Press Releases

August 22, 2018

Udall, Capito, Heinrich Announce Measure to Fund Care Corps Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan amendment to build and strengthen America's caregiving workforce. The amendment to the fiscal year 2019 Defense-Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations minibus would dedicate $5 million in grants to place volunteers in communities to care for seniors and individuals with disabilities and help them … Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $30 Million for Rail Runner Safety Upgrade

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the Rio Metro Regional Transit District $29,359,208 to fund the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail. In June, the New Mexico delegation wrote to DOT in support of this grant, which will help enable the Rail Runner to c… Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Rail Runner gets safety-upgrade funds

by Dan McKay


August 21, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Trump administration proposes rule to relax carbon limits on power plants

by Juliet Eilperin


August 21, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Move to Gut Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced its proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan: "The Trump administration's proposal is a big win - for big polluters. The EPA's new rule guts the Clean Power Plan, the latest - and most damaging - chapter in this administration's campaign to surrender … Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Call on Trump Administration to Uphold Protections for Servicemembers Against Predatory Lending & Financial Fraud

WASHINGTON - In an effort to shield New Mexico's 12,000 active-duty military members and their families from abusive financial practices, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined every Democratic member of the U.S. Senate in urging the Trump Administration not to abandon its duty to protect our servicemembers and their families under the Military Lending Act (MLA). The MLA was passed in 2006 with bipartisan support to help safeguard active-duty military members and t… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

IN THE NEWS: UNM wins $3.5M in grants for microscope, online program

by Journal Staff Report


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Grants Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Grants native Sean Erice for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his ten weeks on Capitol Hill, Erice worked primarily on issues related to health and education. "U.S. Senate interns experience first-hand the inner workings of the lawmaking process," said Udall. "It has been a pleasure to have Sean in my office this summer, and I wish him the best as he builds on his experiences from this internship in his … Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Santa Fe Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Santa Fe native Gabriela Romero for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her six weeks on Capitol Hill, Romero worked with the Senator's communications team. "Interning in the U.S. Senate can be a formative experience, and it has been a pleasure to have Gabriela in my office this summer," said Udall. "I wish her the best as she returns to school this fall, and I hope she is able to apply the knowledge she ga… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Intern for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Intern Shandiin Herrera for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her ten weeks on Capitol Hill, Herrera worked primarily on issues related to Indian affairs. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate the nation's legislative process and the Capitol's halls," Udall said. "It has been a pleasure to work with Shandiin this summer, an… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Albuquerque Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Albuquerque native Claire Wengrod for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her nine weeks on Capitol Hill, Wengrod worked primarily on issues related to agriculture and the environment. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate the nation's legislative process and the Capitol's halls," Udall said. "It has been a pleasure to work with Claire this summer, and I hope that she fin… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Udall Thanks Albuquerque Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Albuquerque native Silvia Martinez for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her six weeks on Capitol Hill, Martinez worked primarily on issues related to health and education. "Interns like Silvia play integral roles in my office's operations," said Udall. "I hope she finds her experiences during this internship rewarding as she pursues her dream of advocating for our nation's immigrants." Martinez said sh… Continue Reading


August 15, 2018

Udall Requests Kavanaugh Records on Native American Issues

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, formally requested all records pertaining to Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's involvement with Native American issues during his tenure as White House Staff Secretary and as White House Counsel. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Udall asked Grassley to turn over all records under his control pertaining to Kavanaugh's work on Indian … Continue Reading


August 15, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change

by Indianz.com


August 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce NASA Grant For Navajo Tech Robotics Academy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, N.M. was awarded $324,800 by NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project to develop a robotics academy. NTU has long championed using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in innovative ways to encourage Navajo students to seek technically-based careers. The new… Continue Reading


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

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