Press Releases

June 27, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Fights for Justice for Victims of Radiation Exposure in Key Senate Hearing

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hdDWHIXQrs WASHINGTON - In a major step forward in the fight for justice for victims of radiation exposure, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) testified today in a key Senate hearing on the need to enact his legislation to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and provide compensation to all New Mexicans, Tribal members, and families throughout the country affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War. The hearing in the Senate Judic… Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Udall to Fight for Justice for Victims of Radiation Exposure in Key Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON - In a major step forward in the fight for justice for victims of radiation exposure, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will testify tomorrow in a key Senate hearing on the need to enact his legislation to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and provide compensation to all New Mexicans, Native Americans, and families throughout the country affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War. The hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee will be held eight years after… Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Udall Votes Against Funding Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted against a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that includes $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's proposed wall along the southern border. During a markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, Udall said that he also could not support the bill until the approximately 2,300 children who have been separated from their families as a resul… Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Forty Senators Push Senate Appropriations Leaders to Reject Dangerous Environmental Riders

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) led 40 Senators in urging the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to keep destructive anti-environmental provisions - or "riders" - out of this year's appropriations bills. Republicans have frequently attempted to slip environmental riders into spending bills in recent years, leading to gridlock in the annual appropriations process and risking the health and safety of… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Executive Order on Family Separation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on President Trump's executive order on his administration's family separation policy: "President Trump could end the appalling family separation crisis he created with a stroke of a pen - but this executive order doesn't do that. Instead, this order doubles down on the president's failed and inhumane 'zero tolerance' policy, which has resulted in the babies and children of immigrants being torn away from their parents … Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

In Indian Affairs Hearing, Udall Addresses Family Separation Policy: We Once Pledged ‘Never Again’

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on the troubling historical parallels between former federal policies that separated Native families during the 'Boarding School Era' and the current family separation crisis caused by the Trump administration's so-called "zero tolerance" policy on immigration. Udall submitted the statement for the record during a committee oversight hearing on subsistence in Indian… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Udall: Climate Change Poses ‘Grave Threat’ to Traditional Subsistence Practices in Indian Country

VIDEO: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/oversight-hearing-keep-what-you-catch-promoting-traditional-subsistence-activities-native WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing entitled "Keep What You Catch: Promoting Traditional Subsistence Activities in Native Communities." In his opening statement, Udall emphasized the role traditional ecological knowledg… Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich To Travel To Border To Hold Trump Administration Accountable For Inhumane Family Separation Policy

WASHINGTON - On Friday, June 22, 2018, U.S Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will travel to the Southwest border to hold the Trump Administration accountable for their inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The senators will visit the site of the temporary tent city for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas and will travel to the port of entry in El Paso, Texas. In the evening, the senators will hold a Keep Families Together community event… Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Udall Votes for Major Defense Bill to Strengthen NM & Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major bill to benefit New Mexico's service members and military families, veterans, military bases, and defense programs throughout the state. The NDAA, which passed the Senate by a margin of 85-10 and must now be reconciled with a House version of the bill, contains a number of provisions that Udall fought for to strengthen New Mexico. "The funding authorized by this ma… Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Udall Secures Major Funding for Indian Country in Interior Appropriations Bill

Increases funding for Interior's Indian Affairs Programs and Indian Health Service WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Appropriations Committee's passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which includes important funding for Indian Country… Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Udall Advances Strong Investments for New Mexico in Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

Udall successfully fought off new anti-environment provisions, dangerous cuts to EPA and Indian programs WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding for New Mexico's public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The full Sena… Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves New Ethics Provision in Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill

Was accepted by the full committee as part of an amendment package adopted on a unanimous voice vote WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, announced that the full Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved an amendment to ensure that ethics standards are upheld by the Trump administration. The new report language, included as part of the FY2019 Interior, Environment, and Related… Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Udall: “We Must Do More” on Indian Health, Education, and Energy Programs’ “High-Risk” Designation

Video: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/oversight-hearing-gao-high-risk-list-turning-around-vulnerable-indian-programs WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) designation of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs as "high risk." The heari… Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Bipartisan Group of Senators File Amendment to Require Release of Water Contamination Report

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of senators in filing an amendment to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish an unreleased federal study about widespread water contamination from commonly-used chemicals. According to media reports and publicly available emails, officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked the release of the HHS report showing that far lower levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PF… Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Demand Trump End Cruel Policy Of Separating Children From Parents At The Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are demanding the Trump Administration end President Trump's inhumane policy of separating innocent boys and girls from families who cross the Southwest border seeking asylum in the United States. Udall and Heinrich say that the Trump Administration's family separation policy is ineffective, immoral, and can cause life-long trauma in children. "We are writing to ask that you reverse course on your inhumane decision to separate children fr… Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Statement on Los Alamos National Lab Contract Decision

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján responded to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) decision to award the management and operating contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory to Triad National Security, LLC, a group led by Battelle, the University of California, and the Texas A&M University System. Udall is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including the subc… Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Udall Advances Amendment to Ensure Southwest Chief Has Access to Federal Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced his bipartisan amendment to help ensure Amtrak's Southwest Chief can continue to access federal funding for critical repair work. The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, and stops in several New Mexico communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque, and Gallup. In March, members of the New Mexico delegation announced that the Department o… Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Udall Advances Key Funding for NM Military Base Projects, NM Veterans

Udall also secured funds to help veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan; presses Air Force to expand KAFB space capabilities and interaction with local businesses WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans' care across the state. In total, Udall secured more than $125 million in fund… Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Senators Request IG Investigation into Pruitt’s Use of Official Position to Pursue Family Business Opportunities

Letter notes "Federal ethics laws prohibit public officials from using their position of authority for private gain" WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General (IG) investigate EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's apparent attempts to use his office to benefit himself and his family in business matters unrelated to federal government work. The senators' request … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Statement on Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Nominee Tara Sweeney Advancing to the Full Senate

Video: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/business-meeting-consider-nomination-tara-mac-lean-sweeney-alaska-serve-assistant-secretary WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a business meeting to consider the nomination of Tara Sweeney to serve as the U.S. Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. The committee favorably reported her nomination by … Continue Reading

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