Press Releases

August 18, 2017

IN THE NEWS: A family’s future on the line

by By Uriel J. Garcia and Andrew Oxford


August 18, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Climate report paints dry picture of U.S. Southwest

by Laura Paskus


August 16, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Federal funds to target addiction in Rio Arriba County


August 16, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce New Project to Fight Opioid Crisis in Rio Arriba County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced a new AmeriCorps VISTA program to fight the opioid crisis in Rio Arriba County, which has one of the highest heroin overdose death rates in the country. With an investment of $168,795 a year for up to five years, and seven AmeriCorps VISTA members on the ground, the Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services Department AmeriCorps VISTA program will provide assistance and support… Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

IN THE NEWS: What veterans have to lose in Trump’s national monument review

by Brett Myrick


August 15, 2017

PHOTO: Udall Delivers Keynote Address at NM WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead’

SOCORRO, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute's (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference. In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making every drop count, and his work to improve federal water policy to best support New Mexic… Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

PHOTO: Udall Delivers Keynote Address at NM WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead’

SOCORRO, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute's (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference. In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making every drop count, and his work to improve federal water policy to best support New Mexic… Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

PHOTO: Udall Touts Kirtland’s Critical Mission & Cutting-Edge Technology in Meeting with Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command

ALBUQUERQUE - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall met with Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center to discuss Kirtland Air Force Base's critical national security mission, cutting-edge technology, and future plans for harnessing the base's research and development capabilities to maintain the United States' technological advantage. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, which oversees funding for… Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Senators look to pass MGT via defense bill

by Adam Mazmanian


August 15, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Act aims to support military moms

by Maddy Hayden


August 14, 2017

Udall Condemns White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

ALBUQUERQUE - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement denouncing the hateful beliefs and acts of violence and domestic terrorism of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend: "As a proud American and U.S. Senator from New Mexico, I denounce in the strongest terms possible the anti-American white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK members who voice hate, bigotry and violence against others because of their race and religion. While their right to protest - and… Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Udall Condemns White Supremacist Violence In Charlottesville


August 10, 2017

N.M. Delegation Says Rebid Is Opportunity For DOE To Strengthen LANL’s Critical Role In Northern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security General Frank G. Klotz regarding the forthcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) for the management and operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory. "Our paramount concern for the new M&O contract is assuring the safety a… Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

New Mexico Delegation Urges Swift Appointment of New Mexico Rural Development State Director

USDA RD provided more than $1.7 billion in New Mexico over the past 7 years WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to appoint a Rural Development (RD) state director for New Mexico as soon as possible, to continue the critical mission of USDA RD to administer programs that provide hundreds of loans and grants each yea… Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Navajo Nation makes human trafficking a criminal offense

by Noel Lyn Smith


August 08, 2017

Udall Statement on EPA's Changes to New Chemicals Review Process

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed its review of 600 new chemicals that had been waiting on approval to go to market. Udall last year led the effort to pass the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first major reform of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. The reform mandates that the EPA evaluate the safety of all new chemicals before they go to market and ensure that their use… Continue Reading


August 05, 2017

IN THE NEWS: The man fighting Donald Trump to preserve America’s national monuments

by John Burnside


August 05, 2017

Udall Marks Second Anniversary of Gold King Mine Spill with Calls for Action from EPA, Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement marking two years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers. On August 5, 2015, an EPA-supervised crew released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into Cement Creek - which flows into the Animas and San Juan rivers - while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado. Udall released the following statement: "Two … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

In Letter to EPA Administrator, NM Delegation Urges Equal Treatment for all Gold King Mine Spill Claimants, Including Navajo Nation and State of NM

WASHINGTON -- Today, following the announcement that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has reconsidered an EPA decision and will allow victims of the Gold King Mine spill to file for compensation, all five members of the New Mexico congressional delegation wrote Pruitt a letter, asking him to treat all claimants equally and clearly explain what this announcement means for those who suffered damages. Pruitt's decision, made public this afternoon during a town hall … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call on FCC to Extend Comment Period on Efforts to Roll Back Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the comment period for its proposal to undo the Open Internet Order and net neutrality protections. In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ens… Continue Reading

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