Press Releases

March 14, 2018

Udall, Senators: Self-Driving Car Bill Needs Stronger Safety Measures, Consumer Protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today called for stronger public safety measures and consumer protections in legislation to regulate self-driving cars (AV START Act, S. 1885). "We are concerned that the bill indefinitely preempts state and local safety regulations even if federal safety standards are never developed," the senators wrote. The senators continued: … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

VIDEO: Udall: Climate Change Presents the Greatest Threat our Nation and World Now Confront

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor to highlight the devastating impacts that climate change is having on New Mexico and the Southwest, and urged immediate and concrete action to mitigate the effects of climate change. Udall joined Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the floor in honor of his 200th "Time to Wake Up" to the threat of climate change speech. Udall outline… Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

28 Senators to EPA: Don’t Weaken Rules Protecting Workers & Children from Toxic Pesticides

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led a group of 28 Senate Democrats in expressing alarm at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider two federal safeguards that are vital to the protection of agricultural workers and children against dangerous pesticides, including children working on farms. "With the lives of children … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Udall Statement on Ouster of Tillerson, Intent to Nominate Pompeo and Haspel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's decision to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and to replace Pompeo with Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. "Chaos at the State Department and public squabbles with the president have eroded our standing abroad, and when it comes to countries like North Korea, relations are on a razor's edge. However, while I… Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

NM Delegation Urges Against Tariffs on Newsprint

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross not to approve additional tariffs on newsprint, which could devastate local papers across New Mexico. In January, the Commerce Department imposed import duties on Canadian groundwood paper, a kind of newsprint used by newspapers across the country, and are now considering additional tariffs. According to the lawma… Continue Reading

March 09, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution to Celebrate Latina Women During Women’s History Month

Washington - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution to celebrate and recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of Latinas in New Mexico and throughout the United States during National Women's History Month. "New Mexico's rich history has been written in large part by Latina women who defined our values, enriched our culture, and helped our state and nation thrive: activists, teachers, artists, professionals, leaders, thinkers, scientists, public officials,"… Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Udall, Heinrich Call on DHS to Expedite DACA Renewal Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of Democratic senators in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging DHS to expedite the processing of DACA renewal applications. In January and February, two United States District Courts issued preliminary injunctions partially blocking the administration's termination of the DACA program, and directing DHS to resume accepting DACA renewal applications on the same terms as … Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Sen. Udall, Rep. Welch Introduce Legislation to Mitigate Environmental Impacts of Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced companion bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by mitigating harmful environmental impacts and advancing the next generation of biofuels. The GREENER Fuels Act (Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act) is the first bill in Congress to reform the RFS. On a press conference call this afternoon, Wel… Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Udall, Hoeven Introduce the Bipartisan Progress for Indian Tribes Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) and promote stronger tribal self-governance. The Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination (PROGRESS) for Indian Tribes Act (S. 2515) would streamline the Departmen… Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Udall Urges Trump to Support Historic Infrastructure Plan to Create Jobs, Invest in NM Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in support of a Democrat-led proposal to invest in roads, bridges, schools, universal broadband, public lands, and clean energy: "I have long argued that we need a robust, long-term infrastructure plan to strengthen our communities, help us prepare for the future, and create thousands of jobs in New Mexico and across our country. Smart investments in roads and bridges, universal broadband, ports of entry, public lands, wa… Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Udall: Senate Democratic Infrastructure Plan Includes Major Investments in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led the Senate Democrats in including more than $10 billion worth of investments for Indian Country in the Senate Democrats' infrastructure proposal, which was unveiled today. The $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, the Jobs and Infrastructure Plan for America's Workers, provides the resources and a blueprint to modernize America's infrastructure and create millions of jobs - paid for by rolling back … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

New Mexico Democrats Announce $16 Million Grant to Repair Southwest Chief Line in NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded New Mexico's Colfax County a $16 million grant to replace segments of aging rail line on which Amtrak's Southwest Chief operates. The grant, which was awarded under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, will fund critical repair work in New Mexico, Kansas, an… Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Udall, Tester, Heller Welcome Senate Passage of Bill to Fix Disparity in Native American Veterans’ Burial Benefits

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed Senate passage of S. 2248, a bill to provide parity to Tribal Veterans Cemeteries. The bill would change current law to provide headstones upon request as a burial benefit for veterans and their spouses, surviving spouses, and dependent children interred in a Tribal veterans' cemetery. Along with Udall, the legislation was led by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), ranking member of the Senat… Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Udall, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Critical School Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, legislation that invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens - including providing key resources to strengthen school safety in Native communities. The STOP School Violence Act authorizes the Department of Ju… Continue Reading

March 05, 2018

Udall Statement on March 5 DACA Deadline

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the arbitrary March 5 deadline President Trump set for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "DREAMers represent the best of our country. They deserve the chance to live out their dreams and to continue strengthening our communities in the only nation they have ever called home. Because of the heartless and short-sighted actions of President Trump and his allies in Congress, DREAMers in New … Continue Reading

March 05, 2018

Udall, Duckworth, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Ensure Servicemembers Don’t Go Hungry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Lisa Murkowksi (R-Alaska) introduced bipartisan legislation this week to help prevent troops and military families from going hungry so that no one willing to serve this nation in uniform struggles to feed their families. The Military Hunger Prevention Act fixes a quirk in federal law and eliminates inconsistencies that prevent many low-income servicemembers from accessing federal food assistance programs like the Supplem… Continue Reading

March 02, 2018

NM Delegation Welcomes Interior Department Decision to Cancel Oil and Gas Lease Sale in Chaco Region

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will cancel a planned oil and gas lease sale in the Greater Chaco region. More than 450 protests were filed over the planned March 8 sale, and after hearing from the delegation and many other New Mexicans, Zinke has agreed to halt the sale and return to a joint planning process that began in 2016. The first-… Continue Reading

March 02, 2018

Udall Statement on Resignation of US Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, announced her resignation: "With the resignation of Ambassador Jacobson, the State Department is losing an exceptional public servant whose expertise and determination have been critical to sustaining a strong relationship with Mexico, one of our most vital allies. I commend Ambassador Jacobson for her years of invaluable … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

Following Udall & Hirono Advocacy, Department of Defense to Investigate Sexual Assault at U.S. Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) welcomed an announcement that the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General is launching an investigation into the U.S. Air Force Academy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. A December report revealed widespread retaliation and lack of support for sexual assault survivors at the Air Force Academy. "The behavior reported at the Air Force Academy - detailing harassment, intimidation, and retali… Continue Reading

February 28, 2018

Udall Urges Trump Administration to Nominate a Highly Qualified IHS Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement after the Trump administration formally announced the withdrawal of Robert Weaver's nomination to be director of the Indian Health Service: "Given the questions that came to light about Mr. Weaver's suitability to lead a vitally important health system overseeing critical care for over 2 million people across the nation, it is appropriate that his nomination has been with… Continue Reading

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