Press Releases

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

December 10, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Announce Passage of Bipartisan Measure to Expedite Gold King Mine Spill Recovery

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that a bipartisan measure to expedite reimbursements to Tribal, local and state governments for costs incurred in responding to the Gold King Mine spill has passed both Houses of Congress as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The amendment - authored by Senators Udall and Heinrich on the Senate side and introduced by Luj&aacut… Continue Reading

December 10, 2016

Udall Votes for Short-Term Agreement to Keep Government Open

WASHINGTON - Tonight, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting 63-36 for a short-term agreement to keep the government running until April 28. The bill also includes a measure that would expedite a bill to change the law requiring a Defense Secretary to have been out of military service for at least seven years. President-elect Donald Trump's expected nominee for Defense Secretary, Marine Gen. James Mattis, retired in 2013. The st… Continue Reading

December 09, 2016

NM Delegation Welcomes Final Passage of PROTECT Patrimony Resolution Condemning the Trafficking of Stolen Tribal Cultural Items

WASHINGTON - Today, the members of New Mexico's U.S. Senate and U.S. House delegation hailed final passage of the Protection of the Right of Tribes to stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional (PROTECT) Patrimony Resolution (House Concurrent Resolution 122). The bipartisan resolution was introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce and cosponsored by Senator Martin Heinrich in the Senate, Representatives Ben Ray Luj├ín and Michelle Lujan Grisham in the House. It con… Continue Reading

December 09, 2016

Udall Statement on Trump's Expected Nomination of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Secretary of the Interior

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, and incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump's expected nomination of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to head the U.S. Department of the Interior: "I have known Representative McMorris Rodgers for a number of years after serving with her in the House, and I congr… Continue Reading

December 08, 2016

Udall Votes for Major National Defense Bill to Secure NM Priorities

Washington - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 92-7 for a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to support our troops and national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country. The bill, which has already passed the House and will now be sent to the president, contains provisions that Udall has championed to strengthen New Mexico's national laboratories, military bases, and other defense initiatives important to the state's e… Continue Reading

December 08, 2016

Udall Statement on 75th Anniversary of Bataan Invasion

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Bataan invasion, which began on December 8, 1941 - just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor - when soldiers from the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment became the "first to fire" to defend the Philippines from Japanese bombers. The 200th Coast Artillery Regiment was made up of members of the New Mexico National Guard and were deployed to the Philippines before the onset of hostilities against the Japanese in Sept… Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Udall Joins Senators in Urging President-Elect Trump to Oppose Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

Washington - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 20 of his Senate colleagues in writing a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump urging him to keep his campaign promises not to cut Medicare and Medicaid programs. President-elect Trump's transition team and Republicans in Congress are calling for sweeping changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs that would increase the Medicare eligibility age, privatize Medicare, replace guaranteed benefits with vouchers and raise out-of-pocket costs. Thes… Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Udall Statement on Trump's Nominee for EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to President-elect Trump expected nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as EPA Administrator: "Global warming is one of the greatest threats to public health, our environment and our national security. And New Mexico is in the bull's eye, as farmers and anyone who relies on water and weather know all too well. The American people accept that the science is real; the facts can't be denied, and we need to take urgent action to … Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Critical Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic in New Mexico

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting 94-5 for a bill that includes critically needed new resources for New Mexico and other states struggling to treat and prevent the growing prescription opioid abuse epidemic. The funding was included in bipartisan health care legislation called the 21st Century Cures Act and now will be sent to the president's desk to be signed into law. The bill sets aside $1 billion for competitive grants to supplement o… Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Udall: Staying in the Senate is the Best Way I can Fight for New Mexico

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "I am very grateful for the support of so many New Mexicans who have personally urged me to run for governor in 2018. Under the current governor, our state has fallen behind in education and jobs. We have failed to take full advantage of our abundant natural resources and our potential for developing a renewable energy industry. While I firmly believe that I have the backing and the experience to properly address all these issues, I have det… Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Udall Welcomes EPA Proposal to Ban TCE in Dry Cleaning Under Lautenberg Chemical Safety Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule to ban uses of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) under the newly reformed bipartisan chemical safety law. It is the EPA's first effort to ban an existing chemical since it failed in its attempt to ban asbestos in the early 1990s. Used as a degreaser and spot remover in dry cleaning, TCE is a neurotoxin linked to cancer, developmental impacts and liver… Continue Reading

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