Press Releases

December 05, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge Passage of Foster Care Reforms to Help Growing Number of Children Affected by Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Washington - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement. The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing number… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Udall Welcomes Decision to Reject Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to reject the current route for the Dakota Access Pipeline and explore alternatives: "I appreciate the president and the Army Corps of Engineers' decision today to deny an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing under Lake Oahe in North Dakota and to explore alternate routes. Over the last seven mo… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $700,000 Grant to Help Doña Ana County Treat Chronic Mental Illness

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a $700,000 grant awarded to Doña Ana County as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) grant program to improve the health and social outcomes of individuals suffering from chronic mental illnesses. The AOT grants support pilot programs designed to reduce the incidence and duration of psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, incarcerations and interactions… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Senators to Trump: Drain the Swamp at EPA, DOE, DOI

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is among a group of 10 senators who sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump today calling on him to remove members of his team with deep ties to the fossil fuel industry managing his Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of the Interior transitions. By installing insiders with strong ties to major polluters at agencies charged with regulating those polluters, the Senators write, Trump is abandoning his campaign promise to… Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Smooth Transition for Chemical Safety Reform Implementation in New Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a bipartisan letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence in his role as chair of the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee, urging the new administration to ensure there is continuity in the implementation … Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Udall Calls for Urgent Action on Dakota Pipeline to Protect Tribal Rights, Safety of Demonstrators

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, incoming vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, condemned the violence against Tribal members and others protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and called on President Barack Obama to take urgent action to protect the protesters and address their concerns about how the pipeline could harm the water quality near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. In a letter, Udall urged the Obama administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to co… Continue Reading


November 29, 2016

Udall: With EPA Announcement of First 10 Chemicals for Review Under New Law, Historic Chemical Reform Bill Already Working to Keep Americans Safe

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement of the first 10 chemicals that the agency will review for possible risks to public health and the environment, as required under Udall's Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Udall's landmark, bipartisan bill, which was signed into law by President Obama in June, reforms the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), ensuring that children and communities … Continue Reading


November 29, 2016

Udall Joins Senate in Passing ECHO Act to Increase Rural Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the full Senate in voting 97-0 to approve the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act -- a measure based on the University of New Mexico's successful Project ECHO program -- to increase access to high quality health care in rural communities. Udall is a cosponsor of the bill and, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, has been a strong supporter of funding for the program. The ECHO Act would expand the successful Project Extension… Continue Reading


November 23, 2016

Udall Congratulates New Mexico Nominees to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced the 35 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2017. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall's nomination completed a competitive application process, which included an… Continue Reading


November 21, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge President-Elect Trump to Make Good on Promises to 'Drain the Swamp' of Corporate Special Interests in Washington

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined 17 other senators in sending a letter urging President-elect Donald Trump to increase transparency during his transition and keep his promises to reduce the influence of lobbyists and corporate special interests during his transition and in his administration. Despite a pledge announced last week to limit lobbying by members of the Trump administration, corporate lobbyists and Washington insiders so far… Continue Reading


November 21, 2016

Udall Urges Congress to Make Changes to Improve and Protect U.S. Mail Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall has joined over 80 members of Congress in signing a letter calling for provisions that improve and protect mail delivery and service to be added to the comprehensive U.S. Postal Service reform legislation that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. In many New Mexico communities, especially in rural areas, the post office is a meeting place and an anchor on Main Street. Udall has heard from many New Mexicans who have expressed concerns about… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge Increased Resources for U.S. Businesses Trading with Mexico

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent today to the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Acting Undersecretary for International Trade to improve relations with Mexico in trade, export and manufacturing by increasing funds for state and local agencies that provide resources and guidance to American businesses trading with Mexico. Mexico is the United States' third largest trading partner and was the largest buyer of New Mexico pr… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Applaud Air Force Decision to Relocate F-16 Squadrons to Holloman

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce applauded the U.S. Air Force's interim decision to relocate two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base for the creation of a new Formal Training Unit (FTU). The Air Force will move the F-16s from Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Currently, the Air Force is roughly 700 F-16 fighter pilots short of requirements, which makes the additional two squadrons at Holloman critically impo… Continue Reading


November 16, 2016

Udall to be Lead Democrat on Senate Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Democratic leadership announced that U.S. Senator Tom Udall will assume the position of Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in the 115th Congress. Udall will keep his seats on the Appropriations, Commerce, Foreign Relations and Rules committees. The new leadership post gives him an even stronger position to fight for Native communities in New Mexico and across the country, especially combined with his role as Ranking Member of the Senate Approp… Continue Reading


November 15, 2016

NM Democratic Delegation Welcomes BLM Rule to Curb Methane Pollution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final rule to save taxpayers' money and energy resources and reduce harmful emissions by curbing the wasteful venting, flaring and leaks of natural gas. The BLM's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule announced today will update the 30-year-old regulations governing natural gas operations on public and Indian lands. By phasing in changes… Continue Reading


November 15, 2016

Udall Responds to Trump's Appointment of Steve Bannon

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon, former leader of the extreme right-wing Breitbart website, as White House chief strategist and senior adviser: "As far as I'm concerned, appointing as chief strategist and adviser a man who has dedicated the last several years to running a far-right website that demonizes women and spreads hate-filled lies about Muslims, Latinos, African Americans, Jews and others shows Donald Trump… Continue Reading


November 11, 2016

Udall Celebrates Veterans Day at Guadalupe County Veterans Memorial and Community Center Ribbon Cutting

SANTA ROSA, N.M. — U.S. Senator Tom Udall celebrated Veterans Day at a ribbon cutting event for the Guadalupe County Veterans Memorial and Community Center. The memorial and community center are the culmination of a years-long effort by Santa Rosa residents to honor New Mexico veterans and service members by repurposing the county's inoperative hospital. Throughout his service in Congress, Udall has been a strong advocate for our nation's veterans. He has worked to improve access to health ca… Continue Reading


November 09, 2016

Udall Calls for Unity and Commitment to America’s Diversity Following Results of Presidential Election

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U. S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the results of the presidential election: "We have just come through one of the most contentious elections any of us have ever known, and now we must begin the very hard work of bringing Americans back together. Donald Trump is our president-elect, and I appreciate his appeal for unity last night. Now he must demonstrate that he is committed to following through -- the world is watching. Like many Americans, I was de… Continue Reading


November 07, 2016

Udall Statement on Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in recognition of Native American Heritage Month: "During Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate the integral role of Native Americans in our nation's identity. New Mexico's 23 Tribes help form the bedrock of who we are as a state and a people. From the earliest Pueblo communities, to the Navajo Code-talkers of World War II, to the current day, Native Americans have shaped our customs, culture, art, history, communities a… Continue Reading


November 02, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge The Department Of Defense To Restore National Guard Bonuses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are urging U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to restore bonuses and benefits incorrectly awarded to National Guard soldiers through no fault of their own. The Department has sought to recoup the wrongly awarded benefits after an audit found that, due to faulty paperwork, mistakes by recruiters, and at least one case of criminal fraud, soldiers who did not qualify for the bonuses had received them. Udall and Heinrich sent a letter led by… Continue Reading

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