Press Releases

October 17, 2017

Udall Statement on Declassification of US Files on Indonesian Massacre

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. government declassified thousands of files related to the 1965-66 slaughter of up to 1 million people in Indonesia. Udall has introduced a resolution in the Senate urging Indonesia's government to create a truth and reconciliation commission to address these tragic killings, and calling on the U.S. government to establish an interagency working group and to rel… Continue Reading

October 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce More Than $2 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Youth and Family Homelessness in Northern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced $2 million over the next five years in federal funding for programs that support youth and families experiencing homelessness in Northern New Mexico. Two grants totaling $398,596 for the first year have been awarded to support the Youth Emergency Shelter and Street Outreach Programs at Youth Shelters and Family Services in Santa Fe with an anticipated total amount of $1,195,788… Continue Reading

October 17, 2017

Senators Fight to Stop Republican Effort to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash,), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) were joined today by the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wilderness League to call for the removal of any language in the Fiscal Year 2018 Republican budget resolution that would allow for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic National Wildl… Continue Reading

October 13, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump’s Sabotage of Health Care System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the Trump administration's announcement that it will no longer make cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, a decision which will likely send out-of-pocket costs soaring for millions of Americans and cause instability in the individual marketplace. "President Trump's spiteful and deliberate sabotage of New Mexicans' and Americans' health care has reached a dangerous new low. The administration's decision to cut off CS… Continue Reading

October 10, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce $532,000 in Federal Funding for Doña Ana County Wastewater Systems

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a grant of $384,200 and approved a loan of $148,000, totaling $532,000, to help the San Pablo Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association in Doña Ana County renovate its wastewater system. The funds would be used to make necessary wastewater system improvements in rural areas that will benefit the residents of Doña Ana County for years to come. "Impr… Continue Reading

October 10, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Administration Withdrawing Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump administration will end the Clean Power Plan: "The Trump administration's continued denial of climate change in service of big polluters will have grave consequences for our children and our grandchildren. Killing the Clean Power… Continue Reading

October 04, 2017

Udall Statement on BLM Proposal to Suspend or Delay Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the announcement by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that it is proposing to suspend or delay some requirements of the BLM's 2016 natural gas waste prevention rule. Leaking, venting and flaring from natural gas operations wastes $100 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas resources a year, and NASA scientists say it has created a methane hotspot the size of Delaware over the Four Corners region. Udall led the successful fight in the Senat… Continue Reading

October 03, 2017

VIDEO: Udall, Blumenthal, Chemical Exposure Victims and Advocates Speak Out Against Nomination of Industry’s Toxicologist-for-Hire Michael Dourson to Head Toxics Office

Dourson has also generated 'research' to hide danger of second-hand cigarette smoke, the carcinogen PFOA, the pesticide chlorpyrifos, and chemicals in children's toys - and has a history of failing to disclose his own conflicts of interest WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) held a press conference to expose the danger of confirming chemical industry propagandist Michael Dourson to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) office t… Continue Reading

October 02, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks in Opposition to Re-Nomination of Ajit Pai to FCC

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to serve another term on the FCC. Pai "has not been a vigorous watchdog for free speech. He has not put the people's right to information first, ahead of corporate interests. And he has opposed policies outright that ensure underserved communities have access to essential technology," Udall said. In response… Continue Reading

October 02, 2017

Udall Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., which left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. "Jill and I join the entire nation in mourning the victims of this horrific attack, and we grieve for their families, friends, and loved ones. Across the country, the American people woke up to news of yet another unspeakable act of gun violence - this time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. This … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Udall Demands Answers from EPA’s Pruitt on $25K ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money. Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a "privacy booth for the administrator," despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCI… Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.5 Million for NCI in Gallup for Substance Use Treatment and Shelter

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that $1.5 million in funding from the Indian Health Service (IHS) will be awarded to the city of Gallup to fund the Na'Nizhoozhi Center Inc. (NCI) to help expand treatment services for substance use and provide shelter in the area. NCI offers a desperately needed social detox program, but it has struggled to find stable funding and has run the risk of closing. The Center is no… Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Udall Emphasizes Need for More Resources, Coordination to Combat Human Trafficking in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the urgent need for additional resources and support, including law enforcement and training - but also mental health care and substance abuse treatment - to help address human trafficking in Indian Country. Udall made his comments during an oversight hearing titled, "The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States," which was held to d… Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Sen. Udall and Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017

Includes new provisions to address unprecedented conflicts of interest arising from Trump administration WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative David Price (D-N.C.) introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017. This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to our broken political system. This legislation is more expansive than past versions … Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call For Extension Of DACA Renewal Deadline In Wake Of Storms

WASHINGTON - In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 36 senators calling on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), tens of thousands of DACA recipients live in areas impacted by the storms. "In the last month, several major hurricanes made land… Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor: ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care for Indian Country

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country. In remarks on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality healt… Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Udall Calls for Bipartisan Work to Improve Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to news that Republican leaders have decided not to hold a vote on the last-ditch Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill. Udall called for bipartisan work to improve health care for every New Mexican and every American: "Today's announcement is the result of the unwavering dedication of people across New Mexico and the country who have spoken out in record numbers to prevent health care from being ripped away from tens of millions of Americans. I urge… Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.1 Million LWCF Grant for New Mexico Parks and Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, and Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that the Department of the Interior (DOI) is providing more than $1.1 million in grants to the state of New Mexico for outdoor recreation and conservation projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The funds are awarded through a federal ma… Continue Reading

September 25, 2017

Udall Statement on Senate Republicans’ Plan to Vote on TrumpCare without Full CBO Score

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on Senate Republicans' plan to vote on their last-ditch Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill without a full "score" from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO released today an extremely limited score of an outdated version of Graham-Cassidy, and the CBO has said it will not be able to provide coverage loss estimates before Republicans plan to vote on the bill. "It is beyond irresponsible that Senate Repub… Continue Reading

September 25, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce, Luján Announce Federal Funds for Economic Development Projects in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce for economic development projects at the Village of Questa and New Mexico State University. The Village of Questa will receive $1.2 million in matching funds to expand the Business Park and improve the roadways, drainage system, water and sanitary sewer, signage, parking, roadway lighting, and utilities conn… Continue Reading

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