Press Releases

November 05, 2018

NM Delegation Urges House & Senate Agriculture Committees to Include Farm Bill Provisions Helping Acequias and Land Grants Access Federal Resources

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Lújan are urging the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to maintain a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill to make acequias eligible for federal resources through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). They also requested that the committees include language to make land grants eligible for these resources as well. These … Continue Reading

November 05, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump Administration Reimposing Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Iran that had been eased following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and threatened yet further sanctions. Udall has introduced bipartisan legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds for war with Iran without either express approval from Congress or in response to imminent attack, … Continue Reading

November 05, 2018

Udall Celebrates Completion of Sunland Park Wastewater Treatment Plant

Santa Teresa, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Santa Teresa to celebrate the completion of the Sunland Park Wastewater Treatment Plant, made possible through a $9 million grant to the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which awards grants to address high-priority water supply and water sanitation needs. A representative from U.S. Senator Martin Heinr… Continue Reading

November 01, 2018

Udall & Colleagues Urge FDA to Protect Kids from Tobacco Use and Addiction

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of colleagues in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take stronger action to reduce youth use of addictive electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by immediately requiring manufacturers to remove kid-appealing flavored e-cigarettes from the market. More than two million middle and high-schoolers are using e-cigarettes today, making them the most popular form of tobacco product among youth-with 81 percent of kids who have… Continue Reading

October 28, 2018

Udall Statement on Tree of Life Shooting

Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and his wife, Jill Cooper Udall, attended a memorial service at the Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, N.M., where they attend services, to honor the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. Udall released the following statement: "It is abundantly clear that the hatred that exists in this nation is strong. That fact has been repeatedly laid bare -- agonizingly so yesterday, when 11 innocent people, seeking peace in a house… Continue Reading

October 22, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, O’Rourke Demand Answers from HHS on Unaccompanied Migrant Children Detained at Tornillo Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to provide information on the operations and conditions of the temporary tent facility in Tornillo, Texas housing detained unaccompanied migrant children. In a letter to Azar, the lawmakers demanded answers regarding the expansion of the Tornillo facility, and new administration policies that are se… Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Udall Joins Protect Our Care’s Bus Tour in ABQ, Fights to Protect Health Care for New Mexico Families

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with local health care advocates, community members, and elected officials, joined Protect Our Care on its nationwide Care Force One Bus Tour at its stop in Albuquerque. During the event, he called on Republicans to end their relentless attacks on New Mexicans' health care, and pledged to work to defend and improve access to comprehensive coverage for hardworking New Mexico families. Udall began by committing to defend comprehensive hea… Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Udall Tours Economic and Community Development Hubs in the South Valley

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall toured three economic development organizations in the South Valley that serve farmers, entrepreneurs, community members and small business owners who are helping to drive New Mexico's economy forward. During his tours, he met with local community members who have benefitted from these initiatives and discussed how federal resources can best support programs to foster entrepreneurship, workforce education, and economic and community development t… Continue Reading

October 17, 2018

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote to President Donald Trump and to the Trump Organization seeking a full accounting of any financial ties between the Trump Organization and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi… Continue Reading

October 17, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Klobuchar Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N. M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Care Corps Demonstration Act to build and strengthen America's caregiving workforce, and help meet the growing demand for caregivers working with seniors and people living with disabilities. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). By 2030, older Americans are expected to make up nearly 20 percent of t… Continue Reading

October 16, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce USDA Grants to Support Acequia Associations & Traditional Communities, Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers, and Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced three grants totaling nearly $525,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to benefit New Mexico's traditional communities and acequia associations, Hispanic farmers and ranchers, and tribal agricultural communities in the state. The grants were made through the USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, which Udall and Heinrich have long supported to help sociall… Continue Reading

October 16, 2018

Udall, Heinrich To EPA: Halt Methane Standards Roll Back

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the public comment period that began this week for a proposal to weaken methane standards, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-N.M.) along with 19 of their colleagues in a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the public comment period for the rule and provide adequate justification for modifying the national standards. In 2016, the EPA adopted the New Source Performance Standards (… Continue Reading

October 15, 2018

Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution, with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and others, to designate October 30, 2018 as the 10th National Day of Remembrance to honor the thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation's nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War. The full text of the resolution is available HERE. "During the Cold War, thousands of New Mexicans sacrifi… Continue Reading

October 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Announce $435,000 In Federal Funding To Address Food Insecurity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced $435,000 in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Community Foods Project and Planning grant program to address food insecurity in New Mexico. "Far too many New Mexicans facing food insecurity suffer from serious health issues, financial hardship, and endless anxiety -- about where the next meal will come from, and how to put food on the … Continue Reading

October 12, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Vital Drought Provisions for NM in Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 99-1 to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bill that authorizes Army Corps of Engineers water projects nationwide and includes core provisions of Udall and Heinrich's New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act, among other New Mexico benefits. Last month, the House voted to unanimously approve the water infrastructure bill. The bill now goes to the president's desk to be signed i… Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Udall Statement on the Passing of Representative Lorenzo Larrañaga

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)issued the following statement on the passing of New Mexico State Representative Lorenzo "Larry" Larrañaga: "Jill and I join people across New Mexico in mourning the passing of my friend Representative Larry Larrañaga and in extending our deepest sympathies to his wife, Charletta, and to his entire family. Larry's life was truly a life of service, as a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and a committed legislator who put the well-bein… Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

VIDEO: Udall Prioritizes Children’s Privacy Rights in Commerce Committee Hearing

Recent reports suggest thousands of mobile apps are illegally tracking kids' online behavior VIDEO: Udall Prioritizes Children's Privacy Rights in Commerce Committee Hearing WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned leading data privacy advocates about legislative approaches to protecting consumers and safeguarding children's privacy during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled "Consumer Data Privacy: Examining Lessons From the European Union's General Data Protecti… Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Fight for Pre-Existing Condition Protections & Affordable, Quality Health Care for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted for a measure to overturn the Trump administration's expansion of short-term "junk insurance" health care plans. Earlier this year, following their failed efforts to repeal the ACA in Congress, the Trump administration finalized a new policy to weaken health care protections for people across New Mexico by expanding the availability of short-term coverage plans that are not required to provide the full range of benefits requi… Continue Reading

October 06, 2018

Udall Votes Against Final Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) cast his vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was confirmed by a final vote of 50 to 48. This week, Udall took to the Senate floor to outline his opposition to Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. He also submitted an additional statement to the Congressional Record about why he believes Kavanaugh should not be elevated to the Supreme Court. Udall's floor speech can be… Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Udall: Opioid Package Gives Tribes Resources to Build Treatment, Prevention Solutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined the full Senate in voting to pass the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which will combat the opioid epidemic and includes a number of key tribal provisions. "I am proud of the work we have done to ensure Tribes and tribal communities were at the table and included in this opioid package," Udall said. "Substance abuse has had devastating impacts on communities across New Mexico, Indian C… Continue Reading

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