Press Releases

September 25, 2019

As Giuliani’s Ukraine Involvement Becomes Clearer, Seven Senate Democrats Again Request Immediate DOJ Review of Giuliani’s Foreign Agent Registration Compliance

Senators requested FARA review of Giuliani one year ago, but DOJ never responded WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)again requested that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Security Division immediately review whether President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, is in compliance with the Foreign Age… Continue Reading

September 25, 2019

Senate Passes Udall Resolution to Block the President’s National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted in bipartisan fashion, by a margin of 54-41, to pass Udall's resolution to terminate the president's national emergency declaration for the southern border, which the Trump administration is using to raid billions in military construction funding and divert it to the border wall, including $125 million from military projects in New Mexico. "Once again, the Senate sent a clear message to th… Continue Reading

September 25, 2019

VIDEO: Ahead of Vote on His Resolution to Block National Emergency Declaration, Udall Urges Senate to Defend the Constitution and Stand Up to the President’s Power Grab

Vote on resolution follows Trump administration diverting $3.6 billion in Congressionally-appropriated military construction funds, including $125 million taken from New Mexico military projects, and reports of more diversions being planned Video of Udall's speech can be found HERE. WASHINGTON- Ahead of a vote on U.S. Senator Tom Udall's (D-N.M.) resolution to block the president's national emergency declaration, Udall spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to support the resolution,… Continue Reading

September 24, 2019

Udall Statement on Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement: "Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry into the president of the United States. I have not arrived at this conclusion lightly. The House must initiate this process now, to uncover the facts about reported abuses of power and corruption that the president continues to block from public and congressional view. In the face of the White House's ongoing obstructi… Continue Reading

September 24, 2019

Udall Advances Strong Investments for New Mexico 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, advanced major funding for New Mexico's public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill considered in the subcommittee today. The bill is scheduled to be considered at a meeting of the full Se… Continue Reading

September 24, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3 Million Grant for Youth Behavioral Health

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 today that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $3,000,000 grant to New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department's Behavioral Health Services (CYFD BHS). The CYFD BHS will use this grant to expand the existing infrastructure and capacity of the statewide beh… Continue Reading

September 23, 2019

PHOTO & VIDEO: Udall Leads Discussion with Interfaith Leaders on Democracy Reform

Video of the discussion can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here and here. WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) convened a Faithful Democracy Coalition 2020 discussion with interfaith leaders to discuss democracy reform efforts like Udall's For the People Act, and how such reforms affect issues important to faith communities like social and economic justice, climate change, and immigration. Udall was joined by Imam Talib Shareef, President and Imam of the historic Mas… Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Udall Advances Priorities of New Mexico Farmers and Ranchers, Rural Communities in Bipartisan Agriculture Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in unanimously advancing an Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration funding bill that makes critical investments in agriculture, nutrition and research programs to support New Mexico families and rural communities. The bill sets the Fiscal Year 2020 budgets for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and now heads to the full Senate. "In Ne… Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Udall Responds to Trump Interior Department Transferring Public Land for President’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the Interior Department is transferring more than five hundred acres of public land, including hundreds in New Mexico, to the U.S. Army for construction of President Trump's border wall: "The Trump Interior Department under Secretary Bernhardt is now party to Pr… Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Udall, Collins Secure Federal Action to Address Lunch Shaming in Agriculture Funding Bill

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) secured report language within the Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Agriculture funding bill directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action to curb the practice of lunch shaming. The language directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide additional guidance to program operators to address the ongoing issue of shaming school children for unpaid school lunch fees. Under the provision, schools would… Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Udall Secures Funding for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, Veteran Housing, Technology to Reduce DUIs in Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in advancing the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) funding bill that makes critical investments in transportation and housing programs to support New Mexico families, rural and Native communities. The bill sets the Fiscal Year 2020 budgets for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and now heads… Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Udall Fights for Quality Housing for Indian Country

Will continue to press for long-term authorization as bill includes $820 million for Fiscal Year 2020 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, offered an amendment to provide housing certainty for Native Americans by reauthorizing the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) through fiscal year 2021. Authorization for the program expired in 2013. Udall offered the amendment during a markup of the fiscal yea… Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Udall Calls on FCC to Accelerate Broadband Deployment to Tribes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene an oversight hearing entitled, "GAO Report on Tribal Access to Spectrum: Promoting Communications Services in Indian Country." The committee received testimony from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Gila River Telecommunications, Inc. Chairperson Belinda Nelson, and Chief Technology Director … Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

VIDEO: Udall, Heinrich, Dozens of Democratic Senators Call for Senate Action to End Gun Violence

Video of Udall speaking on the Senate floor can be found here. Video of Heinrich speaking on the Senate floor can be found here. WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined dozens of their fellow Democratic senators in "holding the floor" for several hours Tuesday night and delivered back-to-back speeches on the Senate floor, calling again and again on Senate Republican leadership to honor the victims of gun violence with common-sense action. The senators … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Udall, Grijalva Introduce Bill to Protect Endangered Species

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced legislation to repeal all three Trump administration final rule changes to the Endangered Species Act, which taken together will fundamentally change the way we protect threatened and endangered species. Under Trump's rules, the administration can ignore long-term threats to wi… Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Udall Leads Bipartisan Group in Calling on Congressional Leadership to Enact Full, Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (N.M.) ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) ranking member of the Senator Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) are calling on the leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Represe… Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The resolution celebrates the immense contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to the United States, honoring the many ways in which Hispanic and Latino heritage have shaped our country's economy, culture and history. Udall and Heinrich also co-sponsored a resolution designating the … Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Udall Family Statement on the Passing of Scott Udall

WASHINGTON - Today, the Udall family issued the following statement announcing the passing of their brother Scott Sterling Udall. Scott Udall is survived by his siblings U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Lynn Udall, Lori Udall, Denis Udall and Jay Udall. "We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved brother, Scott Sterling Udall. "In his youth, Scott was a mountain climber, outdoorsman, writer and storyteller. While living in Banff, Canada he climbed many major peaks, including… Continue Reading

September 16, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Threats Following Saudi Oil Attack

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the author of a bipartisan amendment to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran, responded to President Trump's threats of military action following attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. "The president is taking to Twitter to say that the United States military is 'locked and loaded' on behalf of the Saudi Kingdom, threatening military strikes against Iran that Congress has not authorized. Iran's behavior in the region is highly problema… Continue Reading

September 13, 2019

Udall Joins Booker, Haaland Climate Change Bill Focused on Investing in Farm Conservation Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland's (D-N.M.) climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration. The Climate Stewardship Act of 2019, inspired by measures implemented in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, would support voluntary climate stewardship practices on more than 100 million acres of farmland, plant more than 15 bil… Continue Reading

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