Press Releases

June 04, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce FEMA Fire Management Assistance Grant For Ute Park Fire

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 1, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration for the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County. The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program allows for the "mitigation, management, and control" of fires burning on publicly or privately-owned forest or grasslands which threaten such de… Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill Protecting Children Separated From Parents By Immigration Authorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2018) -U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act to protect the safety and wellbeing of minor children who have been left alone after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities. "It is disheartening that we must pass legislation that allows parents to embrace their kids one last time, and that allows them to make calls and arrange for the care … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Senators Request EPA IG Investigation into Potential Violations of Federal Regulations by Pruitt During Real Estate Search

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Inspector General Arthur Elkins to investigate whether EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt violated federal regulations when one of his top aides, Millan Hupp, conducted a real est… Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Udall Advances Priorities of New Mexico Farmers and Ranchers, Rural Communities in Agriculture Funding Bill

Udall-championed provisions to ban commercial horse slaughter and assist farmers in NM's traditional communities also included WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in unanimously advancing an Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration funding bill that makes critical investments in agriculture, nutrition and research programs to support New Mexico families and rural communities. The bill sets the Fiscal Year 2019 budgets for the U.S… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Senate Passes Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson Bill to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), in applauding the passage of their bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness among veterans in Indian Country. The senators' Tribal HUD-VASH Act will formally authorize a joint tribal veterans housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Su… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Udall, Gardner Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bill to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study and do homework. The legislation would allow the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate program to reimburse schools that place wi-fi technology on school buses carrying students to school or school related extracurricular activities. "Every New Mexico kid sh… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Udall Presses IHS Officials on Trump Admin. Comments Challenging Unique Legal Status of Tribes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS), pressed IHS officials to affirm the unique legal government-to-government relationship between the federal government and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes in response to concerning comments made earlier this year by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders and Dep… Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Questions IHS on Efforts to Improve Facilities, Combat Addiction in NM’s Tribal Communities in Appropriations Hearing

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDio6QU8sTE&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned IHS Acting Director Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee and other top IHS officials on the FY2019 budget for the Indian Health Service. Udall pressed the panel on how it can sufficiently improve healt… Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Udall to Pruitt: Apologize for EPA’s ‘Disturbing’ Treatment of Journalists & Do the Public’s Business in Public

Udall also urges Pruitt to direct unbiased press access and publicly release his schedule for transparency at EPA WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) demanded that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt answer for the "disturbing treatment of journalists under [his] leadership." Udall's letter to Pruitt follows reports that EPA today barred journalists representing a number of respected media organizations from covering EPA's "Leadership Summit" regardi… Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Protect Chaco Canyon Area

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the lands around Chaco Canyon from further development by the federal government. The bill would ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park by preventing any future leasing or development of minerals owned by the U.S. government that are located within a protected radius around Cha… Continue Reading


May 21, 2018

Udall, House & Senate Democratic Leaders Unveil A Better Deal For Our Democracy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and House and Senate Democrats held a press conference on the steps of the United States Capitol to unveil the newest plank of their bold economic agenda, A Better Deal for Our Democracy, to fix Washington's broken political system and return to a government of, by and for the American people. This new plank of Democrats' A Better Deal agenda focuses on taking back the power from special interests and getting rid of the pay-to-play culture of corruption… Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Urges Support for NM’S Air Force Bases In Appropriations Hearing

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY_JWf9GamI&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the FY2019 budget for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to support funding and resources for projects critical to the operations and competitiveness of Holloman, Cannon, and Kirtland Air Force bases. Udall pressed Wilson and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force General David G… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Udall Votes to Preserve Net Neutrality, Save The Internet

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of Senators in voting 52-47 to overturn the Federal Communications Commision's (FCC) repeal of the 2015 net neutrality rule. Udall released the following statement: "New Mexicans rely on a free and open internet for work, school, and to connect with the rest of the world. The FCC's repeal of Net Neutrality undermines the free and open nature of the internet that has made it an essential tool for entrepreneurship, economic acti… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Udall Presses Bureau of Indian Education Director on School Safety

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Tony Dearman about the BIE's shortcomings in proactively addressing school violence and emergency preparedness, at an oversight hearing entitled "Protecting the Next Generation: Safety and Security at BIE Schools." "Recent events have, once again, led to a national dialogue on school safety. It's crucial that schools in Indian Country be part of … Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Udall Holds Pruitt Accountable on Multiple Ethics Violations At Senate Hearing

Pruitt contradicted documents on condo deal, unauthorized use of sirens on government vehicle, and admitted he didn't pay a subordinate who went apartment hunting for him -- a likely violation of federal law WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, publicly held Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to account about the many and well-documented ethical viola… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Udall Votes to Preserve Net Neutrality, Save The Internet


May 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Call for NM Counties to be Prioritized in Federal Funding to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján urged the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to include New Mexico counties in the list of rural counties that will be prioritized for federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic. HRSA will soon award grants as part of a new Rural Communities Opioids Response Planning Initiative focused on counties considered "at risk" based on the Centers for Disease Control and Preven… Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Urges Support for White Sands Missile Range at Appropriations Hearing on FY2019 Funding for the U.S. Army

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0housmrMRGQ&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted the critical role that White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) plays in national security during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Udall pressed Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper for resources and funding for additional projects at WSMR and to consider WSMR as a basing location for a Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB). "White Sands Missil… Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Top Dems: Pruitt Still Isn’t Complying With Federal Spending Laws

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is still failing to comply with federal spending laws, weeks after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the EPA violated the law by purchasing a $43,000 phone both for Pruitt's office and hiding the purchase from Congress. The lawmakers wrote that the EP… Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $1 Million in Funding 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 $959,500 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) for arts programs throughout New Mexico. The grants will fund 11 music, theater, and visual arts projects across the state. "New Mexico is home to over 4,300 arts-related businesses that employ over 15,600 people, and with more artists per capita than any other state, New Mexico stands as one of the most vibrant artistic communities in the nation.… Continue Reading

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