Press Releases

May 10, 2019

Udall, Warren, Harris, & Blumenthal to DHS: Stop Unconstitutional Surveillance of Journalists, Activists, and Lawyers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan demanding answers on reports of targeted government surveillance of journalists, activists, and lawyers at the U.S.-Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - an attack on the First Amendment and a potential violation of the Privacy Act of 1974. In early … Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Udall Responds to Latest Pompeo Provocation on Iran

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the latest threatening statement from the Trump administration, this time from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, amid escalating tensions with Iran: "I hope and pray that all U.S. troops and personnel overseas stay safe, and am confident we will strongly defend ourselves if attacked anywhere. But the current tensions are a direct result of the Trump administration's failed Iran policy-withdrawing from the nuclear deal, ratcheting up sanction… Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Udall, Luján, Haaland Introduce Comprehensive CARE Act to Combat the Opioid and Substance Use Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Assistant Speaker of the House, and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) in introducing the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, the most ambitious legislation ever introduced in Congress to confront the opioid and substance use epidemic. Endorsed by over 200 organizations, the CARE Act would provide… Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Udall Fights for Advance Appropriations, Strong Funding of Critical Indian Programs

Seeks input on his Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to lead an oversight hearing on the president's FY2020 Budget Request for Indian Programs. In his leadership roles in both the Indian Affairs and Appropriations Committees, Udall has … Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Udall, Grijalva Introduce Hardrock Mining Reform Legislation to Make Mining Companies Pay Their Fair Share

Watch video of the press conference HERE WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) held a press conference to announce the introduction of legislation in the Senate and House to modernize the nation's badly antiquated hardrock mining laws. The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensur… Continue Reading

May 08, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Press CBP to Withdraw Proposal to Build 46 Miles of New Border Wall in Luna and Dona Aña Counties

New bollard wall would be funded with hundreds of millions in unlawfully diverted defense funding, harm local communities and fragile ecosystems, with no evidence that it would reduce smuggling or crossings WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) urged Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to extend the public comment period, which ends today, for the Trump administration's proposal to build 46 miles of new border wall in southern New Mexico. In a letter to … Continue Reading

May 08, 2019

Udall Applauds California for Taking Action to Ban Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded the state of California for its announcement that it will ban the toxic pesticide Chlorpyrifos, which is linked to brain damage in children and known to cause serious harm to human health and wildlife. Udall has introduced the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2019 to outlaw the use of chlorpyrifos nationwide. Udall issued the following statement: "In the absence of action from the Trump EPA… Continue Reading

May 07, 2019

AUDIO & VIDEO: Udall Leads Day of Action to Confront the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Later, in Senate floor speech, Udall calls for Senate action to reauthorize VAWA with key Tribal provisions to help combat the epidemic of violence against Native women AUDIO: Udall Holds Press Conference Call on MMIW Crisis VIDEO: Udall Delivers Floor Speech on MMIW Crisis WASHINGTON - Today, following the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls on May 5, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a day of action to … Continue Reading

May 07, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Leads Senate Democrats in Call for Action Following Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women National Day of Awareness

Udall: "We must take bipartisan action to end the cycle of violence and we should start by reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and strengthening provisions to protect Native women" VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, following the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls on May 5, a group of Senate Democrats led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) took to the Senate floor to draw attention to t… Continue Reading

May 07, 2019

Udall: HHS Failing to Disclose Information About Migrant Children in Agency’s Care, As Required By Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging HHS to immediately disclose critical information about migrant children in its care, as required by language Udall secured in the fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill. "Given the scope of the human tragedy and public interest of the Administration's cruel family separation policy, and the chaotic executio… Continue Reading

May 06, 2019

Udall: Trump Administration’s Iran Saber Rattling Raises Specter of Unnecessary, Unconstitutional Conflict

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded to Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton issuing a statement unnecessarily increasing tensions with Iran and raising the specter of U.S. military involvement in another armed conflict in the Middle East. Udall is the co-author of bipartisan legislation in the Senate to prevent a war with Iran from being carried out unless there is explicit authorization from the U.S. Congress… Continue Reading

May 06, 2019

Udall and Heinrich Seek Applicants to Fill Upcoming Vacancy on US District Court

WASHINGTON - On September 28, 2018, the Honorable Judith C. Herrera announced her intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Herrera's announcement, effective July 1, 2019, will create a vacancy in Albuquerque, 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 Ma… Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Ahead of MMIW Day of Awareness, Udall Calls on Senate to Take Action on MMIW Crisis and Pass VAWA Reauthorization with Key Tribal Provisions Immediately

Udall helped lead the 2013 effort to amend VAWA to include protections for Native women Udall also co-sponsored a Senate resolution designating May 5th as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls WASHINGTON - Ahead of the May 5th Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Day of Awareness, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) called on Senate Republicans to take action to curb the alarming epidemic of violence against women in Indian Country by reauthorizing the… Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Ahead of Kentucky Derby, Udall & Wyden Call for End to Doping of Racehorses

WASHINGTON - Ahead of tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that next week they will introduce the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law. "It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its inhumane doping violations with sweetheart gambling privileges and millions in casin… Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Udall, Colleagues Urge Department of Energy to Uphold Energy Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Jeff Merkley, along with 13 of their colleagues, in pressing U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to reverse course on proposed rule changes that would alter classifications of lightbulbs, effectively rolling back energy efficiency standards and leaving families with higher bills to pay and worse air quality. Existing law "bars DOE from reducing the energy efficiency required of a covered product," the senators wrote. "American… Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Udall Fights to Boost Benefits, Improve Recruitment and Retention for Teachers at Native Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene the committee's first legislative hearing of the 116th Congress to receive testimony on three bills, including S.279, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, which Udall co-sponsored. The Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act would create equitable access to the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Group Li… Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Udall, Cortez Masto, Smith Reintroduce Bill to Increase Access to Nutritious Meals for Native Students

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) reintroduced legislation to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs. The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long. U.S. Rep… Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses IHS Leadership on Need for Strong Funding, Budgetary Certainty for Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, Principal Deputy Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), about the need for strong funding and budgetary certainty for critical IHS programs and priorities. Video of Udall's opening statement is available HERE and questioning of Admi… Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Fights for Action to Help New Mexico Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits

Also urges support for his bipartisan Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act in the Senate during remarks at Congressional Burn Pits Briefing VIDEO: PHOTO: WASHINGTON - Today, at two events on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) continued his push to improve care for veterans affected by exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: during a h… Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

Udall, Hirono, and Colleagues Call for DOJ Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to Investigate Attorney General Barr’s Handling of the Mueller Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with 10 of their colleagues, in urging Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Director of the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility Corey Amundson to investigate Attorney General William Barr's conduct while handling Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and report. "Attorney General Barr's actions raise significant questions about his decision n… Continue Reading

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