Press Releases

November 27, 2017

Udall Responds to Trump’s Comments at Native American Code Talker Event

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued this statement reacting to President Trump's racist slur during a ceremony honoring Native American Code Talkers: "The president should study his history. The Native American Code Talkers are true war heroes whose patriotism and honor during World War II helped ensure our victory against oppression and hatred. The Code Talkers gave back to their country by sharing their language even thou… Continue Reading

November 27, 2017

NM Democrats Urge USDA to End Hiring Freeze, Restore Critical ‘Customer Service’ Staff at NRCS, FSA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to lift the USDA's current hiring freeze and restore staff field-based positions at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Services Agency (FSA). In a letter to Perdue, the lawmakers said that severe understaffing at these agencies -- an existing problem made worse by the hir… Continue Reading

November 27, 2017

Udall, Senators Call for Investigation into Reported Violations of Sensitive Locations Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a group of 16 senators have called for an investigation into apparent ongoing violations of federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions. The senators' letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan details the reported detention of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was stoppe… Continue Reading

November 22, 2017

Udall Secures Important Funding for NM in Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

Would have offered an amendment to restore critical funding WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, blasted the Republican majority's release of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies fiscal year 2018 Appropriations bill. In an unusual move, the Republican leadership on the committee chose to bypass the regular committee process by posting the bill online, rather than hold a… Continue Reading

November 22, 2017

Udall Encourages Indian Country to Comment on Nominees for IHS and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, is asking Tribal Leaders, stakeholders and individuals throughout Indian Country to participate directly in the process for nominating and confirming President Trump's nominees for the key positions of director of the Indian Health Service and assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. Earlier this month, Trump nominated Robert Weaver to be Indian Health Service (IHS) director and Tara Sweeney to be assis… Continue Reading

November 22, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Help Acequias and Land Grants Better Access Federal Conservation Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced a bill to help acequias and land grants in New Mexico access additional federal resources for water and resource conservation projects. The bill, Providing Land Grants and Acequias Conservation and Environmental Services (PLACES) Act of 2017, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, will allow acequias and land grants access to federal programs that provide funding and technical assistance to farmers to increase agricultural water efficiency and… Continue Reading

November 17, 2017

Udall, Luján Introduce Legislation to Address Health Disparities for Native Americans Living in Urban Areas Off the Reservations

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich. The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services di… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Udall: Passage of Major National Defense Bill Will Strengthen New Mexico & Nation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting for final passage of a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to support troops and military families, and to strengthen national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country. The bill, which will now be sent to the president, includes several measures that Udall has championed to benefit the national security mission being carried out at New Mexico's national laboratories, milita… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Congress Passes Udall-Heinrich Measure to Improve Safety at New Mexico's National Labs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives have passed a Udall-Heinrich measure to strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Udall-Heinrich amendment requires the DNFSB members to report to Congress each year about whether the White House's budget request for the board is sufficient to fund the safety reviews the board members beli… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Udall & Moran’s Landmark MGT Act to Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included in FY18 NDAA, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) applauded the inclusion and passage of their Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act 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 to $20 billion a year. The MGT Act now heads to the president's desk for signature. … Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Udall Statement on Senator Franken

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on Senator Al Franken: "Sexual harassment is never acceptable at any time or any place. I fully support the Ethics Committee investigation into this matter, and I am glad that Senator Franken has agreed to cooperate. "With regard to the conversation we have been having about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill: A workplace should be safe from harassment of all kinds. And my wish and my hope is that Congress can set an example f… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $33,000 to Help Taos County Increase Clean Water Production

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a grant of $7,000 and approved a loan of $26,000, totaling $33,000, to help the Llano Quemado Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association in Ranchos de Taos complete a water infrastructure project. The rural development funds will be used to install a new fluoride-free water well and complete a treatment plant… Continue Reading

November 15, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Call On DHS To Accept DACA Applications Delayed By Postal Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2017) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and a group of Democratic Senators sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expressing their concern with recent reports that DHS has rejected renewal requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that were received after the application deadline due to U.S. Postal Service processing delays and called on the department to take immediate action to reverse this dec… Continue Reading

November 14, 2017

Udall Urges Protection of New Mexicans' Right to Due Process, Opposes Civil Asset Forfeiture

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee to protect New Mexicans' constitutional due process rights by defunding the practice of seizing - without a hearing - property that law enforcement believes is connected to a crime. The practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, violates due process protections outlined in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the lawmakers wrote to the leaders of the Senate Appro… Continue Reading

November 14, 2017

Udall Welcomes Los Lunas Facebook Data Center Expansion Announcement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Facebook's announcement that it will triple the size of its Los Lunas data center, with plans to construct a total of six buildings and invest more than $1 billion in the project: "Facebook's announcement is a testament to what New Mexico can accomplish when we work together to harness the unique strengths of our state and our workforce. The expansion of this project will further energize economic development in Los Lunas and the entire state,… Continue Reading

November 09, 2017

Udall Holds Roundtable on Opioid Crisis in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country. Udall pressed administration officials on what specific actions they have taken since the president's declaration of a public health emergency to help address the opioid epidemic in Native communities. Following the ro… Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Committee Hearing on STOP Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a legislative hearing to review the Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to curb the theft, illegal possession, sale, transfer, and export of Tribal cultural items. Tribal cultural items have immense historical, traditional, and spiritual importance. It is illegal under federal law to own or sell Tribal cultural patrimony domestically, but federal law does not explicit… Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge USDA to Use Clear, Consumer-Friendly On-Package GMO Labeling

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clearly label genetically engineered food to ensure all New Mexicans have the right to know what is in their food. In a letter, the senators urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize clear, consumer-friendly on-package text labels and discouraged the use of electronic codes and labeling that would require access to a smartphone or broadband internet and would not help th… Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Federal Funding for Rural Electric Coops in Northern and Eastern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced $32.2 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loans to increase access to affordable energy by building and improving electric infrastructure in Northern and Eastern New Mexico. Jemez Mountains Electric Coop will receive $18.3 million to build 58 new miles of power line, improve 28 miles of power line, make other system improvements, and invest in smart grid… Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Trade Adjustment Assistance for New Mexicans Affected by Mine Closure in Questa

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Labor has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers who lost their jobs when Chevron closed its molybdenum mine in Questa, N.M. The TAA will help former employees of the mine transition to new jobs by providing career training, employment services and other support. Since Chevron closed the mine in Questa in 2014, the lawmakers have supported … Continue Reading

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