Press Releases

June 08, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Call for Greater Support to Nursing Homes during COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 23 of their colleagues to push the Trump administration for greater federal resources and guidance to support nursing homes and long-term care (LTC) facilities throughout the country as they combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Over 9,600 nursing homes and LTC facilities across the U.S. have reported COVID-19 cases and more than 40,000 residents and workers in LTC settings have died from the virus. In New Mexico, more t… Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

Udall Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Increase Access to Drinking Water in Indian Country, Health Care for Native Veterans and Teachers

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on Senate passage of a Udall-led Senate Committee on Indian Affairs package including the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, sponsored by Udall; the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, co-sponsored by Udall; and the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Completion Act, sponsored by Udall. The Senate package that passed unanimously last week al… Continue Reading

June 05, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge DeVos To Rescind Harmful Title IX Rule And Focus On Student Safety

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 35 Democratic senators, are condemning Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' final Title IX rule, which will weaken protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault. In a letter to Secretary DeVos, the senators stressed that it was inappropriate to ask schools to implement this new rule within 100 days amid the COVID-19 crisis and urged her to rescind the rule and focus on school safety-whether the threat is sexu… Continue Reading

June 04, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge Senate Leadership To Increase Funding For Nonprofit Museums In The Next COVID-19 Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 21 Senate colleagues, are urging Senate leadership to provide emergency assistance to nonprofit museums in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Senators Udall and Heinrich are asking to direct $2 billion to nonprofit museums through the Institute of Museums and Library Services in the upcoming COVID-19 package. The letter comes in the aftermath of a massive loss in revenue for museums due to the COVID-19 pan… Continue Reading

June 04, 2020

Udall Seeks Answers from Bernhardt on Interior Dept. Involvement in Forcibly Dispersing Peaceful Protesters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior, wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt seeking information on the recent involvement of the Interior Department, including the U.S. Park Police, in forcibly dispersing crowds in Washington, D.C, that were protesting the police killing of George Floyd and the continued presence of systemic racism in the United States. On June 1, federal law enfor… Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Pushes Back on Republican Attempts to Protect Corporations Instead of Workers in Commerce Committee Hearing

VIDEO LINK: Udall's questions begin at 1:09:20 here. WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation pushed back on Senate Republican plans to protect corporate profits over worker health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Udall pressed transportation industry representatives on corporate liability shields and worker safety during the Commerce Committee's hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic and American su… Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

Udall Joins Legislation to Uphold Congressional Power of the Purse

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined 18 Senate Democrats to introduce the Congressional Power of the Purse Act to reaffirm the role of Congress, directly elected by the American people, as the sole branch of government vested with the power in the Constitution to decide how taxpayer funds are spent. The senators introduced the legislation to rein in the Executive Branch's encroachment on federal spending decisions. President D… Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Applaud Nearly $3 Million DOT Grant for Low Emission Bus Program

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $2,920,000 grant to the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) for the Low or No-Emission bus program to replace gas-powered buses in its fleet with electric buses and the accompanying charging infrastructure. The NCRTD serves residents of northern New Mexico across five counties, includi… Continue Reading

June 02, 2020

N.M. Delegation Calls on USCIS to Help Strengthen America’s Health Care Workforce and Prevent Medical Professional Shortages in Rural and Underserved Areas During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) are calling on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to take immediate visa processing actions that will bolster the health care workforce in rural and underserved areas and help fill medical provider shortages in these areas. The lawmakers are calling on USCIS to expedite premium processing … Continue Reading

June 01, 2020

Udall Statement on Nationwide Protests in Response to Police Violence Against Black Americans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on nationwide protests, including in New Mexico, sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minnesota: "The righteous demand for justice, equality, and an end to systemic racism and violence against Black Americans and other people of color is echoing across New Mexico and the nation today. Elected officials at every level of government owe it to those who have been killed - George Floyd, Breo… Continue Reading

June 01, 2020

N.M. Delegation Announces Over $20 Million in CARES Act Funding for Skilled Nursing Facilities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that 59 skilled nursing facilities in the State of New Mexico will receive $20,537,500 to help combat the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds come from the $175 billion Provider Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act a… Continue Reading

May 29, 2020

Udall, Democratic Senators Request Information About the Distribution of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Tribal Governments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators John Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Il.), Angus King (I-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.),and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting th… Continue Reading

May 28, 2020

Udall Joins New Mexico Municipal League’s Mayoral Caucus for Discussion on Federal Support for Local Governments

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined the New Mexico Municipal League's weekly caucus call with mayors to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their communities. During the call with approximately 60 mayors from around the state, Udall outlined measures the U.S. Senate should take in its next COVID-19 relief bill to support local government and New Mexico communities. "I realize your plates are full now," Udall said. "You're on the frontlines as your com… Continue Reading

May 28, 2020

VIDEO: Udall, Community Leaders Hold Virtual Roundtable on Restarting Census Collection in Southern New Mexico

Udall has been highlighting census efforts with #CensusCounts social media campaign VIDEO LINK: SANTA FE, N.M.- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a virtual roundtable with the Las Cruces Area Office of the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders in eastern and southern New Mexico to announce the restarting of census collection efforts temporarily paused to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Las Cruces-based field office will hand-deliver cen… Continue Reading

May 28, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Hail $112,000 Grant to San Juan College Harvest University Center for Economic Diversification Efforts

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) applauded over $112,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to the Harvest University Center at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. The $112,850 grant funds the third year of the five-year Harvest University Center program at San Juan College. The Enterprise Center at San Juan College won a competitive EDA gr… Continue Reading

May 28, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the bipartisan Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act which would recapture a limited number of unused visas from prior years and allocate them to doctors and nurses who can help in the fight against COVID-19. The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would not increase current immigration numbers and also would not displace American workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the need for additional health care prof… Continue Reading

May 27, 2020

NM, AZ Lawmakers Demand Answers to Reports that Former Trump White House Official Supplied Indian Health Service with Potentially Substandard Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Tom O'Halleran (D-Ariz.), and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) sent a bicameral letter to the Director of the Indian Health Service (IH… Continue Reading

May 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Release Plan to Expand Access to Health Insurance and Affordability Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 33 Senate Democrats to release a plan to dramatically expand access to health insurance for all Americans and cover all COVID-19 treatment costs amid the current pandemic. The senators outlined a commonsense policy proposal that would reduce costs for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace plans and create a special enrollment period to obtain coverage, subsidize the high cost of COBRA plans for the n… Continue Reading

May 26, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Applaud Nearly $2.9 Million Grant to Upgrade and Replace Williamsburg Sewer System

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a nearly $2.9 million grant to the village of Williamsburg, New Mexico to expand and improve the existing sewer line delivery system to pave the way for integrating the system with the sewer system of the adjacent town of Truth or Consequences. Williamsburg received the $2,887,000 grant as the existing… Continue Reading

May 25, 2020

VIDEO: On Memorial Day, Udall Marks the Completion of 90 Oral Histories from NM Veterans with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden for the Veterans History Project

Udall and his staff conducted interviews and documented the oral histories of veterans from each of New Mexico's 33 counties VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON - In honor of Memorial Day, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to virtually present 90 oral histories his office collected from New Mexico veterans to the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project. Udall and his staff have worked with the veterans-who come… Continue Reading

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