Press Releases

March 31, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Raise Amendment to Secure U.S. Borders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today joined with a bipartisan coalition to propose a significant boost in funding for U.S. efforts to fight violence caused by Mexican drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexican border. The proposal was offered as an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 13) along with Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME). The amendment calls… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

Udall Introduces Legislation to Make Skies, Roads Safer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today introduced legislation supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) that would require airlines to train employees and gate attendants on recognizing and dealing with intoxicated or belligerent passengers. To watch Udall's introduction speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate Chamber, click here. Current federal regulations prohibit an intoxicated person from boarding a flight, but it is not … Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

Udall Urges Energy Secretary to Support Broader Mission for NNSA Labs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu asking him to support a future vision of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) labs that expands their mission into additional areas of national security. The letter to Secretary Chu follows their conversations regarding future plans for the NNSA, including both Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. "Focusing on their national security enterprise… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

Obama Signs Udall Sabinoso Wilderness Bill into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today proudly joined President Barack Obama as he signed into law an omnibus lands package that includes legislation to designate more than 16,000 acres of land in San Miguel County as wilderness. The new wilderness area, the Sabinoso, will now be open for grazing, hunting and other recreational uses. Udall, who authored the Sabinoso Wilderness Act in the House, and Senator Jeff Bingaman, who championed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, both a… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Sabinoso Wilderness Legislation Now Headed to President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Legislation to designate more than 17,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness is now headed to President Obama to sign into law. The public lands package, including the Sabinoso Wilderness Act, passed the House today by a vote of 285 - 140. Senator Tom Udall, who authored the Sabinoso bill when he served in the House, and Senator Jeff Bingaman, who included it in his package of public land bills, lauded its advancement. "The Sabinoso is a spectacular piece of land with abund… Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

Udall Encourages New Mexicans to Apply for DTV Coupons

WASHINGTION­-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexicans can apply for coupons to help pay for digital television converter boxes. TV viewers using antennas and older TVs will need converter boxes in order to watch TV after the June 12, 2009, deadline for digital TV. According to recent surveys, New Mexico is less prepared than other states for the upcoming transition to digital television. Because of funding included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, t… Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: NM to Receive Over $4 Million in Veterans Affairs Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will benefit from over $4 million through the Veterans Administration as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The recovery funding will be used to make needed investments at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and for improvements at the Santa Fe and Ft. Bayard veterans' cemeteries. In addition, the Senators announced that New Mexico veterans may also be eligible to receive … Continue Reading


March 20, 2009

Senator Udall Announces New Mexico State Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today proudly announced that Bianca Ortiz Wertheim will serve as his state director. A native New Mexican, Ortiz Wertheim has a wide range of public service and government experience on the state and local level. "Throughout her career, Bianca has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of New Mexico," said Udall. "She has developed a unique array of experiences working on behalf of the people and state she loves and … Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

Senate Again Passes Udall Proposal to Create Sabinoso Wilderness Area

WASHINGTON - By a vote of 77-20, the U.S. Senate today passed legislation to designate more than 17,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness. The Sabinoso Wilderness Act, legislation authored by Senator Tom Udall when he served in the House, was passed for a second time in a package of public land bills assembled by Senator Jeff Bingaman. The proposed new wilderness area would contain lands currently included in the Sabinoso Wilderness Study Area. The land is managed by the Bureau of Land … Continue Reading


March 16, 2009

Udall Urges NM Police Departments to Apply for Recovery Act Funding

WASHINGTION­-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico police departments can apply for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants to help them hire new officers. The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Udall supported, provides $1 billion to help police departments across the country through the popular and successful Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. Udall is encouraging New Mexico police departments to compete for the newly announ… Continue Reading


March 13, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Recovery Package to Bring More Than $16 Million to Repair New Mexico Airports

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe will receive $16.5 million for transportation projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Both senators voted for the legislation when it passed the Senate. "New Mexico has already received tens of millions of dollars from the recovery package for energy efficiency, law enforcement and housing. This funding for airport upgrades is another example of how investm… Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

Udall Initiatives Help New Mexico Native Americans Access Electricity, Housing, Transit

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico's Native American communities will receive $12 million in funding through projects and initiatives Udall helped include in the omnibus appropriations bill the president has signed into law. The assistance will promote rural electrification, build housing for low-income families and help create a transportation system that will make future job creation possible. "The federal government has a unique responsibility to Am… Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

President Signs Bill That Will Create Green Jobs, Help Dairy Farmers in Eastern New Mexico

WASHINGTION­-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced that Eastern New Mexico will receive almost $1.2 million from initiatives he included in the omnibus appropriations bill that President Obama signed into law. The projects will support New Mexico dairy farmers on the eastside and help build a clean energy plant in Roosevelt County. Said Udall, "Dairy farming and alternative energy are two pillars of Eastern New Mexico's economy. I am proud President Obama signed this legislation conta… Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

Udall Helps Sandoval County Get Clean Water, Public Transit, Health Care

WASHINGTION­- The omnibus appropriations bill signed into law by President Barack Obama contains almost $3.8 million for Sandoval County and central New Mexico secured by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. The assistance will provide services to New Mexicans with disabilities, help rural New Mexicans get access to health care and expand public transportation. "As Sandoval County continues to grow, the community faces unique challenges and opportunities," said Udall. "The legislation Presiden… Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: New Mexico to Receive Over $27 Million for Public Transit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced New Mexico communities are set to benefit from over $27 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for public transit. "An increasing number of New Mexicans are relying on public transportation to get around, especially during these hard economic times," Bingaman said. "The funding released today will help communities buy buses or other transit equipment to help meet their growing need for public transportatio… Continue Reading


March 09, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Forest Land to Benefit From Recovery Package Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Forest Service will soon release nearly $5 million in federal funding for two projects aimed at improving national forests in New Mexico. Congress set aside $650 million in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve national forest lands, and another $500 million for wild fire management. The U.S. Forest Service has approved two projects, one in the Santa Fe National Forest and another in the Lincoln Natio… Continue Reading


March 09, 2009

Udall Statement on President's Executive Order on Stem Cell Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement on President Obama's Executive Order reversing the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research: "By signing the executive order lifting the ban on federal funding for existing embryonic stem cell research today, President Obama has reaffirmed our country's commitment to life saving scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs. " Most everyone has a story of a loved one impacted by conditio… Continue Reading


March 06, 2009

Udall, Bipartisan Group of Senators Join to Support Families of Severely Disabled Vets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to provide essential support services to family caregivers of severely disabled servicemembers and veterans. The Veteran and Servicemember Family Caregiver Support Act of 2009 establishes a program to provide technical, financial and practical support to family caregivers of veterans or members of the Armed Forces seriously injured in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. Udal… Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

N.M. Congressional Delegation Unveils Recovery Package Resource Guide

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico congressional delegation today unveiled a resource guide designed to help ensure that New Mexico can make the most of the economic recovery package enacted into law last month. U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representatives Martin Heinrich, Ben Ray Lujàn and Harry Teague said the guide contains necessary contact information and other key resources New Mexicans will need to tap into recovery funds. "Our top priority is to help get our economy… Continue Reading


March 04, 2009

Udall: Federal Grant Will Allow 3,800 New Mexico Students to Earn College Credit

WASHINGTION­-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico will be receiving $98,800 to pay for low-income students to take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. These tests allow high school students to earn college credit and dramatically increase the chances that students will go on to college and succeed. "When a student wants to invest the time and effort that AP and IB classes demand they should not be denied the opportunity to receive… Continue Reading

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