Press Releases

July 26, 2019

Udall Statement on BLM’s Rushed Bears Ears Management Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, responded to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) releasing a final management plan for Bears Ears National Monument, which the Trump administration has attempted to drastically reduce under dubious legal authority. The administration's attempted reduction of Bears Ears is currently being challenged in court. Udall issued this statement:… Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Udall, Lofgren & Matsui Introduce Legislation to Give All Americans an Opportunity to Invest in Building Our Clean Energy Future

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to give all Americans the opportunity to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds and empower regular people to do their part in building our country's clean energy future. Modeled after the highly successful victory bonds sold during World War I and World War II, which raised billions of dollars to finance the costs of war, Clean Energy Victory … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Udall Statement on Robert Mueller’s Testimony Before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on the Russia investigation: "Today, Robert Mueller provided a valuable public service by testifying about the deeply troubling facts and findings from his report. First, a foreign adversary intervened in our presidential elections in an effort to tip the scales to benefit the Trump campaign - and these ef… Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Following VA Report on Wait List and Staffing Problems at New Mexico VA Health Care System, Udall Reiterates Calls for Immediate Improvements, Resources to Ensure NM Veterans Get the Care They Deserve

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to a new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on "Concerns with Access and Delays in Outpatient Mental Health Care at the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque, New Mexico." In 2014, as the VA faced a national scandal involving fake wait lists and long waits for care, Udall collected accounts from New Mexico veterans about VA officials attempting to manipulate the scheduling system to cover up… Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announce $1.5 Million For Rural Residency Development Programs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will award approximately $1.5 million to Otero County Hospital Association located in Alamogordo, N.M. and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Inc. located in Gallup, N.M. through the Rural Residency Plan… Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

VIDEO: Udall, Heinrich Lead Hearing on Mistreatment of Children at the Border

Video: WASHINGTON - Today, in face of the Senate Republicans' refusal to hold a hearing on conditions at the southern border, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in leading a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) hearing entitled "America Speaks Out: Stop Trump's Cruel Treatment of Children at the Border." During the hearing, the senators heard… Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Ahead of Mueller Testimony, Udall Calls for Senate Action to Secure Elections

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees tomorrow, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), lead Senate sponsor of the For The People Act, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop standing in the way of critical efforts to secure our elections and prevent foreign interference before the 2020 elections: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation found with the utmost certainty that… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Udall Statement on Trump EPA Refusal to Ban Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget, issued the following statement after the Trump EPA decided once again not to ban the toxic chemical chlorpyrifos. Udall has introduced the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act of 2019 to outlaw the use of chlorpyrifos nationwide. "Just like it did under Scott Pruitt, the Trump EPA under And… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Udall Leads Committee Passage of Amended Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a business meeting to consider two bills, including the Udall-sponsored Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act. Both bills passed the committee by voice vote. "Indian water rights settlements are simply good policy," said Udall. "They allow communities to avoid time-consuming, expensive, and divisive litigation and pr… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Udall Announces GAO Report Finding Hard Rock Mining Companies Pay Royalties on State Lands – But Not Federal Lands

WASHINGTON - In a report requested by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 12 Western states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming -- charge royalties for hardrock mining on state-owned lands, and most of these states also impose taxes on hardrock mining activity. In contrast, companies pay no royalties to the federal government for mining on taxpayer-owned federal land… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Udall, Murphy Introduce Bill to Help Beginning Farmers Pay Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON - Today, as the U.S. Congress begins debate on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to create a loan forgiveness program for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as other groups such as women, veterans, and minority farmers. Student loan debt is a major hurdle for beginning farmers and this legislation will serve as an incentive for farmers… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Recognize LANL Contributions to State Economy, Employment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) commended findings from an independent economic-impact analysis released Tuesday, which found that Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for creating 24,169 jobs in New Mexico. The Economic Impact report, developed by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory contributes $3.1 billi… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Udall, Lowenthal Release Outline of Legislation to Tackle Plastic Waste Pollution Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) announced that they plan to introduce comprehensive legislation to the tackle the plastic waste crisis this fall. The lawmakers are releasing an outline of the bill today, and are seeking input from stakeholders by August 21, 2019. Those interested in commenting can submit responses and reactions to the proposal to plastic@tomudall.senate.govand Comments submitted after … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Calling for Immediate Action on Climate Crisis

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor calling for immediate action to combat the climate crisis and highlight how climate change is hurting New Mexico, Native communities, the United States as a whole and the world. In his remarks, Udall called out Republican leadership for burying House-passed bills in the Senate's legislative graveyard, such as H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which woul… Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Udall, Brown, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Ensure Humane and Safe Conditions and Treatment for People in CBP Custody

Legislation establishes humanitarian standards of care, directs CBP to meet basic health and medical needs of migrants at border facilities WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to help ensure humane and safe conditions and treatment for people in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. The Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act, S. 2135, would require CB… Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Udall Statement on BLM Relocation Proposal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior's budget, released the following statement on the Trump Interior Department's proposal to reorganize the Bureau of Land Management, including to relocate hundreds of staff and move the agency's official headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo.: "The Interior Department has not made a convincing argument for why such a relocation is necessary … Continue Reading

July 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1 Million For Veterans Housing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust in partnership with New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will receive a $1 million competitive grant for a Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant will be used to rehabilitate or modify an estimated 80 residences across the state - helping disabled veterans to a… Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Udall Statement on Death of Ernestine Romero

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the death of Ernestine Romero in a shooting in Santa Fe: "Ernestine Romero was a tremendously talented musician, a dedicated state employee, and a beloved member of our community. This is a devastating loss for New Mexico, and my heart goes out to her family and loved ones. "As we come together to mourn this tragedy, we remain forever grateful for the indelible mark Ernestine left on all of us. Her powerful voice wil… Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Udall Statement on House Vote to Pass Iran Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead sponsor of the bipartisan Senate amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran that secured majority Senate support, issued the following statement after the House voted to adopt a similar amendment offered by U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) as part of the House NDAA: "I was proud that a bipartisa… Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Fights for Communities Impacted by PFAS Contamination

Fight back against Trump administration threats to veto defense bill over PFAS provisions Ahead of Senate vote on EPA Superfund Nominee Peter Wright, Udall and Heinrich demand EPA declare PFAS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around … Continue Reading

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