Press Releases

September 18, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Rollback of Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior's budget, released the following statement on reports that the Department of the Interior will announce a major revision designed to weaken the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. Udall led the effort in the Senate to successfully defeat the attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the rule. "Toda… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Vote for Vital Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 99-1 to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic that continues to have a devastating effect on communities across New Mexico and the United States. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 includes a number of critical provisions to help New Mexico battle the opioid crisis, including important changes to Medicare and Medicaid that will help more people receive tr… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Udall Statement on Allegation Against Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Dr. Ford's allegation against Judge Kavanaugh is disturbing and should be fully investigated by the FBI. The Senate Judiciary Committee should delay the vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination until that investigation is complete and this deeply serious and troubling allegation has been heard by the committee in the appropriate way. "The Senate has … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Statement on 24th Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the 24th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) being signed into law: "Twenty four years ago, we enacted the Violence Against Women Act and dedicated ourselves to improving the national response to sexual assault and domestic violence perpetrated against women. This landmark legislation committed valuable resources and services to help support survivors, prosecute abusers and prevent future viol… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Outlines Priorities at Interior Bill Conference Committee Meeting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, participated in the conference committee meeting to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House's fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bills. "As I begin, I want to note what a remarkable achievement it is to convene a conference on the Interior Appropriations bill-for the first time in nearly a decade,… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall Named to House-Senate Conference Committee to Finalize Interior and Environment Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, was named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies. The conference committee includes leaders of four House a… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Udall, Carper, Grijalva, Dingell and Beyer Join Advocates in Defending Endangered Species Act

Trump administration has proposed regulatory changes to undermine key protections of the law WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Don Beyer (D-Va.) joined scientists, faith leaders, environmental advocates and the public to gather in support of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the nation's most effective tool to safeguard wildlife facing extinction. The event highlighted t… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

In Address to National Congress of American Indians, Udall Discusses Kavanaugh Nomination, Indian Affairs Committee Work

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians at its 2018 Tribal Unity Impact Days. In his remarks, Udall discussed the committee's work to achieve Indian Country's priorities and his commitment to fighting for issues vital to tribal communities - including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and strengthening its tribal provisions. Udall also highlighted his concer… Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Provision to Prohibit Nuclear Safety Board Staff Cuts & Reorganization

DNFSB is critical for providing oversight and ensuring safety at New Mexico's national labs and nuclear facilitiesn WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they have secured two provisions in the final FY 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill to protect the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) and its important safety mission. One Udall-Heinrich provision prohibits the use of any appropriated funds to carry out … Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Udall Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: "Today, we join together as a nation to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11 and commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost in its aftermath. We remember the first responders who rushed into burning buildings to the aid of others, the passengers who selflessly charged the cockpit door to wrest control from hijackers, and all those who lost their lives or were injured in… Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump EPA Move to Weaken Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to weaken oil and gas emissions limits: "Methane gas is a super-pollutant for climate change and today's EPA action is wasteful and outrageous. Actions by EPA to weaken these commonsense, cost-effective oil and gas emission limits will increase pollution an… Continue Reading


September 10, 2018

Udall: Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings Reveal Deeply Troubling Views on Indian Law and Policy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement expressing his deep concerns about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on Indian law and policy: "Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings have only reinforced my serious concern that his confirmation poses a real threat to bedrock federal Indian law and policy principles that have guided the high court for decades. Judge Kavanaugh has shown in his writing… Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Legislation to Overturn the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

Trump's junk insurance plans don't have to provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to overturn the Trump Administration's expansion of "junk insurance" plans. Currently, 44 senators have cosponsored the resolution of disapproval, signaling their opposition to President Trump's final junk in… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Udall, Colleagues Join Judiciary Committee Democrats to Demand Kavanaugh’s Full WH Record Be Made Public

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with fourteen other senators, joined Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee in calling on the White House to make Judge Brett Kavanaugh's complete White House record available to the Senate and the public. In a letter led by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), the senators implored White House Counsel Donald McGahn to make the documents available for review before th… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Seven Senate Democrats Request Immediate DOJ Review of Giuliani’s FARA Compliance

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) requested that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Security Division immediately review whether President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, is in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), including whether he has an obligation to register any und… Continue Reading


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

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