Press Releases

June 25, 2020

Udall Holds Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Water Infrastructure, Cultural Patrimony Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene a legislative hearing on seven bills - the committee's first hearing since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic. Before turning to scheduled business, Udall underscored COVID-19's ongoing and disproportionate impact on Indian Country. "In my home state of New Mexico, and across the country, Tribal communities have been on the… Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Udall, Leahy, Van Hollen Release GAO Report Revealing Trump’s 4th of July Event Doubled Costs to Taxpayers in 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of Interior's budget, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the results of an investigation they requested that that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) perform regarding the costs and impacts associated with President Trump's decisi… Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Legislation Requiring Airlines Return Billions to Consumers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined legislation that would require major airlines and third-party ticket sellers to offer full cash refunds for all cancelled tickets during the coronavirus pandemic. The Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act of 2020, which was introduced by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), would require r… Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Applaud Water Infrastructure Grants to Reuse Water and Address PFAS Contamination

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Bureau of Reclamation within the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), has awarded $499,377 to the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and New Mexico State University for desalination and PFAS water purification research projects. "As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I've been working to ensure that New Mexico can sustainably manag… Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call on Senate Republicans to Take Up Meaningful, Comprehensive Police Reform Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to consider meaningful, comprehensive police reforms instead of a woefully inadequate Republican plan. The senators voted to block the Republican bill from advancing in the Senate today. Senators Udall and Heinrich are original cosponsors of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). The legislation… Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Democratic Push for $175 Billion Education Investment Urgently Needed to Save the 2021 School Year & U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 41 Senate Democrats, led by Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), calling on Senate leadership to include at least $175 billion for the Elementary and Secondary Education Relief Fund in any future coronavirus relief package. As health and education officials develop novel coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, precautions, and restrictions for safely reopening schools this fall, Udall and Heinrich are urging Congress … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Udall: Four Years After TSCA Reform, Fight Continues to Protect Bipartisan Chemical Safety Measure from Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement marking the fourth anniversary of Congress passing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, bipartisan legislation Udall authored that comprehensively reformed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The reform act represented the first major environmental legislation passed by Congress in over 25 years. "Four years ago, Congress took the bold, bipartisan step of fixing our broken chemic… Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call On President Trump To Stop Threatening Dreamers’ Livelihoods, Establish Path To Citizenship

WASHINGTON - Following the recent historic Supreme Court ruling rejecting President Donald Trump's repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to President Trump, insisting he end his crusade against immigrants and stop deporting Dreamers. The senators also sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling on him to immediately take up legislation to establish a path to citizenship for Dreamers, incl… Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds HUD Grant to Help Alleviate Risk of COVID-19 Among Homeless Population

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $15,455,067 to the state of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in communities with at-risk individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homelessness assistance. The funds are part of the … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call for a Vote on Equality Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of 48 senators in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote. The senators' push comes after the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling to confirm that that the nation's landmark civil rights legislation preventing workplace discrimination protects LGBTQ Americans. Senators Udall and Heinrich are original cosponsors of the Equality… Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Secure SBA Release of Simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has responded to their and other Democratic Senators' request to simplify the application for small businesses seeking forgiveness from loans obtained through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). After hearing from small business owners, Udall and Heinrich pressed the SBA and the U.S. Department of Treasury to revise their 11-page form, which they said was "especiall… Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution Recognizing June As LGBTQ Pride Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with every Senate Democrat, have introduced a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. The resolution also recognizes how the coronavirus (COVID-… Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

VIDEO: Udall and Dr. Enric Sala Explain Urgent Need to Protect 30 Percent of U.S. Land and Water by 2030

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/I4VmOchhp8o WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and leading marine conservationist, announced the release of a new "whiteboard" video project made in concert with the Center for Western Priorities explaining why America needs to lead the world in protecting 30 percent of America's land and water by 2030. Udall introduced the Thirty By Thirty Resolution to Save Nature in the Senate with U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Udall Statement on ISC Ending Gila River Diversion

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission voting to end work on the Gila River Diversion: "I thank the Interstate Stream Commission for listening to New Mexicans and voting against throwing more good money after bad. Any way you look at it, potential water from a Gila Diversion project is too expensive and comes at too high a price for the Gila River itself. The Gila is a jewel and deserves to be protected for future… Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce CORE Act to Ensure Transparency in COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and John Sarbanes (D-Md.) to introduce the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act (S. 3855), legislation that would ensure stronger oversight, accountability, and transparency in the federal government's response to the COVID-19 crisis. The lawmakers are calling f… Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Udall Celebrates Supreme Court Decision Upholding DACA

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and against the Trump administration's attempt to end the program: "Today's decision by the Supreme Court on DACA elevates immigrant youth and upholds what New Mexicans already know: Dreamers contribute immeasurably to our communities and the Trump administration's ill-conceived attempt to rip up this successful program was … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Udall, Democratic Senators Urge Federal Election Commission to Require Transparency for Online Political Advertisements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and 16 Senate Democrats in urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to complete the rulemaking process to provide clear rules concerning disclaimers on online political advertisements. The letter follows a nearly ten-month period where the FEC lacked a quorum and was unable to undertake many of the agency's key policymaking duties. Now, with the 2020 election just months away, it is vital that the FEC ta… Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Udall Calls on White House to Withdraw Nancy Beck Nomination Following Announcement of Republican Senators’ Opposition

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement calling on the White House to withdraw the nomination of Nancy Beck to serve as the chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), after two Republican senators indicated that they would oppose her nomination: "Nancy Beck is the absolute wrong choice to be the nation's top consumer watchdog, and that is now a bipartisan conclusion. It is becoming clear that Dr. Beck's nomination faces a likely impossib… Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Historic, Udall-Championed Conservation Bill Clears Senate

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, celebrated Senate passage of legislation he championed - the Great American Outdoors Act - which fully and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and makes a major down payment towards the maintenance backlog in the country's national parks and federal land agencies. The landmark legislation will, for the first time, f… Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Testifies Before Senate Committee on His Landmark Legislation to Tackle the Plastic Pollution Crisis

VIDEO LINK: https://youtu.be/vt-zuEoztD4 WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on his landmark legislation to address the plastic pollution crisis. Udall introduced the first-ever comprehensive legislation to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, in February as a groundswell of Americans across the country are pushing for bold action to address the plastic waste that has i… Continue Reading

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