Press Releases

April 20, 2016

Closer Than Ever To Establishing New Wilderness Areas Within The Río Grande del Norte National Monument

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, secured final Senate passage of their bill to establish two new wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico. The legislation was included as an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which passed the senate by a vote of 85 to 12. "The … Continue Reading


April 20, 2016

During Hearing, Udall Presses EPA Administrator for Answers about Reimbursements, Compensation for Gold King Mine Spill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to move more quickly to respond to requests for reimbursements and process tort compensation claims by Navajo Nation residents and other New Mexicans harmed by the devastating release of toxic water from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. Speaking at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Udall, the lead Democrat on the subcommittee, told … Continue Reading


April 20, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Secure Support for Farmington Airport in Must-Pass FAA Bill

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in a 95-3 vote to pass a critical Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill, which includes a provision ensuring that the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington will remain eligible through fiscal year 2017 for full Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding - an important source of federal support for construction and maintenance. The bill, which reauthorizes the FAA, now goes to the U.S. House of Represe… Continue Reading


April 19, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge Action on Zika Virus, Call on Congress to Approve Emergency Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich this week joined Senate Democrats in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran calling for immediate passage of President Obama's emergency supplemental funding request of $1.9 billion for prevention and treatment of the Zika virus outbreak. Specifically, the new letter calls for the Senate Appropriations committee to mark-up the president's emergency funding request as soo… Continue Reading


April 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce LWCF Purchase of Galisteo Basin Historic Sites at Burnt Corn Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will be used to promote preservation and open up access to more than 2,000 acres of land in Santa Fe County's Galisteo Basin. $1.5 million in LWCF funding will purchase the Burnt Corn Pueblo site, a 365-acre parcel near Santa Fe County Road. Burnt Corn Pueblo is one of 24 nationally significant archaeological sites in the basin, h… Continue Reading


April 14, 2016

Udall Advances Funding for Construction at NM Military Bases, NM Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee to approve legislation to fund important military construction projects and veterans' care in New Mexico and across the country. Udall worked to secure $38.9 million in funding for projects at Cannon, Kirtland and Holloman Air Force bases. The bill also includes a significant $3.4 billion increase to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will help improve care for veterans throughout New Mexico and nationwi… Continue Reading


April 14, 2016

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

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee to advance the Energy and Water appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017. The legislation, which is critical for New Mexico, funds the national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), several New Mexico water projects and other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs. As a member of the subcommittee that wrote the legislation, Udall secured an increase in funding for the National Nuclear Security Admini… Continue Reading


April 14, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Call for Swift Action on Border Security Concerns in NM's Bootheel

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to promptly address border security and safety issues in the Bootheel region of Southern New Mexico. In a letter to CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, Udall and Heinrich called for the agency to provide resources and equipment to help local Border Patrol agents more effectively patrol the region's vast rugged terrain. The senators are responding to residents who have raised concerns … Continue Reading


April 13, 2016

Udall Introduces Bill to Simplify Tax Filing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to introduce the Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2016 to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of taxpayers in New Mexico and across the country. This year, taxpayers will spend an average of 13 hours preparing and filing their returns, and will pay $200 for tax preparation services - a cost equal to almost 10 percent of the average federal tax refund. The legislation i… Continue Reading


April 13, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today joined David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) to ensure that our federal law enforcement officials and first responders are adequately trained for national security events, domestic threats and combating terrorism. "The FLETC facility in Artesia, New Mexico, plays a critical role in training Border Patrol a… Continue Reading


April 11, 2016

NM Delegation Welcomes Inclusion of 4 NM Schools on Bureau of Indian Education School Replacement Program Priority List

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed news that four New Mexico schools have been selected by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for campus-wide replacement. Crystal Boarding School, Dzilth-Na-O- Dith-Hle Community School, Chi Chil'Tah-Jones Ranch Community School and Laguna Elementary will be among 10 BIE schools included in the Replacement School Construction Program. Th… Continue Reading


April 11, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce $1.5 Million for Hurricane Dolly Recovery in Ruidoso

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the Village of Ruidoso is receiving $1,573,571 to replace a bridge severely damaged by flooding from Hurricane Dolly in July and August 2008. The new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will cover 75 percent of the cost to replace the Close Road bridge, and brings the total amount of federal funding for Hurricane Dolly recovery to $13,533,274. The project replaces a … Continue Reading


April 07, 2016

At Hearing on Military Construction Budget, Udall Pushes to Strengthen NM Military Facilities

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Department of Defense leadership to take full advantage of New Mexico's unique position to help the military meet 21st-century national security challenges. Udall focused on unmatched testing capabilities at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), but raised concerns that a large maintenance backlog will prevent the facility from maxi… Continue Reading


April 07, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Welcome $698,000 Grant for Mesilla Water System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the North American Development Bank (NADB) has signed a $698,115 grant agreement with Mesilla, N.M., to improve the town's water distribution system and provide new water hookups. The project will increase access to potable water service, improve service reliability and eliminate conditions that negatively impact water quality, helping reduce the risks associated with waterborne di… Continue Reading


April 06, 2016

In Forest Service Budget Hearing, Udall Pushes to Fund Severe Wildfires as Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on the agency's ability to meet the escalating costs of wildfire suppression and the urgent need to fix how the government pays to fight increasingly frequent big, expensive wildfires. As ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Udall questioned Tidwell during a hearing on the Forest Service's fiscal year 2017 budget. With wildfire season off t… Continue Reading


April 06, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome Proposal to Add ‘Superfund' Designation for Gold King Mine Area

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed the news that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) is proposing to add the Bonita Peak Mining District in Colorado's San Juan County - home to the Gold King Mine - to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. The lawmakers have pressed the EPA to support designating the Gold King Mine as a Superfund site since a blowout last August released toxic wastewater in… Continue Reading


April 05, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham React to AG Clearing Final Two Behavioral Health Providers of Wrongdoing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luj├ín and Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement after New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared the remaining providers in the Behavioral Health Investigation of fraud: "Every single one of the providers that the State unjustifiably suspended in its behavioral health shakeup three years ago has been cleared of allegations of fraud by the Attorney General's Office. It's clear that this was a… Continue Reading


April 05, 2016

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will begin accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2017. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Mari… Continue Reading


April 01, 2016

Udall, Alexander: Sick Nuclear Workers Deserve Better

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) this week urged the U.S. Department of Labor to delay a new rule that could make it more difficult for sick nuclear workers who served at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Y-12 and other Cold War-era nuclear sites to get benefits they deserve under the department's Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. "It's shameful that so many Americans - including many New Mexicans - who contributed to our nation's security h… Continue Reading


March 31, 2016

Inspiring New Mexico's Future Leaders

My family has a long tradition of public service, and as United States Senator, one of my priorities is to encourage New Mexico students to develop their own passion for service. Our nation's capital is far away and difficult for many New Mexico students to visit, so each year, I work to bring opportunities for young people to learn about government and public policy closer to home. In February, I was pleased to host the 27th Student Leadership Institute in Las Cruces. We welcomed over 100 high … Continue Reading

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