Press Releases

March 12, 2019

Udall Convenes Oversight Hearing on GAO High-Risk Indian Programs, Presses IHS on Abuse Allegations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoven (R-N.D.) to convene an oversight hearing on the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) continued "High Risk" designation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the Indian Health Service (IHS). This hearing followed up on the three hearings the committee held last Congress on agencies' high risk designation in 2… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall and Quigley Reintroduce Bicameral MAR-A-LAGO Act to Require Disclosure of Visitor Logs at White House, Trump Properties Where President Conducts Official Business

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus reintroduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bicameral bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties that he frequents. … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Budget

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on President Trump's budget blueprint: "The president's budget is a clear reflection of his administration's backwards and dangerous priorities, which would be devastating to New Mexico's economy and to working families in our state and across the country. To finance tax cuts lining the pockets o… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation Honoring Native Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution to celebrate and honor the successes of indigenous women across the country. This resolution recognizes the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, highlighting the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women. "During Wo… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Udall, Senate Democrats Applaud Enactment of Farmworker Protections As Part of PRIA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) andBen Cardin (D-Md.), applauded the enactment of a Udall amendment to preserve key protections for children and farmworkers as part of a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the nation's pesticide registration program under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). The Udall amendment… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Udall Applauds House Passage of H.R.1, a Sweeping Democracy Reform Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded House passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a comprehensive democracy reform package to fight corruption and repair our broken politics. Udall plans to soon introduce companion legislation in the U.S. Senate. The legislation builds off of the We The People Democracy Reform package, which Udall and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced in the 115th Congress. Udall issued the following statement: "Today, the House took a h… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Udall, Cortez Masto, and Tester Demand Answers After Tribal Health Care Resources Removed from HHS Websites

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar calling on him to explain why HHS removed vital health care resources for Tribal communities from its Office of Minority Health and Administration for Native Americans (ANA) websites. In their letter, the senators note that American Indian and Alaska Native… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Introduces Alamogordo Native VFW Commander-in-Chief B.J. Lawrence to Present Legislative Agenda to Congress

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/j895GsTw9RU WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced Vincent "B.J." Lawrence, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), to present the VFW's legislative agenda for the year at a joint hearing hosted by the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs. During the hearing, Commander Lawrence advocated for important VFW legislative priorities, including improving the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry - an issue that Udall has championed … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Udall, Warren, Brown Introduce Legislation to Protect Student Borrowers’ Rights and Hold Loan Servicers Accountable

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced legislation to protect student borrowers and guarantee oversight of the lending industry. The CFPB Student Loan Integrity & Transparency Act of 2019 ensures the transparency and effectiveness of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Student Loan Education Ombudsman, the federal government's top official tasked with serving as an internal advocate for students wh… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Details Plans for Sweeping Democracy Reform Package

Udall: "This is not about protecting Democrats or Republicans. It's about protecting Americans from a rigged system." VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Details Plans for Sweeping Democracy Reform Package WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor to discuss his plans to introduce Senate companion legislation to H.R. 1, a historic democracy reform package set to pass the House of Representatives this week. Udall was joined on the floor by U.S. Senator Jef… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Legislation to Provide Relief to New Mexico Communities Affected by PFAS

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján introduced a bill to provide relief to communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country. Udall, Heinrich, and Luján are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to coordinate closely with the state of New Mexico to quickly move forward with remediation p… Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Udall, Dingell Reintroduce CREATE Act to Expand Arts Opportunities for American Students, Families, and Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) re-introduced legislation to stimulate the development of arts businesses, jobs and the creative economy in New Mexico, Michigan and across the nation. The Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act - would promote the expansion of arts and grow the creative economy by promoting creative and performing arts in local economic planning, and leverage fe… Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Udall, Paul Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to End War in Afghanistan and Bring Troops Home

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Raul Paul (R-Ky.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the 2019 American Forces Going Home After Noble (AFGHAN) Service Act to end America's longest war, honor the volunteers who bravely serve our nation by providing bonuses to those who have deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism, and redirect the savings from ending the war in Afghanistan to America's needs at home. Though American troops achieved w… Continue Reading


March 04, 2019

Udall, Haaland Join Reps. John Lewis & Terri Sewell on Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Alabama

Selma, AL - This weekend, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (NM) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) joined Reps. John Lewis (GA-05) and Terry Sewell (AL-7) on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. More than forty Members of Congress spent the weekend-long event visiting locations that were instrumental in the fight for equality during the Civil Rights Movement. "The story of the American civil rights movement is one of sheer heroism and unbridled courage in the pursuit of equality… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Udall, Collins, Shaheen, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Terminate President’s National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), along with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), introduced a bipartisan joint resolution to terminate the president's national emergency declaration and uphold the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. The resolution is a companion resolution to H.J.Res 46, which passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 245-182 earlier this week. On February 15, the president declared… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

VIDEO: In Floor Speech, Udall Announces Bipartisan Resolution to Terminate President’s Unconstitutional National Emergency Declaration

Udall: "The president's declaration of a national emergency is an end run around Congress's power to appropriate, plain and simple" VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/270760850475977/ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), spoke on the Senate floor to announce the introduction of a bipartisan joint resolution to block President Trump's national emergency declaration. In his remarks, Udall urged his colleagues to unite together to… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses Administration for Native Americans Commissioner on Climate Change, Speaks with Tribes about Cultural Impacts of the Native American Programs Act

VIDEO: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/45th-anniversary-native-american-programs-act-and-establishment-administration-native WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a committee oversight hearing entitled, "45th Anniversary of the Native American Programs Act and the Establishment of the Administration for Native Americans." "[The Native American Programs Act] plays an importan… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure $3 Million Grant Match for Southwest Chief

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, along with U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, announced that Amtrak at long last will provide $3 million in matching funds to complete the federal TIGER IX grant awarded in January of 2018 for safety upgrades and maintenance along the historic Southwest Chief long-distance passenger rail route. "Thanks to the tireless efforts of local communities and bipartisan work in Congress, Amtrak w… Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against Wheeler Nomination to EPA

Udall: "The president has again put the fox in charge of the hen house" VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against Wheeler Nomination to EPA WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing funding for the EPA, spoke on the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During his remarks, Udall outlined his reasons for voting against Wheel… Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Nomination of Eric Miller to U.S. Court of Appeals

Udall: "He does not understand the inherent sovereignty of Tribal Nations" VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Nomination of Eric Miller to U.S. Court of Appeals WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of Eric Miller to be a Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Udall discussed his opposition to Miller, citing Miller's deeply troubling record on Indian… Continue Reading

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