Press Releases

April 01, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call For Social Security Recipients To Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having To File Tax Return

WASHINGTON- While the CARES Act that the president signed into law last week ensured that the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes or not, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments. New Mexico U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinr… Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Udall Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Push for Swift, Effective Implementation of Tribal Provisions of the CARES Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.). vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 18 senators and 12 U.S. representatives in writing to President Donald J. Trump requesting that federal agencies implementing the Tribal provisions of the CARES Act do so in a manner that upholds the federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Indian Tribes, respects Tribal sovereignty and provides for meaningful government-to-government consultation… Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Udall Releases Guidance for Tribes on Federal Resources from Emergency Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released guidance documents for Tribal governments to provide information on the $8 billion "one stop" Tribal Coronavirus Relief Fund and the $2 billion in Tribal health provisions appropriated in the third emergency coronavirus package, the CARES Act. "Indian Country is on the front lines of this public health crisis, and they have been very clear that they need health, economic, and community… Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump Administration’s Rollback of Clean Car Standards

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's rollback of fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. The Obama-era standards represented the federal government's strongest effort to combat climate change. The Trump rollback will send nearly one billion more tons of carbon dioxide into the air over vehicles' lifetime - roughly equivalent to one-fifth of all U.S. CO2 annual emissions, along with increased air toxins that worsen… Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Join Bipartisan Push for Federal Assistance to Rural Hospitals Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic

33 New Mexico hospitals serve primarily rural areas WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) joined 41 senators and 81 representatives in sending a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar urging him to direct funding included in the recently passed CARES Act to sustain small and rural hospitals. The CARES Act created a $100 billion grant program fo… Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Udall Statement Honoring César Chávez Day

SANTA FE-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement honoring the legacy of civil and labor rights activist César Chávez, founder of the National Farm Workers Association, now the United Farm Workers union: "César Chávez was a workers' rights and civil rights hero who refused to accept that the farmworkers who harvest the food that nourishes Americans families did not have enough for themselves and their own families. Chávez's dedic… Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

NM Delegation Calls for Public Comment Period Extension for Chaco Canyon Draft Resource Management Plan for at Least 120 Days

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt asking for the Department of Interior to extend the public comment period for the joint Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park by at least… Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Udall Calls for Protections for Consumers from Price Gouging During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 16 Senate Democratic colleagues in urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect consumers from price gouging during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a letter, the senators call on the agency to use the full extent of its authority to prevent abusive price gouging on consumer health products that members of the public need to protect themselves and their loved ones from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). "Serious and justi… Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Release Guide for Small Business Owners and Non-Profit Leaders to the CARES Act

Find the guide HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released a guide to help small business owners and non-profit leaders access new funding included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that passed the Senate, House and was signed into law by the President last week. The CARES Act contains major provisions to provide relief to small businesses and non-profits hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and its required public … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

NM Delegation Seeks Deployment of Combat Support Hospital to New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small wrote to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's request for the deployment of a fully equipped Combat Support Hospital (CSH) to Albuquerque, New Mexico and to support the mobilization of any needed Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resou… Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich: $150 Billion “Marshall Plan” for Health Care System Included in Emergency Coronavirus Package

New Mexico and its local governments can also receive up to $1.25 billion in federal reimbursement for pandemic response costs WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced that the coronavirus emergency response bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday will provide more than $150 billion of critical relief to hospitals and health care workers across the nation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding includes $100 billion for direct aid to health c… Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Udall Applauds Final Passage of $2 Trillion Emergency Coronavirus Bill to Give Immediate Relief to New Mexico Families and Frontline Public Health Professionals

Also includes up to $1.25 billion in relief for NM and $8 billion in Tribal expenses due to pandemic WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement applauding the voice vote in the House of Representatives to pass a $2 trillion emergency COVID-19 bill to provide immediate and badly-needed relief to New Mexicans grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. The bill is expected to be signed into law by the … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Udall: Tribal Coronavirus Relief Provisions Pass Full Congress

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement after final passage of key provisions negotiated by Senate Democrats to provide relief to Tribes as part of the emergency coronavirus response package. The bill is expected to be signed by the president shortly. "Tribes have made it abundantly clear that the effects of COVID-19 on Indian Country will be devastating if they do not receive the necessary hea… Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich: Coronavirus Bill Includes Direct Payments, Major Expansion of Unemployment Insurance for Working New Mexicans

As New Mexico unemployment filings spike due to pandemic and public health closures, state unemployment aid to be boosted by $600/week for four months Senators also secured provision in bill to enable workers at New Mexico's national labs and contractors at other federal facilities to receive paid leave during public health emergency WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) helped secure extensive workers relief provisions in the emergency coronavirus respon… Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Udall, Heinrich: Coronavirus Relief Bill Provides $377 Billion in Small Business Aid, Up to $10 Million Each for Businesses and Non-profits Up to 500 Employees

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are highlighting that the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes major provisions to provide relief to small businesses and non-profits hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and its required public health responses. The bill includes $377 billion in small business aid - including up to $10 million in Payment Protection Program loans for each small business and non-profit up t… Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on Senate-Passed COVID-19 Relief for New Mexico

AUDIO: Udall Holds Press Conference Call on Senate-Passed COVID-19 Relief for New Mexico. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted a press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss the $2 trillion congressional COVID-19 relief bill that passed the Senate last night by a 96-0 vote. Udall discussed how the relief will benefit New Mexicans and Native communities. The $2 trillion package includes key provisions to support New Mexico, including: direct payments to indiv… Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Vote for Coronavirus Emergency Bill to Provide Immediate Public Health and Economic Relief to New Mexicans

Also includes reimbursement for state and Tribal expenses due to pandemic WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted to pass a major, bipartisan emergency COVID-19 response bill to provide immediate and badly-needed relief to New Mexicans grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. The $2 trillion package includes key provisions to support New Mexico, including: direct payments to individual New Mexicans and a major expansion of unemployment benefits, badly-needed direct… Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

VIDEO: On the Senate Floor, Udall Urges Senate to Pass Critical Relief for New Mexico, Tribes Ahead of Vote on Bipartisan Coronavirus Bill

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/YcaWNjTmsUs WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, spoke on the Senate floor to urge fellow senators to pass the critical relief measures included in a compromise, bipartisan coronavirus funding package that would send immediate support to New Mexicans and Tribes suffering the economic and public health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Udall Statement on Tribal Provisions in Senate Bipartisan Emergency COVID-19 Relief Package Compromise Agreement

Udall renews call for Tribal-specific title in future COVID-19 stimulus packages WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on the improvements to the third COVID-19 emergency relief package that Senate Democrats secured to address the unique needs of Indian Tribes and urban Indian health programs: "Tribes are on the front lines of this public health crisis, and they have been very clear that they need he… Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Announces $1.17 Million for 16 Local Community Health Centers on the Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic Response in New Mexico

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services released over $1.17 million in emergency grants to 16 community health centers, Pueblo health centers and Urban Indian Organizations on the front lines of New Mexico's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1,175,940 in funding, provided to… Continue Reading

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