Press Releases

July 17, 2017

Udall Statement on Latest Failure of TrumpCare

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the most recent version of TrumpCare, the GOP's latest effort to repeal health care for millions of Americans: "Americans overwhelmingly rejected the GOP TrumpCare bill, which was written in secret with no hearings or opportunity for debate, because it would have been a disaster for millions of American families -- including the almost 300,000 New Mexicans w… Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Senate Democrat demands answers from Zinke on personnel moves

by Kellie Lunney


July 14, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Repeal Trump Voter Suppression Executive Order

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Anti-Voter Suppression Act, a bicameral bill that would repeal President Trump's Executive Order establishing an "election integrity" commission to investigate widespread voter fraud. The bill is supported by more than 90 members of Congress, including every Democratic Senator of color. New Mexico's Secretary of State has refused to comply with the Presidential Advisory Commissi… Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce Federal Funds for Portales Airport in Eastern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a $431,890 grant for the Portales Municipal Airport, enabling the airport to sell fuel as an additional source of revenue and improve its ability to become self-sustainable. The funding will pay for the construction of two 12,000 gallon tanks. "This funding will enable the Portales airport to purchase its own fuel tanks, an important step that will increase revenue and help the airport become self-sustainable, and - in th… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Udall Advances Key Funding for NM Military Bases, NM Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans' care across the state. In total, Udall secured more than $63 million in funding for projects at New Mexico's military bases and facilities. In addition, the legislation includes a Udall-authored measure to bolster veterans' access to care in rural areas, a… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Udall: Latest GOP Health Care Bill is Same Terrible Deal for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall blasted the newly revised Republican health care bill, which would still kick nearly 300,000 New Mexicans off their health care and cost the state almost 50,000 jobs by 2022. Udall has heard from over 10,000 New Mexicans, almost all of whom have urged him to fight the dangerous plan to repeal and replace the health care protections made possible through the Affordable Care Act. View some of their stories here: https://twitter.com/i/moments/8779384331335… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Work To Improve Access To Comprehensive Care For Patients With Diabetes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to podiatrists in Medicaid and improve care for patients with diabetes who need therapeutic shoes via Medicare. The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act would recognize podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid as they are defined under Medicare. The bill would bring Medicaid in line with Medicare and a majority of U.S. health-care delive… Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Udall: 'We Must Make Cultural, Political, and Economic Sovereignty a Reality for all American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes'

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gave the keynote address at "Indian Nations Rising: Celebrating Native Youth," an event hosted by The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. In his remarks, Udall said cultural, political, and economic sovereignty can be achieved through economic empowerment, strengthening ties to cultural identity, improved health care, and respect for the government-to-government relationship w… Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

VIDEO: Udall: Administration’s Indian Health Service Budget ‘Cuts the Legs Out’ from Native Health Care System Improvements

IHS has not been consulted on TrumpCare, subcommittee seeks information on impact of Medicaid changes VIDEO: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/review-of-the-fy2018-budget-request-for-the-indian-health-service WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, told IHS officials that the Trump administration's IH… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call on Trump Administration to Listen to Overwhelming Public Support for National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich led a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol with a number of other Senate Democrats on President Trump's executive order that could unravel dozens of America's national monuments despite the strong outpouring of support from across the nation. The senators were joined by public lands and community coalitions who called on Trump and Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to listen to the American people and keep existing… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Senators To Trump: Hands Off America’s National Monuments

by Chris D’Angelo


July 11, 2017

Udall, Senate Democrats Urge President Trump to Implement Rules that Limit Natural Gas Waste and Safeguard Public Health

WASHINGTON - This week, led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a group of 27 Senate Democrats urged President Trump to reverse dangerous decisions by his administration to suspend federal rules that protect air quality and prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on federal and Tribal lands. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of… Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Udall Holds Field Hearing on Need to Crack Down on Counterfeit Indian Art

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, held a field hearing at the Santa Fe Indian School to discuss the rampant problem of counterfeit Native American art in New Mexico and across the country. The hearing was an opportunity to hear from Tribal leaders and artists, experts, and law enforcement officials about how to modernize the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (IACA) to better protect Native American artists and consumers. Uda… Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Announce Federal Review of Behavioral Health Access in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will review the level of access that New Mexicans have to behavioral health services provided through the Medicaid program. The OIG agreed to a request from Rep. Lujan Grisham, along with Sens. Udall and Heinrich and Rep. Luján, to investigate behavioral health acce… Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Fake Native American art floods market, Udall says

by Megan Bennett


July 07, 2017

Udall tours Cannon, talks military

by Alisa Boswell


July 06, 2017

Udall Visits De Baca Family Practice Clinic to Highlight how Republican Health Care Bill would Harm Rural NM

FORT SUMNER, N.M. -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall visited the De Baca Family Practice Clinic to highlight the essential care that rural clinics provide to New Mexicans, and to expose the harm that the Republican health care bill, now being debated in Congress, could do to the economy and health of New Mexico's rural communities. Udall has been leading the fight against the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Republican bill, also known as TrumpCare, would be devas… Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Udall Touts Cannon AFB's Key National Security Mission During Visit

CLOVIS, N.M. -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, visited Cannon Air Force Base to promote the base's expanding national security mission, including its Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) facilities. As a member of the Appropriations subcommittees on military construction and defense, Udall has fought for the over $414 million that has been spent on military construction at Cannon since 2012. Also during his visit, Udall met with met with airmen, receiv… Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Udall Demands Answers from Pruitt on Decision Not to Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Udall to Pruitt: Why did you reject the EPA's own scientific determination and deny petition to ban toxic chlorpyrifos? WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s budget, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt demanding answers about his March 29 decision to reject a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental disorder… Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Blasts Republican TrumpCare Bill that would Cause Almost 300,000 New Mexicans to Lose Health Insurance

Video: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/10155273029767870/ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall gave his fifth speech on the Senate floor against the Republicans' TrumpCare bill to gut Medicaid, take away health care from nearly 300,000 New Mexicans and 22 million Americans, and drastically cut funding for already struggling rural hospitals. Udall again highlighted the stories of New Mexicans and their families who have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) protec… Continue Reading

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