Press Releases

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

March 16, 2010

Statement from Sen. Udall on National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement on the National Broadband Plan: "Broadband enables new opportunities to improve economic development, education and healthcare delivery in New Mexico and across the nation. Yet, over the last decade the United States has gone from being a world leader in Internet penetration to ranking 15th or worse among developed countries and New Mexico ra… Continue Reading

March 11, 2010

The Will to Fix Senate Rules

In January, I blogged about the obstruction and inefficiency that the nation has witnessed in the U.S. Senate throughout my first year in the "world's greatest deliberative body." Since then things haven't improved. In many ways, they've actually gotten worse. Over the past two months, we've seen the list of bills passed by the House of Representatives, but stalled in the Senate, climb to 290; we've seen a single senator hold up key legislation, causing the Highway Trust Fund and critical Unempl… Continue Reading

March 11, 2010

Udall Promotes Importance of Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., has introduced a resolution to designate April 5 - 11 as National Public Health Week. The measure, which has also been introduced by U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard in the House, would recognize and highlight the importance of public health in preventing disease and promoting good health. National Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association and seeks to educate the public, policy-makers and public health profess… Continue Reading

March 11, 2010

Udall: San Ildefonso Pueblo Receives $783,000 to Improve Drinking Water Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that San Ildefonso Pueblo will receive $783,000 to improve drinking water treatment facilities and the associated distribution system for the Pajarito Village and Battleship Mesa. The funding, part of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Grants Tribal Set-Aside program through the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), will also be used to upgrade the drinking water system for the Main Village and Black Mesa. "Safe drinking water is imperat… Continue Reading

March 10, 2010

Census Forms Headed Your Way!

This month, Census forms will be delivered to every residence in New Mexico. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. It's simple, quick and private. It's also critically important to New Mexico's economy. More than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed every year based on the outcome of the Census. That means this is our chance to reclaim the federal dollars we've paid into the system. Filling out you… Continue Reading

March 10, 2010

Udall Asks Google to Think Big in Farmington

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., has written Google's CEO Eric Schmidt in support of Think BIG Farmington's proposal to become a test site for the company's experimental project for ultra-high speed broadband internet networks in select locations across the country. The project, called Google Fiber for Communities, will test new ways to make broadband internet connections faster and more accessible. In his letter, Udall highlights Farmington's collaborative effort to win participatio… Continue Reading

March 09, 2010

Troubling Health Insurance Numbers

Last week I blogged about the troubling news that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico was planning to increase premiums for individual plans by 25%. I'm encouraged to hear that State Insurance Superintendant Morris Chavez has put the brakes on this rate hike and I look forward to a public hearing to get to the bottom of it. But these kinds of abuses are what we have come to expect from insurance companies across the country. It's far too common to see troubling numbers that just seem to ke… Continue Reading

March 09, 2010

Lieberman Announces Additional Support for Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) today announced that nine additional United States Senators have joined as co-sponsors to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (S. 3065). Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Udall (D-NM), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Russ Feingold (D-WI) have signed on to the bill, which Senator Lieberman introduced with Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and thirteen… Continue Reading

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