Press Releases

October 24, 2019

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce the Homeland Security Improvement Act

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Homeland Security Improvement Act to address some of the nation's immigration challenges at the southwest border and improve Department of Homeland Security (DHS) engagement with border communities. The bill establishes an ombudsm… Continue Reading

October 23, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Speaks as Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill Reaches Senate Floor

Udall fought back against cuts proposed by the Trump administration, securing strong investments for the environment and public lands and pushing back on Interior's Bureau of Land Management relocation VIDEO LINK HERE WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor in support of his subcommittee's bipartisan funding bill, the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environm… Continue Reading

October 23, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Addresses 2019 Democratic Latino Summit

At a time of devastating attacks on the Latino community, Senate Democrats and Latino leaders focus on addressing the most pressing challenges facing the community WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered remarks at the 2019 Democratic Latino summit along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chair, Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chair, Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, Sena… Continue Reading

October 23, 2019

Udall Applauds House Committee Passage of Hardrock Mining Reform Legislation to Make Mining Companies Pay Their Fair Share

Meanwhile, thousands of abandoned mines, many of them in the West, release millions of gallons of untreated, contaminated wastewater every day into rivers, streams and groundwater, leaving taxpayers on the hook for cleanup Udall introduced similar reform legislation in the Senate and has requested a hearing to provide a forum for states, environmental groups, and industry to discuss mining reform WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded House committee passage of legislatio… Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Udall, Duckworth, Warren, Blumenthal Seek Information on the Trump Organization’s Business in Turkey

Then-candidate Donald Trump admitted he had "a little conflict of interest" with Turkey in 2015 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) requested that Trump Organization executive vice president Jill A. Martin provide information on the potential conflict of interest that President Trump's financial dealings in Turkey may pose at a very serious time in U.S.-Turkish relations. The letter seeks in… Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Udall, Bennet Introduce Major Resolution to Set National Conservation Goal: Conserve 30% of U.S. Lands and Ocean by 2030

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced a major Senate resolution to set a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the territory of the United States by 2030. The Udall-Bennet Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature recognizes that nature - like climate change - has reached a tipping point. The resolution responds to a growing group of scientists, who say that conserving at least 30% of t… Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Udall Lays out Bold Conservation Agenda in Address at Center for American Progress: ‘Confronting the Nature Crisis’

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, delivered the keynote address at the Center for American Progress 'Confronting the Nature Crisis' event. U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and journalist Elizabeth Shogren joined Udall for the discussion on the extinction and conservation crisis. In his remarks, Udall laid out a bold conservation agenda for the future to address the … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce Funding for New Las Cruces and San Ysidro Sewer Collection Service

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Waste and Environmental Program has awarded the Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association a $4,226,000 loan and $6,829,965 grant to expand wastewater infrastructure and build a vacuum sewer collection service in the San Ysidro colonia and northern Las Cruces metro area. The projec… Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

As Threat of Foreign Interference Grows, Udall, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to End FEC Deadlock and Strengthen Campaign Finance Violations Enforcement

FEC Chair continues to raise concerns that with only three out of six commissioners, the agency will not be able to investigate campaign finance violations, including foreign interference in the 2020 election WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced legislation that will revitalize the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by breaking the deadlock of its leadership structure and restoring its role as an effective and timely enforcer of campaign fi… Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Urging Override of President’s Veto of Udall’s Bipartisan Resolution Halting National Emergency Declaration

VIDEO: WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor calling on the Senate to vote to override the president's recent veto of Udall's bipartisan resolution to terminate the president's unlawful national emergency declaration, which the Trump administration is using to raid $125 million from military bases in New Mexico to pay for the border wall. In his remarks, Udall, a senior member of the Senate… Continue Reading

October 16, 2019

VIDEO: Udall, Scott Unveil Major Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Drunk Driving and Save Thousands of Lives

Dingell has introduced similar legislation in the House Video from the press conference is available here WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), joined by U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), unveiled bipartisan legislation to help prevent drunk driving and save thousands of lives. The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 (RIDE Act) will promote the research and development of advanced alcohol detection technology and wi… Continue Reading

October 11, 2019

NM Delegation Announces Humanitarian Assistance Awards for New Mexico Organizations, Communities

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.) announced the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has begun awarding the first wave of Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) to organizations and localities in Bernalillo County, Doña Ana County, and Luna County. In June, the lawmakers secured $… Continue Reading

October 10, 2019

Udall Statement on Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Turkey launched an offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria, following President Trump's decision to allow the offensive to move forward: "I support ending endless wars. But that is not what President Trump is doing in Syria. Instead, he's impulsively and recklessly opening the door to a Turkish offensive that will only lead to more tragic l… Continue Reading

October 07, 2019

PHOTOS: Udall Chairs Indian Affairs Field Hearing on the Legacy of Uranium Mining in New Mexico and Indian Country

Lawmakers champion the expansion of RECA to cover New Mexicans and Native Americans affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War and World War II Photos available HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing entitled "America's Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of Radiation on Indian Country" at the Southwest Indian Polytech… Continue Reading

September 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant to Taos for Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Development

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program. $9 million was awarded in total to add… Continue Reading

September 27, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Calls on Forest Service to Act Swiftly to Allow New Mexicans to Resume Use of National Forests

Lawmakers say USFS must work quickly so that traditional uses like firewood gathering, Tribal cultural activities, forest restoration and fire mitigation can resume alongside efforts to recover Mexican Spotted Owl WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, wrote to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen pressing the agency to take immediate action to comply with the law a… Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

Udall Offers Amendment to Prevent President from Diverting Military Construction Money to Wall

Udall also co-sponsors amendment to fund smart border security instead of spending $5 billion on president's political wall project WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, co-led an amendment in the Appropriations Committee that would have blocked the president from diverting military construction funding to fund the president's border wall. Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in offer… Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

Udall Secures Strong Investments for New Mexico in Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

Bill includes major funding for wildfire management, LWCF, PFAS cleanup, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, funding for Valles Caldera, Carlsbad Audio of Udall's statement can be found HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, advanced major funding for New Mexico's public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Cou… Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

Udall Secures Protections for Chaco Canyon Area in Major Interior & Environment Funding Bill

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes language for the preservation and safekeeping of the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The bill, which passed committee unanimously, and now heads to the full Senate, includes report language directing the Bureau … Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Expand Telehealth Care in Underserved Communities through Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas. Project ECHO provides co… Continue Reading

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