Press Releases

June 05, 2019

Udall, Lowenthal Call on President Trump to Mobilize Federal Government to Deal with Plastic Pollution Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D- Calif.) called on President Trump to immediately mobilize the federal government to address the significant threat that mismanaged plastic waste poses to human health, public budgets, and to the sustainability of our waterways, oceans, and entire planet. Pointing out the urgency of dealing with the crisis, the lawmakers write, "Approximately eight million tons of plastic makes its way into the oceans annually… Continue Reading

June 05, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls for the Prioritization of Local News and Broadcasting, Raises Concerns About the Spread of Doctored Video Content

Video: WASHINGTON - Today, at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing to examine the state of the television and video marketplace, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) spoke about the need for broadcasters to prioritize local news and reporting of local interest, in the era of corporate media consolidation of broadcasters and video content. "Support of local media means we need media in our communities reporting on local events and stories… Continue Reading

June 05, 2019

Udall Hails House Passage of American Dream and Promise Act, Calls on Senate to Take Up Legislation Immediately

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act. The legislation offers a path to citizenship for Dreamers, thousands of whom live in New Mexico, and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). According to the Center for American Progress, "New Mexico is home to 17,800 immigrants who are eligible for protection under the Dream and Promise Act… Continue Reading

June 04, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Death of Johana Medina Leon

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement on the death of Johana Medina Leon, a transgender woman who was held in ICE custody at the Otero County Processing Center: "Our staff has toured the Otero County Processing Center and raised concerns about the treatment and conditions for transgender and other LGBT individuals in detention at the facility. At no point during the visit did the OCPC or ICE officials inform our staffs that a transgender indiv… Continue Reading

May 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $600,000 to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded three grants totaling $600,000 to rural communities across New Mexico and Indian Country in order to help combat the opioid epidemic. The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, comes through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administe… Continue Reading

May 29, 2019

Udall Addresses New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association at Annual Meeting

Photo: Udall Addresses New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association SANTA ANA PUEBLO - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association during the opening session of their annual meeting. In his remarks, Udall discussed the importance of promoting renewable energy, along with his efforts to expand rural broadband access and invest in rural infrastructure. "For decades, member-owned electric cooperatives across New Mexico and across the nation… Continue Reading

May 29, 2019

Udall Statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s Public Remarks About Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's public remarks regarding the Russia investigation: "Today, Robert Mueller made two things crystal clear. First, a foreign adversary meddled in our presidential election with the express intention of tipping the scales to benefit the Trump campaign. Second, the special counsel was unable to charge the president with obstruction of justice solely due to Department of Justice policy -- … Continue Reading

May 29, 2019

Udall and Census Director Dillingham Tour Los Lunas

Udall & Heinrich invited Dillingham to New Mexico earlier this year WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall toured areas of Los Lunas, NM with U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, where they discussed the importance of ensuring an accurate count for the upcoming 2020 Census. Prior to touring remote areas in Los Lunas, Udall and Dillingham held a meeting with local officials and leaders from Valencia County. PHOTO: Udall and Census Director Dillingham Tour Los Lunas Earlier… Continue Reading

May 27, 2019

Udall Statement on Memorial Day

SANTA FE, NM - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will join veterans, service members, and their families at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Santa Fe National Cemetery. At the ceremony, Udall will deliver remarks honoring the brave women and men from New Mexico and across the nation who sacrificed their lives to defend our values and protect our freedoms. Udall issued the following statement commemorating our fallen service members on Memorial Day: "Today, we honor the service and sacrifices of … Continue Reading

May 24, 2019

Udall Statement on the Passing of New Mexico State Senator and Navajo Code Talker John Pinto

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the passing of New Mexico state Senator John Pinto:"Jill and I were saddened to hear of the passing of a true hero and public servant to New Mexico, Indian Country, and the entire country in John Pinto. We send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones, and hope it is a comfort to them that so many around the state and the country join in their grief for the passing of a legendary statesman. "During his decades as one o… Continue Reading

May 24, 2019

Udall Calls for a Vote on VAWA with Tribal Provisions to Address Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, renewed his call on Senate leadership to take up a comprehensive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with key Tribal provisions to protect Native women and make Tribal communities safer. "The crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is rooted in the alarming rates of violence against Native women that too often goes unaddressed because of jurisdictional gap… Continue Reading

May 24, 2019

Udall, Rounds Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enable All Military Women to Count Maternity Leave Towards Years of Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced bipartisan legislation to support military mothers by ensuring that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. Their bill, the Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, would allow women service members of the reserve components to receive pay and points towards retirement while on maternity leave. The … Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Udall and 5 Leading Senators Call on FCC, DOJ to Reject T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Senators: Even with T-Mobile/Sprint's vague promises, "the merger…does not appear to be in the public interest" WASHINGTON - Following Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai's statement indicating he will recommend approval of the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and 5 leading Democratic senators called on the FCC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reject the merger and to open a 30-day public comment period on the prop… Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Lauds Decision To Grant Request For Major Disaster Declaration For The Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON -- After historic snowstorms and flooding in local Navajo communities that occurred in February, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres-Small, lauded the decision to grant the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation. This declaration will trigger the release of federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) d… Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Udall Questions Interior Secretary Bernhardt on Climate Crisis, Protections for NM, US Public Lands and Environment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, questioned Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt about the need for strong protections for public lands and the environment in New Mexico and across the country, and for strong action to fight climate change. Video of Udall's opening statement is available HERE. "Although this is a budget hearing, I am not going to … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Udall Delivers Remarks on Defending Congressional War Powers and Ending Forever Wars at VoteVets Event

Following his remarks, Udall forces a vote on a proposal to ensure Congressional authorization prior to war with Iran WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered remarks on defending Congressional war powers and ending forever wars at a bipartisan event hosted by VoteVets and Concerned Veterans for America. In his remarks, Udall emphasized that under the Constitution, only Congress has the power to declare war - a responsi… Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Udall, McCollum Request Probe into Whether Trump Interior Dept. Violated Law with National Monument Leasing Activities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), the ranking member and chair of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, wrote to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking an investigation into whether the Trump Interior Department is violating longstanding prohibitions against using appropriated funds for oil, gas, and coal development activities within the histo… Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Udall, Murphy to Seek Vote to Prevent Unconstitutional Iran War in Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are calling for a vote in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee markup on legislation to prevent an unconstitutional, unauthorized war with Iran, as the administration continues to escalate tensions in the region. Udall and Murphy have filed an amendment to H.R. 31 that is based on Udall's Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, bipartisan legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds which … Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Udall Opening Statement at Appropriations Hearing with Secretary Bernhardt to Review Interior Department’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to review the Department of Interior's (DOI) Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Below are Udall's remarks as prepared for delivery: Secretary Bernhardt, thank you for appearing before the subcommittee this morn… Continue Reading

May 21, 2019

Udall Celebrates Five Years of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans in celebrating the five year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument - the culmination of years of work from the local community. In 2014, President Obama established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument based on legislation introduced by Udall and Senator Martin Heinrich. But since only… Continue Reading

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