Press Releases

October 18, 2017

IN THE NEWS: U.S. Stood By as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show

by Hannah Beech


October 18, 2017

New Mexico Democrats Recommend National Labs to help Rebuild Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján sent a letter today urging the Administration to utilize programs run by national labs in New Mexico to help with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico's infrastructure. The members of the New Mexico delegation are asking the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to leverage the unique expertise and resources at the labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos National … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Udall Blasts Dishonest Republican Budget that Would Cut Taxes for Billionaires, Slash Medicare and Medicaid, and Increase Deficit by $1.5 Trillion

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced his opposition to the Republicans Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, which would increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion and slash Medicare and Medicaid by $1.5 trillion, all to give corporations and the ultra-wealthy 1 percent of Americans a massive tax cut. Udall said cutting Medicare and Medicaid, the essential health care programs for seniors and low-income families, would affect access to health care for the almost 400,000 New Mexicans who … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Republican Efforts to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Drilling

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/S72icm8uv94 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in strong opposition to a provision slipped in the Republicans' Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would pay for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy in part through oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A longtime champion of protection for the Arctic refuge, Udall called for the removal of any language in the budget that would open to drilling the refuge's coastal … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Udall and Commerce Committee Democrats Request FCC Oversight Hearing to Address President Trump's Threats to Freedom of Press

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, joined fellow Democrats on the committee in calling for a hearing on President Trump's attacks on the media and his latest threat to interfere with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) television station license renewal proceedings. In a letter to Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), respectively the chairman and ranking member of the committee, which has jurisdiction over the F… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Udall Statement on Declassification of US Files on Indonesian Massacre

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. government declassified thousands of files related to the 1965-66 slaughter of up to 1 million people in Indonesia. Udall has introduced a resolution in the Senate urging Indonesia's government to create a truth and reconciliation commission to address these tragic killings, and calling on the U.S. government to establish an interagency working group and to rel… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce More Than $2 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Youth and Family Homelessness in Northern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced $2 million over the next five years in federal funding for programs that support youth and families experiencing homelessness in Northern New Mexico. Two grants totaling $398,596 for the first year have been awarded to support the Youth Emergency Shelter and Street Outreach Programs at Youth Shelters and Family Services in Santa Fe with an anticipated total amount of $1,195,788… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Senators Fight to Stop Republican Effort to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash,), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) were joined today by the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wilderness League to call for the removal of any language in the Fiscal Year 2018 Republican budget resolution that would allow for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic National Wildl… Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Want to deepen our democracy? Get ready.

by E.J. Dionne


October 13, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump’s Sabotage of Health Care System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the Trump administration's announcement that it will no longer make cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, a decision which will likely send out-of-pocket costs soaring for millions of Americans and cause instability in the individual marketplace. "President Trump's spiteful and deliberate sabotage of New Mexicans' and Americans' health care has reached a dangerous new low. The administration's decision to cut off CS… Continue Reading


October 12, 2017

IN THE NEWS: FCC head silent on Trump comment about pulling broadcast licenses

by David Shepardson


October 11, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Trump Threatens NBC License, Blasts ‘Disgusting’ Free Press

by Todd Shields


October 10, 2017

IN THE NEWS: 'A reckless and dangerous decision': The EPA has begun rolling back one of Obama's key energy initiatives

by Joe Perticone


October 10, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce $532,000 in Federal Funding for Doña Ana County Wastewater Systems

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a grant of $384,200 and approved a loan of $148,000, totaling $532,000, to help the San Pablo Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association in Doña Ana County renovate its wastewater system. The funds would be used to make necessary wastewater system improvements in rural areas that will benefit the residents of Doña Ana County for years to come. "Impr… Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Administration Withdrawing Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump administration will end the Clean Power Plan: "The Trump administration's continued denial of climate change in service of big polluters will have grave consequences for our children and our grandchildren. Killing the Clean Power… Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Federal Judge Reinstates Obama-Era Rule on Methane Emissions

by Matthew Daly


October 04, 2017

Udall Statement on BLM Proposal to Suspend or Delay Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the announcement by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that it is proposing to suspend or delay some requirements of the BLM's 2016 natural gas waste prevention rule. Leaking, venting and flaring from natural gas operations wastes $100 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas resources a year, and NASA scientists say it has created a methane hotspot the size of Delaware over the Four Corners region. Udall led the successful fight in the Senat… Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

VIDEO: Udall, Blumenthal, Chemical Exposure Victims and Advocates Speak Out Against Nomination of Industry’s Toxicologist-for-Hire Michael Dourson to Head Toxics Office

Dourson has also generated 'research' to hide danger of second-hand cigarette smoke, the carcinogen PFOA, the pesticide chlorpyrifos, and chemicals in children's toys - and has a history of failing to disclose his own conflicts of interest WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) held a press conference to expose the danger of confirming chemical industry propagandist Michael Dourson to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) office t… Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Senator Udall's Speech Memorializing Senator Domenici

Pietro Vichi Domenici was born to Italian immigrants in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1932. He was a grocer's son, worked in his parents' store, attended Catholic school. He graduated from our own University of New Mexico, pitched in college and on the Albuquerque Dukes' farm team, and taught high school mathematics, went to law school and built a law practice. He got his start in politics on the Albuquerque City Commission, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1973, and became New Mexico's longest se… Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Democrats: Trump EPA Nominee Michael Dourson Is Toxic Chemical Swamp Creature

by Suzy Khimm

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