Press Releases

June 23, 2016

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States failed to reach a decision on the case of United States v. Texas. The deadlocked decision resulted because the Supreme Court is still shorthanded after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. It means the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remain blocked. "I am extremely disapp… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Members of NM Delegation Ask for Federal Investigation of NM SNAP Management

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (N.M.-02), Ben Ray Luj├ín (N.M.-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.-01) are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General to thoroughly investigate New Mexico state government's management of food-assistance benefits, including allegations that state employees altered documents to purposely delay applications. The congressional delegation has been in cont… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce NM Counties to Receive $37.7 Million in PILT Payments to Support Schools, Roads, First Responders, Crucial Services in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will receive more than $37.7 million through the 2016 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The total is a $3.2 million increase from the total payments the state received last year, partly due to the advocacy of Udall and Heinrich. A full list of funding by county is included below. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of non… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Udall Statement on House Democrats' Protest Calling for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Congressional Democrats on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in a protest to call for a vote on commonsense steps to protect families from gun violence. Video and audio feeds of the House floor were turned off during the sit-in, prompting Udall and others to share social media posts from the House floor. Udall issued the following statement: "I was proud to join House Democrats on the floor of the House to demand votes on commonsense… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Udall: President Signing Chemical Reform Bill is Historic Progress for Americans' Health and Safety

WASHINGTON - Today, in a ceremony at the White House, President Obama signed into law U.S. Senator Tom Udall's landmark bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety program. Udall's Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act reforms the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) to keep children and communities in New Mexico and across the nation safe from dangerous chemicals. Udall released the following statement: "I want to thank President O… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

A Historic Law to Protect Health and Safety

This morning, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill I wrote to reform our nation's chemical safety program and finally protect children and families in New Mexico and around the country from dangerous chemicals. It's a historic step for the health and safety of all Americans. Most Americans believe that if they buy a product at the hardware store or the grocery store, the government has tested it and determined that it's safe. But that's not true. For the past 40 years, the law we'… Continue Reading

June 20, 2016

Udall Votes to Prevent Suspected Terrorists from Obtaining Guns

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senate Democrats in pushing for two measures to close loopholes in the law by expanding background checks for gun purchases and preventing suspected terrorists from obtaining guns. The measures, offered as amendments to the annual Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill, were blocked by Senate Republicans who offered counter proposals that would weaken gun laws. "Today, we had the opportunity to pass measures supported by an … Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

Udall Fights to Protect Important Conservation and Environment Funding, Opposes Poison Pill Riders in Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, stood up against poison pill provisions (riders) that would permanently weaken core environmental laws that protect our air, water, health and endangered species. During a markup of the appropriations bill that funds critical Interior and environment programs -- including many New Mexico priorities -- Udall also successfully secured a bipartisan … Continue Reading

June 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $5.2 Million for Artesia and Roswell Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $5,290,000 in grants to support air transportation infrastructure projects at airports in Artesia and Roswell. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation, awarded the grants to fund airport rehabilitation projects. The Artesia Municipal Airport will receive $3,150,000 and the Roswell International Air Center will receive $2,140,000 to rehabilitate and maintain their … Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

AUDIO: Udall Announces Support for Bill that Could have Prevented Orlando Gunman from Purchasing Weapon

WASHINGTON - Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and announced his support for a bill that could have prevented the gunman, Omar Mateen, from purchasing the weapons he used in his attack. Udall said the shooting exposed a loophole that must be closed that allows known or suspected terrorists to buy firearms. The "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act" would allow the At… Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

Udall Advances NM Priorities in Major Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 85-13 to support our troops, military bases and national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country. The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a policy bill that directs the progress of $543 billion in national defense programs. This year's bill includes essential provisions that will strengthen New Mexico's military bases and defense programs carried out at its federal installations - such as nuclea… Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

Udall Delivers Opening Remarks at Appropriations Subcommittee Markup on Interior and Environment Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, delivered opening remarks at an appropriations subcommittee markup of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies funding bill for fiscal year 2017. Audio of Udall's remarks is available here (Udall's remarks begin at 25:48): Below are Udall's open… Continue Reading

June 12, 2016

Udall Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the shooting in Orlando, Fla.: "I am grief-stricken by the news from Orlando - yet another mass shooting in the United States, and the worst in our history. We must keep the victims and their families in our hearts while we search for more information about how and why this crime happened. But it's clear that it was an act of terror, that the killer was filled with hatred and had a powerful assault weapon and the i… Continue Reading

June 10, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDP). The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act provides permanent protection for some of Southern New Mexico's most scenic landscapes and will safeguard OMDP's sensitive cultural, historical and natural treasures for generations to come. A broad coalition of Hispanic leaders, veterans, Native Americans, sportsmen, small… Continue Reading

June 09, 2016

Udall, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation to Limit Influence of Money in Politics, Rein in Special Interest Control Over Elections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Senate Democrats announced a new legislative package and campaign to reform government to ensure it works for all Americans, not just special interests and a few at the top. The package includes Udall's constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and his legislation to overhaul the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC). Udall will be the lead cosponsor of the legislation, which will be formally introduced next week. "Americans kno… Continue Reading

June 07, 2016

Udall, Vitter Hail Passage of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform, Now Headed to the President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) announced Senate passage by voice vote of a final agreement on their landmark bipartisan legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The final legislation, titled the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, will overhaul the current broken law, which has allowed tens of thousands of chemicals - including hundreds that Americans come into contact with in daily life - to g… Continue Reading

June 03, 2016

Udall, Moms, Kids Discuss Importance of Chemical Safety Reform to Keep Children Safe from Dangerous Substances

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall hosted moms, kids, and children's health and safety advocates at an organic children's clothing store to illustrate how important it is for Congress to pass Udall's landmark bipartisan chemical safety reform bill. The legislation would overhaul the current broken law and finally protect the most vulnerable members of our society - especially pregnant women and infants. Udall held the event, titled "Toys, Tots and TSCA," at Indigo Baby, a shop for or… Continue Reading

June 01, 2016

Udall and Luján Meet with County and Rio Rancho Officials to Discuss Ways to Connect Intel Employees, College Graduates and Others with Job Opportunities at the Labs

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, convened a meeting of representatives from New Mexico's national labs, the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Intel, and the Sandoval Economic Alliance, as well as Rio Rancho Mayor Greg Hull, to discuss the importance of collaboration to address New Mexico's unemployment and slow economic recovery. They also discussed the importance of working together to keep Intel strong in… Continue Reading

May 30, 2016

Udall Delivers Remarks at Santa Fe Memorial Day Ceremony

SANTA FE, NM - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined veterans, service members and their families for the "Day of Remembrance" ceremony at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. He delivered remarks honoring the service members who have died fighting for our nation -- and the veterans from New Mexico and across the United States who have served in U.S. conflicts to protect our freedoms. The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning. Thank you Director Sanders. I am honored to be w… Continue Reading

May 24, 2016

Udall Statement on Overwhelming House Passage of Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed passage in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 403-12 of landmark reform of our nation's broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Udall authored the reform bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, with Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to finally enable the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate the thousands of chemicals manufactured each year and used i… Continue Reading

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