Press Releases

December 13, 2010

Udall Statement on Tax Proposal Procedural Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, (D-NM) released the following statement today on his vote to invoke cloture on the president's proposed tax measure: "Today, I voted to move the Senate forward to a straight up or down vote on this tax proposal. While I still have serious concerns with the package, there has been adequate time to study it and now we must do our jobs and vote. I have continually fought against obstruction and needless delay in the Senate and refuse to contribute to our dysfun… Continue Reading

December 10, 2010

Udall Announces $1.1 Million to Improve Tribal Transit Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Navajo Transit System, Ohkay Owingeh and the Pueblos of Santa Ana, San Ildefonso and Tesuque will receive a total of $1,139,667 to enhance their public transportation systems. Funding will be provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration and will be used for operating costs and expansion of services including new buses, bus shelters and seven additional routes. "It is important to invest in our… Continue Reading

December 08, 2010

Taos and Aamodt Water Settlements Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that legislation to settle the water rights claims of Taos Pueblo and the claims of the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso and Tesuque was signed into law. The bill not only codifies the settlements, it also provides funding to implement them -- including $180 million to implement the Navajo settlement that Congress enacted last year. The legislation, which was approved by Congress last week, settles two of the longest… Continue Reading

December 06, 2010

How to Reform the U.S. Senate

The Constitutional Option The United States Senate is broken. Business as usual in the Senate too often means backroom deals and partisan gridlock rather than open, honest debate. The result is an institution that is unable to address the many challenges our country faces. Senators were sent to Washington to vote "yes" or "no" on bills, not to block them from ever coming up for debate. The Constitution provides a clear way to fix Congress when it isn't working. Article I, section 5 of the Consti… Continue Reading

December 04, 2010

Udall: Republicans Once Again Side with Millionaires Over Hardworking Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement today after Republicans in the Senate blocked passage of critical legislation that would have extended tax cuts for middle class Americans - including 98 percent of New Mexicans: "Today, Democrats offered two versions of legislation that would have permanently extended the Bush-era tax cuts for hardworking Americans. But while Democrats fought to protect middle class families, Republicans continued to hold these tax cut… Continue Reading

December 03, 2010

Delegation Opposes Current VA Plan to Restrict Care at Northern NM Clinics

WASHINGTON - Over the next two weeks, the Veterans Administration (VA) will hold a series of public meetings to unveil plans to discontinue contract care at nine VA access point clinics in northern New Mexico. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman and Representative Ben Ray Luján are asking northern New Mexico veterans and their families to attend the meetings, learn about the plan and express their views. Under the plan, the VA will close nine access point clinics in Embudo, Chama, Coyo… Continue Reading

December 02, 2010

Udall Focuses on Football Helmet Safety at Hearing

WASHINGTON - At an oversight hearing of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., raised the pressing safety issue of football helmet safety for young athletes with CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. Showcasing University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University football helmets on the dais, Udall highlighted the need for improved standards to protect younger athletes from not only direct blows to the head, but also other hits that can cause concussion,… Continue Reading

November 30, 2010

A Step to Safer Food

The Senate today passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in a bipartisan vote of 75 to 23. I was a cosponsor of the bill and voted in support of it. Too often, our approach to outbreaks of foodborn illnesses like E. coli has been response rather than prevention. Just this August, 1,500 people got sick from an outbreak of salmonella. As food distribution across our country has grown and become more complex, regulation has been unable to keep up. This bill gives the Food and Drug Administr… Continue Reading

November 30, 2010

Udall: Bipartisan Bill Will Help Keep Food Safe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today joined a bipartisan majority of his Senate colleagues in approving important legislation to protect New Mexican families from food-borne illnesses by strengthening the nation's food safety system. "Too many people in New Mexico and across the country have become ill in recent years due to a rash of food-borne illnesses nationwide. This legislation is long overdue, and will give New Mexico families the confidence that - when they sit down at their… Continue Reading

November 30, 2010

Udall Calls on Commission to Investigate Football Helmet Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, is asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to investigate football helmet safety standards, especially for high school and younger athletes, to prevent concussions and other head injuries. "Being active and participating in sports is important for young people, but we should be taking a serious look at how to best protect our most vulnerable athletes from severe head injuries like concussions," Udall said. "We need to make sure we are looki… Continue Reading

November 23, 2010

Share Your Thoughts on Travel Privacy

You may have heard about or experienced new security procedures used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in our nation's airports. The TSA is charged with the very serious duty of protecting U.S. travel and transportation and I greatly value the job they do. TSA officers are given a difficult task. They don't set the rules, but they do follow them in service to our country. Over the past few weeks, TSA officers began conducting "enhanced pat-downs" -- a more intense screening p… Continue Reading

November 19, 2010

Udall Requests Post-Thanksgiving Hearing on Traveler Experiences With TSA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is asking Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller to convene a hearing following the Thanksgiving holiday to focus on airline travelers' experiences with the screening measures recently implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In his letter to the chairman, Udall - a member of the committee -- notes that while we have heard the perspectives of both DHS Secretary Napolitano and TSA Administrato… Continue Reading

November 19, 2010

New START, More Obstruction

Sitting before the Senate is the New START Treaty, a landmark agreement with Russia that decreases both U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals and allows our nuclear inspectors to monitor the biggest stockpiles in the world. It follows in the footsteps of START I and START II, supported by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Both treaties were ratified by overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Similarly, New START has wide support among national security experts, current and former governme… Continue Reading

November 18, 2010

Udall, Bingaman: Key Senate Committee Approves Three Bills Benefitting NM Pueblos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman announced that three bills focusing on Native American priorities in New Mexico were approved today by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Udall, a member of the Indian Affairs Committee, facilitated consideration of the legislation by his committee colleagues. All three bills were approved by voice votes, and are now ready for consideration by the full Senate. The bills are: • S. 3903, which would grant Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo authority … Continue Reading

November 16, 2010

National Consumers League Announces Support for Udall’s Cell Phone “Bill Shock” Legislation

WASHINGTON - The National Consumers League, America's oldest consumer organization, has announced its support of legislation introduced in September by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) to help limit the cell phone "bill shock" that occurs when wireless customers unwittingly exceed their monthly limits for voice minutes, text messages, or data usage. The Cell Phone Bill Shock Act of 2010 (S. 3872) would help protect Americans from "bill shock" by requiring cell phone companies to notify customers by… Continue Reading

November 15, 2010

Udall Announces $40,000 in Arts Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that several arts organizations in New Mexico will receive a total of $40,000 in matching grants to support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent works to the public. These grants are funded through the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the Challenge America Fast-Track grant program. "The arts and humanities are not only engrained in our state's culture, they are also a central driver of our economy and primary sou… Continue Reading

November 05, 2010

Udall Announces $232,500 in Arts Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that several arts organizations in New Mexico will receive a total of $232,500 in matching grants to support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent works to the public. These grants are funded through the National Endowment for the Arts. "This is welcome support for artists and producers in New Mexico," said Udall, a member of the Senate Cultural Caucus. "These matching grants will promote local artists and expose our communiti… Continue Reading

November 05, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: N.M. Receives $380 Million in Royalty Payments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico has received $380.6 million in revenue payments from energy produced on federal and tribal lands. "New Mexico plays an extremely important role in meeting our nation's energy needs," said Bingaman, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "The revenue New Mexico receives from being a key energy producer allows us to make essential investments in our state." "The people of New Mexico sh… Continue Reading

October 21, 2010

No More 'Trick or Treat' Phone Bills

It's happened to far too many Americans. You open up your phone bill and wonder why there's an extra zero, or several, on the amount that you owe. Maybe your son or daughter downloaded a new game, or your phone automatically went online to upgrade its software. Perhaps a family emergency meant more time talking than usual. In any of these cases, it would be commonsense for consumers to get a warning before they exceed their voice minutes, text messages, or data usage. And cell phone companie… Continue Reading

October 20, 2010

Udall Applauds Santa Fe FACT Program for National Youth Arts and Humanities Award

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall commended the Santa Fe Fine Arts for Children and Teens After-School Program (FACT) for being honored with a 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award today at the White House. FACT, which received the 2010 Coming Up Taller Award, was one of just 15 youth arts and humanities organizations recognized in ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The award acknowledges programs whose work is making a difference in the lives of youth. In addition t… Continue Reading

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