Press Releases

August 14, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call For Investigation Of Trump Administration’s Efforts To Use Eminent Domain To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Ineffective And Expensive Southern Border Wall

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) yesterday joined Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting that the U.S. Government Accountability Office investigate the Trump Administration's efforts to exercise the power of eminent domain to seize privately held land to build a border wall at the southern border of the United States. The letter follows the S… Continue Reading

August 14, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Slam Trump Administration Proposal To Weaken Protections Against Discrimination In Health Care

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 34 fellow Democratic senators to submit a comment letter for the record to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar criticizing the Trump Administration's proposed rule to weaken critical protections that help address discrimination in health care. The senators outlined several issues with the proposed rule, including how it could harm patients who already face barriers when seeking care by e… Continue Reading

August 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call for Reversal of Trump Plan to Cut Nutrition Aid to 3 Million Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 19 Senators and 120 U.S. Representatives to demand that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) withdraw its disastrous plan to kick an estimated 3.1 million Americans off of food assistance, including tens of thousands of New Mexicans. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the lawmakers urged USDA to reverse course and rescind its proposal, which would raise serious barriers to food access for working f… Continue Reading

August 12, 2019

Udall Statement on 5th Circuit Upholding Indian Child Welfare Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement after the 5th Circuit court of appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in its ruling in Brackeen v. Bernhardt and overturned a 2018 decision from the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas, which wrongly struck down key provisions of ICWA. In January, Udall filed a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in support of … Continue Reading

August 12, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump Endangered Species Act Rollback

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of Interior's budget, released the following statement after the Trump administration released new regulations rolling back the Endangered Species Act (ESA): "Today, the Trump administration issued regulations that take a wrecking ball to one of our oldest and most effective environmental laws, the Endangered Species Act. As we have seen time and time again, … Continue Reading

August 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $1.5 Million for NMSU Sun and Space Weather Research

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that New Mexico State University's (NMSU) Department of Astronomy was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to hire a space scientist to work on physics of sun and space weather. This funding was awarded through a program called "Faculty Development in the Space Sciences" from the NSF Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Atmospheric and Geospa… Continue Reading

August 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $4.64 Million to Help Increase Access to Clean Water in Doña Ana County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a grant of $3,629,065 and approved a loan of $1,014,000, totaling $4,643,065, to help the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority upgrade and modernize the water system in Berino, New Mexico. The award will be used to drill a new water well, and install an arsenic treatment facility as well as a new … Continue Reading

August 09, 2019

NM Delegation Announces $6 Million to Combat New Mexico’s Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $6 million in funding to New Mexico to combat the opioid epidemic in communities across the state. The funding will go toward treatment, prevention, recovery, and research efforts throughout New Mexico. A break… Continue Reading

August 08, 2019

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal Release New Details of Expanded DHS Watchdog Probe of CBP Surveillance of Journalists, Activists, and Lawyers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (OIG) detailing its investigation into the alleged compiling of lists and targeted government surveillance of journalists, activists, and lawyers at the U.S.-Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The lawmakersdemanded answers from CBP leadership in May about t… Continue Reading

August 07, 2019

Senators to EPA: Reverse Course and Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Now

Senators cite EPA's own studies that found chlorpyrifos harms children's brains and poses a serious threat to farmworkers even with protective equipment and engineering controls WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), led a group of 15 Senate Democrats in calling on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children and known t… Continue Reading

August 06, 2019

Udall, Paul, Khanna, Gaetz Lead Call for Inclusion of Bipartisan Iran Amendment in Final NDAA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers in calling on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many of the signers of today's letter are members of key House and Senate defense and foreign affairs-related committe… Continue Reading

August 05, 2019

Udall Responds to President Trump’s Comments on El Paso, Dayton Shootings

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to President Trump's comments in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Earlier today, President Trump tweeted that congressional action on gun violence should be paired with action on the Trump administration's immigration agenda. Udall issued the following statement: "In the wake of an act of anti-immigrant, white supremacist terror, President Trump is now proposing that any action to prevent gun violence should be paired with rest… Continue Reading

August 04, 2019

Udall Statement on El Paso and Dayton Shootings

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio: "In the span of less than 24 hours, two communities have been ravaged by the scourge of gun violence. It has never been clearer that Congress needs to take urgent action to end this preventable epidemic. "In New Mexico, El Paso is like a sibling - a community where many New Mexicans have family, friends, loved ones. This tragedy hits particularly close t… Continue Reading

August 02, 2019

Udall, Khanna Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Improve Health Care Access for Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) announced introduction of the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, a bill to improve health care access for Native American Veterans by providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for care that Native American veterans receive at urban Indian health centers. This legislation would help Native American veterans acquire … Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution to Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans

Under the Congressional Review Act, Senate Democrats can force a vote on this new resolution within 60 legislative days of July 15 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the "1332 waiver" rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans' health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protection… Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Commerce Committee Passes Udall Amendment to Require First National Safety Standards for Dangerous, Unregulated Gas Gathering Lines

WASHINGTON - Today, during a Senate Commerce Committee markup of the PIPES Act of 2019, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured passage of his critical amendment to require the first-ever national safety standards for nearly 100,000 miles of the most dangerous natural gas "gathering" lines that have been left unregulated for decades - even though many of these lines carry the same risks as other federally-regulated pipelines. The amendment also requires the U.S. Government Accountability Office… Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Udall Files Critical Amendments to Improve Senate Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - Ahead of a Wednesday morning markup of the PIPES Act of 2019 (S. 2299) in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced three critical amendments to the bill to improve public safety and reduce dangerous leaks. The PIPES Act would reauthorize the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) pipeline safety programs for the next four years, fiscal years 2020 through … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Udall, Shaheen & All Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people. The full text of the amendment is available HERE. A background summary is av… Continue Reading

July 26, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce $2 Million To NM Small Businesses To Support Scientific Innovation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that two New Mexico businesses were awarded $2,100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to support research and development and advance innovation. Mesa Photonics LLC and Woodruff Scientific Inc., both based in Santa Fe, were awarded $1,100,000 and $1,000,000, respectively. The funding will allow Mesa P… Continue Reading

July 26, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Fair Elections Now Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 23 Senate colleagues, have introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way U.S. Senate elections are financed. Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and corporate special interests. The Fair Elections Now Act wou… Continue Reading

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