Press Releases

April 10, 2018

Udall Questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Protecting American Elections & Consumer Privacy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to be a strong advocate for reforms to prevent election interference, like the Honest Ads Act, during a Joint Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data." Udall released the following statement after the hearing: "New Mexicans who signed up for Facebook didn't sign up to have their basic privacy violated or their personal i… Continue Reading


April 05, 2018

Udall Calls on Pruitt to Resign ‘for the Good of the American People’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "When I voted against Scott Pruitt's confirmation to be EPA administrator, my biggest concern was his intention to launch an all-out assault on laws that protect the health of America's children by keeping air and water clean and preventing hazardous substances from contaminating our homes, schools, and communities. In the last year, Pruitt has waged war on health and safety, dismantling protections from neurotoxic pesticides, … Continue Reading


April 04, 2018

Udall, Schatz, Beyer, Lieu to EPA’s Pruitt: Provide Documentation and Explain Favorable Rental Deal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Representatives Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt asking him to personally answer several questions that have been raised about how he secured a special arrangement to rent a room in a Capitol Hill townhouse in 2017. According to ABC and other news reports, the apartment is owned by the wife of Williams & Jensen lobbyi… Continue Reading


April 04, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump’s Threats to Send Military to Secure Southern Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "This vague and hostile announcement is another pitiful attempt to distract attention from the dangerous chaos the president is creating, including disruption in the stock market, a trade war with China, saber rattling with North Korea, numerous accusations of sexual misconduct by the president, mounting news reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and others in his cabinet are improperly spending taxpayer dollars on themse… Continue Reading


April 04, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Trump Sending National Guard to Mexican Border

by Jennifer Epstein


April 02, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution Honoring Native Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States. This resolution recognizes the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women in this country. "Generations of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women … Continue Reading


April 02, 2018

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2019. The first session will be held on April 5 in Albuquerque. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval… Continue Reading


March 29, 2018

Senators Udall and Murkowski Introduce Legislation Honoring Native Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced a resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States. This legislation recognizes the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women in this country. "Generations of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women have inspired and helped pave the way … Continue Reading


March 29, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Warn CFPB Against Repealing Rule To Crack Down On Predatory Payday Lending Schemes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2018) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Leandra English and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging them to end any efforts to undermine and repeal the CFPB's payday lending rule, which would help rein in predatory business practices by payday lenders nationwide that are designed to exploit the financial hardships facing millions of hardworking families… Continue Reading


March 29, 2018

1 Year After Pruitt’s Chlorpyrifos Decision, Udall Surveys Major Grocery Stores & Food Service Providers About Toxic Pesticide Use

Survey highlights continued widespread use of chlorpyrifos on fruits and vegetables WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, sent a survey to more than 80 grocery stores, food service providers, and national restaurant chains asking about the extent to which these companies source their fruits and vegetables from suppliers that utilize the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. Udall's su… Continue Reading


March 28, 2018

Democratic Committee Leaders Request GAO Investigate Troubling SES Employee Reassignments

Washington - Eight Democratic Committee leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate sent a letter today to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding troubling reports of reassignments of members of the Senior Executive Service (SES). Reports indicate as many as 33 SES members may have been reassigned at the Department of the Interior (DOI) - prompting concerns of political motivations and a review by DOI's Inspector General - and that potential reassignments based on political … Continue Reading


March 27, 2018

EDITORIAL: Congress Resists the President, for a Change

by New York Times Editorial Board


March 27, 2018

Udall Kicks off 1st ‘Rural Resource Roadshow’ at ENMU-Roswell

Events bring local, state, federal officials together to share federal resources that could help boost the economy in rural NM communities ROSWELL, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall visited Roswell to kick off the first of six planned Rural Resource Roadshows, which he is holding in rural communities across the state to bring together community leaders, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations that work to support rural communities. The events are an opportunity for el… Continue Reading


March 26, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Strong Funding for NM Priorities in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate in voting 65-32 for an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the bill, and the president signed it into law last week. While the bill fails to provide a solution for DREAMers or include significant provisions to prevent gun violence, the bill invests in essential New Mexico priorities th… Continue Reading


March 23, 2018

Udall Hails Passage of Bill to Expand AMBER Alert System in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed unanimous passage in the Senate last night of the Ashlynn Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017. The bill, which previously passed the House, now heads to the president to be signed into law. The bill was written in response to the tragic 2016 abduction and murder on the Navajo Nation of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike - when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynn… Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Udall: Omnibus Funding Bill Includes Strong Investments in Indian Country

Increases funding for IHS & funds critical infrastructure needs for Native Americans 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 omnibus appropriations bill, which includes important funding for Indian Country that Udall fought to include: "This bill represents real progress for Indian Country, … Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Wildfire funding fix part of Omnibus Appropriations Bill

by Matthew Daly


March 22, 2018

Udall: Omnibus Funding Bill Rejects Poison Pill Riders, Dangerous Cuts to EPA and Public Lands

Increases funding for LWCF, National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, fully funds PILT WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on the Interior and Environment provisions in the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018: "The American people support investments in clean air and water, public lands, parks, and the arts and humanities, which are vital t… Continue Reading


March 21, 2018

Udall Secures Major Breakthrough for Wildfire Funding in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that he has secured a 10-year fix for wildfire funding as part of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus funding bill made released today. The agreement will ensure reliable funding for fighting catastrophic wildfires for the next 10 years, starting in 2020. It ends the practice known as "fire borrowing" - in which the Forest Service and Interior Depart… Continue Reading


March 21, 2018

Udall, Bennet, Bicameral Group Urge Interior to Listen to Western Voices Before Revising BLM Methane Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Natural Resources, and a group of Western lawmakers sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to maintain the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, and to listen to Westerners through public hearings and an extended comment period prior to any revision of the rule. U.S. Represen… Continue Reading

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