Press Releases

April 27, 2017

Udall Leads Press Conference on President Trump’s Broken Promises to ‘Drain the Swamp’

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led Senate and House Democrats in a press conference to discuss President Trump's many broken promises to "drain the swamp" of special interests during the first 100 days of his administration. As Udall said, in spite of his pledges to return Washington the people, President Trump has stocked his administration with billionaires and lobbyists, refuses to adhere to essential transparency precedents, continues to conceal his ties to Russia, and is caught … Continue Reading


April 27, 2017

Udall, Luján, Lujan Grisham Join More than 130 other Members of Congress to Urge Education Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham this week joined more than 130 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a recent decision to rescind Obama-era efforts on student loan servicing reforms. The reforms include new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing. "Your decision to rescind these [initiatives]-including t… Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Udall Statement on FCC’s Planned Rollback of Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to roll back FCC rules protecting net neutrality: "First, President Trump and Republicans in Congress repealed rules to prevent Internet Service Providers from selling your private web browsing history without your consent. And now, President Trump and his choice for chairman of the FCC are planning to allow ISPs to create internet 'toll lan… Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Udall, Democratic Senators Condemn Trump Executive Order Threatening National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led a group of 31 Democratic senators in condemning President Trump's executive order which threatens national monuments by directing the Department of Interior to review, and possibly modify or rescind, prior monument designations. The senators noted that national monuments enjoy widespread public support and serve as economic drivers across the United States. Given the depth and significance of support in the communities, the senators demanded that an… Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Executive Order Attacking National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the Interior Department, released the following statement on President Trump's executive order directing the Interior Department to review, and possibly reverse, national monument designations. The order affects monuments created after 1996 that are over 100,000 acres, and it would include the Rio Grande del Nort… Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Dropping Demands for Border Wall Money in Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after President Trump reportedly backed off his threat to force a government shutdown unless a funding bill to keep the government open included money for his plans to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico: "Last week, I visited with New Mexicans on the border - business owners, immigrants, community leaders, farmers and others - and the overwhelming message I heard was that they oppose President Trump's prop… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Ahead of March for Science, Udall Urges President Trump to Fill Key Science Posts Throughout Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, in advance of the March for Science, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, joined a group of senators in urging President Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science posts at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and throughout the federal government. Nearly 100 days into his presidency, President Trump still has not appointed a science advisor, director for the White House OST… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call on Trump to Disclose Ethics Waivers and White House Visitor Logs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich called on President Trump to make public who has been allowed into the White House without signing the administrations's ethics pledge and who is visiting his White House to influence policy. Udall and Heinrich were joined by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) in demanding transparency from the Trump administration amid repor… Continue Reading


April 18, 2017

Udall Holds Discussion on Border Economic Issues in Santa Teresa, Tours Local Business

SANTA TERESA, NM - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined business and community leaders along the southern border for a panel discussion about border economic issues. Udall spoke about New Mexico's booming border economy, and the ways these business have benefitted from ties with Mexico - New Mexico's largest trade partner. Representatives from the Border Industrial Association, International Business Accelerator, Omega Trucking Inc., Union Pacific, and New Mexico State University participated in… Continue Reading


April 14, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Refusal to Release Visitor Logs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the Trump administration's decision that it will not release White House visitor logs, breaking with the pro-transparency precedent set by the Obama administration. "This stunning decision from the Trump White House raises an obvious question: what is President Trump trying to hide? Once again, this administration is stonewalling information that Congress and the American people have a right to see. Americans deserve… Continue Reading


April 14, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Express Concern about US Attorney General’s Review of Local Law Enforcement Consent Decrees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are among 16 senators pressing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for answers about the Department of Justice (DOJ) review and delay of consent decrees between the federal government and local law enforcement agencies. In a letter to Sessions, the senators asked him to explain his intentions, including what he hopes will be the impact of the review and whether it could result in the termination or modification of existing consent decrees.… Continue Reading


April 12, 2017

As Tax Day Approaches, Udall to Introduce Bill to Simplify Tax Filing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with 10 other senators, announced plans to reintroduce the Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2017 to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers. This year, taxpayers will spend an average of 13 hours preparing and filing their returns, and will pay $200 for tax preparation services - a cost equal to almost 10 percent of the average federal tax refund. "Tax Day should be as painless as possible for… Continue Reading


April 12, 2017

Western Democratic Senators Tell Trump: Don’t Reverse National Monument Designations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led a group of Western Democratic senators in calling on President Donald Trump to live up to his repeated promises on the campaign trail to protect public lands for all Americans and uphold the existing protections for the 157 national monuments, which have been designated throughout the decades by nearly every U.S. president of the last century. In particular, the senators warned President Trump against reversing the recent designation of the Bears E… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Udall Introduces Resolution Recognizing National Public Health Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a resolution in Congress this week to in support of the goals and mission of National Public Health Week, April 3rd through 9th, as a part of the efforts to continue working towards a healthier America. The theme for this year's National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Associateion (APHA), is "Healthiest Nation 2030," emphasizing a goal of making America the healthiest nation in one generation. A sim… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump's Move toward War in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today expressed deep concerns about President Trump's increasing military involvement in the Syrian civil war. Udall reiterated his call for Congress to debate and approve an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) before the president begins a new war in the Middle East. Udall has long said that Congress should debate and vote on a new AUMF for the war against ISIS; the United States is currently acting under an AUMF approved 15 years ago after the… Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Udall Statement on Vote Against Confirming Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against advancing the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. After Judge Gorsuch's nomination failed to reach the 60-vote threshold, Senate Republicans quickly changed Senate rules for confirming Supreme Court nominees, without any Democratic support, to move the nomination forward. A final vote on Gorsuch's confirmation is expected tomorrow, and Udall will again vote no. He released the following statement: "What was mos… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Against Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination on Senate Floor

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18pWhdIyy_k WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. Discussing his opposition to Gorsuch and his intention to vote against cloture, Udall cited the "extraordinary circumstances" surrounding Goruch's nomination, including Republicans' unprecedented obstruction of Judge Merrick Garland, the investigation into President Trump's ties to Russia, and Gorsuch'… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Udall, Blumenthal, Markey Call on Trump to Withdraw Todd Ricketts’ Nomination to be Deputy Commerce Secretary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) called on President Donald Trump to withdraw his nomination of Todd Ricketts to serve as Deputy Secretary of Commerce, saying that Ricketts' "actions to date suggest he is unfit to be confirmed." In calling for the nomination to be withdrawn, the senators cited Ricketts' failure to respond to their inquires into his reported heavy involvement with a Super PAC and associated dark mon… Continue Reading


April 04, 2017

Udall, Senators Demand Trump Administration Release Secret Plan to Undermine Health Care System that Was Presented to House Freedom Caucus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 21 of his Senate colleagues, led by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), in releasing a letter to Tom Price, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), calling on the Trump Administration to release a secret plan that was presented to the House Freedom Caucus. In a bid to win the far right group's support, reports indicate that the Administration identified specific Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules that the Administration would gut in exc… Continue Reading


April 04, 2017

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2018. The first session will be held on April 13 in Santa Fe. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval A… Continue Reading

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