Press Releases

May 23, 2017

Senators Demand Explanation of White House Attempt to Block Ethics Waiver Disclosure

WASHINGTON - If the White House succeeds in blocking the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) from discovering who has received waivers of President Donald Trump's ethics pledge, we will get it ourselves, said a group of Senators in a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney today. Their letter comes in response to Mulvaney's request to "stay" OGE's collection of information on executive branch ethics waivers, which previous presidents made public as a matter of course… Continue Reading

May 23, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Say TrumpCare Will Hurt Rural America

2.9 million rural Americans could lose health care by 2020 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall outlined the harmful impact TrumpCare will have in rural America where communities have long faced challenges with access to affordable health care insurance and services. The senators were joined by New Mexico Radiologist Dr. Robert Rosenberg and National Association of Rural Health Clinics President John Gill, along with U.S. Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Bob Casey (D… Continue Reading

May 23, 2017

Udall: Trump Budget a ‘Disturbing Statement of President’s Dangerous & Cruel Priorities'

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released the following statement on President Trump's FY 2018 budget: "This budget is a disturbing statement of President Trump's dangerous and cruel priorities. President Trump's budget would cannibalize programs that help lower-income and middle-class families to give the richest Americans a… Continue Reading

May 22, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Budget Cutting $800 Billion from Medicaid

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on reports that President Trump's budget calls for $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid. The $800 billion cut assumes that the House-passed bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as "TrumpCare," would become law. Tomorrow, Udall will deliver a speech on the Senate floor outlining his opposition to TrumpCare, which would take away health care from hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and could send New Mexico into rec… Continue Reading

May 22, 2017

Senators Udall, Hassan Urge Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on the State of Media in U.S.

Letter Also Follows Recent Incidents of Hostility Against Members of the Press by Trump Administration WASHINGTON - Today, in light of the changing dynamics of how people access and pay for news, the proliferation of so-called "fake news," and recent incidents of hostility against members of the press corps by members of President Trump's Administration, Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, S… Continue Reading

May 22, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge Against Cuts to NASA Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to support NASA's Office of Education in the coming fiscal year despite a proposal by President Trump to eliminate the office, which works to inspire and educate students across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). NASA's Office of Education programs include the Space Grant College and Fellowship Program -- a competitive, state-federal partnership that… Continue Reading

May 19, 2017

Udall, Hassan Demand Answers from FCC Chairman about FCC Security Violence against Journalist

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai demanding an explanation for reports that FCC security personnel manhandled, threatened further violence, and ejected CQ Roll Call journalist John M. Donnelly following a press conference at FCC headquarters. Calling the incident a "new low point in a disturbing trend" of the Trump administration's hostile relations with the press, Udall and Hassan di… Continue Reading

May 18, 2017

Udall Statement on Notice of NAFTA Renegotiation from Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the Trump administration sent Congress formal notice of its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "NAFTA, like many of our trade agreements, could certainly be improved with better protections for American workers and updated to reflect new circumstances. However, any renegotiation of NAFTA must protect the thousands of New Mexicans whose livelihoods depend on stable trade relat… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Udall Welcomes Appointment of Former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in Trump-Russia Probe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "Robert Mueller has solid credentials, and I am relieved that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein faced reality and heeded the calls by an increasing number of lawmakers in Congress - including myself - and appointed an independent counsel to oversee the Justice Department investigation into Russia's meddling in our election. This is a badly needed step after weeks of chaos. Now Congress must do its job, conduct real oversight, … Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Funding for Substance Abuse Treatment at IHS and Partner Facilities, Including NCI in Gallup

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that they secured $13 million in funding for new Indian Health Services (IHS) substance abuse programs in a major bipartisan appropriations bill to fund the government through September 2017. The provision dedicates $2 million in new funding specifically for partner detoxification facilities, such as Na'Nizhoozhi Center Inc. (NCI) in Gallup. Altogether the funding will help IHS… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Udall Questions GAO, Administration Witnesses on ‘High Risk’ Designation for Indian Programs

Committee also passes Udall-cosponsored bill to support Native educators, including Udall amendment to improve early childhood education WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) recent "High Risk" designation of programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and Indian Health Service. Noting th… Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

Udall Bill Would Repeal Congressional Review Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in introducing a bill to repeal the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a law that Republicans have exploited this year to overturn public health, environmental, and consumer protections while advancing special interests. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The CRA allows Congress to quickly overturn recently issued agency rules - many of which were years or dec… Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

VIDEO: On Senate Floor, Udall Says Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ Behavior Demands Bipartisan Congressional Oversight

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to call for real, bipartisan oversight of the Trump administration in light of the president's "dangerous" behavior with classified information in a recent Oval Office meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador. Udall said that President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey - who was overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election… Continue Reading

May 15, 2017

Udall Statement on Reports of President Trump Revealing Highly Classified Information to Russians

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on reports that President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office: "If true, the president's reported actions are deeply disturbing and demand a bipartisan Congressional response. President Trump's recklessness with highly classified information could endanger our national security, erode the trust of our all… Continue Reading

May 12, 2017

Udall Celebrates New Mexico Teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement for National Teacher Appreciation Week in recognition of the hard work and dedication of teachers across New Mexico: "Our children are our most precious resource, and we entrust our teachers with an incredible responsibility-inspiring kids to achieve their dreams. "So many teachers treat their work as a mission, not a job. They wake up early to prepare class events and lesson plans, and they stay at school late to help with hom… Continue Reading

May 12, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge Department of the Interior to Lift Sudden Suspension of Public Land Advisory Groups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a coalition of Western Democratic senators in urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing local committees and advisory boards that provide essential community input on public land management. In response to reports that the Department of the Interior postponed all meetings for public resource advisory councils and committees (RACs) until September, the senators wrote to Interior Secre… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call On FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in sending a letter led by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai expressing strong opposition to the Chairman's plans to gut net neutrality protections. In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ensuring all online traff… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Udall Secures Commitment from Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin Not to Close Facilities that Provide Care for Veterans

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin on the steps he is taking to ensure veterans are getting the health care and coverage they have earned. At the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies hearing, "Reducing Burden & Increasing Access to Healthcare: Improving VA Community Care," Udall asked Secretary Shulkin for clarificat… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Udall Votes to Confirm U.S. Trade Representative, Citing his Commitment to Protect NM Companies that Depend on NAFTA Trade

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative after Udall secured a commitment from Lighthizer to oppose unilateral withdrawal from NAFTA by the Trump administration. Earlier this week, Udall wrote to Lighthizer seeking assurances that he would be a voice of reason to help protect the thousands of New Mexicans who rely on trade made possible by NAFTA, given President Trump's reckless rhetoric and dangerous policy proposals tha… Continue Reading

May 10, 2017

Udall: Senate Rejects Repeal of Commonsense Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 49-51, defeating a measure to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Udall helped lead the fight against the repeal. "This is a victory for taxpayers and school children in New Mexico - because we were able to fend off this dangerous repeal, New Mexico will continue to benefit from the BLM's commonsense steps to prevent the… Continue Reading

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