Press Releases

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 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 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

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 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


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 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 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 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

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

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


August 03, 2017

As Gold King Mine Spill Anniversary Approaches, Udall, Heinrich, Bennet, Luján Prepare Bill to Prevent Future Hardrock Mine Disasters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that they are preparing to introduce legislation to reform the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws and prevent another toxic spill like the Gold King Mine disaster of 2015. Their announcement comes on the eve of the second anniversary of the Aug. 5, 2015, Gold King Mine spill, in which 3 million gallons of polluted wastewater went… Continue Reading

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