Press Releases

February 12, 2018

Udall Delivers Congressional Response to the NCAI 16th Annual State of Indian Nations Address

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered the Congressional Response at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 16th Annual State of Indian Nations (SOIN) Address. Udall's remarks directly followed NCAI President Jefferson Keel's address. "It is a great honor-and a tremendous responsibility-to serve as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs," Udall said. "As vice chairman, three core principles guid… Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Udall Joins Senators in Demanding Explanation for Why Trump White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter Continued to Have Access to Classified Information After he was Denied a Security Clearance

WASHINGTON - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse - and when they knew it - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 11 other senators in writing to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information even after Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security clearance. The senators - … Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Sens. Udall, Cortez Masto, Smith, Rep. Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill to Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.); and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases. The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes better understand the needs o… Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Udall Votes for Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the Senate in voting 71-28 to advance a bipartisan budget agreement, which sets funding levels for a future spending deal, ensures important funding for New Mexico families and federal installations, and ends the uncertainty over vital health programs for children and working families. Udall issued the following statement: "As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

NM Public Officials and Community Groups Denounce Racist Political Cartoon

A political cartoon in Tuesday's Albuquerque Journal was denounced as racist and divisive by New Mexico public officials and leading community organizations. The cartoon shows a white couple being mugged at gunpoint by three thugs in masks as the man says "Now, honey … I believe they prefer to be called 'Dreamers' … or future Democrats." Senator Tom Udall, Senator Martin Heinrich, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, Congressman Steve Pearce and… Continue Reading

February 07, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Urges Congressional Action to Protect Investigation into Russian Meddling in the 2016 Election

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor about the ongoing reports that President Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and urged lawmakers in both parties to back legislation to protect Mueller and allow the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to proceed unobstructed by Trump or his partisan allies. This is e… Continue Reading

February 07, 2018

Udall Testifies on Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act in Key Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, testified before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of his legislation to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument, the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, S. 441. The legislation, which is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), provides permanent prote… Continue Reading

February 06, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Join Bipartisan Push To Fund Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 65 senators calling on Senate leadership to immediately reauthorize funding for community health centers. In a letter led by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the senators expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. In New Mexico, community health centers provide heal… Continue Reading

February 05, 2018

In Letter to House & Senate Leadership, Udall Urges Reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, wrote to House and Senate leaders in both parties, urging them to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) along with other vital health care programs, which provide treatment and services for millions of Americans, but will soon run out of funding. "As Congress works to provide security to communities that rely on critical federal health programs, including community health c… Continue Reading

February 05, 2018

Udall Urges Trump to Prioritize Rural Broadband in Infrastructure Proposal

WASHINGTON - As President Trump and Congress continue to talk about making big investments in rebuilding America's infrastructure, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of Senate Democrats are calling on President Trump to prioritize expanding rural high-speed broadband internet in addition to roads, bridges and other construction needs. In a letter, the senators urged the president to work with them to close the digital divide by expanding broadband access to the 23 million Americans who still lac… Continue Reading

February 03, 2018

At Event in ABQ, Udall Calls for Immediate Funding for Critical Health Programs

At roundtable in ABQ, Tribal and community health providers tell Udall that without long-term funding ASAP, they will be forced to cut staff, hours, and vital services ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall heard from Tribal and community health care providers and experts that they are deeply concerned about the future of federal funding for health programs that are critically important in New Mexico, including the Community Health Centers Program and the Special Diabetes Program for… Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Udall Calls on Trump to Support Funding for Heating and Energy Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and 10 of his Senate colleagues urged President Trump to support strong funding for important safety net programs that help low-income New Mexicans afford to stay warm in their homes during the harsh winter months. In a letter to the president, the senators emphasized the importance of maintaining funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which help seniors, veterans and other… Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Udall Responds to BLM Limiting Reviews of Oil and Gas Leasing on Public Lands, Shutting Out Public Comments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) abrupt decision to weaken its oil and gas leasing review process, shutting out public comments and accelerating potential leases to oil and gas companies. The changes reversing a number of Obama administration reforms were published in an "Instruction Memorandum" this week. Udall said he was particularly concerned about how the change will affect the sensitive areas around Chaco Culture National Histori… Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Udall Urges Bipartisan Support to Prevent Constitutional Crisis, Allow Russia Investigation to Continue Unobstructed

WASHINGTON - Following the release of the hyper-partisan and misleading "Nunes memo" today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement urging lawmakers in both parties to defend the work of Special Counsel Mueller and allow the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to proceed: "With the CIA warning that the Russians will try to interfere in the next election, every American should want to get to the bottom of the extent of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.… Continue Reading

January 31, 2018

Udall, Democrats to Tillerson: Lack of Trump Administration’s Mandatory Russia Sanctions Impositions is Unacceptable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, and 19 of their Democratic Senate colleagues Tuesday in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, expressing their concern that six months after Congress overwhelmingly passed mandatory sanctions measures to hold Russia accountable for their destabilizing activities against our country and nat… Continue Reading

January 30, 2018

Senators Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect National Monuments from Trump Administration’s Attempts to Roll Back Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of 18 Democratic senators in introducing legislation to enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration's unprecedented attacks on public lands. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 reinforces Congress' intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: only Congress has the authority to modify a national monumen… Continue Reading

January 30, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Call on Trump to Follow Through on Promise to Combat Opioid Crisis, Support Senate proposal for $25 Billion in Emergency Funds

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they are urging President Trump to support a Senate proposal to dedicate $25 billion over two years to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico and across the country. In a letter to the president, the senators noted that although Trump in October declared the opioid crisis a "public health emergency," he has done little since then even as addiction is ravaging communities and claiming 142 lives per day nationwide. T… Continue Reading

January 26, 2018

Udall Statement on Report that President Trump Ordered Firing of Special Counsel

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the New York Times report that President Trump ordered the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Last July, Udall advanced an amendment in the Senate Appropriations Committee that would direct the Department of Justice to follow existing regulations which prevent the unlawful firing of the special counsel. "This report is stunning confirmation of President Trump's willingness to upend the rule of law and attack o… Continue Reading

January 24, 2018

Senate Democrats Urge Secretary Zinke to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

WASHINGTON - A group of Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), is urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands. The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands. In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states managemen… Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants to Fill Two Upcoming Vacancies on US District Court

WASHINGTON - On Nov. 30, 2017, the Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Brack's announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces, N.M., for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico. On December 26, 2017, the Honorable Christina Armijo announced her intention to assume senior status after 16 years of distinguished service on the federal bench, including o… Continue Reading

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