Press Releases

June 03, 2009

Udall Calls on Senate to Protect Kids from Tobacco

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today urged his Senate colleagues to pass the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which would allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. Below is Udall's statement from the Senate floor. Click here to see video of Udall's speech. "Madam President, I rise today to support the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. I want to start by thanking Senator Kennedy and all of those who have fought for l… Continue Reading


June 01, 2009

N.M. Senators Encourage New Mexico Communities to Apply for Limited Opportunity Fire Station Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today encouraged New Mexico communities to take advantage of a limited opportunity to apply for fire station construction grants. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is funding a new $210 million grant program aimed at helping communities build or renovate fire stations. All non-federal fire departments and state and local governments that fund or operate fire stations are eligible to apply for the funds through the D… Continue Reading


May 26, 2009

Udall Reponds to Nomination of Sotomayor for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court: "In many respects Judge Sonia Sotomayor's credentials to ascend to the United States Supreme Court are reminiscent of many other Justices who have followed the same path. "A high school valedictorian, Sotomayor attended Princeton University before entering Yale Law School, then becoming a respected prosecutor and … Continue Reading


May 22, 2009

NM Senators: New Mexico to Recieve Funding to Help Protect Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Attorney General's Office is set to receive $488,527 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help prevent and investigate crimes against children. "New Mexico will put this funding to good use to help keep kids safe," Bingaman said. "I am glad to see the Department of Justice is sending recovery dollars to our state to help keep New Mexico's Children safe from online predators. Children … Continue Reading


May 22, 2009

Sen. Udall's Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

Santa Fe, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall will participate in four public events in Farmington and Santa Fe this Memorial Day weekend. All events are open to the media.On Saturday, May 23rd, Senator Udall will help dedicate a new fountain at the 23rd annual River Fest in Farmington, N.M. The River Fest is an annual event to celebrate the joining of Farmington's three rivers - San Juan, Animas and La Plata. The fountain will be interactive and made of 45 water jets shaped like a river. Later that d… Continue Reading


May 22, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Legislation to Settle Aamodt Water Dispute

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at settling a decades old water dispute over water rights claims in the Rio Pojoaque. The legislation authorizes a settlement of the claims being pursued by the Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque Pueblos in the Rio Pojoaque basin north of Santa Fe. It is based on years of extensive negotiations between many parties, including Indian, local, state and federal parties. The bill, called t… Continue Reading


May 22, 2009

On Memorial Day, Udall Honors America's Fallen Soldiers

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement honoring Memorial Day: "Memorial Day is different from the many other occasions we use to honor America's soldiers and veterans. Today is-first and foremost-a day of mourning. Today we remember and honor those who have been taken from us while defending us-those who gave the last full measure of devotion for a country and a cause. "When we remember the stories of our fallen soldiers, it is often with bittersweet … Continue Reading


May 21, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Resolution Requiring Public Health Care Choice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today joined 26 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution that would require a public health insurance option in any piece of health care reform legislation. The resolution would help ensure a choice of affordable health plans for Americans who are unemployed, or who live in rural and other traditionally underserved areas."President Obama has made health care reform a top priority for the country. Our goal now is to provide meaningful … Continue Reading


May 20, 2009

Udall: Farmington Native Larry Echo Hawk Approved Unanimously for BIA

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that the Senate has unanimously approved Larry Echo Hawk, a Farmington native, to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs heads the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Udall had urged support for Echo Hawk in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "Larry knows the law well enough to understand what is possible," said Udall. "But more importantly, he has… Continue Reading


May 20, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Recovery Package Brings Additional $5.6 Million to New Mexico Airports

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will receive $5.6 million from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for projects at airports in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Conchas Lake. DOT had previously provided $16.5 million for New Mexico airports under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.The City of Albuquerque will receive $2.5 million to reconstruct a runway at the Double Eagle II airport. The Las Cruces International Airport will re… Continue Reading


May 19, 2009

Udall-Backed Credit Card Bill Passes Senate

Click here to see Udall Fighting for the bill's passage. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today applauded Senate passage of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, by a vote of 90 to 5. The legislation Udall fought to pass seeks to stop several unfair or dishonest practices used by some credit card companies. It also requires greater disclosure of credit card terms and prevents card companies from raising rates unfairly or retroactively. "This legislation is … Continue Reading


May 19, 2009

Udall Statement Supporting the President's Plan for Better Fuel Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., released the following statement today commending President Barack Obama on his call for improved federal vehicle efficiency (CAFE) standards. "The President's call to make vehicles more fuel efficient than ever before is the type of bold, aggressive energy initiative our nation needs to save Americans money and boost our energy security by reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. For far too long our fuel efficiency standards have stayed t… Continue Reading


May 14, 2009

Senators Draw Attention to Mysterious Illness Afflicting New Mexico Hispanics

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed legislation introduced by Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., to take a first step towards boosting research and education efforts related to Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM), a relatively unknown illness more prevalent among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group. Udall's resolution expresses the U.S. Senate's recognition of the critical need to increase research, awareness and education about CCM. Udall was joined by Senator Jeff Bingaman in int… Continue Reading


May 14, 2009

Udall Fights to Protect New Mexicans from Predatory Credit Card Practices

WASHINGTON - While President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting in Rio Rancho pushing for credit card reform, U.S. Senator Tom Udall was fighting for the passage of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act in the Senate. This legislation stops unfair or dishonest practices used by some credit card corporations and requires greater disclosure of credit card terms. It also prevents card companies from raising rates unfairly or retroactively. "Credit card debt i… Continue Reading


May 14, 2009

Udall's EPW Committee Approves Boost for States's Clean Water Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today reported that the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) unanimously approved legislation that would boost New Mexico's payments under the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Funds. Udall, a member of the committee, advocated for the legislation to provide the state with $24 million for the next fiscal year and $150 million over the next five. The state received $3.5 million in fiscal year 2008. Clean … Continue Reading


May 12, 2009

Udall Reminds Consumers of Digital Television Transition on June 12, 2009

WASHINGTON - One month from today, the United States is scheduled to make the transition to digital television (DTV). This will modernize our airwaves and make part of the analog spectrum available for public safety officers and innovative commercial use. On June 12, full-power television stations across the country will stop broadcasting in analog and switch to digital signals. Consumers using antennas or "rabbit ears" to watch free over-the-air television are at risk of losing their receptio… Continue Reading


May 08, 2009

Udall and Lujan Call for Smart Grid System That Works for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján are asking Energy Secretary Steven Chu to change the guidelines that dictate how funding for Smart Grid initiatives will be allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In a letter to the Secretary, the lawmakers propose changes that would make Smart Grid funding programs more flexible and more accessible to states, like New Mexico, that would like to initiate ambitious and innovative Smart Gr… Continue Reading


May 07, 2009

Udall Statement on President's Budget Proposal for NM Labs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., released the following statement today on the budget for New Mexico's national laboratories under President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) proposal: "The President's budget proposal looks towards the future of our nuclear stockpile. Under the proposal, the core missions at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories hold relatively stable in preparation for the completion of the Nuclear Posture Review that will determine his administration's o… Continue Reading


May 07, 2009

Udall Backs Farmington Native Larry Echo Hawk to Lead BIA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today spoke on behalf of Larry Echo Hawk-a Farmington native who is President Barack Obama's nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior-at a nomination hearing held by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs heads the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). "BIA needs a leader who combines deep knowledge of Indian issues, a powerful and creative intellect, and compassio… Continue Reading


May 06, 2009

Congressional Delegation Announces $87 Million in Recovery Funds for New Mexico's Seniors & Vets

Washington, DC-Wednesday, the New Mexico Congressional delegation announced that approximately $87.12 million in funding from the Economic Recovery Package will go to seniors, veterans and railroad retirees in New Mexico. The Economic Recovery Package provides for a $250 economic recovery payment to be made to Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Veterans Disability, and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. "Providing a $250 boost to nearly 300,000 New Mexicans will enable them to pa… Continue Reading

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