Press Releases

October 02, 2017

Udall Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., which left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. "Jill and I join the entire nation in mourning the victims of this horrific attack, and we grieve for their families, friends, and loved ones. Across the country, the American people woke up to news of yet another unspeakable act of gun violence - this time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. This … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Udall Demands Answers from EPA’s Pruitt on $25K ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money. Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a "privacy booth for the administrator," despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCI… Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.5 Million for NCI in Gallup for Substance Use Treatment and Shelter

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that $1.5 million in funding from the Indian Health Service (IHS) will be awarded to the city of Gallup to fund the Na'Nizhoozhi Center Inc. (NCI) to help expand treatment services for substance use and provide shelter in the area. NCI offers a desperately needed social detox program, but it has struggled to find stable funding and has run the risk of closing. The Center is no… Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Udall Emphasizes Need for More Resources, Coordination to Combat Human Trafficking in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the urgent need for additional resources and support, including law enforcement and training - but also mental health care and substance abuse treatment - to help address human trafficking in Indian Country. Udall made his comments during an oversight hearing titled, "The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States," which was held to d… Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Sen. Udall and Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017

Includes new provisions to address unprecedented conflicts of interest arising from Trump administration WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative David Price (D-N.C.) introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017. This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to our broken political system. This legislation is more expansive than past versions … Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call For Extension Of DACA Renewal Deadline In Wake Of Storms

WASHINGTON - In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 36 senators calling on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), tens of thousands of DACA recipients live in areas impacted by the storms. "In the last month, several major hurricanes made land… Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor: ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care for Indian Country

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country. In remarks on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality healt… Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Udall Calls for Bipartisan Work to Improve Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that Republican leaders have decided not to hold a vote on the last-ditch Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill. Udall called for bipartisan work to improve health care for every New Mexican and every American: "Today's announcement is the result of the unwavering dedication of people across New Mexico and the country who have spoken out in record numbers to prevent health care from being ripped away from tens of millions of Americans. I urge… Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.1 Million LWCF Grant for New Mexico Parks and Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, and Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that the Department of the Interior (DOI) is providing more than $1.1 million in grants to the state of New Mexico for outdoor recreation and conservation projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The funds are awarded through a federal ma… Continue Reading

September 25, 2017

Udall Statement on Senate Republicans’ Plan to Vote on TrumpCare without Full CBO Score

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on Senate Republicans' plan to vote on their last-ditch Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill without a full "score" from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO released today an extremely limited score of an outdated version of Graham-Cassidy, and the CBO has said it will not be able to provide coverage loss estimates before Republicans plan to vote on the bill. "It is beyond irresponsible that Senate Repub… Continue Reading

September 25, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce, Luján Announce Federal Funds for Economic Development Projects in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce for economic development projects at the Village of Questa and New Mexico State University. The Village of Questa will receive $1.2 million in matching funds to expand the Business Park and improve the roadways, drainage system, water and sanitary sewer, signage, parking, roadway lighting, and utilities conn… Continue Reading

September 22, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $6.7 million for Gallup Veterans’ Cemetery

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a grant, totaling $6.69 million, to fund the construction of a veterans' cemetery in Gallup, New Mexico.… Continue Reading

September 22, 2017

Udall: Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare Bill Disastrous for Indian Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill's effects on health care in Indian Country: "Senate Republicans are trying to force through the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill -- another version of TrumpCare that would be truly disastrous for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The bill's massive cuts to the Medicaid program would devastate access to life-saving health care across… Continue Reading

September 21, 2017

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Boeing to Conduct Phantom Express Development Contract at SPA, WSMR

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham encouraged Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). "New Mexico's restricted airspace, technical workforce, decades of experience working with NASA, and the inland location of the Spaceport make it the ideal location for Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express… Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Udall Statement on Senate Republicans’ Plan to Vote on Radical Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate Republicans announced that they intend to vote on the dangerous, last-ditch Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill next week: "Senate Republicans are barreling forward with the cruelest and most devastating version of TrumpCare yet. This disastrous bill would strip health care from hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and tens of millions of Americans by eviscerating Medicaid and causing premiums to soar. Graham-Cassidy, … Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Udall Applauds $1 Million in Federal Funding for Innovate ABQ Bioscience Lab Incubator

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce and Appropriations committees, applauded the announcement that the Innovate ABQ will receive $1 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish a bioscience business incubator. The funding, which was supported by Udall and the rest of the N.M. congressional delegation, will pay for renovation of an existing building to house labs with corresponding office space in Albuquerque, and is expected to create 155 jobs… Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

Udall, Peters, Warren Introduce Bill Barring Taxpayer-Funded Travel at Properties Owned by President, Executive Branch Officials

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Gary Peters (D- Mich.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating, and Lodging (HOTEL) Act to prohibit executive branch employee travel expenses paid by tax dollars from being spent at properties owned by the president, vice president, cabinet secretaries or their family members. The legislation aims to prevent potentia… Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

Senators Introduce Bill to Reform Antiquated Hardrock Mining Laws

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017, legislation to modernize the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws. The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for clea… Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

Udall Opposes Last-Ditch TrumpCare Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in response to Republicans' latest attempt to rush legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act through Congress: "Once again, New Mexicans find themselves on the wrong end of a disastrous Trump/Republican health care bill. Written behind closed doors and negotiated in secret, the latest TrumpCare bill will eviscerate Medicaid, strip health care away from millions, and eliminate protections for people with pre-existing… Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Hispanic-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, members of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, have cosponsored a Senate resolution to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 and recognizes the culture, heritage, history and contributions of the Hispanic community in New Mexico and across the nation. Udall and Heinrich also cosponsored a Senate resolution designating the week of Sept. 18 as National Hispanic-Serving Institution Week, in honor of New M… Continue Reading

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