Press Releases

March 02, 2010

Senators: Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority Receives Over $176,000

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority is being awarded $176,400 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the capacity of one public computer center and create additional computer labs within community centers in Santa Fe. The project expects to add 13 new broadband workstations and replace seven others which will allow the centers to increase the number of patrons who use the computers by more … Continue Reading

February 25, 2010

Udall, Corker Introduce ROADS SAFE Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced legislation designed to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes and fatalities on America's roads by funding the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere, or ROADS SAFE, Act would authorize $12 million in annual funding for five years for the Nati… Continue Reading

February 24, 2010

Dodd & Udall Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling

WASHINGTON - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) today introduced a constitutional amendment to reverse a recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance that has the effect of allowing virtually unlimited corporate spending in elections. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joined Dodd as an original cosponsor of the constitutional amendment. "I am a firm believer in the sanctity of the First Amendment, and I believe we must continue to do all we can to protect the free speech rights of the American people. But I st… Continue Reading

February 24, 2010

Udall Votes for HIRE ACT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today voted to put America back to work by joining 69 other senators in approving 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 the Senate with a bipartisan 70-28 vote, and now moves on to the House for consideration. "As the country continues to emerge from the worst recession since the Great Depression, what Americans n… Continue Reading

February 24, 2010

Delegation, Secretary Locke Announce Recovery Act Investment in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke today, joined by Senator Jeff Bingaman, Senator Tom Udall and former New Mexico Governor Toney Anaya on a press conference call, announced a $11.2 million Recovery Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare in eastern New Mexico and west Texas. The grant will bring high-speed Internet access to more than 200 community anchor institutions - including schools, public saf… Continue Reading

February 23, 2010

Public Option Still the Best Option

I recently signed onto a letter by Sen. Michael Bennet urging Senate Majority Leader Reid to include a public health insurance option in health care reform under budget reconciliation rules. The letter highlights some of the great things about a public option that we've been talking about throughout this debate. A public option would provide Americans with a low-cost alternative to private insurance and improve market competitiveness. It could also bring cost savings of at least $25 billion, a… Continue Reading

February 23, 2010

Udall Applauds Plans for Solar Facility in Questa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, applauded today's commitment by Chevron Mining to build a new solar technology facility atop a brownfield site at the company's Questa mine. Chevron will redevelop a portion of the tailings site from its molybdenum mine in Questa, which has been in use for more than a century. This project will allow for exploration of new uses for mining brownfields while producing approximately one megawatt of solar power to be sold locally and connected to the Kit Ca… Continue Reading

February 22, 2010

Udall: New Credit Card Rules Take Effect Today

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, announced the implementation today of major reforms passed last year to protect consumers from unfair or dishonest acts by credit card companies. Last spring on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Udall fought for changes to the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which requires greater disclosure of credit card terms, prevents card companies from raising rates unfairly or retroactively and charging misleading late fees, and … Continue Reading

February 18, 2010

Udall Urges Senate Leadership to Include Public Option in Health Insurance Reform Reconciliation Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, today signed onto a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to include a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules to pass health care reform. The letter highlights findings from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that said a public option could yield cost savings of at least $25 billion. The letter also states that a public option would provide Americans with a low-cost alternative to private insurance a… Continue Reading

February 17, 2010

Two N.M. Telephone Companies Receive $14.8 Million For Broadband Infrastructure Improvement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that two New Mexico telephone companies will receive $14.8 million in federal funding to improve broadband access and quality in remote and underserved parts of the state. This funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law by President Obama a year ago today. Western New Mexico Telephone Company will receive an $11.5 million grant to provide last mile broadband services to remote an… Continue Reading

February 17, 2010

Navajo D.O.T. Receives $31 Million

WASHINGTON - On the one year anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Representative Ben Ray Luján today announced that the Navajo Department of Transportation will receive $31 million from the Recovery Act to widen and improve U.S. 491 between Shiprock and Gallup. This funding, which is provided under the Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grant program… Continue Reading

February 17, 2010

New Mexico - One Year into Recovery

One year ago, we squared off against the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression with a comprehensive recovery package to help America get back on track. In the year since President Obama signed it into law, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has cushioned the blow of the economic downturn by creating jobs, funding improvements to our infrastructure and spurring economic growth. And now we're seeing some signs of hope. In the fourth quarter, our economy experienced its biggest… Continue Reading

February 16, 2010

Udall Visits Southern NM "Recovery Act" Projects to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, marked this week's one-year anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by visiting several projects in southern New Mexico that received funding from the landmark recovery legislation. Udall began the day in Deming, where he toured the Luna County Sheriff's Department, visited an area of Spruce Street undergoing major refurbishment, and toured homes with weatherization and energy audits underway. The senator then traveled t… Continue Reading

February 12, 2010

Udall Announces $1.9 Million for I-10 Improvement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced new federal funding for improvements to Interstate 10 from Las Cruces to the Texas state line. The $1.9 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help expand Interstate 10 from four lanes to six lanes between Las Cruces and El Paso. "This funding will provide more lanes on I-10 between Las Cruces and El Paso, which will improve safety and ease traffic congestion along this heavily traveled roadway," Udall said. The … Continue Reading

February 10, 2010

Snowed in by Rules

In the last week we have seen more examples of how Senate rules can be used, as the President says, to gum up the works. We've had Senate business ground to a halt to consider the district projects of a single Senator. Then a routine nomination was blocked by a filibuster, despite majority support for the nominee. The continued abuse of Senate rules is the kind of business-as-usual Washington politics that so frustrates the American people. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer blo… Continue Reading

February 02, 2010

Let's Reform Campaign Finance Laws for Good

Today, I joined my colleagues on the Senate Rules Committee to discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on campaign finance reform - a decision that strikes down long-standing campaign finance laws limiting corporate influence on elections. With this decision, the Supreme Court has shown its willingness to rule broadly and ignore longstanding precedent when it is reviewing the constitutionality of campaign finance laws. It was a victory for special interests at the expense of the American… Continue Reading

February 02, 2010

Udall to Propose Constitutional Amendment to Reform Campaign Finance Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced his plans to introduce a constitutional amendment designed to curb the impact of special interests on American political campaigns. The announcement comes a week after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down long-standing campaign finance law that limited electoral contributions by corporations. Udall noted that, with its decision, the Supreme Court has "shown its willingness to rule broadly and ignore longstanding precedent when it is review… Continue Reading

February 01, 2010

Udall Calls President's Budget Proposal Good Start

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today expressed optimism for President Obama's budget proposal, saying the administration's recommendations are a good start for New Mexico and the nation. "Our budget must work in a fiscally responsible manner to create jobs around the country and improve the lives of working families and my initial review of the president's proposal is positive," said Udall. "Our labs and bases are all well positioned for the future in this budget blueprint, which a… Continue Reading

February 01, 2010

President’s Budget a Good Start

President Obama has delivered his budget proposal to Congress and after an initial review of the administration's recommendations, I believe this budget is a good start for New Mexico and the nation. Our budget must work in a fiscally responsible manner to create jobs around the country and improve the lives of working families. Budget of the U.S. Government, FY 2011 Here are some of the highlights: Department of Energy A $393 million budget increase for Los Alamos National Labs, bringing th… Continue Reading

January 28, 2010

Udall Statement on Bernanke Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement regarding Chairman Ben Bernanke's reconfirmation as chairman of the Federal Reserve: "Our current economic crisis is the result of weak regulation and poor oversight by Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. Chairman Bernanke has conceded that leading up to the meltdown their actions, and his, were, 'too late or insufficient.' "After initial inaction, Chairman Bernanke showed the strength of character to make the ri… Continue Reading

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