Press Releases

June 25, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $40M in 2019 PILT Payments for 32 NM Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that 32 counties across New Mexico will receive $40,268,203 through the Department of Interior's (DOI) Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT funding will be used by local governments across New Mexico to provide crucial services to residents, such as police, fire protection, emergency response, road maintenance, and more. A full list of funding by county is available below. PILT provides federal payments to local g… Continue Reading

June 24, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $2.5 Million to UNM to Research Chronic Kidney Disease Risk Factors Among Native Americans

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded approximately $2.5 million over five years to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center to research chronic kidney disease risk factors among Native Americans in the southwestern United States. The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, will enable UN… Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bill to Fulfill Aamodt Litigation Settlement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small introduced legislation to ensure the Bureau of Reclamation has sufficient funding and time to implement its obligations under the 2010 Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act and the related water rights case that began in 1966. The Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque were joined by Santa Fe County, the City of Santa Fe and the State of New M… Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

Senators to EPA: Stop Undermining Key Chemical Safety Law

Three years after overwhelming, bipartisan passage of landmark legislation overhauling TSCA, senators raise concerns that Trump EPA's implementation of the law has gone dangerously off the rails WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sounded the alarm as the Trump administration continues to water down critical reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by undermining or skirting k… Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

Udall Statement on President Confirming Planned Iran Strike Without Congressional Authorization

Udall: Trump should fire Bolton to change course from escalation and threat of unconstitutional use of force and return to diplomacy WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead sponsor of a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran, issued the following statement after President Trump confirmed reports that he ordered and then abruptly cancelled a strike agai… Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls on Congress to Vote to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - As tensions continue to escalate between Iran and the Trump administration, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) took to the Senate floor to call on Congress to step up and reassert its constitutional authority to halt the administration's reckless march to an unconstitutional war. In a series of back-to-back speeches with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), all members of the Senate Foreign … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

Udall, Van Hollen Reintroduce EMPOWER Act to Modernize Presidential Campaign Public Financing System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) reintroduced legislation to reduce the influence of money in presidential elections by empowering candidates who decline support from wealthy special interests. With mega-donors exerting increasing influence on elections and increasing public disgust for out-of-control special interest electioneering, S.1917, the Empowering Mass Participation to Offset the Wealthy's Electoral Role (EMPOWER) Act would modernize the … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

Udall: Time to Move on from Gila River Diversion Project

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission's (ISC) recent meeting about the Gila River Diversion Project: "The last free-flowing river in the Southwest, the Gila is a jewel and deserves to be protected for future generations. When consideration of a diversion began in 2015, I said that 'based on everything I've seen so far, this project simply isn't environmentally sound or financially realistic.' After a three and… Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

Udall, Grijalva Lead 51 Lawmakers in Challenging Trump Roll Back of Methane Waste Prevention Rule

Every year, an estimated $330 million of natural gas is wasted by the oil and gas industry on public and Tribal lands WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.),Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, led a group of 51 lawmakers in filing an amicus brief challenging the Trump Interior Department's decision to revise an… Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Udall Leads Hearing on 5 Bills, Questions Administration’s Commitment to Improving Public Safety in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoeven to convene a legislative hearing on five public safety bills, including two Udall-led bills - S. 290, the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA), and S. 1853, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act. "Today, we have an opportunity to take action and make good on our promises to improve p… Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure $30 Million in Reimbursement for Border Communities & Organizations Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers in Senate Agreement on Emergency Border Funding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Senate agreement on border humanitarian assistance includes $30 million in reimbursement funds for localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New Mexico and elsewhere that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers. In May, the full New Mexico delegation - Udall and Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Xochitl Torres Small, and Deb Haaland - wr… Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Administration’s Repeal of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, issued the following statement after EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the Trump administration's proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan and replace it with a new rule that will lead to hundreds more premature deaths and hospitalizations from increased toxic air pollution: "Yet again, the Trump administration has… Continue Reading

June 18, 2019

Udall, Leahy, Van Hollen Demand Answers about President’s Fourth of July Event

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of the 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, called on Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt to inform the Interior Appropriations subcommittee of the president's reported Fourth of July plans and how the add… Continue Reading

June 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Propose Amendments to Protect and Strengthen Nuclear Safety Board’s Critical Oversight Mission in Major Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich proposed three amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major defense policy bill, to protect and strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board's (DNFSB) critical safety oversight mission at New Mexico's Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. The amendments filed by the senators to the NDAA would help ensure that the DNFSB continues to provide strong oversight to protect public health and saf… Continue Reading

June 18, 2019

Udall, Rounds, Heinrich File Bipartisan Amendment to Enable All Military Women to Count Maternity Leave Towards Years of Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of senators in filing an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to support military mothers by ensuring that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. The amendment, which is based on the Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act … Continue Reading

June 17, 2019

Udall, McCollum Announce GAO Opening Investigation into Whether Trump Interior Dept. Violated Law with National Monument Leasing Activities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), the ranking member and chair of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, announced the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will open an investigation into whether the Trump Interior Department is violating longstanding prohibitions against using appropriated funds for oil, gas, and coal development activities within the hi… Continue Reading

June 17, 2019

Udall Statement on Reports that Iran Will Exceed Uranium Enrichment Limits from 2015 Nuclear Deal in Next 10 Days

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Iran announced it would exceed uranium enrichment levels previously agreed to under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The news comes just over one year after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from the JCPOA and started its "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, including the restarting of crippling economic sanctions that… Continue Reading

June 17, 2019

Members of NM Delegation to FEMA: More Time for Ruidoso Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small to urge the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to grant project extensions to the Village of Ruidoso. In 2008, Hurricane Dolly caused extensive flooding in the Village of Ruidoso that damaged critical infrastructure. While progress has been made, the projects have faced uncontrollable delays that affected their ability to meet the original timeline. For example, the extreme weather a… Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call for Senate Committee to Move Chaco Protection Legislation Forward

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee leadership requesting that the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act be included in the committee's next business meeting, where the committee could vote to report the bill out of committee and move it to the Senate floor. A committee markup represents the next step forward in advancing the bill and permanently protecting archeologically and culturally significant sites around… Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Urge USPS to Swiftly Improve Albuquerque Post Office Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland wrote to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to implement recommendations made by a recent audit report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding serious deficiencies at post office facilities in Albuquerque. In their letter, the lawmakers called on USPS to address these troubling conditions and swiftly enact critical improvements, such as fillin… Continue Reading

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