Press Releases

July 02, 2019

Udall: Interior Failing to Answer Questions about President’s July 4th Event

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement after the Department of Interior (DOI) failed to respond to a June 18 letter from Udall and U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) calling on DOI Secretary David Bernhardt to provide information to Congress about the president's reported Fourth of July plans and how the additi… Continue Reading

July 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce Over $3.2 Million to Help Modernize Pueblo of Laguna’s Wastewater Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Pueblo of Laguna was awarded $3,242,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for three projects to renovate and improve wastewater infrastructure in Seama Village, Paquate Village, and New Laguna Village. The funding will help modernize the Pueblo of Laguna's wastewater systems, eliminating the use of septic tanks and connecting residen… Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Udall, Heinrich: Census Should Stay On Schedule, Omit Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 27 senators in calling for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to meet the administration's previously set deadline of July 1 to begin printing materials for the 2020 Census and move forward without adding a politically motivated question about citizenship. Their call comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's rationale for adding the question "appears to have been … Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Udall, Kaine Hail Historic Vote on Iran Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) hailed the Senate's historic vote on their bipartisan Udall-Kaine amendment to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran. 51 senators supported the amendment - a bipartisan majority. The final vote tally was 50-40, but the amendment was not adopted because it did not meet the 60-vote threshold. "Today, a bipartisan coalition - a majority of the Senate - came together to rebuke the Trump administration's march toward an u… Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Udall Announces Senate Passage of 11 Indian Affairs Committee Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced unanimous Senate passage of 11 Indian Affairs Committee bills, including two Udall-led bills and two Udall-cosponsored bills. All 11 bills will now be sent to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. "The 11 bills passed out of the Senate today seek to level the playing field for Tribes and Native communities. As vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs,… Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Udall Statement On Supreme Court Blocking Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census for the time being: "Today's decision from the Supreme Court is a relief for New Mexico communities. Ensuring an accurate census count is critical to making sure that every community in our state gets its rightful share of federal resources-hundreds of millions of dollars are stake. The Trump administration's proposal to ad… Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Udall Votes for Major Defense Bill to Strengthen New Mexico & Nation

Senate will hold historic vote tomorrow on bipartisan Udall-Kaine amendment to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting 86-8 for the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major national defense bill including several measures that Udall championed to support New Mexico's service members, military families, veterans, military bases, nuclear security labs, and defense programs across the state. Th… Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

VIDEO: Ahead of Tomorrow’s Vote on Udall Iran Amendment, Udall Calls on Colleagues to Uphold The Constitution and Prevent Unauthorized War

Major senate vote comes amid escalating tensions with Iran and President Trump asserting he can bypass Congress with military action VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) took to the Senate floor to call on Congress to step up and halt the administration's reckless march to an unconstitutional war. Ahead of the Senate vote on the bipartisan Udall amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), … Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

NM Delegation Introduces CCM-CARE Act to Expand Research on Rare Genetic Disease Prevalent Among New Mexico Hispanics

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, introduced legislation to increase research, education, and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more prevalent among Hispanics in southwestern states like New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. The Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clinical Aw… Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

VIDEO: Udall to Amtrak: America Needs a Visionary and Bold Plan to Preserve and Improve Long-Distance Rail

Video: WASHINGTON - Today, during an oversight hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Richard Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Amtrak Board of Directors, on Amtrak's plan to preserve and improve long-distance passenger rail for the American public. Last year, Udall secured a commitment from a top Amtrak official to stop plans to substitute buses for trains on a segment of the Southwest Chief rail line during F… Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Udall Votes for Border Funding Bills to Assist New Mexico Communities & Protect Vulnerable Asylum Seeking Children and Families

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted for two border assistance packages to provide urgent funding to reimburse local communities and address the humanitarian emergency at the border, where overcrowded and unsanitary facilities and shelters for minors are running out of money and cutting services. One measure passed the Senate by a vote of 84-8. Another House-backed measure failed to pass the Senate by a vote of 37-55. Udall issued the following statement: "The images and reports we… Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure $30 Million For Border Communities & Organizations Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich secured $30 million in reimbursement funds for localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New Mexico and elsewhere that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers. The measure was included in a $4.6 billion border supplemental funding agreement that passed the Senate today. The agreement includes emergency funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border, with significant funding for legal a… Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Udall, Kaine Statement on Iran Vote Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) released the following joint statement after Senate leaders announced that a Udall-Kaine sponsored measure to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran will receive a vote on the Senate floor: "The Senate will be allowed to do its constitutional duty. We appreciate that Senate leaders have reached an agreement that will enable us to move forward with the defense authorization bill, while letting the Senate vote on one of th… Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Udall, Senators Introduce Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation

Targets would put U.S. on the pathway to decarbonize the power sector by 2050 consistent with the emission reductions recommended in the IPCC 1.5 C Special report WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Angus King (I-Maine), introducedlegislation to achieve at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide in just 15 years - putting the U.S. on a trajectory to decarbonize th… Continue Reading

June 25, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Seek Applicants to Fill Upcoming Vacancy on US District Court

WASHINGTON -- On September 28, 2018, the Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced her intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Herrera's announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque, N.M., for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico. In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and… Continue Reading

June 25, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $40M in 2019 PILT Payments for 32 NM Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that 32 counties across New Mexico will receive $40,268,203 through the Department of Interior's (DOI) Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT funding will be used by local governments across New Mexico to provide crucial services to residents, such as police, fire protection, emergency response, road maintenance, and more. A full list of funding by county is available below. PILT provides federal payments to local g… Continue Reading

June 24, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $2.5 Million to UNM to Research Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Factors Among Native Americans

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded approximately $2.5 million over five years to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center to research chronic kidney disease risk factors among Native Americans in the southwestern United States. The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, will enable UN… Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bill to Fulfill Aamodt Litigation Settlement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small introduced legislation to ensure the Bureau of Reclamation has sufficient funding and time to implement its obligations under the 2010 Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act and the related water rights case that began in 1966. The Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque were joined by Santa Fe County, the City of Santa Fe and the State of New M… Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

Senators to EPA: Stop Undermining Key Chemical Safety Law

Three years after overwhelming, bipartisan passage of landmark legislation overhauling TSCA, senators raise concerns that Trump EPA's implementation of the law has gone dangerously off the rails WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sounded the alarm as the Trump administration continues to water down critical reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by undermining or skirting k… Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

Udall Statement on President Confirming Planned Iran Strike Without Congressional Authorization

Udall: Trump should fire Bolton to change course from escalation and threat of unconstitutional use of force and return to diplomacy WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead sponsor of a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran, issued the following statement after President Trump confirmed reports that he ordered and then abruptly cancelled a strike agai… Continue Reading

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