Press Releases

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

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


March 20, 2018

NM Delegation Announces Small Business Loans Available for Businesses Affected by Ongoing Drought

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that small businesses in several New Mexico counties will be eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) due to the ongoing drought. The loans are designed to offset economic losses from reduced revenues caused by drought. Eligible counties are Catron, Cibola, Grant, Hidalgo, McKinley, San… Continue Reading


March 20, 2018

Senators Seek Congressional Oversight, Transparency Regarding DOD Assistance in Yemen

WASHINGTON - Ahead of a vote on a resolution to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D- N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led a group of eight senators in writing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis regarding congressional oversight of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's ongoing military operations against the Houthis. The senators, who sit on the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, raised specific concerns that Congress was never notified of agreeme… Continue Reading


March 19, 2018

NM Delegation Calls on US Navy to Designate Next Nuclear Sub USS Los Alamos Upon 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in support of naming the Navy's next Virginia class fast attack submarine the "USS Los Alamos" in recognition of the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy. "The effort to honor the national laboratory responsible for the beginning of the nuclear age is a citiz… Continue Reading


March 19, 2018

Udall: EPA Failing to Cooperate with Accountability Office Investigation into ‘Privacy Booth’ Costs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to comply with an inquiry from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is looking into the legality of a "privacy booth" built with taxpayer funds in Pruitt's office. Udall in November asked the GAO - an independent investigative agency created by Congress - for a le… Continue Reading


March 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $750,000 Grant for Los Alamos Manufacturing Company to Continue Developing Solar Energy Window Technology

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that UbiQD, LLC, a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer, was awarded a $750,000 Phase II grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This two year grant award builds on an earlier 2016 NSF grant that Udall, Heinrich and Luján supported, and will help fund research and development of luminescent solar concentrating glass windows with quantum dot coatings. The gra… Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Udall, Smith, Tester Introduce Bill to Help Tribal Communities Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - In conjunction with a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing today on the opioid crisis in Indian Country, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a bill to help Tribal communities in New Mexico and across the country access the resources they need to support people who are struggling with mental illness or substance use disorders. Tribal communities have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. According to a leading health agency,… Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Push for Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis, Support Treatment Efforts in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich urged Senate leaders to prioritize robust, direct funding to Tribal communities to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in Native American communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest overdose death rates of any group in 2015 and the largest percentage change in the number of opioid-related deaths ov… Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Hearing on Opioid Crisis in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a committee oversight hearing entitled "Opioids in Indian Country: Beyond the Crisis to Healing the Community" to explore the need for Congress to support wrap-around community services to fully address the opioid and substance use crisis in Indian Country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drug overdose death rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives rose by… Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Udall, Senators: Self-Driving Car Bill Needs Stronger Safety Measures, Consumer Protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today called for stronger public safety measures and consumer protections in legislation to regulate self-driving cars (AV START Act, S. 1885). "We are concerned that the bill indefinitely preempts state and local safety regulations even if federal safety standards are never developed," the senators wrote. The senators continued: … Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

VIDEO: Udall: Climate Change Presents the Greatest Threat our Nation and World Now Confront

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/10155988914187870/ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor to highlight the devastating impacts that climate change is having on New Mexico and the Southwest, and urged immediate and concrete action to mitigate the effects of climate change. Udall joined Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the floor in honor of his 200th "Time to Wake Up" to the threat of climate change speech. Udall outline… Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

28 Senators to EPA: Don’t Weaken Rules Protecting Workers & Children from Toxic Pesticides

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led a group of 28 Senate Democrats in expressing alarm at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider two federal safeguards that are vital to the protection of agricultural workers and children against dangerous pesticides, including children working on farms. "With the lives of children … Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

Udall Statement on Ouster of Tillerson, Intent to Nominate Pompeo and Haspel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's decision to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and to replace Pompeo with Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. "Chaos at the State Department and public squabbles with the president have eroded our standing abroad, and when it comes to countries like North Korea, relations are on a razor's edge. However, while I… Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

NM Delegation Urges Against Tariffs on Newsprint

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross not to approve additional tariffs on newsprint, which could devastate local papers across New Mexico. In January, the Commerce Department imposed import duties on Canadian groundwood paper, a kind of newsprint used by newspapers across the country, and are now considering additional tariffs. According to the lawma… Continue Reading

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