Press Releases

January 29, 2019

Udall Announces Committee Passage of First Bills of New Congress

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading the committee's first business meeting of the year. During the meeting, the committee passed two Udall-cosponsored bills: S. 209, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act, and S. 211, the SURVIVE Act. "We have our work cut out for us this Congress and I hope we can join together to achieve Indian Country's priorities. This committee i… Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Lead Effort to Address Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and eight others to introduce Savanna's Act, legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous women (MMIW) by improving the federal government's response to the crisis. The bipartisan bill increases coordination among all levels of law enforcement, increases data collection and information sharing, and empowers tribal g… Continue Reading


January 28, 2019

Udall, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of 29 senators in urging Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. In their letter, the senators refer to the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which was cosponsored by Udall and signed into law two weeks ago to guarantee that federal and other government employees affected by the shutdown - including at lea… Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Udall Statement on Short-Term Deal to End Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after it was announced that a deal had been reached to temporarily reopen the federal government through February 15, ending the longest government shutdown in American history. "After 35 days of this senseless and cruel Trump shutdown, the president and Republican leadership in Congress have finally agreed to stop blocking a bill to re-open the government. President Trump could have accepted this same deal - o… Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Essential Federal and Tribal Programs from Future Budget Uncertainty

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act (IPAAA) to protect essential federal and tribal… Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Udall Votes to Reopen the Government

As 10,000+ in NM prepare to miss another paycheck, Udall-supported proposal would fund federal government and provide relief to New Mexico's workforce and economy without preconditions WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted for a clean and responsible proposal to reopen the federal government without preconditions. The proposal would reopen currently closed agencies and fund the federal government through February 8th, to allow Congress and the president to negotiate on bor… Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Fight to Ensure Federal Employees Maintain Vision and Dental Insurance During Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, as federal employees prepare to miss yet another paycheck because of the Trump shutdown, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are fighting to ensure that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) takes urgent action to prevent federal employees from losing vision and dental insurance, or having to pay out of pocket for coverage. OPM is the chief human resources agency and personnel policy manager for civilian federal employees. The Federal Employees Dental and Vis… Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Udall, Blumenthal, Colleagues Seek Information About How Trump Shutdown Is Impeding FTC’s Ability To Protect Americans From Robocallers & Scammers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined a group of 13 senators in writing to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to seek more information about how the Trump government shutdown is impeding the agency's ability to protect American consumers from robocallers and scammers. Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that the government shutdown could cause illegal and scamming robocalls to rise dramatically because the FTC was not funded, th… Continue Reading


January 22, 2019

Udall Addresses New Mexico Legislature

SANTA FE - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature. In his speech, Udall discussed opportunities to advance New Mexico priorities in Congress, including reforming our democracy, addressing climate change, and securing strong investment in rural communities, broadband internet, water infrastructure, and more. "As I travel this state, I hear from hundreds, thousands of New Mexicans. And what I hear is this: the people of New Mexico all want the same t… Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. "Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long," said Udall. "New Mexicans shouldn't have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer … Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Demand Oversight Hearings on the Deaths of Two Migrant Children in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Custody

Senators: "We cannot wait for another death to occur" WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees to hold hearings on the tragic deaths of twomigrant children in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. In December alone, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez died in New Mexico after they were detained along with their fathers by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after crossing t… Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Action on Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill As Part of Broader Call to Reopen All of the Federal Government

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Action on Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill As Part of Broader Call to Reopen All of the Federal Government WASHINGTON -- Today, on day 27 of the longest government shutdown in American history, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to demand action on the bipartisan Interior appropriations bill passed by the House last week, H.R. 266 -- … Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Trump Shutdown Receive the Back Pay They Deserve

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to secure back pay for low-wage federal government contractors who continue to go without pay during the ongoing government shutdown, which is now the longest shutdown in American history. The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act aims to help struggling employees of federal contractors impacted by the shutdown -- including janitorial, kitchen, and security services workers -- many of whom are paid … Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Shares the Shutdown Fears of a New Mexico Family Being Pushed to the Brink After Missing Paycheck

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Shares the Shutdown Fears of a New Mexico Family Being Pushed to the Brink After Missing Paycheck PHOTO: Udall Joins Senate Democrats on Capitol Steps to Highlight New Mexicans & Americans Hurt By Shutdown WASHINGTON - In a speech from the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall shared the story and fears of a family from New Mexico that is concerned about its financial security after missing a paycheck due to the Trump shutdown. Udall's remarks came just… Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Lawmakers File Bipartisan, Bicameral Amicus Brief in Support of the Indian Child Welfare Act

Urges the Fifth Circuit to overturn lower court's unprecedented ruling WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) along with U.S. Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and Don Young (R-Alaska) filed an amicus brief in federal court making the case for the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The lawmakers' brief, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Cir… Continue Reading


January 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Sound Alarm: Trump Shutdown Threatens Wildfire Preparedness

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich pressed President Trump and congressional Republicans to end their shutdown of the federal government, sounding the alarm about the growing impacts on wildfire preparedness as funding continues to delay critical firefighter training and wildfire prevention programs. Typically, federal agencies use the winter months to hire and train firefighters in advance of the upcoming fire season, and to perform fire prevention work-like tree … Continue Reading


January 15, 2019

AUDIO: On ‘Tuesdays with Tom,’ Udall Discusses Disastrous Effects of Trump Shutdown on New Mexico Families, Tribes, and Public Lands

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall held a press conference call for local reporters to discuss the devastating consequences of the Trump shutdown - now the longest shutdown in American history - for New Mexico families. During the call, he addressed the disastrous effects of the president's act of political extortion on federal workers, farmers, ranchers, Tribes, and public lands across New Mexico and Indian Country. "President Trump and his allies in Congress are holding the liveliho… Continue Reading


January 14, 2019

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Shares Stories of New Mexicans Hurt by Trump Shutdown

VIDEO: In Senate Floor Speech, Udall Shares Stories of New Mexicans Hurt by Trump Shutdown WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the devastating effects of the Trump shutdown - now the longest shutdown in American history - on families, communities and businesses across New Mexico. Udall shared the stories of countless New Mexicans who are paying the price for President Trump's irresponsible decision to hold their livelihoods and critical services hos… Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

On First Day Employees are Missing Paychecks, Udall & Heinrich Fight to Protect Federal Workers and Contractors Stiffed Out of Pay Due to Trump Shutdown

In separate letter, Senators also press Trump Administration to guarantee that federal contractor employees receive backpay WASHINGTON - As hundreds of thousands of federal workers miss their first paychecks today due to the Trump shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a bill cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that ensures that impacted federal and other government workers will receive their back pay. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, S.24, would guarantee … Continue Reading


January 10, 2019

Udall Joins Democratic Efforts to End President Trump’s Shutdown

Udall calls on Trump to return from pointless border photo op & heed bipartisan calls to open the government WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined his Democratic colleagues in taking to the Senate floor to demand "unanimous consent" to take up the bipartisan appropriations bills passed by the House to reopen the federal government. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Senate Democrats' efforts despite the fact that tomorrow, thousands of federal workers will miss… Continue Reading

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