Press Releases

June 28, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Presses Army Corps of Engineers on Columbus Port of Entry Infrastructure Needs to Protect against Flooding

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EVcwzpYJ20&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to commit to ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place to protect the Columbus Port of Entry from reoccurring flooding. Earlier this year, Udall joined a groundbreaking ceremony for an $86 million expansion of the Port of Entry Complex. Diversion berms to p… Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Udall Presses Trump to Get Behind Real Solutions to Bring Down Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON - As the White House prepares to gift the big pharmaceutical companies with an executive order that reportedly favors the industry over consumers, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a wide group of Senate and House Democrats in pushing President Trump to keep his promise to bring down drug costs and get behind real solutions to reduce the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs, one of the central reasons why health care costs are rising. An… Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Blast Education Secretary DeVos For Diminishing Civil Rights Enforcement For Students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in sending a letter led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos citing major concerns with steps the U.S. Department of Education has taken under her leadership to diminish civil rights enforcement for students across the country. The Senators highlight a number of alarming steps Secretary DeVos has taken, including proposing to slash the budget of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), hosting events with… Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Udall Raises Concerns about EPA Implementation of TSCA Reform in Keynote Address at ELI/GWU Conference

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall used his keynote address at a conference on "TSCA Reform: One Year Later," hosted by the Environmental Law Institute and George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, to raise concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s implementation of the new reform law. A year ago, Udall led passage of the landmark, bipartisan chemical safety legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to r… Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Udall Statement on the Delayed Vote on TrumpCare

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate Republicans announced they would delay a planned vote on TrumpCare, their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and decimate Medicaid, until after the July 4th in-state work period: "It's telling that Senate Republicans couldn't even get a majority of Republicans to vote to begin debate on their terrible bill to repeal and replace the ACA. New Mexicans and Americans oppose the Republican … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

NM Counties to Receive $38.5 Million in PILT Funding for Schools, Roads, Local Police

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of the Interior, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that counties across New Mexico are receiving more than $38.5 million through the 2017 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Funding for this year's PILT program was provided in the bipartisan budget agreement to fund the governmen… Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Udall: EPA's Budget Proposes ‘Offensive’ Widespread Cuts Threatening Public Health, Clean Air, Clean Water

Secures commitment from Pruitt that EPA will rethink misguided approach to Gold King Mine compensation, continue funding for water monitoring VIDEO: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/review-of-the-fy2018-budget-request-for-the-environmental-protection-agency WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanded that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explain the… Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Fight To Provide Needed Tax Relief For Working Families In N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation that would help extend and expand two critical tax credits that help put money back in the pockets of working families in New Mexico, where almost a third of children live in poverty. The Working Families Tax Relief Act would expand access and value of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) to ensure that no worker can be taxed into poverty by the federal tax system. Over 75,000 New Mexicans… Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Udall Calls TrumpCare ‘Catastrophic’ for Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the devastating effects of the Senate TrumpCare bill on Native Americans' access to life-saving health care services: "Native Americans would be among those hardest hit by this disastrous Senate TrumpCare bill. As vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I've heard from many Tribes who are deeply concerned about the lack of Tribal consultation in TrumpC… Continue Reading


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, 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

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