Press Releases

March 20, 2020

Udall Statement on Indian Country Priorities for Coronavirus Phase 3 Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on priorities for Indian Country he is calling for to be included in the third coronavirus response legislation: "We need to act urgently to ensure that Indian Country does not bear the worst costs of COVID-19. Historically, Native communities are among the most at risk during public health and economic crises. "Tribes have been very clear that they need furth… Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Co-Sponsor Bill to Ensure Americans’ Ability to Vote During National Emergencies such as Coronavirus

Recent confusion regarding Ohio's primary underscores need for federal action WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to introduce legislation that would ensure New Mexicans and all Americans are still able to vote safely by expanding early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states, and allowing voters who did not receive an absentee ballot to use a printable ballot … Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Demands U.S. Department of State Assist New Mexicans Abroad Encountering Difficulty Returning to the U.S.

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico congressional delegation - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small - issued the following statement on reports their offices are receiving that New Mexicans are stranded abroad and not receiving assistance from the U.S. Department of State in returning to the United States: "Our offices have heard directly from New Mex… Continue Reading

March 18, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Senate Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, legislation to provide free nation-wide testing for COVID-19 and initial economic relief for the impacts of the pandemic and the associated public health response. The bill is the second "phase" of coronavirus response passed by Congress. In addition to today's legislation, Udall and Heinrich voted for the first measure - an $8.3 billion supplemental approp… Continue Reading

March 18, 2020

Udall Calls for Direct Cash Payments to Americans in Coronavirus Aid Package

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and 14 other Senate Democrats in a letter to Senate leadership outlining an important new proposal to provide Americans with direct cash payments as the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate. "Over the course of just one week, most of America went from business-as-usual to a virtual shutdown. Workers have seen their hou… Continue Reading

March 18, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge President to Act to Address Shortages of Essential Medical Equipment Needed to Treat and Prevent Spread of COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and 24 of their Senate colleagues urged President Trump to use existing legal authority to help address the widespread reports of shortages of medical supplies, as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. In a letter to President Trump, the senators called on the president to invoke the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), which authorizes the president to strengthen domestic manufacturing capacity and supply in extrao… Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Small Businesses And Non-Profits Needing Assistance To Consider Newly Available Federal Disaster Loan Assistance

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.) are encouraging small businesses and non-profits needing assistance to consider applying for federal disaster loan assistance after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued economic disaster declarations across the state to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). "Each da… Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

NM Delegation Calls for Federal Government to Provide Medical Protective Equipment to NM from the Strategic National Stockpile

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.) requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership release the state of New Mexico's full allotment of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as protective gloves and masks, for health care providers responding to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Currently, the state of N… Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Hosts ‘Tuesdays with Tom’ Press Call on COVID-19 Response

AUDIO: Udall Holds Press Conference Call on Responses to COVID-19. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted a "Tuesdays with Tom" press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss the response to COVID-19 and how Congress must move forward to protect New Mexicans and Native communities. "First, I extend my thoughts to those who have been directly hurt by this virus. And I want to thank the frontline health care workers and others who are working so hard to combat co… Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

Udall Statement on Senate Agreement to Debate and Vote On Key Surveillance Reforms

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on yesterday's Senate agreement to guarantee a full debate and votes on three amendments to protect constitutional rights, privacy, and civil liberties on recent House-passed legislation extending expiring authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the USA PATRIOT Act. The Senate approved a short-term extension of these authorities by voice vote. Under the agreement, the Senate will schedule … Continue Reading

March 17, 2020

Udall, Democratic Senators Urge Trump to Order Maximum Telework for Federal Workers

New Mexico is home to over 21,900 civilian federal employees Following senators' letter, Trump Administration further directs federal agencies outside DC to move to telework status WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with 26 of his colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to immediately issue an executive order directing agencies to utilize telework capabilities to the maximum extent possible. While the Trump administration had issued guidance recommending agenci… Continue Reading

March 16, 2020

Udall, Warren Unveil Bill to Guarantee Tribal Health Authorities to Access the Strategic National Stockpile

Legislation would allow the Indian Health Service, Tribal health authorities, and urban Indian organizations to access the Strategic National Stockpile and help combat the coronavirus crisis WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the Tribal Medical Supplies Stockpile Access Act, legislation that would guarantee that the Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal health authorities, and urba… Continue Reading

March 13, 2020

Udall Pushes for VA to Increase Protections for Veterans during Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sent a letter with Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and 10 of their colleagues to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that the Veteran's Health Administration is taking appropriate measures to protect veterans from the spread of the novel coronavirus. Udall is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies that oversees the VA budget and Senator Tester is the Ranking Demo… Continue Reading

March 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Expand Free Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and a number of their Democratic Senate colleagues to introduce the Free COVID-19 Testing Act, which would expand free tests to confirm coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. The Free COVID-19 Testing Act would waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and related health care services for individuals enrolled in private health plans, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, CHI… Continue Reading

March 13, 2020

NM Delegation Announces over $6 Million from Recent Emergency Coronavirus Bill Going to New Mexico Public Health Organizations in Support of COVID-19 Response

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to distribute more than $6 million to New Mexico as part of the funding allocated by the bipartisan, bicameral, coronavirus emergency supplemental Appropriations bill to states, localities, territories, and Tribes. New Mexico will receiv… Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

Udall Provides Update on Operating Status of D.C., New Mexico Offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced changes to the operating status of his Washington, D.C. and New Mexico offices after the Senate Sergeant At Arms (SAA) announced new restrictions on access to the United States Capitol and House and Senate office buildings. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to be consistent with the recommendations of public health officials, Udall will temporarily close his physical Washington, D.C. office, with staffers working remotely under office telework … Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

Udall Promotes 2020 Census, Strongly Encourages New Mexicans to Complete and Submit Survey

Udall has been highlighting #CensusCounts social media campaign WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement encouraging New Mexicans to complete their Census survey on the first day of the data collection period for the 2020 Census: "Today marks the beginning of the 2020 Census data collection period. Every New Mexican counts-and one of the biggest contributions that New Mexicans can make to their neighbors, themselves, their families and their communitie… Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Respond to First Confirmed Novel Coronavirus Cases in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich responded to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's announcement that three individuals in New Mexico have tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). "The health of all New Mexico communities is our top priority in Congress. With the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Mexico, we want New Mexicans to know that our offices and the entire New Mexico delegation continue to be in close communication with f… Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Secures Key USDA Commitments to Expedite Assistance for NM Dairy Farmers Hurt By PFAS and Ensure NM Land Grants and Acequias Can Access USDA Funds

USDA Sec. Perdue: "I understand the power of green chile." VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, secured commitments from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on vital New Mexico agriculture priorities. Udall asked Perdue to expedite the U.S. Department of A… Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Udall Introduces Legislation to Increase Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness

WASHINGTON - Today, as the United States combats the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced the CDC Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act. This legislation would allow Tribes to apply directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) program and authorizes the CDC to make any necessary modifications to the program to fit the… Continue Reading

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