Press Releases

September 13, 2018

Udall, Carper, Grijalva, Dingell and Beyer Join Advocates in Defending Endangered Species Act

Trump administration has proposed regulatory changes to undermine key protections of the law WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Don Beyer (D-Va.) joined scientists, faith leaders, environmental advocates and the public to gather in support of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the nation's most effective tool to safeguard wildlife facing extinction. The event highlighted t… Continue Reading

September 12, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Democrats push back against GOP plan to change Endangered Species Act

by Alexis Egeland

September 12, 2018

IN THE NEWS: NM senators use budget bill to protect nuke safety board

by Mark Oswald

September 12, 2018

In Address to National Congress of American Indians, Udall Discusses Kavanaugh Nomination, Indian Affairs Committee Work

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians at its 2018 Tribal Unity Impact Days. In his remarks, Udall discussed the committee's work to achieve Indian Country's priorities and his commitment to fighting for issues vital to tribal communities - including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and strengthening its tribal provisions. Udall also highlighted his concer… Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Provision to Prohibit Nuclear Safety Board Staff Cuts & Reorganization

DNFSB is critical for providing oversight and ensuring safety at New Mexico's national labs and nuclear facilitiesn WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they have secured two provisions in the final FY 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill to protect the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) and its important safety mission. One Udall-Heinrich provision prohibits the use of any appropriated funds to carry out … Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

Udall Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: "Today, we join together as a nation to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11 and commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost in its aftermath. We remember the first responders who rushed into burning buildings to the aid of others, the passengers who selflessly charged the cockpit door to wrest control from hijackers, and all those who lost their lives or were injured in… Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump EPA Move to Weaken Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to weaken oil and gas emissions limits: "Methane gas is a super-pollutant for climate change and today's EPA action is wasteful and outrageous. Actions by EPA to weaken these commonsense, cost-effective oil and gas emission limits will increase pollution an… Continue Reading

September 10, 2018

Udall: Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings Reveal Deeply Troubling Views on Indian Law and Policy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement expressing his deep concerns about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on Indian law and policy: "Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings have only reinforced my serious concern that his confirmation poses a real threat to bedrock federal Indian law and policy principles that have guided the high court for decades. Judge Kavanaugh has shown in his writing… Continue Reading

September 07, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Legislation to Overturn the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

Trump's junk insurance plans don't have to provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to overturn the Trump Administration's expansion of "junk insurance" plans. Currently, 44 senators have cosponsored the resolution of disapproval, signaling their opposition to President Trump's final junk in… Continue Reading

September 06, 2018

Udall, Colleagues Join Judiciary Committee Democrats to Demand Kavanaugh’s Full WH Record Be Made Public

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with fourteen other senators, joined Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee in calling on the White House to make Judge Brett Kavanaugh's complete White House record available to the Senate and the public. In a letter led by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), the senators implored White House Counsel Donald McGahn to make the documents available for review before th… Continue Reading

September 06, 2018

Seven Senate Democrats Request Immediate DOJ Review of Giuliani’s FARA Compliance

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) requested that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Security Division immediately review whether President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, is in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), including whether he has an obligation to register any und… Continue Reading

September 05, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Advance NM’s Health, Education, Workforce Priorities in Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 85-7 to pass the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill. The bill provides significant support for critical programs and services for New Mexicans, including early childhood development, workforce development, telehealth, medical education, and funds to combat the opioid epidemic. The bill includes major funding for programs championed by Udall and Heinrich t… Continue Reading

September 05, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor to Urge Bipartisan Action on Climate Change

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor to outline the disastrous consequences of climate change for New Mexico and the nation, and call for bipartisan action to address its effects. Udall joined U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on the Senate floor, who also spoke as part of his "Time to Wake Up" series on the threat of climate change. Udall highlighted the devastating … Continue Reading

September 04, 2018

AUDIO: Udall Outlines Opposition to Kavanaugh Nomination, Demands Immediate Halt to Supreme Court Nomination Proceedings

'Kavanaugh's record reveals a jurist on the far end of the ideological spectrum - out of line with the views of a vast majority of Americans. And in line with the big money, special interests who hand-picked him for this seat.' WASHINGTON - Today, on a press conference call for local New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) outlined his opposition to President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court. With President Trump and several… Continue Reading

September 03, 2018

Udall Marks Labor Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in honor of Labor Day: "On this Labor Day, we celebrate the hardworking women and men in New Mexico and across the country who banded together, sacrificed and organized for the common good of all American workers. The labor movement has fought tirelessly to enact a vision of fair pay and fair treatment to shape each of our workplaces for the better -- from higher wages and the 40-hour work week to safer working c… Continue Reading

August 29, 2018

New Mexico Delegation Applauds ITC Reversal of Newsprint Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham applauded the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for its unanimous vote to reverse the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian newsprint, which have threatened to devastate local newspapers across New Mexico. The New Mexico delegation released the following joint statement: "We applaud the ITC for making the absolute co… Continue Reading

August 29, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Strong Funding for NM Priorities in Defense Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 85-7 to pass the fiscal year 2019 Defense appropriations bill, which provides critical funding to benefit New Mexico's economy and national security priorities. The bill includes support for New Mexico's military bases and federal installations, research and development into cutting-edge defense technologies, and essential upgrades to military equipment. It contains a number of measures to… Continue Reading

August 27, 2018

Udall: Trump’s NAFTA Announcement Raises More Questions Than Answers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on President Trump's announcement on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "President Trump's announcement today raises more questions than answers for the thousands of New Mexicans whose livelihoods depend on trade with Mexico, our state's most important trading partner. Yet again, the president is claiming to have achieved a major breakthrough - but the White House has not released the tentative agr… Continue Reading

August 25, 2018

Udall Statement on Passing of John McCain

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain: "It is a privilege to have known John McCain - to have served with him in the Senate, and to call him a dear friend. John's fearlessness, his unyielding integrity, and his generosity of spirit truly touched the entire Udall family. We will miss him dearly. "John said about my uncle Mo Udall: 'We disagree in politics, but not in life.' And that was how John lived - in servic… Continue Reading

August 24, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.48 Million For Los Alamos Electric Buses

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded Los Alamos Atomic City Transit $1.485 million through the Low or No Emission Grant Program to purchase new zero-emission battery electric buses to replace the City's existing diesel fleet. Atomic City Transit offers transit service in both Los Alamos and White Rock, ADA complementary paratransit, and a shuttle service to Bandelie… Continue Reading

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