Press Releases

December 20, 2017

Udall Votes Against Trump-Republican Tax Break for Millionaires and Corporations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after voting against President Trump and the Republicans' tax plan. Earlier in the evening, Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the bill, and his speech can be viewed here. "The Trump-Republican tax bill will line the pockets of President Trump, his family, and the GOP's billionaire donors. It will be a boon for the multinational corporations that have spent years shipping jobs overseas. But for working New Mexica… Continue Reading

December 20, 2017

Udall Condemns Provision in GOP Tax Bill that Opens Arctic Refuge to Drilling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and ranking member of the Appropriations subcommittee for the Interior Department, released the following statement after the late-night passage of the Republican tax plan which included a backdoor measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. "The Republican tax bill will be remembered in history as a terrible deal for the middle class, but it also is one of the greatest attacks on our … Continue Reading

December 15, 2017

Udall Statement on GOP Tax Conference Report

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate and House Republicans released the final text of their tax plan: "Republicans released their tax plan on a Friday evening, wrote it entirely behind closed doors without any Democratic input, and now want to force it through Congress days before Christmas and before the duly elected senator from Alabama can take his seat. That's not the behavior of members of Congress who have any confidence in the quality o… Continue Reading

December 14, 2017

Udall, Murkowski, Cortez Masto Bill Would Restore Tribal Jurisdiction Over Domestic Violence Incidents on Tribal Land to Children and Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) by extending protections to children and law enforcement personnel involved in domestic violence incidents on Tribal lands. The… Continue Reading

December 14, 2017

Udall Statement on FCC Republicans’ Repeal of Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Republican Commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal net neutrality protections: "Today's vote is a major blow to the internet as we know it. Chairman Pai's legacy will be leading the surrender of the free and open internet to corporate giants, letting Internet Service Providers create internet toll lanes, and stifling the competition, innovation, a… Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

Udall Welcomes Withdrawal of Michael Dourson’s Nomination to Head the EPA’s Toxics Bureau

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the co-author of the landmark bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released the following statement about news that Michael Dourson, the embattled nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, has withdrawn his nomination. "I am glad Michael Dourson did the right thing. As someone who has spent his career working for weaker safety standards for dangerous chemicals… Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Immediate Passage of the Dream Act

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a group of Democratic senators on the Senate floor to call for immediate passage of the DREAM Act, which would protect 800,000 young DREAMers - including almost 7,000 New Mexicans - from deportation, and allow them to continue to work, go to school, and support their families. DREAMers are undocumented young people who were brought to this country as children by their par… Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call on FCC Chairman Pai to Abandon ‘Reckless’ Plan to End Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined a group of 39 Democratic senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency's net neutrality rules in favor of giving internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers' access to the internet. The senators' letter comes ahead of a Thursday vote by the FCC to dismantle net neutrality protections. "Your plan gives a broadba… Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

Udall’s Landmark Bipartisan MGT Act to Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included in FY18 NDAA Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed news that his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act has been signed into law. Udall introduced the bill with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and it was passed through Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2018. This bipartisan legislation will encourage federal agencies to cut wasteful spending and modernize and strengthen government information technology (IT) and security to save taxpayers up t… Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

VIDEO: Udall: Don’t Let Grinch Bots Steal Christmas

Scammers are deploying online software to scoop up Fingerlings and other popular toys & re-selling for jacked up prices VIDEO: Udall questions AI experts on efforts to stop Grinch Bots WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action to protect kids and not let "Grinch Bots" steal Christmas toys. So-called Grinch Bots are algorithms and software deployed by online scam… Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Trump signs Modernizing Government Technology Act into law

by Carten Cordell

December 08, 2017

IN THE NEWS:Students killed in Aztec shooting remembered, community reacts

by Fernanda Lopez

December 08, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce Alamogordo Veterans May Access Specialized Care at El Paso VA Medical Center

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced the Department of Veterans Affairs will make specialized medical care more accessible for veterans in Alamogordo by giving them the option to seek care either at the El Paso VA Medical Center or the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque for advanced care. Until now, veterans in Alamogordo needing specialized care have been referred to the Albuquerque VA hospital, which is … Continue Reading

December 07, 2017

Udall Statement on Aztec High School Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the shooting at Aztec High School: "Words can't express the sadness and shock we all feel at news of another school shooting in our own backyard. My thoughts are with the students and faculty at Aztec High School along with their families, the first responders on the scene, and the community at large. All of New Mexico stands with the Aztec community as they begin to heal. "All of us are asking why and how this senseless t… Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

Udall: Water Settlements are ‘Critically Important’ to Fulfilling Obligations to Tribes, Long-term Economic Vitality

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a legislative hearing to review two bills that would resolve the water rights claims of the Navajo Nation and the Hualapai Tribe. The bills would authorize negotiated settlements based on years of collaboration between Tribal, local, state, and federal parties. "Indian water settlements are critically important -- not only to fulfilling the United States' fiduciary obligations to Tribes, but… Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel, Move US Embassy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall condemned President Trump's announcement that he will break with longstanding U.S. presidential policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy: "President Trump thrives on chaos, but chaos in foreign policy is often the enemy of peace and security. Like the chaotic positions taken regarding North Korea and Iran, this decision increases the danger to Americans and potentially risks lives in a vo… Continue Reading

December 05, 2017

New Mexico Delegation Requests Disaster Declaration to Help Pueblo of Acoma Recover from October Storms

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to President Trump urging him to respond quickly to a request for disaster assistance for the Pueblo of Acoma. The Pueblo of Acoma is asking the federal government for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged by severe weather and flooding that occurred between Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, 2017. The storm caused extreme d… Continue Reading

December 05, 2017

Udall Blasts Interior Department’s ‘Sham’ Report on National Monument Designations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the Interior Department, issued the following statement about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's report to President Trump on his review of national monuments, including the two in New Mexico, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte: "Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte help drive New Mexico's outdoor recreation and tourism economy; they sustain hundreds g… Continue Reading

December 05, 2017

NM Delegation Writes to Air Force in Support of Restoring NM Air National Guard Tacos’ Flying Mission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced that they are urging the Air Force to transfer legacy HH-60G PAVE Hawk combat search-and-rescue helicopters to the N.M. Air National Guard when the Air Force fields the new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter at Kirtland Air Force Base. The leadership of the 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Kirtland has told the delegation that they an… Continue Reading

December 04, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants to Fill Upcoming Vacancy 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. In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Hei… Continue Reading

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