Press Releases

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 02, 2018

Udall Calls on Trump to Support Funding for Heating and Energy Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and 10 of his Senate colleagues urged President Trump to support strong funding for important safety net programs that help low-income New Mexicans afford to stay warm in their homes during the harsh winter months. In a letter to the president, the senators emphasized the importance of maintaining funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which help seniors, veterans and other… Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Udall Responds to BLM Limiting Reviews of Oil and Gas Leasing on Public Lands, Shutting Out Public Comments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) abrupt decision to weaken its oil and gas leasing review process, shutting out public comments and accelerating potential leases to oil and gas companies. The changes reversing a number of Obama administration reforms were published in an "Instruction Memorandum" this week. Udall said he was particularly concerned about how the change will affect the sensitive areas around Chaco Culture National Histori… Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Udall Urges Bipartisan Support to Prevent Constitutional Crisis, Allow Russia Investigation to Continue Unobstructed

WASHINGTON - Following the release of the hyper-partisan and misleading "Nunes memo" today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement urging lawmakers in both parties to defend the work of Special Counsel Mueller and allow the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to proceed: "With the CIA warning that the Russians will try to interfere in the next election, every American should want to get to the bottom of the extent of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.… Continue Reading

January 31, 2018

Udall, Democrats to Tillerson: Lack of Trump Administration’s Mandatory Russia Sanctions Impositions is Unacceptable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, and 19 of their Democratic Senate colleagues Tuesday in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, expressing their concern that six months after Congress overwhelmingly passed mandatory sanctions measures to hold Russia accountable for their destabilizing activities against our country and nat… Continue Reading

January 30, 2018

Senators Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect National Monuments from Trump Administration’s Attempts to Roll Back Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of 18 Democratic senators in introducing legislation to enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration's unprecedented attacks on public lands. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 reinforces Congress' intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: only Congress has the authority to modify a national monumen… Continue Reading

January 30, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Call on Trump to Follow Through on Promise to Combat Opioid Crisis, Support Senate proposal for $25 Billion in Emergency Funds

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they are urging President Trump to support a Senate proposal to dedicate $25 billion over two years to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico and across the country. In a letter to the president, the senators noted that although Trump in October declared the opioid crisis a "public health emergency," he has done little since then even as addiction is ravaging communities and claiming 142 lives per day nationwide. T… Continue Reading

January 26, 2018

Udall Statement on Report that President Trump Ordered Firing of Special Counsel

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the New York Times report that President Trump ordered the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Last July, Udall advanced an amendment in the Senate Appropriations Committee that would direct the Department of Justice to follow existing regulations which prevent the unlawful firing of the special counsel. "This report is stunning confirmation of President Trump's willingness to upend the rule of law and attack o… Continue Reading

January 24, 2018

Senate Democrats Urge Secretary Zinke to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

WASHINGTON - A group of Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), is urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands. The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands. In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states managemen… Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants to Fill Two Upcoming Vacancies on US District Court

WASHINGTON - On Nov. 30, 2017, the Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Brack's announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces, N.M., for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico. On December 26, 2017, the Honorable Christina Armijo announced her intention to assume senior status after 16 years of distinguished service on the federal bench, including o… Continue Reading

January 22, 2018

Udall Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Re-open the Government

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted with a majority of senators to move forward on a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through Feb. 8, effectively ending the government shutdown. He issued the following statement: "Today's agreement between Senate Democratic and Republican leadership to re-open the government and fund the Children's Health Insurance Program buys Congress 17 more days to try to reach a bipartisan compromise for DREAMers. While it definitely isn't a perfect… Continue Reading

January 20, 2018

Udall Joins Bipartisan Vote Against GOP’s Insufficient Short-term Budget, Pushes for Good Faith Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Democrats and Republicans in voting 50-49 against the House Republicans' continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government through Feb. 16 without addressing the nation's critical priorities. The Republican bill fails to provide a longterm bipartisan budget agreement necessary to provide certainty for New Mexico's military bases, national labs, public lands and other critical state priorities, such as veterans' programs and funding for opioid add… Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

Udall Votes to Protect Americans from Warrantless Spying

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a six-year renewal of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) Section 702 because it was not reformed to protect Americans from warrantless spying. FISA Section 702 authorizes the government to collect the emails, phone records and other communication of foreigners overseas without obtaining a warrant, but a backdoor loophole allows Americans who communicate with 702 targets to also be subject to warrantless surveillance. Udall re… Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

NM Democrats Urge Trump Not to Make Changes to SNAP

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the president not to alter to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in ways that would prohibit New Mexicans in need from accessing food assistance. New Mexico has the third-highest proportion of SNAP recipients per capita - nearly one quarter of the state's residents rely on food assistance. According to the lawmakers, the Trump administr… Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Ahead of Farm Bill Reauthorization, Udall Leads Oversight Hearing on Native Agribusiness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing entitled, "Breaking New Ground in Agribusiness Opportunities in Indian Country." Udall highlighted how successes in Native agribusinesses have created jobs and improved food security in Indian Country, and questioned witnesses on how to build on this progress with greater Tribal input in the Farm Bill. "Indian Country's interest in agribusiness is real and growing," Udal… Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Udall Opposes House GOP’s Temporary Funding Proposal with No Solution for DREAMers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall declared his opposition to the House Republicans' proposal to yet again temporarily fund the government through Feb. 16 without addressing the nation's critical priorities. The Republican bill doesn't include protection for 800,000 DREAMers - including 7,000 in New Mexico - whose legal status is in jeopardy because President Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It also would further weaken the Affordable Care Act, putting m… Continue Reading

January 17, 2018

Udall, Senate Democrats: EPA Putting Taxpayers on the Hook for Hard Rock Mining Disasters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of eight Senate Democrats in condemning Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision not to issue final federal financial responsibility requirements for hard rock mining operations, leaving taxpayers on the hook for cleaning up toxic spills from metal mining - the single largest source of toxic releases, according to EPA. The proposed rules would have assured that mining companies maintain enough fun… Continue Reading

January 12, 2018

Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Udall Denounces Trump’s Racist Remarks Against Immigrants

WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement denouncing President Trump's offensive remarks about immigrants made during an Oval Office meeting: "As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I join with people from across New Mexico in reflecting on what Dr. King's work can teach us today. Thanks to Dr. King and other great Civil Rights leaders, our children grow up believing that no one should be judged on the color of their skin,… Continue Reading

January 10, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Highlights Urgent Need to Protect Dreamers

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released a powerful video highlighting the stories of seven Dreamers from New Mexico as part of his fight for a permanent solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Udall urged Republicans to join with Democrats and work in good faith toward an immediate agreement that will protect the future of the 800,000 Dreamers in the United States, including 7,000 … Continue Reading

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