Press Releases

March 31, 2016

Udall Commemorates Legacy, Achievements of César Chávez

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, issued the following statement commemorating the life and legacy of labor leader and civil rights activist César Chávez. Udall is cosponsoring a resolution in the Senate to honor Chávez and designate his birthday, March 31, as "César Chávez Day." "César Chávez fought tirelessly to improve working conditions for farm workers nationwide, including fair… Continue Reading

March 22, 2016

Udall Statement on Brussels Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement: "Today, we stand with the people of Brussels and all of our allies as we all confront international terrorists who oppose our shared human values. I urge the United States to provide assistance in the effort to bring those responsible to justice. We will defeat terrorism around the world, and such attacks only reinforce our resolve. I know there are many New Mexicans who are … Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Members Of NM Delegation Introduce Bill To Prevent Suspension Of Medicaid Services Without Thorough Investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act of 2016. The bill protects Medicaid patients by establishing clear guidelines that ensure that state agencies investigating allegations of fraud do so in a manner that both protects health care consumers and affords due process of law to the health care provider. The introduction of the bill comes after the New Mexico Huma… Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Udall Introduces Major Reform Legislation on College Affordability to Put America on Path Toward Debt-Free College

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a coalition of senators to introduce major reform legislation to address college affordability and put America on a path toward debt-free college. The In The Red Act would allow student loan borrowers to refinance outstanding debt at lower rates, increase Pell Grants to keep pace with rising costs, and make a new investment in community college. Additionally, the legislation would help hold colleges accountable to ensure students graduate wit… Continue Reading

March 17, 2016

NM Delegation Announces $13.8 Million Loan for Sacred Wind Communications to Improve Internet Service

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luj├ín and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a $13.8 million loan for Sacred Wind Communications to improve service for its 20,000 Northwest New Mexico and Navajo Nation subscribers by upgrading parts of its telecommunications system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service is awarding the loan under the Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA) provisions of the 20… Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

At Hearing, Udall Presses for Border Patrol Support, Increased Resources to Combat Drug Trafficking

WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged the National Guard to maintain and enhance support for the U.S. Border Patrol's anti-drug trafficking activities in New Mexico. Udall told General Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, that he has serious concerns about the impacts of transnational drug trafficking in the Bootheel region, and he pressed for additional resources to increase border security. "The Boothe… Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Udall Opposes Bill to Block GMO Labeling, Cosponsors Plan to Support Consumers' Right To Know

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in defeating anti-consumer legislation designed to prevent states from setting clear rules regarding food labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill, which would ban states from requiring labels for genetically engineered ingredients in food, failed to get the required 60 votes to advance. Udall supports transparency and will continue to fight for laws that ensure New Mexicans and all Americans can readily learn wheth… Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Udall Statement on Nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on President Obama's decision to nominate Merrick Garland to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia: "Merrick Garland has an impressive record as a jurist. He was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court - one of the most important courts in the nation - with strong bipartisan support, and he has demonstrated a commitment to public service. I look forward to meeting with him and examining his… Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.7 Million for NM Health Centers to Help Treat Prescription Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $1.7 million for five health centers and treatment providers in New Mexico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services, with a particular focus on the treatment of opioid abuse in underserved communities. The grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act and administered by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, will help increase the number of patients scree… Continue Reading

March 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $7.3 Million to Combat Homelessness in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $7.3 million for nonprofit providers and local governments in New Mexico to combat homelessness throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding through the Continuum of Care Program, which supports efforts to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families, minimize the trauma associated with losing a home, and help families become self-sufficient following t… Continue Reading

March 14, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Congratulate iBeam Materials on Partnership with Energy Department to Advance Clean Energy Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that iBeam Materials, Inc. of Santa Fe has been selected to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Sandia National Laboratories to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. iBeam is one of 33 small businesses nationwide that will receive funding under the highly competitive Round 1 of DOE's new Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. The award includes $225,000 for technical assistance to supp… Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Udall at VA Budget Hearing: Improve Access to Care for Rural Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today at a hearing about the fiscal year 2017 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senator Tom Udall continued his call for the VA to improve care for veterans living in rural New Mexico and rural communities across the country. Udall has championed the need to improve access to rural veterans' health care through expanded use of telehealth technology, increasing transportation options and by addressing high turnover among doctors and nurses at rural community… Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Udall and Heinrich: Students Deserve Immediate Debt Relief After Attending Schools Engaged In Deceptive and Predatory Practices

"When colleges break the rules, student loan borrowers should not be left to dig themselves out from under a mountain of debt they cannot repay" WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich and 33 Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Obama urging his Administration to protect students who attended colleges or universities that engaged in unlawful, unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices. In 2015, Corinthian Colleges filed for bankruptcy and shut down all of its locations after f… Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Udall Votes for Senate Bill to Fight Drug Abuse Epidemic, Urges Congress to Make Investments to Combat Addiction Head-On

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted in favor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bipartisan bill he cosponsors to help tackle the drug abuse epidemic in New Mexico communities and across the nation. The bill passed 94-1 and now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Udall said that the legislation is a step forward, but Congress also needs to commit additional funding to address the drug abuse epidemic head-on. Last week, Senate Republicans blo… Continue Reading

March 09, 2016

Udall Fights for New Mexico Priorities in Energy Budget

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today on the president's fiscal year 2017 budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about contract changes at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, and support for technology transfer to move innovations from the New Mexico's labs and universities into the marketplace to create jobs. He also questioned Moniz about the timeline for safely reopening the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsb… Continue Reading

March 09, 2016

Udall Pushes to Strengthen Indian Health Service Facilities, Improve Care for Tribes in NM and Across Nation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, discussed several steps to improve care at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities in New Mexico and nationwide at a hearing on the agency's fiscal year 2017 budget. Udall focused on efforts to address alcohol and substance abuse. "Indian Country needs better access to clinical services. This is especially true for preventive care and also for mental h… Continue Reading

March 08, 2016

Udall Urges Congress to Take Action to Combat Drug Abuse Epidemic, Save Lives

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor about the need to tackle the drug abuse epidemic in New Mexico communities and across the nation. The Senate is currently debating the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bill Udall cosponsors that would direct resources to prevent prescription opioid and heroin abuse, provide training and increased access to law enforcement officials for the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone, improve treatmen… Continue Reading

March 08, 2016

Udall Introduces CREATE Act to Support Arts Businesses, Jobs in the Creative Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced a measure to support the development of arts businesses, jobs and the growth of the creative economy in New Mexico and across the nation. The arts and cultural tourism industries are significant drivers of the economy in New Mexico and many other states, and Udall's bill would help artists, entrepreneurs, and workers employed in cultural education and tourism better access federal programs and resources to grow their businesses and share thei… Continue Reading

March 07, 2016

NM Delegation Urges EPA to Address Compensation Delays for Gold King Mine Spill Victims, Work with State to Monitor Water Quality

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed concerns with delays in compensation for costs and damages in New Mexico caused by the EPA's Gold King Mine spill in Colorado six months ago. They urged the EPA to process reimbursement claims submitted by the state and the Navajo Nation and to set up an Office of… Continue Reading

March 04, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $8.2 Million to Construct Rio Grande Water Project, Fund Watershed Assessment and Environmental Management

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing $7 million for construction of the Rio Grande Floodway project near Socorro, $1 million for watershed assessment in the Rio Grande Basin, and $200,000 to fund the Rio Grande Environmental Management Program for the first time. These projects will prevent flooding between San Acacia and the Bosque del Apache, study salinity management issues, and begin to develop a data-dri… Continue Reading

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