Press Releases

August 15, 2016

Udall Comments on NASA Hot Spot Study

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the NASA-led study of the methane "hot spot" over the Four Corners region: "This new study sheds valuable light on the amount and sources of methane pollution in the Four Corners region, and I thank NASA for its scientific efforts. I believe these results should inform all parties - regulators, industry, and the public - as we work to significantly improve air quality. Natural gas waste has already cost New Mexico ta… Continue Reading


August 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Push for Increased Public Access to Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they are urging the leaders of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as negotiations take place between the Senate and the House to forge a compromise on the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The Senate version of the energy reform bill included language to permanently reauthorize the LWCF. In a letter, Udall, lead Democra… Continue Reading


August 14, 2016

Udall Honors Navajo Code Talkers

WASHINGTON - Today, National Navajo Code Talkers Day, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in honor of the crucial contributions made by Navajo Code Talkers during World War II: "In spring 1942, the first 29 Navajo recruits arrived at Camp Pendleton in California to develop a code that could be deployed easily but not cracked. The team grew over the course of the war to over 400. They helped the Marines capture Iwo Jima, played a crucial role in the American victory in the Pacif… Continue Reading


August 12, 2016

Supporting the Arts and Strengthening NM's Creative Economy

In New Mexico, we're very fortunate to be surrounded by many diverse and unique forms of art. The arts are a part of who we are, and they're also critical to our future. They bring us together, enrich our lives and sustain thousands of jobs across our state. A study by the University of New Mexico found that nearly one in 10 jobs in New Mexico is in arts, culture and cultural tourism. In some counties, like McKinley, the percentage is much higher. The arts are a major driver of our economy, … Continue Reading


August 09, 2016

Luján, Udall, and FCC Commissioner Clyburn Discuss Importance of Expanding Access to Broadband in New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM - At a roundtable discussion in Albuquerque yesterday, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn joined approximately 50 representatives from New Mexico telecommunications companies and rural telephone cooperatives to discuss efforts and challenges to expanding broadband access in rural communities and tribal lands across New Mexico. Commissioner Clyburn is visiting New Mexico as part of … Continue Reading


August 08, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.4 Million for NMSU Research to Support Sustainability and Profitability of Pecan Industry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University (NMSU) will receive more than $4.4 million to support research on pecan genetics and breeding that will help New Mexico pecan farmers improve the sustainability and profitability of their crops. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which Uda… Continue Reading


August 05, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Commemorate Anniversary of Gold King Mine Spill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement marking one year since since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan Rivers. On August 5, 2015, an EPA-supervised crew released three million gallons of toxic wastewater into Cement Creek-which flows into the Animas and San Juan Rivers-while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado. The Animas and San J… Continue Reading


August 05, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge Republican Leaders to Call Congress Back into Session to Pass Comprehensive Response to Growing Zika Threat

WASHINGTON - As more Americans contract the Zika virus, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan urging the Republican leaders to immediately call Congress back into session to pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing Zika crisis. The New Mexico Department of Health has already reported four cases of Zika in New Mexico that were acquired while traveling abroad. Two Aedes mosq… Continue Reading


August 05, 2016

Udall, McCain, Heinrich Introduce Resolution Supporting Efforts to Stop Theft and Export of Tribal Cultural Items

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a Senate resolution in support of efforts to stop the theft, illegal possession or sale, and export of Tribal cultural items. The bipartisan Protection of the Rights of Tribes to stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional (PROTECT) Patrimony Resolution expresses Congress' condemnation of the theft, illegal possession or sale, transfer, and export of Tribal cultural items. It calls for th… Continue Reading


August 05, 2016

Udall Statement on Passing of Turner Branch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the passing of Turner Branch: "Jill and I join many New Mexicans in mourning the loss of Turner Branch. Turner was a proud New Mexican, a proud Lobo and a proud American who served his community and country as a Marine, a legislator and a lawyer. As long as I knew him, Turner was a fighter-a fighter for New Mexicans, for his clients, for his family and for his beloved University of New Mexico. Turner was also a friend and opt… Continue Reading


August 04, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $400,000 Grant from CDC to Detect, Combat Zika Related Birth Defects

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the New Mexico Department of Health will receive a $400,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help establish, enhance and maintain systems to rapidly detect microcephaly and other adverse birth outcomes related to the Zika virus. The grant will fund surveillance, intervention and referral to services for infants suffering from these birth defects. This past week, public health offici… Continue Reading


August 02, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $225,000 Grant for Los Alamos Manufacturing Company to Develop Solar Energy Technology

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (N.M.-03) announced that UbiQD, LLC, a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer, was awarded a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The 12-month grant award will help fund research and development of luminescent solar concentrating glass windows with quantum dot coatings. In July, the company expanded it… Continue Reading


August 01, 2016

Delegation Fights to Establish Facebook Facility in NM, Underscores Los Lunas as Prime Location for New Data Center

WASHINGTON - In a letter to New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) Chairwoman Valerie Espinoza, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham underscored Los Lunas, N.M., as a prime location for Facebook to build its new data center. The new facility is planned to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, either wind or solar, and would create hundreds of jobs in the state. "A Facebook data center in N… Continue Reading


July 22, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Funding for Farmington Airport in FAA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - Last Friday, a provision supported by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján to secure funding for the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington was signed into law as a part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Udall pushed for the provision in the Senate bill, which Heinrich supported, to ensure that Four Corners will be eligible for full Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding in fiscal year 201… Continue Reading


July 21, 2016

Udall's Measure to Strengthen UAS Testing Hub at NMSU Is Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - On Friday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall's measure to solidify Southern New Mexico's position as a leading testing center for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly referred to as "drones") was signed into law as part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. New Mexico State University's UAS Flight Test Center was the FAA's original UAS test center; it served as a model for six sites across the country that were authorized by Congress in 2012. Udall's language adds … Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Udall Thanks Las Cruces Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Emerson Morrow of Las Cruces for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Morrow worked with the senator's communications team. "An internship in the U.S. Senate provides students with an invaluable learning opportunity, and it has been a pleasure to have Emerson in my office this summer," Udall said. "I wish him the best as he uses the knowledge and experiences he has gained from… Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Udall Thanks Albuquerque Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Albuquerque native Laura Keith for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Keith worked primarily on issues related to energy and the environment. "An internship in the U.S. Senate provides students with an invaluable learning opportunity, and it has been a pleasure to work with Laura and have her as a part of my team this summer," Udall said. "I wish Laura the best as she return… Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Udall Thanks Los Alamos Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health related issues. "Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office," Udall said. "I hope that she finds her experiences during her internship valuable as she finishes colleg… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of Bill to Provide Cost of Living Increases to Veterans' Disability Compensation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed Senate passage of a bill to implement an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for veterans' disability compensation. As of December 1, 2016, all veterans and their family members who receive service-related disability compensation through Wartime Disability Compensation, Compensation for Dependents, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for surviving spouses and children, and clothing allowances will receive annual incre… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Udall, Tester, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Launch Businesses and Create Jobs in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced legislation to help launch businesses and create more jobs in Indian Country. Their bill, the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, will establish and fund business incubators in Indian Country to help start and cultivate Native American-owned small businesses. "Small businesses create jobs and opportunity and empower people to shape their own future, and that's why I'm… Continue Reading

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