Press Releases

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

February 10, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Intel to Make Major Investment in New Mexico

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall joined Intel CEO Paul Otellini in Washington, D.C., today to announce the corporation will be investing $2.5 billion in its Fab 11x factory, located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The new capital is part of Intel's 32 nanometer (nm) technology initiative. It is expected to protect thousands of jobs with Intel and to create 1,000 to 1,500 jobs constructing new facilities. "This is a great day for Intel in New Mexico and a sign that investment in… Continue Reading

February 06, 2009

Senate Unanimously Adopts Udall Amendment to Help Unemployed Vets Find Work

WASHINGTON - An amendment authored by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., to expand tax incentives to employers who hire veterans who have served since September 2001 has been unanimously adopted by the Senate. The initiative, which will apply to veterans who are discharged from the Armed Services from September 2001 through December 2010, and includes veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, is now a part of the economic recovery package. When offering his amendme… Continue Reading

February 06, 2009

Udall Statement on NNSA Labs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today issued the following statement vehemently opposing an Office of Management and Budget memo suggesting that NNSA controlled laboratories should be moved from within the Department of Energy to the Department of Defense: "I strongly disagree with the proposal to move Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories from the Department of Energy to the Department of Defense. I have expressed my opposition directly to OMB Director Peter Orszag. For de… Continue Reading

February 04, 2009

Senators Announce State Revolving Fund Amendment to Economic Recovery Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kit Bond from Missouri and Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico filed an amendment to the economic recovery package that will make it easier for states to administer the funds allocated to the State Revolving Funds (SRF). The amendment would provide the states with the flexibility to choose to provide grants to municipalities for their water, waste water or drinking water projects. Currently, the economic recovery package onl… Continue Reading

February 02, 2009

Tom Udall Calls for Clean Energy Jobs in Maiden Floor Speech

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today delivered his first speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Udall spoke about the need for an ambitious national strategy to create American jobs in the industries of the future. Below are his remarks, as prepared for delivery. "As I rise to give this maiden speech in our chamber, we all know that we are living in very difficult times. Our current economic crisis has only accelerated problems that have been growing for years. America's manuf… Continue Reading

January 29, 2009

Udall Cheers Lilly Ledbetter Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement regarding President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into Law: "Equal work should earn equal pay and after years of fighting against workforce discrimination I am proud President Obama has signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. "Today, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, and Hispanic women earn only 55 cents on the dollar. The wage gap undermines not only our na… Continue Reading

January 27, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Appropriations Committee Clears Bill to Stimulate Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $325 billion spending bill aimed at stimulating the nation's economy. Although most specific funding levels for New Mexico are not yet known, the Senators confirmed a significant amount will be directed to the state. "With the nation's unemployment rates rising, we can't waste time getting a stimulus bill to President Obama's desk. This measure will help bolster the eco… Continue Reading

January 27, 2009

Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force members Announced for 111th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, announced the members of the 111th Congress Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force. Forty-four Senate Democrats have joined the Hispanic Task Force (HTF), the largest membership since Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) founded it twenty years ago. Sen. Rei… Continue Reading

January 22, 2009

Udall to Serve on Four Key Senate Committees

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is now officially a member of four critical Senate committees. In addition to his top-level assignments on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Udall has also been appointed to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. The Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation covers issues including consumer protection, oversight and expan… Continue Reading

January 22, 2009

Senate Passes Udall -Backed Bill to Protect Equal Pay

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, cosponsored by Senator Tom Udall, to restore civil rights protections for workers who face pay discrimination based on age, race, gender, national origin, religion or disability. The bill gives workers the right to fight against discrimination without imposing an unfair, arbitrary timeline regulating the time in which they must file a lawsuit. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workers, even those discriminated… Continue Reading

January 15, 2009

Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Stimulus Funds to Clean-Up Nuclear Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators today called for $6 billion in economic recovery funds to be dedicated to the cleanup of existing Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear sites. The group of Senators, which includes U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jim Risch (R-ID), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), outlined how increasing the nation's annual investment in DOE nuclear cleanup site… Continue Reading

January 15, 2009

Udall's Sabinoso Wilderness Bill Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today passed legislation to designate more than 17,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness by a vote of 73-22. The legislation, authored by Senator Tom Udall when he served in the House, is included in a package of public land bills assembled by Senator Jeff Bingaman. The proposed new wilderness area would contain lands currently included in the Sabinoso Wilderness Study Area. The land is currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Udall, the BLM… Continue Reading

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