Press Releases

November 02, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Nearly $8.5 million in CARES Act Grant Funding for HIV/AIDS Treatment and Services

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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $8.5 million to the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Health for grants through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The grants are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (… Continue Reading


November 02, 2020

NM Delegation Hails Nearly $2.4 Million to Increase Mental Health Services for Students Across the State

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded nearly $2.4 million in federal funding awarded to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to expand the number of licensed mental health providers in public schools. NMPED will use the $2,387,208 grant to hire over 400 School-Based Mental Health providers over the course of the five-year gr… Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Udall, Murkowski Mark 30th Anniversary of Native American Languages Act, Announce New Bipartisan Native American Language Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Native American Languages Act (NALA) with the announcement of new bipartisan legislation, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2020, to ensure the federal government is living up to policies and principles set out in NALA three decades ago. The NALA, which was led by Senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii),… Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Senate Unanimously Passes Udall, Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nation’s Nuclear Weapons Workers, Declare National Day of Remembrance

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced today said the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution to designate October 30, 2020, as National Day of Remembrance for workers who helped develop and support the nation's nuclear weapons program. The Day of Remembrance honors American workers who supported the nation's nuclear weapons efforts from World War II through the Cold War, as well as nuclear program workers today who continue this heroic leg… Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

During Big Tech Hearing, Udall Presses CEOs on Commitment to Preventing Foreign Interference and Disinformation in U.S. Elections

VIDEO LINK: Udall's questions can be found at 3:00:54 here. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned Chief Executive Officers of Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet, Inc. (Google) on the role and responsibility of their platforms to protect American users from foreign interference and disinformation campaigns. "The U.S. Intelligence community has found that the Russian government is intent on election … Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Udall Slams Trump Administration’s Partisan Executive Order to Undermine Federal Workforce

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Trump administration issued an executive order last week to create a new "Schedule F" category for federal employees, a provision that would undermine the professional corps of civil servants by facilitating politically-motivated hiring and firing practices: "President Trump and his administration have relentlessly attacked protections for American workers and the bedrock institutions of our democracy throughout… Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

As COVID-19 Cases Rise in New Mexico, NM Delegation Calls on Federal Agencies to Provide Full Transparency Regarding State’s Share of Stockpiled PPE to Combat COVID-19 Spikes Amid Flu Season

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) urged officials in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to distribute adequate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to New Mexico so the state and its Native communities may properly prepare f… Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump Stripping Protections from Tongass National Forest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement after the Trump administration moved to strip protections from the Tongass National Forest: "The Trump administration is again showing us its true colors, adding to the worst environmental record of any presidential administration in American history with a truly reckless and destructive rollback of public lands prot… Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

As Firefighters Fight Luna Fire, Udall, Heinrich Request National Guard Wildfire Readiness Assessment

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 12 senators in a letter to Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Daniel R. Hokanson requesting an assessment of the National Guard's current firefighting capabilities to better coordinate resources with state and local efforts. The senators requested that the National Guard provide an assessment of trained personnel and equipment availability and work to develop coordinated regional planning with go… Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Udall Welcomes Settlement Agreement on New Mexico MSO Litigation

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico conservation organizations reached an out-of-court settlement on litigation concerning the Mexican Spotted Owl: "I commend the Forest Service, local stakeholders, and conservation organizations for coming together and finding a path forward that works for the Mexican Spotte… Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Udall: New Watchdog Report Shows Trump Administration Blatantly Mishandled Tribal Data

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement after the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report Udall requested documenting data breaches as a result of the Trump administration's mishandling of Tribal financial information and the distribution of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds: "Today's alarming findings confirmed wh… Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Udall Votes Against Final Confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Barret was confirmed by a final Senate vote of 52-48. A bipartisan group of senators opposed her nomination. "As the nation battles a pandemic that has killed over 225,000 Americans including over 960 New Mexicans, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans jammed through a completely partisan nominee for … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Calls on Senate to Protect Health Care for New Mexicans, Native Americans and Vote Against Judge Barrett’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court

Senate Republicans rushing to confirm Judge Barrett just eight days before the conclusion of the presidential election to cement an extreme right-wing majority to strike down Affordable Care Act, instead of working on desperately-needed COVID-19 relief for the American people Udall also sounds the alarm on Judge Barrett's troubling record on peaceful transfer of power, climate change, Roe V. Wade VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfong9nStww&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON-Today… Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

AUDIO: During Roundtable with New Mexicans, Udall Urges Senate Republicans, Trump Administration to Pass Urgent COVID-19 Relief

AUDIO: Udall Holds Listening Session with New Mexicans Calling for further COVID-19 Relief WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a listening session with New Mexicans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss the critical need for Senate Republicans to pass an additional coronavirus relief package and extend unemployment assistance to keep New Mexico families and state, local and Tribal governments afloat. During the call, Udall heard from two New Mexicans currently livin… Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

MEMO: Fact Checking the Trump Administration’s Attempt to Re-write its Native American Record, False Promises to Tribes

The Trump White House's newly-released "Putting America's First Peoples First: Forgotten No More!" document attempts to re-write its record on Native American issues in numerous misleading ways. The Trump administration claims credit for work primarily achieved by Senate and House Democrats to advance Indian Country priorities and ignores the damage the administration has wrought across Indian Country. "It's unfortunate, but hardly surprising, that the Trump White House is now making highly mi… Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Holds Roundtable with New Mexicans who Rely on ACA, Condemns Republican Push for SCOTUS Nominee Who Could Destroy Law During Pandemic

As Senate Republicans rush to jam a conservative judge onto the Supreme Court and overturn the ACA, Udall hears from New Mexicans who rely on the ACA for Medicaid expansion and pre-existing conditions protections AUDIO: Udall Hears from New Mexicans who Rely on the ACA WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a listening session with New Mexicans who rely on the health insurance marketplace and Medicaid expansion coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Udall stressed … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds $1.6 Million in USDA Grants for Agricultural Training and Support for Military Veterans, Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded $1.6 million in grants to three organizations that will support New Mexico military veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers with agricultural training, sustainability education and support to begin successful careers in agriculture. Not Forgotten Outreach will use a $749,826 award for outreach to o… Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Provide Lifeline For Small Businesses, Decry Senate GOP Inaction

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have helped introduce the HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act, a comprehensive package of measures that would provide support to the hardest-hit, most vulnerable small businesses and industries, such as food services, hospitality, and live venues. "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly told the White House yesterday that they should not make a deal on coronavirus relief before the election - so he can focus on… Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

VIDEO: On the Senate Floor, Udall Urges Senate to Pass Critical and Comprehensive Pandemic Relief for Tribes, Native Communities

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/sxrbnpAVylE 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 calling for the Senate to pass comprehensive COVID-19 relief legislation that would provide critical assistance to Tribal COVID-19 response efforts. Udall further highlighted the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on Tribes and Native communities. Udall's call for a… Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Udall Bill to Boost Small Business Development, Create Jobs in Indian Country Signed into Law

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the president signed his Native American Business Incubators Act into law. The legislation will help support creation of Native American-owned small business. U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. "Small businesses form the backbone of strong economies and communities. But for too l… Continue Reading

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