Press Releases

March 02, 2018

NM Delegation Welcomes Interior Department Decision to Cancel Oil and Gas Lease Sale in Chaco Region

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will cancel a planned oil and gas lease sale in the Greater Chaco region. More than 450 protests were filed over the planned March 8 sale, and after hearing from the delegation and many other New Mexicans, Zinke has agreed to halt the sale and return to a joint planning process that began in 2016. The first-… Continue Reading

March 02, 2018

Udall Statement on Resignation of US Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation: "With the resignation of Ambassador Jacobson, the State Department is losing an exceptional public servant whose expertise and determination have been critical to sustaining a strong relationship with Mexico, one of our most vital allies. I commend Ambassador Jacobson for her years of invaluable … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

Following Udall & Hirono Advocacy, Department of Defense to Investigate Sexual Assault at U.S. Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) welcomed an announcement that the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General is launching an investigation into the U.S. Air Force Academy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. A December report revealed widespread retaliation and lack of support for sexual assault survivors at the Air Force Academy. "The behavior reported at the Air Force Academy - detailing harassment, intimidation, and retali… Continue Reading

February 28, 2018

Udall Urges Trump Administration to Nominate a Highly Qualified IHS Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement after the Trump administration formally announced the withdrawal of Robert Weaver's nomination to be director of the Indian Health Service: "Given the questions that came to light about Mr. Weaver's suitability to lead a vitally important health system overseeing critical care for over 2 million people across the nation, it is appropriate that his nomination has been with… Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

NM Democrats Cosponsor Resolution to Reinstate Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - On the Net Neutrality National Day of Action, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham cosponsored a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality. The Senate CRA resolution of disapproval stands at 50 supporters, including Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine.). U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle's (PA-14) resolution in the Ho… Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor SAFE Lending Act To Protect Consumers From Predatory Practices In Online Payday Lending

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act to crack down on some of the worst abuses of the payday lending industry, particularly in online payday lending, and protect consumers from deceptive and predatory practices that strip wealth from working families. Under the Trump Administration's leadership, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which previously was set to institute national rules relate… Continue Reading

February 23, 2018

Udall Discusses NAFTA, Economic Issues at Border Industrial Association Meeting

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall met with the Border Industrial Association to discuss New Mexico's important trade relationship with Mexico and the ongoing negotiations over NAFTA, as well as other border-related priorities, including increasing investment at New Mexico's land ports of entry and President Trump's push to build a border wall. The Border Industrial Association consists of more than 100 members who employ thousands of people in the Santa Teresa industrial region.… Continue Reading

February 21, 2018

Udall, Booker, Harris, Blumenthal Offer Compromise to Pesticide Registration Reauthorization Stalemate

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced that they are offering a compromise amendment that would allow an extension of the nation's pesticide registration program with updates sought by industry while also maintaining administrative rules that protect agricultural workers and children. The senators have had a "hold" on H.R.1029, the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017 (PRIA) in an… Continue Reading

February 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Press Interior Secretary to Postpone Management Plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Monuments Until Legal Challenges are Resolved

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 11 Democratic senators in pressing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to postpone the development of management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah until legal challenges regarding the president's authority to reduce the size of the monuments have been resolved. The senators also asked that the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument management plan remain in effect for all lands wi… Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Udall Statement Celebrating Black History Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, cosponsor of a resolution authored by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) marking February as Black History Month, released the following statement honoring the contributions of African Americans in New Mexico and across the nation: "Each February, we celebrate the immeasurable and indelible contributions that African Americans have made to our state and our nation. In the face of relentless oppression and centuries of discrimination, black people have persevered a… Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Say White House Reliance On Interim Security Clearances Troubling, Question Whether Classified Information Was Mishandled

WASHINGTON - Following testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that revealed significant discrepancies in the White House's account of how long former Staff Secretary Rob Porter was permitted access to classified information without a full security clearance, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in writing to FBI Director Christopher Wray to raise concerns regarding the Trump administration's "troubling reliance on the use of interim security clearanc… Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Reject Ransoming Lives Of Dreamers For President Trump’s $25 Billion Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following joint statement after voting against two immigration proposals, which would have wasted $25 billion to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The senators supported a third bipartisan measure, introduced by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), to provide protection for the 700,000 Dreamers in the United States, including 7,000 in New Mexico. "We stand together with New Mexico families who … Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Udall Statement on Florida School Shooting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.: "Jill and I join the entire nation in grieving for the victims of this horrific mass shooting. We extend our deepest gratitude to the first responders and to all of the brave individuals who put their own safety on the line to save others. And while our condolences mean so little in the face of such unspeakable tragedy and sorrow, we offer our uncondi… Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Hearing on Census Data in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a committee oversight hearing entitled "Making Indian Country Count: Native Americans and the 2020 Census" to discuss the barriers to accurate census counts in Indian Country. "Valid and accurate census data is the bedrock of fair, proportionate representation in our democracy," Udall said. "An inaccurate census risks underrepresentation for Tribal communities. And an undercount can lead to … Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Commemorate National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 22 senators in passing a resolution unanimously in the Senate recognizing the week of February 11, 2018, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week. The resolution recognizes the unique and critically important role these institutions of higher education play in supporting Native students. It commemorates the important work of educators, students, and higher education professionals at Tribal colleges an… Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Raise Concerns Over Trump Administration’s Proposal to Separate Immigrant Children from Parents

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in condemning the Trump administration's proposal to separate immigrant children from their parents upon arrival in the United States. The senators asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to unequivocally reject this measure. "We believe that a systematic and blanket policy to separate a child from a parent would likely violate the constitutional rights of the parents, violate the spirit… Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump’s Unworkable Infrastructure Proposal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall commented on President Trump's misguided proposal for infrastructure, which relies on state and local governments and privatization to pay for trillions of dollars' worth of investments: "I have been calling for a serious investment in our nation's infrastructure for many years, and I thought infrastructure could be one way that Congress and the president might find common ground and work for the American people. Rebuilding our roads and bridges; inves… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Udall Holds Listening Session on Combatting Violence Against Native Women

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cohosted a listening session on combatting violence against Native women. In the listening session, Udall sought input from Tribes on implementing and improving the landmark legislation that amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to restore Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Tribal lands. "Thank you for your work and advocacy on these important iss… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Statement on BLM Move to Gut Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management announced that it is proposing to replace the 2016 rule to limit the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on public lands. In New Mexico alone, over $100 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas is wasted each year from federal public lands. The BLM's notice opened the comment period for the proposed changes. Udall and Heinrich issued the following statement: "The BLM'… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Udall Responds to President Trump’s Dangerous Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the Trump administration released its 2019 budget proposal: "The president's budget proposal is yet another confirmation of this administration's dangerous and extreme priorities. It repeats the same toxic attacks - on working families' health care and their livelihoods - that the American people re… Continue Reading

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