Press Releases

March 21, 2018

Udall Secures Major Breakthrough for Wildfire Funding in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that he has secured a 10-year fix for wildfire funding as part of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus funding bill made released today. The agreement will ensure reliable funding for fighting catastrophic wildfires for the next 10 years, starting in 2020. It ends the practice known as "fire borrowing" - in which the Forest Service and Interior Depart… Continue Reading

March 21, 2018

Udall, Bennet, Bicameral Group Urge Interior to Listen to Western Voices Before Revising BLM Methane Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Natural Resources, and a group of Western lawmakers sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to maintain the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, and to listen to Westerners through public hearings and an extended comment period prior to any revision of the rule. U.S. Represen… Continue Reading

March 20, 2018

NM Delegation Announces Small Business Loans Available for Businesses Affected by Ongoing Drought

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that small businesses in several New Mexico counties will be eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) due to the ongoing drought. The loans are designed to offset economic losses from reduced revenues caused by drought. Eligible counties are Catron, Cibola, Grant, Hidalgo, McKinley, San… Continue Reading

March 20, 2018

Senators Seek Congressional Oversight, Transparency Regarding DOD Assistance in Yemen

WASHINGTON - Ahead of a vote on a resolution to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D- N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led a group of eight senators in writing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis regarding congressional oversight of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's ongoing military operations against the Houthis. The senators, who sit on the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, raised specific concerns that Congress was never notified of agreeme… Continue Reading

March 19, 2018

NM Delegation Calls on US Navy to Designate Next Nuclear Sub USS Los Alamos Upon 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in support of naming the Navy's next Virginia class fast attack submarine the "USS Los Alamos" in recognition of the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy. "The effort to honor the national laboratory responsible for the beginning of the nuclear age is a citiz… Continue Reading

March 19, 2018

Udall: EPA Failing to Cooperate with Accountability Office Investigation into ‘Privacy Booth’ Costs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to comply with an inquiry from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is looking into the legality of a "privacy booth" built with taxpayer funds in Pruitt's office. Udall in November asked the GAO - an independent investigative agency created by Congress - for a le… Continue Reading

March 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $750,000 Grant for Los Alamos Manufacturing Company to Continue Developing Solar Energy Window Technology

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that UbiQD, LLC, a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer, was awarded a $750,000 Phase II grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This two year grant award builds on an earlier 2016 NSF grant that Udall, Heinrich and Luján supported, and will help fund research and development of luminescent solar concentrating glass windows with quantum dot coatings. The gra… Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Udall, Smith, Tester Introduce Bill to Help Tribal Communities Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - In conjunction with a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing today on the opioid crisis in Indian Country, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a bill to help Tribal communities in New Mexico and across the country access the resources they need to support people who are struggling with mental illness or substance use disorders. Tribal communities have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. According to a leading health agency,… Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Push for Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis, Support Treatment Efforts in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich urged Senate leaders to prioritize robust, direct funding to Tribal communities to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in Native American communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest overdose death rates of any group in 2015 and the largest percentage change in the number of opioid-related deaths ov… Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Hearing on Opioid Crisis in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a committee oversight hearing entitled "Opioids in Indian Country: Beyond the Crisis to Healing the Community" to explore the need for Congress to support wrap-around community services to fully address the opioid and substance use crisis in Indian Country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drug overdose death rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives rose by… Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Udall, Senators: Self-Driving Car Bill Needs Stronger Safety Measures, Consumer Protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today called for stronger public safety measures and consumer protections in legislation to regulate self-driving cars (AV START Act, S. 1885). "We are concerned that the bill indefinitely preempts state and local safety regulations even if federal safety standards are never developed," the senators wrote. The senators continued: … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

VIDEO: Udall: Climate Change Presents the Greatest Threat our Nation and World Now Confront

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor to highlight the devastating impacts that climate change is having on New Mexico and the Southwest, and urged immediate and concrete action to mitigate the effects of climate change. Udall joined Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the floor in honor of his 200th "Time to Wake Up" to the threat of climate change speech. Udall outline… Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

28 Senators to EPA: Don’t Weaken Rules Protecting Workers & Children from Toxic Pesticides

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led a group of 28 Senate Democrats in expressing alarm at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider two federal safeguards that are vital to the protection of agricultural workers and children against dangerous pesticides, including children working on farms. "With the lives of children … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Udall Statement on Ouster of Tillerson, Intent to Nominate Pompeo and Haspel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's decision to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and to replace Pompeo with Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. "Chaos at the State Department and public squabbles with the president have eroded our standing abroad, and when it comes to countries like North Korea, relations are on a razor's edge. However, while I… Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

NM Delegation Urges Against Tariffs on Newsprint

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross not to approve additional tariffs on newsprint, which could devastate local papers across New Mexico. In January, the Commerce Department imposed import duties on Canadian groundwood paper, a kind of newsprint used by newspapers across the country, and are now considering additional tariffs. According to the lawma… Continue Reading

March 09, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution to Celebrate Latina Women During Women’s History Month

Washington - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution to celebrate and recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of Latinas in New Mexico and throughout the United States during National Women's History Month. "New Mexico's rich history has been written in large part by Latina women who defined our values, enriched our culture, and helped our state and nation thrive: activists, teachers, artists, professionals, leaders, thinkers, scientists, public officials,"… Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Call on DHS to Expedite DACA Renewal Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of Democratic senators in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging DHS to expedite the processing of DACA renewal applications. In January and February, two United States District Courts issued preliminary injunctions partially blocking the administration's termination of the DACA program, and directing DHS to resume accepting DACA renewal applications on the same terms as … Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Sen. Udall, Rep. Welch Introduce Legislation to Mitigate Environmental Impacts of Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced companion bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by mitigating harmful environmental impacts and advancing the next generation of biofuels. The GREENER Fuels Act (Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act) is the first bill in Congress to reform the RFS. On a press conference call this afternoon, Wel… Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Udall, Hoeven Introduce the Bipartisan Progress for Indian Tribes Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) and promote stronger tribal self-governance. The Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination (PROGRESS) for Indian Tribes Act (S. 2515) would streamline the Departmen… Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Udall Urges Trump to Support Historic Infrastructure Plan to Create Jobs, Invest in NM Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in support of a Democrat-led proposal to invest in roads, bridges, schools, universal broadband, public lands, and clean energy: "I have long argued that we need a robust, long-term infrastructure plan to strengthen our communities, help us prepare for the future, and create thousands of jobs in New Mexico and across our country. Smart investments in roads and bridges, universal broadband, ports of entry, public lands, wa… Continue Reading

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