Press Releases

July 23, 2018

VIDEO: Bipartisan Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill Reaches Senate Floor

Udall's work ensured bill rejects new 'poison pill' anti-environment riders, dangerous cuts to EPA and Indian programs WASHINGTON - Tonight, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, took to the Senate floor to speak in support of his subcommittee's bipartisan funding bill, the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bill, authored in the subcommittee led… Continue Reading

July 23, 2018

Schumer and Udall: Senate Democrats Are Committed to Expanding Tribal Self-Determination

Last week, the Democratic Steering and Oversight Committee convened a meeting between tribal leaders and Senate Democrats WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Democratic Leader, and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, penned a joint op-ed on about Senate Democrats' commitment to expanding tribal self-determination and fulfilling the federal government's trust and treaty obligations to Indian Country. "… Continue Reading

July 20, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Move to Undermine Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Trump administration's proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act: "The Trump administration's determination to dismantle bedrock environmental protections, turn a blind eye to science, and roll over for special interests apparently knows no bounds. Without the Endangered Species Act, the bald eagle, th… Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Water Rights Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a legislative hearing to receive testimony on two bills related to tribal water rights settlements, including Udall's S. 3168, the Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act. The committee also received testimony on a bill that would repeal an 1834 law that prohibits operation of distilleries on Indian lands. S.3168, introduced by Senator Udal… Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Oppose Letting Putin Question U.S. Officials

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today voted for a resolution affirming Congress' opposition to making U.S. diplomats, officials, and members of the Armed Forces available for questioning by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The resolution comes after President Trump expressed an openness to a request by Putin to question former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and other Americans, calling the request part of "an incredible offer." Then, just yes… Continue Reading

July 18, 2018

Udall Statement on Treasury Department Ending Disclosure Requirements for Dark Money Donors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Treasury Department ended a requirement that "dark money" groups must disclose their donors to the IRS: "Secret, undisclosed money has flooded our electoral system and completely drowned out the voices of everyday citizens. Now, the Trump administration is making an already rigged system even worse -- ending some of the limited disclosure we have about who is spending these unlimited sums of money to try to … Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Indian Affairs, Rules Committees Hold Bipartisan Roundtable on Protecting Voting Rights in Indian Country

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate Committees on Indian Affairs and Rules and Administration held a bipartisan roundtable on "Voting Rights, Access, and Barriers in Indian Country." U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)… Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Udall Calls on Wheeler to Rebuild Credibility at EPA, Stop Roll-Backs of Public Health & Environmental Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing EPA's budget, wrote to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler calling on him to take immediate action to rebuild the credibility of the EPA and end the Trump administration's rollback of critical public health and environmental protections, following the resignation of former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. "Administrator Pruitt's policy proposals and rollbacks of environmen… Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

New Mexico Delegation Urges ITC to Reverse Newsprint Tariffs Hurting NM Newspapers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to reverse the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian newsprint, which threaten to devastate local newspapers across New Mexico. In a letter sent to USITC Chairman David S. Johanson as the ITC hears testimony on these tariffs, the New Mexico delegation wrote that the newsprint … Continue Reading

July 16, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump-Putin Press Conference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin: "While the whole world was watching, President Trump refused to acknowledge that Russia interfered in a U.S. election and would not tell Russia to abandon its attacks on our electoral system -- contrary to the unanimous conclusions of the U.S. Intelligence Community and mere days after the Depa… Continue Reading

July 13, 2018

Udall, Whitehouse, Senate Democrats Introduce Resolution Supporting National Science Foundation, Climate Science

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and 17 other senators in introducing a resolution establishing a sense of the Senate that the National Science Foundation (NSF) should be able to share critical climate science from federal agencies with the public. The resolution follows an unprecedented attack by four Senate Republicans on an NSF grant program that helps to educate TV meteorologists around the country about the science of climate change. J… Continue Reading

July 12, 2018

Udall Leads Roundtable on School Infrastructure Needs in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a roundtable discussion with tribal leaders, tribal organizations, and administration officials to document the infrastructure needs of schools that serve Native communities. "I don't think there's any doubt that more must be done to deal with school infrastructure needs," Udall said. "There exists a huge gap between the resources and the needs in schools throughout Indian country." Udall pressed … Continue Reading

July 12, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Trump Trade War: ‘You’re Going to Put Companies Out of Business in New Mexico’

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, in a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) told a Trump administration official that President Trump's incitement and escalation of an unnecessary trade war with our allies threatens to put companies out of business in New Mexico. Udall said that the president's decision to place national security tariffs on steel and aluminum imports - including from allies l… Continue Reading

July 12, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Demand Judiciary Committee Hearing On Family Separation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to convene an oversight hearing on family separation and the Trump administration's haphazard plan to reunite immigrant children with their parents. The Senators' letter to Chairman Grassley follows a troubling call last week with Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar in which only three Senators were able to ask questions on HHS' role in family dete… Continue Reading

July 11, 2018

Udall, Portman, Burr, Coons, and Whitehouse Introduce DELTA Act to Protect the Okavango River Delta

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced the Defending Economic Livelihoods and Threatened Animals (DELTA) Act, legislation that encourages the U.S. to develop a strategy to protect the Okavango River Delta in South Africa. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are also original cosponsors of this legislation. A similar bill in the House - introduced by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), House Foreign Affai… Continue Reading

July 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.5 Million from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Flood Control Project in Alamogordo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to the senators' request to provide $6.5 million in infrastructure funding to complete a flood management project in the City of Alamogordo, N.M. Udall and Heinrich successfully pushed for the Corps to dedicate this funding, which will go toward completing a construction project designed to prepare and protect the city of Alamogordo from flooding, improve safety, and prevent … Continue Reading

July 10, 2018

Udall Calls for Immediate Disclosure of Information on Children Separated from Families

Udall's bipartisan amendment directs HHS to make information publicly available about separated children on weekly and monthly basis WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) demanded that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) immediately disclose critical information about the thousands of children who have been separated from their families as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy for migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S. border. In a letter to… Continue Reading

July 09, 2018

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Trump announced he is nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court: "It is the Senate's constitutional duty to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominees. But after Mitch McConnell made a mockery of the Supreme Court nomination process in 2016, the only advice and consent that Donald Trump has sought out is from the extreme, right-wing groups who hand-picked this nominee… Continue Reading

July 05, 2018

Udall Statement on Pruitt Resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt: "Scott Pruitt's tenure at EPA was an utter disgrace. He should have been fired long ago. Pruitt embodies everything about the 'swamp' that President Trump claimed he wanted to end - and the fact that Pruitt was kept around this long shows that the president never cared about rooting out corruption or self-dealing in Washington. On … Continue Reading

July 02, 2018

Udall, Welch: Overdue EPA Report Shows Negative Environmental Impacts of RFS

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following joint statement on a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, required by Congress, documenting the adverse environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "This EPA report clearly shows that the over-reliance on corn and soybeans in the Renewable Fuel Standard has resulted in a host of adverse environmental impacts, including domestic and international la… Continue Reading

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