Press Releases

September 05, 2019

Udall & McCollum Statement on GAO Finding Trump Interior Department Violated Law By Using National Park Fees to Keep Parks Open During Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the ranking member and chair of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, respectively, released the following statements today following the Government Accountability Office's official opinion on the administration's use of Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) funds during the 35-day partial government shutdown: "Tod… Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Celebrate Columbus Port of Entry Ribbon Cutting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small celebrated the official opening of a modernized and expanded Columbus Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico. The completed project provides badly-needed improvements and expands the Columbus Port of Entry to facilitate trade, economic growth in border communities and across New Mexico, and binational cooperation between the United States and Mexico. In 2014, as chairman of the Appropriat… Continue Reading


September 04, 2019

Udall Requests Information on Former Interior Official’s Compliance with Federal Ethics Requirements

At Interior, Balash reportedly met with Oil Search officials - the company he is going to work for - while Oil Search was pursuing development opportunities under the Department's authority Udall requests Interior produce all ethics filings and recusals made by Balash as he sought private employment, as federal ethics rules require WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, sent an… Continue Reading


September 04, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Denounce Trump Plan to Raid $125 Million from NM Military Projects to Pay for Border Wall

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich condemned the Department of Defense's (DOD) announcement that President Trump is raiding $125 million from New Mexico military construction projects, including $85 million from a project at Holloman Air Force Base and $40 million from a project at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), to pay for President Trump's border wall. In a phone call today, the Assistant Secretary for the Air Force John Henderson confirmed that the two New Mexic… Continue Reading


September 04, 2019

Udall, Democratic Appropriators Demand Answers on DoD Plans to Raid Military Projects to Pay for Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined members of the Senate Appropriations Committee in opposing the Department of Defense's (DOD) decision to allow President Trump to raid $3.6 billion from military construction funding to pay for President Trump's unnecessary and ineffective border wall, including segments in New Mexico. The senators demand Congress be provided with full details of DOD's decision to pay for the wall with funds meant to improve military readiness. "We are opposed to this … Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump EPA Decision to Weaken Methane Pollution Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to weaken methane pollution rules:"Methane is a dangerous pollutant and greenhouse gas and our way of life is under threat from climate change. EPA's decision today is an affront to New Mexicans and people across this country who have a right to clean air.… Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announce Funding for the Restoration of Fort Bayard and Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega

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.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the National Park Service is awarding nearly $270,000 for historic preservation projects in New Mexico through the Save America's Treasures program. The Village of Santa Clara will use funds to make repairs in Fort Bayard located near Santa Clara, N.M. and Cornerstones Community Partnerships will use funds to restore Ca… Continue Reading


August 23, 2019

Udall & McCollum to BLM: Press Pause on Relocation Plan

Citing a lack of meaningful analysis and consultation, Udall & McCollum call on BLM to suspend any efforts to move headquarters and abruptly relocate staffLawmakers express concerns that proposed reorganization is part of a "deliberate effort to dismantle and weaken the Bureau"WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), the ranking member and chair of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment,… Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Announce $295,375 for CNM Community College to Expand ABQid Seed Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $295,375 to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to enhance and develop the ABQid Seed Fund, which will support a diverse, inclusive population of entrepreneurs and business owners in Central New Mexico. The project will expand the ABQid Seed Fund by merging two non-profit organizations -- ABQid … Continue Reading


August 20, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $750,000 to NMSU to Develop Clean Energy Workforce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $750,000 to New Mexico State University's (NMSU) College of Engineering to create the Innovation and Commercialization for Regional Energy Workforce (I-CREW). The I-CREW program will focus on accelerating clean energy technology and developing a statewide clean energy workforce. "This funding … Continue Reading


August 19, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $384,777 to San Juan College to Launch Big Idea Innovation Accelerator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $384,777 to San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico to launch the Big Idea Innovation Accelerator, which will offer resources, consulting, and mentorship to boost entrepreneurship. The accelerator will provide critical assistance to entrepreneurs, researchers, and inventors as they translate… Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Udall Statement on National Navajo Code Talkers Day

WASHINGTON - Today, on National Navajo Code Talkers Day, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement in honor of the legendary bravery and service of Navajo Code Talkers during World War II: "In May of 1942, in the midst of World War II, 29 young Navajo recruits arrived at Camp Pendleton, where they embarked on a secret mission: To develop a code so strong it couldn't be cracked. Without using any modern technology, they devel… Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call For Investigation Of Trump Administration’s Efforts To Use Eminent Domain To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Ineffective And Expensive Southern Border Wall

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) yesterday joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting that the U.S. Government Accountability Office investigate the Trump Administration's efforts to exercise the power of eminent domain to seize privately held land to build a border wall at the southern border of the United States. The letter follows the S… Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Slam Trump Administration Proposal To Weaken Protections Against Discrimination In Health Care

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 34 fellow Democratic senators to submit a comment letter for the record to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar criticizing the Trump Administration's proposed rule to weaken critical protections that help address discrimination in health care. The senators outlined several issues with the proposed rule, including how it could harm patients who already face barriers when seeking care by e… Continue Reading


August 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call for Reversal of Trump Plan to Cut Nutrition Aid to 3 Million Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 19 Senators and 120 U.S. Representatives to demand that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) withdraw its disastrous plan to kick an estimated 3.1 million Americans off of food assistance, including tens of thousands of New Mexicans. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the lawmakers urged USDA to reverse course and rescind its proposal, which would raise serious barriers to food access for working f… Continue Reading


August 12, 2019

Udall Statement on 5th Circuit Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit court of appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in its ruling in Brackeen v. Bernhardt and overturned a 2018 decision from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas, which wrongly struck down key provisions of ICWA. In January, Udall filed a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in support of … Continue Reading


August 12, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Endangered Species Act Rollback

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of Interior's budget, released the following statement after the Trump administration released new regulations rolling back the Endangered Species Act (ESA): "Today, the Trump administration issued regulations that take a wrecking ball to one of our oldest and most effective environmental laws, the Endangered Species Act. As we have seen time and time again, … Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $1.5 Million for NMSU Sun and Space Weather Research

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that New Mexico State University's (NMSU) Department of Astronomy was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to hire a space scientist to work on physics of sun and space weather. This funding was awarded through a program called "Faculty Development in the Space Sciences" from the NSF Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Atmospheric and Geospa… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $4.64 Million to Help Increase Access to Clean Water in Doña Ana County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a grant of $3,629,065 and approved a loan of $1,014,000, totaling $4,643,065, to help the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority upgrade and modernize the water system in Berino, New Mexico. The award will be used to drill a new water well, and install an arsenic treatment facility as well as a new … Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

NM Delegation Announces $6 Million to Combat New Mexico’s Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $6 million in funding to New Mexico to combat the opioid epidemic in communities across the state. The funding will go toward treatment, prevention, recovery, and research efforts throughout New Mexico. A break… Continue Reading

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