Press Releases

January 09, 2017

Democratic Senators Demand Information from DeVos on Failure to Pay Record Campaign Finance Violation Fines Ahead of Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) again called on Trump Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos to provide information on the blatant campaign finance violations of her All Children Matter Political Action Committee (PAC), and on the PAC's subsequent refusal to pay $5.3 million in fines to the state of Ohio. DeVos has failed to respond to the senators' earlier inquiry about h… Continue Reading

January 06, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Praise Enactment of American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich praised the enactment of S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), a major science bill that includes a number of significant provisions Udall and Heinrich championed to help boost New Mexico's economy. The bill, which passed both houses of Congress last month and was signed into law by President Obama today, contains measures to boost technology transfer initiatives, strengthen and grow manufacturing, and encourage … Continue Reading

January 06, 2017

Udall Joins Senators in Authoring Bill to Require President-Elect Trump and Future Presidential Nominees to Release Tax Returns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has cosponsored a bill authored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will require President-elect Trump to release his recent tax returns in order to provide the public with more transparency on matters related to the President-elect's actions, values and foreign business dealings. "President-elect Trump has defied decades of bipartisan tradition in refusing to release his tax returns. New Mexicans and folks throughout the nation have seriou… Continue Reading

January 05, 2017

Udall Meets with Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after meeting with former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of State: "Like many New Mexicans, I am concerned and skeptical about a career executive of a massive oil and gas company - who has no government experience - serving as the nation's Secretary of State. Exxon's overseas oil and gas interests are vast and spread across the world, including in areas of major U.S. foreign policy si… Continue Reading

January 05, 2017

Hoeven, Udall Elected Chairman, Vice Chairman of Senate Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today issued the following statements after being elected Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the 115th Congress. "I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and look forward to working with Vice Chairman Udall and members of the Committee to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian Country. In our roles, we will address the… Continue Reading

January 04, 2017

Udall Votes 'No' on Reckless Plan to Repeal Health Care for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the following statement after voting "no" on a motion to start debate on S. Con. Res. 3, the measure that would repeal critical parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today's 51-48 vote was the first of several procedural steps the Senate will take as part of the Republicans' disastrous effort to repeal the ACA. "Since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, people from across New Mexico have called, written and stopped me on the street to tell me… Continue Reading

December 28, 2016

Udall Welcomes Designation of Bears Ears National Monument

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, praised President Obama's decision to create the Bears Ears National Monument. The region of Southern Utah has been important for Native Americans for millennia, and it is also an area where Udall's ancestor, Jacob Hamblin, once worked to build relations between Mormon pioneers and Native Am… Continue Reading

December 23, 2016

Udall: 'Washington Republicans' Plan to Repeal the ACA Would be a Public Health, Economic and Jobs Disaster' for NM

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the impact that repealing Obamacare would have on New Mexico families and the state's economy: "Before the Affordable Care Act, New Mexico had one of the nation's highest percentages of people without health insurance. For tens of thousands of citizens, everything but emergency health care was mostly out of reach. Today, thanks to the ACA, that number has been cut in half and continues to improve -- 360,000 New Mexi… Continue Reading

December 23, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $10.9 Million in Grants to Help NM End Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed $10.9 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to help New Mexico families, veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness. The grants will go to communities across the state, including five new organizations and four others that did not receive funding last year. The total represents an increase of about $500,000 over last year for Continuum of Care programs. "Everyone deserves a quality place to call home, and th… Continue Reading

December 23, 2016

Season's Greetings

Dear Friend, This holiday season, as we gather together with family and friends and count our blessings, it is important that we remember our brave men and women in the military who sacrifice so much for our freedom. Many of our troops are spending the holiday season far away from home, serving American interests and values overseas. New Mexico and America are enormously grateful for everything that our service members and their families do on our behalf, and I know you'll join me in keeping the… Continue Reading

December 22, 2016

Following Reports that President-elect Trump's Cabinet Nominees are Slow-Walking Full Disclosure of Key Information, Senate Democratic Ranking Members Say Process Shouldn't Move Forward Before all Documents are Turned Over & Reviewed

WASHINGTON - Following reports that President-elect Trump's Cabinet nominees have not yet provided the relevant Senate Committees with important documentation, such as a completed financial disclosure statement, ethics agreement signed by the Office of Government Ethics, and more ahead of their confirmation hearings, the Democratic Ranking Members of 16 committees in the United States Senate today issued the following joint statement of principles for vetting the president-elect's nominees: Stat… Continue Reading

December 16, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Comment on Sandia National Laboratories Contract Decision

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) decision to award the management and operating contract for Sandia National Laboratories to National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS), a subsidiary of Honeywell International. Udall is a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of Energy's budget, and… Continue Reading

December 15, 2016

Udall Statement on Trump's Planned Nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke to head Interior Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, and incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, made the following statement about President-elect Trump's announcement that he has chosen to nominate Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior: "As a senator from a Western state where hunting, fishing and other recreation are central to the economy, I feel strongly that we need our… Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

Udall Visits UNM's Project ECHO to Discuss Impact of ECHO Model on Access to Rural Health Care

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall visited with Project ECHO leaders at the University of New Mexico to discuss their innovative model to expand health care in rural communities. Udall sat in on a demonstration of a teleECHO clinic during a roundtable with rural providers over video-conference and met with the project's founder, Dr. Sanjeev Arora, to discuss how the ECHO model has improved rural access to health care. Udall is a longtime supporter of the innovative tele-health pr… Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed passage of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) -- which includes a facility in Artesia, N.M. -- to ensure that our federal law enforcement officials and first responders are adequately trained for national security events, domestic threats, and combating terrorism. The bill passed the Senate early Saturday morning and passed the House on Tuesday and is now headed to the … Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

Udall Among Senators Calling for National Intelligence Estimate of Russian Tampering in US Election, Request Confirmation of Justice Department Investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) in calling for a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) to determine the extent of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, accompanied by an unclassified summary of its key judgments by Jan. 20, 2017. An NIE is the formal, authoritative assessment of… Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

Democratic Senators Call on Trump Education Secretary Nominee DeVos to Pay $5.3 Million in Unpaid Fines for Election Violations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced that they are calling on President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to ensure payment of the $5.3 million in fines and penalties owed by DeVos' All Children Matter Political Action Committee (PAC) for campaign finance violations dating back to 2008. All Children Matter broke Ohio election law by illegal… Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Udall Statement on Trump's Expected Nomination of Rick Perry to Head Department of Energy

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on President-elect Trump's decision to nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy: "I'm disappointed but not surprised that President-elect Trump intends to nominate as Secretary of Energy someone who once said he wants to eliminate the very agency he has been tapped to lead. Governor Perry's past comments show a lack of seriousness about the department's full mission, and I will be listening very closely to… Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Udall Statement on Trump's Expected Nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about President-elect Trump's plan to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State: "The U.S. Secretary of State represents the United States on the world stage. Rex Tillerson is the highly paid CEO for Exxon, a multinational oil company that has made tens of billions of dollars in profit over the years, in part due to its foreign oil interests. And this raises troubling questions about what his agenda might b… Continue Reading

December 12, 2016

Udall Statement on Climate Change Questions in Trump Energy Department Questionnaire

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged President-elect Trump to explain the reasons for his 74-point questionnaire to Department of Energy employees. The document asks detailed questions about the department's work related to climate change, including the names of employees who have attended workshops on climate change policy, and asks for associated emails and documents. Udall made the following statement: "The badgering tone of the questionnaire and its focus on particular meetings… Continue Reading

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