Press Releases

December 20, 2018

Udall: Trump Administration Pulling Out the Stops to Sell Off the Arctic Refuge

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior and Environment, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced the completion of a rushed draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on drilling in the Arctic Refuge: "The Trump administration has pulled out all the stops to try and sell off the Arctic Refuge as soon as possible, including rushing through a draft environmental impact statement th… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Udall Congratulates New Mexico Nominees to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced the 44 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2019. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall's nomination completed a competitive application process, which included i… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Vote For Legislation To Reform Broken Criminal Justice System, Improve Public Safety

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 87-12 to pass the bipartisan First Step Act, an important step in reforming America's federal prison and sentencing system to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and promote safe communities. The legislation uses evidence-based recidivism reduction programs to help inmates successfully return to society after serving their sentence. It also reduces some sentences for certain low-level, n… Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

N.M. Delegation Demands Oversight Hearings On Death Of 7-Year-Old Migrant Child

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the incoming Senate and House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees to convene oversight hearings on the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died on December 8, 2018, after being taken into custody with her father by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Lordsburg, New Mexico. The lawmakers' letter follows signi… Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against President Trump’s Unnecessary and Ineffective Border Wall

Udall: "New Mexico and other border states have the most at stake in this fight. And we will be heard." VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against President Trump's Unnecessary and Ineffective Border Wall WASHINGTON -- Today, with just a few days left before the Friday deadline to fund parts of the federal government, U.S. Senator Tom Udall took to the Senate floor to speak out against President Trump's threat to shut down the government over funding for his unnecessary and ineffective border wall. … Continue Reading


December 15, 2018

Udall Statement on Resignation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement after President Trump announced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's resignation: "Ryan Zinke pledged to lead the Interior Department in the tradition of Teddy Roosevelt, but unfortunately, he proudly carried the torch for the Trump administration's campaign of relentless attacks on our public lands, waters,… Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

NM, TX Lawmakers Demand Answers on Death of 7-Year-Old Migrant Child in CBP Custody

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) wrote to leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding an immediate investigation into the tragic death of a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died on December 8, 2018, after being taken into custody with her fat… Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Udall, Hoeven Introduce Legislation to Improve Hiring Process for Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, introduced legislation this week to help improve the hiring process for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement positions. The legislation would put in place a demonstration program enabling the BIA to conduct background checks for the agency's law enforcement positions. Currently, the BIA runs their background checks through the Off… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Hail Senate Passage of Resolution Recognizing 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich praised the Senate passage of a bicameral resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of Tribal communities and families. ICWA sets best-practice standards for child welfare and adoption proceedings involving children who are members of a federally-recognized Tr… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Udall Votes for Senate Resolution to End U.S. Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen

Senate also unanimously votes for resolution condemning Saudi crown prince for murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after joining the full Senate in voting 56 to 41 to pass a resolution to end the United States' support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Udall has long called for Congress to assert its constitutional powers over the use of military force, is the… Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Leads Oversight Hearing on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

VIDEO: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/oversight-hearing-missing-and-murdered-confronting-silent-crisis-indian-country WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing entitled, "Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country." The committee has convened two hearings and a listening session, and worked to pass numerous bills related to criminal justice and public safety this Congress, but t… Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

AUDIO: Udall Speaks Out Against President Trump’s Wasteful and Ineffective Border Wall, Stands with New Mexico Border Communities

Discusses wall's devastating consequences for communities, businesses, and ecosystems across southern New Mexico WASHINGTON - During a press conference call, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke out against President Trump's unnecessary and ineffective border wall. As the president threatens to shut down the government over wall funding -- saying yesterday that he would be "proud" to shut down the government -- Udall underscored the disruptive and damaging consequences that a border wall … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Provisions Making Acequias and Land Grants Eligible for Grants and Technical Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they secured a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 87-13, to make acequias and land grant-mercedes eligible for grants and technical assistance from conservation and environmental programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to increase agricultural water efficiency and further conservation of soil, water, and other natural resources.Aceq… Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Udall to Continue as Lead Democrat on Senate Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic leadership announced that U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will continue serving as the vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in the 116th Congress, a position Udall has held since 2017. The leadership post gives Udall a powerful platform to continue to advocate for Native communities in New Mexico and across the country. With Udall's leadership, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee has advanced numerous Tribal priorities in the 115th Congress.… Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $35 Million to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced $35.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to build and improve rural water and wastewater systems in New Mexico. The awards were funded through the USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, and will help ensure clean water for Tribal lands, colonias, and rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents in New Mexico. The funding, which includes over $… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Udall Secures Key Tribal Provisions in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on tribal provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization, which will set federal nutrition, agriculture, forestry, and nutrition policy for the next five years and includes many tribal-specific provisions championed by Udall in the CROPS for Indian Country Act and the Tribal Food and Housing Security Act. "I worked closely with stakeholders … Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Major Wins for NM Farmers, Ranchers, Dairies, and Tribes in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined their colleagues in the Senate to pass the final 2018 Farm Bill - major legislation that will send needed assistance to New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and support every county in the state by protecting the farm safety net and basic social services, while also making strategic investments in broadband access, clean drinking water, rural development, telemedicine, and more. The Farm Bill, which serves as th… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Following Washington Post Report, Senators Reiterate Calls for Full Disclosure of Trump-Saudi Business Ties

According to Washington Post report, lobbyists for Saudi government paid for 500 rooms at Trump's D.C. hotel after the 2016 election WASHINGTON - Today, a group of 11 Democratic senators are reiterating their call for President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to disclose any financial ties between the Trump Organization and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, following a Washington Post report that lobbyists representing the Saudi government paid for 500 rooms at the Trump D.C. hotel shortly a… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Udall Hails Senate Passage of Savanna’s Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, applauded the passage of Savanna's Act in the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and co-sponsored by Udall, would establish best practices guidelines for law enforcement agencies to respond to and solve more cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. It is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a member of the Spirit L… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.29 Million to North Central Regional Transit District from DOT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $1.29 million grant to New Mexico to fund improvements to the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD) in Española. The award, which comes through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants program, will enable North Central RTD to build a maintenance facility, standalone vehicle wash… Continue Reading

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