Press Releases

February 21, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Almost $2 Million in FAA Funding for New Mexico Regional Airports

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.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $1 million in federal grants to Ohkay Owingeh Airport, Gallup Municipal Airport, Deming Municipal Airport, Hatch Municipal Airport, Cavern City Air Terminal Airport in Carlsbad and Portales Municipal Airport for runway infrastructure imp… Continue Reading

February 21, 2020

NM Delegation Announce $750,000 FAA Grant for Roswell Air Center

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.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the Roswell Air Center a $750,000 grant as revenue guarantee and marketing program to facilitate a future United Airlines service between Roswell, N.M. and Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. "This grant for the Roswell Air… Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Udall Highlights Broad Support for Bold Climate and Conservation Vision in Keynote Address to Colorado College State of the Rockies Project’s 2020 Symposium

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered a keynote address titled "A 'Quiet Crisis' No More: Conservation and Climate Change in the West" at the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project's 2020 symposium, calling for a bold conservation playbook to address the dual crises of climate change and nature loss that threaten future generations in the West. During his remarks, Udall highlighted the conservation legacy of his father, former Interior Secretary … Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Udall Joins Announcement of New Poll on Western Voter Attitudes on Climate Change, Conservation

COLORADO SPRINGS-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a press conference call with Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) to announce and discuss the results of the tenth annual bipartisan Conservation in the West Poll sponsored by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. The results of the poll released today reveal that voters in the Mountain West, across party and demographic lines, support protections for public lands and policies that tackle the threats of climate chang… Continue Reading

February 18, 2020

Udall Recruiting Summer Session Interns for Washington, D.C. Office

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C. office. "Interns contribute greatly to the work my office does every day for the people of New Mexico," Udall said. "Internships on Capitol Hill provide firsthand experience in how a Senate office works, offeringstudents a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of our government. These… Continue Reading

February 18, 2020

Following Major Report Revealing Many Plastic Recycling Labels Are Misleading Consumers, Udall Calls on Congress to Pass Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) called on Congress to take urgent action on the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act following the release of Greenpeace's groundbreaking report revealing that very few plastic products can be accurately labeled as recyclable in the United States, rendering many products recycling labels misleading to consumers. "This shocking report uncovers a sustainability scam: too many companies are pretending their plastic products are recyclable when… Continue Reading

February 14, 2020

Udall, Romney Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Letter to FDA Urging Stronger Action on E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a bipartisan letter to the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller, to express their concerns regarding the FDA's recently issued January Guidance instituting a partial ban on some flavored e-cigarette products. As the FDA implements the January Guid… Continue Reading

February 14, 2020

Udall, Cantwell, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Increase Tribal Broadband Access

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act of 2020 to accelerate the deployment of broadband services to Native communities and bridge the digital divide facing Native communities. The bill would expedite the deployment of affordable broadband service on Tribal lands by coordinating and improving the effec… Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor the Clean Economy Act to Achieve Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S. by 2050

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 31 Democratic Senators to introduce legislation to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. The Clean Economy Act heeds the call for bold climate action while boosting American competitiveness, emphasizing environmental justice and encouraging economic growth that works for everyone. The world's leading scientists have warned that humanity must limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees… Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Udall, Senate Democrats on Appropriations Committee Raise Alarm on Trump Administration’s Unconstitutional Raid of Military Funds to Pay for Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, joined all committee Democrats to condemn the Trump administration's transfer of $.3.8 billion in congressionally-appropriated military funds to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall. The reprogramming takes much-needed funds from the men and women of the National Guard, in addition to a variety of defense programs funded by Congress, to address critical equipment shortfal… Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Hails Bipartisan Senate Vote to Halt March to War With Iran

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the Prevention of Unconstitutional War Act of 2019, hailed the bipartisan Senate vote passing a War Powers Act resolution to halt the Trump administration's march to war with Iran in a press conference with fellow Senate Democrats. The resolution passed in a 55-45 vote following President Trump's January order to launch … Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Applaud $1 Million NeighborWorks Grant for New Mexico Affordable Housing Development and Lending

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that NeighborWorks, a congressionally-chartered, nonpartisan nonprofit, has awarded a $1 million grant to fund the development of family rental units and for-sale housing in New Mexico. The grant will also fund lending support for residential mortgages, down-payment assistance and commercial small businesses. "Affordable, safe and well-built housing options are imperative building blocks for strong, healthy comm… Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on the Senate Floor Urging Senate to Act to Prevent Unconstitutional War With Iran

Legislation barring war with Iran has twice passed the House and has bipartisan Senate majority support VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and author of the Prevention of Unconstitutional War Act of 2019, spoke on the Senate floor urging fellow senators to vote for a War Powers Act resolution to prevent the Trump administration fro… Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Seek Comment on Wild & Scenic Legislation to Protect the Gila River

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they are circulating draft legislation to protect the Gila River by designating portions of the river and its watershed as Wild and Scenic. The lawmakers are seeking public comments and stakeholder input on the draft legislation. The Greater Gila watershed, which includes the San Francisco River and other main tributaries, comprises the largest remaining network of naturally flowing river segments in the Sou… Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Criticize Trump Administration For Stonewalling Vietnam Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 41 Senate Democrats, have sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump condemning the Administration for stonewalling critical benefits to Vietnam veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange. In the letter, Senators Udall and Heinrich specifically called on the Administration to stop denying scientific evidence, and end the years-long delay of adding Bladder Cancer, H… Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Department of Defense to Provide Assistance For Clovis Well Water Cleanup

Detection Comes 1 Year After New Mexico Delegation Introduced PFAS Damages Act in response to contamination at nearby dairies WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanding the Department of Defense (DoD) assist with drinking water clean up after PFAS chemicals were detected within the Clovis, New Mexico water system. EPCOR, the company that owns and operates Clovis's… Continue Reading

February 11, 2020

In Address to National Congress of American Indians, Udall Reaffirms the Importance of Maintaining and Improving the Government-To-Government Relationship with Tribes

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 (NCAI) at its 2020 Executive Council Winter Session. During his remarks, Udall focused on his work as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to advance important legislative priorities for Indian Country. Udall also received a Special Recognition Award for significant lifetime achievement on behalf of Indian Country. "… Continue Reading

February 11, 2020

Udall, Lowenthal, Merkley, Clark Unveil Landmark Legislation to Break Free From Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), will unveil the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020, legislation that would phase out unnecessary single-use plastic products, hold corporations accountable for wasteful products, reduce wasteful packaging, and reform our broken waste and recycling collection system. Recent reports estim… Continue Reading

February 10, 2020

Udall Statement on Devastating Trump Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on President Trump's budget request: "After lavishing tax cuts on massive corporations and the ultra-wealthy, President Trump has released a budget that takes direct aim at many of the programs and funding that New Mexicans and Americans rely on for clean air, clean water, public health, and thriving public… Continue Reading

February 07, 2020

Udall, Former Interior Secretaries, Native Leader and Scientific Expert Outline Bold, New Conservation Agenda to Confront Dual Climate and Nature Crises— Begins with Goal to Protect 30 Percent of U.S. Lands and Oceans by 2030

Video of the event can be found HERE. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined former U.S. Secretaries of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bruce Babbitt, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala, and Kendall Edmo, Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Blackfeet Nation, to outline a bold, new conservation agenda to confront the dual climate and nature crises, beginning with a goal to protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by 2030. With former Interior Secreta… Continue Reading

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