Press Releases

February 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Applaud $1 Million NeighborWorks Grant for New Mexico Affordable Housing Development and Lending

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that NeighborWorks, a congressionally-chartered, nonpartisan nonprofit, has awarded a $1 million grant to fund the development of family rental units and for-sale housing in New Mexico. The grant will also fund lending support for residential mortgages, down-payment assistance and commercial small businesses. "Affordable, safe and well-built housing options are imperative building blocks for strong, healthy comm… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on the Senate Floor Urging Senate to Act to Prevent Unconstitutional War With Iran

Legislation barring war with Iran has twice passed the House and has bipartisan Senate majority support VIDEO LINK: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u1yqha4c7ko5h6c/UdallIranFloorSpeech212.mp4?dl=0 WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and author of the Prevention of Unconstitutional War Act of 2019, spoke on the Senate floor urging fellow senators to vote for a War Powers Act resolution to prevent the Trump administration fro… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Seek Comment on Wild & Scenic Legislation to Protect the Gila River

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they are circulating draft legislation to protect the Gila River by designating portions of the river and its watershed as Wild and Scenic. The lawmakers are seeking public comments and stakeholder input on the draft legislation. The Greater Gila watershed, which includes the San Francisco River and other main tributaries, comprises the largest remaining network of naturally flowing river segments in the Sou… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Criticize Trump Administration For Stonewalling Vietnam Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 41 Senate Democrats, have sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump condemning the Administration for stonewalling critical benefits to Vietnam veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange. In the letter, Senators Udall and Heinrich specifically called on the Administration to stop denying scientific evidence, and end the years-long delay of adding Bladder Cancer, H… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Department of Defense to Provide Assistance For Clovis Well Water Cleanup

Detection Comes 1 Year After New Mexico Delegation Introduced PFAS Damages Act in response to contamination at nearby dairies WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanding the Department of Defense (DoD) assist with drinking water clean up after PFAS chemicals were detected within the Clovis, New Mexico water system. EPCOR, the company that owns and operates Clovis's… Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

In Address to National Congress of American Indians, Udall Reaffirms the Importance of Maintaining and Improving the Government-To-Government Relationship with Tribes

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) at its 2020 Executive Council Winter Session. During his remarks, Udall focused on his work as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to advance important legislative priorities for Indian Country. Udall also received a Special Recognition Award for significant lifetime achievement on behalf of Indian Country. "… Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Udall, Lowenthal, Merkley, Clark Unveil Landmark Legislation to Break Free From Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), will unveil the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020, legislation that would phase out unnecessary single-use plastic products, hold corporations accountable for wasteful products, reduce wasteful packaging, and reform our broken waste and recycling collection system. Recent reports estim… Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Udall Statement on Devastating Trump Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on President Trump's budget request: "After lavishing tax cuts on massive corporations and the ultra-wealthy, President Trump has released a budget that takes direct aim at many of the programs and funding that New Mexicans and Americans rely on for clean air, clean water, public health, and thriving public… Continue Reading


February 07, 2020

Udall, Former Interior Secretaries, Native Leader and Scientific Expert Outline Bold, New Conservation Agenda to Confront Dual Climate and Nature Crises— Begins with Goal to Protect 30 Percent of U.S. Lands and Oceans by 2030

Video of the event can be found HERE. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined former U.S. Secretaries of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bruce Babbitt, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala, and Kendall Edmo, Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Blackfeet Nation, to outline a bold, new conservation agenda to confront the dual climate and nature crises, beginning with a goal to protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by 2030. With former Interior Secreta… Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

Udall Statement on DOI’s Final Management Plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement after the Interior Department released final management plans for the reduced Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument: "The Trump administration is trying to carry out its likely illegal campaign to roll back two treasured national monuments before the courts can stop… Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

Udall Statement on Corteva Decision to Stop Producing Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, issued the following statement on the decision by Corteva, Inc., one of the leading producers of chlorpyrifos, to stop producing the toxic chemical. Udall has introduced the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2019 to outlaw the use of chlorpyrifos nationwide. "It is a major win when a … Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

N.M. Delegation Announces $15 Million In Funding For Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project

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.), Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) are announcing $15 million in federal funding for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project. The funding for the project, headed by the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA), will be used to continue the construction of a water pipeline from Cannon Air Force Base to Portales. After working closel… Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Applaud $2 Million HUD Grant for Affordable Senior Housing

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) hailed aUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) award of $2,096,945 to the Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation (EHDOC) of Albuquerque. The grant provides capital advances to private, nonprofit sponsors to finance the development of 20 housing units for low-income, elderly residents. This housing option allows residents to live independe… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Udall Votes to Convict President Trump on Two Counts of Impeachment

Udall denounces Senate Republicans' refusal to hold a fair and full impeachment trial WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted to convict President Donald J. Trump and remove him from office on two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Udall said: "The evidence gathered by the House - that the president abused his office and taxpayer funds for personal gain -- is staggering. He got caught red-handed, and… Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Udall Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address: "The president's State of the Union speech was an affront to New Mexicans who have watched his administration stack the deck for the wealthy and the special interests while attacking the health care and economic security of working families. President Trump has filled his administration with millionaires and billionaires and lobbyists, pushed through tax cuts for the supe… Continue Reading


February 03, 2020

VIDEO: On Senate Floor, Udall Announces His Vote to Remove President Trump, Denounces Republican Efforts to Deny the American People Full and Fair Impeachment Trial

Because America is worth the fight." VIDEO LINK: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/1261419444052631/ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor ahead of the historic vote on the articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. Udall announced that he would vote to convict the president on both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Udall denounced the Republican effort to prevent Senate consideration of re… Continue Reading


January 31, 2020

Udall Statement on Senate Republicans Voting to Block Additional Witnesses and Documents in the Impeachment Trial of President Trump

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to block key witnesses and documents in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump: "Witnesses and documents that shed light on wrongdoing are basic tenets of our justice system. The Senate and the American people have been deprived of their right to know the full truth. Thanks to Senate Republicans, the Trump impeachment trial will now be the first Senate impeachment tr… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

Udall Applauds House Natural Resources Committee Approval of Udall, Gallego Tribal Wildlife Corridors Bill

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, applauded the House Natural Resources Committee for approving the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019 to support the use of wildlife corridors on Tribal lands. The bill, introduced by Udall and U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples, empowers Tribes to identify and support Tribal wildlife corridors that restore connectivity… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Fellow Senators Denounce Trump Administration’s One-sided Peace Plan

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 10 Senate Democrats in a letter to President Donald Trump denouncing his administration's one-sided Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. "We write to express our profound concern regarding your decision to release a one-sided Israeli-Palestinian plan forged without any Palestinian involvement or support," the senators began. "Unilateral implementation … Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump Interior Department Weakening Migratory Bird Treaty Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke out on the news that the Trump Department of the Interior will permanently weaken the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act with a regulation that will stop enforcement of so-called "incidental" takes, or instances in which industry practices kill protected bird species. The move enshrines a legally suspect 2017 DOI solicitor's opinion: … Continue Reading

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