Press Releases

March 24, 2020

Udall Provides Update on Operating Status of New Mexico Offices

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) provided an update on the operating status of his New Mexico offices. In accordance with the guidance of public health officials, Udall's New Mexico offices are under telework procedures, with staffers working remotely. Yesterday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a stay-at-home order for the state of New Mexico. Udall previously announced that staffers in his Washington, D.C. office are working remotely under office telework procedures un… Continue Reading

March 23, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Demand Answers About COVID-19 Testing and Medical Supply Shortages

President has so far refused to deploy Act's full powers to incentivize industry, retool private manufacturing capabilities WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined every member of the Senate Democratic Caucus in a letter to President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence demanding answers about medical supplies and equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) critical to addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The senators are req… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Call for $4 Billion Stimulus to Protect America’s Creative Economy

New Mexico arts industry is a $5.6 billion economic engine that supports 1 in 10 jobs WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies which oversees funding for the National Endowment for the Ars (NEA), along with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitc… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

N.M. Delegation Urges Nuclear Regulatory Commission To Extend Holtec Public Comment Period, Adhere To CDC Guidance

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.) today sent a letter to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Kristine L. Svinicki, to urge the NRC to delay any public meetings and to extend the 60-day public comment period regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Holtec's proposed spent nuclear fuel storage facility in southeast New… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Udall, Senators Again Call on Trump to Immediately and Fully Use All Defense Production Act Authorities to Mobilize War-Scale Manufacturing Effort of Respirators, Ventilators, Test Kits, Other Medical Equipment

Senators also urge Trump to stop xenophobic references to COVID-19 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) along with 17 of their colleagues in condemning President Trump's partial invocation of the Defense Production Act (DPA), which ignored other key titles in the Act that provide essential tools for rapidly scaling up our national response to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Senators are calling on Pres… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Press Trump Administration On Reports That DHS Is Preparing Mass Deportations Of DACA Recipients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with a group of 36 U.S. Senators and 87 U.S. Representatives, sent a letter pressing the Trump Administration on reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing mass deportations of Dreamers, young immigrants who grew up in the United States and know no other home. Many Dreamers have reported receiving notice that their deportation cases have recently been reopened. U.S. Immigration and Customs … Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

N.M. Delegation Urges State Department To Take Immediate Action To Repatriate New Mexicans Abroad Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Department of State to take immediate action to repatriate New Mexicans living, working, and traveling abroad and to provide these same New Mexicans with all necessary medical care while these plans are being executed. "As the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis continues to evolve, … Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call On Major Health Insurers To Fully Cover Testing, Treatment For COVID-19 Without Cost Sharing Requirements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are calling on health insurance companies to remove barriers to care for Americans who find themselves diagnosed with COVID-19. In a letter to CEOs for Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, Humana, Cigna Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Anthem, and UnitedHealth Group, the senators specifically asked the insurers to cover all COVID-19 related treatment and services without cost sharing requirements and allowing America… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Highlight $250 Million in Federal Medicaid Funding for New Mexico Included in Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the recently-enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will result it an estimated $250 million increase in federal Medicaid funding for New Mexico over a 12-month period to provide added relief to the state, which will face growing costs due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The legislation increases the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that determines the amount… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Udall Statement on Indian Country Priorities for Coronavirus Phase 3 Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on priorities for Indian Country he is calling for to be included in the third coronavirus response legislation: "We need to act urgently to ensure that Indian Country does not bear the worst costs of COVID-19. Historically, Native communities are among the most at risk during public health and economic crises. "Tribes have been very clear that they need furth… Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Co-Sponsor Bill to Ensure Americans’ Ability to Vote During National Emergencies such as Coronavirus

Recent confusion regarding Ohio's primary underscores need for federal action WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to introduce legislation that would ensure New Mexicans and all Americans are still able to vote safely by expanding early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states, and allowing voters who did not receive an absentee ballot to use a printable ballot … Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Demands U.S. Department of State Assist New Mexicans Abroad Encountering Difficulty Returning to the U.S.

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico congressional delegation - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small - issued the following statement on reports their offices are receiving that New Mexicans are stranded abroad and not receiving assistance from the U.S. Department of State in returning to the United States: "Our offices have heard directly from New Mex… Continue Reading

March 18, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Senate Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, legislation to provide free nation-wide testing for COVID-19 and initial economic relief for the impacts of the pandemic and the associated public health response. The bill is the second "phase" of coronavirus response passed by Congress. In addition to today's legislation, Udall and Heinrich voted for the first measure - an $8.3 billion supplemental approp… Continue Reading

March 18, 2020

Udall Calls for Direct Cash Payments to Americans in Coronavirus Aid Package

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and 14 other Senate Democrats in a letter to Senate leadership outlining an important new proposal to provide Americans with direct cash payments as the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate. "Over the course of just one week, most of America went from business-as-usual to a virtual shutdown. Workers have seen their hou… Continue Reading

March 18, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge President to Act to Address Shortages of Essential Medical Equipment Needed to Treat and Prevent Spread of COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and 24 of their Senate colleagues urged President Trump to use existing legal authority to help address the widespread reports of shortages of medical supplies, as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. In a letter to President Trump, the senators called on the president to invoke the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), which authorizes the president to strengthen domestic manufacturing capacity and supply in extrao… Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Small Businesses And Non-Profits Needing Assistance To Consider Newly Available Federal Disaster Loan Assistance

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.) are encouraging small businesses and non-profits needing assistance to consider applying for federal disaster loan assistance after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued economic disaster declarations across the state to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). "Each da… Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

NM Delegation Calls for Federal Government to Provide Medical Protective Equipment to NM from the Strategic National Stockpile

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.) requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership release the state of New Mexico's full allotment of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as protective gloves and masks, for health care providers responding to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Currently, the state of N… Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Hosts ‘Tuesdays with Tom’ Press Call on COVID-19 Response

AUDIO: Udall Holds Press Conference Call on Responses to COVID-19. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted a "Tuesdays with Tom" press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss the response to COVID-19 and how Congress must move forward to protect New Mexicans and Native communities. "First, I extend my thoughts to those who have been directly hurt by this virus. And I want to thank the frontline health care workers and others who are working so hard to combat co… Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

Udall Statement on Senate Agreement to Debate and Vote On Key Surveillance Reforms

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on yesterday's Senate agreement to guarantee a full debate and votes on three amendments to protect constitutional rights, privacy, and civil liberties on recent House-passed legislation extending expiring authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the USA PATRIOT Act. The Senate approved a short-term extension of these authorities by voice vote. Under the agreement, the Senate will schedule … Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

Udall, Democratic Senators Urge Trump to Order Maximum Telework for Federal Workers

New Mexico is home to over 21,900 civilian federal employees Following senators' letter, Trump Administration further directs federal agencies outside DC to move to telework status WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with 26 of his colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to immediately issue an executive order directing agencies to utilize telework capabilities to the maximum extent possible. While the Trump administration had issued guidance recommending agenci… Continue Reading

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