Press Releases

August 02, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $225,000 Grant for Los Alamos Manufacturing Company to Develop Solar Energy Technology

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (N.M.-03) announced that UbiQD, LLC, a New Mexico-based quantum dot manufacturer, was awarded a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The 12-month grant award will help fund research and development of luminescent solar concentrating glass windows with quantum dot coatings. In July, the company expanded it… Continue Reading


August 01, 2016

Delegation Fights to Establish Facebook Facility in NM, Underscores Los Lunas as Prime Location for New Data Center

WASHINGTON - In a letter to New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) Chairwoman Valerie Espinoza, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham underscored Los Lunas, N.M., as a prime location for Facebook to build its new data center. The new facility is planned to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, either wind or solar, and would create hundreds of jobs in the state. "A Facebook data center in N… Continue Reading


July 22, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Funding for Farmington Airport in FAA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - Last Friday, a provision supported by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján to secure funding for the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington was signed into law as a part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Udall pushed for the provision in the Senate bill, which Heinrich supported, to ensure that Four Corners will be eligible for full Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding in fiscal year 201… Continue Reading


July 21, 2016

Udall's Measure to Strengthen UAS Testing Hub at NMSU Is Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - On Friday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall's measure to solidify Southern New Mexico's position as a leading testing center for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly referred to as "drones") was signed into law as part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. New Mexico State University's UAS Flight Test Center was the FAA's original UAS test center; it served as a model for six sites across the country that were authorized by Congress in 2012. Udall's language adds … Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Udall Thanks Las Cruces Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Emerson Morrow of Las Cruces for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Morrow worked with the senator's communications team. "An internship in the U.S. Senate provides students with an invaluable learning opportunity, and it has been a pleasure to have Emerson in my office this summer," Udall said. "I wish him the best as he uses the knowledge and experiences he has gained from… Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Udall Thanks Albuquerque Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Albuquerque native Laura Keith for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Keith worked primarily on issues related to energy and the environment. "An internship in the U.S. Senate provides students with an invaluable learning opportunity, and it has been a pleasure to work with Laura and have her as a part of my team this summer," Udall said. "I wish Laura the best as she return… Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Udall Thanks Los Alamos Native for Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health related issues. "Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office," Udall said. "I hope that she finds her experiences during her internship valuable as she finishes colleg… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of Bill to Provide Cost of Living Increases to Veterans' Disability Compensation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed Senate passage of a bill to implement an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for veterans' disability compensation. As of December 1, 2016, all veterans and their family members who receive service-related disability compensation through Wartime Disability Compensation, Compensation for Dependents, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for surviving spouses and children, and clothing allowances will receive annual incre… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Udall, Tester, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Launch Businesses and Create Jobs in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced legislation to help launch businesses and create more jobs in Indian Country. Their bill, the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, will establish and fund business incubators in Indian Country to help start and cultivate Native American-owned small businesses. "Small businesses create jobs and opportunity and empower people to shape their own future, and that's why I'm… Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Sens. Udall, Moran and Reps. Hurd, Connolly Introduce the MOVE IT Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) - both members of the Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees - along with U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) - chairman and member, respectively, of the House Subcommittee on Information Technology - today introduced the Modernizing Outdated and Vulnerable Equipment and Information Technology (MOVE IT) Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would reduce wasteful spending and enhance informa… Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

You're Invited: Santa Fe Women's Career Success Conference

New Mexico's economic growth depends on the success of women. And that's why on Monday, August 1, I'm co-hosting the 2016 Women's Career Success Conference in Santa Fe with WESST. We're bringing together women in business, nonprofit and community leadership positions to offer insight and advice to women in the Santa Fe area looking to enhance their careers. With the number of women breadwinners at an all-time high, supporting women-owned businesses and women in industries across our workforce … Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Udall Kicks off Panel on Civic Engagement at Senate Latino Summit

WASHINGTON -- This morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall opened a panel discussion on the importance of the Latino electorate in the 2016 election, and he urged participants to get out and voice their values at the ballot box in November. Speaking with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at the Senate Democratic Latino Summit panel discussion on Latino civic engagement, Udall reminded participants that the winner of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections will shape key public policy iss… Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Udall Joins Senate in Approving Bill to Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON - Tonight, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 92-2 for a final agreement on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bill that promises additional programs and resources to help prevent prescription opioid and heroin abuse. Udall has long worked to increase funding and support for people battling addiction-particularly prescription drug abuse, which is too often a gateway to heroin use. The legislation, which passed the House last week and now is headed … Continue Reading


July 11, 2016

Members Of NM Delegation Urge Department Of Energy To Strongly Consider Local Businesses, Staffing In Los Alamos National Laboratory Contract Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (N.M.-03) are urging the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to strongly consider maximizing contract opportunities for New Mexico local businesses, and focusing on staff recruitment and retention, as it undergoes the process of considering the Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) acquisition. In a letter to DOE Assistant Secretary for… Continue Reading


July 11, 2016

Udall Speaks as Part of Effort to Reveal 'Web of Denial' to Deceive Public about Climate Change

VIDEO (Udall's remarks begin at 1:13:29): http://www.c-span.org/video/?412552-1/us-senate-debates-defense-appropriations-bill&live&vod WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and many others in speaking on the Senate floor about how corporations and special interest groups are spending millions of dollars to create a "web of denial" to mislead the public about the harmful effects of climate change. In his speech, Udall highlighted the ef… Continue Reading


July 11, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $10.4 Million for Border Security, Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $10.4 million to support border security and emergency preparedness in New Mexico. The grants were awarded through several U.S. Department of Homeland Security preparedness grant programs. "Living in a border state, New Mexicans are keenly aware of the importance of keeping our border secure, and this funding will help ensure our law enforcement agencies and first responders get the tools and training they need … Continue Reading


July 08, 2016

Udall Votes Against Weak GMO Labeling Bill

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against weak compromise legislation designed to set food labeling standards for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Udall supports clear, concise labeling that allows consumers to easily understand what's in their food and how it was grown. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63-30, and must next be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives. Udall said that while the compromise bill the Senate approved was an improvement over prev… Continue Reading


July 08, 2016

Udall Statement on Shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the tragic shootings this week: "I join all New Mexicans in offering heartfelt condolences to the families of the officers who were shot and killed in Dallas last night while protecting people who were peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights. I have profound appreciation for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the safety of our communities each and every day. The entire law enforcement community… Continue Reading


July 06, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.5 Million for Construction and Maintenance at 11 NM Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $6.5 million in grants for maintenance and construction projects at 11 New Mexico airports. The grants were awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation Analysis, and fund runway rehabilitations, building and fencing construction, and other safety improvements. "New Mexico's airports help drive the local economies of many of our communities, and t… Continue Reading


July 01, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Call on Administration to Hold Colleges and Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campuses

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 29 other senators sent a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice urging the agencies to ensure colleges and universities receiving federal funds adhere to new requirements intended to help prevent sexual violence on campus and increase accountability for students' safety. These regulations, which went into effect July 1, 2015, were included in the Violence Against Woman Reauthorization Act of… Continue Reading

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