Press Releases

March 30, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Questions Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Need for Congressional War Authorization for Syrian Conflict

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, asked former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright about the need for Congress to debate an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the ongoing and growing U.S. military involvement in Syria. Last week, Udall questioned Sec. of Defense James Mattis about the need for an AUMF, saying the Constitution clearly requires Congress - not the president - to make declarations of war, and Secretary Mattis responded… Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Join Senate Democrats in Calling on President Trump to Immediately Rescind his Executive Order that Undermined the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined Senate Democrats in urging President Trump and his administration to abandon their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and instead work in a bipartisan fashion to improve the law and lower the costs of health care for all Americans. In a letter signed by 44 Senate Democrats, they also requested - as a first step - that the Trump administration rescind the executive order signed on Jan. 20, which severely undermine… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Supporting New Mexico Artists and Boosting Our Creative Economy

New Mexico is home to one of the most vibrant artistic communities in America. The abundance of art in our state reflects our unique and diverse heritage, and our artists play a vital role in shaping our culture, and building the future of our state. The arts are also an important part of our economy. One in 10 jobs in New Mexico is related to arts and culture, from Navajo jewelers in Gallup to performers and artisans in Las Cruces. And from Pueblo sculptors, santeros and weavers in Northern Ne… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Government Watchdog to Conduct Review of Security and Costs at Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON - The Government Accountability Office has initiated a review requested by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, into President Trump's security procedures and taxpayer-funded travel costs at Mar-a-Lago resort. Last month, the Members of Congress raised concerns following an incident in which "the President his s… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Executive Order to Roll Back Efforts to Fight Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall vowed to fight President Trump's short-sighted executive order to rip apart U.S. efforts to fight climate change. Udall will be cosponsoring legislation to rescind the executive order, and signed a letter with Western Democratic senators emphasizing the importance of combating climate change and investing in renewable energy jobs. Udall released the following statement:"With this executive order, President Trump is killing our country's best efforts to … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Udall, Western Senators Urge President to Rescind Anti-Climate Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Ten U.S. Senators from six Western states, including U.S. Senator Tom Udall, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to rescind the Executive Order issued today that attempts to reverse multiple major U.S. initiatives to combat climate change. The Senators wrote that the Order "fails to bring clean energy jobs to our rural communities, ignores the impacts that extreme weather will have on our economy and our national security, and does not decrease our reliance on foreign oil.… Continue Reading

March 24, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge Gov. Martinez to Oppose GOP Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged Governor Susana Martinez to oppose President Trump and Republicans' plan to cancel health care for 24 million Americans by 2026 and dismantle Medicaid.In a letter to the governor, the lawmakers wrote, "Governors in other states that have expanded Medicaid have recognized the negative impact such a proposal would have on their constituents, and have been outspoke… Continue Reading

March 24, 2017

MAR-A-LAGO Act to Require Disclosure of Visitor Logs at White House, Trump Properties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties frequented by the presiden… Continue Reading

March 24, 2017

Udall to Oppose Gorsuch's Nomination to Serve on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. He issued the following statement: "I have met with Judge Gorsuch, followed the hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and studied his record, and I have decided that I can't support his confirmation. "The Supreme Court changes people's lives, and its decisions stand for generations. It's essential that justices understand not only how these issues impact o… Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Udall Calls on VA to Provide Veterans the Quality, Timely Health Care They Have Earned

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address the staffing shortages, long wait times, and low morale among staff that are limiting New Mexico veterans' access to the emergency medical and mental health treatment they need. These long-term problems have plagued the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) for years. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Udall requested a written response detailing s… Continue Reading

March 22, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Presses Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs Chairman on Need for War Authorization for Syrian Conflict

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, in a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford on the need for Congress to debate an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the ongoing and growing U.S. military involvement in Syria. As Udall said, the Constitution clearly requires Congress - not the president - to make decl… Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Honor Legacy of Los Alamos National Laboratory Upon 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution urging the Secretary of the Navy to name the next nuclear-powered submarine of the United States Navy "USS Los Alamos" to honor and recognize the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy. "Los Alamos and the United States Navy have maintained a strong bond since the dawn of the nuclear age. It is a bond that has strengthened our national security and helped bolster scienc… Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Udall, Dingell Introduce CREATE Act to Stimulate Arts Businesses, Jobs in the Creative Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) introduced a bill to stimulate the development of arts businesses, jobs and the creative economy in New Mexico, Michigan and across the nation. Recognizing the importance of the arts and cultural tourism to state economies, Udall and Dingell's bill - the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act - would support artists, entrepreneurs and workers employed in … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Udall, Senators Call for Reversal of Proposed EPA Cuts That Would Devastate Americans’ Clean Air and Water

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a group of 37 Senators, led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in opposing President Trump's proposal to inflict a more than 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget. Expressing "extreme concern" over the cuts, the senators wrote to appropriations leaders, "During the president's February 28, 2017 address to Congress, he pledged to 'promote clean air and water.' Such a pledge is meaningless when the President follows it … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Udall Welcomes AmeriCorps Members to Santa Clara to Restore Historic Site at Fort Bayard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that the Village of Santa Clara will receive a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members to support efforts to restore buildings and historic sites at Fort Bayard, foster community outreach, and provide food security to low income families and seniors with the Volunteer Center of Grant County. "Historic Fort Bayard holds economic and cultural promise for the residents of Santa Clara and Grant County," Udall said. "This… Continue Reading

March 20, 2017

Senators: The American People Deserve an Open and Thorough Debate on the Future of Health Care

WASHINGTON - As Congressional Republicans continue their dangerous crusade to quickly force Trumpcare through Congress without sufficient hearings, amendments, or debate, 18 senators, including U.S. Senator Tom Udall, demanded Senate Republican leadership conduct an equally transparent and thorough deliberative process on Trumpcare as was conducted in drafting and passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2009. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Finance Committe… Continue Reading

March 20, 2017

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3.6 Million for Watershed Restoration in Harding County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a grant of $3.6 million for the Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project (CRRRP) in Harding County to help restore important watersheds of Northeastern New Mexico. The grant has been awarded by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help the CRRRP increase native grasslands in the area by removing invasive plant species … Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Democratic Senators Ask Ethics Watchdog if Trump Trademarks Run Afoul of Constitution and Anti-Bribery Laws

WASHINGTON - After President Trump and the Trump Organization were granted 38 trademarks by the Chinese Government, U.S Senators Tom Udall, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of 17 other senators wrote the Office of Government for guidance on whether the award betrays ethics laws, policies, or established norms. The senators also asked whether or not the government ethics watchdog was even consulted before the trademarks were sought or granted. "We are alarmed that the awarding of valuable tr… Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Udall: President’s Budget ‘Devastating for New Mexicans…and I Predict it is Dead on Arrival’

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on President Trump's budget blueprint: "The president's unconscionable budget proposal would be devastating for New Mexicans and communities across America, and for that reason I predict it is dead on arrival. Instead of 'making America great,' it will drastically weaken our economy and New Mexicans' health and well-being in order to spen… Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Udall, Tester, Cantwell Introduce Measure to Create Jobs by Fostering Entrepreneurship in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and former committee chairs Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, legislation to help launch small businesses and encourage job creation in Indian Country. Their bill, S. 607, creates a competitive grant program to establish and fund business incubators that will assist in cultivating Native American-owned sma… Continue Reading

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