Press Releases

February 24, 2009

Udall: Projects in Bill Would Spur Economic Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced legislative projects included in the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to spur economic development in New Mexico. The projects, which then-Rep. Udall requested for the state through the Appropriations process, include Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Small Business Development: Transportation: North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Bus Facility $475,000 Funding to construct, equip and furnish … Continue Reading


February 24, 2009

Udall-Backed Initiatives in Bill Protect New Mexico Farmers and Ranchers, Land

WASHINGTION­-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that legislation moving through Congress contains more than $5.9 million to help New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and to preserve New Mexico's natural resources. "New Mexico's farmers and ranchers have been struggling with fluctuating costs and steadily declining prices," said Udall. "These resources help support the future of New Mexico's agricultural community." The legislation includes $235,000 for the Clovis-NMSU, Southern… Continue Reading


February 24, 2009

Udall Projects Promote Native American Health, Education and Culture

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that legislation moving through Congress contains almost $5.8 million in funding initiatives to help New Mexico's Native American communities. As a member of the House of Representatives, then-Rep. Udall worked to ensure that the projects were included in the FY09 spending package. The senator currently sits on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "America has a special responsibility to ensure that our tribes receive the help t… Continue Reading


February 24, 2009

Over $28 Million in New Mexico Energy and Water Projects Included in Budget Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that over $28 million energy and water related projects he requested has been included in the Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) Omnibus Appropriations Bill. "This appropriations bill contains vital funding for the people of New Mexico, from helping us fully expand our capacity for renewable energy development and production to protecting the waterways and acequias throughout the state," said Udall. "I am extremely pleased this bill includes… Continue Reading


February 18, 2009

Bingaman, Udall and Teague: Chino Mine Workers Eligible for Federal Assistance

SANTA FE - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representative Harry Teague, today applauded news that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined that workers laid off from the Chino mine are eligible for federal assistance. The New Mexico lawmakers urged then-Labor Secretary Elaine Chao in a December letter to quickly approve any application made for Trade Adjustment Assistance. The Obama Administration has announced that the application made on behalf of Chino miners was approved… Continue Reading


February 13, 2009

Senators Applaud Inclusion of State Revolving Fund in Economic Recovery Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond from Missouri, Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico and Chuck Schumer from New York applauded a measure included in the final economic recovery package that will allow states more flexibility in providing grants to communities for water, waste water or drinking water projects through the State Revolving Fund (SRF). After attempting to add a similar provision to the version of the bill crafted in the Senate, the senato… Continue Reading


February 13, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: N.M. Set to Receive $1.108 Billion to Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said New Mexico will receive $1.108 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create 22,000 jobs throughout the state. Additional provisions in the bill will provide tax breaks to thousands of New Mexico families. The measure passed today 60-38; it can now be sent to President Obama for signature. "New Mexicans are suffering from this terrible economic downturn. With the passage of this bill, help is on… Continue Reading


February 12, 2009

Tom Udall Introduces Renewable Electricity Measure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., continued his fight to enact a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) into law today by introducing legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. The bill, Udall's first since being elected to the Senate, would set the first national threshold for utilities to provide 6 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2012, and gradually i… Continue Reading


February 11, 2009

Udall Selected Helsinki Commissioner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that he has been selected as a member of the commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the United States Helsinki Commission. The commission is an independent U.S. Government agency established in 1976 to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law, as well as security and economic advancement. As a commissioner, Udall will have the opportunity to work with parliamentarians, government officials and non-go… Continue Reading


February 10, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Bill Would Direct at Least $953 Million into New Mexico's Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said there is at least $953 million for New Mexico in the Senate's version of the economic recovery package, which will be used to create good jobs in the state. The measure passed today 61-37, and must now be finalized with the version the House of Representatives passed. "Nearly 600,000 Americans lost their jobs in January, offering further evidence that we are facing the most serious economic crisis in decades. We need to in… Continue Reading


February 10, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Intel to Make Major Investment in New Mexico

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall joined Intel CEO Paul Otellini in Washington, D.C., today to announce the corporation will be investing $2.5 billion in its Fab 11x factory, located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The new capital is part of Intel's 32 nanometer (nm) technology initiative. It is expected to protect thousands of jobs with Intel and to create 1,000 to 1,500 jobs constructing new facilities. "This is a great day for Intel in New Mexico and a sign that investment in… Continue Reading


February 06, 2009

Udall Statement on NNSA Labs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement vehemently opposing an Office of Management and Budget memo suggesting that NNSA controlled laboratories should be moved from within the Department of Energy to the Department of Defense: "I strongly disagree with the proposal to move Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories from the Department of Energy to the Department of Defense. I have expressed my opposition directly to OMB Director Peter Orszag. For de… Continue Reading


February 06, 2009

Senate Unanimously Adopts Udall Amendment to Help Unemployed Vets Find Work

WASHINGTON - An amendment authored by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., to expand tax incentives to employers who hire veterans who have served since September 2001 has been unanimously adopted by the Senate. The initiative, which will apply to veterans who are discharged from the Armed Services from September 2001 through December 2010, and includes veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, is now a part of the economic recovery package. When offering his amendme… Continue Reading


February 04, 2009

Senators Announce State Revolving Fund Amendment to Economic Recovery Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond from Missouri and Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico filed an amendment to the economic recovery package that will make it easier for states to administer the funds allocated to the State Revolving Funds (SRF). The amendment would provide the states with the flexibility to choose to provide grants to municipalities for their water, waste water or drinking water projects. Currently, the economic recovery package onl… Continue Reading


February 02, 2009

Tom Udall Calls for Clean Energy Jobs in Maiden Floor Speech

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today delivered his first speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Udall spoke about the need for an ambitious national strategy to create American jobs in the industries of the future. Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery. "As I rise to give this maiden speech in our chamber, we all know that we are living in very difficult times. Our current economic crisis has only accelerated problems that have been growing for years. America's manuf… Continue Reading


January 29, 2009

Udall Cheers Lilly Ledbetter Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement regarding President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into Law: "Equal work should earn equal pay and after years of fighting against workforce discrimination I am proud President Obama has signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. "Today, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, and Hispanic women earn only 55 cents on the dollar. The wage gap undermines not only our na… Continue Reading


January 27, 2009

Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force members Announced for 111th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, announced the members of the 111th Congress Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force. Forty-four Senate Democrats have joined the Hispanic Task Force (HTF), the largest membership since Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) founded it twenty years ago. Sen. Rei… Continue Reading


January 27, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Appropriations Committee Clears Bill to Stimulate Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $325 billion spending bill aimed at stimulating the nation's economy. Although most specific funding levels for New Mexico are not yet known, the Senators confirmed a significant amount will be directed to the state. "With the nation's unemployment rates rising, we can't waste time getting a stimulus bill to President Obama's desk. This measure will help bolster the eco… Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

Udall to Serve on Four Key Senate Committees

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is now officially a member of four critical Senate committees. In addition to his top-level assignments on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Udall has also been appointed to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation covers issues including consumer protection, oversight and expan… Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

Senate Passes Udall -Backed Bill to Protect Equal Pay

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, cosponsored by Senator Tom Udall, to restore civil rights protections for workers who face pay discrimination based on age, race, gender, national origin, religion or disability. The bill gives workers the right to fight against discrimination without imposing an unfair, arbitrary timeline regulating the time in which they must file a lawsuit. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workers, even those discriminated… Continue Reading

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