Press Releases

October 03, 2018

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Native American Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) are introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act… Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Secures Commitment From Amtrak to Halt Plans to Replace Portions of SW Chief Rail Line with Buses in NM

VIDEO: Udall Secures Commitment From Amtrak to Halt Plans to Replace Portions of Southwest Chief Rail Line with Buses in NM WASHINGTON - Today, during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from top Amtrak official and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek to stop plans to turn a segment of the Southwest Chief rail line from Dodge City, Kansas to Albuquerque, New Mexico into a bus route during Fiscal Year 2019. Before this public commitment, t… Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Harris Introduce Legislation to Establish Body-Worn Camera Programs at CBP, ICE

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the DHS Body-Worn Camera Act, which would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish pilot programs for body-worn cameras (BWC) at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The legislation would also require DHS to report to Congress on these pilot programs, develop policies governing the use of BWC with public con… Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Udall & Local Conservation Leaders Urge Congress to Reauthorize & Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

On Sunday, Congress let LWCF expire, leaving vital recreation and protection projects in limbo WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, and local conservation leaders held a press conference to urge Congress to act immediately to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) after the program's authorization expired on Sunday, September 30, injecting … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Senate Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The resolution celebrates the immense contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to the United States, honoring the many ways in which Hispanic and Latino heritage have shaped our country's economy, culture and history. Udall and Heinrich also co-sponsored a resolution designating the week of … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Udall Statement on Senate Passage of PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act to Further Tribal Self-Determination

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act by voice vote last week. The bipartisan bill creates consistency and builds greater efficiency for Tribes that operate self-governance programs under authorities first authorized by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (ISDEAA). "I'm proud to be an original cosp… Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Udall Statement on NAFTA Update

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the announcement of an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada: "This new announcement caps nearly two years of needless uncertainty and unhelpful rhetoric on NAFTA from the Trump administration, which has been an obstacle for investment and job growth in our state. Any significant change to NAFTA must be approved by Congress, and I will be reviewing th… Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Udall, Heinrich To HHS And DHS Secretaries: Family Detention Is Morally Wrong, Harmful To Children and Parents, Inconsistent With Fundamental American Values

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) along with a number of Democratic Senators sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen imploring them to rescind the proposed regulation to allow the Trump Administration to facilitate the indefinite detention of children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities and avoid complying with the … Continue Reading


September 27, 2018

Udall Statement on Senate Hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court: "Dr. Ford showed tremendous courage and credibility as she told her story, under oath, to the United States Senate and to so many Americans watching around the country. I have said throughout this process that we must treat Dr. Ford with the r… Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), introduced legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds which could lead to war with Iran without express approval from Congress, as required by the Constitution. The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2018 ma… Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Udall Fights to Protect Children’s Privacy Rights

Udall holds tech companies accountable for failing to ensure compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, calls for children's privacy hearing WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned top executives from various technology and telecommunications firms, including Google, Twitter, Apple, Amazon, AT&T and Charter, about whether they are taking the appropriate steps to protect data privacy rights for consumers in New Mexico and across America. In a Senate Comme… Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Over $1 Million to NTU for Metrology and Materials Center to Boost Workforce Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1,000,300 to Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, New Mexico to build a Metrology and Materials Center (MMTC). The MMTC will offer training for displaced energy sector workers to develop competitive skills for emerging industries including 3D metal printing, machining, rob… Continue Reading


September 24, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $400,000 in Rural Opioid Grants for Rio Arriba County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants totaling $400,000 to combat the opioid epidemic in Rio Arriba County, N.M. The County of Rio Arriba and El Centro Family Health each received $200,000 in grants through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to support the… Continue Reading


September 24, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $2.1 Million For N.M. Pueblos To Protect Clean Air And Water

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced $2.1 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to New Mexico Pueblos to protect clean water and support environmental cleanup projects. "These grants will benefit New Mexico Pueblos by supporting efforts to address environmental hazards, reduce exposure to dangerous chemicals and prevent pollution," said Udall. "Everyone deserves access to a healthy … Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $20 Million from NSF for NM SMART Grid Center at UNM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) was awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the New Mexico SMART (Sustainable, Modular, Adaptive, Resilient and Transactive) Grid Center, an interdisciplinary research and education program to help support development of a modern electric grid. The center will coalesce ongoing independent… Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Udall and Other Senators Who Served as Prosecutors and Attorneys General Urge the President to Direct the FBI to Reopen Its Background Investigation Into Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), along with 5 other senators who have served as prosecutors and attorneys general, in sending a letter calling on President Trump to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to reopen its background investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh following the recent allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. In the letter, the senators emphasized the need for law e… Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1 Million For Veterans Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust has won a $1 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help disabled veterans modify their homes to help them live independently. In partnership with the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the Trust will use this funding to rehabilitate or modify an estimated 90 primary residences for eligible veterans… Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $3.2 Million for Angel Fire Veterans’ Cemetery

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a grant, totaling $3,215,760, to fund the establishment and construction of a state veterans' cemetery in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Currently, the nearest national cemetery to Angel Fire is Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is approximately 91 miles away. The lawmakers said the new cemetery will pro… Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address Suicide Crisis in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act, along with U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to address the growing suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and Tribal organizations to design and implement statewide suicide intervention and prevention programs that work for their communities. The legislation is the Senate companion to H… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Udall, Klobuchar Introduce Resolution Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Indian Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, introduced S. Res. 631, a Senate resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Indian Civil Rights Act and the importance of expanding voting rights access for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This resolution honors Native voting rights advocates from around the nation… Continue Reading

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