Press Releases

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


June 16, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Decision to Revert to Cold War Thinking Toward Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading supporter of re-opening relations with Cuba, blasted President Trump's misguided decision to reverse key pieces of President Obama's Cuba-engagement policy. He issued the following statement: "Today, President Trump threw aside three years of historic progress to return to the failed Cold War mentality that allowed Cuba's Communist regime to rule with an iron grip. Yes, we reject the human… Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

NM Delegation Announces that FEMA Approves Grant for Federal Assistance to Deal with El Cajete Fire in Sandoval County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced a that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a request for fire management assistance to assist with "mitigation, management, and control" of fires in Northern New Mexico. The El Cajete fire in Sandoval County has been burning since June 15th, and has scorched more than 600 acres of federal and private land. More than 625 people, including visitors and staff of the… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce ‘No Hearing, No Vote Act’ to Require Hearing for Secret TrumpCare Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined Senate Democrats in introducing the "No Hearing, No Vote Act" to require a public committee hearing for any legislation that goes through the fast-tracked "budget reconciliation" process - including the TrumpCare legislation. Republicans are currently drafting the bill - which would replace the Affordable Care Act - behind closed doors without plans to hold a hearing. Under the "No Hearing, No Vote Act," TrumpCare would not b… Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Questions NNSA Administrator on Support for National Labs in NNSA Budget

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/dnMSYx2nyws WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, under secretary for nuclear security and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator, about funding for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs and other New Mexico projects in the NNSA Fiscal Year 2018 budget during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. The subcommittee is in charge of funding for the Department of Energ… Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Udall Introduces Bill to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness and improve direct support services for Native American veterans. Hoeven and Udall are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Tester and Isakson are the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. The legislation, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act would formally aut… Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Udall Statement on Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.: "Jill and I are praying for Congressman Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, and the heroic Capitol Police officers affected by today's tragic shooting. I want to extend my deepest thanks to the brave first responders on the scene, and I join the entire Congress and country in wishing a speedy recovery for all those injured in this horrific event."… Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Raises Concerns about Majority-Sponsored Bills on NAHASDA, IHS at Indian Affairs Committee Hearing

VIDEO: https://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/legislative-hearing-receive-testimony-following-bills-s-1250-s-1275 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, raised concerns about two bills offered by committee Republicans affecting the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) during a legislative hearing. Udall questioned witnesses before the Indian Affairs Committee about how these bil… Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Presses Agriculture Secretary on Devastating Trump Budget and Job Cuts in NM

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/hXCXR2NKW_A WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about the Trump administration's devastating proposed budget cuts to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that benefit rural New Mexico and America, including deep cuts to rural development, food assistance, conservation, and research. During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration,… Continue Reading


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: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/review-of-the-fy2018-budget-request-for-the-us-forest-service 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: https://youtu.be/Zj65QKWv62g 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

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