Press Releases

March 06, 2017

Udall Statement on Revised Trump Immigration Order

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Trump signed a revised executive order banning immigrants from several majority Muslim nations: "Even with the limited revisions, this remains a poorly conceived and offensive executive order that will diminish our standing abroad and do nothing to keep the American people safe. This order plainly represents the culmination of President Trump's anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant policies, which he staked out during the c… Continue Reading

March 03, 2017

Udall Responds to EPA Halting Data Collection on Methane Emissions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement this week that it has reversed an Obama administration effort to gather information from operators of existing oil and gas wells about their equipment and the extent of natural gas wasted through leaking, venting and flaring. Hundreds of millions of dollars in natural gas is wasted through leaks, venting and flaring each year. The practice also results in signific… Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Udall Statement Opposing Effort to Roll Back Fair Pay and Workplace Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement against repealing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order through a little-used procedure made possible by the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Senate began debating the measure after a procedural motion was agreed to by a slim majority, 51-46. A final vote on the Republican-backed effort to overturn the worker protections implemented by the Obama administration is expected early next week. This is one of ove… Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Udall Statement on his Vote to Confirm Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on his vote to confirm former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy. Udall is a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which writes the budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). "New Mexico's economy and the jobs of thousands of New Mexicans are deeply connected to the U.S. Department of Energy. Our state and the DOE employ… Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Udall Calls on Attorney General Sessions to Resign

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down after new revelations that he misled Congress about his contacts with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign. Udall issued the following statement: "Americans must have confidence that our nation's top law enforcement official is a fair-minded, independent, and honest steward of the law. Attorney General Sessions' statements to Congress, under oath, were at best misleading, and that is conc… Continue Reading

March 01, 2017

Udall, Portman Introduce Bill to Fund Conservation Programs

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (D-Ohio) introduced the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act, legislation to extend a special postage stamp that funds conservation programs. This legislation is being introduced in advance of World Wildlife Day on Friday, which celebrates and raises awareness about wildlife. "By allowing individuals to easily and voluntarily contribute with the simple act of mailing a letter, this stam… Continue Reading

March 01, 2017

Udall Statement on Confirmation of Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Udall joined the Senate in voting 68-31 to confirm Zinke. "The Department of the Interior is an agency of enormous significance to the lives of New Mexica… Continue Reading

February 28, 2017

NM Delegation Introduces Bill to Expand Research on Rare Genetic Disease Prevalent Among New Mexico Hispanics

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord and is more common among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group. Due to limited research, there is no cure for CCM. The Cerebral Cavernou… Continue Reading

February 27, 2017

AUDIO: Udall Statement on President Trump’s Budget Blueprint

AUDIO: WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on President Trump's 2018 budget proposal. Udall is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, ranking member of the Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. "President Trump's budget framework is t… Continue Reading

February 23, 2017

Udall, Democratic Senators Call On Trump To Halt Unconstitutional Conduct As Foreign Favors Pile Up

WASHINGTON - Following news that the Chinese government awarded the Trump Organization a trademark that may be worth billions of dollars - one of many foreign favors President Trump may have accepted since taking office - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and twelve senators in calling on President Trump to take immediate action to resolve conflicts of interest that are putting him in violation of the U.S. Constitution. "A President must not have two masters. You ha… Continue Reading

February 23, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Funding for Economic Development in Northern New Mexico Region Affected by Mine Closure

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced a $70,000 grant to strengthen and diversify the local economy through economic development and job creation in the region of New Mexico that suffered economic and job losses from the Chevron molybdenum mine closure. The grant will be used to plan a strategy to support private capital investment and job creation. "The Village of Questa and the surrounding area were devastated whe… Continue Reading

February 22, 2017

You Are Making A Difference

Over the past few weeks, I have been hearing from New Mexicans in truly unprecedented numbers. People from every corner of the state have been reaching out to me in letters, phone calls and emails to ask the same question: what can I do to make a difference? I want to thank each and every one of you who has taken the time to contact me; I hear your voices, I am listening, and I am taking your opinions into account when I cast my votes. There is a lot at stake today. Especially now, when our co… Continue Reading

February 21, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump's Plans for Mass Deportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in response to recently released memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security establishing new guidelines for carrying out President Trump's immigration orders: "President Trump's guidelines amount to a plan to begin mass deportations. These plans are unrealistic, inhumane, bad for the economy, and an extremely inefficient use of already thin resources. And while the president's team told the media that they are trying t… Continue Reading

February 19, 2017

Udall Joins Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders for Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Cuba, Colombia to Promote National Security and Trade Opportunities for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations, Commerce and Foreign Relations committees, announced that he will join Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Chochran (R-Miss.), Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) for a congressional delegation to Cuba and Colombia to promote national security and trade opportunities for New Mexico. "As a member of the Appropriations, Commerce, and Foreign Relatio… Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Seek Meeting with Immigration Officials, Answers about Constituents' Concerns about Raids, Immigrant Roundups

WASHINGTON - Today, amid news reports that the Trump administration had considered - but scrapped - a plan to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich demanded a meeting and answers from immigration officials about whether the agency has made changes in response to President Trump's Jan. 25 immigration executive orders, and whether it would take steps to ensure New Mexicans can continue to seek health care … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democrats Secure Exemption from Federal Hiring Freeze for Indian Health Services Staff

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) welcomed news that President Trump's administration will exempt Indian Health Service (IHS) clinical staff from Trump's Jan. 23, 2017, memorandum freezing federal hiring. The senators wrote President Trump on Feb. 1 to express th… Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Udall, Democratic Senators Demand DHS Investigation into Whether Trump's Use of DHS Funds Violates Constitution's Emoluments Clause

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General John Roth to conduct an investigation into whether President Trump has violated the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by using DHS funds for security when he and his family's travel also potentially enriches his private business holdings. As the … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Establish Wilderness Areas Within Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte National Monuments

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation to protect wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. "The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and the Río Grande del Norte national monuments are stunning landscapes, rich with culture and history, that are creating jobs by driving visitors to New Mexico from around … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against Pruitt Nomination for EPA

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In opposing Pruitt's nomination, Udall cited Pruitt's long record of fighting for polluters in court, denying climate change, disrespecting Tribal sovereignty, and working to undermine the fundamental … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall, Cardin Introduce Bill to Ban Religious, Racial and Discriminatory Profiling by Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has introduced an updated version of his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA),is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through changing policies and procedures for law enforcement and promoting best practices in community-based law en… Continue Reading

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