Press Releases

August 06, 2019

Udall, Paul, Khanna, Gaetz Lead Call for Inclusion of Bipartisan Iran Amendment in Final NDAA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many of the signers of today's letter are members of key House and Senate defense and foreign affairs-related committe… Continue Reading


August 05, 2019

Udall Responds to President Trump’s Comments on El Paso, Dayton Shootings

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to President Trump's comments in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Earlier today, President Trump tweeted that congressional action on gun violence should be paired with action on the Trump administration's immigration agenda. Udall issued the following statement: "In the wake of an act of anti-immigrant, white supremacist terror, President Trump is now proposing that any action to prevent gun violence should be paired with rest… Continue Reading


August 04, 2019

Udall Statement on El Paso and Dayton Shootings

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio: "In the span of less than 24 hours, two communities have been ravaged by the scourge of gun violence. It has never been clearer that Congress needs to take urgent action to end this preventable epidemic. "In New Mexico, El Paso is like a sibling - a community where many New Mexicans have family, friends, loved ones. This tragedy hits particularly close t… Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Udall, Khanna Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Improve Health Care Access for Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) announced introduction of the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, a bill to improve health care access for Native American Veterans by providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for care that Native American veterans receive at urban Indian health centers. This legislation would help Native American veterans acquire … Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution to Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans

Under the Congressional Review Act, Senate Democrats can force a vote on this new resolution within 60 legislative days of July 15 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the "1332 waiver" rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans' health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protection… Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Commerce Committee Passes Udall Amendment to Require First National Safety Standards for Dangerous, Unregulated Gas Gathering Lines

WASHINGTON - Today, during a Senate Commerce Committee markup of the PIPES Act of 2019, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured passage of his critical amendment to require the first-ever national safety standards for nearly 100,000 miles of the most dangerous natural gas "gathering" lines that have been left unregulated for decades - even though many of these lines carry the same risks as other federally-regulated pipelines. The amendment also requires the U.S. Government Accountability Office… Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Udall Files Critical Amendments to Improve Senate Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - Ahead of a Wednesday morning markup of the PIPES Act of 2019 (S. 2299) in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced three critical amendments to the bill to improve public safety and reduce dangerous leaks. The PIPES Act would reauthorize the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) pipeline safety programs for the next four years, fiscal years 2020 through … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Udall, Shaheen & All Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people. The full text of the amendment is available HERE. A background summary is av… Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce $2 Million To NM Small Businesses To Support Scientific Innovation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that two New Mexico businesses were awarded $2,100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to support research and development and advance innovation. Mesa Photonics LLC and Woodruff Scientific Inc., both based in Santa Fe, were awarded $1,100,000 and $1,000,000, respectively. The funding will allow Mesa P… Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed. Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests. The Fair Elections Now Act wou… Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Udall Statement on BLM’s Rushed Bears Ears Management Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, responded to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) releasing a final management plan for Bears Ears National Monument, which the Trump administration has attempted to drastically reduce under dubious legal authority. The administration's attempted reduction of Bears Ears is currently being challenged in court. Udall issued this statement:… Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Udall, Lofgren & Matsui Introduce Legislation to Give All Americans an Opportunity to Invest in Building Our Clean Energy Future

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to give all Americans the opportunity to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds and empower regular people to do their part in building our country's clean energy future. Modeled after the highly successful victory bonds sold during World War I and World War II, which raised billions of dollars to finance the costs of war, Clean Energy Victory … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Udall Statement on Robert Mueller’s Testimony Before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on the Russia investigation: "Today, Robert Mueller provided a valuable public service by testifying about the deeply troubling facts and findings from his report. First, a foreign adversary intervened in our presidential elections in an effort to tip the scales to benefit the Trump campaign - and these ef… Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Following VA Report on Wait List and Staffing Problems at New Mexico VA Health Care System, Udall Reiterates Calls for Immediate Improvements, Resources to Ensure NM Veterans Get the Care They Deserve

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to a new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on "Concerns with Access and Delays in Outpatient Mental Health Care at the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque, New Mexico." In 2014, as the VA faced a national scandal involving fake wait lists and long waits for care, Udall collected accounts from New Mexico veterans about VA officials attempting to manipulate the scheduling system to cover up… Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announce $1.5 Million For Rural Residency Development Programs

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.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will award approximately $1.5 million to Otero County Hospital Association located in Alamogordo, N.M. and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Inc. located in Gallup, N.M. through the Rural Residency Plan… Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

VIDEO: Udall, Heinrich Lead Hearing on Mistreatment of Children at the Border

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arPS-LKk3a4 WASHINGTON - Today, in face of the Senate Republicans' refusal to hold a hearing on conditions at the southern border, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in leading a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) hearing entitled "America Speaks Out: Stop Trump's Cruel Treatment of Children at the Border." During the hearing, the senators heard… Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Ahead of Mueller Testimony, Udall Calls for Senate Action to Secure Elections

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees tomorrow, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Senate sponsor of the For The People Act, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop standing in the way of critical efforts to secure our elections and prevent foreign interference before the 2020 elections: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation found with the utmost certainty that… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump EPA Refusal to Ban 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 after the Trump EPA decided once again not to ban the toxic chemical chlorpyrifos. Udall has introduced the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2019 to outlaw the use of chlorpyrifos nationwide. "Just like it did under Scott Pruitt, the Trump EPA under And… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Udall Leads Committee Passage of Amended Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a business meeting to consider two bills, including the Udall-sponsored Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act. Both bills passed the committee by voice vote. "Indian water rights settlements are simply good policy," said Udall. "They allow communities to avoid time-consuming, expensive, and divisive litigation and pr… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Udall Announces GAO Report Finding Hard Rock Mining Companies Pay Royalties on State Lands – But Not Federal Lands

WASHINGTON - In a report requested by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 12 Western states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming -- charge royalties for hardrock mining on state-owned lands, and most of these states also impose taxes on hardrock mining activity. In contrast, companies pay no royalties to the federal government for mining on taxpayer-owned federal land… Continue Reading

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