Press Releases

November 05, 2009

Bingaman and Udall: Key Bill Funds Anti-Gang Activity in San Juan County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today voted to approve legislation that sets aside $200,000 to help fight gang-related crime in San Juan County. Specifically, the funding will support the work of Youth Advocate Program in San Juan County, which assists youth on parole and to expand gang prevention efforts to an additional 75 youth and their families. "The Youth Advocate Program is a successful initiative aimed at reducing gang-related crime. The funding in this bill will h… Continue Reading

November 04, 2009

Udall: Indian Country Must be Key Player in Development of Clean Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today delivered remarks on the impact of clean energy and climate change legislation on Indian Country during a gathering of representatives of the nation's 564 federally-recognized tribes. "Indian Country represents 5 percent of the nation's land base and contains 10 percent of its energy resources. Your lands are rich in renewable resources like wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. And you are examples to the nation of what it means to be true steward… Continue Reading

November 04, 2009

Senators, Health Care Advocates Discuss Benefits of Prevention and Wellness Efforts in Health Insurance Reform

WASHINGTON - Democratic Senators Tom Harkin and Tom Udall joined Larry Hausner, CEO of the American Diabetes Association and Bobby Pestronk, Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials to discuss the benefits of including prevention and wellness measures in health insurance reform. A focus on prevention and wellness policies is necessary to transform our current "sick care" system into a true health care system. With just a small investment in prevention an… Continue Reading

November 04, 2009

Bingaman, Udall, Luján Applaud Announcement of Recovery Funding for Northern New Mexico Hydropower Plant

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Luján applauded the announcement of up to $4.56 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for a hydropower project in Abiquiu, New Mexico. The funding will add a low flow turbine/generator to the 13.8 megawatt (MW) hydroelectric plant in Abiquiu, increasing the total plant capacity by 3 MW and allowing the dam to operate when releases are below or above the capacity of the two existing turbines. The… Continue Reading

November 04, 2009

Udall: Senate Finally Passes Unemployment Insurance Extension After Weeks of Republican Delays

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement regarding the Senate's long-awaited passage of an Unemployment Insurance benefits extension following weeks of partisan delays: "While I remain outraged that Senate Republicans decided to engage in nearly a month of political gamesmanship before working with us to extend unemployment benefits for millions of laid-off American workers, I'm relieved that aid for these families is around is finally the corner. "In Ne… Continue Reading

October 30, 2009

N.M. Delegation: ABQ Receives $5 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Representative Martin Heinrich (NM -1) today announced that the city of Albuquerque will receive $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to create jobs that improve energy efficiency, and reduce energy usage. The $5.05 million was made available by the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The EECBG award can be used to help communities improve their energy efficiency,… Continue Reading

October 30, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: $10 Million Will Support Geothermal in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has released over $10 million for four New Mexico projects aimed at exploring and developing new geothermal fields and research into advanced geothermal technologies. Funding comes from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. "Geothermal energy can be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly form of energy production. This funding will help New Mexico take advantage of the current t… Continue Reading

October 30, 2009

Udall: 'Grave Concern' About Lack of Phone Service on Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressing "grave concern" about the organization's failure to extend telephone service to Indian Country, where more than 30 percent of households do not have basic service. In his letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Udall said, "Most Americans probably cannot imagine life without a telephone. Yet today more than 30 percent of households in Indian Country do not h… Continue Reading

October 29, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Sends President Bill that Funds N.M. Public Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall voted for final approval of a spending measure that funds important public lands initiatives in New Mexico. The FY10 Interior Appropriations Bill will now be sent to the White House for signature. The fiscal year 2010 Interior Appropriations Bill contains an amendment Bingaman wrote and Udall cosponsored aimed at ensuring there that is adequate federal funding available to help fight wildfires. The measure, known as the Federal Land Assistan… Continue Reading

October 29, 2009

Tesuque to Receive $65,000 for Safe Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Pueblo of Tesuque will be awarded $65,000 to help support their water pollution control program. The funding was awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency. "This funding will help the Pueblo of Tesuque monitor their water system to ensure safe, usable water for the people who live there," Udall said. With this funding, the Pueblo will continue to do surface water sampling to determine if a more thorough watershed management progra… Continue Reading

October 29, 2009

N.M. Delegation: Holloman Air Force Base Being Considered as Possible Home for F-35s

WASHINGTON - Members of the New Mexico congressional delegation today confirmed that the Holloman Air Force Base is being looked at as a possible home for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Air Force has informed the delegation that it will conduct environmental impact analyses on three bases, one of which will be selected to house a F-35 training mission. In addition to Holloman, the Air Force is looking at Luke (Arizona) and Eglin (Florida) Air Force bases. The Pentagon is expected to purchase… Continue Reading

October 29, 2009

Northern N.M. Network Schools Receive $2 Million for Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján today announced that the Northern New Mexico Network received more than $2 million for implementation of a performance-based compensation program for rural school districts that face unique challenges. Northern New Mexico Network for Rural Education will use the $2,047,098, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Teacher Incentive Fund, to partner with Española and… Continue Reading

October 28, 2009

Udall: Rural America Spurs Health Innovation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, and eight of his fellow freshman senators took to the floor of the U.S. Senate today for the fifth in a series of speeches to highlight the need for health insurance reform. This week the senators used their remarks to discuss how communities across the nation are spurring innovations in health care that should be incorporated into reform. Udall used his remarks to highlight two programs in New Mexico that are helping rural communities provide quality, … Continue Reading

October 28, 2009

President Signs Bill that Benefits New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announce that a bill that supports several of New Mexico's national security initiatives has been signed into law. The Senators said the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that was enacted contains $20 million Bingaman and Udall requested for the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. The program models every conceivable disaster and other simul… Continue Reading

October 28, 2009

Bill Would Mitigate Effects of Climate Change on Natural Resources

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced a bill aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change on resources like forests, clean water, and fish and wildlife habitat and the communities and economies that depend on these resources. Reports from the last several seasons indicate that increasing temperatures associated with climate change are resulting in less snowpack in many regions of the country, thus changing the timing of snow-melt runoff. In New Mexico, an a… Continue Reading

October 28, 2009

Navajo Nation to Benefit from Energy "Smart Grid" Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Navajo Tribal Utility Association will receive a $4.9 million grant to better serve its 38,000 customers. The funding, which comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to install a "smart grid" network and data management system that will quickly identify system outages. "This is an important investment in the Navajo Nation - one that will result in better service to the Navajo Nation Utility… Continue Reading

October 26, 2009

Udall Applauds Inclusion of Public Option in Senate Health Insurance Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to include a public option in health insurance reform legislation that will be debated by the full Senate: "I applaud Majority Leader Reid for including a public option in health insurance reform legislation that will be considered by the full U.S. Senate. A strong public option will insert honest competition into the health insurance market, and is essential… Continue Reading

October 26, 2009

Udall: Revised Energy and Climate Bill Addresses Many Issues Important to New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, today reported that new and revised language in the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act will provide greater benefits for New Mexico while putting the nation on a path toward energy independence. Udall said the changes strengthen the overall legislation by including provisions that are important to New Mexico and the West, including: Increased support for renewable energy development, including major utility-scale projects Enhanced protections of n… Continue Reading

October 23, 2009

Udall: Senate Approves Key Defense Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, today reported that the Senate has passed key defense legislation that includes significant funding for New Mexico's military installations and national laboratories that provide critical support of the nation's defense. The 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, which passed the House earlier this month, was approved by the Senate 68-29 and now goes to the president for his signature. Defense spending must approved through this authorization bill before funding… Continue Reading

October 22, 2009

Udall Praises Law For Better Veteran Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement praising President Obama's signing of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act into law: "This is a great step toward improving the care for our nation's veterans. Too often we have been faced with an inadequate, late budget for veterans' health care. Being given timely access to medical services assures vets' health care needs will be properly met. This bill will allow veterans' hospitals and … Continue Reading

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