Press Releases

January 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Background Check Expansion Act To Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. Research indicates that as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the United States may occur without a background check even though 97 percent of Americans support comprehensive backgroun… Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Senators Urge Interior Department to Extend Public Comment Period on Proposal to Lease Oil and Gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), wrote to U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to extend the public comment period for a draft Environmental Impact Statement on potential oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The letter follows the Trump administration's decision to rush through the environmental review process i… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Udall Statement on President’s Address to the Nation amid Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after President Trump addressed the nation on the 18th day of the Trump shutdown. Udall spoke on the Senate floor today calling for President Trump and Senate Republicans to end the shutdown immediately. "President Trump needs to end his shutdown now, before his reckless tantrum hurts more New Mexico families. New Mexicans didn't hear anything new tonight from the president. Instead, they just heard more fear-mon… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

VIDEO: Ahead of President Trump’s Address, Udall Speaks Out Against the Devastating Effects of the Trump Shutdown on New Mexico Families, Tribes, and Public Lands

Udall: "New Mexico is one of the states that is being hit the hardest by the President's temper tantrum" VIDEO: Ahead of President Trump's Address, Udall Speaks Out Against the Devastating Effects of the Trump Shutdown on New Mexico Families, Tribes, and Public Lands WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of President Trump's Tuesday evening address to the nation, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommitt… Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Udall Statement on Commitments from EPA on Worker Protection Rules

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) for securing pro-worker and pro-environment commitments from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including a written promise that the agency will preserve -- for now -- two critical rules that EPA had proposed scrapping -- the updated Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Certification of Pesticide Applicators (CPA) Rule, which provide key safeguards for farmworkers, and particularly chil… Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Udall, Merkley Applaud House Democrats’ Introduction of Sweeping Democracy Reform Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) applauded House Democrats' introduction of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a comprehensive democracy reform package to fight corruption and fix our broken politics. Udall and Merkley will introduce companion legislation in the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks. The legislation builds off of the We The People Democracy Reform package, which Udall and Merkley introduced in the 115th Congress. Udall and Merkley… Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Udall to Continue Serving on Five Key Committees for NM

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)welcomed the opening of the 116th Congress and announced that he will continue to serve on five key committees for New Mexico: - Committee on Appropriations - Committee on Indian Affairs - Vice Chairman - Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation - Committee on Foreign Relations - Committee on Rules and Administration "I'm deeply honored to continue serving New Mexico as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations, Indian Affairs,… Continue Reading


December 31, 2018

Udall Statement on Democratic Proposal to End Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after Democratic leaders announced a plan to end President Trump's government shutdown and reopen the federal government: "Democrats are offering a responsible path forward to end the Trump shutdown, reopen the government, and provide certainty for New Mexico workers, families, and our economy. New Mexi… Continue Reading


December 28, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Harris, Gillibrand, Luján Demand Investigation into Death of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez

Lawmakers seek answers to alarming questions about the timeline and actions surrounding Felipe's death WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) wrote to leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding an immediate investigation into yet another tragic death of a child in U.S. custody, … Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Speak Out Against Looming Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Tonight, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are speaking out against President Trump shutting down the government in order to try and force American taxpayers to pay for his border wall. Udall and Heinrich both voted for a bipartisan compromise measure to keep the government open earlier this week, but Trump refused to support the agreement. "Earlier this week, we came together to pass a responsible, bipartisan compromise to keep the government open. But now the president … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Udall, Portman, Burr, Coons, and Whitehouse Praise Senate Passage of DELTA Act to Protect the Okavango River Delta

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) praised the Senate passage, by unanimous consent, of the Defending Economic Livelihoods and Threatened Animals (DELTA) Act, legislation that encourages the U.S. to develop a strategy to protect the Okavango River Delta in southern Africa. The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan bill earlier this year. The legislation will now head to the pr… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Udall: Trump Administration Pulling Out the Stops to Sell Off the Arctic Refuge

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior and Environment, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced the completion of a rushed draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on drilling in the Arctic Refuge: "The Trump administration has pulled out all the stops to try and sell off the Arctic Refuge as soon as possible, including rushing through a draft environmental impact statement th… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Udall Congratulates New Mexico Nominees to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced the 44 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2019. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall's nomination completed a competitive application process, which included i… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Vote For Legislation To Reform Broken Criminal Justice System, Improve Public Safety

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 87-12 to pass the bipartisan First Step Act, an important step in reforming America's federal prison and sentencing system to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and promote safe communities. The legislation uses evidence-based recidivism reduction programs to help inmates successfully return to society after serving their sentence. It also reduces some sentences for certain low-level, n… Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

N.M. Delegation Demands Oversight Hearings On Death Of 7-Year-Old Migrant Child

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the incoming Senate and House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees to convene oversight hearings on the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died on December 8, 2018, after being taken into custody with her father by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Lordsburg, New Mexico. The lawmakers' letter follows signi… Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against President Trump’s Unnecessary and Ineffective Border Wall

Udall: "New Mexico and other border states have the most at stake in this fight. And we will be heard." VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against President Trump's Unnecessary and Ineffective Border Wall WASHINGTON -- Today, with just a few days left before the Friday deadline to fund parts of the federal government, U.S. Senator Tom Udall took to the Senate floor to speak out against President Trump's threat to shut down the government over funding for his unnecessary and ineffective border wall. … Continue Reading


December 15, 2018

Udall Statement on Resignation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

WASHINGTON - Today, 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 after President Trump announced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's resignation: "Ryan Zinke pledged to lead the Interior Department in the tradition of Teddy Roosevelt, but unfortunately, he proudly carried the torch for the Trump administration's campaign of relentless attacks on our public lands, waters,… Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

NM, TX Lawmakers Demand Answers on Death of 7-Year-Old Migrant Child in CBP Custody

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.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) wrote to leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding an immediate investigation into the tragic death of a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala who died on December 8, 2018, after being taken into custody with her fat… Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Udall, Hoeven Introduce Legislation to Improve Hiring Process for Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, introduced legislation this week to help improve the hiring process for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement positions. The legislation would put in place a demonstration program enabling the BIA to conduct background checks for the agency's law enforcement positions. Currently, the BIA runs their background checks through the Off… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Hail Senate Passage of Resolution Recognizing 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich praised the Senate passage of a bicameral resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of Tribal communities and families. ICWA sets best-practice standards for child welfare and adoption proceedings involving children who are members of a federally-recognized Tr… Continue Reading

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