Press Releases

September 11, 2017

Democrats to DHS IG: Does Trump Use of Private Residences Jeopardize Secret Service's Compliance with Federal Law?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, questioned whether the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) can comply with federal law and congressionally mandated spending limits when the agency uses millions of taxpayer dollars to protect President Trump's multiple properties, including Trump Tower i… Continue Reading

September 11, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Dems Ask DHS Watchdog To Probe Cost Of Securing Trump Properties

by Caitlin Macneal

September 10, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Court nominee’s lack of NM roots prompts concern

by Michael Coleman

September 08, 2017

IN THE NEWS: New Mexico Democrats push feds to limit drilling near Chaco

by Associated Press

September 07, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against President Trump's Decision to Rescind DACA and Put Thousands of Dreamers at Risk of Deportation

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act and codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), after President Trump announced he would end the program, which has allowed 800,000 young people - and almost 8,000 New Mexicans - to get legal status so they can work and go to school. In his speech, Udall told the stories of promising young New Mexicans… Continue Reading

September 07, 2017

Udall Votes for Bill to Keep Government Open, Provide Relief to Hurricane Victims

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting 80-17 for a short-term agreement to keep the government open, avoid a default, and provide emergency relief funds to communities recovering from Hurricane Harvey. He released the following statement: "Keeping the government up and running is a basic responsibility of Congress, but it is absolutely critical for New Mexico families, our state's economy, and for maintaining… Continue Reading

September 06, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Secretary Zinke to Defer All Leases on Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land. The BLM previously agree… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Udall Decries Trump Decision to End DACA Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall blasted President Trump's announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed almost 8,000 young New Mexicans to get legal status so they can work and go to school: "President Trump's decision to end the DACA program is a cruel and short-sighted mistake that will cause chaos for families and our economy. The 800,000 Dreamers - including almost 8,000 New Mexicans - who agreed to participate in DACA r… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

IN THE NEWS: NM Democrats blast Trump on DACA

by Michael Coleman

September 04, 2017

IN THE NEWS: New Mexico officials react to President Trump’s decision to end DACA

by Sara Yingling

September 03, 2017

Udall Offers Condolences on the Passing of Former NM State Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky' Varela

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in remembrance of former longtime State Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela: "Jill and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of former State Rep. Luciano 'Lucky' Varela, and we join all of New Mexico in mourning his passing. "For 30 years, Lucky represented the people of Santa Fe with honor, integrity and heart. He will be remembered for his honesty about the need to address our challenges in order to mov… Continue Reading

August 31, 2017

Udall Condemns Trump’s Reported Plan to End DACA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that President Trump may soon announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He issued the following statement: "DACA has compassionately allowed 9,000 young New Mexicans, who have known no other country than the United States as their home, to legally realize their dreams of continuing their education and contributing to the economy and their community. These young people came to our country as children… Continue Reading

August 30, 2017

IN THE NEWS: The Lincoln National Forest slated for $360,000 project

August 25, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Q&A with U.S. Senator Tom Udall

by Scott Turner

August 25, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million for Restoration Projects in the Carson, Cibola, Gila, and Lincoln National Forests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests. The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service Collabo… Continue Reading

August 24, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Interior’s review of monuments complete, but details kept secret

by Andrew Oxford

August 24, 2017

Udall Statement on Secretary Zinke's Monument Review Report

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was expected to release a series of recommendations he has made to the White House regarding potential changes to several national monuments across the country, including two in New Mexico - the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande Del Norte National Monuments. Instead, Secretary Zinke released a short summary of the review process without any details about his proposed recommendations, leaving many questions unanswered.… Continue Reading

August 23, 2017

OP-ED: It's time to outlaw lunch shaming

by Senator Tom Udall

August 22, 2017

IN THE NEWS: New Mexico delegates make plea for 2 national monuments

by By Susan Montoya Bryan

August 21, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge Interior Secretary to Honor New Mexicans’ Views and Leave NM’s Monuments Alone

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - As the deadline nears for U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to complete his review of national monuments created under the Antiquities Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged him one more time to respect the wishes of thousands of New Mexicans who cherish Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments, and leave them intact. "The voices of New Mexicans could no… Continue Reading

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