Press Releases

February 23, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Funding for Economic Development in Northern New Mexico Region Affected by Mine Closure

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced a $70,000 grant to strengthen and diversify the local economy through economic development and job creation in the region of New Mexico that suffered economic and job losses from the Chevron molybdenum mine closure. The grant will be used to plan a strategy to support private capital investment and job creation. "The Village of Questa and the surrounding area were devastated whe… Continue Reading

February 22, 2017

You Are Making A Difference

Over the past few weeks, I have been hearing from New Mexicans in truly unprecedented numbers. People from every corner of the state have been reaching out to me in letters, phone calls and emails to ask the same question: what can I do to make a difference? I want to thank each and every one of you who has taken the time to contact me; I hear your voices, I am listening, and I am taking your opinions into account when I cast my votes. There is a lot at stake today. Especially now, when our co… Continue Reading

February 21, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump's Plans for Mass Deportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in response to recently released memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security establishing new guidelines for carrying out President Trump's immigration orders: "President Trump's guidelines amount to a plan to begin mass deportations. These plans are unrealistic, inhumane, bad for the economy, and an extremely inefficient use of already thin resources. And while the president's team told the media that they are trying t… Continue Reading

February 19, 2017

Udall Joins Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders for Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Cuba, Colombia to Promote National Security and Trade Opportunities for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations, Commerce and Foreign Relations committees, announced that he will join Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Chochran (R-Miss.), Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) for a congressional delegation to Cuba and Colombia to promote national security and trade opportunities for New Mexico. "As a member of the Appropriations, Commerce, and Foreign Relatio… Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Seek Meeting with Immigration Officials, Answers about Constituents' Concerns about Raids, Immigrant Roundups

WASHINGTON - Today, amid news reports that the Trump administration had considered - but scrapped - a plan to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich demanded a meeting and answers from immigration officials about whether the agency has made changes in response to President Trump's Jan. 25 immigration executive orders, and whether it would take steps to ensure New Mexicans can continue to seek health care … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democrats Secure Exemption from Federal Hiring Freeze for Indian Health Services Staff

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) welcomed news that President Trump's administration will exempt Indian Health Service (IHS) clinical staff from Trump's Jan. 23, 2017, memorandum freezing federal hiring. The senators wrote President Trump on Feb. 1 to express th… Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Udall, Democratic Senators Demand DHS Investigation into Whether Trump's Use of DHS Funds Violates Constitution's Emoluments Clause

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General John Roth to conduct an investigation into whether President Trump has violated the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by using DHS funds for security when he and his family's travel also potentially enriches his private business holdings. As the … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Establish Wilderness Areas Within Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Río Grande del Norte National Monuments

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation to protect wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. "The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and the Río Grande del Norte national monuments are stunning landscapes, rich with culture and history, that are creating jobs by driving visitors to New Mexico from around … Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against Pruitt Nomination for EPA

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In opposing Pruitt's nomination, Udall cited Pruitt's long record of fighting for polluters in court, denying climate change, disrespecting Tribal sovereignty, and working to undermine the fundamental … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall, Cardin Introduce Bill to Ban Religious, Racial and Discriminatory Profiling by Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has introduced an updated version of his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA),is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through changing policies and procedures for law enforcement and promoting best practices in community-based law en… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall, Warren, Cummings and Whitehouse Request GAO Immediately Review President Trump’s Apparent Violation of National Security Protocols at Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of whether President Donald Trump and his staff have followed appropriate protocol for handling sensitive national security materials at Mar-a-Lago and other locations. They also asked f… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Urges Senate to Reject Nomination of Friedman for Ambassador to Israel

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged senators to reject the nomination of David Friedman to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Udall questioned Friedman on his litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, and other public officials. Below is the text of Udall's opening statement as prepared for delivery: "M… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall Joins Senators in Demanding Scott Pruitt Recuse Himself from All Issues Related to Lawsuits He Brought Against the EPA to Overturn or Weaken Clean Air and Water Pollution Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and 28 other senators in calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt to recuse himself from participating in any matter related to litigation that he pursued against the EPA as Oklahoma Attorney General. In the letter, the senators specifically call on Mr. Pruitt to recuse himself from decisions on how the EPA will defend i… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Udall released the following statement: "Scott Pruitt's extreme record on the environment makes him the wrong choice to lead the agency tasked with protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the communities we call home. I strongly oppose his nomination, and I encourage my colleagues on both … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall, Fischer Introduce Legislation to Reform FCC Lifeline Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today introduced the Preserving State Commission (PSC) Oversight Act. The bill would reinforce existing law and ensure that states have primary authority to determine which carriers participate in the FCC universal service Lifeline program. The Lifeline program provides phone and broadband service to Americans who cannot otherwise afford it. "States are best-qualified to determine which carriers should participate in this critical FCC… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall Celebrates Contributions of African Americans During Black History Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today in honor of Black History Month: "This Black History Month, we celebrate the immense contributions that African Americans have made to our nation, and we honor the struggle for equality and civil rights that black people have made through the generations. New Mexico and America are indebted to the black soldiers, workers, scientists, artists, business people, and many others who have strengthened and enriched our communitie… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Mulvaney for OMB Director

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Udall issued the following statement: "The Office of Management and Budget has far-reaching authority over the federal budget and policies that affect the lives and paychecks of hard-working people across the country. It should not be led by Congressman Mulvaney, who has been the ringleader of some of Washington's … Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall, Tester Fight Veteran Homelessness in Indian Country

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, are calling on VA Secretary David Shulkin to prioritize helping Native American veterans obtain access to critical housing resources. Native Americans serve in the military at a higher rate than any other group. However, they are also at greater risk of homelessness than their veteran peers. In a l… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall, Democratic Senators Call for Independent Prosecutor to Investigate Trump Officials’ Collusion with Russia and Apparent White House Cover-Up

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of 10 other senators called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate possible illegal communications between retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and representatives of the Russian government, as well as efforts by Flynn and other White House officials to conceal any wrongdoing. "An independent investigation is now necessary to determine what General Flynn did, who knew about it, and when… Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Udall Calls for Independent Investigation of Flynn and Russia's Involvement with the Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn. Udall called for a full independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. "General Flynn's resignation underscores the urgent need for a full investigation into this administration's troubling associations with the Russian govern… Continue Reading

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