Press Releases

September 17, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Introduce Measure to Protect Organ Mountains

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today introduced legislation that will protect the scenic landscapes of the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County. The bill, called the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act, creates wilderness and conservation areas that would provide for continued public use while protecting the granite peaks of the Organ Mountains and the volcanic cinder cones of the Potrillo Mountains, among other public lands in the County. "The Organ Mountain… Continue Reading

September 17, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Approves Spending Bill Containing Millions for New Mexico Projects

WASHINGTON - The Senate today approved a spending bill that contains millions of dollars U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall requested for New Mexico transportation, housing and community development projects. "Many of our state's communities depend on federal dollars for important transportation and housing projects. The funding included in this bill will help get important New Mexico projects off the ground," Bingaman said. "This legislation contains almost $8 million in funding for a wi… Continue Reading

September 16, 2009

Udall Marks Sandia's 60th Anniversary Milestone

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today celebrated the 60th anniversary of Sandia National Laboratory during a reception at the U.S. Capitol hosted by the laboratory and attended by government and scientific leaders from New Mexico and Washington, DC. The reception commemorated the accomplishments of Sandia since its 1949 establishment as an independent laboratory charged with ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. In addition to its w… Continue Reading

September 15, 2009

Albuquerque Receives Nearly $900,000 to Combat Flow of Illegal Drugs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Albuquerque District Attorney's Office will receive a $893,750 economic recovery grant to fight violent drug crimes in New Mexico. Through a Bingaman initiative - supported by Udall - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contained $30 million in grant funding nationwide aimed at fighting drug-related criminal activity. The funding awarded to Albuquerque came from that border grant program. It will be used to hi… Continue Reading

September 15, 2009

Udall Fights to Aid Struggling Dairy Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) today joined a half-dozen of his Senate colleagues at a press conference on Capitol Hill to express his support of the nation's struggling dairy farmers. Click here for photos of the event. Dairy farmers in New Mexico and across the country are experiencing a financial crisis due to massive drops in the prices of dairy products. Over the last year, dairy prices have dropped as much as 40 percent from record highs - and 17 percent to 19 percent bel… Continue Reading

September 15, 2009

As National Hispanic Heritage Month Commences, Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Hispanic Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - Today, as our nation celebrates the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize the work, goals, and achievements of 268 non-profit Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) for their crucial role in educating and empowering Hispanic youth students, improving their local communities, and contributing to the economic vitality of the United States. This resolution specifically calls for the designation of the wee… Continue Reading

September 14, 2009

Udall Serving YoU Helped 67 Communities in August

WASHINGTON - Over the August work period staff from U.S. Senator Tom Udall's Washington D.C. and various state offices were available in 67 towns across New Mexico. Staff members hosted Udall Serving YoU office hours in communities from Sunland Park and Carlsbad to Farmington and Mosquero to help constituents with federal government issues such as passports, Social Security, immigration, housing and veteran's benefits. "During the month of August, my staff was available to many constituents. N… Continue Reading

September 11, 2009

Udall Appointed to International Narcotics Control Caucus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, has been appointed to the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, a formal organization of the Senate charged with monitoring and encouraging international cooperation against drug abuse and narcotics trafficking. The Caucus, informally known as the Senate Drug Caucus, also promotes international compliance with narcotics control treaties. It regularly holds hearings and issues reports on U.S. narcotics control policy, with topics that have in… Continue Reading

September 10, 2009

Bills to Settle Long-running Water Disputes Clear Key Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that a key Senate committee approved three pieces of legislation to increase federal support of New Mexico's Indian tribes and tribal lands - including two bills to settle decades' old water disputes and another to boost federal response to crime in tribal communities. The three bills, including the Aamodt and Taos water rights settlements, were unanimously approved by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, of which Udall is … Continue Reading

September 10, 2009

Spending Bill Contains Critical Funding for White Sands Missile Range and National Defense

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that a key spending bill working its way through Congress contains more than $40 million dollars to support national defense efforts, including work at White Sands Missile Range and various New Mexico universities. The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2010 Defense Spending Bill, clearing the way for full Senate debate. "This bill invests more than $40 million in key national defense initiatives in… Continue Reading

September 09, 2009

Udall Statement on Joint Session Address on Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M, issued the following statement today on President Obama's joint address to congress on the importance of reforming health insurance reform: "President Obama has made it very clear that we have a responsibility to act now to improve access and the affordability to health insurance for the American people, and I agree. One in four New Mexicans today is uninsured and just one major accident away from bankruptcy. While insurance companies continue to reap … Continue Reading

September 09, 2009

Udall Lauds Passage of Tourism Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today lauded the passage of legislation to increase the number of foreign tourists who visit the United States and New Mexico. The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (S. 1023), which Udall cosponsored, will establish a nationally-coordinated travel promotion program to accurately communicate America's travel policies and promote international travel to all areas of the United States. "This legislation will allow New Mexico and the rest of the United States to… Continue Reading

September 04, 2009

New Mexico to Receive $1.3 Million for Energy Efficiency Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced the Department of Energy is releasing $1.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to six counties and cities in New Mexico. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grants (EECBG) can be used to help communities improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and create local green jobs. Activities eligible for EECBG funding include energy audits and building retrofit… Continue Reading

August 26, 2009

Udall Statement on Edward M. Kennedy

Santa Fe, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement mourning the passing and praising the life of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy: "Senator Edward Kennedy committed his life to fighting for Americans who could not fight for themselves. His tireless drive to provide access to health care, civil rights, and improve education for all will forever serve as a model for true public service. He never gave up on accomplishing these goals and upholding the values of compromise … Continue Reading

August 26, 2009

Tribal Communities to Receive Funding to Support Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that the Department of Justice released $1.2 million to four New Mexico tribes to support Native American law enforcement agencies. The funding will provide for the salary and benefits of additional officers as well as the purchasing of basic equipment, crime fighting technology systems, and training. "This funding is very important to New Mexico's Native American communities. It means more jobs, safer streets and Tribal communities that are ta… Continue Reading

August 18, 2009

Town Halls with Tom & Udall Serving YoU Open Office Hours

ALBUQUERQUE - In his continued effort to reach out to New Mexicans and provide an opportunity to learn about his work on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will be hosting four Town Halls with Tom and Udall Serving YoU Open Office Hours. Senator Udall will provide an update on what he's doing for New Mexico in the U.S. Senate and will field questions on a variety of issues, including the importance of providing New Mexicans with quality, affordable access to health care. By the close of the Au… Continue Reading

August 13, 2009

New Tax Credit Will Encourage Green Collar Jobs in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Departments of Treasury and Energy have outlined plans for how manufacturers of green energy technology can access $2.3 billion in tax credits to create new U.S. jobs. The credit, authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is intended to help stimulate America's economy by making the United States a more attractive location for manufacturers of solar, wind and other green technologies. This $2.3 billi… Continue Reading

August 11, 2009

Bingaman & Udall Announce More Than $11 Million in Housing Funds for N.M. Pueblos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that six New Mexico pueblos will share more than $11 million in grant funding to improve housing. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "This major investment in Indian Country will help ensure there is ample affordable, quality housing for New Mexicans," Bingaman said. "Improving the living conditions and quality of housing in our native communities will create desperately needed jobs on tribal l… Continue Reading

August 06, 2009

Udall Hails Confirmation of New Justice Sonia Sotomayor

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement hailing the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Now, Justice Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and just the third woman to ascend our nation's highest court: "In my first opportunity to confirm a justice to our nation's highest court, I am proud to have cast my vote in favor of as distinguished an individual as Sonia Sotomayor. "We have all had the opportunity to hear Justice S… Continue Reading

August 04, 2009

Sotomayor Has Intelligence to Understand Law, Wisdom to Apply It

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, yesterday spoke in the Senate chamber saying Judge Sonia Sotomayor's experience and empathy make her an excellent candidate for the Supreme Court. If approved, Judge Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and just the third woman to serve on the high court. Below is the text of Udall's speech. "I rise today to talk about Judge Sotomayor's experience. And I want to talk about empathy. "In the period since President Obama … Continue Reading

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