Press Releases

December 23, 2019

2019 In Review: Senator Tom Udall Highlights Legislative Accomplishments for New Mexico and the Nation

Read the report HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released a report highlighting his legislative accomplishments for New Mexico and the nation in 2019. The report includes Udall's work on issues like strengthening economic opportunity; climate action, conservation, and environmental protection; democracy reform; foreign policy and preventing "forever wars"; executive oversight, immigration, and standing up for our values and communities; consumer safety, health and educa… Continue Reading


December 21, 2019

Legislation to Reauthorize Native American Language Programs Becomes Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act - to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs - becoming law. The bill, S. 256, is named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh P… Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure Big Wins for New Mexico’s Economy, Environment, and Rural Communities in Bipartisan Funding Bills

New facilities and construction funds for Air Force Bases in New Mexico Significant investments in education, child nutrition, combatting the opioid epidemic, New Mexico's rural communities-defending Amtrak's Southwest Chief and rural housing assistance-and grant programs for farmers and ranchers WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), joined the full Senate in passing government funding bills for fisca… Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Cassidy Urge the National Institutes of Health to Transfer NM Chimpanzees to Sanctuary

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Bill Cassidy M.D. (R-La.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) submitted a letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, urging the agency transfer 43 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility on Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico to the national sanctuary system at Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana. The letter follows the October decision by NIH announcing that the remaining chimpanzees at the Alamogordo fa… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Udall: Funding Package Makes Strong Investments in Indian Country Priorities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the bipartisan vote to pass two Fiscal Year 2020 funding package bills that included critical investments and provisions for Indian Tribes and Native communities. In addition to increased funding for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs, the bills cont… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

NM Delegation Secures Protections for Chaco Canyon Area in Government Funding Bill

Bill covers federal leasing only and respects tribal sovereignty over treatment of Tribal, allottee mineral rights WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, 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.) announced that the final Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Udall, Portman, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Restore America’s National Forests

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) introduced the Reforestation Act of 2019 to bolster funding for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to address its backlog of planting needs by carrying out reforestation projects in forests damaged by events such as wildfires, insects and disease. Given the Forest Service's reforestation backlog, the new bipartisan bill would double funding from the Reforestation Trust Fund to $60 million p… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Udall’s Major Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill Passes Congress

Udall fought back against cuts proposed by the Trump administration, securing strong investments for the EPA and conservation programs and pushing back on Interior's Bureau of Land Management relocation WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, hailed the bipartisan vote to pass the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill as part of a… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce Judge Kea Riggs Confirmed by Senate to Fill Vacancy on U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the full Senate has confirmed Judge Kea Whetzal Riggs, by a vote of 94-0, to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Udall and Heinrich issued the following joint statement: "We are pleased to congratulate Judge Riggs on her Senate confirmation, and we are glad that this vacancy will be filled. Judge Riggs has a long record of distinguished service and is well qual… Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Udall Statement on House Vote to Impeach President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump: "The House had no choice but to act to hold the president accountable. Donald Trump's alleged actions violate the fundamental principles of our republic: abusing the powers of his office to pressure a foreign government to interfere in our electoral process, for his own political benefit. Now, it is a… Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Udall Votes for Major Defense Bill to Strengthen New Mexico & Nation

Despite positive provisions, Udall says bill is a "missed opportunity" for Congress to prevent unauthorized war WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 86-8 for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major national defense bill including several measures that Udall championed to support New Mexico's federal workforce, service members and military families, veterans, communities facing PFAS contamination, military bases, nuc… Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Udall Congratulates New Mexico Nominees to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced the names of the 39 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2020. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall's nomination completed a competitive application proc… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Udall: Interior Appropriations Bill a Victory for Public Lands, Environment, Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after Senate and House leaders released the text of government funding bills for fiscal year 2020, including an Interior funding bill Udall helped author. Congress is expected to vote on the bills later this week. "I am proud that we hav… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

NM Delegation Celebrates Over $31.4 Million in Grants to Improve Housing in Native Communities

WASHINGTON-Today, 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.) hailed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s announcement of over $31.4 million in grants to eight Tribes in New Mexico to improve Native access to affordable housing. The eight Tribes received the grants from HUD's Indian Block Grant Competitive Program. The grants were funded under Cong… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Udall Questions Indian Health Service Director Nominee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to consider Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee's nomination to serve a four-year term as Indian Health Service (IHS) Director. Weahkee, who has led IHS since July 2017, is currently the agency's Principal Deputy Director. "IHS has been without a confirmed Director since 2013. Unfortunately, the situation at the Service has grown even more critical in the inte… Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers File Amicus Brief Supporting the Indian Child Welfare Act

Urges the Fifth Circuit to uphold the court's previous ruling WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a group of 25 senators and 52 representatives in filing an amicus brief in federal court making the case for the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The bipartisan and bicameral brief was filed with the U.S. Cou… Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Udall, Senators Push Internal Revenue Service to Stop Shielding Secret Money in Elections

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), author of the For the People Act and the Democracy for All Amendment, reiterated the need for strong transparency requirements for dark, secret money campaign contributions in a comment submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with 16 of his colleagues. The comment urges the commissioner of the IRS to reverse the agency's new rule allowing political advocacy groups to stop disclosing donor lists to the IRS and Treasury Department. In the 2018… Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Four Years After Paris Climate Accords, Udall Joins Shaheen, Bipartisan Group of Senators in Voicing Support for Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a group of bipartisan senators in a letter to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in support of the organization's global efforts to mitigate climate change. The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) is currently convening a meeting on the historic Paris Climate Agreement in Madrid. Earlier this week, Udall joined … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

VIDEO: Following Release of Afghanistan Papers, Udall Appeals to the Senate to Reassert its Constitutional Authority over Authorizing War

Says 2020 National Defense Authorization Act is a "missed opportunity" to prevent unauthorized war with Iran and end U.S. participation in Saudi campaign in Yemen - actions supported by bipartisan majorities of both houses of Congress VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/VAXgltjR2Oo WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D- N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor imploring his colleagues to heed the lessons and failures of 18 years of U.S. forces in A… Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Udall, Senators Urge Stronger Methane Limits in Senate Pipeline Legislation

Unchecked leaks in natural gas pipelines release 1.3 million metric tons of methane - a potent greenhouse gas WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) pushed to amend legislation pending in the Senate to include strong provisions to prevent dangerous methane leaks that worsen climate change. The PIPES Act, which was reported out… Continue Reading

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