Press Releases

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

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

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