Press Releases

May 03, 2019

Ahead of MMIW Day of Awareness, Udall Calls on Senate to Take Action on MMIW Crisis and Pass VAWA Reauthorization with Key Tribal Provisions Immediately

Udall helped lead the 2013 effort to amend VAWA to include protections for Native women Udall also co-sponsored a Senate resolution designating May 5th as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls WASHINGTON - Ahead of the May 5th Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Day of Awareness, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) called on Senate Republicans to take action to curb the alarming epidemic of violence against women in Indian Country by reauthorizing the… Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Ahead of Kentucky Derby, Udall & Wyden Call for End to Doping of Racehorses

WASHINGTON - Ahead of tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that next week they will introduce the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law. "It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its inhumane doping violations with sweetheart gambling privileges and millions in casin… Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Udall, Colleagues Urge Department of Energy to Uphold Energy Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Jeff Merkley, along with 13 of their colleagues, in pressing U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to reverse course on proposed rule changes that would alter classifications of lightbulbs, effectively rolling back energy efficiency standards and leaving families with higher bills to pay and worse air quality. Existing law "bars DOE from reducing the energy efficiency required of a covered product," the senators wrote. "American… Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Udall Fights to Boost Benefits, Improve Recruitment and Retention for Teachers at Native Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene the committee's first legislative hearing of the 116th Congress to receive testimony on three bills, including S.279, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, which Udall co-sponsored. The Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act would create equitable access to the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Group Li… Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Udall, Cortez Masto, Smith Reintroduce Bill to Increase Access to Nutritious Meals for Native Students

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) reintroduced legislation to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs. The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long. U.S. Rep… Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses IHS Leadership on Need for Strong Funding, Budgetary Certainty for Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, Principal Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), about the need for strong funding and budgetary certainty for critical IHS programs and priorities. Video of Udall's opening statement is available HERE and questioning of Admi… Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Fights for Action to Help New Mexico Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits

Also urges support for his bipartisan Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act in the Senate during remarks at Congressional Burn Pits Briefing VIDEO: PHOTO: WASHINGTON - Today, at two events on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) continued his push to improve care for veterans affected by exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: during a h… Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

Udall, Hirono, and Colleagues Call for DOJ Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to Investigate Attorney General Barr’s Handling of the Mueller Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with 10 of their colleagues, in urging Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Director of the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility Corey Amundson to investigate Attorney General William Barr's conduct while handling Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and report. "Attorney General Barr's actions raise significant questions about his decision n… Continue Reading

April 22, 2019

GAO Study Finds Federal Agencies’ Tribal Consultation Policies for Infrastructure Projects Inconsistent, Inadequate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), announced the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled "Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects." The report is the first-ever comprehensive review of 21 federal agencies' Tribal consultation proces… Continue Reading

April 19, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Militia Group Illegally Operating in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in response to reports of a militia group illegally detaining migrant families and asylum seekers at the border in New Mexico: "Reports of a militia group illegally operating in New Mexico and intimidating asylum seekers must be immediately investigated by the proper authorities. Vigilante groups attempting to utilize authorities reserved for law enforcement cannot be tolerated. Thr… Continue Reading

April 19, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announce $24 Million for Construction Projects at Two New Mexico BIE Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Senator Martin Heinrich, along with Representative Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House,and Representative Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has awarded more than $24 million in funding for construction projects at two New Mexico BIE schools --… Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Udall Statement on the Release of the Mueller Report

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the redacted version of the Mueller report was released to Congress and the public by U.S. Attorney General William Barr: "I will closely study the version of the special counsel's report that has been delivered to Congress by the Attorney General. While this is a lengthy and complex report that will take time to fully review, already several disturbing facts and findings stand out that demand additional Con… Continue Reading

April 17, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $220 Million in Contract Opportunities for Uranium Mine Cleanup on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to award multiple contracts worth an estimated $220 million over a five-year period to address the legacy of uranium contamination from abandoned mines in the Navajo Nation area. The Navajo Area Abandoned Mines Response and Construction Services (AMRCS) contract, which is currently open for proposals exclusively from small busin… Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Udall, McCollum Respond to IG Opening Investigation into Interior Secretary Bernhardt

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, responded to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) agreeing to open an investigation into whether senior DOI officials, including Secretary of the Interior David Bernhard… Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Udall, Luján, New Mexico Delegation Introduce Legislation to Address Health Disparities for Native Americans Living in Urban Areas Off the Reservations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, along with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by ten other U.S. Senators and 13 ot… Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Marking Tax Day, Udall Reintroduces Legislation to Simplify and Decrease the Costs of Tax Preparation and Filing

Bill with Sen. Elizabeth Warren would simplify tax filing process and let Americans file their taxes directly with the IRS for free WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in reintroducing the Tax Filing Simplification Act to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers. Last tax season, taxpayers spent an average of 11 hours and around $200 preparing their tax returns -- a cost equal to almost 10 pe… Continue Reading

April 12, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Secures USDA Commitments to Support Land Grants and Acequias in Farm Bill, Dairies Facing PFAS Contamination, and NM Rural Communities

Perdue to Udall: "We as a government have a responsibility" to use USDA assistance programs for farmers affected by PFAS contamination to their "fullest extent" VIDEO: WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on his commitment to supporting core U.S. Department of Agricul… Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Unveil Legislation to Cut Taxes for Workers and Families in New Mexico

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of Tax Day and the IRS Commissioner's annual appearance before the Senate and House, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 46 Senate Democrats, introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act. At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). EITC and CTC are two of the most effe… Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Amtrak to Continue Support for Routes That Connect Rural Communities in NM & Across the U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Joe Manchin (D-W. VA.), Dick Durbin (D- Ill.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are calling on Amtrak to continue service to rural communities in New Mexico and across the U.S. by investing in long-distance and state-supported routes."We are writing in strong support of Amtrak's n… Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Examines Federal Resources Available to Tribes to Promote Community and Economic Development

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a committee oversight hearing entitled "Building out Indian Country: Tools for Community Development."The committee heard from Department of the Interior's (DOI) Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, Acoma Pueblo 1st Lieutenant Governor and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Board Member Mark Thompson,Departm… Continue Reading

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