Press Releases

April 17, 2018

Udall, Murphy Introduce Student Loan Forgiveness Legislation To Help Beginning Farmers

WASHINGTON - After hearing directly from farmers that student loans often present a barrier to individuals who are new to farming or are looking to start their own farms, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced new legislation, called the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to create a loan forgiveness program for beginning farmers and ranchers with less than 10 years of experience. The Murphy-Udall Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmer… Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Urge USPS To Maintain Permanent Post Office In Pie Town, N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan to express concerns with the temporary suspension of operations at the post office in Pie Town, N.M. and urged the United States Postal Service (USPS) to keep a permanent post office open in Pie Town. USPS recently announced that beginning close of business on April 27, 2018, operations at the Pie Town Post Office will be temporarily suspended due to the… Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Udall Questions National Guard about Strategy on US Border

Udall also urges support for MOMS Leave Act and future flying mission for NM National Guard VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, questioned the chief of the National Guard Bureau about President Trump's apparently unplanned announcement that he would send National Guard members to the border with Mexico. Udall has been a vocal opponent of Trump's call for a wall along the entire border … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Udall, Inhofe Introduce Bills to Strengthen Next Generation of Farmers & Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced two bills to strengthen the next generation of farmers and ranchers by reducing the burden of student loan debt and making capital easier to obtain so new farmers can buy land, equipment or livestock. The bills, the Flexible Agricultural Repayments and Modifying Schedules (FARMS) Act and the Farmers of Tomorrow Act, aim to attract younger generations to farming and shore up the future of farming and ranchi… Continue Reading

April 16, 2018

Udall Votes for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined the Senate in voting 55-41 in favor of beginning debate on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, the first Indian Affairs bill in a decade to receive a vote on the Senate floor. The bill failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to move forward for final consideration. Although he supported moving forward with the legislation, Udall voiced serious concerns in a speech on the Senate floor follo… Continue Reading

April 16, 2018

Udall, McCollum Statement on GAO Report Finding Pruitt Phone Booth Purchase Violated Federal Law

WASHINGTON - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today responded to a request from U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) with a finding that the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal law by purchasing a $43,000 phone booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt's office - and then hiding that purchase from Congress. In its report, the GAO found: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated section 710 when it failed to notify th… Continue Reading

April 13, 2018

Udall Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Launch Missile Strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on President Trump's decision to order a missile attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: "Bashar al-Assad's violence against his own people is horrendous, and he must be held to account by the international community for the many thousands of his fellow Syrians he has murdered in chemical and conventional attacks. But President Trump is dangerously escalating the situation by acting with no legal authority and no consistent … Continue Reading

April 13, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Raise Concerns with Retaliatory Chinese Tariffs that Hurt NM Pecan Growers

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to express concern with the retaliatory tariffs implemented by the Chinese government on 128 American product lines, including an additional 15 percent tariff on U.S. pecans, in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum products imports. New Mexico is the second largest pecan-producing state in the U.S. In their letter, the Senator's urged U.S. Trade Representative … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Udall Statement on Interior Department Decision to Raise National Park Visitor Fees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Department of the Interior's announcement that it will raise visitor fees at national parks across the country: "Reasonable, periodic increases to entrance fees can be necessary, but I'm not convinced this is the right move for our national parks, which really are 'America's best idea.' On the one hand, Secretary Z… Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Udall Statement on Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after questioning President Trump's nominee to lead the State Department, current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, at his Senate confirmation hearing today. Udall also met with Pompeo in his Capitol Hill office earlier this week. A photo is available HERE. Video of Udall's questioning of Pompeo can be found HERE. "The next secretary of state will have to clean up the mess that has been… Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Udall Urges Republican Leadership to Press ‘Pause’ on EPA Deputy Nominee and Former Big Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler

WASHINGTON - Today, as Republicans rushed to confirm the former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Senator Tom Udall took to the Senate floor as part of an effort to urge GOP and Senate leaders to halt Wheeler's nomination and fully vet him before he is installed at the EPA. A final vote on Wheeler is expected later this afternoon. Republican leadership has pushed Wheeler's nomination forward without requirin… Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Udall, Cantwell Lead Colleagues in Call for FCC to Investigate Sinclair Broadcasting for News Distortion

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), along with 10 of their Senate colleagues, called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate Sinclair Broadcasting Group for deliberately distorting news, calling into question the company's fitness to retain its existing broadcast licenses, as well as its ongoing attempts to acquire more broadcasting rights through its proposed merger with Tribune Media Company. In the letter, the senators ex… Continue Reading

April 11, 2018

Udall: Trump Administration’s Proposed FY19 Budget for Indian Programs is ‘Totally Inadequate’

WASHINGTON - Today, during an oversight hearing on President Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget request for Indian programs, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned administration officials about why the administration is recommending "sweeping, unjustifiable cuts to vital programs" when it has promised to respect Tribal sovereignty and to invest in Indian Country. "The administration's rhetoric about respecting Tribal sovereignty and investing i… Continue Reading

April 11, 2018

Senators Demand Accountability from EPA’s Pruitt

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the EPA's budget; Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.); Michael Bennet (D-Colo.); Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.); and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) held a news conference to demand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt respond to the many unanswered ethics questions th… Continue Reading

April 11, 2018

Udall Statement on Inspector General Investigation of Interior Department Senior Staff Reassignments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, responded to the Interior Department Office of Inspector General (IG) report he requested on the reassignment of Senior Executive Service (SES) staff members in 2017. Udall has repeatedly asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for an explanation of the decision to move the senior career staff members, and he has yet to receive a full answer. The IG repor… Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

Udall Questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Protecting American Elections & Consumer Privacy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to be a strong advocate for reforms to prevent election interference, like the Honest Ads Act, during a Joint Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data." Udall released the following statement after the hearing: "New Mexicans who signed up for Facebook didn't sign up to have their basic privacy violated or their personal i… Continue Reading

April 05, 2018

Udall Calls on Pruitt to Resign ‘for the Good of the American People’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "When I voted against Scott Pruitt's confirmation to be EPA administrator, my biggest concern was his intention to launch an all-out assault on laws that protect the health of America's children by keeping air and water clean and preventing hazardous substances from contaminating our homes, schools, and communities. In the last year, Pruitt has waged war on health and safety, dismantling protections from neurotoxic pesticides, … Continue Reading

April 04, 2018

Udall, Schatz, Beyer, Lieu to EPA’s Pruitt: Provide Documentation and Explain Favorable Rental Deal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Representatives Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt asking him to personally answer several questions that have been raised about how he secured a special arrangement to rent a room in a Capitol Hill townhouse in 2017. According to ABC and other news reports, the apartment is owned by the wife of Williams & Jensen lobbyi… Continue Reading

April 04, 2018

Udall Statement on Trump’s Threats to Send Military to Secure Southern Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "This vague and hostile announcement is another pitiful attempt to distract attention from the dangerous chaos the president is creating, including disruption in the stock market, a trade war with China, saber rattling with North Korea, numerous accusations of sexual misconduct by the president, mounting news reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and others in his cabinet are improperly spending taxpayer dollars on themse… Continue Reading

April 02, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution Honoring Native Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States. This resolution recognizes the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women in this country. "Generations of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women … Continue Reading

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