Press Releases

September 18, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge USTR Lighthizer to Support New Mexico's Pecan Farmers and Lower Tariffs on Pecan Exports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of six other senators in urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to help New Mexico's pecan farmers increase exports by taking action to lower the tariffs on pecan exports to India. India's current high tariffs on pecans are impacting New Mexico and American pecan farmers, and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers. In a letter to Lighthizer, the senators note that … Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

Udall Joins Democrats in Introducing Bill to Expand Access to Affordable, High Quality Child Care for New Mexico Families

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a number of Democrats in introducing major legislation to ensure working families throughout New Mexico and across the country have access to affordable, high-quality child care. The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure working families can afford high-quality child care and preschool programs. The Child Care for Working Families Act would create a partnership between the federal and… Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on High Risk Indian Health, Education, and Energy Programs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, presided over an oversight hearing entitled "High Risk Indian Programs: Progress and Efforts in Addressing GAO's Recommendations" to assess progress and efforts to address the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) designation of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs as "high risk." Udall led the hearing as part of a series to ex… Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

Udall Proposes Amendments to Benefit New Mexico & Nation in Major Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico's national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money. The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the Senate floor this week. "The annual National Defense Authorization Act is always an important bill for New Mex… Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

Indian Affairs Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jon Tester (D-MT), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, welcomed the passage of their bipartisan legislation to address Native American veteran homelessness. The Tribal HUD-VASH Act, introduced by Senator Tester, will renew a joint tribal housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing… Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

Udall Statement on the Passing of Former Senator Pete Domenici

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall offered his condolences to the family of former Senator Pete Domenici, who passed away this morning. Udall succeeded Domenici in the U.S. Senate. "Jill and I were very saddened to hear of the passing of Senator Pete Domenici this morning, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family. "Senator Domenici is a legend in New Mexico politics, and though he will be sorely missed, his impact will be felt in the state - and the nation - for generations to … Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $4.4 Million to Navajo Nation for Repairs at the Shiprock Airstrip

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced a $4.4 million grant has been awarded to the Navajo Nation to rehabilitate the runway at the Shiprock Airstrip. Last year, the Shiprock Airstrip was awarded $350,000 for the design phase of runway reconstruction, and this latest grant will pay for construction and rehabilitation. The funding comes as part of the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration's di… Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Udall to Cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will sign on as an original cosponsor to Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All legislation, which would ensure every American would have access to comprehensive health insurance regardless of income or employment status. Udall supported similar proposals sponsored by Rep. John Conyers when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Udall made the following statement: "I believe that health care is… Continue Reading

September 11, 2017

Democrats to DHS IG: Does Trump Use of Private Residences Jeopardize Secret Service's Compliance with Federal Law?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, questioned whether the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) can comply with federal law and congressionally mandated spending limits when the agency uses millions of taxpayer dollars to protect President Trump's multiple properties, including Trump Tower i… Continue Reading

September 07, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against President Trump's Decision to Rescind DACA and Put Thousands of Dreamers at Risk of Deportation

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act and codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), after President Trump announced he would end the program, which has allowed 800,000 young people - and almost 8,000 New Mexicans - to get legal status so they can work and go to school. In his speech, Udall told the stories of promising young New Mexicans… Continue Reading

September 07, 2017

Udall Votes for Bill to Keep Government Open, Provide Relief to Hurricane Victims

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting 80-17 for a short-term agreement to keep the government open, avoid a default, and provide emergency relief funds to communities recovering from Hurricane Harvey. He released the following statement: "Keeping the government up and running is a basic responsibility of Congress, but it is absolutely critical for New Mexico families, our state's economy, and for maintaining… Continue Reading

September 06, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Secretary Zinke to Defer All Leases on Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land. The BLM previously agree… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Udall Decries Trump Decision to End DACA Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall blasted President Trump's announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed almost 8,000 young New Mexicans to get legal status so they can work and go to school: "President Trump's decision to end the DACA program is a cruel and short-sighted mistake that will cause chaos for families and our economy. The 800,000 Dreamers - including almost 8,000 New Mexicans - who agreed to participate in DACA r… Continue Reading

September 03, 2017

Udall Offers Condolences on the Passing of Former NM State Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky' Varela

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in remembrance of former longtime State Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela: "Jill and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of former State Rep. Luciano 'Lucky' Varela, and we join all of New Mexico in mourning his passing. "For 30 years, Lucky represented the people of Santa Fe with honor, integrity and heart. He will be remembered for his honesty about the need to address our challenges in order to mov… Continue Reading

August 31, 2017

Udall Condemns Trump’s Reported Plan to End DACA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that President Trump may soon announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He issued the following statement: "DACA has compassionately allowed 9,000 young New Mexicans, who have known no other country than the United States as their home, to legally realize their dreams of continuing their education and contributing to the economy and their community. These young people came to our country as children… Continue Reading

August 25, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million for Restoration Projects in the Carson, Cibola, Gila, and Lincoln National Forests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests. The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service Collabo… Continue Reading

August 24, 2017

Udall Statement on Secretary Zinke's Monument Review Report

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was expected to release a series of recommendations he has made to the White House regarding potential changes to several national monuments across the country, including two in New Mexico - the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande Del Norte National Monuments. Instead, Secretary Zinke released a short summary of the review process without any details about his proposed recommendations, leaving many questions unanswered.… Continue Reading

August 21, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge Interior Secretary to Honor New Mexicans’ Views and Leave NM’s Monuments Alone

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - As the deadline nears for U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to complete his review of national monuments created under the Antiquities Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged him one more time to respect the wishes of thousands of New Mexicans who cherish Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments, and leave them intact. "The voices of New Mexicans could no… Continue Reading

August 16, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce New Project to Fight Opioid Crisis in Rio Arriba County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced a new AmeriCorps VISTA program to fight the opioid crisis in Rio Arriba County, which has one of the highest heroin overdose death rates in the country. With an investment of $168,795 a year for up to five years, and seven AmeriCorps VISTA members on the ground, the Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services Department AmeriCorps VISTA program will provide assistance and support… Continue Reading

August 15, 2017

PHOTO: Udall Delivers Keynote Address at NM WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead’

SOCORRO, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute's (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference. In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making every drop count, and his work to improve federal water policy to best support New Mexic… Continue Reading

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