Press Releases

February 20, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Press Interior Secretary to Postpone Management Plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Monuments Until Legal Challenges are Resolved

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 11 Democratic senators in pressing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to postpone the development of management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah until legal challenges regarding the president's authority to reduce the size of the monuments have been resolved. The senators also asked that the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument management plan remain in effect for all lands wi… Continue Reading


February 18, 2018

IN THE NEWS: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Honors Black History Month

by Carol A. Clark


February 16, 2018

Udall Statement Celebrating Black History Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, cosponsor of a resolution authored by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) marking February as Black History Month, released the following statement honoring the contributions of African Americans in New Mexico and across the nation: "Each February, we celebrate the immeasurable and indelible contributions that African Americans have made to our state and our nation. In the face of relentless oppression and centuries of discrimination, black people have persevered a… Continue Reading


February 16, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Say White House Reliance On Interim Security Clearances Troubling, Question Whether Classified Information Was Mishandled

WASHINGTON - Following testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that revealed significant discrepancies in the White House's account of how long former Staff Secretary Rob Porter was permitted access to classified information without a full security clearance, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in writing to FBI Director Christopher Wray to raise concerns regarding the Trump administration's "troubling reliance on the use of interim security clearanc… Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Reject Ransoming Lives Of Dreamers For President Trump’s $25 Billion Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following joint statement after voting against two immigration proposals, which would have wasted $25 billion to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The senators supported a third bipartisan measure, introduced by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), to provide protection for the 700,000 Dreamers in the United States, including 7,000 in New Mexico. "We stand together with New Mexico families who … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Udall Statement on Florida School Shooting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.: "Jill and I join the entire nation in grieving for the victims of this horrific mass shooting. We extend our deepest gratitude to the first responders and to all of the brave individuals who put their own safety on the line to save others. And while our condolences mean so little in the face of such unspeakable tragedy and sorrow, we offer our uncondi… Continue Reading


February 14, 2018

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Hearing on Census Data 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 "Making Indian Country Count: Native Americans and the 2020 Census" to discuss the barriers to accurate census counts in Indian Country. "Valid and accurate census data is the bedrock of fair, proportionate representation in our democracy," Udall said. "An inaccurate census risks underrepresentation for Tribal communities. And an undercount can lead to … Continue Reading


February 14, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Commemorate National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 22 senators in passing a resolution unanimously in the Senate recognizing the week of February 11, 2018, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week. The resolution recognizes the unique and critically important role these institutions of higher education play in supporting Native students. It commemorates the important work of educators, students, and higher education professionals at Tribal colleges an… Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Raise Concerns Over Trump Administration’s Proposal to Separate Immigrant Children from Parents

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in condemning the Trump administration's proposal to separate immigrant children from their parents upon arrival in the United States. The senators asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to unequivocally reject this measure. "We believe that a systematic and blanket policy to separate a child from a parent would likely violate the constitutional rights of the parents, violate the spirit… Continue Reading


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

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