Press Releases

February 15, 2017

Udall Celebrates Contributions of African Americans During Black History Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today in honor of Black History Month: "This Black History Month, we celebrate the immense contributions that African Americans have made to our nation, and we honor the struggle for equality and civil rights that black people have made through the generations. New Mexico and America are indebted to the black soldiers, workers, scientists, artists, business people, and many others who have strengthened and enriched our communitie… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Mulvaney for OMB Director

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Udall issued the following statement: "The Office of Management and Budget has far-reaching authority over the federal budget and policies that affect the lives and paychecks of hard-working people across the country. It should not be led by Congressman Mulvaney, who has been the ringleader of some of Washington's … Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall, Tester Fight Veteran Homelessness in Indian Country

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, are calling on VA Secretary David Shulkin to prioritize helping Native American veterans obtain access to critical housing resources. Native Americans serve in the military at a higher rate than any other group. However, they are also at greater risk of homelessness than their veteran peers. In a l… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall, Democratic Senators Call for Independent Prosecutor to Investigate Trump Officials’ Collusion with Russia and Apparent White House Cover-Up

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of 10 other senators called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate possible illegal communications between retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and representatives of the Russian government, as well as efforts by Flynn and other White House officials to conceal any wrongdoing. "An independent investigation is now necessary to determine what General Flynn did, who knew about it, and when… Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Udall Calls for Independent Investigation of Flynn and Russia's Involvement with the Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn. Udall called for a full independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. "General Flynn's resignation underscores the urgent need for a full investigation into this administration's troubling associations with the Russian govern… Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Udall Addresses National Congress of American Indians

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians at its 2017 Executive Council Winter Session and Legislative Summit. In his speech, Udall outlined the priorities for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and his commitment to working on issues important to Indian Country - including improving health care and education, cultural preservation, economic development, infrastructure and public sa… Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Whitehouse and Udall Call on Republicans to End Trump’s ‘Rash’ Behavior at Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's visit to the Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago club this past weekend, where numerous accounts suggest national security information was put at risk. Earlier this month, Whitehouse and Udall wrote to the White House asking who is paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary for unlimited access to the newly christened executive mansion in West Palm Beach. … Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Udall Joins Senators in Letter to White House Counsel: You Must Stop “Buy Ivanka’s Stuff” Conflicts of Interest

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Tom Udall, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) urged the White House Counsel to take decisive action to end the troubling pattern of apparently blatant conflicts of interest plaguing the Trump Administration. Counselor to President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, appeared on Fox News yesterday from the White House briefing room, entreating viewers to "go buy Ivanka's st… Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Protect Scientists from Political Interference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 25 of their Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill that would protect government scientists and their capacity to share information with the public from political interference. The legislation comes in the wake of recent reports that President Trump's transition team sought a list of all Department of Energy employees and national lab contractors who attended meetings on climate issues and Trump administration officials placed gag… Continue Reading

February 09, 2017

Udall: Trump Should Make Good on Federal Government's Promise to Tribes Protesting Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in support of Tribal members and other opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline: "This reckless decision is deeply disrespectful and dismissive of the Tribes' treaty rights and status. Thousands of protesters, including Tribal members from throughout New Mexico, have braved violence and difficult conditions to voice their opposition to this pipeline. President Obama was right to hear their concerns and begin a review proce… Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Udall Bill Would Create National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 26 of his Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, to create a universal, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave program that provides New Mexicans and all Americans with the paid leave they need to take care of their families without worrying about losing their jobs or a paycheck. Only 14 percent of American workers have access to paid family leave through their employer, and the United States … Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Democratic Senators Raise Questions on Todd Ricketts’ Super PAC and Dark Money Fundraising Activities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Todd Ricketts, President Trump's nominee to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, seeking answers about Ricketts' leadership role and fundraising activities on behalf of the Super PAC Future45 and its dark money counterpart, the 45Committee, the group behind pro-Trump TV ads airing in several states. As the senators wrote, Ricketts' reported leadership of these groups -s… Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Reads from Coretta Scott King Letter in Opposing Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as Attorney General of the United States. In his speech, Udall entered into the Senate record and read from a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., opposing Sessions' nomination for a federal judgeship. On Wednesday, Senato… Continue Reading

February 07, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Sign Bipartisan Resolution Establishing National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 18 senators to commemorate the important work of educators, students, and higher education professionals at Tribal colleges and universities nationwide by signing a resolution designating the week of Feb. 5, 2017, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week. The resolution passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate. The resolution recognizes the exceptional opportunities offered to Native communities by Tribal… Continue Reading

February 07, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury. Udall issued the following statement: "We need a Treasury Secretary capable of making wise decisions that will strengthen our economy and ensure all Americans can get ahead, but I have little confidence that Steven Mnuchin has the qualifications or the judgment to be that kind of leader. Mr. Mnuchin spent over two decades getting extremely r… Continue Reading

February 07, 2017

Udall Recruiting Summer Session Interns for Washington, D.C., Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 30 to June 30, and July 3 to August 4. Applications and letters of rec… Continue Reading

February 06, 2017

Udall Focuses on Impact on NM of Repealing Affordable Care Act in Address to New Mexico Legislature

SANTA FE - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed a joint session of the New Mexico legislature. In his speech, Udall discussed the impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on New Mexico's already fragile economy and state budget. He highlighted the stories of New Mexicans who are relying on the life-saving, historic protections of the ACA, and who stand to lose health and economic security if Republicans are successful in repealing the law without any replacement. In addi… Continue Reading

February 06, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Udall released the following statement: "During his long career in Congress and in his testimony before the Senate, Congressman Tom Price has been relentlessly committed to a radical agenda that would strip health coverage from hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans. After reviewing his record and his testimon… Continue Reading

February 03, 2017

Senators to Trump: Show Us Who Is Buying Access to the ‘Winter White House’

WASHINGTON - The Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago club has doubled its membership fees on the eve of the President Trump's first visit to what the administration calls the nation's "Winter White House." Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall (D-NM) want to know who is paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary for unlimited access to the newly christened executive mansion in Palm Beach. They sent a letter to President Trump today to ask. "At $200,000, the Mar-a-Lago members… Continue Reading

February 03, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Urge President Trump to Reverse Federal Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged President Trump to reverse his executive order that freezes all federal hiring, to ensure that fundamental government services are not negatively impacted and hard-working, well-qualified New Mexicans, many of whom are veterans, do not lose out on employment opportunities. In a letter to the president the lawmakers wrote, "We share the goal of increasing the ef… Continue Reading

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