Press Releases

April 02, 2018

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has begun accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2019. The first session will be held on April 5 in Albuquerque. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval… Continue Reading

March 29, 2018

Senators Udall and Murkowski Introduce Legislation Honoring Native Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced a resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States. This legislation recognizes the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women in this country. "Generations of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women have inspired and helped pave the way … Continue Reading

March 29, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Warn CFPB Against Repealing Rule To Crack Down On Predatory Payday Lending Schemes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2018) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Leandra English and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging them to end any efforts to undermine and repeal the CFPB's payday lending rule, which would help rein in predatory business practices by payday lenders nationwide that are designed to exploit the financial hardships facing millions of hardworking families… Continue Reading

March 29, 2018

1 Year After Pruitt’s Chlorpyrifos Decision, Udall Surveys Major Grocery Stores & Food Service Providers About Toxic Pesticide Use

Survey highlights continued widespread use of chlorpyrifos on fruits and vegetables WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, sent a survey to more than 80 grocery stores, food service providers, and national restaurant chains asking about the extent to which these companies source their fruits and vegetables from suppliers that utilize the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. Udall's su… Continue Reading

March 28, 2018

Democratic Committee Leaders Request GAO Investigate Troubling SES Employee Reassignments

Washington - Eight Democratic Committee leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate sent a letter today to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding troubling reports of reassignments of members of the Senior Executive Service (SES). Reports indicate as many as 33 SES members may have been reassigned at the Department of the Interior (DOI) - prompting concerns of political motivations and a review by DOI's Inspector General - and that potential reassignments based on political … Continue Reading

March 27, 2018

Udall Kicks off 1st ‘Rural Resource Roadshow’ at ENMU-Roswell

Events bring local, state, federal officials together to share federal resources that could help boost the economy in rural NM communities ROSWELL, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall visited Roswell to kick off the first of six planned Rural Resource Roadshows, which he is holding in rural communities across the state to bring together community leaders, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations that work to support rural communities. The events are an opportunity for el… Continue Reading

March 26, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Secure Strong Funding for NM Priorities in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate in voting 65-32 for an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the bill, and the president signed it into law last week. While the bill fails to provide a solution for DREAMers or include significant provisions to prevent gun violence, the bill invests in essential New Mexico priorities th… Continue Reading

March 23, 2018

Udall Hails Passage of Bill to Expand AMBER Alert System in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed unanimous passage in the Senate last night of the Ashlynn Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017. The bill, which previously passed the House, now heads to the president to be signed into law. The bill was written in response to the tragic 2016 abduction and murder on the Navajo Nation of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike - when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynn… Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

Udall: Omnibus Funding Bill Includes Strong Investments in Indian Country

Increases funding for IHS & funds critical infrastructure needs for Native Americans WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the omnibus appropriations bill, which includes important funding for Indian Country that Udall fought to include: "This bill represents real progress for Indian Country, … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

Udall: Omnibus Funding Bill Rejects Poison Pill Riders, Dangerous Cuts to EPA and Public Lands

Increases funding for LWCF, National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, fully funds PILT WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on the Interior and Environment provisions in the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018: "The American people support investments in clean air and water, public lands, parks, and the arts and humanities, which are vital t… Continue Reading

March 21, 2018

Udall Secures Major Breakthrough for Wildfire Funding in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that he has secured a 10-year fix for wildfire funding as part of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus funding bill made released today. The agreement will ensure reliable funding for fighting catastrophic wildfires for the next 10 years, starting in 2020. It ends the practice known as "fire borrowing" - in which the Forest Service and Interior Depart… Continue Reading

March 21, 2018

Udall, Bennet, Bicameral Group Urge Interior to Listen to Western Voices Before Revising BLM Methane Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Natural Resources, and a group of Western lawmakers sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to maintain the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, and to listen to Westerners through public hearings and an extended comment period prior to any revision of the rule. U.S. Represen… Continue Reading

March 20, 2018

NM Delegation Announces Small Business Loans Available for Businesses Affected by Ongoing Drought

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that small businesses in several New Mexico counties will be eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) due to the ongoing drought. The loans are designed to offset economic losses from reduced revenues caused by drought. Eligible counties are Catron, Cibola, Grant, Hidalgo, McKinley, San… Continue Reading

March 20, 2018

Senators Seek Congressional Oversight, Transparency Regarding DOD Assistance in Yemen

WASHINGTON - Ahead of a vote on a resolution to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D- N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led a group of eight senators in writing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis regarding congressional oversight of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's ongoing military operations against the Houthis. The senators, who sit on the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, raised specific concerns that Congress was never notified of agreeme… Continue Reading

March 19, 2018

NM Delegation Calls on US Navy to Designate Next Nuclear Sub USS Los Alamos Upon 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in support of naming the Navy's next Virginia class fast attack submarine the "USS Los Alamos" in recognition of the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy. "The effort to honor the national laboratory responsible for the beginning of the nuclear age is a citiz… Continue Reading

March 19, 2018

Udall: EPA Failing to Cooperate with Accountability Office Investigation into ‘Privacy Booth’ Costs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to comply with an inquiry from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is looking into the legality of a "privacy booth" built with taxpayer funds in Pruitt's office. Udall in November asked the GAO - an independent investigative agency created by Congress - for a le… Continue Reading

March 15, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $750,000 Grant for Los Alamos Manufacturing Company to Continue Developing Solar Energy Window Technology

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that UbiQD, LLC, a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer, was awarded a $750,000 Phase II grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This two year grant award builds on an earlier 2016 NSF grant that Udall, Heinrich and Luján supported, and will help fund research and development of luminescent solar concentrating glass windows with quantum dot coatings. The gra… Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Udall, Smith, Tester Introduce Bill to Help Tribal Communities Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - In conjunction with a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing today on the opioid crisis in Indian Country, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a bill to help Tribal communities in New Mexico and across the country access the resources they need to support people who are struggling with mental illness or substance use disorders. Tribal communities have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. According to a leading health agency,… Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Push for Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis, Support Treatment Efforts in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich urged Senate leaders to prioritize robust, direct funding to Tribal communities to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in Native American communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest overdose death rates of any group in 2015 and the largest percentage change in the number of opioid-related deaths ov… Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Hearing on Opioid Crisis in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a committee oversight hearing entitled "Opioids in Indian Country: Beyond the Crisis to Healing the Community" to explore the need for Congress to support wrap-around community services to fully address the opioid and substance use crisis in Indian Country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drug overdose death rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives rose by… Continue Reading

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