Press Releases

April 29, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on COVID-19 Response, Recent Congressional Action to Fund Small Business and Hospital Relief, COVID-19 Testing

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on COVID-19 Response, Recent Congressional Package Replenishing Small Business Loans WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted a press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss the latest $484 billion coronavirus relief package that passed Congress last week. Udall discussed his efforts to ensure that the latest Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds are distributed to small businesses in New Mexico-including minority, women-owned and T… Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Udall, Senate Democratic Committee Leaders Urge Sen. McConnell to Focus Senate Business on COVID-19 Matters and Legislative Oversight

Senate Democrats say oversight hearings must include look at nation's testing capabilities, Paycheck Protection Program, best ways to protect health and safety of frontline workers, and more WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Senate Democratic Committee leaders in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), urging Leader McConnell to focus the Sena… Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Udall Encourages New Mexico Voters to Request Absentee Ballots for June Election to Safely Participate in Democratic Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2 primary includes important local, state and federal elections SANTA FE, N.M.-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement encouraging New Mexico voters eligible for the June 2 primary to send in their application for an absentee ballots by May 28. The applications are being sent to all eligible voters by the New Mexico Secretary of State this week to request an absentee ballot. Senator Udall encourages all voters to vote absentee, which will ensure their safe partic… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Udall, Democratic Colleagues Call on DHS Inspector General to Review ICE Detention Facility COVID-19 Policies and Practices

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) led a group of 26 Democratic senators in calling for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) to conduct a full assessment, including site inspections, of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities nationwide to evaluate whether the facilities' operations, management, standards, and conditions have adapted to address the threat of COVID-19 to both the staff and detainees. Joining Udall on the letter… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge Federal Communications Commission to Inform Eligible Families About How They Can Receive Discount Broadband Services

The FCC's Lifeline program is the primary federal program charged with helping low-income families obtain broadband and telephone services WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 142 lawmakers from the House and Senate, requested Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to actively notify the millions of Americans who are eligible for discount telephone or broadband access from the FCC's Lifeline program. In the bicameral letter,… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

NM Delegation Hails Over $56 Million from CARES Act for State’s Frontline Health Care Providers

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 84 New Mexico health care providers received over $56 million to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as part of continued federal funding. The $56,882,782 in funding to the New Mexico providers is just a portion of what is expected to arrive to New Mexico providers from the seco… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Announces Over $6 Million in CARES Act Funding for Testing and Contact Tracing

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding New Mexico $6,638,183 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts. Coordinated contact tracing, coupled with expanded testing capacity, will allow public hea… Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Move to File Court Brief in Public Stream Access Case before New Mexico Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) moved to file an amicus, or "friend of the court," brief before the New Mexico Supreme Court to defend New Mexicans' right under the state constitution to access public surface waters. The New Mexico Constitution expressly provides that rivers, streams, and lakes in New Mexico "belong to the public." For 75 years, the New Mexico Supreme Court has recognized the public's right to recreate, fish, and use these water… Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call On Education Secretary DeVos To Grant DACA Students Access To Emergency Financial Aid Secured In CARES Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 26 Senate Democrats, are calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to access Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Last week, Senators Udall and Heinrich along with the entire delegation announced that thirty of New Mexico's higher education institutions would … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Udall Sponsors Bill to Repeal GOP Tax Giveaway to Ultra-wealthy in Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Provisions allow a wealthy few - including large real estate and hedge fund investors - to receive an average benefit of $1.6 million - dwarfing COVID relief bill's $1,200 payments for working Americans SANTA FE, N.M.- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sponsored legislation to repeal a massive tax giveaway for a small group of ultra-wealthy taxpayers that Republicans included in the coronavirus relief bill. The legislation would do away with provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic… Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge Administration To Remove Needless Restrictions On States’ Ability To Spend COVID-19 Relief Funds

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 44 Senate Democratic colleagues, are responding to the Trump administration's needless bureaucratic restrictions on how Governors can distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds to their states, sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling on him to revise initial guidelines so that they can provide essential public services amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, as the law intends. Congress unanimously… Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Udall, Senators Urge Trump Administration to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program Funds Reach Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 21 senators in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza, calling on the SBA to develop strong supervisory mechanisms to ensure that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds reach struggling small businesses that truly need the emergency funds. Recent reports indicate that the initial distribution of the $350 billion in funding was not limited to struggling small business… Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Never Again Education Act to Support Holocaust Education in the United States

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) signed on to the Never Again Education Act (S.2085), bipartisan legislation that would establish a dedicated federal fund to provide teachers with resources and training necessary to teach students across the United States about the Holocaust. The announcement comes following Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was observed last week. The Never Again Education Act establishes a federal fund at the Department of Education (DO… Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Bipartisan Call for Trump Administration to Eliminate Payment Limits for Farmers and Ranchers for COVID-related Losses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him to eliminate payment limits for livestock, dairy and specialty crop producers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The bipartisan effort is supported by the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and New Mexico Dairy Producers, among many other agricultural producer organizations. The COVID-19 crisis has caused significant damage to agricultur… Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Udall, Congress Successfully Push Treasury to Correct Exclusion of Tribally-owned Businesses from Paycheck Protection Program

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Treasury, Small Business Administration (SBA) reversed its initial CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility rule that excluded Tribally-owned small businesses with revenue from gaming operations. Many Tribes depend on the businesses they own and operate to fund essential services in Indian Country because Tribal governments, unlike state and local governments, do n… Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce CARES Act Grant for the PoPay Messenger, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo’s On-Demand Transit System

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Tribal Council is receiving an award of $286,786 in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Rural and Tribal formula funds through the CARES Act for its on-demand transit system, the PoPay Messenger. The PoPay Messenger operated by Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo covers over 12,000 square miles and serves 3,000 Tribal and over 1… Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Bipartisan Coalition Call For Relief For Local Broadcasters, Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 77 Senators, are calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support local radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic by working with agencies to increase federal advertising in community news outlets, particularly in rural areas. The senators wrote, "Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local an… Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Udall: Eligible New Mexico Small Businesses and Nonprofits Encouraged to Apply for Loans Following Final Passage of Bill to Replenish Small Business Funds in CARES Act

SANTA FE, N.M. -Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hailed the increased funding to community-based banks and lenders in the emergency spending package that passed the House and Senate earlier this week and was signed by the president today. Udall fought to secure $120 billion in loans for Community Development Financial Institutions, community lenders and smaller banks in the funding package to help small businesses in small or underbanked communities in New Mexico access low-interest emerge… Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Defend New Mexicans’ Access to Public Streams

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in support of New Mexicans' right under the state constitution to access public surface waters: "The New Mexico Constitution ensures that rivers, streams, and lakes in New Mexico 'belong to the public'. And, for 75 years, the New Mexico Supreme Court has recognized the public's right to recreate, fish, and use these waters, including waters that flow through private lands. We support that… Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Push To Ensure Families Receive Promised COVID-19 Stimulus Payments For Their Children As Quickly As Possible

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with a group of 42 Senators, are calling on the Treasury Department to ensure that families who are not required to file taxes and will automatically receive their COVID-19 stimulus payment do not need to wait until next year to receive the additional $500 payment per dependent child that they were promised. "We write to express our concern that without additional action from your agencies, many families who receive Social Security… Continue Reading

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