Press Releases

September 19, 2019

Udall Fights for Quality Housing for Indian Country

Will continue to press for long-term authorization as bill includes $820 million for Fiscal Year 2020 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, offered an amendment to provide housing certainty for Native Americans by reauthorizing the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) through fiscal year 2021. Authorization for the program expired in 2013. Udall offered the amendment during a markup of the fiscal yea… Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Udall Calls on FCC to Accelerate Broadband Deployment to Tribes

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 convene an oversight hearing entitled, "GAO Report on Tribal Access to Spectrum: Promoting Communications Services in Indian Country." The committee received testimony from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Gila River Telecommunications, Inc. Chairperson Belinda Nelson, and Chief Technology Director … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

VIDEO: Udall, Heinrich, Dozens of Democratic Senators Call for Senate Action to End Gun Violence

Video of Udall speaking on the Senate floor can be found here. Video of Heinrich speaking on the Senate floor can be found here. WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined dozens of their fellow Democratic senators in "holding the floor" for several hours Tuesday night and delivered back-to-back speeches on the Senate floor, calling again and again on Senate Republican leadership to honor the victims of gun violence with common-sense action. The senators … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Udall, Grijalva Introduce Bill to Protect Endangered Species

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced legislation to repeal all three Trump administration final rule changes to the Endangered Species Act, which taken together will fundamentally change the way we protect threatened and endangered species. Under Trump's rules, the administration can ignore long-term threats to wi… Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Udall Leads Bipartisan Group in Calling on Congressional Leadership to Enact Full, Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (N.M.) ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) ranking member of the Senator Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) are calling on the leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Represe… Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The resolution celebrates the immense contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to the United States, honoring the many ways in which Hispanic and Latino heritage have shaped our country's economy, culture and history. Udall and Heinrich also co-sponsored a resolution designating the … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Udall Family Statement on the Passing of Scott Udall

WASHINGTON - Today, the Udall family issued the following statement announcing the passing of their brother Scott Sterling Udall. Scott Udall is survived by his siblings U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Lynn Udall, Lori Udall, Denis Udall and Jay Udall. "We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved brother, Scott Sterling Udall. "In his youth, Scott was a mountain climber, outdoorsman, writer and storyteller. While living in Banff, Canada he climbed many major peaks, including… Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Threats Following Saudi Oil Attack

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the author of a bipartisan amendment to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran, responded to President Trump's threats of military action following attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. "The president is taking to Twitter to say that the United States military is 'locked and loaded' on behalf of the Saudi Kingdom, threatening military strikes against Iran that Congress has not authorized. Iran's behavior in the region is highly problema… Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Udall Joins Booker, Haaland Climate Change Bill Focused on Investing in Farm Conservation Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland's (D-N.M.) climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration. The Climate Stewardship Act of 2019, inspired by measures implemented in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, would support voluntary climate stewardship practices on more than 100 million acres of farmland, plant more than 15 bil… Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Udall Secures Funding for New Mexico’s National Labs, WIPP, Nuclear Safety, and Water Projects in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to advance key legislation to provide strong funding for New Mexico's national labs, technology transfer efforts, environmental clean-up projects, the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), and Tribal energy programs throughout the state. Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in voting unanimously to advance the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to the Sen… Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Udall Secures Key Provisions to Strengthen New Mexico’s Economy and National Security in Defense Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured provisions benefiting New Mexico's economy, military bases, men and women in uniform, military families, and national security priorities in the funding bill for the Department of Defense (DOD) for Fiscal Year 2020. However, Udall opposed advancing the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor, until the funding in the bill is protected against being diverted to the … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Udall Offers Amendment to Prevent President from Diverting Defense Money to Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, co-led an amendment in the Appropriations Committee that would have blocked the president from diverting defense funding meant for the military to fund the president's border wall. Udall joined Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) in offering the amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Appropriations Bill, but Senate Republicans voted to block Udall's measure. As a result, Udall v… Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Udall, Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Methane Pollution from Pipelines

Pipeline safety legislation is currently pending in the Senate WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a bill to protect public health and safety and fight climate change by reducing dangerous leaks from pipelines that release methane and other hazardous gases and pollutants into the air. The Methane Emissions from Transmission Harm American Neighborhoods and the Environment (METHANE) Act would require owners and operators of pipelines and pipeline facilities to use the b… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Udall, Markey, Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

VIDEO: https://twitter.com/SenatorTomUdall/status/1171857273716707328?s=20 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Tom Carper (D-Del.), in introducing the Arctic Refuge Protection Act, legislation to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by designating the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness under the National Wilderne… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Udall, Senate Dems Call on Majority Leader McConnell to Act after House Judiciary Passes Gun Safety Bill to Ban High-Capacity Magazines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined more than two dozen colleagues in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to act on the Keep Americans Safe Act (S.447), which would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. Companion legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee last night. "El Paso, Dayton, Las Vegas, Newtown, Parkland, and too many other communities have been terrorized by gun violen… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce Independent Watchdog Investigation Into Trump Admin’s Efforts To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Southern Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate the Trump Administration's efforts to use eminent domain to "take the land" of private landowners by any means necessary to build an ineffective border wall. In August, Senators Udall and Heinrich sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, urging GAO to investigate the Administration's harmful efforts that coul… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Udall, Collins, Shaheen File Bipartisan Resolution to Terminate National Emergency Declaration

New resolution follows Administration diverting $3.6 billion in Congressionally-appropriated military construction funds WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) announced that they have filed a bipartisan resolution to force a vote to terminate President Trump's national emergency declaration and uphold the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. On February 15, 2019, the president declared a national emergency at the southe… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Udall, Democratic Colleagues Demand Trump Administration End ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 23 of his Democratic Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to stop restricting access to the U.S. asylum system by ending its "Remain in Mexico" policy, deceptively named by the Trump administration as the Migrant Protection Protocols. The "Remain in Mexico" policy blocks asylum seekers from being in the U.S. while they wait for their court hearings, forcing them to remain Mexico for extended periods of time, often under dang… Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Udall, Heck Introduce Bipartisan Clean Water Through Green Infrastructure Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (N.M.) and U.S. Representative Denny Heck (Wash.) introduced the Clean Water Through Green Infrastructure Act, in both the House and the Senate. Stormwater runoff is the greatest source of water pollution in the United States. When rainwater flows over parking lots, streets, and rooftops, it carries pollutants into waterways, threatening public health, reducing tourism revenue, increasing water treatment costs, and endangering wildlife. The Clean Wate… Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Announce Funding for Albuquerque’s Southwest Business Development Consultants, LLC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced today that the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is awarding $275,000 to the MBDA Business Center and Michael Peacock, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, as part of a grant that supports job creation and retention, and economic impact within minority and Tribal communities and businesses. The federal grant provide… Continue Reading

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