Press Releases

May 22, 2019

Udall, McCollum Request Probe 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, wrote to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking 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 histo… Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Udall, Murphy to Seek Vote to Prevent Unconstitutional Iran War in Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are calling for a vote in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee markup on legislation to prevent an unconstitutional, unauthorized war with Iran, as the administration continues to escalate tensions in the region. Udall and Murphy have filed an amendment to H.R. 31 that is based on Udall's Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, bipartisan legislation to prohibit the United States from expending funds which … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Udall Opening Statement at Appropriations Hearing with Secretary Bernhardt to Review Interior Department’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, delivered the following opening statement at an Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to review the Department of Interior's (DOI) Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. Below are Udall's remarks as prepared for delivery: Secretary Bernhardt, thank you for appearing before the subcommittee this morn… Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Udall Celebrates Five Years of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined fellow New Mexicans in celebrating the five year anniversary of the proclamation signed by President Barack Obama to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument - the culmination of years of work from the local community. In 2014, President Obama established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument based on legislation introduced by Udall and Senator Martin Heinrich. But since only… Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Ahead of the Preakness Stakes, Udall & Wyden Introduce Legislation to End Doping of Racehorses

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Saturday's Preakness Stakes, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Racehorse Doping Ban Act of 2019, which would establish consistent medication rules across the industry and strict doping penalties for horse races already governed by federal law. "It is past time that Congress stop rewarding the horse racing industry for its inhumane doping violations with sweetheart gambling privileges and millions in casino slots subsidies," said Udall… Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Udall Leads Call for Government Accountability Office Review of IHS Management Failures in Weber Case

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a bipartisan group of nine senators - members of the Indian Affairs Committee - in requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate potential misuse of employee transfers, duty reassignments, and administrative leave at federally-operated Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities to cover up misconduct that endangers patients, other employees, and Tribal communities. The letter… Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Vote to Reject Hedge Fund Takeover of Gannett That Could Have Gutted Vital New Mexico Papers

Senators warn Alden they're still watching; several New Mexico newspapers were at risk WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with 18 other Senate Democrats, in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund that could have gutted local papers in New Mexico and across the country. The vote comes one day after the senators penned a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urg… Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Administration’s Radical, Partisan Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in response to President Trump's latest immigration plan: "The president's latest immigration plan is no different from the radical anti-immigrant agenda he has pushed over the past several years. Sadly, the White House continues to make no good faith effort at comprehensive immigration reform, and refuses to reach across the aisle or consult with Democrats to craft a compromise bill. Instead, the president unveiled a … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Udall’s Bipartisan Bill to Prevent War with Iran Gains Momentum in the Senate

WASHINGTON - As the Trump administration continues to escalate tensions with Iran, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)'s bipartisan bill to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran is gaining support in the Senate. In the last week, U.S. Senators Robert Casey (D-Penn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Tom Carper (D-Del.) have signed on as co-sponsors of Udall's Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, legislation to proh… Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Udall’s Bipartisan Bill to Prevent War with Iran Gains Momentum in the Senate

WASHINGTON - As the Trump administration continues to escalate tensions with Iran, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)'s bipartisan bill to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran is gaining support in the Senate. In the last week, U.S. Senators Robert Casey (D-Penn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Tom Carper (D-Del.) have signed on as co-sponsors of Udall's Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, legislation to proh… Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Udall Secures Administration Commitment to Getting Victim Service Resources to Indian Country, Urges Support for Indian Water Rights Settlement Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene a business meeting on several bills, including S. 279, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, and S. 1207, the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019, and an oversight hearing on the President's FY 2020 budget proposal for the Department of Justice (DOJ). During the oversight hearing, Udall called attention to the need for greater resourc… Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Udall-Requested EPA IG Report Shows Pruitt’s Six-Figure Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars for Luxury Travel

Says Trump EPA should implement OIG's recommendations to prevent waste, fraud and abuse, Pruitt should repay taxpayer money 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, responded to the release of a report Udall requested from the EPA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) detailing former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's abuse of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary luxu… Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Following UN Report, Udall & Beyer Introduce Bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act to Protect America’s Precious Biodiversity and Help Combat Mass Extinction Crisis

Legislation follows sweeping new UN report warning that one million plant and animal species are facing extinction because of human activity WASHINGTON - Today, ahead of Endangered Species Day on May 17, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 to begin reversing the tide of habitat loss and fragmentation for America's fish, wildlife, and plant species - a major factor in species decline an… Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief on Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, and Other New Mexico Priorities at Appropriations Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on President Trump's wholly insufficient budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service's ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and across the country. Last year, Udall worked to secure a 10-year fix for wildfire funding as part of the Fiscal Ye… Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Legislation to Address Root Causes of Central American Migration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Central America Reform And Enforcement Act, a major legislative proposal to address the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis. The bill outlines the coordinated regional response needed to effectively manage the endemic violence and humanitarian crises in the Northern Triangle countries -- El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras -- that are causing many women, children, and families to flee and seek asylum in the… Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

NM Delegation Sends Request To Reimburse Border Communities Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

WASHINGTON - After reports that U.S. Border Patrol has in recent weeks released over 4,000 migrants applying for asylum in the United States in Las Cruces, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today sent a letter with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Xochitl Torres Small, and Deb Haaland to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting that state and local governments and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are providing … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls on Senate to Protect Chaco Canyon Area in Key Committee Hearing

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg17m0h4aHA&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered testimony in support of legislation he introduced in the Senate with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to ensure the protection of culturally important areas near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing is a critical step forward in advancing the bill and permanently … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Udall Meets with FAA Nominee Dickson, Pushes for Strong Aviation Safety Action

Photo: https://twitter.com/SenatorTomUdall/status/1128057004533190657 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) met with the nominee to serve as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Stephen Dickson, in advance of his nomination hearing to discuss the need for stronger oversight and action on aviation safety - particularly engine safety - and FAA's airworthiness certification process. Udall issued the following statement after meeting:"In light of recent tragedie… Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce Census Director Visiting New Mexico

WASHINGTON - At the urging of U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will visit New Mexico later this month to discuss ensuring accurate counts for the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census. In February, Udall and Heinrich sent a letter inviting Director Dillingham to visit the state to share how the Bureau is taking adequate steps to count underrepresented communities and address the unique data collection challenges in New Mex… Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Udall Speaks Out Against Raid of Another $1.5 Billion in DOD National Security Funds to Pay for President Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, slammed the White House and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan for their plan for an additional unauthorized transfer of $1.5 billion in important national security funds in order to build part of President Donald Trump's wall along the southern border. … Continue Reading

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