Press Releases

November 11, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Unveils Legislation to Rename Las Cruces Veterans Clinic to Honor Veterans and Fallen Soldiers of the Bataan Death March

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced legislation to officially designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community outpatient clinic in Las Cruces as the "Las Cruces Bataan Memorial Clinic." The legislation would commemorate the over 1,800 New Mexico National Guardsmen and the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments… Continue Reading

November 08, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call For Renewed Funding For NM Minority-Serving Institutions Of Higher Education

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are calling for renewed funding for Minority-Serving Institutions. The lawmakers are cosponsors of the bipartisan, bicameral Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, which would reauthorize $255 million per year in mandatory federal funding - which expired on September 30, 2019 - for an additional two years. The House of Representatives approved the legislation unanimously in Septem… Continue Reading

November 07, 2019

NM Delegation Announces Funding for Arrowhead Center for Tribal Businesses, Entrepreneurship Hands-On Support through NMSU and Navajo Technical University

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.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has awarded an American Indian Business Enterprise grant to the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in conjunction with Navajo Technical University. The $260,000 grant will fund the Arrowhead Center's … Continue Reading

November 07, 2019

Udall Demands Answers on Interior Department’s Failure to Conduct Tribal Consultation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to explain its failure to consult with Tribes at an Indian Affairs oversight hearing examining the Bureau of Indian Affairs' 477 workforce training program. BIA has primary responsibility for a variety of tribal programs within the Department of the Interior (DOI). The "477" Tribal workforce program authorizes Tribes to consolidate federal workforce, … Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $12.5 Million Grant to Improve Safety on Heavily-Traveled Permian Basin Transportation Corridor

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.) announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) a $12,500,000 grant. NMDOT will use the funds to repair and add safety enhancements along a section of US Highway 285 between Loving, New Mexico and the Texas border. In additi… Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

Udall, Blumenthal Demand Clarification from Boeing on Conflicting and Evasive Statements during Senate Hearing about Recent 737 MAX Crashes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), both members of the Senate Commerce Committee, are requesting Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg clarify two parts of his testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee on whether the company had previously stated recent 737 MAX crashes were the result of pilot error and whether the plane's automated flight control system (MCAS) was included or intended to be included in the flight operation manual for… Continue Reading

November 05, 2019

AUDIO: On ‘Tuesdays with Tom,’ Udall Highlights Major Wins for New Mexico in Bipartisan, Senate-Passed Interior & Environment Funding Bill

AUDIO: Udall Holds Press Conference Call on Interior and Environment Funding Bill WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, held a press conference call for local reporters to discuss the Fiscal Year 2020 Senate funding bill for the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, which Udall helped author. The bill passed the Senate last week in an 84-9 bipartisan vote, and it includes ma… Continue Reading

November 04, 2019

Udall’s Provision to Combat Lunch Shaming Passes Senate

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that his provision directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prevent the practice of lunch shaming passed the Senate as part of the FY 2020 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The provision was co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). The anti-lunch shaming provision is based on the bipartisan legislation Udall and Collins introduced in April. The language directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide additional guidance … Continue Reading

November 04, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Sponsor Resolution to Recognize November as Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), introduced a Senate resolution to designate November as Native American Heritage Month. "This resolution recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month honors the countless ways Native American have shaped New Mexico and our national identity. It also challenges us to examine how we can better stand with Tribes to meet our trust and treaty obligations,"… Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Udall, Heinrich: New Mexico Priorities Pass the Senate in Major Funding Bills

WASHINGTON - Today, 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 voting to pass a package of Fiscal Year 2020 bills to fund New Mexico priorities, including the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. The b… Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Senate Passes Udall, Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nation’s Nuclear Weapons Workers, Declare National Day of Remembrance

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the entire Senate unanimously passed a resolution that designated October 30, 2019, as National Day of Remembrance for workers who helped develop and support the nation's nuclear weapons program. The Day of Remembrance honors Americans who supported the nation's nuclear efforts from World War II through the Cold War, as well as workers in nuclear weapons programs today. Nuclear workers across the cou… Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Defends the Land and Water Conservation Fund on Senate Floor Ahead of Key Interior Appropriations Vote

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to defend the Land and Water Conservation Fund against a proposed amendment that would block the Department of the Interior from using LWCF funds to purchase land for conservation purposes. On the floor, Udall highlighted the bipartisan su… Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

VIDEO: Senate Passes Udall’s Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill

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 VIDEO: Udall spoke on the Senate floor today to defend the Land and Water Conservation Fund VIDEO: Udall spoke on the Senate floor last week in favor of the Interior Appropriations bill WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommitte… Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Udall, Lowenthal Seek Input on Landmark Legislation to Address the Global Plastic Waste Crisis

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif) announced that they are circulating a discussion draft of landmark legislation to tackle the plastic waste crisis. The lawmakers are seeking public comments and stakeholder input, building on their initial comment period, before they plan to introduce the bill in Congress. The initial comment period received over 150 responses. The process is open to anyone to participate. A summary of the outline… Continue Reading

October 30, 2019

VIDEO: Senate Republicans Block Udall, Merkley Effort to Pass ‘For the People Act’ to Restore our Democracy and Protect Elections From Foreign Interference

Video of Udall and Merkley's floor speeches can be found HERE. WASHINGTON- Today, Senate Republicans blocked an effort by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to pass the For the People Act, an urgently-needed package of electoral reforms to protect and strengthen our democratic processes, including from foreign influence exploiting weaknesses in our election security and campaign finance law enforcement. In March, Udall, Merkley and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer… Continue Reading

October 30, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Vote to Reverse Trump Admin. Effort to Roll Back Pre-Existing Condition Protections for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to void the Trump administration's recent rule issuing waivers to allow "junk plans" that do not offer full protections for preexisting conditions and fail to provide adequate health insurance. The Trump administration's rule allows using waivers under section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to sabotage Americans' health care and undermine the critical pre-existing condition protections that more than 130 mill… Continue Reading

October 30, 2019

Udall, Kaine Introduce Resolution to Reinforce U.S. Leadership in Peaceful Use of Space & Technology Innovation

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution to maintain U.S. leadership in protecting satellites and spacecraft in Earth's orbit from space debris and ensuring that all nations cooperate to promote the peaceful use of space for research and commercial purposes. The resolution prioritizes the implementation of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space guidelines negotia… Continue Reading

October 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Celebrates House Passage of Permanent Chaco Canyon Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, joined Tribal leaders and conservation advocates to celebrate the House passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to prevent future mineral leasing on federally-owned lands around Chaco Canyon. Introduced in April by the New Mexico Delegation, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act would withdraw 316,0… Continue Reading

October 29, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce USDA Grants for Native Americans, Veterans for Agricultural Training and Support

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Not Forgotten Outreach organization $200,766 to train veterans in agricultural practices to support their transition from military to civilian life. The USDA also awarded the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA) $224,412 for outreach programs to improve access to USDA tribal grant assistance.… Continue Reading

October 29, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses Boeing Executives on Lax Safety Culture Resulting in Two Fatal Crashes

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Vice President John Hamilton about the company's "cozy" relationship with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulators and commitments to reform in the aftermath of two fatal crashes involving the 737 MAX 8 jet. Udall pressed the Boeing leaders to take responsibility for their company's culture and business processes in orde… Continue Reading

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