Press Releases

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


March 24, 2020

Udall Provides Update on Operating Status of New Mexico Offices

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) provided an update on the operating status of his New Mexico offices. In accordance with the guidance of public health officials, Udall's New Mexico offices are under telework procedures, with staffers working remotely. Yesterday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a stay-at-home order for the state of New Mexico. Udall previously announced that staffers in his Washington, D.C. office are working remotely under office telework procedures un… Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Demand Answers About COVID-19 Testing and Medical Supply Shortages

President has so far refused to deploy Act's full powers to incentivize industry, retool private manufacturing capabilities WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined every member of the Senate Democratic Caucus in a letter to President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence demanding answers about medical supplies and equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) critical to addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The senators are req… Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Call for $4 Billion Stimulus to Protect America’s Creative Economy

New Mexico arts industry is a $5.6 billion economic engine that supports 1 in 10 jobs WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies which oversees funding for the National Endowment for the Ars (NEA), along with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitc… Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

N.M. Delegation Urges Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Extend Holtec Public Comment Period, Adhere To CDC Guidance

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.) today sent a letter to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Kristine L. Svinicki, to urge the NRC to delay any public meetings and to extend the 60-day public comment period regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Holtec's proposed spent nuclear fuel storage facility in southeast New… Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Udall, Senators Again Call on Trump to Immediately and Fully Use All Defense Production Act Authorities to Mobilize War-Scale Manufacturing Effort of Respirators, Ventilators, Test Kits, Other Medical Equipment

Senators also urge Trump to stop xenophobic references to COVID-19 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) along with 17 of their colleagues in condemning President Trump's partial invocation of the Defense Production Act (DPA), which ignored other key titles in the Act that provide essential tools for rapidly scaling up our national response to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Senators are calling on Pres… Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Press Trump Administration On Reports That DHS Is Preparing Mass Deportations Of DACA Recipients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with a group of 36 U.S. Senators and 87 U.S. Representatives, sent a letter pressing the Trump Administration on reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing mass deportations of Dreamers, young immigrants who grew up in the United States and know no other home. Many Dreamers have reported receiving notice that their deportation cases have recently been reopened. U.S. Immigration and Customs … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

N.M. Delegation Urges State Department To Take Immediate Action To Repatriate New Mexicans Abroad Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Department of State to take immediate action to repatriate New Mexicans living, working, and traveling abroad and to provide these same New Mexicans with all necessary medical care while these plans are being executed. "As the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis continues to evolve, … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call On Major Health Insurers To Fully Cover Testing, Treatment For COVID-19 Without Cost Sharing Requirements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are calling on health insurance companies to remove barriers to care for Americans who find themselves diagnosed with COVID-19. In a letter to CEOs for Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, Humana, Cigna Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Anthem, and UnitedHealth Group, the senators specifically asked the insurers to cover all COVID-19 related treatment and services without cost sharing requirements and allowing America… Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Highlight $250 Million in Federal Medicaid Funding for New Mexico Included in Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the recently-enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will result it an estimated $250 million increase in federal Medicaid funding for New Mexico over a 12-month period to provide added relief to the state, which will face growing costs due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The legislation increases the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that determines the amount… Continue Reading

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