Press Releases

August 25, 2020

NM Delegation Urges Postmaster General to Restore Equipment and Account for Recent Changes to USPS Operations In New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) raised concerns to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about recent changes to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) operations and the removal of critical equipment. Despite Postmaster General DeJoy's recent statement that he would suspend the new operational changes and initiatives until after the general election in … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Udall, Luján, Smith Demand Answers from USDA on Trump Administration Diverting Funds from NM Farmers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) led a group of 40 lawmakers in a letter demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the agency diverted funds from a critical program supporting New Mexico farmers and ranchers who are trying to keep their farms and livelihoods afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Vete… Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Space Exploration Grants to UNM, NMSU, Navajo Technical College

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applaud nearly $2.3 million in combined awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to New Mexico universities for fellowships supporting minority and underrepresented students in STEM fields and innovative research for space exploration programs. New Mexico State University (NMSU) and t… Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

NM Delegation Hails Nearly $3 Million to UNM for Research into Effects of Climate Change in the Southwest

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded a nearly $3 million grant to the University of New Mexico (UNM) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research to understand historic climate changes in the arid Southwestern United States, and how the diverse communities in the region responded to shifts in climate and water availability. The g… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge USPS to Halt Operational Changes that Disproportionately Harm Military Servicemembers

"Making absentee voting more difficult disenfranchises the very Americans who serve and sacrifice on the front lines in defense of our right to vote." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 29 senators in writing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to raise concerns over the heightened impact of harmful United States Postal Service (USPS) policy and operational changes on servicemembers and their families. Because USPS is the only service that… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge USPS to Halt Operational Changes that Disproportionately Harm Military Servicemembers

"Making absentee voting more difficult disenfranchises the very Americans who serve and sacrifice on the front lines in defense of our right to vote." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 29 senators in writing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to raise concerns over the heightened impact of harmful United States Postal Service (USPS) policy and operational changes on servicemembers and their families. Because USPS is the only service that … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Udall Statement on the Trump Administration’s Unilateral Demand to Restore International Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's unilateral demand that the United Nations restore sanctions on Iran by invoking "snap back" provisions that were part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which President Trump withdrew from in 2018: "This administration's choice to completely abandon diplomacy in exchange for saber-rattling, chaos and ra… Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Museum Grants to Enhance Inclusion Programs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $331,198 to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. "New Mexico's museums share our state's culture, knowledge and heritage-and every New Mexican … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Udall Statement on Postmaster General DeJoy’s Decision to Suspend Recent Operational Changes Udall Statement on Postmaster General DeJoy’s Decision to Suspend Recent Operational Changes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's decision to suspend recent operational changes that have caused mail delays and concerns about the ability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to collect and deliver election mail: "This a good first step, but not nearly enough. New Mexicans rely on the U.S. Postal Service to get their prescriptions and other life-saving mail whether it's an election year or not. These recen… Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $2 Million in CARES Act Funding for Safe and Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $2,138,253 to housing authorities across 15 New Mexico counties from the CARES Act funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is funded by the $850 million provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securit… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Seeks Accountability Following COVID-19 Outbreak at Cibola County Correctional Center

WASHINGTON - On Friday, U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) raised serious concerns with the Directors of the U.S Marshals Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and CoreCivic, which privately operates the Cibola County Correctional Center, about their shared ability to effectively manage COVID-19 within its facilities following an outbreak that led to h… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Udall, Senators Press for Accurate 2020 Census Count for Native Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and 18 Senate Democrats in urging the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau to honor their previously announced 2020 census completion date to ensure an accurate count for Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian community. On April 13, 2020, the Commerce Department and Census Bureau announced a modified timeline for 2020 census operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which extended the deadlin… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Prior to Upcoming Hearings, Udall, Heinrich Demanded That Postmaster General Testify Before Congress to Answer for Mail Service Delays

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and the entire Senate Democratic caucus, are demanding answers from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on significant operational changes he directed that have caused serious delays for postal customers in Michigan and across the country. Since sending this letter, the Postmaster General has agreed to testify before the Senate on Friday, August 21st and the House of Representatives on Monday, August 24th. In the letter, the… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Udall, Senate Democrats Demand Postal Service Address Delivery Delays for Veterans’ Critical Prescription Medications

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of 29 Senate Democrats to demand Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie take immediate action to address reports of significant delays in veterans' prescription medications through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Recent operational changes spearheaded by DeJoy, a major Trump donor, including suspending overtime pay for postal workers and halting delivery trips necessary to deliver mail on tim… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Udall Slams Interior Department Plan to Offer Oil and Gas Leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the decision by Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to auction oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at the end of 2020: "It is shocking, but not surprising, that as the country remains focused on serious public health and economic crises, Secretary Bernhardt is focused on drilling in one of the world's last, truly wild places. Despite strong support by the American peopl… Continue Reading


August 15, 2020

Udall Statement on Reports that William Perry Pendley’s Nomination Being Withdrawn

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 on reports that the White House is withdrawing the nomination of William Perry Pendley to serve as director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): "The withdrawal of William Perry Pendley's nomination would be good news for all who value public lands, conservation, and Tribal sovereignty. It's hard t… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call On DHS Acting Secretary Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli To Step Down After Positions Deemed Legally Invalid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are calling on U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli to step down after independent watchdog finds appointments to be legally invalid. "Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli cannot legally serve in their roles at DHS, and they are not above the law. Both must step down immediately," said Udall. "Every single official action they have undertaken since assuming t… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

NM Delegation Celebrates Great American Outdoors Act Becoming Law

VIDEO: N.M. Delegation Celebrates Great American Outdoors Act Becoming Law ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) joined the conservation community in New Mexico for a virtual celebration of the Great American Outdoors Act being signed into law. The delegation participated in a panel discussion moderated by New Mexico Wild Executive Direct… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Udall Statement Honoring Navajo Code Talkers Day

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement to honor the over 400 Navajo Code Talkers whose critical service saved lives and played a pivotal role during World War II: "Almost 80 years ago, over 400 Navajo men volunteered for Code Talker duty to fight for a country that had not even recognized them as citizens until two decades earlier, even though the Navajo people had lived on these lands sinc… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Urge USPS Postmaster General to Fix Delays and Avoid Cost Increases for Election Mail as Nation Prepares for 2020 Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined all Senate Democrats in a letter demanding answers from U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after state election officials reported recent changes to longstanding practices at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which would increase delivery times and costs for election mail, measures that threaten the vast number of voters seeking to cast their votes by mail this November. Since President Donald J. Trump appointed De… Continue Reading

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