Press Releases

May 29, 2019

Udall Addresses New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association at Annual Meeting

Photo: Udall Addresses New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association SANTA ANA PUEBLO - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association during the opening session of their annual meeting. In his remarks, Udall discussed the importance of promoting renewable energy, along with his efforts to expand rural broadband access and invest in rural infrastructure. "For decades, member-owned electric cooperatives across New Mexico and across the nation… Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Udall Statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s Public Remarks About Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's public remarks regarding the Russia investigation: "Today, Robert Mueller made two things crystal clear. First, a foreign adversary meddled in our presidential election with the express intention of tipping the scales to benefit the Trump campaign. Second, the special counsel was unable to charge the president with obstruction of justice solely due to Department of Justice policy -- … Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Udall and Census Director Dillingham Tour Los Lunas

Udall & Heinrich invited Dillingham to New Mexico earlier this year WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall toured areas of Los Lunas, NM with U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, where they discussed the importance of ensuring an accurate count for the upcoming 2020 Census. Prior to touring remote areas in Los Lunas, Udall and Dillingham held a meeting with local officials and leaders from Valencia County. PHOTO: Udall and Census Director Dillingham Tour Los Lunas Earlier… Continue Reading


May 27, 2019

Udall Statement on Memorial Day

SANTA FE, NM - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will join veterans, service members, and their families at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery. At the ceremony, Udall will deliver remarks honoring the brave women and men from New Mexico and across the nation who sacrificed their lives to defend our values and protect our freedoms. Udall issued the following statement commemorating our fallen service members on Memorial Day: "Today, we honor the service and sacrifices of … Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Udall Statement on the Passing of New Mexico State Senator and Navajo Code Talker John Pinto

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the passing of New Mexico state Senator John Pinto:??"Jill and I were saddened to hear of the passing of a true hero and public servant to New Mexico, Indian Country, and the entire country in John Pinto. We send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones, and hope it is a comfort to them that so many around the state and the country join in their grief for the passing of a legendary statesman. "During his decades as one… Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Udall Calls for a Vote on VAWA with Tribal Provisions to Address Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, renewed his call on Senate leadership to take up a comprehensive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with key Tribal provisions to protect Native women and make Tribal communities safer. "The crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is rooted in the alarming rates of violence against Native women that too often goes unaddressed because of jurisdictional gap… Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Udall, Rounds Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enable All Military Women to Count Maternity Leave Towards Years of Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced bipartisan legislation to support military mothers by ensuring that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. Their bill, the Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, would allow women service members of the reserve components to receive pay and points towards retirement while on maternity leave. The … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Udall and 5 Leading Senators Call on FCC, DOJ to Reject T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Senators: Even with T-Mobile/Sprint's vague promises, "the merger…does not appear to be in the public interest" WASHINGTON - Following Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai's statement indicating he will recommend approval of the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and 5 leading Democratic senators called on the FCC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reject the merger and to open a 30-day public comment period on the prop… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Lauds Decision To Grant Request For Major Disaster Declaration For The Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON -- After historic snowstorms and flooding in local Navajo communities that occurred in February, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres-Small, lauded the decision to grant the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation. This declaration will trigger the release of federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) d… Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Udall Questions Interior Secretary Bernhardt on Climate Crisis, Protections for NM, US Public Lands and Environment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, questioned Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt about the need for strong protections for public lands and the environment in New Mexico and across the country, and for strong action to fight climate change. Video of Udall's opening statement is available HERE. "Although this is a budget hearing, I am not going to … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Udall Delivers Remarks on Defending Congressional War Powers and Ending Forever Wars at VoteVets Event

Following his remarks, Udall forces a vote on a proposal to ensure Congressional authorization prior to war with Iran WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered remarks on defending Congressional war powers and ending forever wars at a bipartisan event hosted by VoteVets and Concerned Veterans for America. In his remarks, Udall emphasized that under the Constitution, only Congress has the power to declare war - a responsi… Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Udall, McCollum Request Probe into Whether Trump Interior Dept. Violated Law with National Monument Leasing Activities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), the ranking member and chair of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, wrote to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking an investigation into whether the Trump Interior Department is violating longstanding prohibitions against using appropriated funds for oil, gas, and coal development activities within the histo… Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Udall, Murphy to Seek Vote to Prevent Unconstitutional Iran War in Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are calling for a vote in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee markup on legislation to prevent an unconstitutional, unauthorized war with Iran, as the administration continues to escalate tensions in the region. Udall and Murphy have filed an amendment to H.R. 31 that is based on Udall's Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, bipartisan legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds which … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Udall Opening Statement at Appropriations Hearing with Secretary Bernhardt to Review Interior Department’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to review the Department of Interior's (DOI) Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Below are Udall's remarks as prepared for delivery: Secretary Bernhardt, thank you for appearing before the subcommittee this morn… Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Udall Celebrates Five Years of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans in celebrating the five year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument - the culmination of years of work from the local community. In 2014, President Obama established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument based on legislation introduced by Udall and Senator Martin Heinrich. But since only… Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Ahead of the Preakness Stakes, Udall & Wyden Introduce Legislation to End Doping of Racehorses

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Saturday's Preakness Stakes, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law. "It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its inhumane doping violations with sweetheart gambling privileges and millions in casino slots subsidies," said Udall… Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Udall Leads Call for Government Accountability Office Review of IHS Management Failures in Weber Case

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a bipartisan group of nine senators - members of the Indian Affairs Committee - in requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate potential misuse of employee transfers, duty reassignments, and administrative leave at federally-operated Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities to cover up misconduct that endangers patients, other employees, and Tribal communities. The letter… Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Vote to Reject Hedge Fund Takeover of Gannett That Could Have Gutted Vital New Mexico Papers

Senators warn Alden they're still watching; several New Mexico newspapers were at risk WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with 18 other Senate Democrats, in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund that could have gutted local papers in New Mexico and across the country. The vote comes one day after the senators penned a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urg… Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Administration’s Radical, Partisan Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in response to President Trump's latest immigration plan: "The president's latest immigration plan is no different from the radical anti-immigrant agenda he has pushed over the past several years. Sadly, the White House continues to make no good faith effort at comprehensive immigration reform, and refuses to reach across the aisle or consult with Democrats to craft a compromise bill. Instead, the president unveiled a … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Udall’s Bipartisan Bill to Prevent War with Iran Gains Momentum in the Senate

WASHINGTON - As the Trump administration continues to escalate tensions with Iran, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)'s bipartisan bill to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran is gaining support in the Senate. In the last week, U.S. Senators Robert Casey (D-Penn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Tom Carper (D-Del.) have signed on as co-sponsors of Udall's Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, legislation to proh… Continue Reading

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