Press Releases

May 11, 2018

Udall Calls on Senate to Reject Gina Haspel’s Nomination to Serve as CIA Director

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on the Senate to reject Gina Haspel's nomination to serve as CIA Director due to her involvement with the CIA's unlawful "enhanced interrogation" program: "The CIA's torture of detainees in U.S. custody was a stain on our history and our standing in the world. While Acting Director Haspel's qualifications and expertise are evident, her oversight of the CIA's now outlawed torture program, and refusal to fully repudiate it, should be disqualifying… Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Secures Commitment from Zinke to Improve Public Input Process for Leasing Public Land

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), secured a commitment from DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke to improve public input while considering lease sales on public land, after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) updated its guidelines to severely limit public input. Questioning Zinke about BLM's new guidelines for considering lease sales on public lands Udall said, "In January, BLM is… Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Statement On NNSA's Announcement On Pit Production

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.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) released the following statement in response to the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) recommended alternative for recapitalization of plutonium pit production announced today: "While we are pleased that Los Alamos National Laboratory will remain the Research & Development Plutonium Center of Excellence and will … Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Questions Zinke on Inadequate Interior Budget, Reorganization Proposals, Attacks on Public Lands

VIDEO: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/hearing-to-review-the-fy2019-budget-request-for-the-us-department-of-interior WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI), pressed DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke about the department's inadequate fiscal year 2019 budget request, serious management concerns under Zinke's watch, the administration's continued attacks on America'… Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding to Rebuild Laguna BIE Elementary School

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Senator Martin Heinrich announced funding has been granted to Laguna Pueblo to rebuild their elementary school. After many years of fighting for funding to rebuild the school, the tribe was finally awarded the design-build contract and funding to soon begin breaking ground on a new school. "T… Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Presses Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Nominee on Commitment to Upholding the Federal Government’s Tribal Trust and Treaty Responsibility

VIDEO: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/nomination-tara-mac-lean-sweeney-alaska-be-assistant-secretary-indian-affairs-us-department WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned Tara Sweeney, nominee to serve as the Department of Interior's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. If confirmed, Sweeney would lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and numerous other offices responsible for ensuring the … Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Udall, Hoeven Introduce Legislation to Support Native Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, this week introduced bipartisan legislation to support tribal self-governance, agricultural production in Indian Country, and enhanced agribusiness and rural development opportunities for Native American farmers, ranchers, and communities. The Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity and Sustainability (CROPS) for Indian Country Act (S.… Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Welcome USPS Efforts To Maintain Postal Service In Pie Town, N.M.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce wrote to Postmaster General Megan Brennan to thank the United States Postal Service (USPS) for taking the necessary steps to ensure continued mail service in Pie Town, N.M. after announcing last month that operations at the Pie Town Post Office will be temporarily suspended due to the condition of the building. "Thank you for responding to the concerns of the community and our offices by install… Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Iran Deal Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after President Trump announced that he would unilaterally withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran deal is a dangerous mistake that will do grave damage to our global standing and our efforts to stop a nuclear Iran. The president calls himself a dealmaker - but on one of the mo… Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Recommend Candidates to Fill Two 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


April 27, 2018

Bipartisan Group of Senators Demand Explanation for CMS’ Views Related to Unique Legal Status of Tribes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a bipartisan group of 10 senators in expressing growing concern that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressed views that challenge the unique legal status and well established protections given to Indian tribes. In addition to Udall, the letter is signed by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Maria Cantwell (D… Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Senators to Zinke: Press Pause on Bears Ears & Grand Staircase Management Plans Until Courts Speak

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led a group of 16 senators in calling on U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke to halt the development of management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments until legal challenges related to President Trump's illegal attempt to shrink these monuments have been resolved. The senators also expressed their deep concern that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not intend to consider the millions of public … Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Urges Support for NM Military Bases at Appropriations Hearing on Military Construction Funding for FY2019

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8kGD-seEqM&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted the critical role that New Mexico's military bases play in national security, and urged support for funding and resources for military construction projects at New Mexico's Air Force bases and White Sands Missile Range during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies. Udall questioned Assistant … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Udall Fights to Protect Kids from E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is taking action to protect kids from the potential dangers of e-cigarettes, which remain largely unregulated and are marketed in ways that are appealing to young people. Yesterday, the FDA announced new enforcement actions to combat the use of and access to e-cigarettes - like those sold by JUUL Labs, Inc. - among young people. The FDA's a… Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

VIDEO: Udall: Koch Brothers’ Web of Dark Money, Lobbyists, and Influence on the Trump Administration Threatens our Democracy

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/10156097185827870/ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a group of Democratic senators for a series of speeches to reveal the influence of the Koch brothers and their network of front groups on the Trump administration. Led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the senators detailed the #WebofDeceit influencing the Trump administration and public debate on important policies in favor of advancing the Koch brothers and their a… Continue Reading


April 23, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Call On Trump Administration To Halt Expansion Of Junk Health Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on the Trump Administration to halt a proposed regulation that would expand the use and duration of short-term health care plans that would raise premiums for older Americans and harm millions of people living with pre-existing conditions. New Mexico currently offers one short term health insurance plan, which doesn't cover maternity care, substance abuse or mental health services. The Senators expressed their opposition to … Continue Reading


April 23, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Call On Trump Administration To Halt Expansion Of Junk Health Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on the Trump Administration to halt a proposed regulation that would expand the use and duration of short-term health care plans that would raise premiums for older Americans and harm millions of people living with pre-existing conditions. New Mexico currently offers one short term health insurance plan, which doesn't cover maternity care, substance abuse or mental health services. The Senators expressed their opposition to … Continue Reading


April 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $14 million in Federal Funding for Doña Ana County Wastewater Systems

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a grant of $8.03 million and approved a loan of $6.2 million, totaling more than $14 million, for two unincorporated colonias in Doña Ana County. The funding will help the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority to renovate the wastewater system that serves the residents of Mesquite and Brazito. The funds would be used to make necessary wastewater syst… Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

Udall Blasts Decision to Begin Scoping Process for Oil and Gas Leasing in the Arctic Refuge

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following comment on the Department of Interior's Notice of Intent to establish a process for an oil and gas lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: "The Trump administration is moving full steam ahead on its destructive plan to drill in one of the world's last, truly wild places - despite pleas from the American people to protect the Arctic Refuge, opposition from the Gwich'in people who live there, and a complete lack of evide… Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

Udall, Schatz Introduce Legislation to Fight Illegal Robocalls

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Brian Schatz, members of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced legislation to help the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fight illegal telemarketing calls, also known as robocalls. The legislation, the Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2018, would empower the FCC to prosecute violations of its automated telemarketing call rules by increasing the statute of limitations from one year to three. "Abusive robocalls aren't just a nuisance - the… Continue Reading

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