Press Releases

February 13, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump’s Unworkable Infrastructure Proposal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall commented on President Trump's misguided proposal for infrastructure, which relies on state and local governments and privatization to pay for trillions of dollars' worth of investments: "I have been calling for a serious investment in our nation's infrastructure for many years, and I thought infrastructure could be one way that Congress and the president might find common ground and work for the American people. Rebuilding our roads and bridges; inves… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Udall Holds Listening Session on Combatting Violence Against Native Women

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cohosted a listening session on combatting violence against Native women. In the listening session, Udall sought input from Tribes on implementing and improving the landmark legislation that amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to restore Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Tribal lands. "Thank you for your work and advocacy on these important iss… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Statement on BLM Move to Gut Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management announced that it is proposing to replace the 2016 rule to limit the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on public lands. In New Mexico alone, over $100 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas is wasted each year from federal public lands. The BLM's notice opened the comment period for the proposed changes. Udall and Heinrich issued the following statement: "The BLM'… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Udall Responds to President Trump’s Dangerous Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the Trump administration released its 2019 budget proposal: "The president's budget proposal is yet another confirmation of this administration's dangerous and extreme priorities. It repeats the same toxic attacks - on working families' health care and their livelihoods - that the American people re… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Udall Delivers Congressional Response to the NCAI 16th Annual State of Indian Nations Address

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered the Congressional Response at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 16th Annual State of Indian Nations (SOIN) Address. Udall's remarks directly followed NCAI President Jefferson Keel's address. "It is a great honor-and a tremendous responsibility-to serve as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs," Udall said. "As vice chairman, three core principles guid… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Indian Country Celebrates Across the Country With State of Indian Nations 2018 Speech

by Vincent Schilling

February 10, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Lawmakers push for federal nutrition bill for Native youth

by Lillian Case

February 09, 2018

Udall Joins Senators in Demanding Explanation for Why Trump White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter Continued to Have Access to Classified Information After he was Denied a Security Clearance

WASHINGTON - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse - and when they knew it - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 11 other senators in writing to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information even after Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security clearance. The senators - … Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Albuquerque Journal apologizes for racially charged cartoon

by Ayanna Alexander

February 09, 2018

Sens. Udall, Cortez Masto, Smith, Rep. Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill to Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.); and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases. The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes better understand the needs o… Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Udall Votes for Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the Senate in voting 71-28 to advance a bipartisan budget agreement, which sets funding levels for a future spending deal, ensures important funding for New Mexico families and federal installations, and ends the uncertainty over vital health programs for children and working families. Udall issued the following statement: "As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

NM Public Officials and Community Groups Denounce Racist Political Cartoon

A political cartoon in Tuesday's Albuquerque Journal was denounced as racist and divisive by New Mexico public officials and leading community organizations. The cartoon shows a white couple being mugged at gunpoint by three thugs in masks as the man says "Now, honey … I believe they prefer to be called 'Dreamers' … or future Democrats." Senator Tom Udall, Senator Martin Heinrich, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, Congressman Steve Pearce and… Continue Reading

February 07, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Wilderness status sought in monument

by Michael Coleman

February 07, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Urges Congressional Action to Protect Investigation into Russian Meddling in the 2016 Election

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor about the ongoing reports that President Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and urged lawmakers in both parties to back legislation to protect Mueller and allow the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to proceed unobstructed by Trump or his partisan allies. This is e… Continue Reading

February 07, 2018

Udall Testifies on Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act in Key Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, testified before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of his legislation to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument, the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, S. 441. The legislation, which is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), provides permanent prote… Continue Reading

February 06, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Join Bipartisan Push To Fund Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 65 senators calling on Senate leadership to immediately reauthorize funding for community health centers. In a letter led by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the senators expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. In New Mexico, community health centers provide heal… Continue Reading

February 05, 2018

In Letter to House & Senate Leadership, Udall Urges Reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, wrote to House and Senate leaders in both parties, urging them to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) along with other vital health care programs, which provide treatment and services for millions of Americans, but will soon run out of funding. "As Congress works to provide security to communities that rely on critical federal health programs, including community health c… Continue Reading

February 05, 2018

Udall Urges Trump to Prioritize Rural Broadband in Infrastructure Proposal

WASHINGTON - As President Trump and Congress continue to talk about making big investments in rebuilding America's infrastructure, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of Senate Democrats are calling on President Trump to prioritize expanding rural high-speed broadband internet in addition to roads, bridges and other construction needs. In a letter, the senators urged the president to work with them to close the digital divide by expanding broadband access to the 23 million Americans who still lac… Continue Reading

February 03, 2018

At Event in ABQ, Udall Calls for Immediate Funding for Critical Health Programs

At roundtable in ABQ, Tribal and community health providers tell Udall that without long-term funding ASAP, they will be forced to cut staff, hours, and vital services ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall heard from Tribal and community health care providers and experts that they are deeply concerned about the future of federal funding for health programs that are critically important in New Mexico, including the Community Health Centers Program and the Special Diabetes Program for… Continue Reading

February 03, 2018

IN THE NEWS: Senator Tom Udall hears healthcare program concerns

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