Press Releases

July 25, 2017

VIDEO: Udall and Blumenthal, Joined by Moms, Farmworkers, Child Development Experts and Advocates, Unveil Bill to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) held a press conference to announce their bill to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a dangerous neurotoxin linked to brain damage in children. The Protect Children, Farmers & Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act, would be the first time a bill has been introduced to ban this dangerous pesticide. The senators say their move is ur… Continue Reading

July 25, 2017

Udall Statement on Republican Vote to Proceed to ACA Repeal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to move forward to repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): "During my entire career in Congress, I've never seen anything like Senate Republicans' shameful vote today. Senate Republicans are barreling toward a massive, devastating and cruel upheaval of health care in New Mexico and across the country - without even showing us what they're going to vote on. Now, Senate Republicans will att… Continue Reading

July 21, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor DISCLOSE Act To Protect American Elections From Foreign Interference

WASHINGTON - With more details of Russia's interference in the 2016 election emerging daily, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich cosponsored legislation led by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to address threats to America's campaign finance system. "The Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United has allowed secret, dark money to flood into our elections - drowning out the voices of regular citizens. And Russia's interference into our election - and the apparent coll… Continue Reading

July 20, 2017

Udall Advances Strong Funding for NM’s National Labs, Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong fiscal year 2018 funding for New Mexico's national labs, cleanup projects and technology transfer, the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), and water infrastructure projects throughout the state. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which wrote the funding bill, secured a si… Continue Reading

July 20, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce Federal Funds for Las Vegas, Las Cruces, Santa Rosa Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $1 million in grants to support air transportation infrastructure at the airports in Las Vegas, Las Cruces, and Santa Rosa. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration awarded the grants to fund airport rehabilitation and provide critical new equipment. Udall and Heinrich announced that the Las Vegas Municipal Airport will receive $504,550 for new snow removal equipment to enhance the… Continue Reading

July 19, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Demands Assurances from Pai on Fair Treatment, Regulation of Media

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, during a Commerce Committee confirmation hearing for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and two other FCC Commission nominees, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Pai about his previous lack of full-throated commitment to regulating the media in a fair and impartial matter, in light of the Trump administration's repeated attacks on media organizations … Continue Reading

July 19, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Releases Video Sharing Stories of New Mexico Families Who Have Benefitted from the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released a powerful short video telling the personal stories of families in New Mexico whose lives have been saved by the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Medicaid expansion and its historic protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The release comes as Republicans in Congress and President Trump continue their pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) next week or let it fail in order to force through their plan to slash coverage for 30… Continue Reading

July 18, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Leads Day of Action to Stand Up for Health Care in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a day of action to highlight the devastating consequences for Indian Country if Senate Republicans follow through on their threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and decimate Medicaid. Udall has heard from Tribal leaders and Native Americans in New Mexico and across Indian Country that repealing the ACA and the Medicaid expansion would devastate Native Americans' health, and would un… Continue Reading

July 17, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Refund Equality Act To Provide Equal Tax Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the Refund Equality Act of 2017 that would update the federal tax code to ensure that legally-married same-sex couples - who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly - are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage. "There is no reason that legally married couples shouldn't be able to file taxes jointly and receive the full tax refund they h… Continue Reading

July 17, 2017

Udall Statement on Latest Failure of TrumpCare

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the most recent version of TrumpCare, the GOP's latest effort to repeal health care for millions of Americans: "Americans overwhelmingly rejected the GOP TrumpCare bill, which was written in secret with no hearings or opportunity for debate, because it would have been a disaster for millions of American families -- including the almost 300,000 New Mexicans w… Continue Reading

July 14, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Repeal Trump Voter Suppression Executive Order

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Anti-Voter Suppression Act, a bicameral bill that would repeal President Trump's Executive Order establishing an "election integrity" commission to investigate widespread voter fraud. The bill is supported by more than 90 members of Congress, including every Democratic Senator of color. New Mexico's Secretary of State has refused to comply with the Presidential Advisory Commissi… Continue Reading

July 14, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce Federal Funds for Portales Airport in Eastern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a $431,890 grant for the Portales Municipal Airport, enabling the airport to sell fuel as an additional source of revenue and improve its ability to become self-sustainable. The funding will pay for the construction of two 12,000 gallon tanks. "This funding will enable the Portales airport to purchase its own fuel tanks, an important step that will increase revenue and help the airport become self-sustainable, and - in th… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Udall Advances Key Funding for NM Military Bases, NM Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans' care across the state. In total, Udall secured more than $63 million in funding for projects at New Mexico's military bases and facilities. In addition, the legislation includes a Udall-authored measure to bolster veterans' access to care in rural areas, a… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Udall: Latest GOP Health Care Bill is Same Terrible Deal for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall blasted the newly revised Republican health care bill, which would still kick nearly 300,000 New Mexicans off their health care and cost the state almost 50,000 jobs by 2022. Udall has heard from over 10,000 New Mexicans, almost all of whom have urged him to fight the dangerous plan to repeal and replace the health care protections made possible through the Affordable Care Act. View some of their stories here:… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Work To Improve Access To Comprehensive Care For Patients With Diabetes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to podiatrists in Medicaid and improve care for patients with diabetes who need therapeutic shoes via Medicare. The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act would recognize podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid as they are defined under Medicare. The bill would bring Medicaid in line with Medicare and a majority of U.S. health-care delive… Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Udall: 'We Must Make Cultural, Political, and Economic Sovereignty a Reality for all American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes'

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gave the keynote address at "Indian Nations Rising: Celebrating Native Youth," an event hosted by The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. In his remarks, Udall said cultural, political, and economic sovereignty can be achieved through economic empowerment, strengthening ties to cultural identity, improved health care, and respect for the government-to-government relationship w… Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

VIDEO: Udall: Administration’s Indian Health Service Budget ‘Cuts the Legs Out’ from Native Health Care System Improvements

IHS has not been consulted on TrumpCare, subcommittee seeks information on impact of Medicaid changes VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, told IHS officials that the Trump administration's IH… Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Call on Trump Administration to Listen to Overwhelming Public Support for National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich led a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol with a number of other Senate Democrats on President Trump's executive order that could unravel dozens of America's national monuments despite the strong outpouring of support from across the nation. The senators were joined by public lands and community coalitions who called on Trump and Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to listen to the American people and keep existing… Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Udall, Senate Democrats Urge President Trump to Implement Rules that Limit Natural Gas Waste and Safeguard Public Health

WASHINGTON - This week, led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a group of 27 Senate Democrats urged President Trump to reverse dangerous decisions by his administration to suspend federal rules that protect air quality and prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on federal and Tribal lands. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of… Continue Reading

July 07, 2017

Udall Holds Field Hearing on Need to Crack Down on Counterfeit Indian Art

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, held a field hearing at the Santa Fe Indian School to discuss the rampant problem of counterfeit Native American art in New Mexico and across the country. The hearing was an opportunity to hear from Tribal leaders and artists, experts, and law enforcement officials about how to modernize the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (IACA) to better protect Native American artists and consumers. Uda… Continue Reading

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