Press Releases

October 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $435,000 In Federal Funding To Address Food Insecurity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced $435,000 in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Community Foods Project and Planning grant program to address food insecurity in New Mexico. "Far too many New Mexicans facing food insecurity suffer from serious health issues, financial hardship, and endless anxiety -- about where the next meal will come from, and how to put food on the … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Vital Drought Provisions for NM in Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 99-1 to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bill that authorizes Army Corps of Engineers water projects nationwide and includes core provisions of Udall and Heinrich's New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act, among other New Mexico benefits. Last month, the House voted to unanimously approve the water infrastructure bill. The bill now goes to the president's desk to be signed i… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Udall Statement on the Passing of Representative Lorenzo Larrañaga

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)issued the following statement on the passing of New Mexico State Representative Lorenzo "Larry" Larrañaga: "Jill and I join people across New Mexico in mourning the passing of my friend Representative Larry Larrañaga and in extending our deepest sympathies to his wife, Charletta, and to his entire family. Larry's life was truly a life of service, as a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and a committed legislator who put the well-bein… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Prioritizes Children’s Privacy Rights in Commerce Committee Hearing

Recent reports suggest thousands of mobile apps are illegally tracking kids' online behavior VIDEO: Udall Prioritizes Children's Privacy Rights in Commerce Committee Hearing WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned leading data privacy advocates about legislative approaches to protecting consumers and safeguarding children's privacy during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled "Consumer Data Privacy: Examining Lessons From the European Union's General Data Protecti… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Fight for Pre-Existing Condition Protections & Affordable, Quality Health Care for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted for a measure to overturn the Trump administration's expansion of short-term "junk insurance" health care plans. Earlier this year, following their failed efforts to repeal the ACA in Congress, the Trump administration finalized a new policy to weaken health care protections for people across New Mexico by expanding the availability of short-term coverage plans that are not required to provide the full range of benefits requi… Continue Reading


October 06, 2018

Udall Votes Against Final Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) cast his vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was confirmed by a final vote of 50 to 48. This week, Udall took to the Senate floor to outline his opposition to Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. He also submitted an additional statement to the Congressional Record about why he believes Kavanaugh should not be elevated to the Supreme Court. Udall's floor speech can be… Continue Reading


October 05, 2018

Udall: Opioid Package Gives Tribes Resources to Build Treatment, Prevention Solutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined the full Senate in voting to pass the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which will combat the opioid epidemic and includes a number of key tribal provisions. "I am proud of the work we have done to ensure Tribes and tribal communities were at the table and included in this opioid package," Udall said. "Substance abuse has had devastating impacts on communities across New Mexico, Indian C… Continue Reading


October 05, 2018

Senators Demand Full Transparency on EPA’s Plans for Children’s Health Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.)wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing their strong concern over the future of the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP) and the EPA's mission to safeguard the health of America's youth in light of recent reports. The letter follows EPA's unexplained placement of the OCHP Director, Dr. Ruth E… Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Against Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination on Senate Floor

Udall: "Women in New Mexico and around the country are watching" VIDEO: Udall Speaks Against Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination on Senate Floor WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Udall discussed his opposition to Kavanaugh, citing the troubling circumstances surrounding Kavanaugh's confirmation process, including the deeply disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct made ag… Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Addresses the Digital Divide in Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Tribal Broadband Access

VIDEO: Udall Addresses the Digital Divide in Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Tribal Broadband Access WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the need for improved data collection and tribal consultation to address the digital divide in an Indian Affairs oversight hearing entitled, "GAO Reports Relating to Broadband Internet Availability on Tribal Lands." The committee called the oversight hearing to review findings from tw… Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

Udall & Heinrich Vote for Opioids Package, Announce $15.5 Million To Combat Opioid Abuse in NM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting 98-1 to pass the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to address the opioid epidemic through expanded access to proven addiction treatment options, and increased resources for prevention efforts. The House approved the legislation last week by a vote of 393 to 8 and the Senate's action sends the bill to the president's desk for signature. The bipartisan opioids package, which is largely similar to legisla… Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Conservation Bills Impacting N.M. Pass Energy And Natural Resources Committee

WASHINGTON - In a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources markup yesterday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich worked to advance two long-standing and critical New Mexico conservation bills he joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall in introducing: the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act and the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Both bills were passed on a voice vote. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, S. 441, would further complete the vision of the diverse coalitions and… Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Native American Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) are introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act… Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Secures Commitment From Amtrak to Halt Plans to Replace Portions of SW Chief Rail Line with Buses in NM

VIDEO: Udall Secures Commitment From Amtrak to Halt Plans to Replace Portions of Southwest Chief Rail Line with Buses in NM WASHINGTON - Today, during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from top Amtrak official and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek to stop plans to turn a segment of the Southwest Chief rail line from Dodge City, Kansas to Albuquerque, New Mexico into a bus route during Fiscal Year 2019. Before this public commitment, t… Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Harris Introduce Legislation to Establish Body-Worn Camera Programs at CBP, ICE

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the DHS Body-Worn Camera Act, which would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish pilot programs for body-worn cameras (BWC) at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The legislation would also require DHS to report to Congress on these pilot programs, develop policies governing the use of BWC with public con… Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Udall & Local Conservation Leaders Urge Congress to Reauthorize & Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

On Sunday, Congress let LWCF expire, leaving vital recreation and protection projects in limbo WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, and local conservation leaders held a press conference to urge Congress to act immediately to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) after the program's authorization expired on Sunday, September 30, injecting … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Senate Resolution

WASHINGTON - 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 week of … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Udall Statement on Senate Passage of PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act to Further Tribal Self-Determination

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act by voice vote last week. The bipartisan bill creates consistency and builds greater efficiency for Tribes that operate self-governance programs under authorities first authorized by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (ISDEAA). "I'm proud to be an original cosp… Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Udall Statement on NAFTA Update

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the announcement of an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada: "This new announcement caps nearly two years of needless uncertainty and unhelpful rhetoric on NAFTA from the Trump administration, which has been an obstacle for investment and job growth in our state. Any significant change to NAFTA must be approved by Congress, and I will be reviewing th… Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Udall, Heinrich To HHS And DHS Secretaries: Family Detention Is Morally Wrong, Harmful To Children and Parents, Inconsistent With Fundamental American Values

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) along with a number of Democratic Senators sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen imploring them to rescind the proposed regulation to allow the Trump Administration to facilitate the indefinite detention of children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities and avoid complying with the … Continue Reading

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