Press Releases

May 20, 2016

Udall Announces Bipartisan Senate-House Deal Reached on Reforming TSCA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that a bipartisan, bicameral group of congressional leaders have reached an agreement on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The final legislation, titled the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, merges policy priorities from a bill Udall co-wrote, which passed the Senate on Dec. 17, 2015, and a related House bill, which passed on June 23, 2015. It is named for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (… Continue Reading


May 20, 2016

Udall Advances Priorities of New Mexico Farmers and Ranchers, Rural Communities in Agriculture Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in advancing an Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration funding bill that makes critical investments in agriculture and nutrition programs to support New Mexico families and rural communities. The bill sets the Fiscal Year 2017 budgets for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and now heads to the full Senate for a vote. "Farming and ranc… Continue Reading


May 19, 2016

Udall Statement on TSCA Reform Developments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the progress that has been made by U.S. Senate and House members negotiating the agreement to finally overhaul the badly broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). This morning, Udall participated in a bipartisan press conference on the ongoing work to finalize the chemical safety reform bill. "We are steps away from finalizing a critically important agreement to overhaul a law that has been broken from the very begin… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Udall Statement After Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after his meeting today with Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: "I had a very good meeting with Judge Garland. This was my opportunity to learn more about his judicial record and his position on issues that are important to New Mexico families, such as getting money out of politics, ownership of public lands, Tribal law, immigration, … Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Udall-Championed Proposals to Improve Care for Rural Veterans Incorporated into Major VA Reform Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Defense and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, joined a bipartisan coalition of senators in introducing a comprehensive bill to improve access to care and services for New Mexico veterans, and improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans First Act incorporates major provisions that Udall has championed to improve veterans' care in rural communities, fix p… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Udall Welcomes New Standards to Combat Methane Pollution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's final rules for new and modified oil and gas wells, which limit emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas that, combined with other pollutants, has been linked to cancer, lung ailments, and other public health problems: "Natural gas waste has cost New Mexico taxpayers and oil and gas producers millions of dollars - while contributing to a methane hot sp… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Advance Funding for National Labs, Water Projects, WIPP in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in a 90-8 vote to pass the fiscal year 2017 funding bill for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and several New Mexico water projects. The Energy and Water Appropriations Act is critical for New Mexico and supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs nationwide. Udall helped write the legislation as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A final version of the… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Bill to Help Preserve Native American Languages Clears Important Hurdle

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed passage in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Reauthorization Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill he introduced with all of the other members of the N.M. congressional delegation -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luj├ín and Michelle Lujan Grisham -- to help protect and restore Native American languages and strengthen Native language education. The bill now must be consi… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $884,000 for Green Construction Certificate Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) will receive $884,573 from the National Science Foundation to collaborate with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to develop a certificate program in green construction technologies. The program will prepare students to work on clean energy projects, sustainable buildings, or water efficient technologies, and it will support a pathway for high school and college st… Continue Reading


May 06, 2016

Udall Statement Following the Funeral of Ashlynne Mike

SANTA FE, N.M. -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the funeral for 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike: "Today, the entire state of New Mexico is united in our grief for the Mike family and little Ashlynne. None of us has words that can express the sadness and anger we feel at the senseless act of violence that took her from her family and community and deprived her of a bright future. But as brothers, sisters, parents and children, we hold her in our hearts and wish her family … Continue Reading


May 03, 2016

Udall Working to Close the ‘Homework Gap’ for Rural and Low-Income Students in NM

HATCH, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pledged to keep fighting for the resources to extend broadband internet across New Mexico and close the so-called "homework gap" - the inequality of access to the internet facing low-income and rural students. Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, hosted Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel - along with representatives from Univision and CenturyLink - at Hatch Valley High School. They heard from students,… Continue Reading


May 02, 2016

Udall Launches Water Technology Innovation Initiative with Roundtable Discussion Featuring Sandia Labs Researchers, Water Tech Leaders, Local Students

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall initiated the first of several conversations he will hold about how he can help stimulate new jobs by supporting cutting-edge technologies that save water, energy and money for businesses and consumers. At a roundtable at Applied Technology Associates in the Sandia Science & Technology Park, Udall gathered leaders in water technology, including architect Dale Dekker and developer Gary Goodman, representatives of water technology companies,… Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

Udall Welcomes Roberta Jacobson's Confirmation as Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime advocate for Senate reform, released the following statement on the Senate's confirmation of Roberta Jacobson as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Udall has pressed repeatedly for a vote on Jacobson's long-stalled nomination to fill the position, which has been vacant for nearly a year largely due to a few senators' objections to her role in the Obama administration's Cuba policy.… Continue Reading


April 27, 2016

Udall, Klobuchar, Blumenthal Welcome Committee Passage of Bill to Protect Young Athletes from Concussions, Tackle False Safety Claims for Sports Gear

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) welcomed passage of their bill in the Senate Commerce Committee aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The senators, all members of the committee, introduced the Youth Sports Concussion Act earlier this year to help ensure that safety standards for sports equipment, including football helmets, are based on the latest science and c… Continue Reading


April 25, 2016

Supporting GMO Labeling

When New Mexico parents put dinner on the table, they deserve to know if the food they're serving was produced with genetically modified ingredients. That's why I support GMO labeling and worked in the Senate to defeat an anti-labeling bill, known as the DARK Act. The DARK Act would have banned states from requiring real GMO labeling, enshrining in law that states and companies can leave consumers guessing. I think that when it comes to feeding your family, New Mexicans should be able to get all… Continue Reading


April 22, 2016

Udall Welcomes Signing of Historic International Agreement to Fight Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, released the following statement on the signing of a historic agreement reached by the United States and almost 200 other countries to fight climbing temperatures and rising sea levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Udall was among a group of 10 senators who attended the United Nations climate talks in Paris last December, where international negotiators reached the dea… Continue Reading


April 21, 2016

Udall Advances Critical Transportation, Housing, Science and Law Enforcement Funding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in advancing two bipartisan bills to spur economic development and fund transportation projects, affordable housing, and other priorities important to New Mexico. New Mexico programs receiving support and funding through the two bills include the airports in Carlsbad, Clovis and Grant County; Spaceport America; Native American housing construction; Tribal justice programs; the National Science Foundation (NSF)'… Continue Reading


April 21, 2016

Senate Approves Udall Amendment to Strengthen UAS Testing Hub at NMSU

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Senate this week passed a provision he authored to help solidify Southern New Mexico as a leading testing center for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones). Udall's amendment to a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would put New Mexico State University's UAS Flight Test Center on a level playing field with six federally authorized UAS test sites across the country, helping to attract business to the regio… Continue Reading


April 21, 2016

You're Invited: Las Cruces Women's Career Success Conference

New Mexico's economic growth depends on the success of women. And that's why on Wednesday, May 4, I'm hosting the 2016 Women's Career Success Conference in Las Cruces to help women learn skills to enhance their careers, build their businesses and strengthen their competitiveness in the job market. With the number of women breadwinners at an all-time high, supporting women-owned businesses and women in industries across our workforce builds on New Mexico's strengths and helps families throughout … Continue Reading


April 20, 2016

Senate Passes Udall Water Innovation and Conservation Measures, LWCF Permanent Extension in Bipartisan Energy Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 85-12 to approve the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 - the first comprehensive energy bill passed in the Senate since 2007. The bill includes several provisions Udall has championed, including permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), his Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Act, and an amendment to strengthen the WaterSense program. "As we move away from our dependence on fore… Continue Reading

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