Press Releases

November 14, 2019

Udall Statement Opposing Confirmation of Steven Menashi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement following the Republican majority vote confirming Steven Menashi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit: "I am appalled that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have voted to install Steven Menashi to a lifetime seat previously held by Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Despite Mr. Menashi's repeated refusal to answer legitimate questions from members of the Senate Judiciar… Continue Reading

November 14, 2019

Udall, Welch Introduce Legislation to Reform the Renewable Fuel Standard to Benefit the Environment

Bill would phase out corn ethanol mandate, reverse tide of habitat destruction, and boost the mandate for advanced biofuels that reduce greenhouse gases WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced companion bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by mitigating harmful environmental impacts of the corn ethanol mandate and advancing the next generation of biofuels that act… Continue Reading

November 14, 2019

Udall Champions Latino Museum, Women’s History, and Tribal Engagement at Oversight Hearing on the Smithsonian Institution

WASHINGTON - Today, in a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), spoke in favor of adequate budgets for a strong Smithsonian Institution and expressed support for establishing Smithsonian Latino and Women's History Museums. Udall also questioned Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III about the Smithsonian's work and engagement with Native American Tribes. "We all know that the Smithsonian requires real investments to keep its existing museums operating,… Continue Reading

November 14, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Pushes for Nationwide ‘Bottle bill’ to Combat the Plastic Waste Crisis

Udall and Rep. Lowenthal are circulating a discussion draft of landmark legislation to tackle the plastic waste crisis that includes a national beverage container law and bans on single-use plastics VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON- In a meeting yesterday of the Senate Commerce Committee to consider S.1982, the Save our Seas 2.0 Act, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), said that bolder action is necessary to confront the gravity of the plasti… Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

Udall: Trump Organization Fails to Answer Key Questions about Trump Business Ties in Turkey

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the Trump administration failing to answer key questions from four U.S. senators about the Trump Organization's business ties in Turkey and the president's conflicts of interest as they relate to U.S.-Turkey policy. Udall and three other senators laid out the questions in an October 22 letter to the Trump Organization and set a deadline for answers to each of the questions by Nov. 12. The Trump Organization's incomplete reply to the senator… Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

Udall Statement Opposing Chad Wolf Leading Department of Homeland Security

Wolf's confirmation is expected to be part of After Wolf was confirmed for lower-level DHS role, Trump administration is bypassing Congress to install Wolf as Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after Chad Wolf was confirmed by the Senate as Under Secretary for the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). President Trump is expected to circumventing … Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

Udall Amendments Included in NASA Bill to Combat Space Junk, Increase Use of Commercial Spaceports, Improve Space Communications

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, announced the passage of two Udall-authored amendments and two additional Udall-cosponsored amendments to the NASA Reauthorization Act of 2019. The Committee accepted all four amendments on a unanimous voice vote and voted to advance the NASA reauthorization bill to the Senate floor. "Outer space is both a strategic national security priority and an economic engine for c… Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

PHOTO: Udall Joins Senate Democrats to Introduce VAWA Reauthorization Bill with Strong Tribal Provisions to Address Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Udall-championed Tribal provisions will enhance public safety for Native women and families WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs joined U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senate Democrats in introducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA). The bill, which is similar to the bipartisan VAWA reauthorization package passed by the House of Representatives in April, includes key Tribal provision… Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

Udall: As Erdogan Visits White House, Trump Organization Refusing to Answer Questions on Business Interests in Turkey

Deadline came on same day of report that former Trump national security advisor John Bolton believes President Trump's decisions on Turkey policy are motivated by personal or financial reasons WASHINGTON - Today, as the Trump White House hosts Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)said that the Trump Organization has failed to meet the deadline to respond to questions posed by Udall and three other senators. The senators sent a letter regarding the Trump Organiz… Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

Udall Proposes Amendments to Strengthen Save Our Seas Legislation, Calls for Urgent Action on Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Commerce Committee, proposed six amendments to strengthen the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act to reduce marine plastic pollution. The amendments are provisions to reduce plastic waste and strengthen the Save Our Seas bill, which comes in response to the growing problem of plastic ocean pollution. Udall is currently developing landmark legislation with U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) that would address the plastic pollu… Continue Reading

November 12, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Praise Senate Vote Designating November as National Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) praised the Senate's vote to recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month. "I'm proud that the Senate passed our bipartisan resolution recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. This resolution honors the countless ways Native American have shaped New Mexico and our national identity. It also challenges us to examine how we can better … Continue Reading

November 12, 2019

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Case on DACA Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court case to determine the validity of President Trump's decision to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that protects thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today to examine whether the Trump Administration's decision to terminate DACA was lawful. Previous lower court decisions have supported the legal gr… Continue Reading

November 11, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Unveils Legislation to Rename Las Cruces Veterans Clinic to Honor Veterans and Fallen Soldiers of the Bataan Death March

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced legislation to officially designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community outpatient clinic in Las Cruces as the "Las Cruces Bataan Memorial Clinic." The legislation would commemorate the over 1,800 New Mexico National Guardsmen and the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments… Continue Reading

November 08, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call For Renewed Funding For NM Minority-Serving Institutions Of Higher Education

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are calling for renewed funding for Minority-Serving Institutions. The lawmakers are cosponsors of the bipartisan, bicameral Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, which would reauthorize $255 million per year in mandatory federal funding - which expired on September 30, 2019 - for an additional two years. The House of Representatives approved the legislation unanimously in Septem… Continue Reading

November 07, 2019

NM Delegation Announces Funding for Arrowhead Center for Tribal Businesses, Entrepreneurship Hands-On Support through NMSU and Navajo Technical University

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.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has awarded an American Indian Business Enterprise grant to the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in conjunction with Navajo Technical University. The $260,000 grant will fund the Arrowhead Center's … Continue Reading

November 07, 2019

Udall Demands Answers on Interior Department’s Failure to Conduct Tribal Consultation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to explain its failure to consult with Tribes at an Indian Affairs oversight hearing examining the Bureau of Indian Affairs' 477 workforce training program. BIA has primary responsibility for a variety of tribal programs within the Department of the Interior (DOI). The "477" Tribal workforce program authorizes Tribes to consolidate federal workforce, … Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $12.5 Million Grant to Improve Safety on Heavily-Traveled Permian Basin Transportation Corridor

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.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) a $12,500,000 grant. NMDOT will use the funds to repair and add safety enhancements along a section of US Highway 285 between Loving, New Mexico and the Texas border. In additi… Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

Udall, Blumenthal Demand Clarification from Boeing on Conflicting and Evasive Statements during Senate Hearing about Recent 737 MAX Crashes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), both members of the Senate Commerce Committee, are requesting Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg clarify two parts of his testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee on whether the company had previously stated recent 737 MAX crashes were the result of pilot error and whether the plane's automated flight control system (MCAS) was included or intended to be included in the flight operation manual for… Continue Reading

November 05, 2019

AUDIO: On ‘Tuesdays with Tom,’ Udall Highlights Major Wins for New Mexico in Bipartisan, Senate-Passed Interior & Environment Funding Bill

AUDIO: Udall Holds Press Conference Call on Interior and Environment Funding Bill WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, held a press conference call for local reporters to discuss the Fiscal Year 2020 Senate funding bill for the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, which Udall helped author. The bill passed the Senate last week in an 84-9 bipartisan vote, and it includes ma… Continue Reading

November 04, 2019

Udall’s Provision to Combat Lunch Shaming Passes Senate

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that his provision directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prevent the practice of lunch shaming passed the Senate as part of the FY 2020 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The provision was co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). The anti-lunch shaming provision is based on the bipartisan legislation Udall and Collins introduced in April. The language directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide additional guidance … Continue Reading

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