Press Releases

December 04, 2017

Udall: Trump Attack on Bears Ears, Grand Staircase is an Assault on Public Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Interior Department's budget, issued the following response to President Trump's decision to massively roll back protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments. "Let's get one thing clear: Donald Trump's decision to roll back Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments by over 80 percent … Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Offer Amendment to Protect State Mineral Leasing Payments for NM

WASHINGTON - Today, as the Senate continues debate on the GOP tax bill, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have offered an amendment to prevent the federal government from paying for massive tax cuts for corporations and the ultra-wealthy by cutting or even entirely eliminating mineral leasing payments that the state of New Mexico and other Western states depend on to fund schools. The GOP tax bill stands to raise the deficit by at least $1.4 trillion, which will result in deep, mandat… Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Udall Presses DHS Nominee Nielsen on Sensitive Location Policy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to commit to adhering to longstanding federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions. During a meeting with Nielsen ahead of her confirmation vote, Udall expressed his serious concern about reports of ongoing violations of DHS's existing policies prohibiting enfor… Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Udall Announces Senate Passage of Bill to Expand AMBER Alert System in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that the full Senate passed the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017 by unanimous consent late Wednesday. The bill comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 - when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne's abduction was reported. The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John McCain (R… Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Udall to Oppose GOP Tax Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of a vote on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke out against the devastating GOP tax plan, highlighting the many ways the bill will hurt New Mexico families. The bill would gut tax deductions for the middle class and working families and force drastic cuts to mandatory federal programs like Medicare and state mineral leasing payments in order to pay for massive tax cuts for corporations and the ultra wealthy. He released the following statement: "I want to … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Congress, Democrats push for DACA replacement program


November 30, 2017

NM Delegation Announces Senate Passage of Bill to Promote Preservation of Native American Languages

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the full Senate passed the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act by unanimous consent late Wednesday. The bill, S. 254, is backed by the full N.M. delegation and provides grants to Native American language educational organizations to maintain an… Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Udall Responds to Trump’s Comments at Native American Code Talker Event

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued this statement reacting to President Trump's racist slur during a ceremony honoring Native American Code Talkers: "The president should study his history. The Native American Code Talkers are true war heroes whose patriotism and honor during World War II helped ensure our victory against oppression and hatred. The Code Talkers gave back to their country by sharing their language even thou… Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Former Zinke backers dismayed by department's direction

by E&E News staff


November 27, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Senator Udall joins call for immigration enforcement investigation


November 27, 2017

NM Democrats Urge USDA to End Hiring Freeze, Restore Critical ‘Customer Service’ Staff at NRCS, FSA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to lift the USDA's current hiring freeze and restore staff field-based positions at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Services Agency (FSA). In a letter to Perdue, the lawmakers said that severe understaffing at these agencies -- an existing problem made worse by the hir… Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Udall, Senators Call for Investigation into Reported Violations of Sensitive Locations Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a group of 16 senators have called for an investigation into apparent ongoing violations of federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions. The senators' letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan details the reported detention of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was stoppe… Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Dem senator slams Trump's 'moral authority' after 'Pocahontas' remark

by Olivia Beavers


November 22, 2017

Udall Secures Important Funding for NM in Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

Would have offered an amendment to restore critical funding WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, blasted the Republican majority's release of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies fiscal year 2018 Appropriations bill. In an unusual move, the Republican leadership on the committee chose to bypass the regular committee process by posting the bill online, rather than hold a… Continue Reading


November 22, 2017

Udall Encourages Indian Country to Comment on Nominees for IHS and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, is asking Tribal Leaders, stakeholders and individuals throughout Indian Country to participate directly in the process for nominating and confirming President Trump's nominees for the key positions of director of the Indian Health Service and assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. Earlier this month, Trump nominated Robert Weaver to be Indian Health Service (IHS) director and Tara Sweeney to be assis… Continue Reading


November 22, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Help Acequias and Land Grants Better Access Federal Conservation Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced a bill to help acequias and land grants in New Mexico access additional federal resources for water and resource conservation projects. The bill, Providing Land Grants and Acequias Conservation and Environmental Services (PLACES) Act of 2017, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, will allow acequias and land grants access to federal programs that provide funding and technical assistance to farmers to increase agricultural water efficiency and… Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Udall, Luján Introduce Legislation to Address Health Disparities for Native Americans Living in Urban Areas Off the Reservations

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich. The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services di… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Udall: Passage of Major National Defense Bill Will Strengthen New Mexico & Nation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting for final passage of a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to support troops and military families, and to strengthen national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country. The bill, which will now be sent to the president, includes several measures that Udall has championed to benefit the national security mission being carried out at New Mexico's national laboratories, milita… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Congress Passes Udall-Heinrich Measure to Improve Safety at New Mexico's National Labs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives have passed a Udall-Heinrich measure to strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Udall-Heinrich amendment requires the DNFSB members to report to Congress each year about whether the White House's budget request for the board is sufficient to fund the safety reviews the board members beli… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Udall & Moran’s Landmark MGT Act to Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included in FY18 NDAA, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) applauded the inclusion and passage of their Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act 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 to $20 billion a year. The MGT Act now heads to the president's desk for signature. … Continue Reading

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