Press Releases

August 14, 2018

Udall Honors National Navajo Code Talkers Day

WASHINGTON - Today, on National Navajo Code Talkers Day, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement honoring the service of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II: "When the first 29 Navajo recruits came to Camp Pendleton, California in the spring of 1942, they arrived with a fierce determination to defend their homeland and the sacred ideals of the United States. The Code Talkers carried that patriotic dedication forward, ev… Continue Reading

August 14, 2018

Udall Statement on EPA’s Proposed Asbestos Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the EPA's budget, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Asbestos Problem Formulation document and Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for asbestos: "I'm always troubled when I learn that EPA has ignored its own expert staff, but what most alarms me is that the EPA is proposing to conduct a risk evaluation that excludes among the most commo… Continue Reading

August 13, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $3.5 Million in NSF Grants to UNM for Transmission Electron Microscope, Professional Development for HS Teachers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham announced two funding awards to the University of New Mexico (UNM), totaling $3.5 million, from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The awards will enable UNM to acquire a transmission electron microscope for state-of-the-art research, and will fund the creation of an online professional development program for high school science and mathematics teachers. Together, these initiatives… Continue Reading

August 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $2.6 Million to NMSU for National Resource Hub for STEM Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University (NMSU) was awarded $2,633,530 in funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the NSF National Resource Hub for STEM Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Resource Hub). The HSI Resource Hub will serve as a nexus for strategies and tools to improve undergraduate STEM education at Hispanic-serving institutions throughout the nation. "New Mexico State University is… Continue Reading

August 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $249K Grant To APS For Native American Language Program

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Indian Education Department's Diné Bizaad & A:shiwi Language Program has received a $249,438 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding will support three years of instruction of both the Navajo (Diné) and Zuni (A:shiwi) languages in APS schools at the elementary and middle school levels. Udall and Heinrich led the effort to include… Continue Reading

August 09, 2018

Udall Statement on Federal Court Ordering Ban on Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the EPA's budget, released the following statement after a federal appeals court nullified the Trump Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2017 decision not to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. Udall has led the effort in the Senate to ban chlorpyrifos. In 2017, he introduced the Nerve Agent Pesticides Act to ban the toxic pesticide. "Today's decision represents a monu… Continue Reading

August 09, 2018

Udall Statement on Termination of Tribune-Sinclair Merger

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement after Tribune Media Company announced it was "terminating" its merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group. "The termination of the Sinclair-Tribune merger is good news for people who depend on reliable and independent local news to stay informed. I'm proud to have worked with Senator Cantwell and the countless Americans who spoke up and helped stop this unprecedented cor… Continue Reading

August 05, 2018

On 3rd Anniversary of Gold King Mine Spill, Udall, Heinrich, Luján Denounce EPA’s Continued Failure to Compensate Victims

WASHINGTON - On the 3rd anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (all D-N.M.) denounced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s ongoing failure to compensate victims in the Navajo Nation and New Mexico - despite repeated promises to do so from former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The New Mexico lawmakers have successfully secured millions in funding for a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impa… Continue Reading

August 03, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Urge Reauthorization of Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of senators urging Senate leadership to permanently reauthorize and to fully fund the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). "The LWCF is one of the country's best conservation programs, preserving public lands and ensuring access to outdoor recreation in rural and urban areas," the senators wrote. "For the last half century, it has protected lands, historic sites, national parks, wilderness areas, and urban parks … Continue Reading

August 03, 2018

Udall: Major Defense Bill Strengthens NM, Nation

Successfully fights off anti-environment provisions WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting to pass the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major bill that benefits New Mexico's service members and military families, veterans, military bases, and defense programs throughout the state. The NDAA now goes to the president's desk to be signed into law. "Thanks to our deep tradition of service and our premier military bases and federal installations, New … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Senators to Zinke: Staking and Developing New Mining Claims Within National Monuments Is Illegal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of 23 senators in demanding answers from Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke about news that a Canadian mining company has acquired a dozen mining claims - totaling over 200 acres of lands - within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The company, Glacier Lake Resources, has announced its plans to begin development of these claims in the near future. "New mining within the boundaries of a national monument is … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks as Senate Passes Interior, Environment Funding Bill 92-6

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor just before the full Senate passed the FY2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, a funding bill authored by Udall's committee. The bill, authored in the Senate Appropriations subcommittee led by Udall and Senator Lisa Murkow… Continue Reading

August 01, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.4 Million National Science Foundation Grant to Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research Site

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a 5-year, $6.4 million grant to the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. Research at the Sevilleta LTER site focuses on how climate change is affecting arid land ecosystems, and this grant will fund examination of the ecological consequences of rising temperatures and increasingly variable rainfall on drylands. "New Mexico is fortunate to be home to th… Continue Reading

August 01, 2018

Senate Approves Udall, Heinrich Amendment to Boost Funding for Southwest Chief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that their bipartisan amendment to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote. This amendment would effectively halt Amtrak's proposal to substitute rail service with bus service over large segments of the route through FY2019. The amendment was sponsored by … Continue Reading

July 31, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.3 million in Federal Funding for Village of Los Lunas Water Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a grant of $1.3 million to the Village of Los Lunas. The EDA funding will support water infrastructure improvements at the Central New Mexico Rail Park in Los Lunas and serve as a catalyst for regional economic development. The Village estimates that the project will create up to 3,000 new jobs in New Mexico. "Strengthening New Mexico's freight infrastructure is… Continue Reading

July 27, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Spotlight Act to Hold Washington Accountable and Increase Transparency in Elections

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 25 of their colleagues, are holding Washington accountable with a push to tear down a new Trump administration rule allowing special interests to hide those who are funding political campaigns. The senators joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in officially introducing the Spotlight Act to reverse the Treasury Department's decision that allows non-profit organizations that engage in political activity to avoid disclosing … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

On Deadline Day to Reunite Separated Families, Udall & Senators Call for DOJ Investigation of ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with 29 other senators, in sending a letter to Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling for an investigation into DOJ's role in the creation and implementation of the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector G… Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Udall Fights to Improve VA Services for Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) this week to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve VA outreach, health care and benefits for Native American veterans through establishment of a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs. The Advisory Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers Native American veterans face when acces… Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Udall Bill to Clarify Tribal Lands Leasing Authority for Two New Mexico Pueblos Passes Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that Congress has passed his bill to clarify that the Pueblos of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh may engage in long-term leasing for economic development purposes on their tribal lands. The bill provides the Pueblos certainty in leasing and investing in their lands to businesses, boosting job creation and economic development. The text of Udall's bill, S. 249, was included as an amendment to the… Continue Reading

July 24, 2018

Udall: Defense Policy Bill Now Free of Anti-Environment Provisions

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement applauding the removal of several policy provisions from the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have weakened environmental, land and wildlife protections. Udall fought to keep the NDAA free of these unrelated and damaging policy riders. "The national defense policy bill, which authorizes pay and provisions for our troops, is no place to jam in unrelated measures that weaken protections for the … Continue Reading

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