Press Releases

September 18, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge President Trump to Reject Secretary Zinke’s Recommended Changes to National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following joint statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's report on national monuments, which was leaked to the media late Sunday: "During Secretary Zinke's review process, almost 3 million Americans - including thousands of New Mexicans - made their opinions clear. They believe our existing national monuments are vitally important to our economy, community and culture, and they don't want them changed. "The Depart… Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge USTR Lighthizer to Support New Mexico's Pecan Farmers and Lower Tariffs on Pecan Exports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of six other senators in urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to help New Mexico's pecan farmers increase exports by taking action to lower the tariffs on pecan exports to India. India's current high tariffs on pecans are impacting New Mexico and American pecan farmers, and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers. In a letter to Lighthizer, the senators note that … Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Udall Joins Democrats in Introducing Bill to Expand Access to Affordable, High Quality Child Care for New Mexico Families

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a number of Democrats in introducing major legislation to ensure working families throughout New Mexico and across the country have access to affordable, high-quality child care. The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure working families can afford high-quality child care and preschool programs. The Child Care for Working Families Act would create a partnership between the federal and… Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Washington Notebook: Heinrich, Udall sign on to universal health care bill

by Michael Coleman


September 13, 2017

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on High Risk Indian Health, Education, and Energy Programs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, presided over an oversight hearing entitled "High Risk Indian Programs: Progress and Efforts in Addressing GAO's Recommendations" to assess progress and efforts to address the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) designation of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs as "high risk." Udall led the hearing as part of a series to ex… Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Udall Proposes Amendments to Benefit New Mexico & Nation in Major Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico's national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money. The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the Senate floor this week. "The annual National Defense Authorization Act is always an important bill for New Mex… Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Indian Affairs Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jon Tester (D-MT), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, welcomed the passage of their bipartisan legislation to address Native American veteran homelessness. The Tribal HUD-VASH Act, introduced by Senator Tester, will renew a joint tribal housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing… Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Udall Statement on the Passing of Former Senator Pete Domenici

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall offered his condolences to the family of former Senator Pete Domenici, who passed away this morning. Udall succeeded Domenici in the U.S. Senate. "Jill and I were very saddened to hear of the passing of Senator Pete Domenici this morning, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family. "Senator Domenici is a legend in New Mexico politics, and though he will be sorely missed, his impact will be felt in the state - and the nation - for generations to … Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $4.4 Million to Navajo Nation for Repairs at the Shiprock Airstrip

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced a $4.4 million grant has been awarded to the Navajo Nation to rehabilitate the runway at the Shiprock Airstrip. Last year, the Shiprock Airstrip was awarded $350,000 for the design phase of runway reconstruction, and this latest grant will pay for construction and rehabilitation. The funding comes as part of the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration's di… Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Udall to Cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will sign on as an original cosponsor to Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All legislation, which would ensure every American would have access to comprehensive health insurance regardless of income or employment status. Udall supported similar proposals sponsored by Rep. John Conyers when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Udall made the following statement: "I believe that health care is… Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Udall, Heinrich back the Sanders ‘Medicare for all’ effort

by Matthew Reichbach


September 11, 2017

Democrats to DHS IG: Does Trump Use of Private Residences Jeopardize Secret Service's Compliance with Federal Law?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, questioned whether the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) can comply with federal law and congressionally mandated spending limits when the agency uses millions of taxpayer dollars to protect President Trump's multiple properties, including Trump Tower i… Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Dems Ask DHS Watchdog To Probe Cost Of Securing Trump Properties

by Caitlin Macneal


September 10, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Court nominee’s lack of NM roots prompts concern

by Michael Coleman


September 08, 2017

IN THE NEWS: New Mexico Democrats push feds to limit drilling near Chaco

by Associated Press


September 07, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against President Trump's Decision to Rescind DACA and Put Thousands of Dreamers at Risk of Deportation

VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall/videos/10155489526822870/ WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act and codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), after President Trump announced he would end the program, which has allowed 800,000 young people - and almost 8,000 New Mexicans - to get legal status so they can work and go to school. In his speech, Udall told the stories of promising young New Mexicans… Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Udall Votes for Bill to Keep Government Open, Provide Relief to Hurricane Victims

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting 80-17 for a short-term agreement to keep the government open, avoid a default, and provide emergency relief funds to communities recovering from Hurricane Harvey. He released the following statement: "Keeping the government up and running is a basic responsibility of Congress, but it is absolutely critical for New Mexico families, our state's economy, and for maintaining… Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Secretary Zinke to Defer All Leases on Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land. The BLM previously agree… Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Udall Decries Trump Decision to End DACA Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall blasted President Trump's announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed almost 8,000 young New Mexicans to get legal status so they can work and go to school: "President Trump's decision to end the DACA program is a cruel and short-sighted mistake that will cause chaos for families and our economy. The 800,000 Dreamers - including almost 8,000 New Mexicans - who agreed to participate in DACA r… Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

IN THE NEWS: NM Democrats blast Trump on DACA

by Michael Coleman

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