Press Releases

October 26, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Democrats condemn proposed fee hikes at national parks

by Matthew Daly

October 26, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Land swap receives bipartisan support

by Laura Paskus

October 26, 2017

Udall, Senators Demand Explanation for $2 Billion Missing from Commerce Secretary's Financial Disclosures

WASHINGTON -- Following a Forbes report revealing that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross may have failed to disclose nearly $2 billion during his confirmation proceedings, six members of the Senate Commerce Committee wrote the Office of Government Ethics today seeking an explanation for how the financial assets could have been hidden from review. During his confirmation proceedings, Ross disclosed approximately $700 million in assets. Forbes has since valued Ross' total net worth at $2.9 b… Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Senators Introduce Background Check Expansion Act To Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are original cosponsors of the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to the sale or transfer of all firearms by private sellers, with certain reasonable exceptions. Under current law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. The bill was introduced yesterday by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). Research indicates that as many as a quarter … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Udall Statement on President’s Opioid Announcement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to President Trump's declaration that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency - rather than the much stronger "national emergency" called for by the president's own opioid commission. Trump's announcement does not include any significant new funding to fight the opioid epidemic. Udall is a cosponsor of the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act, which would invest $45 billion for prevention, detection, surveillance, and treatment of opioid … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Udall Urges Public Safety Improvements, Additional Resources for Crime and Victim Services in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, urged improvements to public safety in Indian Country, calling for additional resources to fight crime and provide victim services to Native Americans. In a legislative hearing, Udall led the Indian Affairs Committee in reviewing three bills to promote public safety in Tribal communities: S. 1870, Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act 2017, the "SURVIVE Act"S. 1953, Re… Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Toxins in widespread use excluded from EPA chemical review

by Matthew Brown

October 25, 2017

OP-ED: Chemical industry hired gun would be a big step backward for chemical safety

by Senator Tom Udall

October 25, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Urges Bipartisan Action to Fund CHIP and Health Programs Critical to New Mexico

Funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians expires in 6 weeks VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Republicans to work with Democrats to fund critical health programs that benefit thousands of N.M. children, low-income families, and Native Americans. Udall also voiced his support for bipartisan efforts in the Senate to stabilize the individual health insurance market… Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Udall, Leahy, Feinstein, Blumenthal: Trump Administration Must Answer Why Nominees Are Serving Without Senate Confirmation

Dourson and other Trump nominees may be violating the law and circumventing the Constitution WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP) Director John DeStefano in response to reports that the Trump administration is allowing individuals nominated by the president to perform the duties of their appointed positions prior to receiving Senate confir… Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Udall Statement on EPW Committee Vote for Michael Dourson to Lead EPA’s Toxics Bureau, Urges Full Senate to Reject Him

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, co-author of the landmark Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's party-line vote to advance Dr. Michael Dourson's nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Today's party-line vote in the EPW Committee is dangerous for public health an… Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor USA RIGHTS Act To Reform Secretive Warrantless Spy Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 24, 2017) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced bipartisan legislation they are cosponsoring that reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the constitutional rights of Americans, while giving intelligence agencies authority to target foreign terrorists, criminals, and other overseas intelligence targets. The USA RIGHTS Act reforms Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end warrantless backd… Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Udall, Heinrich win Senate support for county payments

by Algernon D'Ammassa

October 20, 2017

IN THE NEWS: New Mexico Wavered on Evolution and Climate Change in Science Education

by Jacey Fortin

October 20, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Senate Passes Budget Proposal Primarily on Party Lines

by Natalie Andrews, Kristina Peterson and Richard Rubin

October 20, 2017

Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Amendment Directing Congress to Provide Mandatory Full Funding for PILT

WASHINGTON - Last night, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that directs Congress to fully and permanently fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps local governments in New Mexico and across the West pay for critical services like schools, police, and roads. The amendment to the Republicans' Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed 58 to 41 and was the only amendment offered by a Democrat to pass on a roll-call vote. New Me… Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Udall Presses Trump Administration for Answers on how its Commission on Election Integrity Will Use Sensitive Voter Data

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 17 other Senate Democrats in again demanding answers about the Trump administration's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission was established by the Trump administration in May supposedly to investigate the president's debunked claim of mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. Many lawmakers, election officials, citizen watchdogs and security experts have said they fear that the commission's real purp… Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Udall Fights to Protect Public Lands, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Dangerous GOP Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is defending public lands - in particular, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - from provisions in the Republicans' proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would open these special places to development. A provision snuck in the budget proposal, which is being debated on the Senate floor now, would allow 1.5 million acres of the Arctic refuge's pristine coastal plain to be auctioned off to the highest bidder to sell oil and pay for a tax cut f… Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Udall Amendments to Budget Resolution Would Protect Indian Country from Harmful GOP Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that he has filed several amendments to the Senate Republicans' fiscal year 2018 budget resolution to protect Native communities and programs that are vital to Indian Country. The deceptive Republican budget bill would slash billions of dollars from federal programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, in order to pay for tax cuts for billionaires. The amendments include: Addressing criti… Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

IN THE NEWS: New Mexico Dems urge use of national labs in Puerto Rico response

by Mike Lillis

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