Press Releases

October 25, 2016

Udall: Kirtland Advancing Military’s '3rd Offset Strategy' with Directed Energy, Other Cutting-Edge Technology

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - This month, U.S. Senator Tom Udall visited Kirtland Air Force Base and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to get an update on work to advance the Counter-Electronics High Powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) and other leading technological developments being developed at Kirtland to disable enemy infrastructure without causing collateral damage to civilians. These and other technologies being developed in New Mexico may offer solutions for the Department of Defense… Continue Reading

October 25, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $18.6 Million for STEM Education at Hispanic-Serving NM Universities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that five New Mexico universities will receive more than $18.6 million to support Hispanic and low-income students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The University of New Mexico Valencia Branch Campus, New Mexico Highlands University, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, and Eastern New Mexico University-main campus will receive grants throu… Continue Reading

October 24, 2016

Back to School: Closing the Homework Gap for New Mexico Students

Students across New Mexico have headed back to school and are settling into the routine of waking up early, juggling sports practices and after-school activities, and the nightly ritual of homework. But with an increasing number of teachers assigning homework that requires an internet connection, just getting assignments done presents a real challenge for the nearly one-third of New Mexico kids who don't have access to the internet at home. (From left) Rosenworcel, Udall, and teacher Audra Blue… Continue Reading

October 20, 2016

Udall: Interior Department to Review Management of Lands in Northwestern NM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed an announcement that the Department of the Interior will conduct a joint review of the resource management of public and Tribal lands in Northwestern New Mexico, including the impact of potential oil and gas leasing near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The analysis will be the first-ever joint review by the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Navajo Regional Office. … Continue Reading

October 18, 2016

Udall Leads Senate Hearing in ABQ on Action to Prevent Theft, Illegal Possession, Sale of Tribal Cultural Items

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall chaired a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on the critically important issue of the theft and sale of Tribal religious and cultural items and its impact on Tribal communities. Udall was joined by Senator Martin Heinrich and testimony was provided by Acoma Pueblo Governor Kurt Riley, Isleta Pueblo Governor and Chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors Paul Torres, and Navajo President Russell Begaye. A video of the full hearing i… Continue Reading

October 11, 2016

You're Invited: Discussion about Fixing our Broken Campaign Finance System, this Thursday in Santa Fe

New Mexicans know money in politics is out of hand. They want a government that works for all people, not just powerful billionaires. That's why this Thursday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m., I'll lead a discussion at the Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse in Santa Fe titled, "Returning Democracy to We the People: A Discussion About Money in Politics." I invite you to join me, along with Viki Harrison, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico, and Bruce Berlin of Santa Fe, author of the … Continue Reading

October 11, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce More than $300,000 for DreamTree Project Emergency Youth Shelter in Taos

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced $300,753 to support the DreamTree Project's Emergency Youth Shelter in Taos and outreach efforts throughout Northern New Mexico. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, which offers grants designated to promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.… Continue Reading

October 05, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $344,325 to UNM to Support Native American Educators in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) will receive a $344,325 grant to provide training, licensing and induction services to Native Americans interested in pursuing a career in education. The purpose of the grant is to train more highly qualified Native American teachers and administrators to serve Indian student populations throughout New Mexico. The grant was awarded through the Department of Education's Office of Elem… Continue Reading

October 03, 2016

Inspired by Hatch HS Student, Udall Calls on FCC to Make Wi-Fi Available on School Buses

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do more to ensure all students in New Mexico and across the country have equal access to the internet for educational and economic opportunity. Specifically, Udall wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC should extend the successful E-rate program, which pays for internet access in schools, and provide Wi-Fi on school buses so students can have more time to do their homework. While … Continue Reading

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

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