Press Releases

September 27, 2018

Udall Statement on Senate Hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court: "Dr. Ford showed tremendous courage and credibility as she told her story, under oath, to the United States Senate and to so many Americans watching around the country. I have said throughout this process that we must treat Dr. Ford with the r… Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), introduced legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds which could lead to war with Iran without express approval from Congress, as required by the Constitution. The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2018 ma… Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Udall Fights to Protect Children’s Privacy Rights

Udall holds tech companies accountable for failing to ensure compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, calls for children's privacy hearing WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned top executives from various technology and telecommunications firms, including Google, Twitter, Apple, Amazon, AT&T and Charter, about whether they are taking the appropriate steps to protect data privacy rights for consumers in New Mexico and across America. In a Senate Comme… Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Over $1 Million to NTU for Metrology and Materials Center to Boost Workforce Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1,000,300 to Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, New Mexico to build a Metrology and Materials Center (MMTC). The MMTC will offer training for displaced energy sector workers to develop competitive skills for emerging industries including 3D metal printing, machining, rob… Continue Reading


September 24, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $400,000 in Rural Opioid Grants for Rio Arriba County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants totaling $400,000 to combat the opioid epidemic in Rio Arriba County, N.M. The County of Rio Arriba and El Centro Family Health each received $200,000 in grants through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to support the… Continue Reading


September 24, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $2.1 Million For N.M. Pueblos To Protect Clean Air And Water

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced $2.1 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to New Mexico Pueblos to protect clean water and support environmental cleanup projects. "These grants will benefit New Mexico Pueblos by supporting efforts to address environmental hazards, reduce exposure to dangerous chemicals and prevent pollution," said Udall. "Everyone deserves access to a healthy … Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $20 Million from NSF for NM SMART Grid Center at UNM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) was awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the New Mexico SMART (Sustainable, Modular, Adaptive, Resilient and Transactive) Grid Center, an interdisciplinary research and education program to help support development of a modern electric grid. The center will coalesce ongoing independent… Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Udall and Other Senators Who Served as Prosecutors and Attorneys General Urge the President to Direct the FBI to Reopen Its Background Investigation Into Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), along with 5 other senators who have served as prosecutors and attorneys general, in sending a letter calling on President Trump to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to reopen its background investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh following the recent allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. In the letter, the senators emphasized the need for law e… Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1 Million For Veterans Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust has won a $1 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help disabled veterans modify their homes to help them live independently. In partnership with the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the Trust will use this funding to rehabilitate or modify an estimated 90 primary residences for eligible veterans… Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $3.2 Million for Angel Fire Veterans’ Cemetery

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a grant, totaling $3,215,760, to fund the establishment and construction of a state veterans' cemetery in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Currently, the nearest national cemetery to Angel Fire is Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is approximately 91 miles away. The lawmakers said the new cemetery will pro… Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address Suicide Crisis in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to address the growing suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and Tribal organizations to design and implement statewide suicide intervention and prevention programs that work for their communities. The legislation is the Senate companion to H… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Udall, Klobuchar Introduce Resolution Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Indian Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, introduced S. Res. 631, a Senate resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Indian Civil Rights Act and the importance of expanding voting rights access for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This resolution honors Native voting rights advocates from around the nation… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Rollback of Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior's budget, released the following statement on reports that the Department of the Interior will announce a major revision designed to weaken the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. Udall led the effort in the Senate to successfully defeat the attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the rule. "Toda… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Appropriations bill could protect nuclear safety watchdog

by Rebecca Moss


September 17, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Vote for Vital Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 99-1 to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic that continues to have a devastating effect on communities across New Mexico and the United States. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 includes a number of critical provisions to help New Mexico battle the opioid crisis, including important changes to Medicare and Medicaid that will help more people receive tr… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Udall Statement on Allegation Against Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Dr. Ford's allegation against Judge Kavanaugh is disturbing and should be fully investigated by the FBI. The Senate Judiciary Committee should delay the vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination until that investigation is complete and this deeply serious and troubling allegation has been heard by the committee in the appropriate way. "The Senate has … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Statement on 24th Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the 24th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) being signed into law: "Twenty four years ago, we enacted the Violence Against Women Act and dedicated ourselves to improving the national response to sexual assault and domestic violence perpetrated against women. This landmark legislation committed valuable resources and services to help support survivors, prosecute abusers and prevent future viol… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Outlines Priorities at Interior Bill Conference Committee Meeting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, participated in the conference committee meeting to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House's fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bills. "As I begin, I want to note what a remarkable achievement it is to convene a conference on the Interior Appropriations bill-for the first time in nearly a decade,… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Named to House-Senate Conference Committee to Finalize Interior and Environment Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, was named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies. The conference committee includes leaders of four House a… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Amtrak May Put Passengers on Buses in Fight Over Safety Upgrade

by Alan Levin

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