Press Releases

May 05, 2017

Ahead of Kentucky Derby, Udall Demands an End to Doping of Race Horses

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement reiterating his persistent calls for the horse racing industry to end its widespread abuse of performance-enhancing drugs and painkillers used on horses. Udall called for reform or the repeal of the federal law that makes horse racing the only sport specially permitted to offer online gambling and interstate betting: "As long as we continue to reward the horse racing industry for its inhuman… Continue Reading


May 05, 2017

For Small Business Week, Udall Introduces Bill to Increase Federal Contracts for Small Businesses, Prioritize Veteran- and Women-Owned Businesses

WASHINGTON - In honor of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall recognized the over 150,000 small business owners in New Mexico and introduced legislation to increase the number of small businesses that are granted federal contracts. Small businesses keep New Mexico's economy running and create jobs, making up 99 percent of the state's businesses and 56 percent of employees in New Mexico. Udall's bill, the Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2017 takes several steps to raise … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Secure Vital Funding for NM Priorities in Budget Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate in voting 79-18 for an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through September 2017. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill yesterday, and the president is expected to sign it into law. The bill includes funding for several critical New Mexico priorities that Udall and Heinrich fought for, including: New Mexico's na… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

For Small Business Week, Udall, Bonamici, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Increase Federal Contracts for Small Businesses, Prioritize Veteran and Women Owned Businesses

WASHINGTON - Today, in honor of Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) introduced companion bills in the Senate and House to increase the number of small businesses that are granted federal contracts and establish a higher priority for veteran- and women-owned businesses. The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2017 takes several steps to raise the Small Business Administration (SBA) contracting goals a… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Udall on TrumpCare: ‘An Appalling Display of Broken Promises and Misguided Priorities’

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on House Republicans' scheduled vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill still has not been analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office to determine how much it would cost or exactly how many Americans would lose coverage as a result of changes to Medicaid and provisions that allow insurers to drop patients with pre-existing conditions, and it could impact those with employer plans as … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Equality Act To Ban LGBTQ Discrimination Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), to introduce comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. The Equality Act of 2017 would ensure full federal non-discrimination equality by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race or religion, in existing federal laws. "The U.S. is a world leader for LGBTQ rights, b… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Udall Secures $407 Million for Emergency Wildfire Suppression in Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the subcommittee overseeing funding for the Department of Interior and Forest Service, announced that an additional $407 million for emergency wildfire suppression will be included as part of a bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government through September. The funding bill - also known as an omnibus appropriations bill - passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 309-118 on Wednesday, and is expected to pass the Senat… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Udall Fights for Funding Increase for Arts and Humanities in Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing funding for arts and culture programs, announced that the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities each are on track to receive an additional $1.9 million in funding over last year as part of a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017. Udall and other supporters on the subcommittee secured the funding despite President Trump… Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Udall: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes Key Funding for NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the subcommittee overseeing funding for the Interior Department, environment and arts and culture programs, issued the following statement on the bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017. "At a time when Washington is more polarized than I've ever seen it, I'm pleased that we were able to reach this agreement for New Mexicans and the American people. This ag… Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Udall Statement on Interior and Environment Funding in Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the finalized bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government through September. "This bill is a strong, bipartisan agreement, and I thank lawmakers and staff on both sides of the aisle for their hard work to achieve a workable compromise. The deal funds key priorities for New Mexico and the nation, whil… Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Udall Urges GOP Leaders to Increase Funding for Opioid Crisis and Medical Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and a group of 15 other senators calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to include a substantial increase in funds for the fight against the nation's opioid epidemic and additional investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as part of the budget bill that is currently being negotiated in Congress to fund the government and avert a government shutdown. The lette… Continue Reading


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 26, 2017

Dem vows to fight Trump 'every step of the way' on national monuments

by John Bowden


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

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