Press Releases

October 22, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, O’Rourke Demand Answers from HHS on Unaccompanied Migrant Children Detained at Tornillo Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to provide information on the operations and conditions of the temporary tent facility in Tornillo, Texas housing detained unaccompanied migrant children. In a letter to Azar, the lawmakers demanded answers regarding the expansion of the Tornillo facility, and new administration policies that are se… Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Udall Joins Protect Our Care’s Bus Tour in ABQ, Fights to Protect Health Care for New Mexico Families

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with local health care advocates, community members, and elected officials, joined Protect Our Care on its nationwide Care Force One Bus Tour at its stop in Albuquerque. During the event, he called on Republicans to end their relentless attacks on New Mexicans' health care, and pledged to work to defend and improve access to comprehensive coverage for hardworking New Mexico families. Udall began by committing to defend comprehensive hea… Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Udall Tours Economic and Community Development Hubs in the South Valley

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall toured three economic development organizations in the South Valley that serve farmers, entrepreneurs, community members and small business owners who are helping to drive New Mexico's economy forward. During his tours, he met with local community members who have benefitted from these initiatives and discussed how federal resources can best support programs to foster entrepreneurship, workforce education, and economic and community development t… Continue Reading

October 17, 2018

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote to President Donald Trump and to the Trump Organization seeking a full accounting of any financial ties between the Trump Organization and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi… Continue Reading

October 17, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Klobuchar Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N. M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Care Corps Demonstration Act to build and strengthen America's caregiving workforce, and help meet the growing demand for caregivers working with seniors and people living with disabilities. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). By 2030, older Americans are expected to make up nearly 20 percent of t… Continue Reading

October 16, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce USDA Grants to Support Acequia Associations & Traditional Communities, Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers, and Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced three grants totaling nearly $525,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to benefit New Mexico's traditional communities and acequia associations, Hispanic farmers and ranchers, and tribal agricultural communities in the state. The grants were made through the USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, which Udall and Heinrich have long supported to help sociall… Continue Reading

October 16, 2018

Udall, Heinrich To EPA: Halt Methane Standards Roll Back

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the public comment period that began this week for a proposal to weaken methane standards, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-N.M.) along with 19 of their colleagues in a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the public comment period for the rule and provide adequate justification for modifying the national standards. In 2016, the EPA adopted the New Source Performance Standards (… Continue Reading

October 15, 2018

Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution, with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and others, to designate October 30, 2018 as the 10th National Day of Remembrance to honor the thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation's nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War. The full text of the resolution is available HERE. "During the Cold War, thousands of New Mexicans sacrifi… Continue Reading

October 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $435,000 In Federal Funding To Address Food Insecurity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced $435,000 in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Community Foods Project and Planning grant program to address food insecurity in New Mexico. "Far too many New Mexicans facing food insecurity suffer from serious health issues, financial hardship, and endless anxiety -- about where the next meal will come from, and how to put food on the … Continue Reading

October 12, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Vital Drought Provisions for NM in Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 99-1 to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bill that authorizes Army Corps of Engineers water projects nationwide and includes core provisions of Udall and Heinrich's New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act, among other New Mexico benefits. Last month, the House voted to unanimously approve the water infrastructure bill. The bill now goes to the president's desk to be signed i… Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Udall Statement on the Passing of Representative Lorenzo Larrañaga

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)issued the following statement on the passing of New Mexico State Representative Lorenzo "Larry" Larrañaga: "Jill and I join people across New Mexico in mourning the passing of my friend Representative Larry Larrañaga and in extending our deepest sympathies to his wife, Charletta, and to his entire family. Larry's life was truly a life of service, as a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and a committed legislator who put the well-bein… Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Prioritizes Children’s Privacy Rights in Commerce Committee Hearing

Recent reports suggest thousands of mobile apps are illegally tracking kids' online behavior VIDEO: Udall Prioritizes Children's Privacy Rights in Commerce Committee Hearing WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned leading data privacy advocates about legislative approaches to protecting consumers and safeguarding children's privacy during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled "Consumer Data Privacy: Examining Lessons From the European Union's General Data Protecti… Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Fight for Pre-Existing Condition Protections & Affordable, Quality Health Care for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted for a measure to overturn the Trump administration's expansion of short-term "junk insurance" health care plans. Earlier this year, following their failed efforts to repeal the ACA in Congress, the Trump administration finalized a new policy to weaken health care protections for people across New Mexico by expanding the availability of short-term coverage plans that are not required to provide the full range of benefits requi… Continue Reading

October 06, 2018

Udall Votes Against Final Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) cast his vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was confirmed by a final vote of 50 to 48. This week, Udall took to the Senate floor to outline his opposition to Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. He also submitted an additional statement to the Congressional Record about why he believes Kavanaugh should not be elevated to the Supreme Court. Udall's floor speech can be… Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Udall: Opioid Package Gives Tribes Resources to Build Treatment, Prevention Solutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined the full Senate in voting to pass the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which will combat the opioid epidemic and includes a number of key tribal provisions. "I am proud of the work we have done to ensure Tribes and tribal communities were at the table and included in this opioid package," Udall said. "Substance abuse has had devastating impacts on communities across New Mexico, Indian C… Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Senators Demand Full Transparency on EPA’s Plans for Children’s Health Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.)wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing their strong concern over the future of the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP) and the EPA's mission to safeguard the health of America's youth in light of recent reports. The letter follows EPA's unexplained placement of the OCHP Director, Dr. Ruth E… Continue Reading

October 04, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Against Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination on Senate Floor

Udall: "Women in New Mexico and around the country are watching" VIDEO: Udall Speaks Against Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination on Senate Floor WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Udall discussed his opposition to Kavanaugh, citing the troubling circumstances surrounding Kavanaugh's confirmation process, including the deeply disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct made ag… Continue Reading

October 04, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Addresses the Digital Divide in Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Tribal Broadband Access

VIDEO: Udall Addresses the Digital Divide in Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Tribal Broadband Access WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the need for improved data collection and tribal consultation to address the digital divide in an Indian Affairs oversight hearing entitled, "GAO Reports Relating to Broadband Internet Availability on Tribal Lands." The committee called the oversight hearing to review findings from tw… Continue Reading

October 04, 2018

Udall & Heinrich Vote for Opioids Package, Announce $15.5 Million To Combat Opioid Abuse in NM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting 98-1 to pass the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to address the opioid epidemic through expanded access to proven addiction treatment options, and increased resources for prevention efforts. The House approved the legislation last week by a vote of 393 to 8 and the Senate's action sends the bill to the president's desk for signature. The bipartisan opioids package, which is largely similar to legisla… Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Conservation Bills Impacting N.M. Pass Energy And Natural Resources Committee

WASHINGTON - In a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources markup yesterday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich worked to advance two long-standing and critical New Mexico conservation bills he joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall in introducing: the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act and the New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Both bills were passed on a voice vote. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, S. 441, would further complete the vision of the diverse coalitions and… Continue Reading

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