Press Releases

January 28, 2020

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Bill To Designate Cerro De La Olla Wilderness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to establish Cerro de la Olla Wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico. For hundreds of years, people of the Taos area have hunted, gathered herbs, and collected firewood on the flanks of Cerro de la Olla. This proposed wilderness area would preserve traditional us… Continue Reading


January 23, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump Attacks on Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the Trump administration's rollback of protections under the "Waters of the United States" provision of the Clean Water Act: "Simply put, the Trump administration is endangering the future of clean water in New Mexico, the Southwest and across the country. The proposed changes would strip Clean Water Act protections from the vast majority of New Mexico's surface waters, putting drinking and irrigation supplies at fur… Continue Reading


January 21, 2020

AUDIO: As Senate Impeachment Trial Begins, Udall Urges Senators to Uphold Constitutional Oath, Ensure Full and Fair Trial

AUDIO: Udall Holds Press Conference Call on the First Day of Trump Impeachment Trial WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump. During the call, Udall highlighted the importance of conducting a full and fair impeachment trial in accordance with the oath that all senators took to "do impartial justice." "Last week, all senators were sworn in for the impeachment … Continue Reading


January 20, 2020

Udall Statement Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement commemorating the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Today, we must recommit ourselves to the ideals for which Dr. King fought and gave his life. To honor the legacy of a man who dedicated his life to service, to equality, and to justice, we too must serve our communities, fight for equality at every turn, and work tirelessly to live up to our nation's promise of justice for all. "In New Me… Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Udall Highlights 2019 Legislative Accomplishments for Indian Country

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released a summary of his Indian Affairs 2019 legislative accomplishments, including 12 Indian Affairs Committee bills passing the Senate and six becoming law, such as the Udall-authored Esther Martinez Native Languages Revitalization Act. "The federal government has a solemn trust responsibility to Tribes, and in 2019, we worked diligently to live up to that responsibility to achieve Indian C… Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

NM Delegation Recognizes Sandia Contributions to State Economy, Employment

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), commended findings from a 2019 economic-impact analysis released Wednesday, which found that Sandia National Laboratories is responsible for creating 1,100 new jobs while contributing $509 million to New Mexico businesses and $96.6 million in state gross receipt tax revenue. The Economic Impact report also foun… Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Praise Incorporation of Sulphur Springs into Valles Caldera National Preserve

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) welcomed the acquisition of the Sulphur Springs property into the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The property contains unique volcanic features such as steaming mud-pots, volcanic fumaroles, and sulphuric-acid hot springs that are rarely found across the world. "Valles Caldera is an awe-inspiring example of our treasured public lands and an iconic part of New Mexico's unique landscape," Udall said. "I am grateful for t… Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Udall Votes for Updated US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted to pass legislation to implement the new NAFTA, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. He issued the following statement: "I am glad that Democrats have included significant improvements for workers to the weaker agreement that was negotiated by the Trump administration, and I hope today's vote will put President Trump's chaotic and harmful trade policies behind us-at least when it comes to our southern border. New Mexico's growing bor… Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Udall, Lead Democrats Speak Out on Reports that Trump Plans to Raid an Additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon Funds for the Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Patrick Leahy, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed, and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Vice Chair and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, in denouncing the Trump administration's reported plan to raid an addition $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year. In doing so, the president is again abusing the National Emergencies Act in an unpr… Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

AUDIO: Ten Years After Disastrous Citizens United Ruling, Udall Joins Senators and Advocacy Groups to Discuss Key Democracy Reform Bills

AUDIO LINK: https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/imo/media/audio/01152020CUTelepresser.wav WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), along with national pro-democracy organizations People For the American Way, Public Citizen, End Citizens United Action Fund, Democracy 21, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, US PIRG, and Common Cause to highlight the continuing harm caused by the 10-year-old Citizens United ru… Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

NM Delegation Requests Department of Defense Use New Authority to Reimburse NM Communities Affected by PFAS, Purchase Land, and Provide Clean-Up Solutions, Water Filtration

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting that the Department of Defense's (DoD) release a plan for next steps to ensure New Mexican communities and dairy farms in close proximity to Cannon Air Force Base receive access to a clean water supply and a reimbursement of incurred filtration expenses. The del… Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Udall Joins Senate Democrats to Support Disaster Recovery Funds for Puerto Rico Following Devastating Earthquakes

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 33 Senate Democrats in a letter to President Trump requesting the administration issue a major disaster declaration in Puerto Rico after the island suffered widespread damage from a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on January 7. The senators' request carries particular urgency given the Trump administration's failure to release $8.3 billion in congressionally-appropriated disaster recovery funds following the devastation the island suffered after Hurric… Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Udall, Democratic Colleagues Condemn Trump Administration’s Reversal on E-Cigarette Flavor Ban, Call for Action to Prevent New Generation of Nicotine Addiction

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 29 Senate colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn, condemning the Trump administration's decision to allow e-cigarette companies to continue selling flavored products instead of prioritizing the health and safety of American youth. The Trump Administration reversed course from a September 2019 announcement that the FDA would pull any unapproved, no… Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $850,000 in Grants to GallupARTS and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $100,000 to gallupARTS to support a digital project to increase public engagement and $750,000 to the Georgia O'Keeffe museum for a grant-matching fund to encourage private support for a humanities project. These grants will support New Mexico's creative economy. "New Mexico's uni… Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Udall Applauds House Passage of PFAS Action Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on last week's House passage of the PFAS Action Act: "The House vote to pass the PFAS Action Act brings communities in New Mexico and across the country one step closer to the relief they long have deserved. While federal agencies drag their feet - families, business owners, farmers, servicemembers and communities continue to suffer from exposure to these hazardous chemicals. The evidence is clear that these c… Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Udall Hails House Vote to Halt March to War With Iran

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the bipartisan Senate bill The Prevention of War with Iran Act introduced in 2018 and 2019, issued the following statement after the House voted to adopt a War Powers Act resolution to terminate the use of U.S. military force in hostilities against Iran. Udall is a co-sponsor of a similar Senate resolution (S.J.Res.63) in response to the latest escalation barring the use of force aga… Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Laud LWCF Park Funding For Las Cruces

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), are lauding a grant award of $750,000 to the City of Las Cruces to renovate Apodaca Park. The funding was made available through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that the lawmakers helped secure permanent authorization for in 2019. The National Park Service's grant will allow Las Cruces to continue renovation plans for Apodaca Park to add new featur… Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Udall Statement on the Trump Administration’s Attempt to Gut Another Landmark Environmental Law

Rollback also would eliminate NEPA public health and community input protections for major mining, pipeline, logging and other projects Udall: 'This move to gut NEPA is a new low for the worst environmental administration in history' WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Trump administration decided to undermine the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) by limiting the consideration of climate change impacts of new federal project… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

VIDEO: Following Congressional Briefing on Iran, Udall Urges Senate to Halt the March to War

Calling the echoes of Iraq war "chilling," Udall urges de-escalation, diplomacy VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTtMreidu9w&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D- N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the bipartisan bill The Prevention of Unconstitutional War With Iran Act, spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to halt the march to an unauthorized war with Iran and reassert congressional war powers. Udall is … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Udall, Paul Call for Vote on Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sent a letter to their Senate colleagues requesting them to support their bipartisan bill, The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019, and calling for a Senate vote on this important bipartisan legislation. The bill currently has 27 co-sponsors in the Senate. Udall and Paul originally introduced The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act in September of 2018, and then again in April 2019 as S.1… Continue Reading

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