Press Releases

January 20, 2017

Udall Statement on Senate Votes on National Security Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after voting on the nominees to lead the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the Trump Administration. Udall voted to confirm General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and voted against confirming General John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security. "While I have deep concerns about President Trump on matters of foreign policy and national security, I believe that Americans deserve to have a qua… Continue Reading

January 20, 2017

Udall Statement on the Inauguration of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall attended the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. He issued the following statement: "The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of our democracy. Since George Washington, each United States president has peacefully turned the office over to the next. I don't agree with much of what Donald Trump stands for, but our nation is bigger than any one person. I am a proud American, and I felt it was important to attend tod… Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Udall Statement after Meeting with Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's Nominee for Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior budget, made the following statement after meeting one-on-one with Rep. Ryan Zinke, President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department: "I appreciate that Congressman Zinke sat down with me today to discuss his vision for the Department of the Interior, an agency of great significance to New Me… Continue Reading

January 18, 2017

Udall Questions Trump Nominees Haley, Ross on Climate Change, Ethics During Two Hearings Today

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, President-elect Trump's nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Commerce Secretary-nominee, banker and investor Wilbur Ross during their confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations and Commerce committees, respectively. Udall asked questions of Haley and Ross about how Trump's statements on climate change and unwillingness to fully divest from his business could affect the United States at h… Continue Reading

January 17, 2017

Democratic Senators Call Attention to DeVos' Stonewalling of Information on Campaign Finance Violations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for stonewalling their request for information about the millions of dollars in unpaid campaign finance violation fines owed by her political action committee, All Children Matter. As the senators noted, DeVos has failed to ensure payment of the record $5.3 million fine for illegal campaign f… Continue Reading

January 13, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Statement on Government's Outrageous Decision to Go Back on its Promise to NM, Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján denounced the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice that the EPA is not liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act for damages caused by the Gold King Mine Spill. The lawmakers vowed to continue pushing for legislation that would hold the EPA accountable even though the EPA has admitted responsibility. They made the following joint statement: "We are outraged a… Continue Reading

January 12, 2017

Udall Votes Against Overriding Law to Allow General Mattis to Serve as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after voting against changing the existing law to exempt retired Marine Gen. James Mattis from a requirement that military personnel must be out of uniform for seven years before serving as Secretary of Defense. Mattis has been retired for three years. "I have great admiration and respect for General Mattis' years of service and dedication to our nation's security, and I don't doubt his integrity or desire to serve our nation wit… Continue Reading

January 12, 2017

Growing New Mexico's Economy

One of my top priorities as your United States Senator is helping businesses in New Mexico grow. To build a 21st century economy, create good jobs, and retain a vibrant, young workforce, we need a thriving business sector. New Mexico companies are at the forefront of science, technology, and innovation, but I want to help more businesses take full advantage of opportunities to increase the size and variety of our exports. Approximately 95 percent of the world market lies outside the United State… Continue Reading

January 12, 2017

Udall Votes Against Repealing Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after voting against final passage of S. Con. Res. 3, a Republican budget resolution that begins the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By a narrow margin of 51-48 early Thursday morning, and despite a protest by Senate Democrats, including Udall, Republicans pushed through their measure to cancel health care for tens of thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans - without any plan to replace th… Continue Reading

January 11, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Questions Trump Secretary of State Nominee Tillerson about Conflicts of Interest, Climate Change in Confirmation Hearing

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, during confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed the former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson about his position on climate change and whether he will continue his relationship with ExxonMobil if he is confirmed as the nation's top diplomat. Udall will take Tillerson's responses to his and other committee members' questions into considerat… Continue Reading

January 11, 2017

Udall Offers Amendment to Protect Health Care for Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will offer an amendment to protect against cuts to health care for Indian Country as a result of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and roll back Medicaid funding. Among the many serious problems with repealing the ACA are that it would result in severe cuts to Medicaid and have a serious impact on the Indian Health Service (IHS). Udall opposes repealing the ACA, and h… Continue Reading

January 11, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Amendment Would Protect New Mexicans Receiving Health Insurance Through Medicaid Expansion

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they are offering an amendment to protect the tens of thousands of New Mexicans and 11 million Americans who receive health insurance through the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and other senators from states that expanded Medicaid for their residents under the ACA in offering the amendment, which will be voted on as part of the so-called "vote-a-rama" tonig… Continue Reading

January 10, 2017

Fighting for New Mexico in 2017

It is a great honor to serve as your United States senator, and work as your partner to move New Mexico forward. As we welcome the new year, let's take a moment to reflect on some of the important progress we made in 2016. I am very proud to have led the effort to reform the nation's 40-year-old broken chemical safety law and finally protect children and communities in New Mexico and across America from dangerous chemicals. We passed a bipartisan measure to help farmers and others in the Four … Continue Reading

January 09, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Shares Stories from New Mexicans Threatened by Washington Republicans’ Obamacare Repeal Plan

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall shared stories on the Senate floor from New Mexicans who rely on the historic protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and who stand to lose health and economic security under President-elect Donald Trump and Washington Republicans' efforts to repeal health care reform without any plan to replace it. In his speech, Udall said that if Republicans were successful in repealing the Affordable Care Act … Continue Reading

January 09, 2017

Udall Congratulates Workers, Carlsbad Community on Official Reopening of WIPP

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall offered his congratulations and ongoing support for workers, the Department of Energy and the nation's important nuclear waste cleanup mission as Carlsbad's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was officially reopened for waste storage. "Today's official reopening of WIPP is a tremendous accomplishment for the employees and members of the Carlsbad community, who play a vitally important role in our nation's security and nuclear cleanup effort. I know that… Continue Reading

January 09, 2017

Democratic Senators Demand Information from DeVos on Failure to Pay Record Campaign Finance Violation Fines Ahead of Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) again called on Trump Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos to provide information on the blatant campaign finance violations of her All Children Matter Political Action Committee (PAC), and on the PAC's subsequent refusal to pay $5.3 million in fines to the state of Ohio. DeVos has failed to respond to the senators' earlier inquiry about h… Continue Reading

January 06, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Praise Enactment of American Innovation and Competitiveness Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich praised the enactment of S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), a major science bill that includes a number of significant provisions Udall and Heinrich championed to help boost New Mexico's economy. The bill, which passed both houses of Congress last month and was signed into law by President Obama today, contains measures to boost technology transfer initiatives, strengthen and grow manufacturing, and encourage … Continue Reading

January 06, 2017

Udall Joins Senators in Authoring Bill to Require President-Elect Trump and Future Presidential Nominees to Release Tax Returns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has cosponsored a bill authored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will require President-elect Trump to release his recent tax returns in order to provide the public with more transparency on matters related to the President-elect's actions, values and foreign business dealings. "President-elect Trump has defied decades of bipartisan tradition in refusing to release his tax returns. New Mexicans and folks throughout the nation have seriou… Continue Reading

January 05, 2017

Udall Meets with Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after meeting with former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of State: "Like many New Mexicans, I am concerned and skeptical about a career executive of a massive oil and gas company - who has no government experience - serving as the nation's Secretary of State. Exxon's overseas oil and gas interests are vast and spread across the world, including in areas of major U.S. foreign policy si… Continue Reading

January 05, 2017

Hoeven, Udall Elected Chairman, Vice Chairman of Senate Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today issued the following statements after being elected Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the 115th Congress. "I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and look forward to working with Vice Chairman Udall and members of the Committee to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian Country. In our roles, we will address the… Continue Reading

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