Press Releases

December 16, 2015

Udall: End-of-Year Legislation Includes Hard-Fought Wins that Support NM Jobs, Environment - Including LWCF Funding, PILT, Tribal Services

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement on the finalized appropriations and tax bills released late last night, which will fund the government for the next year and extend a number of tax provisions. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote first on the bills -- an "omnibus" appropriations bill and a bill extending numerous tax provisions. If appr… Continue Reading

December 15, 2015

Udall Urges Senate to Confirm Roberta Jacobson as Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime advocate for Senate reform, took his concerns over lack of progress on a key confirmation to the Senate floor. Udall urged the Senate to act on Roberta Jacobson's nomination to serve as ambassador to Mexico. Although she has been called one of the most qualified nominees for the position ever, there is a Senate "hold" on Jacobson's confirmation because of a disagreement with the Oba… Continue Reading

December 15, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Highlight Initiatives for Native American Students in New Education Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich highlighted several provisions that support Tribes, Native students and schools serving Native students in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which the president signed into law last week. Udall and Heinrich both worked to include several bipartisan reforms supporting Native students in the bill, which overhauls the nation's controversial No Child Left Behind education law. Provisions the senators pushed for in the new law emphasize th… Continue Reading

December 15, 2015

Udall Hires Greg Bloom to Direct his NM Offices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that Greg Bloom has joined his staff as state director and will lead his New Mexico operations. Bloom worked from 2009-2012 as state director for former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, where he focused on energy, public lands, health and education issues. Bloom will be based in Albuquerque and supervise staff in Udall's field offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Carlsbad and Portales. "Greg is a dedicated public servant, and I'm v… Continue Reading

December 12, 2015

Udall Welcomes Historic International Agreement to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations committees, released the following statement on the agreement reached by the United States and almost 200 other countries to fight climbing temperatures and rising sea levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Udall was among a group of 10 senators who attended the United Nations climate talks in Paris last weekend. He has also been a strong defender of U.S. action on climate change, i… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Driving Progress on Climate Change

New Mexico is at the center of the storm when it comes to climate change, and we're already seeing the impacts in the form of devastating drought, extreme floods and increasingly severe wildfires. In recent decades, temperatures have risen 50 percent faster in New Mexico than the global average. New Mexicans and the majority of Americans know that climate change is real and that we must act now to protect our future. I'm proud of the steps we have taken to diversify our energy portfolio and re… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $63 Million to Repair Eddy County Roads Damaged by September 2014 Storms, Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $63.6 million for Eddy County for hazard mitigation and to repair roads damaged by severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Odile in September 2014. The funding will help to permanently repair 24 aggregate, asphalt, and chip and seal roads, which suffered significant damage. "This $63 million in disaster funding for Eddy County is a much-needed boost that will help repair damage caused by last year's sever… Continue Reading

December 10, 2015

Udall Calls for a Strong Deal to Combat Climate Change, Build NM’s Clean Energy Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of U.S. action on global warming and international collaboration as negotiators near a deal to reduce global emissions. Udall, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and attended the United Nations climate talks (COP21) last weekend, said that an international agreement to fight climate change will spur clean energy innovation. "We're close to a deal that will fight global warming and help Ne… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Udall Joins Senate in Passing Landmark 'No Child Left Behind' Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan majority of senators in passing a bill that will make much-needed reforms to the nation's controversial No Child Left Behind education law. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) -- a final compromise between two bills the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives approved earlier this year -- passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 85-12 vote. It was approved by the House of Representatives last week, and now goes to President Ob… Continue Reading

December 08, 2015

Udall, Matsui Introduce Legislation to Spur Breakthroughs in Spectrum Efficiency

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced legislation to create the first ever federal spectrum challenge prize. This would award up to $5 million for breakthrough wireless technologies that dramatically improve spectrum efficiency. Spectrum has become an increasingly scarce and valuable resource due to a growing demand from the modern mobile economy and a limited amount of spectrum that has not already been licensed to companies. A … Continue Reading

December 08, 2015

At Press Conference, Udall Urges Bipartisan Work to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee at a press conference to urge some in Congress to stop debating whether climate change is real and instead work together to fight global warming. The press conference was held in advance of a hearing that will be chaired by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this afternoon. Cruz has stacked the panel with academics who doubt the impact of global warming. Cruz's hearing is timed to happen as the U… Continue Reading

December 08, 2015

NM Delegation Announces $11.5 Million to Repair Roads Damaged in September 2014 Floods, Other Disasters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced more than $11.5 million to rebuild infrastructure damaged by severe storms and flooding, including areas impacted by Hurricane Odile in September 2014. The new funding will help repair and rebuild highways and roads across the state, which suffered serious damage from the hurricane and other recent severe weather. "Just over a year ago,… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of Transportation Bill that Invests in Infrastructure, NM’s Economy, Supports 1,000s of Jobs

WASHINGTON - Last night, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in approving a major transportation bill that funds 74 percent of New Mexico highways and bridges and provides almost half of the total transportation dollars spent in the state. The bipartisan Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed the Senate on a 83-16 vote, after passing the U.S. House of Representatives earlier in the day. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation today, before… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Udall Participates in UN Conference on Climate Change ('COP21')

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is participating in a two-day congressional delegation to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris. Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, will meet with U.S. and international negotiators and others gathered for the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) on the U.N. Convention on Climate Change. Delegates from more than 190 countries are seeking an international agreement to re… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Udall Votes to Protect Health Care for Hundreds of Thousands of New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall cast several votes to protect important health care services for New Mexicans. The series of votes were on amendments to and final passage of a budget reconciliation bill, which Republicans put forward in an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill passed by a vote of 52-47, though it is expected to be vetoed by the president, and the Senate vote is far short of what would be needed to override that veto. Udall voted against the bill and rele… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Udall Honors Victims of Drunk Driving on National Day of Remembrance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall honored victims of drunk and drugged driving by introducing a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. Senate designating today, December 3, 2015, as a National Day of Remembrance. He released the following statement: "Last year, nearly 10,000 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers. Thousands more were injured - one person every two minutes. New Mexicans are all too familiar with these tragedies, including a horrific crash that cost the lives of three… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

A Day of Remembrance

The holidays are a joyous time, full of celebrations with family and friends. But Thanksgiving through New Year's is also a dangerous time on the roads. We were tragically reminded of that this past weekend, when three young New Mexicans were killed in a horrific crash involving a drunk driver in Albuquerque. I know all of us have their families and friends in our hearts. Already this year, nearly 100 people have been killed by drunk drivers in New Mexico. Their deaths were completely preventa… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome $6.2 Million for Energy Innovation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich congratulated two New Mexico businesses on receiving $6.2 million to jump-start innovative energy projects. Pajarito Powder, based in Albuquerque, is receiving $2,790,000 to develop a cost-effective regenerative hydrogen electrode for fuel-cell vehicles. Tibbar Technologies of Los Alamos has been awarded $3,500,000 to create a low-cost transformer for HVDC transmission. The projects were selected for funding through the Department … Continue Reading

December 02, 2015

Udall Statement on Shooting in San Bernardino

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "The mass shooting in San Bernardino today is horrifying. That this happened within hours and days of shootings in Savannah, Georgia, and Colorado Springs and elsewhere is terrible beyond words. While law enforcement continues to respond to the situation in California, my thoughts are with the victims, their families, the first responders and the entire community of San Bernardino."… Continue Reading

November 30, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of New Law to Foster Innovation, Increase Competitiveness of U.S. Space Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich praised passage of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act to modernize commercial space regulations and encourage competitiveness in the industry. Udall and Heinrich are longtime champions of modernizing U.S. policies governing commercial spaceflight. The bill, which President Obama signed last week, provides an essential legal framework that will enable New Mexico's commercial spaceflight industry to grow in the years ahead.… Continue Reading

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