Press Releases

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

November 09, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $9 Million in Water and Waste Infrastructure Improvements for Colonias in Southern NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $9 million in grants and loans for the Garfield Mutual Domestic Water Consumers and Sewage Works Association and La Luz Mutual Domestic Water Consumers and Mutual Sewer Works Association to build and improve water and wastewater infrastructure for colonias in Southern New Mexico. The Garfield Mutual Domestic Water Consumers and Sewage Works Association will receive a $6,340,500 grant and a $551,000 loan to upgra… Continue Reading

November 06, 2015

Udall Statement on Decision to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama announced he would deny TransCanada Corp.'s request to build the Keystone XL Pipeline: "Instead of doubling down on foreign oil, the United States needs a forward-thinking energy strategy that will maximize our energy potential while strengthening our economy and our energy security. The Keystone pipeline has always been about benefiting corporate Canadian tar sands oil producers, not American consumers, and… Continue Reading

November 06, 2015

Udall Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan coalition of senators to introduce a resolution recognizing November as National Native American Heritage Month, celebrating the heritage, culture and contributions of Native Americans in New Mexico and across the nation. Udall released the following statement: "As a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, I take great pride in working with, representing and defending the sovereignty of Native American communities, and I'… Continue Reading

November 05, 2015

On Anniversary of Gold King Mine Spill, Udall Delivers Speech Calling for Action on Hardrock Mining Reform

WASHINGTON - Following a press conference call announcing his bill to reform the nation's antiquated 1872 mining law, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor and called on Congress to act to pass his legislation to prevent another accident like the Gold King Mine spill in New Mexico and Colorado. Udall introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2015 today along with Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). Th… Continue Reading

November 05, 2015

Udall, Heinrich, Bennet, Wyden, Markey Introduce Bill to Ensure Hardrock Mining Companies Pay Their Fair Share

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation to reform the nation's antiquated hardrock mining laws. The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2015 will ensure mining companies pay royalties for the privilege of extracting mineral resources from public lands. The bill helps ensure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, many of which are c… Continue Reading

November 04, 2015

With Announcement of US Ground Troops to Syria, Udall, Lee, Murphy Re-introduce Bill to Block Military Arms to Syrian Rebels

WASHINGTON - Following news that President Obama will station ground troops in Syria, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) re-introduced their bipartisan legislation to prohibit the administration from using any funds on military and covert activities that would escalate U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. The bill, which the three first introduced in June 2013, would ban the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Secu… Continue Reading

November 03, 2015

Senators to CEOs: Don’t Give Up on Congress in Climate Efforts

WASHINGTON - With more than 80 major corporations now signed onto the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a group of U.S. Senators is writing to the CEOs of those companies to applaud their commitment, but to also deliver an important message: don't forget about Congress. "All of the President's work is critical, but Congress can play a key role in achieving our climate goals," the Senators write. "From our perspective your commitments have yet to resonate with many in Congre… Continue Reading

November 02, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Stand Up For NM College Students, Call For Renewal Of Perkins Loan Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have sent a letter, cosigned by the majority of the Senate, to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to take up and pass legislation to reauthorize the Federal Perkins Student Loan Program. This critical lifeline for many low-income students in New Mexico and across the country expired on September 30. The Perkins Student Loan Program, the nation's oldest federal student loan program, has existed wit… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Udall Statement on Deployment of Special Operations Troops in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Obama's announcement that he will deploy troops to Syria: "From the beginning of the conflict in Syria, I have opposed putting boots on the ground. While it is clear that the situation in Syria is deteriorating, I believe that deploying U.S. forces to Syria now is another dangerous escalation in our involvement, which puts our troops directly in harm's way. "I am a… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Udall, Pitts on Thoroughbred Horse Racing Legislation Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) highlighted concerns raised in a Congressional Research Service (CRS) analysis of Thoroughbred horse racing legislation. The report's authors question the constitutionality of a House bill that proposes delegating regulatory authority over doping to a private industry group. The report was released on the cusp of the Breeder's Cup, a horseracing championship series that begins today. The independent report fro… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Udall Honors Nuclear Weapons Workers on National Day of Remembrance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on today's National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers: "Thousands of men and women served our country by supporting the nation's efforts at the dawn of the atomic age and during the Cold War. And in some cases they were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, and unknowingly jeopardized their own health. Beyond scientists working on the Manhattan Project, there were many others affected - janitors, uraniu… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Joint Statement by Udall, Heinrich, Luján and Lujan Grisham on DHS Decision to Deny NM an Extension for Real ID Compliance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security's decision to deny New Mexico an extension to comply with the federal Real ID law. "The delegation has received an in-depth briefing from the Department of Homeland Security about the circumstances behind the secretary's decision not to grant New Mexico an extension to comply with Real ID. Many New Mexicans… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Udall Votes for Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted to approve a bipartisan budget agreement. The plan passed the Senate 64-35 and now heads to the president for his signature. Udall released the following statement: "New Mexico's labs, military bases, and especially working families deserve certainty that the government will remain open for business. And we also must have relief from devastating sequestration budget cuts that have affected everything from military readiness to child … Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

N.M. Senators: Servicemembers Deserve Protection From Financial Ruin During Deployment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in a letter led by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter outlining their concerns over reports of significant harm to the finances and credit of active servicemembers while deployed. The senators are requesting specific information and feedback to help ensure all servicemembers have the tools they need to safeguard their financial… Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Udall: Senate Leadership Needed to Break Dysfunction, Allow Debate on Popular Bills to Reform Chemical Safety Law, Reauthorize LWCF

WASHINGTON - For the second time in two weeks, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and several others went to the Senate floor to urge Senate leaders to step in and break a stalemate holding up two very popular bills: Udall's bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from dangerous chemicals, and another bipartisan measure to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which expired on Sept. 30. Both bills have enough support to pass the Senate easily, but they are caught in a procedural knot… Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Udall Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the bipartisan budget agreement announced this week: "Over the last several years, New Mexico has been hit hard by the dysfunction and hyper-partisanship that led to devastating sequestration budget cuts and an inability to pass appropriations bills and long-term budgets. This has not only threatened budgets for everything from national parks to our national laboratories' nuclear nonproliferation efforts, it has hurt working f… Continue Reading

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