Press Releases

February 06, 2020

Udall Statement on DOI’s Final Management Plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement after the Interior Department released final management plans for the reduced Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument: "The Trump administration is trying to carry out its likely illegal campaign to roll back two treasured national monuments before the courts can stop… Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Udall Statement on Corteva Decision to Stop Producing Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, issued the following statement on the decision by Corteva, Inc., one of the leading producers of chlorpyrifos, to stop producing the toxic chemical. Udall has introduced the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2019 to outlaw the use of chlorpyrifos nationwide. "It is a major win when a … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

N.M. Delegation Announces $15 Million In Funding For Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) are announcing $15 million in federal funding for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project. The funding for the project, headed by the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA), will be used to continue the construction of a water pipeline from Cannon Air Force Base to Portales. After working closel… Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Applaud $2 Million HUD Grant for Affordable Senior Housing

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) hailed aUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) award of $2,096,945 to the Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation (EHDOC) of Albuquerque. The grant provides capital advances to private, nonprofit sponsors to finance the development of 20 housing units for low-income, elderly residents. This housing option allows residents to live independe… Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Udall Votes to Convict President Trump on Two Counts of Impeachment

Udall denounces Senate Republicans' refusal to hold a fair and full impeachment trial WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted to convict President Donald J. Trump and remove him from office on two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Udall said: "The evidence gathered by the House - that the president abused his office and taxpayer funds for personal gain -- is staggering. He got caught red-handed, and… Continue Reading

February 04, 2020

Udall Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address: "The president's State of the Union speech was an affront to New Mexicans who have watched his administration stack the deck for the wealthy and the special interests while attacking the health care and economic security of working families. President Trump has filled his administration with millionaires and billionaires and lobbyists, pushed through tax cuts for the supe… Continue Reading

February 03, 2020

VIDEO: On Senate Floor, Udall Announces His Vote to Remove President Trump, Denounces Republican Efforts to Deny the American People Full and Fair Impeachment Trial

Because America is worth the fight." VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor ahead of the historic vote on the articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. Udall announced that he would vote to convict the president on both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Udall denounced the Republican effort to prevent Senate consideration of re… Continue Reading

January 31, 2020

Udall Statement on Senate Republicans Voting to Block Additional Witnesses and Documents in the Impeachment Trial of President Trump

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to block key witnesses and documents in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump: "Witnesses and documents that shed light on wrongdoing are basic tenets of our justice system. The Senate and the American people have been deprived of their right to know the full truth. Thanks to Senate Republicans, the Trump impeachment trial will now be the first Senate impeachment tr… Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Udall Applauds House Natural Resources Committee Approval of Udall, Gallego Tribal Wildlife Corridors Bill

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, applauded the House Natural Resources Committee for approving the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019 to support the use of wildlife corridors on Tribal lands. The bill, introduced by Udall and U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples, empowers Tribes to identify and support Tribal wildlife corridors that restore connectivity… Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Fellow Senators Denounce Trump Administration’s One-sided Peace Plan

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 10 Senate Democrats in a letter to President Donald Trump denouncing his administration's one-sided Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. "We write to express our profound concern regarding your decision to release a one-sided Israeli-Palestinian plan forged without any Palestinian involvement or support," the senators began. "Unilateral implementation … Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump Interior Department Weakening Migratory Bird Treaty Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke out on the news that the Trump Department of the Interior will permanently weaken the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act with a regulation that will stop enforcement of so-called "incidental" takes, or instances in which industry practices kill protected bird species. The move enshrines a legally suspect 2017 DOI solicitor's opinion: … Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Udall Applauds House Passage of Bills to Reassert Congressional War Powers

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War Act of 2019, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 228-175 and 236-136 to approve two resolutions that would prevent endless wars in the Middle East. The two bills include the No War Against Iran Act, a bill sponsored by U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) to bar federal funds from offensive m… Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Demand Trump Publicly Commit to Protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senate Democrats in demanding President Trump retract statements he made about cutting earned benefits like Medicare or Social Security in order to pay for his 2017 tax scam-a handout to corporations and the ultra-wealthy at the expense of working families and older Americans. Despite Republican claims that the bill is a tax cut for working people, it has proven to be nothing more than a giveaway to corporations a… Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

As Trump Continues to Seek Foreign Interference in 2020 Election, Udall Asks House Managers to Respond to White House Argument that Removal ‘Should be Left to Voters’

QUESTION FOOTAGE LINK HERE WASHINGTON - Today, during the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) asked the House impeachment managers to address the argument of the president's defense team that the decision to remove the president should be a matter decided in the 2020 presidential election. Udall's question comes as President Trump and his associates have continued to actively seek foreign interference in the 2020 elections even following the Ukraine r… Continue Reading

January 28, 2020

Heinrich, Udall Introduce Bill To Designate Cerro De La Olla Wilderness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to establish Cerro de la Olla Wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico. For hundreds of years, people of the Taos area have hunted, gathered herbs, and collected firewood on the flanks of Cerro de la Olla. This proposed wilderness area would preserve traditional us… Continue Reading

January 23, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump Attacks on Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the Trump administration's rollback of protections under the "Waters of the United States" provision of the Clean Water Act: "Simply put, the Trump administration is endangering the future of clean water in New Mexico, the Southwest and across the country. The proposed changes would strip Clean Water Act protections from the vast majority of New Mexico's surface waters, putting drinking and irrigation supplies at fur… Continue Reading

January 21, 2020

AUDIO: As Senate Impeachment Trial Begins, Udall Urges Senators to Uphold Constitutional Oath, Ensure Full and Fair Trial

AUDIO: Udall Holds Press Conference Call on the First Day of Trump Impeachment Trial WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump. During the call, Udall highlighted the importance of conducting a full and fair impeachment trial in accordance with the oath that all senators took to "do impartial justice." "Last week, all senators were sworn in for the impeachment … Continue Reading

January 20, 2020

Udall Statement Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement commemorating the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Today, we must recommit ourselves to the ideals for which Dr. King fought and gave his life. To honor the legacy of a man who dedicated his life to service, to equality, and to justice, we too must serve our communities, fight for equality at every turn, and work tirelessly to live up to our nation's promise of justice for all. "In New Me… Continue Reading

January 17, 2020

Udall Highlights 2019 Legislative Accomplishments for Indian Country

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released a summary of his Indian Affairs 2019 legislative accomplishments, including 12 Indian Affairs Committee bills passing the Senate and six becoming law, such as the Udall-authored Esther Martinez Native Languages Revitalization Act. "The federal government has a solemn trust responsibility to Tribes, and in 2019, we worked diligently to live up to that responsibility to achieve Indian C… Continue Reading

January 16, 2020

NM Delegation Recognizes Sandia Contributions to State Economy, Employment

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.), commended findings from a 2019 economic-impact analysis released Wednesday, which found that Sandia National Laboratories is responsible for creating 1,100 new jobs while contributing $509 million to New Mexico businesses and $96.6 million in state gross receipt tax revenue. The Economic Impact report also foun… Continue Reading

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