Press Releases

November 08, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge USDA to Use Clear, Consumer-Friendly On-Package GMO Labeling

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clearly label genetically engineered food to ensure all New Mexicans have the right to know what is in their food. In a letter, the senators urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize clear, consumer-friendly on-package text labels and discouraged the use of electronic codes and labeling that would require access to a smartphone or broadband internet and would not help th… Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Federal Funding for Rural Electric Coops in Northern and Eastern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced $32.2 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loans to increase access to affordable energy by building and improving electric infrastructure in Northern and Eastern New Mexico. Jemez Mountains Electric Coop will receive $18.3 million to build 58 new miles of power line, improve 28 miles of power line, make other system improvements, and invest in smart grid… Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Assistance for New Mexicans Affected by Mine Closure in Questa

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M. The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported … Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Udall: Climate Report Shows Urgent Need to Act on Climate Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the release today of the Fourth National Climate Assessment: "The federal government's comprehensive climate report confirms yet again the warnings we've heard from scientists for years. Here are a few of the findings:-The last 115 years have been the warmest in the history of modern civilization.-The last three years have been the warmest years on record - and that trend is expected to continue.-Human-generated greenhouse ga… Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Senate and House Democrats Oppose Delay of BLM Waste Prevention Rule, Urge Zinke to Save Taxpayer Money and Protect Public Health

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) led a bicameral group of 81 lawmakers in urging Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke not to suspend or unlawfully delay implementation of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) methane waste prevention rule. The lawmakers disputed the department's stated rationale for attempting to repeal the rule, and requested public hearings an… Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution to Honor Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich announced that they have cosponsored a resolution to establish the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution recognizes and celebrates the many contributions Native Americans make to our nation's identity through their rich heritages, cultures, languages, and the arts. "Every chapter of American history is touched by the contributions of tribes an… Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

IN THE NEWS: New Mexico delegation split on GOP tax cut plan


November 02, 2017

Udall: GOP Tax Plan Funnels Benefits to Corporations and Ultra-wealthy, not NM Families

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after House Republicans released their tax proposal: "New Mexicans want and deserve tax reform that helps working families and small businesses and makes Tax Day easier for all Americans. They want reform that makes the system more fair - that requires the ultra-wealthy to pay their share, that doesn't add to the deficit, and that enables us to invest in roads and bridges, broadband internet and other infrastructure. Ba… Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Back Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution authored by Udall and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and cosponsored by Heinrich, designating Oct. 30, 2017, as the ninth National Day of Remembrance to honor the contributions of thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation's nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War. "Thousands of scientists, maintenance workers, miners, mille… Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Udall Raises Concerns About Effects of GOP Tax Reform on Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, voiced his deep concerns about the impact of the Republican tax proposal on Indian Country and expressed alarm about Republicans' apparent attempt to fast-track the bill through Congress without consulting Tribes, even though the legislation could reshape the entire economy, including Tribal communities. "While we are still waiting on details, what we know about the Republican tax plan shows lit… Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

AUDIO: Udall, Markey, Advocates Speak out Against Misguided Efforts to Open the Arctic National Refuge to Drilling

AUDIO: https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/download/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-press-conference-call WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) spoke out against Republican efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling ahead of a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to determine the potential for oil and gas development on the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. In a press conference call, the senators dispu… Continue Reading


October 31, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

by Michael Biesecker


October 31, 2017

Udall Statement on Pruitt Actions on Science Advisory Board

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced several unprecedented changes to the EPA's Science Advisory Board. "The Trump EPA's continued attack on science will likely be one of the most lasting and damaging legacies of this administration. Administrator Pruitt is purging expert scienti… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

IN THE NEWS: White House Says Charges Against Campaign Advisers Do Not Touch Trump

by Michael Shear


October 30, 2017

Udall Again Expresses Concern about Lack of Authority for Changing Conflict in Middle East

WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall once again pressed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis about the need for congressional authority - an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) - if the United States continues to engage in the military conflict in the Middle East. Udall reiterated his longstanding position that Americans are very skeptical of unending war in the Middle East, the longe… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Press White House to Extend Critical Lifeline Funding in Future Disaster Aid Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of Western senators today urging the White House and the White House budget office to fulfill the federal government's promise to rural communities by extending a critical lifeline that funds road repairs, schools and law enforcement in rural communities in any future emergency disaster supplemental funding bill it sends to Congress. Led by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho),… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Udall Urges Congress to Protect Special Counsel Investigation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a statement urging members of Congress in both parties to be prepared to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's campaign. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, authored an amendment in July to prevent the unlawful firing of Mueller. The amendment was included on a unanimous voice vote in the fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Re… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Udall Speaks at NM NAACP State Conference

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed the N.M. NAACP's 66th Annual State Conference. The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you mayor Ken Miyagishima for that kind introduction. You have been a positive leader who has helped shape Las Cruces into one of New Mexico's best-managed cities with a great quality of life. Thanks for your steady hand. Thank you Dona Ana County NAACP for organizing this year's conference. And for your contributions to social … Continue Reading


October 29, 2017

IN THE NEWS: U.S. Politics Are Rigged. It's Time For a Small-Donor Revolution

by Fred Wertheimer


October 26, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Trump’s opioid plan praised, but some say it’s not enough

by Michael Coleman

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