Press Releases

February 07, 2017

Udall Recruiting Summer Session Interns for Washington, D.C., Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 30 to June 30, and July 3 to August 4. Applications and letters of rec… Continue Reading


February 06, 2017

Udall Focuses on Impact on NM of Repealing Affordable Care Act in Address to New Mexico Legislature

SANTA FE - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed a joint session of the New Mexico legislature. In his speech, Udall discussed the impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on New Mexico's already fragile economy and state budget. He highlighted the stories of New Mexicans who are relying on the life-saving, historic protections of the ACA, and who stand to lose health and economic security if Republicans are successful in repealing the law without any replacement. In addi… Continue Reading


February 06, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Udall released the following statement: "During his long career in Congress and in his testimony before the Senate, Congressman Tom Price has been relentlessly committed to a radical agenda that would strip health coverage from hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans. After reviewing his record and his testimon… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Senators to Trump: Show Us Who Is Buying Access to the ‘Winter White House’

WASHINGTON - The Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago club has doubled its membership fees on the eve of the President Trump's first visit to what the administration calls the nation's "Winter White House." Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall (D-NM) want to know who is paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary for unlimited access to the newly christened executive mansion in Palm Beach. They sent a letter to President Trump today to ask. "At $200,000, the Mar-a-Lago members… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge President Trump to Reverse Federal Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged President Trump to reverse his executive order that freezes all federal hiring, to ensure that fundamental government services are not negatively impacted and hard-working, well-qualified New Mexicans, many of whom are veterans, do not lose out on employment opportunities. In a letter to the president the lawmakers wrote, "We share the goal of increasing the ef… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Udall, Boozman, Lujan Grisham Reintroduce Bill to Simplify Taxes for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) announced that they are introducing a measure to simplify the process of filing income taxes for business owners who run their businesses from their home. The bipartisan bill, Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act was in direct response to conversations with small business owners about how the federal government can reduce unnecessary red tape and su… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

24 Senate Democrats Urge Senate Leaders to Protect the BLM Rule that Prevents Natural Gas Waste, Safeguards Health and Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - Today, 24 Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), urged Senate leaders to defend the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule, which protects air quality and prevents the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on federal and Tribal lands, by opposing efforts to dismantle it through the rarely used and extremely dangerous process set out in the Congressional Review Act. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. Attorney General. Udall released the following statement: "After thoroughly reviewing his record and his testimony before the Senate, I have decided to vote against confirming Senator Sessions as Attorney General. As the former Attorney General of New Mexico, and as a colleague of Senator Sessions', I made sure to carefully consider all of the available information to… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Udall issued the following statement: "Betsy DeVos has neither the experience nor the commitment to public education to serve as an effective advocate for New Mexico's or America's students. In her confirmation hearings, Mrs. DeVos showed a severe lack of knowledge about the experience of public school students and young people struggling to repay their student loans,… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Votes Against Tillerson Nomination for Secretary of State

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/aRvwevyFV0c WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against the nomination of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. Udall said that Tillerson lacks the qualifications or experience to serve as the nation's top diplomat, has close business ties to the Russian government that may color his diplomatic efforts, is entangled in a web of potential conflicts of interests stemming from his decades-long career at ExxonMobil, and has made an ins… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

VIDEO: In Commerce Committee Hearing, Udall Defends Rule to Protect Clean Air, Prevent Natural Gas Waste

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/pxu6qvXmzao WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall defended the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule, which is crucial to protect air quality and to prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on federal and Indian lands. He questioned hearing witness Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API), the top oil and gas lobbyist, about unsubstanti… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democrats Urge President Trump to Exempt Indian Services Agencies from Federal Hiring Freeze

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.) urged President Trump to exempt federal agencies that provide essential services to Native communities - particularly the Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education -- from his executive order f… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Udall Statement on Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Serve on the US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall made the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court: "I will thoroughly review the record of Judge Gorsuch and listen to the people of New Mexico before deciding how I will proceed with considering his nomination and how I will vote. However, I almost always disagreed with Justice Scalia's opinions and politics, and I believe the nation would be better off with a more mains… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Udall Joins Senators in Calling on Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson to Recuse Himself from All Matters Related to ExxonMobil

WASHINGTON - As the Senate prepares to take its first full vote on the nomination of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of eight other senators in calling on Mr. Tillerson to recuse himself from participating in any matter that could impact ExxonMobil for the entirety of his tenure at the department. Mr. Tillerson's Ethics Agreement includes only… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Udall Joins Senate Democrats in Calling on President Trump to Revoke Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Ca.) and a coalition of more than half of the Senate Democratic Caucus to urge President Trump to immediately revoke the Executive Order on refugees as it runs "counter to what truly makes America great." The letter details the manner in which it runs counter to America's values, as well as national security and economic interests, by restricting more than 200 million people from entering our count… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Udall Outlines Priorities for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the New Congress

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement at the first business meeting of the committee in the 115th Congress: "Congratulations, Senator Hoeven. I look forward to working with you to address the many issues affecting Indian Country. "I'm sure you'll agree that we need to work with Tribes to improve health care and education in their communities; housing; economic development; infrastructure; public safety … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Udall: Senate Should Halt Tillerson Vote Until He has Answered for Trump’s Anti-Muslim Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a procedural motion to advance the nomination of Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. In voting against the motion, Udall said that the Senate should halt proceedings on Tillerson until Tillerson has clarified whether he supports the president's executive order banning refugees and immigrants to the U.S. from several majority-Muslim nations. Udall previously joined Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in opposing Tiller… Continue Reading


January 29, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Immigration Executive Order

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on President Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants to the U.S. from several majority Muslim nations: "President Trump's anti-muslim, anti-immigrant executive order is shameful, and it is an affront to our history and our values. Beyond its moral repugnance, I believe there are serious constitutional problems with this new Trump policy. The United States has always led by example on the world stage, unapologeti… Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge President Trump to Exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs from Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 51 of their Senate and House colleagues in urging President Trump to exempt the entire Department of Veterans Affairs and all veterans seeking federal jobs from his executive order that freezes federal hiring. In a letter to the president, the lawmakers emphasized the devastating impacts that a hiring freeze would have on veterans and their families by delaying their access to health care and the resolution of their disability claim… Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Relief for Victims of Radiation Exposure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have renewed efforts to expand restitution for New Mexicans and others who have been affected by exposure to radiation during the development and testing of nuclear weapons in the Cold War by reintroducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined Udall and Heinrich in introducing the bill that would expand compensation eligibi… Continue Reading

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