Press Releases

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

March 22, 2010

Udall Applauds House Vote to Give NM Families, Small Biz Control of their own Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, released the following statement in response to the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 3590 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and H.R. 4872 - Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010: "As the state with the second-highest uninsured rate in the nation, New Mexico can't afford the status quo when it comes to health care. Too many New Mexicans today are struggling to find insurance, or are struggling … Continue Reading

March 22, 2010

Udall Applauds Senate Vote to Improve Airline Safety, Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today applauded the Senate's 93-0 approval of the FAA Reauthorization Act, which will improve air travel safety and create thousands of jobs. The bill includes a proposal by Udall to prevent drunk driving and "air rage" by travelers who have consumed too much alcohol on airplanes. Udall, who remained in Santa Fe with his family on Monday following the passing of his father, is a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and vot… Continue Reading

March 22, 2010

FAA Renewal Focuses on Jobs and Safety

Today's passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act means thousands of new jobs, improved air travel safety and strengthened air traffic control infrastructure nationwide. This is a great example of common sense legislation that tackles real issues with practical solutions, while simultaneously boosting job growth. Here are the bottom line facts on the bill: It create or saves 150,000 jobs by investing in airport infrastructure. It improves commercial airline service to small and rural communities… Continue Reading

March 22, 2010

A Historic American Achievement

Last night, we watched history unfold in real time as the House of Representatives passed the Senate's health insurance reform bill: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. With this vote, we move another important step closer to giving every New Mexican - and every American - access to quality, affordable health care. It will extend coverage to 32 million Americans; shrink and eventually close the prescription-drug doughnut hole for seniors; prevent insurance companies from discriminati… Continue Reading

March 20, 2010

Statement from the Udall Family

Santa Fe, N.M. -- Former Interior Secretary Stewart Lee Udall, 90, father of Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., passed away peacefully this morning at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, surrounded by family. Following a fall last week, Udall, who had been in failing health, was confined to his bed and died of natural causes. Stewart Udall was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Erma Lee Udall. He is survived by their six children; Tom, Scott, Lynn, Lori, Denis and Jay, and their families, includin… Continue Reading

March 19, 2010

Bingaman & Udall Announce Almost $860,000 to Jemez Pueblo for Obesity Prevention and Wellness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Jemez Pueblo will receive $859,101 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support public health efforts to reduce obesity, increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The funding is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative, Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), and will allow Jemez Pueblo to promote and support healthier choic… Continue Reading

March 18, 2010

Jobs Bill Signed and Benefits On the Way

Today, President Obama signed an important jobs bill that will help spur job growth and strengthen the private sector in New Mexico and across the country. Watch my Video Vote on the Hire Act below to hear more: Video requires Flash Player For business owners, it means new tax incentives to make hiring new employees easier; For small businesses, it means tax breaks for recent investments in equipment so that they can focus on the road ahead; For working New Mexicans, it means funding fo… Continue Reading

March 17, 2010

Udall, Senate Send HIRE ACT to President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today voted to put America back to work by joining 67 other senators in giving final approval to the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, a bipartisan bill that will boost the economy and potentially create and save more than a million jobs. The HIRE Act passed with a bipartisan 68-29 vote. It now goes to President Obama for his signature. "The HIRE Act will spur the creation of quality, stable jobs for hardworking New Mexicans," Udall sa… Continue Reading

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