Press Releases

August 23, 2018

Udall Presides at Indian Affairs Hearing on the Revitalization of Native Languages

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing entitled "Examining Efforts to Maintain and Revitalize Native Languages for Future Generations." During the hearing, Udall secured a commitment from Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Commissioner Jeannie Hovland to support the Esther Martinez Immersion program, which Udall has championed for over a decade spanning back to his time in the House of Representatives. The Es… Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Advocates urge Senate to help ‘heal this wound’ of native language loss

by Vandana Ravikumar


August 23, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $667K To Navajo Technical University To Expand Broadband Access For Native Students

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that Navajo Technical University (NTU) was awarded $667,909 by the National Science Foundation to improve broadband connectivity for Native students, expanding access to educational opportunities and workforce training throughout the region. NTU is the country's largest tribal university, offering academic and research programs to students across Nava… Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Udall, Heinrich to DHS Secretary Nielsen: Under Your Leadership, Immigration Crisis Grows Worse By The Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen imploring her to reverse course on several anti-immigrant policies implemented by her agency, including by immediately reunifying all children separated at the border by the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy. In the letter, led by U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), ranking member of the Senate's Immigration Subcommittee, the lawmakers ca… Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

With Hundreds of Children Still Separated from Families, Udall and Heinrich Propose Amendments to Hold Administration Accountable for Family Separation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they are proposing amendments to the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill to hold the Trump administration accountable for its family separation policy, and to improve the quality of care for migrant children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), an office in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "Nearly a… Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Bill to Protect Chaco Canyon Area Receives Key Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) submitted testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act (S. 2907), a bill he introduced with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to ensure the protection of culturally important areas nearby Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Udall's bill would prevent any future leasing or development of minerals owned by the U.S. government o… Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Udall, Capito, Heinrich Announce Measure to Fund Care Corps Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan amendment to build and strengthen America's caregiving workforce. The amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Defense-Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations minibus would dedicate $5 million in grants to place volunteers in communities to care for seniors and individuals with disabilities and help them … Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $30 Million for Rail Runner Safety Upgrade

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the Rio Metro Regional Transit District $29,359,208 to fund the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail. In June, the New Mexico delegation wrote to DOT in support of this grant, which will help enable the Rail Runner to c… Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Rail Runner gets safety-upgrade funds

by Dan McKay


August 21, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Trump administration proposes rule to relax carbon limits on power plants

by Juliet Eilperin


August 21, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Move to Gut Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced its proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan: "The Trump administration's proposal is a big win - for big polluters. The EPA's new rule guts the Clean Power Plan, the latest - and most damaging - chapter in this administration's campaign to surrender … Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Call on Trump Administration to Uphold Protections for Servicemembers Against Predatory Lending & Financial Fraud

WASHINGTON - In an effort to shield New Mexico's 12,000 active-duty military members and their families from abusive financial practices, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined every Democratic member of the U.S. Senate in urging the Trump Administration not to abandon its duty to protect our servicemembers and their families under the Military Lending Act (MLA). The MLA was passed in 2006 with bipartisan support to help safeguard active-duty military members and t… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

IN THE NEWS: UNM wins $3.5M in grants for microscope, online program

by Journal Staff Report


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Grants Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Grants native Sean Erice for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his ten weeks on Capitol Hill, Erice worked primarily on issues related to health and education. "U.S. Senate interns experience first-hand the inner workings of the lawmaking process," said Udall. "It has been a pleasure to have Sean in my office this summer, and I wish him the best as he builds on his experiences from this internship in his … Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Santa Fe Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Santa Fe native Gabriela Romero for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her six weeks on Capitol Hill, Romero worked with the Senator's communications team. "Interning in the U.S. Senate can be a formative experience, and it has been a pleasure to have Gabriela in my office this summer," said Udall. "I wish her the best as she returns to school this fall, and I hope she is able to apply the knowledge she ga… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Intern for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Intern Shandiin Herrera for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her ten weeks on Capitol Hill, Herrera worked primarily on issues related to Indian affairs. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate the nation's legislative process and the Capitol's halls," Udall said. "It has been a pleasure to work with Shandiin this summer, an… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Albuquerque Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Albuquerque native Claire Wengrod for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her nine weeks on Capitol Hill, Wengrod worked primarily on issues related to agriculture and the environment. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate the nation's legislative process and the Capitol's halls," Udall said. "It has been a pleasure to work with Claire this summer, and I hope that she fin… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Albuquerque Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Albuquerque native Silvia Martinez for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her six weeks on Capitol Hill, Martinez worked primarily on issues related to health and education. "Interns like Silvia play integral roles in my office's operations," said Udall. "I hope she finds her experiences during this internship rewarding as she pursues her dream of advocating for our nation's immigrants." Martinez said sh… Continue Reading


August 15, 2018

Udall Requests Kavanaugh Records on Native American Issues

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, formally requested all records pertaining to Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's involvement with Native American issues during his tenure as White House Staff Secretary and as White House Counsel. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Udall asked Grassley to turn over all records under his control pertaining to Kavanaugh's work on Indian … Continue Reading


August 15, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change

by Indianz.com

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