Press Releases

July 12, 2010

Watch the New Udall Update

Now you have another way to stay in-the-loop on what I'm doing for New Mexico as your U.S. senator. The Udall Update is a new television show available on your local public access station and online here. The Udall Update gives you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into our nation's capital. In each program, you can expect great interviews, stories, or tours that give you information about Capitol Hill, a unique look at my work in Washington and in-depth analysis of the important issues tha… Continue Reading

July 12, 2010

Tom Udall Launches 'Udall Update' Television Show

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the launch of "The Udall Update," a public access television series providing information about his work in the U.S. Senate. The series' 30-minute episodes will be released periodically, providing viewers with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the nation's capital. "You can expect great interviews, news stories, and tours that give you unique information about Capitol Hill, a fresh look at my work in Washington and in-depth analysis of … Continue Reading

July 08, 2010

Udall: ABQ to Receive $6.7 Million to Build Transit Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the City of Albuquerque transit department will receive $6,722,800 to build the Montaño Intermodal Center which will provide a new connection between ABQ Ride buses and the Rail Runner Express. The funding is made possible through the U.S. Department of Transportation. "As gas prices inevitably fluctuate, and working families take steps to save money and conserve energy, access to public transportation is essential. This funding will all… Continue Reading

July 08, 2010

Udall, Whitehouse Introduce Legislation to Address Nation’s Water Quality Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have introduced legislation to help address the nation's water quality challenges by encouraging the research, development and promotion of new technologies and designs that use natural processes to combat polluted stormwater runoff. The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act would establish up to five regional centers of excellence that would spearhead the research and development of new stormwater management techniques, w… Continue Reading

July 01, 2010

What Health Reform Means for You

When Congress passed health reform in March, I wrote about how the law would begin providing benefits for New Mexicans within months of its passage. Those benefits are starting now. Here are just a few examples of how the new law is helping: 25,000 New Mexicans with Medicare hit the prescription drug "doughnut hole" last year. Last month, the first beneficiaries who hit the gap this year received a $250 rebate check to help with their expenses. 25,700 New Mexico small businesses could qualif… Continue Reading

June 30, 2010

Senate Committee Discusses Valles Caldera Preserve

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today chaired a hearing to discuss legislation he and Senator Tom Udall wrote to transfer the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service. A Senate hearing is the first step toward Congressional passage. The Senators' bill - which was before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today -- directs the Park Service to take over management in a way that protects the Preserve's natural and cultural resources. Hu… Continue Reading

June 29, 2010

$6.41 Million to Cities for New Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that airports in Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell will receive $6.41 million for runway rehabilitation, including the installation of new perimeter fencing and runway and taxiway markings. "These airports provide dependable and safe air travel for the people of New Mexico and tourists alike," said Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "These investments will improve the safety and conditions of our stat… Continue Reading

June 25, 2010

Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Hearing on RECA Amendments Act of 2010

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on the recently introduced 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 the letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL… Continue Reading

June 25, 2010

UNM to Receive More Than $21 Million for Clinical and Translational Science Center

WASHIINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that the University of New Mexico Health Science Center has been named a federal Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), a designation that comes with $21 million in awards over five years, establishes UNMHSC as a key national research center, and will create more than 100 stable, high-paying jobs in New Mexico. This federal designation - the first regional CTSC in the southwest - will greatly enhance UNMHSC's ability to recru… Continue Reading

June 24, 2010

$4 Million for Clovis Airport Runway Expansion

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced the Clovis Municipal Airport will receive $4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway extension construction. In 2006 Clovis Municipal Airport conducted an Airport Action Plan, which found that Runway 22 was too short to accommodate increased jet traffic. Since 2006, the airport has been working to expand the runway to 7,200 feet in order to allow for regional jet service. "With the expansion of Cannon Air Force Base and t… Continue Reading

June 23, 2010

A Hold-Up in the Senate

The Senate Rules Committee continued its series of hearings examining the filibuster and other forms of obstruction in the Senate today with testimony from two great panels on secret holds and the nominations process. A secret hold happens when a Senator anonymously prevents a piece of legislation or a nominee from getting a vote on the Senate floor. It's not transparent and it's just one more example of how manipulation of the Rules continues to foster a level of gridlock and obstruction unlik… Continue Reading

June 23, 2010

'Secret Holds' Illustrate Need for Constitutional Option

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today argued in a Senate committee hearing that rising abuse of "secret holds" to obstruct key nominations and legislation further underscores the need for his proposal to reform the Senate rules in accordance with the Constitution. To watch Udall's remarks, click here and here. Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, continued his push for the Constitutional Option during the third in a series of hearings by the committee on filibuster reform… Continue Reading

June 17, 2010

Udall Introduces Bill to Establish U.S. International Conservation Strategy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced bipartisan legislation that would coordinate the work of all U.S. agencies involved in international conservation and establish a national strategy for promoting conservation initiatives that strengthen global security, health and economies. Udall is joined by a fellow co-chair of the Senate International Conservation Caucus, Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), in introducing the legislation. Currently, multiple U.S. agencies are involved in interna… Continue Reading

June 17, 2010

Responding to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

This week, President Obama addressed the nation about the unprecedented environmental, economic and human catastrophe that our country is facing in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He outlined the many ways that our nation's civilian and military resources have been deployed to the region and I encourage you to visit the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command's website at for information about the continuing effort. I'm particularly p… Continue Reading

June 11, 2010

N.M. Recycling Coalition Awarded $2.79 Million Grant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Department of Energy has awarded $2.79 million to New Mexico Recycling Coalition in Santa Fe as part of a national effort to support energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that reduce energy use by American homes, vehicles, and businesses. The grant, which was awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will support the New Mexico Recycling Coalition's efforts to promote recycling across the … Continue Reading

June 10, 2010

Udall Announces $6.79 Million to Improve N.M. Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced airports across New Mexico will receive a total of $6.79 million for runway rehabilitations, lighting replacement and new equipment. The funding distributed through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration includes $4.78 million for the Albuquerque International Sunport for rehabilitation of all taxiway lights. "From runway rehabilitation to weather reporting equipment, the Department of Transportation is providing… Continue Reading

June 10, 2010

Murkowski Resolution Would be Bailout for Special Interest Polluters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today gave the following remarks on the Senate floor in opposition to a resolution proposed by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski that would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Senate was expected to vote later today on the resolution. "Today, America faces an energy crisis. The Senate owes the American people solutions. But this resolution is an attempt to bury our heads in the sand and igno… Continue Reading

June 10, 2010

Senators Merkley and Tom Udall Join Clean Energy Leaders in Calling for Defeat of Murkowski Resolution

WASHINGTON - At a press conference this morning, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) were joined by former EPA Administrator Russell E. Train, along with national security and environmental leaders, in calling for the U.S. Senate to reject the Murkowski resolution, which is expected to be voted on by the Senate later today. According to the speakers, this resolution is a Big Oil Bailout that would weaken efforts to protect America's air and water, would allow dirty industries t… Continue Reading

June 09, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Unveil Strengthened Doña Ana Wilderness Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today unveiled their new proposal to protect the scenic landscape of the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County. Last year the Senators introduced legislation, called the Organ Mountains -Desert Peaks Wilderness Act (S.1689), which 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 Potrillo … Continue Reading

June 09, 2010

Udall’s ROADS SAFE Act Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that legislation he and Republican Senator Bob Corker introduced earlier this year to develop new technologies that would reduce drunk driving crashes cleared a key hurdle in its path to Senate passage. The bill, called the Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere, or ROADS SAFE, Act, was incorporated into larger legislation that was then approved by the Senate Commerce Committee, of which Udall i… Continue Reading

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