Press Releases

September 30, 2016

NM Delegation Supports Navajo Nation’s Request for Disaster Declaration for Shiprock Flooding

WASHINGTON - In a letter to the President of the United States, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed support for Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye's request for a major disaster declaration in response to August flooding that occurred on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock. "This rainstorm caused severe flooding and prompted evacuation of the primary flood area in Shiprock where the flood water… Continue Reading

September 29, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Hail Senate Passage of PROTECT Patrimony Resolution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich praised the Senate's passage of the Protection of the Right of Tribes to stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional (PROTECT) Patrimony Resolution. The bipartisan resolution, which was introduced by Udall and Heinrich as well as Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), condemns the theft, illegal possession or sale, transfer, and export of Tribal cultural items and calls for several measures to be implemented t… Continue Reading

September 29, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce Workplace Safety and Health Training Grant for New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition will receive $159,778 to provide workplace health and safety training and education for home health care workers and caregivers. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Susan Harwood Developmental Capacity Building Grant Program. The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition will use the awarded funding to design… Continue Reading

September 28, 2016

Udall Welcomes Passage of Short-Term Agreement to Keep Government Open, Urges Congress to Return to Long-Term Responsible Budgeting for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting for a short-term agreement to keep the government running until Dec. 9. The measure passed the Senate 72-26, after Democrats secured a promise from Republican House and Senate leaders last night to provide, in other legislation, emergency funding for the people of Flint, Mich., and other lead contaminated communities before the end of the year. The short-term agreement, c… Continue Reading

September 28, 2016

Udall Welcomes President's Signing of New Law to Improve and Grow Tourism in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed news that the president has signed into law a bipartisan bill he cosponsored, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act. The new law will require federal agencies with tourism assets and responsibilities to include Tribes and Native organizations in national tourism efforts and strategic planning. And it will give Tribes access to resources to shape their own cultural tourism and awareness efforts and generate ne… Continue Reading

September 27, 2016

Udall Welcomes Historic Nomination of 1st US Ambassador to Cuba in Over 50 Years

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis to serve as the first ambassador to Cuba in over half a century: "Formally nominating an ambassador is the latest historic move in our efforts to finally rebuild our relationship with Cuba. I welcome the nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who has devoted his career to public service. I met with him in Havana, and I… Continue Reading

September 27, 2016

Udall Calls for Federal Crackdown on Bogus Concussion Safety Claims for Youth Sports Gear

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on deceptive and dangerous claims by manufacturers that their youth sports gear can prevent head injuries. Udall has led efforts in Congress to curb false advertising by manufacturers and improve safety standards for sports equipment. A National Academies of Sciences report has found little evidence to support claims that many helmets and headgear u… Continue Reading

September 27, 2016

Udall, Heinrich: NM is Ideal Location to Expand Defense Innovation Hub

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have asked Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to consider opening a "Defense Innovation Unit Experimental" (DIUx) office in New Mexico as part of the military's mission to widen the technology gap between the United States and its adversaries. DIUx offices have been opened in regions with a strong high-tech presence to help improve ties between government and private industry and to seek out new technologies for the… Continue Reading

September 26, 2016

ICYMI: NYT Calls on Congress to Pass Udall FEC Reform Bill

WASHINGTON -- In case you missed it, in an editorial published on Sept. 23, The New York Times Editorial Board urges Congress to act on U.S. Senator Tom Udall's legislation to overhaul the broken Federal Election Commission (FEC). For years, partisan gridlock has prevented the FEC from doing its job enforcing our election laws. The lack of FEC action has compounded the disastrous impact of Citizens United, since without FEC enforcement, Super PACs and campaigns are now pushing the envelope on a… Continue Reading

September 26, 2016

At Tribal Nations Conference, Udall Urges Better Tribal Consultation for Federal Decisions on Projects Like Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON - This morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall attended the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington to meet with New Mexico's Tribal leaders and administration officials and discuss issues important to New Mexico's Tribes and Pueblos. Udall, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, discussed several issues with the N.M. Tribal leaders in attendance, including his support for securing just compensation in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill and other environmental justice … Continue Reading

September 22, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce $1.2 Million to Upgrade Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM, Transition Operation to NMSU Consortium

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that New Mexico State University (NMSU) will receive $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to upgrade the Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, N.M. The NSF award - appropriately announced on the fall equinox - will support efforts to transition the operation of the research facility from the National Solar Observatory (NSO) to a university-based consortium led by NMSU.… Continue Reading

September 21, 2016

Udall Commends NM Author Rudolfo Anaya on White House Humanities Honor

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall congratulated celebrated New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya, who will be honored with the National Humanities Medal on Thursday. Udall will be attending the ceremony at the White House. He delivered the following statement: "This is a well-deserved honor for a treasured New Mexico storyteller. Great books captivate our attention and allow us to walk in the shoes of ordinary and extraordinary people, and Rudolfo Anaya's stories have touched the hearts of Ne… Continue Reading

September 21, 2016

Udall Presses FDA to Expedite Alternative Treatments to EpiPen in Wake of ‘Astronomical' Price Hikes

WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed the agency to safely expedite alternative treatments to the EpiPen Auto-Injector, which delivers a life-saving dose of epinephrine in the event of a severe allergic reaction. Mylan, the EpiPen manufacturer, has raised the price to over $600 for a package of two in just the last seven years, causing an outcry among people in New Mexico and across th… Continue Reading

September 20, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Call on FDA to Expedite EpiPen Alternatives

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do everything possible to provide options for families struggling to afford the EpiPen Auto-Injector for the emergency treatment of a life-threatening allergic reaction, including carefully expediting the approval process for alternatives. Many people - including school children - who suffer from severe a… Continue Reading

September 20, 2016

Udall, Heinrich: We Must Do More to Provide Debt Relief & Support to Students, Veterans Suffering from Impacts of ITT Tech Closure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter commending the U.S. Department of Education for its decision to stop additional federal student aid from flowing to ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT Tech). Following these restrictions and serious concerns echoed by law enforcement agencies and ITT Tech's accreditor with regard to the company's "deceptive practices, dubious educational quality, and financial integrity," ITT Tech announced that it would halt operations and … Continue Reading

September 16, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce NM Winners of Business Accelerator Competition

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that four business accelerators in New Mexico, Native Entrepreneur In Residence, IGNITE Community Accelerator, Creative Startups and ABQid have been selected as winners of the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) third annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The four accelerators were among 68 winners selected nationwide, and each will receive a $50,000 prize from the SBA to boost their economic impact and suppor… Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

Udall Statement in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued a statement marking Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and celebrates the tremendous contributions Hispanic Americans have made to New Mexico and America: "New Mexico enjoys a rich and diverse Hispanic heritage going back 400 years. From Spanish colonists to immigrants from Latin America, New Mexico's Hispanic community has played an integral part in shaping our state's history, economy, and culture-and will for generati… Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Press Case for Moving F-16 Squadrons to Holloman AFB

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce met with Air Force Under Secretary Lisa Disbrow in the U.S. Capitol as part of their joint effort to urge the U.S. Air Force to relocate operational F-16 squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base. The lawmakers pressed their case for expanding Holloman's mission to include new F-16 formal training units. In August, the three wrote a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff… Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Pass Bipartisan Measure to Expedite Gold King Mine Spill Recovery

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that their bipartisan measure to speed up reimbursements to Tribal, local and state governments for the costs they incurred responding to the Gold King Mine spill has passed the Senate as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The measure will expedite the process of reimbursing governments, which spent millions of dollars responding to the devastating Aug. 5, 2015, spill. It also emphasizes to the EPA… Continue Reading

September 14, 2016

With GOP's Obstruction of Garland at an Unprecedented 182 Days, Udall Proposes Rules Change to Fix Broken Senate

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will introduce a change to the Senate rules that would prevent senators from blocking votes on judicial nominees who have waited 180 days for confirmation. Today marks an unprecedented 182 days since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Republicans have refused to hold hearings or a vote on Garland, leaving the Supreme Court unable to adequat… Continue Reading

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