Press Releases

July 22, 2020

Udall Statement on White House Announcement of Expansion of Federal Law Enforcement Deployment to N.M.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will deploy additional federal law enforcement to New Mexico. "Federal law enforcement should not be misused as part of the president's political agenda, whether in Albuquerque, Portland, or any other U.S. city. Unfortunately, this president has shown himself to be ready and willing to do so, creating an environment where communities reasonably react w… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Udall Hails Historic House Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, applauded the House passage of legislation he has long championed - the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) - which fully and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million per year, every year, and makes a major $9.5 billion down payment toward the maintenance backlog in the country's national parks and federal l… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Demand Answers from Trump Administration on Deployment of Anonymous Federal Agents to American Cities

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 27 Senate Democrats in a letter to U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr and Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf demanding answers on the alarming actions of federal law enforcement officers against unarmed protesters in Portland, Oregon and the Trump administration's threat to deploy similar unmarked and unaccountable law enforcement officers in American cities, p… Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Western Senators Lead Call for Expedited Hearing on Anti-Public Lands Crusader William Perry Pendley’s Nomination to Bureau of Land Management

WASHINGTON - Following President Trump's formal nomination of anti-public lands activist William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined several Western senators in calling for an expedited Senate confirmation hearing for Pendley, who was… Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds AmeriCorps Grant for Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs, has awarded $159,164 to the Tse Daa K'aan Chapter of the Navajo Nation and the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) group in Zuni Pueblo. The fun… Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Announce Legislation To Block Federal Paramilitary Deployment To American Cities

WASHINGTON - In response to heavily armed, unmarked federal forces in unmarked vehicles grabbing protestors off the streets in Portland, Oregon, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), are helping introduce the bicameral Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America's Streets Act. The legislation would block the Trump administration from deploying federal law enforcement as a shadowy paramilitary against Americans, over the objections of state and local leaders. Se… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Put Pressure on Trump Administration to Reverse Decision that Reroutes COVID-19 Hospital Data Collection And Reporting Away From CDC

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 46 Senate Democrats in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, urging the Trump administration to reverse a new policy requiring hospitals to report data to a new system set up by the Department of Health and Human Services instead of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) which is run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge Support For Outdoor Tourism And Recreation Industry, Jobs In Next COVID Relief Package

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 10 Democratic Senate colleagues, have sent a letter to Senate Leadership urging them to include support for outdoor recreation and public land infrastructure jobs in the next COVID-19 relief package. With supply chains stalled, retailers shuttered, parks closed, and trips and travel canceled, the $778 billion outdoor industry is uniquely impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. "The crisis before us requires t… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

NM Delegation Celebrates EPA Grants for Valle de Oro and Taos Valley Acequia Association

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $60,000 to the Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Project and the Taos Valley Acequia Association. The grants will provide resources for these organizations to conduct research, provide education and training, and develop community-dr… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Udall Statement Honoring Downwinders on 75th Anniversary of Trinity Test

SANTA FE, N.M.-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement honoring the Tularosa Basin downwinders on the 75th anniversary of the Trinity nuclear test. Udall has for years fought to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and provide compensation to all New Mexicans, Tribal members, and families throughout the country - including the Tularosa downwinders - affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War. "Let us mark this solemn anniversary by lif… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Udall Statement on Court Ruling to Block Dangerous Trump BLM Decision to Eliminate Methane Rule

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a ruling last night that blocked the Trump Bureau of Land Management attempt to eliminate methane waste and pollution rules: "Methane is a greenhouse gas that super-pollutes our air and atmosphere and exacerbates the crisis of climate… Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump Rollback of Bedrock Environmental Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement on new rules expected from the White House Council on Environmental Quality that will weaken enforcement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). "Since NEPA was signed into law in 1970, the act has given every American the right to petition the government regarding federal projects that impact the h… Continue Reading


July 13, 2020

Udall Statement on Washington Football Team Changing Racist Name

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement after the Washington, D.C. National Football League (NFL) team announced it will change its name, which has been broadly condemned by organizations representing Native American Tribes and Native communities across the country: "The football team … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Call to Strengthen Support for Children of Migrant Workers in the Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bicameral group of 18 Democratic lawmakers in sending a letter to Senate leadership asking for increased funding dedicated to supporting the unique needs of the children of migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic as a part of the next congressional relief package. More than 300,000 children relocate throughout the country with their families who are seeking seasonal agricultural work multiple times throug… Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Applaud FCC Telehealth Grant to Improve Remote Medicine Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded $376,621 to the First Choice Community Healthcare (FCCH) South Valley Family Health Commons in Albuquerque through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The FCCH South Valley Family Health Commons plans to install network upgrades, telecommunications equipment, and telehealth and business software licenses that wi… Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge ICE And DHS To Immediately Withdraw New Guidance That Threatens International Students With Deportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 96 Senate and House Democrats in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging the agencies to withdraw new guidance issued by ICE that imperils the status of international students who would be studying online at U.S. institutions this coming academic year. The guidance threatens international students with deportation if they do not comply w… Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

VIDEO: Udall, HECHO, Community Leaders Push for Full Conservation Funding During Roundtable Discussion on Great American Outdoors Act Benefits for New Mexico

Find the Facebook Live video link here. SANTA FE, N.M.-Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, hosted a virtual roundtable with Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO) and small business and community leaders from across New Mexico. During the roundtable, Udall and the panel discussed the Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act and how the major public la… Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma

SANTA FE, N.M.- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling inMcGirt v. Oklahoma: "This decision is a landmark victory for Indian Country, upholding the United States' treaty obligations to the Creek Nation of Oklahoma and treaty Tribes across the country. The Supreme Court has affirmed that a promise is a promise: that treaties between the United States and Tribes are the law of th… Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds $550,000 in Grants to 11 Arts Organizations Across the State

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $550,000 in grant funding to 11 organizations across New Mexico. The grants, part of the $75 million for NEA appropriated through the CARES Act, will be used to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities cost… Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

In Indian Affairs Hearing, Udall Scrutinizes Barriers Impacting COVID-19 Response in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, to convene an oversight and legislative hearing entitled "Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities." "Over the last several months, our nation has faced a convergence of major and seemingly unprecedented challenges: a global pandemic, an economi… Continue Reading

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