Press Releases

February 26, 2019

Udall, Sullivan, Ruiz, Wenstrup Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Strengthen Burn Pit Registry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act, to strengthen and enhance the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. As early as 2002, U.S. military installations in Afghanistan a… Continue Reading


February 25, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $1.05 Million to Diversify and Strengthen Regional Economies

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small announced five grants totaling $1,050,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to develop effective strategies that will diversify and strengthen regional economies across New Mexico. The awards were funded through the DOC's Economic Development Administration (EDA), and will support the development and implementation of comprehensive … Continue Reading


February 22, 2019

Udall Fights to Improve VA Services for Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve VA outreach, health care and benefits for Native American veterans through establishment of a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs. The Advisory Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers Native American vet… Continue Reading


February 22, 2019

Udall: Interior & Environment Funding Bill Secures Strong Investments for Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, hailed the passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill as part of the government funding package that passed Congress last week. The bipartisan bill provides increased funding for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs, w… Continue Reading


February 21, 2019

Udall: Interior & Environment Funding Bill Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the funding bill his subcommittee authored, the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, was signed into law as part of the government funding package which passed Congress last week. The bill provides critical funding for New Mexico's public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and… Continue Reading


February 19, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure Strong Investments for New Mexico Priorities in Bipartisan Government Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting 83-16 to pass a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2019, avert another partial government shutdown, and invest in essential New Mexico priorities. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the bill, and the president has signed it into law. The funding package includes several measures to benefit New Mexico th… Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Additional $50 Million to Keep Southwest Chief on Track

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that their bipartisan measure to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations bill. The Udall-Heinrich-Luján… Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Applaud Inclusion of Funding in Spending Package for Monitoring Programs in Response to Gold King Mine Spill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Fiscal Year 2019 spending package passed by Congress on February 14 includes funding for long-term water quality monitoring of the Animas River in response to the Gold King Mine Spill. "When an EPA cleanup job spilled three million gallons of toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine into the Animas and San Juan rivers, it upended the lives and livelihoods of farmers, ra… Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Buffalo Tract Protection Act

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) reintroduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act to withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in southern Sandoval County, including the Buffalo Tract and the Crest of Montezuma, from any mineral development, including gravel mining. In 2012, the BLM released a draft of the new resource management plan for BLM lands in central New Mexico. In the draft plan, the BLM proposed to open the Buffalo Tract in… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Udall Statement on Government Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, joined the Senate in voting 83-16 for an agreement to fund the government through September 2019. Udall also responded to reports that President Trump will declare a national emergency in order to raid other funds to build his border wall, after the congressional agreement rejected President Trump's demands for $5.7 billion in funding for the wal… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

As NM Prepares for Wildfire Season, Udall, Heinrich, & Colleagues Press U.S. Forest Service for Answers on Wildfire Prevention and Fuels Treatment Efforts Following Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and a group of their colleagues in seeking answers from the U.S. Forest Service on the recent Trump shutdown and its impact on the agency's critical wildfire preven… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Udall Statement on Confirmation of William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of William Barr to serve as attorney general: "The Trump attorney general's office has been ground-zero for many of this administration's most xenophobic, hateful, and anti-immigrant policies - including family separation - all of which will leave a permanent stain on our nation's history. Unfortunately, Mr. Barr has given the American people little reason to believe he will right t… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Infrastructure Improvements to Bolster New Mexico Border Economies

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Infrastructure Improvements to Bolster New Mexico Border Economies WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned transportation leaders on opportunities for infrastructure improvements at ports of entry during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled "America's Infrastructure Needs: Keeping Pace with a Growing Economy." As a member of the Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees, Udall has long championed strong federal investment to improve infrastructure and tec… Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce $380,000 for New Mexico Arts Programs from the National Endowment for the Arts

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a total of $380,000 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) for arts programs throughout New Mexico. The grants will fund 15 music, dance, theater, and visual arts projects across the state to support local economies. "I am proud that New Mexico is home to one of the most vibrant and diverse arts communities in the nation, which improves our quality of life and plays a critical role in our state's economy,… Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce Air Force Plans to Construct Secure Facilities at Kirtland Air Force Base to Expand Space Capabilities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Air Force has submitted a three-phase plan to construct secure workspace at Kirtland Air Force Base that will support the expanded mission of the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) and benefit New Mexico's growing space economy. The Air Force's plan comes in response to recent efforts led by Udall and Heinrich in the U.S. Senate to push for establishing classified workspace, or secure compartmentalized inf… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

In Address to National Congress of American Indians, Udall Recommits to Fighting for Issues Vital to Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) at its 2019 Executive Council Winter Session. In his remarks, Udall outlined his upcoming legislative priorities for the 116th Congress, and recommitted to fighting for issues vital to Indian Country, including ensuring equal access to the ballot box for Native Americans, supporting Native-owned businesses, revitalizing Native la… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Udall & McCain’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act Clears Senate

WASHINGTON- Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Senate has passed the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2019 (21CSC), legislation he championed with the late Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) to reinvigorate the nation's conservation service corps, bolstering public-private partnerships to engage youth and veterans in conservation-related civilian national service positions. Originally introduced by McCain and Udall in 2017, the 21CSC would facilitate conservation service p… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure Permanent Reauthorization of Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program in Public Lands Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have secured a provision in the public lands package that passed the Senate today to permanently reauthorize the Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program, a collaborative program that brings together federal and state agencies, Tribes, non-profits, and local communities to work to reduce sediment, control erosion, and restore healthy vegetation on the Rio Puerco watershed. The Rio Puerco Basin is a critical watershed f… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins in Public Lands Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, a historic bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument and Rio Grande del Norte Nation… Continue Reading


February 08, 2019

Udall Statement on BLM Deferring Chaco Lease Sales

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to BLM's announcement that it will defer leases within the 10-mile buffer zone surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park for the upcoming March lease sale: "The BLM did the right thing by deferring these parcels from being leased on culturally-significant and fragile land in the greater Chaco area, a UNESCO world heritage site. However, this is the third time under this administration that BLM has chosen to… Continue Reading

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