Press Releases

September 05, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Advance NM’s Health, Education, Workforce Priorities in Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 85-7 to pass the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill. The bill provides significant support for critical programs and services for New Mexicans, including early childhood development, workforce development, telehealth, medical education, and funds to combat the opioid epidemic. The bill includes major funding for programs championed by Udall and Heinrich t… Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor to Urge Bipartisan Action on Climate Change

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/2185954934953135/ WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor to outline the disastrous consequences of climate change for New Mexico and the nation, and call for bipartisan action to address its effects. Udall joined U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on the Senate floor, who also spoke as part of his "Time to Wake Up" series on the threat of climate change. Udall highlighted the devastating … Continue Reading


September 04, 2018

AUDIO: Udall Outlines Opposition to Kavanaugh Nomination, Demands Immediate Halt to Supreme Court Nomination Proceedings

'Kavanaugh's record reveals a jurist on the far end of the ideological spectrum - out of line with the views of a vast majority of Americans. And in line with the big money, special interests who hand-picked him for this seat.' WASHINGTON - Today, on a press conference call for local New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) outlined his opposition to President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court. With President Trump and several… Continue Reading


September 03, 2018

Udall Marks Labor Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in honor of Labor Day: "On this Labor Day, we celebrate the hardworking women and men in New Mexico and across the country who banded together, sacrificed and organized for the common good of all American workers. The labor movement has fought tirelessly to enact a vision of fair pay and fair treatment to shape each of our workplaces for the better -- from higher wages and the 40-hour work week to safer working c… Continue Reading


August 29, 2018

New Mexico Delegation Applauds ITC Reversal of Newsprint Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham applauded the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for its unanimous vote to reverse the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian newsprint, which have threatened to devastate local newspapers across New Mexico. The New Mexico delegation released the following joint statement: "We applaud the ITC for making the absolute co… Continue Reading


August 29, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Strong Funding for NM Priorities in Defense Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 85-7 to pass the fiscal year 2019 Defense appropriations bill, which provides critical funding to benefit New Mexico's economy and national security priorities. The bill includes support for New Mexico's military bases and federal installations, research and development into cutting-edge defense technologies, and essential upgrades to military equipment. It contains a number of measures to… Continue Reading


August 27, 2018

Udall: Trump’s NAFTA Announcement Raises More Questions Than Answers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on President Trump's announcement on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "President Trump's announcement today raises more questions than answers for the thousands of New Mexicans whose livelihoods depend on trade with Mexico, our state's most important trading partner. Yet again, the president is claiming to have achieved a major breakthrough - but the White House has not released the tentative agr… Continue Reading


August 25, 2018

Udall Statement on Passing of John McCain

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain: "It is a privilege to have known John McCain - to have served with him in the Senate, and to call him a dear friend. John's fearlessness, his unyielding integrity, and his generosity of spirit truly touched the entire Udall family. We will miss him dearly. "John said about my uncle Mo Udall: 'We disagree in politics, but not in life.' And that was how John lived - in servic… Continue Reading


August 24, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.48 Million For Los Alamos Electric Buses

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded Los Alamos Atomic City Transit $1.485 million through the Low or No Emission Grant Program to purchase new zero-emission battery electric buses to replace the City's existing diesel fleet. Atomic City Transit offers transit service in both Los Alamos and White Rock, ADA complementary paratransit, and a shuttle service to Bandelie… Continue Reading


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

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