Press Releases

August 14, 2020

Udall Statement Honoring Navajo Code Talkers Day

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement to honor the over 400 Navajo Code Talkers whose critical service saved lives and played a pivotal role during World War II: "Almost 80 years ago, over 400 Navajo men volunteered for Code Talker duty to fight for a country that had not even recognized them as citizens until two decades earlier, even though the Navajo people had lived on these lands sinc… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Senate Democrats Urge USPS Postmaster General to Fix Delays and Avoid Cost Increases for Election Mail as Nation Prepares for 2020 Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined all Senate Democrats in a letter demanding answers from U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after state election officials reported recent changes to longstanding practices at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which would increase delivery times and costs for election mail, measures that threaten the vast number of voters seeking to cast their votes by mail this November. Since President Donald J. Trump appointed De… Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Udall: Trump Administration Playing Politics with Native Students’ Lives During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on reports regarding the Bureau of Indian Education's plan to resume in-person learning in September without adequate notice or input from schools, parents and Tribes: "The Trump administration is playing politics with the lives and education of Native students and teachers. The administration has apparently made the cruel calculus that scoring politica… Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Bipartisan Call For Extension Of Census Deadlines For Full, Accurate Count

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 46 senators in a bipartisan call for the extension of the statutory deadlines for the delivery of apportionment data and redistricting files following the 2020 Census. In a letter, led by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to House and Senate Leadership, the senators urged the congressional leaders to include the extension in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package. "Extending the d… Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Udall, Harris Introduce Environmental Justice for All Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, joined U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to introduce the comprehensive environmental justice legislation in the U.S. Senate to achieve health equity and climate justice for all, particularly underserved communities and communities of color. As the country continues a national reckoning on race… Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge Trump to Reverse Federal Cuts to NM National Guard’s COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 33 senators in a letter to President Donald J. Trump, urging his administration to restore full funding to states like New Mexico in order to maintain critical National Guard unit services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the president reduced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement for National Guard units from 100 percent to 75 percent, with the exception of Florida and Texas, without suffi… Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Udall, Lowenthal Circulate Blueprints for Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act to State Legislators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) are calling on state and local legislators to introduce and enact legislation to tackle America's growing plastic pollution and packaging waste crisis at the state level. In a memo to the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) for its 2020 National Forum, Udall and Lowenthal encourage the lawmakers to draw from their Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPPA) for state bills to reduce … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Udall Statement on Trump EPA Decision to Eliminate Methane Pollution Rules During COVID Pandemic

Udall secured new methane standards in bipartisan, Senate-passed pipeline safety bill WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement on reports that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to eliminate methane pollution rules for new oil and gas wells: "Once again, the Trump EPA is eliminating common-sense rules that reduce toxic air pollu… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Grants to Expand Health Care in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $640,000 to the New Mexico Department of Health and to El Centro Family Health to expand health care opportunities in rural communities. The New Mexico Department of Health will use its grant to support the New Mexico Behavio… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Udall Statement on President’s Announced Plan to Deliver Nomination Speech from Gettysburg or White House

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement after President Trump tweeted that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech either from the White House or from a battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania: "I am appalled that the president is once again planning to use our national park system, including t… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

AUDIO: During Roundtable with New Mexicans, Udall Calls on Senate Republicans to Pass Urgent COVID-19 Relief, Calls President’s Executive Orders ‘Grossly Insufficient’

AUDIO: Udall Holds Listening Session with New Mexicans, Calls for Urgent COVID-19 Relief WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) held a listening session with New Mexicans affected by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, to discuss the urgent need for Congress to pass an additional Coronavirus relief package. The House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act to provide urgent relief nearly three months ago, but Senate Republicans and the White House have rejected it and failed t… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Torres Small, Udall, Heinrich Hail Over $10 Million in Funding to Modernize Water Infrastructure Across Rural New Mexico

Las Cruces, N.M. - U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded more than $10 million to organizations across rural New Mexico to modernize water and wastewater infrastructure through its Rural Development program. The City of Grants, Alto De Las Flores Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (MDWCA) in Dona Ana County, Cottonwood Rural Water A… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Udall Thanks Press Intern for Service to Washington, D.C. Office

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) thanked Dana Youngentob for her work in his Washington, D.C., office as a press intern. During her year-long internship on Capitol Hill, Youngentob worked as an integral member of the press and communications team. "Dana has been a truly dedicated and invaluable member of the Udall office. From planning legislative announcements to keeping New Mexicans informed about important issues, Dana has shown up ready to work for our communities," said Ud… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

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

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) thanked Rio Rancho native Cambria Barnes for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her tenure working virtually with Udall's D.C. office, Barnes worked closely with the legislative team. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate our nation's legislative process. I applaud all of our interns who, despite having an unconventional, 'virtual' internship due to the global pandemic, … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

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

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) thanked Farmington native Emily Nguyen for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her tenure working virtually with Udall's D.C. office, Nguyen worked closely with the legislative team. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate our nation's legislative process. I applaud all of our interns who, despite having an unconventional, 'virtual' internship due to the global pandemic, fou… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

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

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) thanked Santa Fe native Julian Rosales for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his tenure working virtually with Udall's D.C. office, Rosales worked closely with the legislative team. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate our nation's legislative process. I applaud all of our interns who, despite having an unconventional, 'virtual' internship due to the global pandemic, fo… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

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

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) thanked Las Cruces native Irene Fernald for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her tenure working virtually with Udall's D.C. office, Fernald worked closely with the legislative team. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate our nation's legislative process. I applaud all of our interns who, despite having an unconventional, 'virtual' internship due to the global pandemic, f… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

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

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) thanked Corrales native Stella Asmerom for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her tenure working virtually with Udall's D.C. office, Asmerom worked closely with the legislative team. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate our nation's legislative process. I applaud all of our interns who, despite having an unconventional, 'virtual' internship due to the global pandemic, f… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

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

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) thanked Santa Fe native Elliott Thornburg for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his tenure working virtually with Udall's D.C. office, Thornburg worked closely with the legislative team. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate our nation's legislative process. I applaud all of our interns who, despite having an unconventional, 'virtual' internship due to the global pandemi… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

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

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) thanked Portland, Oregon native Alex Haddon for his work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During his tenure working virtually with Udall's D.C. office, Haddon worked closely with the legislative team. "U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate our nation's legislative process. I applaud all of our interns who weathered the unique challenges of a virtual internship due to the global pandemic… Continue Reading

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