Press Releases

November 16, 2018

As Congress Negotiates DHS Funding, ICE Dodging Inquiries About Possible Spending Violations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is calling attention to the Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) failure to respond to an October inquiry from 14 senators regarding ICE's violation of congressional requirements, questionable contracting practices, and pattern of spending beyond its means. In their October inquiry, Udall and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (W-Dis.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Richard Blume… Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Udall, Markey, Blumenthal Call for FTC Investigation into Manipulative Marketing in Children’s Apps

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch an investigation into new evidence of manipulative marketing in apps directed at children. A new study authored by public health experts in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics reveals numerous instances of young children's games using advertising techniques that ap… Continue Reading


November 13, 2018

Udall Statement on FDA’s Proposal to Limit Sales of E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released the following statement after the FDA proposed plans to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, and e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs subsequently announced that it would take steps to curtail sales of its flavored products in retail stores. The FDA's proposal and JUUL Labs' announcement comes after mounting public pressure in response … Continue Reading


November 11, 2018

Udall Statement Honoring Veterans Day

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day: "Today, 100 years since the signing of the armistice ending World War I, we honor the brave men and women from New Mexico and across the United States who have sacrificed to defend our values and protect our freedoms, both at home and abroad. New Mexicans carry a long and storied tradition of military service. From enduring the brutal Bataan Death March during World War II to braving the b… Continue Reading


November 09, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.347 Million for Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project will receive a total of $4.347 million from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's (BOR) fiscal year 2019 budget. The project, when complete, will deliver a reliable water supply to Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, Grady, Elida, Melrose, Portales, Texico, and Roosevelt and Curry counties. An additional $7.65 million will be allocated to other projects along the Ri… Continue Reading


November 07, 2018

Udall Statement on Firing of Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "Any effort to obstruct or terminate the special counsel's investigation would precipitate a crisis for our constitution and our republic. Unfortunately, the American people have every reason to fear that the president's firing of Attorney General Sessions represents an attempt to interfere with the investigation into the Trump campaign. The new acting attorn… Continue Reading


November 07, 2018

Udall: New Mexicans Vote for New Direction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the results of the midterm election: "Voters in New Mexico and across this country voted to turn the page - and to stand up for the fundamental values that make our state and our nation strong. We voted to reject the politics of fear, hatred, and division. We voted to affirm what we know to be true in majority-minority state like New Mexico: that our diversity is our strength, and that we can accomplish so muc… Continue Reading


November 05, 2018

NM Delegation Urges House & Senate Agriculture Committees to Include Farm Bill Provisions Helping Acequias and Land Grants Access Federal Resources

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lújan are urging the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to maintain a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill to make acequias eligible for federal resources through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). They also requested that the committees include language to make land grants eligible for these resources as well. These … Continue Reading


November 05, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Administration Reimposing Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Iran that had been eased following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and threatened yet further sanctions. Udall has introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds for war with Iran without either express approval from Congress or in response to imminent attack, … Continue Reading


November 05, 2018

Udall Celebrates Completion of Sunland Park Wastewater Treatment Plant

Santa Teresa, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Santa Teresa to celebrate the completion of the Sunland Park Wastewater Treatment Plant, made possible through a $9 million grant to the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which awards grants to address high-priority water supply and water sanitation needs. A representative from U.S. Senator Martin Heinr… Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

Udall & Colleagues Urge FDA to Protect Kids from Tobacco Use and Addiction

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of colleagues in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take stronger action to reduce youth use of addictive electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by immediately requiring manufacturers to remove kid-appealing flavored e-cigarettes from the market. More than two million middle and high-schoolers are using e-cigarettes today, making them the most popular form of tobacco product among youth-with 81 percent of kids who have… Continue Reading


October 28, 2018

Udall Statement on Tree of Life Shooting

Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and his wife, Jill Cooper Udall, attended a memorial service at the Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, N.M., where they attend services, to honor the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. Udall released the following statement: "It is abundantly clear that the hatred that exists in this nation is strong. That fact has been repeatedly laid bare -- agonizingly so yesterday, when 11 innocent people, seeking peace in a house… Continue Reading


October 22, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, O’Rourke Demand Answers from HHS on Unaccompanied Migrant Children Detained at Tornillo Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to provide information on the operations and conditions of the temporary tent facility in Tornillo, Texas housing detained unaccompanied migrant children. In a letter to Azar, the lawmakers demanded answers regarding the expansion of the Tornillo facility, and new administration policies that are se… Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Udall Joins Protect Our Care’s Bus Tour in ABQ, Fights to Protect Health Care for New Mexico Families

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with local health care advocates, community members, and elected officials, joined Protect Our Care on its nationwide Care Force One Bus Tour at its stop in Albuquerque. During the event, he called on Republicans to end their relentless attacks on New Mexicans' health care, and pledged to work to defend and improve access to comprehensive coverage for hardworking New Mexico families. Udall began by committing to defend comprehensive hea… Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Udall Tours Economic and Community Development Hubs in the South Valley

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall toured three economic development organizations in the South Valley that serve farmers, entrepreneurs, community members and small business owners who are helping to drive New Mexico's economy forward. During his tours, he met with local community members who have benefitted from these initiatives and discussed how federal resources can best support programs to foster entrepreneurship, workforce education, and economic and community development t… Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote to President Donald Trump and to the Trump Organization seeking a full accounting of any financial ties between the Trump Organization and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi… Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Klobuchar Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N. M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Care Corps Demonstration Act to build and strengthen America's caregiving workforce, and help meet the growing demand for caregivers working with seniors and people living with disabilities. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). By 2030, older Americans are expected to make up nearly 20 percent of t… Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce USDA Grants to Support Acequia Associations & Traditional Communities, Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers, and Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced three grants totaling nearly $525,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to benefit New Mexico's traditional communities and acequia associations, Hispanic farmers and ranchers, and tribal agricultural communities in the state. The grants were made through the USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, which Udall and Heinrich have long supported to help sociall… Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Udall, Heinrich To EPA: Halt Methane Standards Roll Back

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the public comment period that began this week for a proposal to weaken methane standards, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-N.M.) along with 19 of their colleagues in a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the public comment period for the rule and provide adequate justification for modifying the national standards. In 2016, the EPA adopted the New Source Performance Standards (… Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution, with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and others, to designate October 30, 2018 as the 10th National Day of Remembrance to honor the thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation's nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War. The full text of the resolution is available HERE. "During the Cold War, thousands of New Mexicans sacrifi… Continue Reading

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