Press Releases

December 11, 2009

Finalized Bill Contains Funds for New Mexico Health and Education Initiatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the final version of a key spending bill contains funding for New Mexico health and education initiatives. The bill is expected to pass the Senate as soon as this weekend, and be sent to the president for signature. "The initiatives funded in this bill represent some of the most innovative thinking in the state. They benefit their community and help them reach their full potential," Bingaman said. "Investing in the heal… Continue Reading

December 10, 2009

Holiday Travel Will Not Be Disrupted By REAL ID Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall and Representative Ben Ray Luján today received assurances from the Department of Homeland Security that New Mexico travelers planning to use a state-issued identification to travel after Dec. 31 will not encounter problems. On a conference call with DHS officials, the delegation offices were once again told the administration preferred to enact new legislation, called PASS ID, which would again postpone the date of compliance. However, … Continue Reading

December 10, 2009

Senator Udall Invites Students to Apply for In-State Internships

Albuquerque, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students to apply for internships in each of his state offices. To apply for an in-state internship with Sen. Udall's office, please send an email to, and request an application. All internships are unpaid, but may count toward college credit. Students should check with their respective college or university for requirements. College students from New Mexico or college students atten… Continue Reading

December 10, 2009

NM Tribal Communities Receive Recovery Act Funds for Energy Efficiency/Transportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that several New Mexico tribal communities will receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve energy efficiency and public transportation. "New Mexico communities are putting their share of recovery funds to very good use, and in the process they're creating jobs. Some of this funding will help boost energy efficiency efforts, while other funding will be invested in key public transportation in… Continue Reading

December 09, 2009

Udall Highlights New Mexico Voices for Health Insurance Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today launched the Web page: New Mexico Voices for Health Insurance Reform at, his official online office. Three videos highlight the all-too-common problems with health insurance under the status quo faced by thousands of New Mexicans. The Web page also outlines how the Senate health insurance reform bill would address those issues. To see the Web page, visit "As we move closer than ever to securin… Continue Reading

December 08, 2009

Containing Health Care Costs through Freshman Amendments

Today, I joined with 10 other freshman senators to introduce a package of amendments to health insurance reform, aimed at boosting innovation, affordability & access to care. Our amendments have been endorsed by many of the nation's leading business, consumer and health provider organizations. Many of them, like the President of the Business Roundtable joined us at a press conference to discuss our cost-cutting amendments and here's what the White House had to say about it: Moving Forward o… Continue Reading

December 08, 2009

Eleven Freshman Senators Announce Health Reform Amendments to Expand Innovation, Lower Cost

WASHINGTON -- A group of 11 freshman U.S. Senators, including Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), today introduced a package of amendments that will broaden and accelerate efforts to encourage innovation and lower costs for consumers across the U.S. health care system. The amendments have been endorsed by many of the nation's leading business, consumer and health provider organizations. To view event photos and read the full text of Udall's remarks on the Senate floor, click here. "Months ago, our freshma… Continue Reading

December 08, 2009

Senators Urge President to Put Americans to Work Rebuilding Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Washington, DC - As the President and Congress continue to examine new ways to create jobs, a group of 24 U.S. Senators today urged President Obama to focus these efforts on rebuilding our nation's infrastructure. In a letter to the President, the Senators argued that their states have "significant, documented infrastructure repair needs" which present a prime opportunity for job creation. The letter was signed by Senators Whitehouse, Leahy, Levin, Kerry, Harkin, Wyden, Durbin, Reed, Landrieu,… Continue Reading

December 07, 2009

N.M. Delegation Congratulates VA Pharmacy Center for Winning Prestigious National Award

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, along with Rep. Martin Heinrich, today offered congratulations to the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordination Center in Albuquerque for winning the 2009 Baldrige National Quality Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Baldrige award is the nation's highest Presidential honor for innovation and performance excellence. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., next year. … Continue Reading

December 07, 2009

Udall Announces More Than $250,000 in Arts Grants for N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that New Mexico will receive a series of grants totaling $257,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts for various projects including concerts, music festivals, museums and cultural events around the state. These matching grants help support projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work - both new and established. "The arts have flourished in New Mexico for hundreds of years and they continue to be a ver… Continue Reading

December 06, 2009

Sunday in the Senate Update

Just before we started voting this afternoon on more amendments to the Senate's health reform bill, we had a very special opportunity to hear from President Obama. He reminded us that today, Congress is closer than ever before to passing meaningful health reform that will make a real difference for families struggling with health care costs. He also told us that we have the opportunity to pass a truly historic health reform initiative that will provide more stability and security for American fa… Continue Reading

December 04, 2009

NM Plant to Receive $100 Million in Federal Backing for Development of Biofuel Technology

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall applauded today's announcement that a planned biorefinery in Columbus, New Mexico, will receive a $50 million economic recovery grant and up to $54.5 million in guaranteed loans to build the facility and develop algae-based biofuels for use in jet fuel and diesel. Sapphire Energy, which is based in San Diego, announced earlier this year plans to build an integrated algal biorefinery in Luna County. Construction of the biorefinery is expected… Continue Reading

December 04, 2009

Udall Honors Fallen NM Heroes on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today honored two New Mexico heroes who died recently in Iraq while serving their country with tribute remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Army Corporal Anthony "Tony" Carrasco, 25, was born in Las Cruces and raised in Berino, graduating from Gadsden High School in 2003. Carrasco, a truck commander for armored vehicles, died Nov. 4 after being hit by sniper fire in Ad Dawr, Iraq. He leaves behind a pregnant wife, two stepchildren, and his parent… Continue Reading

December 03, 2009

Women's Health Amendment Improves Preventive Care

Today we saw the Senate health reform bill strengthened with the inclusion of Senator Mikulski's Women's Health Amendment. As a son, husband and father, I fully supported this proposal, which requires all health plans to cover comprehensive women's preventive care and screenings and to do so at no additional cost to women. Under the status quo, more than half of women delay or avoid preventive care because of its cost. That means postponed mammograms or missed screenings for heart disease and … Continue Reading

December 02, 2009

Udall Encourages Local Producers to Take Advantage of Livestock Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today encouraged New Mexico ranchers and livestock producers impacted by droughts and wildfires in 2008 to apply for federal aid before next week's Dec. 10 deadline. Udall joined Salomon Ramirez, state executive director for the New Mexico Farm Service Agency (FSA), in reminding eligible ranchers and livestock producers from Chaves, Doña Ana, Eddy, Harding, Hidalgo, Grant, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra and Union counties to apply for benefits unde… Continue Reading

December 01, 2009

Udall Statement on President’s Approach in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement this evening in reaction to President Barack Obama's address outlining an increase in troops for the war in Afghanistan: "I appreciate President Obama's thoughtful and deliberative approach in both determining and explaining the path forward in Afghanistan. He obviously inherited a very complex situation as president. Fighting two costly wars and determining the best course of action is not an easy task to undertake. "Throu… Continue Reading

November 30, 2009

Bingaman, Udall Seek Clarity for New Mexico Travelers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide New Mexicans with assurances that their travel plans early in the new year will not be disrupted by a federal law governing drivers' licenses. In 2005, Congress passed legislation -- called the REAL ID Act -- requiring states to tighten requirements related the issuance of drivers' licenses because they are used as a standard form of identification for a variety of federal purposes, … Continue Reading

November 30, 2009

MIT Economist Shows 20% Savings in Senate Health Reform Bill

MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber, PhD, presented an important report yesterday on how the Senate health insurance reform bill will reduce costs and improve coverage for Americans. Based on data from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, Gruber determined that insurance exchanges setup under the Senate plan would save individuals and families between $200 and $500 annually on their health insurance. With higher quality benefits in the exchange, that means paying 20 percent less for more cov… Continue Reading

November 24, 2009

New Mexico Receives $6.5 Million to Find Ways to Make Electric Grid More Efficient

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will receive $6.5 million in grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to research technology aimed at making the nation's electric grid run more efficiently. The funding is part of the $620 million awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems that will help build a smarter, more e… Continue Reading

November 24, 2009

Fact vs. Fiction on Health Care Research

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would create an independent, non-profit research institute called the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This Institute would be charged with providing for research on what treatments work best for which patients and filling gaps in medical evidence, so doctors have the information they need to deliver the best possible care to their patients. But, unfortunately, there has been misinformation about this Institute. Below you can separate… Continue Reading

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