Press Releases

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


November 23, 2015

Udall Statement on NM Unit Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the Secretary of the Interior's decision to further evaluate the impacts and costs of any potential New Mexico Unit Agreement to the Central Arizona Project: "Today's decision means the Interior Department will move forward with a legally required process to establish a framework for federal participation to study the environmental cost of diverting water from the Gila River. T… Continue Reading


November 23, 2015

MADD, Senator Udall, Sheriff Gonzales Remind New Mexicans to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) teamed up with U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales to kick off the 2015 holiday season anti-drunken driving campaign. The holidays are a particularly deadly time of year on the roads, with DWI-related crashes and deaths spiking from Thanksgiving to New Year's. MADD, Udall and Gonzales are reminding New Mexicans to plan ahead this holiday season and designate a non-drinking driver to get the… Continue Reading


November 19, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Decision To Begin Nonstop Flight Service Between Roswell And Phoenix

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded the decision by American Airlines to begin daily, nonstop commercial flight service between Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Flights are set to begin in March of 2016. "Flights between Roswell and Phoenix will help make travel to and from Southeastern New Mexico more convenient, opening up business opportunities in the entire region that can create jobs and boost the economy," … Continue Reading


November 18, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before Year Ends

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and a bipartisan coalition of 12 other senators sent a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year. "The LWCF is funded with offshore oil royalties and was designed not to use taxpayer … Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Udall Responds to Senate Resolutions Opposing Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against two resolutions expressing Congress' opposition to steps the administration has taken to reduce global warming-causing greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier in the day, he delivered a speech on the Senate floor about the pending resolutions, which express disapproval of the administration's Clean Power Plan and its regulations of new and existing power plants. Udall urged Congress to work together to develop a diverse energy portfolio and a co… Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Udall Urges a Balanced Approach on Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. policy toward refugees fleeing violence in Syria: "I urge the president, Congress and the nation's governors to follow a balanced, fact-based approach to the issues regarding refugees fleeing terrorism and violence in Syria. Congress has an obligation to conduct oversight of the vetting process, but we shouldn't let our fears lead us. Potential refugees today are interviewed in person multiple times, screened for biom… Continue Reading


November 17, 2015

Udall Introduces Updated Bill to Expand DOE Tech Transfer, Build NM’s Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall unveiled his updated bill to streamline the process for moving cutting-edge research and development from our national labs into the marketplace. Udall has championed technology transfer as a way to advance high-tech industries and create jobs in New Mexico. While Udall has successfully pushed the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve tech transfer, there is still much work to do. The Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation… Continue Reading


November 13, 2015

Udall Statement on Attacks in Paris

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement: "The attacks in Paris are horrific acts of violence against innocent civilians. We all have the people of France in our hearts tonight as this situation unfolds. We stand with the French as they have stood by us in the fight against international terrorists. Together we will confront all who oppose our shared human values. I know there are many New Mexicans who are concerned … Continue Reading


November 13, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge Support for Native American Students in Major Education Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are urging congressional leaders to ensure bipartisan reforms that support Tribes, Native students and schools serving Native students are included in a final bill updating the nation's major education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Leaders of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce are working to reach a final agreement… Continue Reading


November 12, 2015

ICYMI: Udall in USA Today: Keep U.S. troops out of Syria

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed in USA Today saying President Obama's decision to deploy troops to Syria "will lead to further chaos and risk more American lives and taxpayer funds in yet another Middle Eastern war." Udall opposed the failed "train-and-equip" program, which provided rebels with weapons that later fell into the hands of militants affiliated with jihadist groups. He also has backed measur… Continue Reading


November 11, 2015

Udall Honors Veterans, Addresses Groundbreaking of New Fort Stanton State Veterans’ Cemetery

FORT STANTON, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall commemorated Veterans Day in Fort Stanton, where he addressed the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fort Stanton State Veterans' Cemetery and thanked New Mexico's veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our nation. "Today - Veterans Day - we honor all the men and women who served to protect our freedom. We also remember those still serving in Afghanistan and other parts of the world," Udall said. "Every day they wake up far from home. E… Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of Funding for NM Veterans and Construction at Military Bases

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined the Senate in voting 93-0 for critical funding for New Mexico's veterans and military construction projects. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations bill funds the Department of Veterans Affairs and construction at military bases in New Mexico and across the country. The U.S. House of Rep… Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Udall Secures Critical National Security Programs for NM in Major National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 91-3 for a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes several priorities that Udall has championed for New Mexico's military bases and national laboratories. The bill also includes Udall's measure to strengthen the open-air burn pits registry, which was created to help veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes while deployed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I'm extr… Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Keeping Our Promise to Veterans

We have a proud tradition of military service in New Mexico. This Wednesday, on Veterans Day, we will honor all of the men and women who have served to keep our nation free. It's a day to thank those who served and remember those who are still overseas in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Few of us truly know the burden they - and their families - have borne. But we must always remember the debt we owe them. That includes ensuring that all of our veterans are getting the care they deserv… Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Udall, Moran Introduce Bill to Help Rural Veterans Access Quality Health Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced the bipartisan Rural Veterans Improvement Act to tackle some of the biggest barriers to accessing quality health care for veterans in rural communities. More than 6 million veterans - including a third of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans - live in rural areas of the country and often have to travel several hours to see their doctors at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. Many veterans in New Mexi… Continue Reading

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