Press Releases

October 01, 2009

Prevention Must be Cornerstone of Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today joined his fellow freshman senators on the floor of the U.S. Senate for the second in a series of speeches to highlight the need for health reform. In his remarks, Udall said that prevention must be a cornerstone of health reform in order for the United States to achieve success in "bending the cost curve" and reining in health care costs. Udall said that, in addition to clinical preventive services like mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol s… Continue Reading

October 01, 2009

WESST to Receive $500,000 to Increase Affordable Lending Access

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST) in Albuquerque will receive $500,000 to provide access to affordable lending for low-income New Mexicans. The money is part of the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) program through the U.S. Treasury Department. "WESST's work to promote entrepreneurship by providing low-income New Mexicans with access to affordable lending is commendable and a great service to New Mexico. This new f… Continue Reading

October 01, 2009

Bingaman, Udall & Lujan Applaud Progress on Navajo-Gallup Pipeline Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Representative Ben Ray Lujan, today celebrated the latest milestones in implementing the Navajo-Gallup Pipeline Project. The New Mexico lawmakers joined Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor at a Capitol Hill signing ceremony making official the environmental impact statement for the project. Signing the Record of Decision was necessary to allow the project to move forward. The Navaj… Continue Reading

September 30, 2009

Key Spending Bill Strongly Supports N.M. Labs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that a House-Senate panel has finalized a spending bill that supports New Mexico's two national laboratories, and a variety of key water-related projects. The 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill is now ready for final passage through the Senate and House of Representatives. The measure contains $20 million for upgrades to the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) - the only machine in the country that can do a series of d… Continue Reading

September 30, 2009

Udall Advocates for 'Do It All', 'Do It Right' Energy and Climate Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today called for the Senate to pass legislation that will put our nation on a path towards energy independence at a Capitol Hill press conference today to unveil the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. Click here for photos from the event. Udall joined Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, other senators, and a diverse coalition of military veterans, working Americans, business leaders, and environmental advocates to discuss the initiative to cre… Continue Reading

September 29, 2009

Senators: Balloons Heading Home for Fiesta

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported today that the thirteen special shape balloons being held by a Chinese company are at the airport and bound for the U.S. just in time for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Bingaman and Udall have both asked the Chinese Embassy in Washington to intervene. "This is terrific news for the thousands of New Mexicans and visitors to our state who are looking forward to Balloon Fiesta this year," Bingaman said. "I appreciate the… Continue Reading

September 29, 2009

NMSU to Receive $350,000 Grant to Fight Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced New Mexico State University will receive a $350,000 grant from the Department of Justice to combat domestic violence. The funds will be used to enhance the safety of child, teen and adult victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by supporting projects that are uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes. "Domestic violence remains a serious problem in New Mexico. This new funding will help give victim… Continue Reading

September 28, 2009

NM Gets Almost $900,000 to Improve 911 Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive almost $900,000 to upgrade the state's E-911 technology so that emergency responders can more quickly locate people who call 911 from wireless or Internet-connected phones. The $888,893 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will allow New Mexico to improve its current emergency response system to account for the large increase of emergency calls originating from cell phones or Internet… Continue Reading

September 28, 2009

NM Organization Receives $500,000 to Expand Access to Home Loans on Native Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the Navajo Partnership for Housing Inc. in Gallup will receive almost $500,000 from the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) to increase access to home loans for Native families. The $470,000, which was awarded by the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) program, will allow the Navajo Partnership for Housing to expand access to home mortgages, home improvement, interim construction loans and deve… Continue Reading

September 25, 2009

Udall Issues Statement on Iranian Nuclear Plant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama, President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Brown's statement on Iran's secret nuclear fuel plant: "This latest deception by Iran is further evidence that Tehran cannot be trusted to live up to its duties as a member of the international community. By attempting to conceal the existence of this nuclear manufacturing plant, Iran has risked further isolation and more stringent sanctions. I comm… Continue Reading

September 24, 2009

Senate Approves Bill that Funds N.M. Public Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Senate has approved a spending bill that funds important public lands initiatives in New Mexico. 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 creates a separate account to pay for fighting large, complex wildland fires. This move would prevent the Fore… Continue Reading

September 24, 2009

Albuquerque Police Department Receives More Than $800,000 to Fight Drug Crime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Albuquerque Police Department will receive $826,422 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help fight drug-related crime. Through a Bingaman initiative - supported by Udall - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contained $30 million in grant funding nationwide aimed at fighting drug-related criminal activity. The funding awarded to Albuquerque came from that border grant program. It will be used to… Continue Reading

September 24, 2009

Udall Helps Launch Hispanic Oral History Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today helped launch a new initiative to preserve the stories and experiences of Hispanic Americans through the StoryCorps Historias oral history project - which will visit several New Mexico cities over the next year. Udall, a member of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, joined members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and others on Capitol Hill for StoryCorps Historias' official launch. StoryCorps His… Continue Reading

September 23, 2009

Udall, Fellow Freshman Senators Highlight Cost of Inaction on Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, joined eight of his fellow freshman senators on the floor of the U.S. Senate today to highlight the high cost of inaction on health insurance reform. "Health insurance reform is one of the defining challenges of our time. Every person in our country has a stake in what we do at this moment, in this place," Udall said. "And while there are a lot of proposals out there, there is one thing we know for sure: Maintaining the status quo is not an option." … Continue Reading

September 23, 2009

Feds Release $2.7 million to Construct Fire Stations in Sandoval County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is releasing $2.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the construction of a new fire station in Sandoval County. Funding will be used to construct a fire and emergency rescue station. The station will be staffed 24 hour, 365 days a year by professional firefighters and paramedics. Additionally, the station will house the Sandoval County's Fire Re… Continue Reading

September 23, 2009

Udall Announces $8 Million from EPA to Ensure Safe Drinking Water in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that New Mexico will receive more than $8.1 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure safe drinking water for state residents. The EPA awarded the funds to the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA), which will use the money to provide loan assistance to eligible public water systems for infrastructure improvements, as well as provide local assistance, technical support, and state program management. "Safe, clean drin… Continue Reading

September 22, 2009

New Report Finds NM Health Premiums Rise at Twice Rate of Wages

WASHINGTON - A new White House report detailing skyrocketing health insurance premiums in New Mexico and across the country is the latest evidence that America's current health care system is unsustainable for New Mexico families, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, said today. The report, titled The Burden of Health Insurance Premium Increases on American Families, focused on skyrocketing health insurance premiums at the national and state levels. In New Mexico, the report found that insurance premiums … Continue Reading

September 18, 2009

NM Delegation Urges GE to Reconsider Plant Closure, Expand to Green Energy Manufacturing

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent this week to the chairman of the General Electric Company, the New Mexico Congressional Delegation urged the company to reverse its decision to close GE's Albuquerque aviation plant next year, and offered to partner with local, state, and company officials in developing creative ways to retain its 400-member workforce - including possible expansion into green energy manufacturing. The letter, mailed Thursday to GE Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt, was signed by all fi… Continue Reading

September 17, 2009

Udall, Bingaman Lead Fight to Reform Patriot Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing legislation to reform the Patriot Act and other surveillance laws to better protect Americans' constitutional right to privacy while providing the government with the tools necessary to effectively fight terrorism. The legislation, titled the Judiciously Using Surveillance Tools in Counterterrorism Efforts (JUSTICE) Act, would: Add reasonable safeguards for the FBI's use of National Security Letters, which requi… Continue Reading

September 17, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Measure to Protect Organ Mountains

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced legislation that will protect the scenic landscapes of the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County. The bill, called the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act, creates wilderness and conservation areas that would provide for continued public use while protecting the granite peaks of the Organ Mountains and the volcanic cinder cones of the Potrillo Mountains, among other public lands in the County. "The Organ Mountain… Continue Reading

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