Press Releases

March 09, 2009

Udall Statement on President's Executive Order on Stem Cell Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement on President Obama's Executive Order reversing the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research: "By signing the executive order lifting the ban on federal funding for existing embryonic stem cell research today, President Obama has reaffirmed our country's commitment to life saving scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs. " Most everyone has a story of a loved one impacted by conditio… Continue Reading

March 09, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Forest Land to Benefit From Recovery Package Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the Forest Service will soon release nearly $5 million in federal funding for two projects aimed at improving national forests in New Mexico. Congress set aside $650 million in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve national forest lands, and another $500 million for wild fire management. The U.S. Forest Service has approved two projects, one in the Santa Fe National Forest and another in the Lincoln Natio… Continue Reading

March 06, 2009

Udall, Bipartisan Group of Senators Join to Support Families of Severely Disabled Vets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to provide essential support services to family caregivers of severely disabled servicemembers and veterans. The Veteran and Servicemember Family Caregiver Support Act of 2009 establishes a program to provide technical, financial and practical support to family caregivers of veterans or members of the Armed Forces seriously injured in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. Udal… Continue Reading

March 05, 2009

N.M. Congressional Delegation Unveils Recovery Package Resource Guide

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico congressional delegation today unveiled a resource guide designed to help ensure that New Mexico can make the most of the economic recovery package enacted into law last month. U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representatives Martin Heinrich, Ben Ray Lujàn and Harry Teague said the guide contains necessary contact information and other key resources New Mexicans will need to tap into recovery funds. "Our top priority is to help get our economy… Continue Reading

March 04, 2009

Udall: Federal Grant Will Allow 3,800 New Mexico Students to Earn College Credit

WASHINGTION­-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico will be receiving $98,800 to pay for low-income students to take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. These tests allow high school students to earn college credit and dramatically increase the chances that students will go on to college and succeed. "When a student wants to invest the time and effort that AP and IB classes demand they should not be denied the opportunity to receive… Continue Reading

March 03, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: New Mexico Poised to Receive Over $18 Million to Fight Crime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico is set to receive $18.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fight crime. The funding will be used to support a variety of anti-crime initiatives that would otherwise suffer because state and local funding is drying up due to the economic downturn. Grants can be used to upgrade equipment used by law enforcement, for prosecution and court programs, and for drug treatment and prevention pro… Continue Reading

March 02, 2009

Udall Addresses N.M. Legislature About Jobs, Clean Energy and Health Care

WASHINGTION­-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today spoke to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature about plans to address the country's economic crisis, create clean energy jobs and fix America's health care system. Udall has been a leader in the Congress on clean energy and preventive health care. Below are his remarks, as delivered. "Lt. Governor, thank you very much. I know that you're doing a great job back here. I want to thank you and let you know your daughter is also doi… Continue Reading

February 27, 2009

Udall to President: We Must Stop Border Violence

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to include in his budget "the highest levels of funding possible" to reduce violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Udall noted that 5,300 people were killed in Mexico last year from drug-related violence. About 1,500 of those murders occurred in Ciudad Juarez, directly across the border from El Paso, Texas and the New Mexico border. "To ensure that our nation's communities are safe from this o… Continue Reading

February 26, 2009

Udall: Indian Country Youth Suicide Rates Demand Attention, Help

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in a hearing to examine the overwhelming frequency of youth suicide in Indian Country. The rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaskan Native population is 70 percent higher than the general United States population, with the incidence of youth suicides reaching epidemic proportions. New Mexico, which has the fifth highest Native American population in the country, also has the seventh highest rate of suicide for youth from a… Continue Reading

February 24, 2009

Over $28 Million in New Mexico Energy and Water Projects Included in Budget Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that over $28 million energy and water related projects he requested has been included in the Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) Omnibus Appropriations Bill. "This appropriations bill contains vital funding for the people of New Mexico, from helping us fully expand our capacity for renewable energy development and production to protecting the waterways and acequias throughout the state," said Udall. "I am extremely pleased this bill includes… Continue Reading

February 24, 2009

Udall Projects Promote Native American Health, Education and Culture

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that legislation moving through Congress contains almost $5.8 million in funding initiatives to help New Mexico's Native American communities. As a member of the House of Representatives, then-Rep. Udall worked to ensure that the projects were included in the FY09 spending package. The senator currently sits on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "America has a special responsibility to ensure that our tribes receive the help t… Continue Reading

February 24, 2009

Over $1.1 Million of Udall Projects for Health and Education in New Mexico Included in FY09 Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that an omnibus appropriations bill currently moving through Congress contains more than $1.1 million for New Mexico-specific health care and education projects. Udall worked to ensure that the projects were included in the bill when he served on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. "At this time, when New Mexicans are suffering because of economic failures they did nothing to caus… Continue Reading

February 24, 2009

Udall: Projects in Bill Would Spur Economic Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced legislative projects included in the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to spur economic development in New Mexico. The projects, which then-Rep. Udall requested for the state through the Appropriations process, include Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Small Business Development: Transportation: North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Bus Facility $475,000 Funding to construct, equip and furnish … Continue Reading

February 24, 2009

Udall-Backed Initiatives in Bill Protect New Mexico Farmers and Ranchers, Land

WASHINGTION­-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that legislation moving through Congress contains more than $5.9 million to help New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and to preserve New Mexico's natural resources. "New Mexico's farmers and ranchers have been struggling with fluctuating costs and steadily declining prices," said Udall. "These resources help support the future of New Mexico's agricultural community." The legislation includes $235,000 for the Clovis-NMSU, Southern… Continue Reading

February 18, 2009

Bingaman, Udall and Teague: Chino Mine Workers Eligible for Federal Assistance

SANTA FE - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representative Harry Teague, today applauded news that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined that workers laid off from the Chino mine are eligible for federal assistance. The New Mexico lawmakers urged then-Labor Secretary Elaine Chao in a December letter to quickly approve any application made for Trade Adjustment Assistance. The Obama Administration has announced that the application made on behalf of Chino miners was approved… Continue Reading

February 13, 2009

Senators Applaud Inclusion of State Revolving Fund in Economic Recovery Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond from Missouri, Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico and Chuck Schumer from New York applauded a measure included in the final economic recovery package that will allow states more flexibility in providing grants to communities for water, waste water or drinking water projects through the State Revolving Fund (SRF). After attempting to add a similar provision to the version of the bill crafted in the Senate, the senato… Continue Reading

February 13, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: N.M. Set to Receive $1.108 Billion to Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said New Mexico will receive $1.108 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create 22,000 jobs throughout the state. Additional provisions in the bill will provide tax breaks to thousands of New Mexico families. The measure passed today 60-38; it can now be sent to President Obama for signature. "New Mexicans are suffering from this terrible economic downturn. With the passage of this bill, help is on… Continue Reading

February 12, 2009

Tom Udall Introduces Renewable Electricity Measure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., continued his fight to enact a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) into law today by introducing legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. The bill, Udall's first since being elected to the Senate, would set the first national threshold for utilities to provide 6 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2012, and gradually i… Continue Reading

February 11, 2009

Udall Selected Helsinki Commissioner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that he has been selected as a member of the commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the United States Helsinki Commission. The commission is an independent U.S. Government agency established in 1976 to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law, as well as security and economic advancement. As a commissioner, Udall will have the opportunity to work with parliamentarians, government officials and non-go… Continue Reading

February 10, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Bill Would Direct at Least $953 Million into New Mexico's Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said there is at least $953 million for New Mexico in the Senate's version of the economic recovery package, which will be used to create good jobs in the state. The measure passed today 61-37, and must now be finalized with the version the House of Representatives passed. "Nearly 600,000 Americans lost their jobs in January, offering further evidence that we are facing the most serious economic crisis in decades. We need to in… Continue Reading

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