Press Releases

August 02, 2018

Senators to Zinke: Staking and Developing New Mining Claims Within National Monuments Is Illegal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of 23 senators in demanding answers from Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke about news that a Canadian mining company has acquired a dozen mining claims - totaling over 200 acres of lands - within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The company, Glacier Lake Resources, has announced its plans to begin development of these claims in the near future. "New mining within the boundaries of a national monument is … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Speaks as Senate Passes Interior, Environment Funding Bill 92-6

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor just before the full Senate passed the FY2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, a funding bill authored by Udall's committee. The bill, authored in the Senate Appropriations subcommittee led by Udall and Senator Lisa Murkow… Continue Reading

August 01, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.4 Million National Science Foundation Grant to Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research Site

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a 5-year, $6.4 million grant to the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. Research at the Sevilleta LTER site focuses on how climate change is affecting arid land ecosystems, and this grant will fund examination of the ecological consequences of rising temperatures and increasingly variable rainfall on drylands. "New Mexico is fortunate to be home to th… Continue Reading

August 01, 2018

Senate Approves Udall, Heinrich Amendment to Boost Funding for Southwest Chief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that their bipartisan amendment to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote. This amendment would effectively halt Amtrak's proposal to substitute rail service with bus service over large segments of the route through FY2019. The amendment was sponsored by … Continue Reading

July 31, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.3 million in Federal Funding for Village of Los Lunas Water Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a grant of $1.3 million to the Village of Los Lunas. The EDA funding will support water infrastructure improvements at the Central New Mexico Rail Park in Los Lunas and serve as a catalyst for regional economic development. The Village estimates that the project will create up to 3,000 new jobs in New Mexico. "Strengthening New Mexico's freight infrastructure is… Continue Reading

July 27, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Spotlight Act to Hold Washington Accountable and Increase Transparency in Elections

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 25 of their colleagues, are holding Washington accountable with a push to tear down a new Trump administration rule allowing special interests to hide those who are funding political campaigns. The senators joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in officially introducing the Spotlight Act to reverse the Treasury Department's decision that allows non-profit organizations that engage in political activity to avoid disclosing … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

On Deadline Day to Reunite Separated Families, Udall & Senators Call for DOJ Investigation of ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with 29 other senators, in sending a letter to Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling for an investigation into DOJ's role in the creation and implementation of the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector G… Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Udall Fights to Improve VA Services for Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) this week to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve VA outreach, health care and benefits for Native American veterans through establishment of a VA Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs. The Advisory Committee will facilitate communication and understanding between the VA and Tribal governments to better address the unique barriers Native American veterans face when acces… Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Udall Bill to Clarify Tribal Lands Leasing Authority for Two New Mexico Pueblos Passes Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that Congress has passed his bill to clarify that the Pueblos of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh may engage in long-term leasing for economic development purposes on their tribal lands. The bill provides the Pueblos certainty in leasing and investing in their lands to businesses, boosting job creation and economic development. The text of Udall's bill, S. 249, was included as an amendment to the… Continue Reading

July 24, 2018

Udall: Defense Policy Bill Now Free of Anti-Environment Provisions

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement applauding the removal of several policy provisions from the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have weakened environmental, land and wildlife protections. Udall fought to keep the NDAA free of these unrelated and damaging policy riders. "The national defense policy bill, which authorizes pay and provisions for our troops, is no place to jam in unrelated measures that weaken protections for the … Continue Reading

July 23, 2018

VIDEO: Bipartisan Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill Reaches Senate Floor

Udall's work ensured bill rejects new 'poison pill' anti-environment riders, dangerous cuts to EPA and Indian programs WASHINGTON - Tonight, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, took to the Senate floor to speak in support of his subcommittee's bipartisan funding bill, the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bill, authored in the subcommittee led… Continue Reading

July 23, 2018

Schumer and Udall: Senate Democrats Are Committed to Expanding Tribal Self-Determination

Last week, the Democratic Steering and Oversight Committee convened a meeting between tribal leaders and Senate Democrats WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Democratic Leader, and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, penned a joint op-ed on about Senate Democrats' commitment to expanding tribal self-determination and fulfilling the federal government's trust and treaty obligations to Indian Country. "… Continue Reading

July 20, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Move to Undermine Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Trump administration's proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act: "The Trump administration's determination to dismantle bedrock environmental protections, turn a blind eye to science, and roll over for special interests apparently knows no bounds. Without the Endangered Species Act, the bald eagle, th… Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Water Rights Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a legislative hearing to receive testimony on two bills related to tribal water rights settlements, including Udall's S. 3168, the Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act. The committee also received testimony on a bill that would repeal an 1834 law that prohibits operation of distilleries on Indian lands. S.3168, introduced by Senator Udal… Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Oppose Letting Putin Question U.S. Officials

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today voted for a resolution affirming Congress' opposition to making U.S. diplomats, officials, and members of the Armed Forces available for questioning by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The resolution comes after President Trump expressed an openness to a request by Putin to question former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and other Americans, calling the request part of "an incredible offer." Then, just yes… Continue Reading

July 18, 2018

Udall Statement on Treasury Department Ending Disclosure Requirements for Dark Money Donors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Treasury Department ended a requirement that "dark money" groups must disclose their donors to the IRS: "Secret, undisclosed money has flooded our electoral system and completely drowned out the voices of everyday citizens. Now, the Trump administration is making an already rigged system even worse -- ending some of the limited disclosure we have about who is spending these unlimited sums of money to try to … Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Indian Affairs, Rules Committees Hold Bipartisan Roundtable on Protecting Voting Rights in Indian Country

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate Committees on Indian Affairs and Rules and Administration held a bipartisan roundtable on "Voting Rights, Access, and Barriers in Indian Country." U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)… Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Udall Calls on Wheeler to Rebuild Credibility at EPA, Stop Roll-Backs of Public Health & Environmental Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing EPA's budget, wrote to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler calling on him to take immediate action to rebuild the credibility of the EPA and end the Trump administration's rollback of critical public health and environmental protections, following the resignation of former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. "Administrator Pruitt's policy proposals and rollbacks of environmen… Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

New Mexico Delegation Urges ITC to Reverse Newsprint Tariffs Hurting NM Newspapers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to reverse the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on Canadian newsprint, which threaten to devastate local newspapers across New Mexico. In a letter sent to USITC Chairman David S. Johanson as the ITC hears testimony on these tariffs, the New Mexico delegation wrote that the newsprint … Continue Reading

July 16, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump-Putin Press Conference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin: "While the whole world was watching, President Trump refused to acknowledge that Russia interfered in a U.S. election and would not tell Russia to abandon its attacks on our electoral system -- contrary to the unanimous conclusions of the U.S. Intelligence Community and mere days after the Depa… Continue Reading

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