Press Releases

March 20, 2017

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3.6 Million for Watershed Restoration in Harding County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a grant of $3.6 million for the Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project (CRRRP) in Harding County to help restore important watersheds of Northeastern New Mexico. The grant has been awarded by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help the CRRRP increase native grasslands in the area by removing invasive plant species … Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Democratic Senators Ask Ethics Watchdog if Trump Trademarks Run Afoul of Constitution and Anti-Bribery Laws

WASHINGTON - After President Trump and the Trump Organization were granted 38 trademarks by the Chinese Government, U.S Senators Tom Udall, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of 17 other senators wrote the Office of Government for guidance on whether the award betrays ethics laws, policies, or established norms. The senators also asked whether or not the government ethics watchdog was even consulted before the trademarks were sought or granted. "We are alarmed that the awarding of valuable tr… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Udall: President’s Budget ‘Devastating for New Mexicans…and I Predict it is Dead on Arrival’

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on President Trump's budget blueprint: "The president's unconscionable budget proposal would be devastating for New Mexicans and communities across America, and for that reason I predict it is dead on arrival. Instead of 'making America great,' it will drastically weaken our economy and New Mexicans' health and well-being in order to spen… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Udall, Tester, Cantwell Introduce Measure to Create Jobs by Fostering Entrepreneurship in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and former committee chairs Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, legislation to help launch small businesses and encourage job creation in Indian Country. Their bill, S. 607, creates a competitive grant program to establish and fund business incubators that will assist in cultivating Native American-owned sma… Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Invite Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Visit NM National Labs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry inviting him to visit Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. "The work at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories is critical to meeting DOE's mission of assuring national security through stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security," wrote the senators. "The labs also have extensive strategic partnerships with other fede… Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Members Of N.M. Delegation Introduce Healthy Families Act To Allow Workers To Earn Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a loved one, to obtain preventative care, or to address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. "No one should have to choose between taking care of a loved one and taking home a paycheck, but today that… Continue Reading


March 14, 2017

Democratic Senators Ask For Threat Assessment On Trump's Properties

by Robert Siegel


March 13, 2017

Udall: GOP Bill that would Cancel Health Care for 14 Million Americans in 1 Year is 'Inhumane and a Disaster'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the bill by President Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would cancel health care for 14 million people in just one year, with 24 million losing care by 2026. "President Trump promised that Republicans would ensure every American got health care. If he still believes that, then the Republicans' health care b… Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Commerce Dems Demand Answers From Pai

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee pressed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai today to answer pointed questions about his views on the news media and ability to be an independent regulator over the industry. The letter, led by ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and signed by the panel's 13 Democrats, comes in the wake of Pai's refusal to answer questions from Udall and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) during the panel's FCC oversight… Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Democratic Senators Seek Information on Terror Threats and Federal Security Costs at Trump Organization Properties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to the secretaries of Defense, State, and Homeland Security seeking information about the use of federal funds and resources to protect Trump Organization properties from potential terrorist attacks and other security threats. With the president retaining ownership of the Trump Organization and with his net worth directly impacted by the organization's success, the se… Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Question ICE Acting Director Homan on Constituent Concerns Surrounding ICE Deportation, Enforcement Measures

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich spoke with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan to express the deep concerns of New Mexico communities. The senators demanded answers about ICE deportation measures in the wake of President Trump's immigration executive orders, and sought assurances that New Mexicans can continue to receive health care and other essential services without fear of deportation. The senators also called on Homan to ensure tha… Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Udall, Booker, Markey, Blumenthal, Baldwin Urge Secretary Ross to Respond to Unanswered Questions on Russian Banking Ties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) led a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to respond to unanswered questions regarding his banking ties to Russia, and asking additional questions about possible Russian connections and Ross' severing ties with the Bank of Cyprus. Joining Udall and Booker on the letter were fellow Senate Commerce Committee members U.S. Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.… Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funds to Develop Infrastructure Improvements In Southwest New Mexico Near Columbus Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a $500,000 economic development grant for infrastructure improvements on a key state highway connecting Southwest New Mexico to the Mexican border. The grant funds a study to determine ways to upgrade a 36-mile stretch along State Highway 11 that leads to the Columbus Port of Entry, a major entryway for goods, commerce, and commuters. The results of the study will be used to improve security, encourage trade and tourism, a… Continue Reading


March 09, 2017

Udall Votes Against David Friedman for Ambassador to Israel

WASHINGTON - Today, in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against confirming David Friedman for ambassador to Israel. Udall cited Friedman's litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, other public officials, and prominent Jewish organizations. The Committee advanced Mr. Friedman's nomination by a narrow 12 to 9 margin, and his nomination now goes to the Senate Exec… Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Questions Secretary Zinke on Interior Department Priorities for Indian Country

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/BUt-FYKMviI WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at the committee's oversight hearing on the Trump administration's priorities for Indian Country. This was Zinke's first appearance before the committee as secretary. Joining Secretary Zinke on the witness panel were several Tribal leaders including the Honorable Paul Torres, chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Govern… Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

VIDEO: Udall to FCC Chairman Pai: 'Do You Agree with President Trump that the Media is an 'Enemy of the American People?' Pai Refuses to Answer

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7W6JifRtzQ&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about how he intends to lead the FCC given President Trump's attacks on the free press, including specific media organizations that are subject to FCC regulation. "President Trump is using bully tactics to try to intimidate the media. He has even declared certain … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Udall Celebrates Women's History Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today in honor of Women's History Month: "This Women's History Month, we celebrate the resiliency and strength of generations of women in New Mexico and nationwide, who have marched, organized and rallied for equality in the face of great opposition. And we are reminded of the responsibility we have to the brave leaders of these feminist movements to build on their work to create equal opportunity for women - of all races, classe… Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

As Concerns with Secrecy Mount, Udall, Democratic Senators Call on Trump to Release White House Visitor Logs

WASHINGTON - The president and the Secret Service should continue the previous administration's policy of releasing White House complex visitor logs so that the American people can know who is influencing their government, write U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of senators in a pair of letters sent Monday to President Donald Trump and the head of the Secret Service. Under the policy established by President Barack Obama, the White House and the Secret Service released visitor logs 90 to 120 da… Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Udall and Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democrats Call on President Trump to Protect the White House Tribal Nations Conference and Council on Native American Affairs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian affairs, and Senators 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.) called on President Trump to demonstrate a commitment to working with Tribes by retaining the White House Tribal Nations Conference and the White House Council on Native American Affairs. These institutions are instrumental in prom… Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor Resolution Calling on President Trump to Sever Relationship with Private Business

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 30 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution calling upon President Trump to truly separate himself from his businesses by converting his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustee with no relationship to the President or his businesses, or take other equivalent measures in order to avoid conflicts of interest and a potential violation of the Constitution of the United States… Continue Reading

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