Press Releases

June 13, 2017

Tester, Hoeven, Udall, and Isakson Team Up to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness and improve direct support services for Native American veterans. The Senators' Tribal HUD-VASH Act will formally authorize a joint tribal housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, which provides rental and housing… Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Udall Co-sponsored Bill to expand AMBER Alert System in Indian Country Clears Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed passage of a bill he cosponsored to expand the AMBER Alert warning system in Indian Country. The AMBER alert in Indian Country Act comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 - when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne's abduction was reported. The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John… Continue Reading

June 12, 2017

Udall Statement on Secretary Zinke's Interim Recommendations for Bears Ears National Monument

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing funding for the Interior Department, called Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument "deeply disrespectful and insulting" to the Native American Tribes who urged protection for the culturally significant region. Udall predicted that if the administration acts on the reco… Continue Reading

June 12, 2017

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall pushes for wildland firefighter funds

June 09, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce $13 Million from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Current and Future Flood Control and Water Quality Projects in NM

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has provided $13 million for flood management, water infrastructure, and environmental restoration projects throughout New Mexico. The funding comes at the request of Udall and Heinrich following passage in May of the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which funds the government through September. The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for designing and building major floo… Continue Reading

June 08, 2017

Udall Statement on Comey Testimony

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee: "James Comey's testimony has painted a truly frightening picture for the American people. Today, Mr. Comey reiterated to the American people that, beyond any shadow of a doubt, a foreign adversary attacked our democracy. Mr. Comey told the American people that they cannot trust their president to tell the truth. Mr. Comey told the A… Continue Reading

June 07, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Strong Funding to Fight Wildfires, Support New Mexico at Forest Service Budget Hearing

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, questioned U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell about President Trump's massive proposed FY 2018 Forest Service budget cuts during a hearing of Udall's subcommittee. Udall said that the president's budget - which proposes cutting near… Continue Reading

June 07, 2017

Sen. Udall trying to secure funding for New Mexico’s military bases

June 07, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Urges Support for NM Military Bases at Appropriations Hearing on Military Construction Funding for FY2018

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Late yesterday afternoon, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted the critical role that New Mexico's military bases play in national security, and urged support for funding and resources for military construction projects at Holloman and Cannon Air Force bases, and the New Mexico National Guard, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies. Udall questioned former White Sa… Continue Reading

June 03, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Welcome Final Approval by Air Force to Begin Moving F-16s to Holloman Air Force Base

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce welcomed the U.S. Air Force's announcement it has completed the Environmental Impact Assessment for the relocation of two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base for the creation of a new Formal Training Unit (FTU). The assessment found no significant impact, and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson gave final approval to begin moving the F-16s from Hill Air Force Base … Continue Reading

June 01, 2017

Udall Decries Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, responded to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. "Of all of President Trump's reckless decisions, this could very well turn out to be the most dangerous because it affects global security and the economy for generations to come. By pulling out of the Paris Agreement, President Trump is choosing to isolate the Unite… Continue Reading

June 01, 2017

Budget, climate change topics at Udall town hall

by Matthew Reisen

June 01, 2017

Sen. Udall blasts President Trump over Paris Climate Accord decision

by Victoria Velarde

May 31, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Expand Voting Access Nationwide

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a bill with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to improve voting access and fight growing voter suppression nationwide by requiring states to provide every registered voter a ballot two weeks before the election, allow voters to mail in their ballots, and establish automatic voter registration. Modeled after the electoral reforms being implemented in Oregon, the Vote by Mail Act would amend the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) o… Continue Reading

May 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge Administration to Address Tourism Slump Created by ‘Trump Effect’

Visitors to New Mexico spend more than $6 billion annually, sustaining more than 90,000 jobs in the state WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on the Trump administration to take concrete steps to address the reported decline in tourism to the United States as a result of President Trump's hostile rhetoric and harmful travel policies, which have created the perception that the United States is not a welcoming place for foreign vis… Continue Reading

May 26, 2017

Udall, Bipartisan Coalition Introduce Bill to Protect States’ Mineral Royalties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation this week that would allow states to collect their own mineral royalties, protecting money that is rightfully owed to the states. The bill would effectively eliminate a collection fee charged by the federal government, which amounts to around $40 million per year. The State Mineral Revenue Protection Act is cosponsored by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). … Continue Reading

May 24, 2017

Udall Statement on CBO Score of TrumpCare

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the updated TrumpCare bill that passed the House of Representatives: "Today's CBO report confirms that TrumpCare would be an utter disaster for New Mexico and the nation, and it proves that President Trump has shattered his promise to provide health care for all Americans and protect Medicaid. TrumpCare would massively increase the cost of hea… Continue Reading

May 24, 2017

In Light Of Recent White House Efforts To Withhold Info From Dems In Congress, Udall, Senate Dem Leaders & Top Committee Dems Urge President Trump To Immediately Clarify Why Admin Is Obstructing Congress’ Constitutional Legislative & Oversight Duties

Senate Dems Argue Such An Order - If True - From the White House Would Impede Congress' Constitutional Ability To Legislate & Conduct Oversight - Admin Must Make It Clear To Agencies They Cannot Withhold Information From Congress Senate Dems: Any Attempt To Obstruct Transparency, Accountability & Information Flow on Partisan Basis Is Unacceptable WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Senate Democratic leaders, and top committee members today released a new letter to President Trump dema… Continue Reading

May 24, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Legislation To Reduce Skyrocketing Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt has swelled to $1.4 trillion, raising the urgency for immediate action WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined Senator Elizabeth Warren in introducing the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act that would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. Outstanding student loan debt in America totals more than $1.4 trillion. In New Mexico, students are graduating with an… Continue Reading

May 23, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Outlines TrumpCare's Devastating Consequences for New Mexico

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor outlining his opposition to TrumpCare, the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In his speech, Udall said TrumpCare would be devastating for New Mexicans and rural communities, and he shared stories of New Mexicans who rely on the the historic protections of the ACA and could lose health and economic security under TrumpCare. "When he was elected, President Trump promised he w… Continue Reading

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