Press Releases

January 09, 2018

Udall, Markey Net Neutrality Resolution Reaches 40-Vote Milestone in the Senate

Washington (January 9, 2018) - U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced today 40 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that overturns the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality. At a press conference in the Capitol attended by Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer-am… Continue Reading

January 08, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $10.7 Million in Grants to Help NM End Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed $10.7 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to help New Mexico families, veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness. The grants will go to programs in communities across the state, including three new organizations. "Everyone deserves a quality place to call home, and this funding is particularly welcome news during the harsh winter months. These grants will help families and veterans experiencing homelessn… Continue Reading

January 03, 2018

Udall Responds to Trump’s Heartless DACA Brinkmanship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to President Trump's tweet on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and to reports that the White House is seeking to avoid discussion of DACA during a meeting with congressional leadership today: "President Trump's continued heartlessness toward DREAMers and his political brinkmanship with their future is a stain on our country and on the office of the president. The fear and chaos in immigrant communities following the … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Río Grande del Norte Wilderness Bill Passes the Senate Unanimously

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that their legislation to protect wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, N.M., has passed the Senate with unanimous support. The bill establishes two new wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. "Designating the Cerro del Yuta and Rio San Antonio areas as wilderness is a final step towa… Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Udall Statement on Vote for Stopgap Measure to Keep the Government Open

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted for the continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through Jan. 19, 2018. In addition to continuing federal funding into next year, the measure waives so-called PAYGO laws to prevent a $136 billion cut to Medicare, state mineral leasing payments, farm bill payments, and other critical funding in 2018. Waiving PAYGO was necessary to offset massive budget cuts caused by President Trump and the Republicans' tax cut, which will cost $1.5… Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

NM Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration to Help Pueblo of Acoma Recover from October Storms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a major disaster declaration has been issued for the Pueblo of Acoma to provide federal aid for the severe storm and flooding that occurred between October 4 and October 6, 2017. The lawmakers sent a letter to the President earlier this month asking for prompt action on the Pueblo of Acoma's request for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public i… Continue Reading

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 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

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