Press Releases

June 22, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out after Senate Republicans Unveil TrumpCare Bill to Drastically Cut Medicaid, Essential Health Care

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/10155252271282870/ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, spoke on the Senate floor for the fourth time to oppose TrumpCare, the bill that Senate Republicans released today to repeal the Affordable Care Act and drastically cut Medicaid. Udall stood up for the hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans who would lose coverage if this bill becomes law, and read the testimony of Elena, a University of New Mexico Law graduate, who - thanks to t… Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Udall Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law Udall's landmark bipartisan legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety program: "A year ago, Republicans and Democrats came together with President Obama to sign into law the most sweeping environmental legislation in over 20 years, the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21s… Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Udall Statement on Senate TrumpCare Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate Republicans released their TrumpCare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans crafted the bill entirely behind closed doors, and do not plan to hold public hearings on the legislation before voting on it, despite the enormous ramifications for the economy and the millions of Americans who stand to lose access to health care services under the Republican bill. "The Senate TrumpC… Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Udall Demands Answers from Zinke on Sweeping Interior Dept. Reorganization Plans, Including Move of NM's BLM Dir. Lueders and Impact on Tribal Interests

Udall also questions Interior Secretary on dangerous budget cuts, plans to slash funding for PILT by 15% VIDEO: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/review-of-the-us-department-of-the-interior-budget-request-for-fy2018 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior, demanded answers from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about his plans to make sweeping personnel changes at his … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Udall Questions Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on Permanent Relocation of F-16 Squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKubvyMEp9k&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to make permanent an interim decision to relocate two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base in order to create a new Formal Training Unit. Udall also urged support for funding and resources for New Mexico's Air Force bases for research and d… Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Udall, Heinrich warn of dire consequences for NM under Republican health bill

by Michael Coleman


June 21, 2017

Udall, Cantwell to Zinke: Enforce the Methane Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), in a letter to Secretary Zinke, questioned the Department of the Interior's decision to suspend parts of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. On May 10, 2017 the Senate voted against using the Congressional Review Act to repe… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

VIDEO: Udall and Heinrich Speak Out Against Devastating Impact TrumpCare Would have in New Mexico

Video of Udall's remarks: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/10155245263792870/Video of Heinrich's remarks: https://www.heinrich.senate.gov/newsroom/statements-and-speeches/heinrich-floor-speech-on-trumpcare WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, gave back-to-back speeches on the Senate floor about the devastating consequences that TrumpCare would have in New Mexico, particularly in rural communities and for women, low-income families, and people with pre-… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Udall Speaks Out Against TrumpCare

Mr. President, I rise today for the third time this session -- to oppose plans by President Trump and the Republicans to gut our health care system and to throw millions of Americans off their health insurance. On May 4th of this year -- the day the House Republicans narrowly passed their TrumpCare bill -- the president held a celebration in the White House, in the Rose Garden. He pronounced the bill, "a great plan." Well, TrumpCare may be a "great plan" if you are wealthy and healthy. Because… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Udall: War in Syria Lacks Congressional Authorization, New AUMF with Limits on US Wars Needed Nearly 16 Years After 9/11

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call for Congress to debate and vote on an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to set parameters for the ongoing and escalating U.S. military involvement in Syria and other conflict areas. Udall said this should include a "sunset" -- a clear end date at which point Congress could reconsider whether to extend the authorization. Udall's call comes after an American fighter je… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge Zinke to Protect NM’s National Monuments

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham: administration review of monuments could cause 'irrevocable harm to our treasured places' WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to protect New Mexico's national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act. The New Mexico lawmakers wrote to Zinke to express their strong support for the Rio Grande del Norte and Orga… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Udall Introduces Bill to Prevent Skyrocketing Costs of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in introducing legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for large price increases in prescription drugs. The Stop Price Gouging Act would penalize drug companies that engage in price gouging without cause, leading to price spikes for patients who rely on medication to treat diseases ranging from cancer to opi… Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Decision to Revert to Cold War Thinking Toward Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading supporter of re-opening relations with Cuba, blasted President Trump's misguided decision to reverse key pieces of President Obama's Cuba-engagement policy. He issued the following statement: "Today, President Trump threw aside three years of historic progress to return to the failed Cold War mentality that allowed Cuba's Communist regime to rule with an iron grip. Yes, we reject the human… Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

NM Delegation Announces that FEMA Approves Grant for Federal Assistance to Deal with El Cajete Fire in Sandoval County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced a that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a request for fire management assistance to assist with "mitigation, management, and control" of fires in Northern New Mexico. The El Cajete fire in Sandoval County has been burning since June 15th, and has scorched more than 600 acres of federal and private land. More than 625 people, including visitors and staff of the… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce ‘No Hearing, No Vote Act’ to Require Hearing for Secret TrumpCare Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined Senate Democrats in introducing the "No Hearing, No Vote Act" to require a public committee hearing for any legislation that goes through the fast-tracked "budget reconciliation" process - including the TrumpCare legislation. Republicans are currently drafting the bill - which would replace the Affordable Care Act - behind closed doors without plans to hold a hearing. Under the "No Hearing, No Vote Act," TrumpCare would not b… Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Questions NNSA Administrator on Support for National Labs in NNSA Budget

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/dnMSYx2nyws WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, under secretary for nuclear security and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator, about funding for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs and other New Mexico projects in the NNSA Fiscal Year 2018 budget during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. The subcommittee is in charge of funding for the Department of Energ… Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Udall Introduces Bill to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness and improve direct support services for Native American veterans. Hoeven and Udall are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Tester and Isakson are the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. The legislation, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act would formally aut… Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Udall Statement on Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.: "Jill and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, and the heroic Capitol Police officers affected by today's tragic shooting. I want to extend my deepest thanks to the brave first responders on the scene, and I join the entire Congress and country in wishing a speedy recovery for all those injured in this horrific event."… Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Raises Concerns about Majority-Sponsored Bills on NAHASDA, IHS at Indian Affairs Committee Hearing

VIDEO: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/legislative-hearing-receive-testimony-following-bills-s-1250-s-1275 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, raised concerns about two bills offered by committee Republicans affecting the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) during a legislative hearing. Udall questioned witnesses before the Indian Affairs Committee about how these bil… Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Presses Agriculture Secretary on Devastating Trump Budget and Job Cuts in NM

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/hXCXR2NKW_A WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about the Trump administration's devastating proposed budget cuts to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that benefit rural New Mexico and America, including deep cuts to rural development, food assistance, conservation, and research. During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration,… Continue Reading

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