Press Releases

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


October 02, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks in Opposition to Re-Nomination of Ajit Pai to FCC

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/B4GYXLlNsGQ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to serve another term on the FCC. Pai "has not been a vigorous watchdog for free speech. He has not put the people's right to information first, ahead of corporate interests. And he has opposed policies outright that ensure underserved communities have access to essential technology," Udall said. In response… Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Udall Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., which left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. "Jill and I join the entire nation in mourning the victims of this horrific attack, and we grieve for their families, friends, and loved ones. Across the country, the American people woke up to news of yet another unspeakable act of gun violence - this time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. This … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Udall Demands Answers from EPA’s Pruitt on $25K ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money. Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a "privacy booth for the administrator," despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCI… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.5 Million for NCI in Gallup for Substance Use Treatment and Shelter

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that $1.5 million in funding from the Indian Health Service (IHS) will be awarded to the city of Gallup to fund the Na'Nizhoozhi Center Inc. (NCI) to help expand treatment services for substance use and provide shelter in the area. NCI offers a desperately needed social detox program, but it has struggled to find stable funding and has run the risk of closing. The Center is no… Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Udall Emphasizes Need for More Resources, Coordination to Combat Human Trafficking in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the urgent need for additional resources and support, including law enforcement and training - but also mental health care and substance abuse treatment - to help address human trafficking in Indian Country. Udall made his comments during an oversight hearing titled, "The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States," which was held to d… Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Udall, Heinrich seek extension on DACA deadline


September 27, 2017

Sen. Udall and Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017

Includes new provisions to address unprecedented conflicts of interest arising from Trump administration WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative David Price (D-N.C.) introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017. This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to our broken political system. This legislation is more expansive than past versions … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call For Extension Of DACA Renewal Deadline In Wake Of Storms

WASHINGTON - In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 36 senators calling on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), tens of thousands of DACA recipients live in areas impacted by the storms. "In the last month, several major hurricanes made land… Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

IN THE NEWS: NM congressional Dems call for no monument changes

by Michael Coleman


September 26, 2017

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor: ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care for Indian Country

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/0EZvk1qfzbo WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country. In remarks on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality healt… Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Udall Calls for Bipartisan Work to Improve Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that Republican leaders have decided not to hold a vote on the last-ditch Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill. Udall called for bipartisan work to improve health care for every New Mexican and every American: "Today's announcement is the result of the unwavering dedication of people across New Mexico and the country who have spoken out in record numbers to prevent health care from being ripped away from tens of millions of Americans. I urge… Continue Reading

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