Press Releases

September 24, 2015

Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act Passes Senate, Moves to House

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján welcomed passage in the Senate of the Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act. Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Heinrich introduced the Senate bill to place four tracts of land from the former Albuquerque Indian School into trust for the 19 Pueblos, consolidating the last parcels of the old school property into the Albuquerque… Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Udall Welcomes Pope Francis' Message of Cooperation, Freedom and Responsibility

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Pope Francis' address to Congress (Spanish translation follows): "I am honored and humbled to have been present for Pope Francis' historic address to Congress. This is an important moment for Catholics and all of us who admire his mission to create a more compassionate world. His words were not just a call to faith but a call for peace. He reminded us of Americans throughout history whose work and values have helped make o… Continue Reading


September 23, 2015

Udall Encourages New Mexicans to Participate in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall encouraged New Mexicans to participate in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. MT, and to return unwanted, unneeded or expired prescriptions for safe disposal. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and provides free anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for New Mexicans to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Residents can search online by county, city or zi… Continue Reading


September 23, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $23.2 Million in Grants for Taos, Artesia, Albuquerque Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $23.2 million in grants to support air transportation infrastructure at the airports in Taos, Artesia and Albuquerque. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grants to fund airport construction and rehabilitation, and reduce pollution. The Taos Regional Airport will receive $16,162,353 to fund the construction of a new runway. The Artesia Municipal Airport will receive $2,042,802 to rehabilitate its e… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Sens. Udall, Heinrich, Bennet, Rep. Luján Introduce Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, are introducing legislation to help the Navajo Nation and communities in Northwestern New Mexico and Southwestern Colorado recover from the Gold King Mine blowout that spilled toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers. The Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Act of 2015 will ensure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to work with affe… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

NM Delegation Reminds Non-Farm Businesses to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans by Oct. 5

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham reminded small non-farm businesses in 11 New Mexico counties to apply by Oct. 5 for Small Businesses Administration (SBA) federal disaster loans to offset economic losses caused by the drought last year. Businesses in Cibola, Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Miguel, Sandoval and Taos counties may be eligible to apply. Small… Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Press for Permanent Authorization and Strong Investment in the Nation’s Premier Land and Water Conservation Program

WASHINGTON - With the expiration of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) fast approaching, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan coalition of 51 other senators to call on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid to permanently reauthorize and adequately fund the nation's premier federal conservation program, now in its 50th year. The LWCF has helped create and protect parks and open spaces that enhance recreation and outdoor opportun… Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Naming of Park Service Superintendent at Valles Caldera National Preserve

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich congratulated Jorge Silva-Bañuelos on being named superintendent of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Silva-Bañuelos's hiring marks an important milestone for Valles Caldera, which is making the transition from a unique management structure as part of the Forest Service to management by the National Park Service (NPS). Both lawmakers pushed for the change, which was enacted as part of an omnibus defense bill at the… Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Udall: Letter from Groups Representing More than 25 Million Americans Asks for Senate Vote on Lautenberg Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted a message from national groups representing over 25 million Americans involved in environmental, labor, conservation, health and animal welfare issues, urging the Senate to pass the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The bill, by Udall and Senator David Vitter, R-La.,would overhaul our nation's broken chemical safety law by requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test and regulate chemicals and prote… Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Udall Presses EPA Administrator on Response to Gold King Mine Spill at Indian Affairs Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the Gold King Mine spill, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy about the impact on the Navajo Nation and San Juan County. Udall, who serves on the committee and requested the hearing, pushed McCarthy to commit to a smooth claims process for spill victims seeking compensation, a strong government-to-government relationship between the EPA and the Navaj… Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Udall at EPW Hearing: New Mexicans Deserve Compensation, Long-Term Plan to Address Gold King Mine Spill

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called for action to help communities affected by the Gold King Mine wastewater spill into the Animas and San Juan rivers. Udall discussed confusion and mistakes made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the immediate aftermath of the spill, and committed to introducing two bills to help Northwestern New Mexico recover and help prevent another disastrous mine s… Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Preventing Another Animas River Disaster

Water is the lifeblood of New Mexico communities. Our rivers are not only important sources for drinking water and irrigation, they hold cultural significance, fuel our outdoor recreation economy and shape the landscapes we call home. That's why the Gold King Mine blowout and sudden release of 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers were so devastating for Northwestern New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. Earlier this month I visited farmers on the Navajo Nation who have… Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Udall, Tester, Lujan Grisham Announce Bill to Help Tribes Fight Child Hunger

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), along with U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), announced that they have introduced legislation to streamline and expand access to federal school breakfast and lunch, summer feeding and other meal services by allowing Tribes to participate directly in these programs. Native American children suffer from food insecurity and obesity at rates twice the national average, but too often aren't able to access important hu… Continue Reading


September 15, 2015

Udall Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Recognizes Hispanic-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - To mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, U.S. Senator Tom Udall today joined a bipartisan coalition of senators to introduce a resolution recognizing the culture, history and contributions of the Hispanic community in New Mexico and across the nation. Udall also cosponsored a resolution designating the week of Sept. 14 as National Hispanic-Serving Institution Week, in honor of New Mexico's 18 colleges and universities with high enrollmen… Continue Reading


September 14, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Encourage Outstanding High School Students to Apply for Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich encouraged outstanding New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to apply for the highly competitive United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two New Mexico students will be selected to join 102 other delegates at the program's 54th annual Washington Week from March 5-12, 2016. During their all expenses paid trip, New Mexico's representatives will learn about the workings of the U.S. Senate and federal government. Additionally, … Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome BLM Decision to Maintain New Mexico State Office

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has heeded their call to reconsider a proposal to merge the New Mexico and Arizona state offices and will allow the offices to remain separate. The senators released the following statement: "New Mexico's many unique public lands issues - including our landscape's strong connection to our state's history and culture - require strong leadership from the Bureau of Land Management. H… Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $2 Million For Community Health Centers In Doña Ana County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that three Affordable Care Act (ACA) grants totaling $2,172,116 have been awarded to Ben Archer Health Center in Hatch, and La Clinica de Familia and St. Luke's Health Care Clinic in Las Cruces. The ACA grants were made available by the Health Resources Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will allow these community-based health centers to improve and expand exist… Continue Reading


September 11, 2015

Udall Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "Today, we join together to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11. We remember those who lost their lives or were injured, and we honor the first responders who selflessly risked everything to save others. "From firefighters and emergency personnel rushing to the rescue, to New Mexicans giving blood and donating money to the families of victims, our natio… Continue Reading


September 10, 2015

Udall Casts Vote for Iran Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a measure designed to prevent the Iran Nuclear Agreement from taking effect. He issued the following statement: "The Iran Nuclear Agreement is profoundly important to our national security interests and international security -- it is the only realistic way we can prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. And that is why today I voted against a measure that undercuts international diplomacy and prevents the agreement from going into effe… Continue Reading


September 08, 2015

Udall to Attend Pope Francis's Address to Congress with Guest Archbishop Wester

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Most Rev. John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe, will be his guest at Pope Francis's address to Congress on Thursday, September 24. Pope Francis will be the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the speech will be broadcast live on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol. New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of the pope's address should contact Udall's office. "Pope Francis's address to Cong… Continue Reading

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