Press Releases

June 14, 2018

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

Udall successfully fought off new anti-environment provisions, dangerous cuts to EPA and Indian programs WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, 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 Country as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The full Sena… Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves New Ethics Provision in Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill

Was accepted by the full committee as part of an amendment package adopted on a unanimous voice vote WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, announced that the full Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved an amendment to ensure that ethics standards are upheld by the Trump administration. The new report language, included as part of the FY2019 Interior, Environment, and Related… Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Udall: “We Must Do More” on Indian Health, Education, and Energy Programs’ “High-Risk” Designation

Video: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/oversight-hearing-gao-high-risk-list-turning-around-vulnerable-indian-programs 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 on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) designation of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs as "high risk." The heari… Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Bipartisan Group of Senators File Amendment to Require Release of Water Contamination Report

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of senators in filing an amendment to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish an unreleased federal study about widespread water contamination from commonly-used chemicals. According to media reports and publicly available emails, officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked the release of the HHS report showing that far lower levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PF… Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Demand Trump End Cruel Policy Of Separating Children From Parents At The Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are demanding the Trump Administration end President Trump's inhumane policy of separating innocent boys and girls from families who cross the Southwest border seeking asylum in the United States. Udall and Heinrich say that the Trump Administration's family separation policy is ineffective, immoral, and can cause life-long trauma in children. "We are writing to ask that you reverse course on your inhumane decision to separate children fr… Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Statement on Los Alamos National Lab Contract Decision

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján responded to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) decision to award the management and operating contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory to Triad National Security, LLC, a group led by Battelle, the University of California, and the Texas A&M University System. Udall is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including the subc… Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Udall Advances Amendment to Ensure Southwest Chief Has Access to Federal Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced his bipartisan amendment to help ensure Amtrak's Southwest Chief can continue to access federal funding for critical repair work. The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, and stops in several New Mexico communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque, and Gallup. In March, members of the New Mexico delegation announced that the Department o… Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Udall Advances Key Funding for NM Military Base Projects, NM Veterans

Udall also secured funds to help veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan; presses Air Force to expand KAFB space capabilities and interaction with local businesses WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans' care across the state. In total, Udall secured more than $125 million in fund… Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Senators Request IG Investigation into Pruitt’s Use of Official Position to Pursue Family Business Opportunities

Letter notes "Federal ethics laws prohibit public officials from using their position of authority for private gain" WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General (IG) investigate EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's apparent attempts to use his office to benefit himself and his family in business matters unrelated to federal government work. The senators' request … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Statement on Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Nominee Tara Sweeney Advancing to the Full Senate

Video: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/business-meeting-consider-nomination-tara-mac-lean-sweeney-alaska-serve-assistant-secretary 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 a business meeting to consider the nomination of Tara Sweeney to serve as the U.S. Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. The committee favorably reported her nomination by … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Udall, Welch to Pruitt: EPA lacks Legal Authority to Allow Sale of E15 Gasoline Without Legislation

Lawmakers concerned with negative public health impacts, lack of scientific analysis WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to abide by all legal and regulatory requirements as the Trump administration reportedly considers the year-round sale of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol by volume (E15). As the lawmakers noted, the EPA has previously and publicly concluded … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Udall Advances Strong Investments in NM’s National Labs & Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced key legislation to provide strong funding for New Mexico's national labs, cleanup projects and technology transfer efforts, the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), and water infrastructure projects throughout the state. The overall bill also provided strong increases for basic science and clean energy development funding. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriat… Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Udall Announces GAO to Investigate if EPA Violated Propaganda Prohibition in April 13 Tweet

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, announced that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to Udall's request for a legal opinion concerning whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the statutory prohibition on the use of agency funds for publicity and propaganda in an April tweet from the agency's official twitter account. Udall requested the inve… Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce FEMA Fire Management Assistance Grant For Ute Park Fire

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 1, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a request for a Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration for the Ute Park Fire burning in Colfax County. The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program allows for the "mitigation, management, and control" of fires burning on publicly or privately-owned forest or grasslands which threaten such de… Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Bill Protecting Children Separated From Parents By Immigration Authorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2018) -U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act to protect the safety and wellbeing of minor children who have been left alone after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities. "It is disheartening that we must pass legislation that allows parents to embrace their kids one last time, and that allows them to make calls and arrange for the care … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Senators Request EPA IG Investigation into Potential Violations of Federal Regulations by Pruitt During Real Estate Search

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Inspector General Arthur Elkins to investigate whether EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt violated federal regulations when one of his top aides, Millan Hupp, conducted a real est… Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

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

Udall-championed provisions to ban commercial horse slaughter and assist farmers in NM's traditional communities also included WASHINGTON - 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 2019 budgets for the U.S… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Senate Passes Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson Bill to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), in applauding the passage of their bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness among veterans in Indian Country. The senators' Tribal HUD-VASH Act will formally authorize a joint tribal veterans housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Su… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Udall, Gardner Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bill to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study and do homework. The legislation would allow the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate program to reimburse schools that place wi-fi technology on school buses carrying students to school or school related extracurricular activities. "Every New Mexico kid sh… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Udall Presses IHS Officials on Trump Admin. Comments Challenging Unique Legal Status of Tribes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS), pressed IHS officials to affirm the unique legal government-to-government relationship between the federal government and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes in response to concerning comments made earlier this year by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders and Dep… Continue Reading

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