furlough of thousands of Department of Interior (DOI) and Forest Service workers. To hear more from Udall on how New Mexico could be impacted by a shutdown, click here. DOI is responsible for the management of federal lands, including National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, an… Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Udall Statement on Potential Federal Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the consequences of a government shutdown for New Mexico: "A government shutdown would be a raw deal for the people of New Mexico. To put it in perspective, as of February, our state's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent. A government shutdown could increase that by almost half. That's the equivalent of half the population of Las Cruces - nearly 50,000 people -- all being furloughed on the same day. "The American… Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Prevent Youth Suicide

WASHINGTON, DC- In an effort to prevent youth suicide and reach out to young people who need mental health services, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011. The reauthorization will help improve access to counseling for at-risk teens and promote the development of statewide suicide early intervention and prevention strategies. It will also increase federal fundi… Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Udall, Bingaman Want Military Paid in Event of Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman joined a bipartisan group of senators today in cosponsoring the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 (S. 724) to assure that military personnel continue to be paid in the event of a government shutdown. The lawmakers urged efforts to prevent a shutdown of government operations, but stressed that a contingency plan must be in place for America's service men and women. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ka… Continue Reading

April 06, 2011

A Real Chance for Renewable Energy

The idea has been passed by the Senate numerous times. The House has passed it again and again, too. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have setup versions of it, and yet, a Renewable Energy Standard (RES) still isn't on the books at the national level. This Congress, I hope we can change that. Today my cousin, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, joined me to re-introduce our legislation for a federal RES requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar… Continue Reading

April 06, 2011

Tom Udall, Mark Udall Introduce Renewable Energy Standard Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today continued their fight to enact a federal Renewable Energy Standard (RES) by introducing legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. The bill would set the first national threshold for utilities to provide a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources - with a 6 percent requirement by 2013, followed by gr… Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Udall Statement on 1099 Repeal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today on the Senate's passage of H.R. 4, a measure to repeal the 1099 reporting responsibility for small business under the new health care law: "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in New Mexico and around the nation. Revising the new health reform law to eliminate the 1099 reporting requirement will eliminate this burden for owners, helping them spend more time on their business, and not on paperwork. I loo… Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Udall Introduces “Bill Shock” Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced legislation to help limit cell phone "bill shock" that occurs when cellular customers unwittingly exceed their monthly limits for voice minutes, text messages, or data usage. The Cell Phone Bill Shock Act of 2011 would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue a rule that would require cell phone companies to notify their customers via text or email when they have used 80 percent of their monthly limit of voice minute… Continue Reading

April 01, 2011

Udall: $1.9 Million for Head Start Programs in San Juan, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that Presbyterian Medical Services will receive $1.9 million for Head Start projects that focus on child welfare, healthy development and preparation for kindergarten. The funding is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Families in our rural communities often have fewer child care options and rely on programs like those from Presbyterian Medical Services," Udall said. "At a time when future f… Continue Reading

March 31, 2011

Our Environmental Laws are Public Health Laws

The Clean Air Act has been a standard for successful public health policy for more than 40 years. Signed into law by President Nixon with strong bipartisan support for decades, this law has helped keep the air we breathe free from pollution. Just last year, the law protected American families from 1.7 million asthma attacks, 130,000 heart attacks and 86,000 emergency room visits. Despite the Environmental Protection Agency's best efforts, in New Mexico alone, over 170,000 residents still suffer … Continue Reading

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