Press Releases

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


June 29, 2018

Udall Advances Protections for Children, Farmworkers as Long-Term Pesticide Registration Agreement Clears Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that his amendment to preserve key protections for children and farmworkers has cleared the Senate as part of a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the nation's pesticide registration program under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). The Udall amendment preserves two rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the updated Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Certification of Pesticide Applicators (CPA) Rul… Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Udall Secures Key Tribal Provisions in Senate Farm Bill Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that he has secured several key tribal provisions in the Senate's bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill. Many of these provisions reflect tribal priorities that were originally included in Udall's CROPS for Indian Country Act and Tribal Food and Housing Security Act. "Reauthorization of the Farm Bill is an opportunity to improve federal nutrition, agriculture, and conservation policies for all of Indian … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Provision Making Acequias Eligible for Grants and Technical Assistance

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they have secured a provision in the Senate's 2018 Farm Bill to make acequias eligible for grants and technical assistance from conservation and environmental programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to increase agricultural water efficiency and further conservation of soil, water, and other natural resources. Acequias provide water for many … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce Major Wins for Young Farmers and Ranchers, Dairies, and Tribes in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in the Senate to pass the 2018 Farm Bill - major legislation that supports New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and helps every county in the state by protecting the farm and social safety net, while making strategic investments in broadband, clean energy, clean drinking water, rural economic development, telemedicine, and much more. The Senate Farm Bill does not cut the farm safety ne… Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Udall Amendment Requires HHS Transparency on Family Separation

Udall: "We need and the public deserves transparency about these children and how soon they are being reunited with their families" WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall secured passage of an amendment to require public transparency from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about its care for thousands of children separated from their families under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy during the Senate Appropriations Committee's consideration of the Fiscal Year … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Udall, Murphy Introduce Farm Bill Amendment to Help Farmers with Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill to help farmers with student loan debt. Specifically, the bipartisan amendment would authorize a study of the impact student loan debt is having on farmers, especially beginning and underserved farmers. Too often, farmers are prevented from growing their farms or staying in the agricultural industry because of crushing student debt. The Farm Bill also includes … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Udall: The American People Must Speak Before We Consider Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON - Today, during a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall said that the Senate must allow the American people to speak in the upcoming midterm election before a nominee is considered to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Udall's comments came in a speech about the president's inhumane and immoral family separation policy, during which Udall advocated for a strong judicial system to guarantee due process and uphold the rule of law and fundamental rights. Udall's comment… Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce NM Counties to Receive $42.6 Million in 2018 PILT Payments to Support Schools, Roads, First Responders, Crucial Services in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will receive more than $42.6 million through the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for Fiscal Year 2018. The total is a $4.1 million increase from the total payments the state received last year, helped by the advocacy of Udall and Heinrich. A full list of funding by county and the final state total is included below. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.1 Million In AmeriCorps Funding For New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.1 million in AmeriCorps funding for New Mexico from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. These grants will put nearly 300 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve in communities across the state. "AmeriCorps funding is a big win for New Mexico. AmeriCorps members do everything from mentoring economically disadvanta… Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Fights for Justice for Victims of Radiation Exposure in Key Senate Hearing

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hdDWHIXQrs WASHINGTON - In a major step forward in the fight for justice for victims of radiation exposure, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) testified today in a key Senate hearing on the need to enact his legislation to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and provide compensation to all New Mexicans, Tribal members, and families throughout the country affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War. The hearing in the Senate Judic… Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Udall to Fight for Justice for Victims of Radiation Exposure in Key Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON - In a major step forward in the fight for justice for victims of radiation exposure, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will testify tomorrow in a key Senate hearing on the need to enact his legislation to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and provide compensation to all New Mexicans, Native Americans, and families throughout the country affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War. The hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee will be held eight years after… Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Udall Votes Against Funding Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted against a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that includes $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's proposed wall along the southern border. During a markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, Udall said that he also could not support the bill until the approximately 2,300 children who have been separated from their families as a resul… Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Forty Senators Push Senate Appropriations Leaders to Reject Dangerous Environmental Riders

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) led 40 Senators in urging the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to keep destructive anti-environmental provisions - or "riders" - out of this year's appropriations bills. Republicans have frequently attempted to slip environmental riders into spending bills in recent years, leading to gridlock in the annual appropriations process and risking the health and safety of… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Executive Order on Family Separation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on President Trump's executive order on his administration's family separation policy: "President Trump could end the appalling family separation crisis he created with a stroke of a pen - but this executive order doesn't do that. Instead, this order doubles down on the president's failed and inhumane 'zero tolerance' policy, which has resulted in the babies and children of immigrants being torn away from their parents … Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

In Indian Affairs Hearing, Udall Addresses Family Separation Policy: We Once Pledged ‘Never Again’

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on the troubling historical parallels between former federal policies that separated Native families during the 'Boarding School Era' and the current family separation crisis caused by the Trump administration's so-called "zero tolerance" policy on immigration. Udall submitted the statement for the record during a committee oversight hearing on subsistence in Indian… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Udall: Climate Change Poses ‘Grave Threat’ to Traditional Subsistence Practices in Indian Country

VIDEO: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/oversight-hearing-keep-what-you-catch-promoting-traditional-subsistence-activities-native WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing entitled "Keep What You Catch: Promoting Traditional Subsistence Activities in Native Communities." In his opening statement, Udall emphasized the role traditional ecological knowledg… Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich To Travel To Border To Hold Trump Administration Accountable For Inhumane Family Separation Policy

WASHINGTON - On Friday, June 22, 2018, U.S Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will travel to the Southwest border to hold the Trump Administration accountable for their inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The senators will visit the site of the temporary tent city for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas and will travel to the port of entry in El Paso, Texas. In the evening, the senators will hold a Keep Families Together community event… Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Udall Votes for Major Defense Bill to Strengthen NM & Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major bill to benefit New Mexico's service members and military families, veterans, military bases, and defense programs throughout the state. The NDAA, which passed the Senate by a margin of 85-10 and must now be reconciled with a House version of the bill, contains a number of provisions that Udall fought for to strengthen New Mexico. "The funding authorized by this ma… Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Udall Secures Major Funding for Indian Country in Interior Appropriations Bill

Increases funding for Interior's Indian Affairs Programs and Indian Health Service WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Appropriations Committee's passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which includes important funding for Indian Country… Continue Reading

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