Press Releases

May 22, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge Against Cuts to NASA Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to support NASA's Office of Education in the coming fiscal year despite a proposal by President Trump to eliminate the office, which works to inspire and educate students across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). NASA's Office of Education programs include the Space Grant College and Fellowship Program -- a competitive, state-federal partnership that… Continue Reading

May 19, 2017

Udall, Hassan Demand Answers from FCC Chairman about FCC Security Violence against Journalist

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai demanding an explanation for reports that FCC security personnel manhandled, threatened further violence, and ejected CQ Roll Call journalist John M. Donnelly following a press conference at FCC headquarters. Calling the incident a "new low point in a disturbing trend" of the Trump administration's hostile relations with the press, Udall and Hassan di… Continue Reading

May 18, 2017

Udall Statement on Notice of NAFTA Renegotiation from Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the Trump administration sent Congress formal notice of its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): "NAFTA, like many of our trade agreements, could certainly be improved with better protections for American workers and updated to reflect new circumstances. However, any renegotiation of NAFTA must protect the thousands of New Mexicans whose livelihoods depend on stable trade relat… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Udall Welcomes Appointment of Former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in Trump-Russia Probe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "Robert Mueller has solid credentials, and I am relieved that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein faced reality and heeded the calls by an increasing number of lawmakers in Congress - including myself - and appointed an independent counsel to oversee the Justice Department investigation into Russia's meddling in our election. This is a badly needed step after weeks of chaos. Now Congress must do its job, conduct real oversight, … Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Funding for Substance Abuse Treatment at IHS and Partner Facilities, Including NCI in Gallup

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that they secured $13 million in funding for new Indian Health Services (IHS) substance abuse programs in a major bipartisan appropriations bill to fund the government through September 2017. The provision dedicates $2 million in new funding specifically for partner detoxification facilities, such as Na'Nizhoozhi Center Inc. (NCI) in Gallup. Altogether the funding will help IHS… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Udall Questions GAO, Administration Witnesses on ‘High Risk’ Designation for Indian Programs

Committee also passes Udall-cosponsored bill to support Native educators, including Udall amendment to improve early childhood education WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) recent "High Risk" designation of programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and Indian Health Service. Noting th… Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

Udall Bill Would Repeal Congressional Review Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in introducing a bill to repeal the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a law that Republicans have exploited this year to overturn public health, environmental, and consumer protections while advancing special interests. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The CRA allows Congress to quickly overturn recently issued agency rules - many of which were years or dec… Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

VIDEO: On Senate Floor, Udall Says Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ Behavior Demands Bipartisan Congressional Oversight

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to call for real, bipartisan oversight of the Trump administration in light of the president's "dangerous" behavior with classified information in a recent Oval Office meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador. Udall said that President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey - who was overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election… Continue Reading

May 15, 2017

Udall Statement on Reports of President Trump Revealing Highly Classified Information to Russians

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on reports that President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office: "If true, the president's reported actions are deeply disturbing and demand a bipartisan Congressional response. President Trump's recklessness with highly classified information could endanger our national security, erode the trust of our all… Continue Reading

May 12, 2017

Udall Celebrates New Mexico Teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement for National Teacher Appreciation Week in recognition of the hard work and dedication of teachers across New Mexico: "Our children are our most precious resource, and we entrust our teachers with an incredible responsibility-inspiring kids to achieve their dreams. "So many teachers treat their work as a mission, not a job. They wake up early to prepare class events and lesson plans, and they stay at school late to help with hom… Continue Reading

May 12, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge Department of the Interior to Lift Sudden Suspension of Public Land Advisory Groups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a coalition of Western Democratic senators in urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing local committees and advisory boards that provide essential community input on public land management. In response to reports that the Department of the Interior postponed all meetings for public resource advisory councils and committees (RACs) until September, the senators wrote to Interior Secre… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call On FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in sending a letter led by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai expressing strong opposition to the Chairman's plans to gut net neutrality protections. In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ensuring all online traff… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Udall Secures Commitment from Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin Not to Close Facilities that Provide Care for Veterans

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin on the steps he is taking to ensure veterans are getting the health care and coverage they have earned. At the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies hearing, "Reducing Burden & Increasing Access to Healthcare: Improving VA Community Care," Udall asked Secretary Shulkin for clarificat… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Udall Votes to Confirm U.S. Trade Representative, Citing his Commitment to Protect NM Companies that Depend on NAFTA Trade

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative after Udall secured a commitment from Lighthizer to oppose unilateral withdrawal from NAFTA by the Trump administration. Earlier this week, Udall wrote to Lighthizer seeking assurances that he would be a voice of reason to help protect the thousands of New Mexicans who rely on trade made possible by NAFTA, given President Trump's reckless rhetoric and dangerous policy proposals tha… Continue Reading

May 10, 2017

Udall: Senate Rejects Repeal of Commonsense Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 49-51, defeating a measure to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Udall helped lead the fight against the repeal. "This is a victory for taxpayers and school children in New Mexico - because we were able to fend off this dangerous repeal, New Mexico will continue to benefit from the BLM's commonsense steps to prevent the… Continue Reading

May 09, 2017

Udall: Comey Firing Makes Independent Investigation into Trump, Russia More Important than Ever

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on President Trump's abrupt decision to fire FBI Director James Comey: "This decision is chilling. It defies logic to believe that President Trump fired Director Comey -- who is investigating both Russia's interference in our election and the president's campaign for its ties to that attack on our democracy -- for any other reason than to interfere with the investigation. The Department of Justice must appoint a special counsel… Continue Reading

May 09, 2017

N.M. Delegation Urges EPA To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts. The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill. The delegation asked that the … Continue Reading

May 08, 2017

Udall: CRA to Repeal Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule is a Giveaway to Big Polluters; Urges Senate to Let CRA Expire

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the Republican effort to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This is the last week the CRA can be used to repeal the rule: "We've been able to fend off this unnecessary giveaway to big oil companies because senators in both parties know that the BLM's natural gas waste prevention rule is good for taxpayers and for our states. The rule makes… Continue Reading

May 08, 2017

New Mexico Democrats Introduce Federal Legislation to Prohibit School 'Lunch Shaming'

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, along with Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, introduced bipartisan companion bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit schools from discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don't have enough money to pay for meals at school. The legislation, the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act, would ban schools from singling out children - such as… Continue Reading

May 05, 2017

Ahead of Kentucky Derby, Udall Demands an End to Doping of Race Horses

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement reiterating his persistent calls for the horse racing industry to end its widespread abuse of performance-enhancing drugs and painkillers used on horses. Udall called for reform or the repeal of the federal law that makes horse racing the only sport specially permitted to offer online gambling and interstate betting: "As long as we continue to reward the horse racing industry for its inhuman… Continue Reading

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