Press Releases

July 29, 2010

Pentagon: Holloman Will Be Home to Two New Squadrons of F-16s

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon today announced that Holloman Air Force Base will be the home of two new squadrons of F-16s, a mission that will bring an increase of trainees and contractors to the base. Holloman will become a training base for the jet-fighter aircraft, which is one of the Air Force's most valuable assets. The F-16s will be in use for at least the next two decades. "F-16s are the workhorse of the U.S. Air Force. This training mission, combined with the cutting-edge unmanned aerial v… Continue Reading

July 28, 2010

Udall: Constitutional Option Would Restore Accountability to Senate Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today continued his call for reform of the Senate rules during the fourth in a series of hearings to examine the filibuster, saying that adoption of the rules at the beginning of each Congress through his Constitutional Option would restore accountability to the Senate. To watch Udall's remarks, click here. Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, questioned panelists during the hearing titled, "Examining the Filibuster: Legislative Proposals to C… Continue Reading

July 28, 2010

Bring Accountability Back to the Senate

In the fourth of a series of hearings in the Senate Rules Committee, today we heard from my colleagues, Senators Lautenberg and Bennet about proposals for fixing Senate rules. Their proposals included a lot of good ideas that I believe would go a long way to making the Senate work for the American people again. A trend you see in these proposals is that they're not limited to just reforming the filibuster. The filibuster is a symptom of a larger issue. And that issue is a system of rules in a S… Continue Reading

July 26, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Ag Approps Bill Will Help NM Farmers and Ranchers, Protect Natural Resources

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that legislation moving through Congress contains more than $36 million to help New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and to preserve New Mexico's natural resources. The Senate's version of the fiscal year 2011 Agricultural Appropriations Bill cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now ready for consideration by the full Senate. "Farming and ranching are the backbone of New Mexico's economy. The legislation we're develo… Continue Reading

July 26, 2010

Bingaman & Udall: Appropriations Bill Includes $3.5 Million for NM Safety, Justice Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today applauded a spending bill working its way through the Senate that contains $3.5 million for New Mexico projects to support at-risk youth, reduce recidivism, and cut crime across the state. The Senate's version of the fiscal year 2011 Commerce, Justice and Science bill has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now ready for full Senate consideration. The measure contains more than $1.1 million in funding for projects reques… Continue Reading

July 22, 2010

Udall Statement on Absence of Renewable Electricity Standard in New Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement today on the absence of a Renewable Electricity Standard in upcoming Senate energy legislation: "Our coalition will continue to push for a strong Renewable Electricity Standard to be included in energy legislation that the Senate will consider before the August recess. Americans desperately need jobs and the implementation of a strong, federal RES would create tens of thousands of them in near term and over the long run… Continue Reading

July 22, 2010

N.M. Senators: Labs Get Boost in Senate Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said a spending bill working its way through the Senate contains a major boost for New Mexico's two national laboratories. The bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today and is ready for full Senate action. As part of President Obama's commitment to the new START Treaty with Russia for a smaller safe and secure stockpile, the bill increases the National Nuclear Security Administration's stockpile budget to $7.01 billion - a … Continue Reading

July 22, 2010

Udall Announces $795,000 for Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Public Schools Counseling Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that Albuquerque and Rio Rancho public schools will receive a total of $795,119 in grants to improve elementary and secondary school counseling programs. These grants were funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The Albuquerque Public Schools Health and Wellness Department will receive a $397,619 grant, while Rio Rancho Public Schools Student Services will receive $397,500. "Counseling programs provide invaluable support for students a… Continue Reading

July 21, 2010

Bingaman: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act Unanimously Clears Energy Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved a bill that protects the Organ Mountains of Doña Ana County. Bingaman and Senator Tom Udall are sponsors of the bill. The Organ Mountains -Desert Peaks Wilderness Act (S.1689) creates wilderness and conservation areas in Doña Ana County that provide for continued public use while protecting the granite peaks of the Organ Mountains and the volcanic cinder cones of the Pot… Continue Reading

July 21, 2010

Energy Committee Clears Bingaman Bill to Employ and Train Young Americans in Restoring Public Lands

WASHINGTON - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today approved a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman that would expand a program that provides young people with job opportunities, while helping repair and restore the country's public lands. The legislation also includes a provision authored by U.S. Senator Tom Udall to establish the Indian Youth Service Corps. Udall is also a cosponsor of the bill and Representative Ben Ray Lujan sponsored a similar bill in the House o… Continue Reading

July 21, 2010

Udall Highlights N.M. Solutions for Gulf Coast Clean-up

WASHINGTON - At a committee hearing on Capitol Hill today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed potential solutions from his home state of New Mexico to assist in Gulf Coast clean-up efforts following the BP oil disaster. "Although the Gulf Coast is thousands of miles away, the disaster has impacted us all and the people and institutions in my state are anxious to help," said Udall. "From the use of our unique natural resources to remediate and absorb the toxins, to the brainpower of over 200 emp… Continue Reading

July 21, 2010

Wall Street Reform is Law

I am pleased to announce that earlier today President Obama signed Wall Street Reform into law. This bill is a great victory for the American people. Despite obstruction and delays, we are now on track to providing greater security to Main Street by reining in reckless Wall Street gambling and ensuring accountability. This legislation is the most sweeping financial reform in more than 70 years.I saw this great video put together by the White House. It gives a great overview of what led to the fi… Continue Reading

July 20, 2010

Bingaman, Udall & Teague Introduce Bill to Support FLETC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Representative Harry Teague, today introduced legislation that will allow the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to expand its outdoor training facilities on Bureau of Land Management lands. The bill (S. 3616) would reserve about 2,700 acres of BLM land for use by FLETC. FLETC currently has multiple agreements with BLM to use 1,500 acres of the land, but those agreements each have their own stipulations a… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Offer Assistance in Preserving Paolo Soleri Amphitheater

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are offering their assistance in preserving the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe, should the All Indian Pueblo Council and the Santa Fe Indian School decide to do so. In a letter to Joe Garcia, chairman of the AIPC, and Everett Chavez, superintendent of the SFIS, the Senators point to amphitheater's historic nature and value to the Santa Fe community as reasons to preserve it. A text of the letter follows: Dear Chairman Garcia and Mr.… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Udall Lauds Passage of Sweeping Wall Street Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the sweeping Wall Street reform legislation: "Today, the United States Senate took action to prevent the same financial regulatory failures that led our nation to the brink of economic collapse from occurring again. We passed a bill that will end taxpayer bailouts of firms that are 'too-big-to-fail' and instead sets up a process of safe liquidation. Additionally, we have put strong meas… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Tom Udall, Merkley, Carper and Bennet Introduce Oil Independence Bill for a Stronger America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley, Tom Carper and Michael Bennet introduced legislation today to achieve American oil independence, strengthen national security, and create jobs. The Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act will set into law the goal of achieving independence from overseas oil in the next 20 years and a specific plan for achieving it. By committing America to developing a robust clean energy economy, the legislation would create new jobs while eliminating t… Continue Reading

July 14, 2010

Udall, Polis Introduce Resolutions Honoring Conservationist Jane Goodall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) today introduced joint resolutions in the Senate and House honoring the achievements of world-renowned conservationist and primatologist Jane Goodall, who 50 years ago today stepped into what is now Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park to begin her landmark research on chimpanzees. The resolutions honor the "Educational and Scientific Significance of Dr. Jane Goodall on the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of… Continue Reading

July 14, 2010

Helping Vets Cope with PTSD

Army Col. Michael J. Roy, left, who oversees the exposure therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, conducts a demonstration of a life-like simulator that represents a new form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment with Army Sgt. Lenearo Ashford, Technical Services Branch, Uniformed Services University, on Sept. 16, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Defense Dept. photo by John J. Kruzel via Flickr The scale of the service and sacrifice that we ask of our Armed Forces is hard to imagine. They wor… Continue Reading

July 13, 2010

Bingaman, Udall & Teague Announce $10 Million for Santa Teresa Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representative Harry Teague, today announced that the Santa Teresa Port of Entry will receive $10 million to make infrastructure improvements. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "Improvements to the Santa Teresa Port of Entry will help increase trade and foster economic growth in our state. The funding awarded today is an investment in the area's economic development," said Bingaman, who met with Border… Continue Reading

July 13, 2010

Artesia & Albuquerque Awarded Recovery Act Funds for Water-Related Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $434,640 contract to rehabilitate two artesian wells in Artesia, and a $362,223 contract to construct a security fence and vehicle access improvements at the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Sanctuary in Albuquerque's South Valley. The funding for both projects comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The artesian wells produce water for ponds that benefit migratory waterf… Continue Reading

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