Press Releases

December 14, 2017

Udall Statement on FCC Republicans’ Repeal of Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Republican Commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal net neutrality protections: "Today's vote is a major blow to the internet as we know it. Chairman Pai's legacy will be leading the surrender of the free and open internet to corporate giants, letting Internet Service Providers create internet toll lanes, and stifling the competition, innovation, a… Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

Udall Welcomes Withdrawal of Michael Dourson’s Nomination to Head the EPA’s Toxics Bureau

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the co-author of the landmark bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, released the following statement about news that Michael Dourson, the embattled nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, has withdrawn his nomination. "I am glad Michael Dourson did the right thing. As someone who has spent his career working for weaker safety standards for dangerous chemicals… Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Calls for Immediate Passage of the Dream Act

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a group of Democratic senators on the Senate floor to call for immediate passage of the DREAM Act, which would protect 800,000 young DREAMers - including almost 7,000 New Mexicans - from deportation, and allow them to continue to work, go to school, and support their families. DREAMers are undocumented young people who were brought to this country as children by their par… Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call on FCC Chairman Pai to Abandon ‘Reckless’ Plan to End Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined a group of 39 Democratic senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency's net neutrality rules in favor of giving internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers' access to the internet. The senators' letter comes ahead of a Thursday vote by the FCC to dismantle net neutrality protections. "Your plan gives a broadba… Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

Udall’s Landmark Bipartisan MGT Act to Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included in FY18 NDAA Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed news that his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act has been signed into law. Udall introduced the bill with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and it was passed through Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2018. This bipartisan legislation will encourage federal agencies to cut wasteful spending and modernize and strengthen government information technology (IT) and security to save taxpayers up t… Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

VIDEO: Udall: Don’t Let Grinch Bots Steal Christmas

Scammers are deploying online software to scoop up Fingerlings and other popular toys & re-selling for jacked up prices VIDEO: Udall questions AI experts on efforts to stop Grinch Bots WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action to protect kids and not let "Grinch Bots" steal Christmas toys. So-called Grinch Bots are algorithms and software deployed by online scam… Continue Reading

December 08, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce Alamogordo Veterans May Access Specialized Care at El Paso VA Medical Center

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced the Department of Veterans Affairs will make specialized medical care more accessible for veterans in Alamogordo by giving them the option to seek care either at the El Paso VA Medical Center or the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque for advanced care. Until now, veterans in Alamogordo needing specialized care have been referred to the Albuquerque VA hospital, which is … Continue Reading

December 07, 2017

Udall Statement on Aztec High School Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the shooting at Aztec High School: "Words can't express the sadness and shock we all feel at news of another school shooting in our own backyard. My thoughts are with the students and faculty at Aztec High School along with their families, the first responders on the scene, and the community at large. All of New Mexico stands with the Aztec community as they begin to heal. "All of us are asking why and how this senseless t… Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

Udall: Water Settlements are ‘Critically Important’ to Fulfilling Obligations to Tribes, Long-term Economic Vitality

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a legislative hearing to review two bills that would resolve the water rights claims of the Navajo Nation and the Hualapai Tribe. The bills would authorize negotiated settlements based on years of collaboration between Tribal, local, state, and federal parties. "Indian water settlements are critically important -- not only to fulfilling the United States' fiduciary obligations to Tribes, but… Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel, Move US Embassy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall condemned President Trump's announcement that he will break with longstanding U.S. presidential policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy: "President Trump thrives on chaos, but chaos in foreign policy is often the enemy of peace and security. Like the chaotic positions taken regarding North Korea and Iran, this decision increases the danger to Americans and potentially risks lives in a vo… Continue Reading

December 05, 2017

New Mexico Delegation Requests Disaster Declaration to Help Pueblo of Acoma Recover from October Storms

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to President Trump urging him to respond quickly to a request for disaster assistance for the Pueblo of Acoma. The Pueblo of Acoma is asking the federal government for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged by severe weather and flooding that occurred between Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, 2017. The storm caused extreme d… Continue Reading

December 05, 2017

Udall Blasts Interior Department’s ‘Sham’ Report on National Monument Designations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the Interior Department, issued the following statement about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's report to President Trump on his review of national monuments, including the two in New Mexico, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte: "Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte help drive New Mexico's outdoor recreation and tourism economy; they sustain hundreds g… Continue Reading

December 05, 2017

NM Delegation Writes to Air Force in Support of Restoring NM Air National Guard Tacos’ Flying Mission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced that they are urging the Air Force to transfer legacy HH-60G PAVE Hawk combat search-and-rescue helicopters to the N.M. Air National Guard when the Air Force fields the new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter at Kirtland Air Force Base. The leadership of the 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Kirtland has told the delegation that they an… Continue Reading

December 04, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek Applicants to Fill Upcoming Vacancy on US District Court

WASHINGTON -- On Nov. 30, 2017, the Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench. Judge Brack's announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces, N.M., for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico. In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Hei… Continue Reading

December 04, 2017

Udall: Trump Attack on Bears Ears, Grand Staircase is an Assault on Public Lands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Interior Department's budget, issued the following response to President Trump's decision to massively roll back protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments. "Let's get one thing clear: Donald Trump's decision to roll back Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments by over 80 percent … Continue Reading

December 01, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Offer Amendment to Protect State Mineral Leasing Payments for NM

WASHINGTON - Today, as the Senate continues debate on the GOP tax bill, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have offered an amendment to prevent the federal government from paying for massive tax cuts for corporations and the ultra-wealthy by cutting or even entirely eliminating mineral leasing payments that the state of New Mexico and other Western states depend on to fund schools. The GOP tax bill stands to raise the deficit by at least $1.4 trillion, which will result in deep, mandat… Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

Udall Presses DHS Nominee Nielsen on Sensitive Location Policy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to commit to adhering to longstanding federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions. During a meeting with Nielsen ahead of her confirmation vote, Udall expressed his serious concern about reports of ongoing violations of DHS's existing policies prohibiting enfor… Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

Udall Announces Senate Passage of Bill to Expand AMBER Alert System in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that the full Senate passed the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017 by unanimous consent late Wednesday. The bill comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 - when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne's abduction was reported. The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John McCain (R… Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

Udall to Oppose GOP Tax Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of a vote on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke out against the devastating GOP tax plan, highlighting the many ways the bill will hurt New Mexico families. The bill would gut tax deductions for the middle class and working families and force drastic cuts to mandatory federal programs like Medicare and state mineral leasing payments in order to pay for massive tax cuts for corporations and the ultra wealthy. He released the following statement: "I want to … Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

NM Delegation Announces Senate Passage of Bill to Promote Preservation of Native American Languages

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the full Senate passed the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act by unanimous consent late Wednesday. The bill, S. 254, is backed by the full N.M. delegation and provides grants to Native American language educational organizations to maintain an… Continue Reading

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