Press Releases

March 02, 2020

Udall Cosponsors Bill to Restore Defense Funds Following President Trump’s Latest Raid on the Military Budget for His Border Wall

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined 31 Senators to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020 to reverse and restore the $3.8 billion in congressionally-appropriated funds that the Trump administration reprogrammed away from the Department of Defense (DoD) to be used for President Donald Trump's border wall this February. The bill also bars DoD from reprogramming different funds for the wall and reinforces Congress… Continue Reading

February 28, 2020

Udall Statement on Need for Comprehensive Plan to Tackle Global Coronavirus

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement urging the Trump adminstration to develop and implement a comprehensive response to the novel coronavirus: "The United States needs a full and detailed plan - with the necessary resources behind it - to confront this global health crisis before states like New Mexico are impacted. I'm concerned that President Trump and his administration have not taken the threat of coronavirus seriously up to this point, and I'm especi… Continue Reading

February 28, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Makes the Case for a Comprehensive National Strategy to Address Plastic Pollution and Climate Change at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) gave remarks on the global plastic pollution crisis, its impact on climate change and the intersections between climate change and global security during an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Following his remarks, Udall joined Whitley Saumweber, director of the Stephenson Ocean Security Project at CSIS, to discuss the wide-ranging eff… Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Udall Joins Bipartisan Push for USDA to Expand Rural Broadband

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sunny Perdue, urging him to push for equitable Tribal and rural broadband access by expanding eligibility for ReConnect, a program that funds rural broadband deployment and is authorized to make $600 million of grants and loans per year to foster rural broadband. Currently, rural communities in New Mexico face barriers to receiving ReConnect grants. Service providers receiv… Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Blast ICE For Using Misleading Tactics, Request Arrest Data And For ICE To Hold A Meeting With Immigrant Rights Groups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements' (ICE) Matthew Albence for the agency's use of misleading tactics and campaigns against immigrant communities in New Mexico. "We have received troubling reports from New Mexican residents that ICE officers are gaining access into homes under false pretenses by using fear and lies," the senators wrote. "We have also heard disturbing accounts of … Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Udall Launches Awareness Campaign to Encourage Accurate Census Count for New Mexico

Census launches on March 12 WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced he will be launching an awareness campaign to highlight how the "Census Counts" for New Mexico. Udall will be encouraging New Mexicans to fill out this year's Census forms to ensure an accurate count and to ensure New Mexico receives its fair share of federal funding for critical programs. For each New Mexican who is not counted by the Census, New Mexico loses over $5,000 in funding per year for vital fede… Continue Reading

February 26, 2020

Udall, Senators Introduce Bill to Break Up Cozy Relationship Between FAA and Aviation Industry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced comprehensive legislation to improve safety for aviation passengers by revitalizing oversight of the aviation industry. The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act would reform the federal government's role to implement strong safety standards for and oversight over the aviation industry… Continue Reading

February 25, 2020

Udall, Grassley Introduce Bill to Ensure Taxpayers Get Fair Share for Public Lands Leasing

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the bipartisan Fair Returns for Public Lands Act of 2020 to update the nation's antiquated public lands royalty system and ensure that taxpayers get fair returns on leases of public lands for oil and gas production. The legislation modernizes the public lands leasing system since royalty rates were set a century ago in 1920. The legislation increases both the share of royalties that taxpayers receive from p… Continue Reading

February 25, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $405,000 in FAA Funding for Carrizozo Municipal Airport

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $405,000 grant to Carrizozo Municipal Airport for runway improvements. "New Mexico's regional airports are critical transportation lifelines for our state's rural economies and communities like Carrizozo," Udall said. "As travel to and from New Mexico continues to increase, residents and visitors will… Continue Reading

February 21, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Almost $2 Million in FAA Funding for New Mexico Regional Airports

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $1 million in federal grants to Ohkay Owingeh Airport, Gallup Municipal Airport, Deming Municipal Airport, Hatch Municipal Airport, Cavern City Air Terminal Airport in Carlsbad and Portales Municipal Airport for runway infrastructure imp… Continue Reading

February 21, 2020

NM Delegation Announce $750,000 FAA Grant for Roswell Air Center

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the Roswell Air Center a $750,000 grant as revenue guarantee and marketing program to facilitate a future United Airlines service between Roswell, N.M. and Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. "This grant for the Roswell Air… Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Udall Highlights Broad Support for Bold Climate and Conservation Vision in Keynote Address to Colorado College State of the Rockies Project’s 2020 Symposium

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered a keynote address titled "A 'Quiet Crisis' No More: Conservation and Climate Change in the West" at the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project's 2020 symposium, calling for a bold conservation playbook to address the dual crises of climate change and nature loss that threaten future generations in the West. During his remarks, Udall highlighted the conservation legacy of his father, former Interior Secretary … Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Udall Joins Announcement of New Poll on Western Voter Attitudes on Climate Change, Conservation

COLORADO SPRINGS-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a press conference call with Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) to announce and discuss the results of the tenth annual bipartisan Conservation in the West Poll sponsored by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. The results of the poll released today reveal that voters in the Mountain West, across party and demographic lines, support protections for public lands and policies that tackle the threats of climate chang… Continue Reading

February 18, 2020

Udall Recruiting Summer Session Interns for Washington, D.C. Office

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C. office. "Interns contribute greatly to the work my office does every day for the people of New Mexico," Udall said. "Internships on Capitol Hill provide firsthand experience in how a Senate office works, offeringstudents a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of our government. These… Continue Reading

February 18, 2020

Following Major Report Revealing Many Plastic Recycling Labels Are Misleading Consumers, Udall Calls on Congress to Pass Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) called on Congress to take urgent action on the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act following the release of Greenpeace's groundbreaking report revealing that very few plastic products can be accurately labeled as recyclable in the United States, rendering many products recycling labels misleading to consumers. "This shocking report uncovers a sustainability scam: too many companies are pretending their plastic products are recyclable when… Continue Reading

February 14, 2020

Udall, Romney Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Letter to FDA Urging Stronger Action on E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a bipartisan letter to the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller, to express their concerns regarding the FDA's recently issued January Guidance instituting a partial ban on some flavored e-cigarette products. As the FDA implements the January Guid… Continue Reading

February 14, 2020

Udall, Cantwell, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Increase Tribal Broadband Access

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act of 2020 to accelerate the deployment of broadband services to Native communities and bridge the digital divide facing Native communities. The bill would expedite the deployment of affordable broadband service on Tribal lands by coordinating and improving the effec… Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor the Clean Economy Act to Achieve Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S. by 2050

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 31 Democratic Senators to introduce legislation to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. The Clean Economy Act heeds the call for bold climate action while boosting American competitiveness, emphasizing environmental justice and encouraging economic growth that works for everyone. The world's leading scientists have warned that humanity must limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees… Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Udall, Senate Democrats on Appropriations Committee Raise Alarm on Trump Administration’s Unconstitutional Raid of Military Funds to Pay for Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, joined all committee Democrats to condemn the Trump administration's transfer of $.3.8 billion in congressionally-appropriated military funds to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall. The reprogramming takes much-needed funds from the men and women of the National Guard, in addition to a variety of defense programs funded by Congress, to address critical equipment shortfal… Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Hails Bipartisan Senate Vote to Halt March to War With Iran

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the Prevention of Unconstitutional War Act of 2019, hailed the bipartisan Senate vote passing a War Powers Act resolution to halt the Trump administration's march to war with Iran in a press conference with fellow Senate Democrats. The resolution passed in a 55-45 vote following President Trump's January order to launch … Continue Reading

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