Press Releases

April 19, 2010

Tom Udall Leads Bipartisan Group in Introducing RECA Amendments Act of 2010

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2010, which would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living near atomic weapons tests. Senator Udall was joined in introducing the legislation by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mark Udall (D-CO), James Risch (R-ID), and Michael Bennet (D-CO). Companion legislation will be … Continue Reading

April 16, 2010

Report from Afghanistan

In Congress, we are routinely briefed about our military effort in Afghanistan. But nothing compares to meeting face-to-face with the people on the ground and assessing the situation with your own eyes. Last week, I got that chance as part of a bipartisan, congressional delegation trip to South Asia. What I saw during this trip underscored the exceptional efforts of our armed forces and the extraordinary challenges that we face in the region. From our distinguished leaders like General McChrys… Continue Reading

April 15, 2010

Udall Announces $2.6 Million for Community Health Centers in El Rito and Albuquerque

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that two community health centers in New Mexico will receive more than $2.6 million to fund primary care services for community health centers in Albuquerque and El Rito. Las Clinicas Del Norte Inc. in El Rito will receive $1.8 million and First Nations Community HealthSource of Albuquerque will receive $795,544. This funding is distributed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administra… Continue Reading

April 14, 2010

Making our Roads Safe

Today the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee held a hearing to discuss safety on our nation's roads. A crucial step to making our roads safe is finding new ways to stop drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. The ROADS-SAFE Act, which I introduced earlier this year, tackles this head-on by funding the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. You can watch my floor speech on the ROADS-SAFE Act here. Alt… Continue Reading

April 14, 2010

Udall Pushes for Road Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today discussed his efforts to reduce drunk driving and to improve the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on America's roads during a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. Udall, a member of the EPW Committee, highlighted his recently-introduced ROADS SAFE Act (The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere Act). The legislation is designed to reduce the number of drunk drivin… Continue Reading

April 07, 2010

Udall Announces More Than $2 Million for Economic Development in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced seven cities in New Mexico will receive a total of more than $2 million for economic development designed to create jobs and diversify the region's economy. The community investments are made available through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and will be used to establish an economic development planning framework that supports private capital investment and job creation. Udall, a member of the Senate Commer… Continue Reading

April 07, 2010

New Mexico to Receive $28.5 Million to Turn Around Low-Performing Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico has been awarded $28.5 million to help improve low-performing schools. The U.S. Department of Education made the award to the New Mexico Public Education Department with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Schools from around the state are eligible to apply for funding. "It's important to identify which schools are doing a good job, and which need to improve. But we obviously cannot stop t… Continue Reading

March 31, 2010

Udall Announces Nearly $4 Million for HIV/AIDS Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the New Mexico Department of Health will receive nearly $4 million to continue its services for New Mexicans living with HIV or AIDS. The $3,970,969 is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Ryan White Title II Formula Grants Program. "As health care costs rise and the economy continues to suffer, this program will help provide life-saving medical care, medication and support to people with HIV and AIDS," Udall sai… Continue Reading

March 31, 2010

"Stewart L. Udall: A Celebration of Life and Legacy," Public Memorial Service

Santa Fe, N.M. - The Udall family will hold a public memorial for the family's late patriarch entitled "Stewart L. Udall: A Celebration of Life and Legacy" on Father's Day, June 20, 2010. The former Interior Secretary, and father of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, passed away peacefully at the age of 90, on March 20 at his home in Santa Fe. He was surrounded by family. Sen. Tom Udall said, "Our family was blessed to have Stewart Udall as our Father, and we were honored to share him with the people, the la… Continue Reading

March 31, 2010

Udall Statement on Administration’s Decision to Expand Domestic Energy Production

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement in reaction to the administration's announcement to expand oil and gas development and exploration on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS): "I commend President Obama and Secretary Salazar for moving past politics and taking another step towards a comprehensive energy policy that will help reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and put us on a path towards a cleaner, more secure energy future. Today's announceme… Continue Reading

March 30, 2010

Senators Announce $8.6 Million for Northern N.M. School Districts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Questa Independent Schools will receive $8.6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Land of Enchantment Teacher Quality Partnership. The grant will fund 50 special education teachers and 50 principals over the next five years in the Chama Valley, Dulce, Cuba, Jemez Mountain, Mesa Vista, Questa, Peñasco and Central Consolidated (Kirtland) school districts. The $8,680,166 is funded thro… Continue Reading

March 29, 2010

N.M. Delegation Urges Enhanced Border Patrol Presence in State's 'Boot Heel'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Representative Harry Teague, today pressed the Department of Homeland Security to step-up the Border Patrol's presence in New Mexico's boot heel. The area is about 10 miles from an Arizona ranch where a rancher was killed over the weekend. The New Mexico lawmakers pointed out that the number of Border Patrol agents stationed along our borders has reached a record high of 20,000, which has helped strengthen security along the U.S… Continue Reading

March 26, 2010

New Submarine Honors New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today released the following statement in advance of the commissioning on Saturday of the Navy's newest Virginia-class attack submarine, the USS New Mexico, during a ceremony in Norfolk, Va.: "It is an honor to know that a submarine named in honor of New Mexico will be traveling the world, protecting the freedoms the people of our state hold so dear. I join my fellow New Mexicans in wishing the commander and crew of the New Mexico safe travels and Godsp… Continue Reading

March 26, 2010

Udall & Luján Plug Think BIG Farmington in YouTube Spoof!

WASHINGTON - New Mexico's U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján released a lighthearted YouTube video appeal today to rally online support for Think BIG Farmington's proposal to become a Google test site for ultra-high speed broadband Internet. The video spoof features Udall and Luján catching up via video chat and encountering technical difficulties and miscommunication due to slow Internet connections in Farmington. The video, which can be seen at http://www.youtub… Continue Reading

March 25, 2010

Navajo Nation Awarded $32 Million Recovery Grant for Ultra Fast Broadband Network

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Luján today announced that the Navajo Nation will benefit from a $32 million Recovery grant to create an ultra fast broadband network on the reservation. The new broadband network will cover more than 15,000 square miles across New Mexico, Arizona and Utah where more than 60 percent of residents lack basic telephone service. The group officials made the announcement on a press conference call with U.S. Secretary Gary Loc… Continue Reading

March 25, 2010

Udall: Senate Completes Work on Health Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today released the following statement after the Senate's 56-43 passage of the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, which includes improvements to the historic health care reform signed into law by President Obama earlier this week. The legislation now goes to the House for final consideration: "Today, the U.S. Senate completed more than a year of work on historic health care reform. With the passage of these common-sense … Continue Reading

March 24, 2010

Answering NM Voices for Health Reform

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy Yesterday, President Obama signed historic health reform legislation into law. As I wrote Monday, provisions in this reform package will start to help New Mexicans right away. Throughout this debate on health care reform, I heard from folks across New Mexico about the problems they face under the status quo. I even featured videos of some of the most common kinds of stories on my web site. Now that health reform is on the books, I'm happy to report b… Continue Reading

March 24, 2010

Udall Celebrates Reauthorization of Indian Health Act as Part of Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today highlighted the inclusion of long-needed reforms to the Indian health system as part of the historic health care overhaul signed into law this week by President Obama. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a provision to permanently reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), which had not been updated in more than a decade. Udall was an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced last year by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-ND, … Continue Reading

March 23, 2010

Today is a New Day for Health Care in Our Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, released the following statement today after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during a ceremony at the White House: "Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited generations for health insurance reform. With this new law, we establish a strong foundation to build upon moving forward. While there are still many challenges before us, today we make great progress in our effort to … Continue Reading

March 22, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Announce $1.2 Million for ABQ Early Head Start Non-Profit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR) Inc. in Albuquerque will receive $1.2 million to expand its early head start program in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. The expansion will allow the program to provide pre-natal to 3-year-old parental education and care to an additional 72 families and support to 16 more expectant mothers. The $1,229,400 was made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human S… Continue Reading

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