Press Releases

January 09, 2020

Udall Statement on the Trump Administration’s Attempt to Gut Another Landmark Environmental Law

Rollback also would eliminate NEPA public health and community input protections for major mining, pipeline, logging and other projects Udall: 'This move to gut NEPA is a new low for the worst environmental administration in history' WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Trump administration decided to undermine the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) by limiting the consideration of climate change impacts of new federal project… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

VIDEO: Following Congressional Briefing on Iran, Udall Urges Senate to Halt the March to War

Calling the echoes of Iraq war "chilling," Udall urges de-escalation, diplomacy VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTtMreidu9w&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D- N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the bipartisan bill The Prevention of Unconstitutional War With Iran Act, spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to halt the march to an unauthorized war with Iran and reassert congressional war powers. Udall is … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Udall, Paul Call for Vote on Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Unconstitutional War with Iran

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sent a letter to their Senate colleagues requesting them to support their bipartisan bill, The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019, and calling for a Senate vote on this important bipartisan legislation. The bill currently has 27 co-sponsors in the Senate. Udall and Paul originally introduced The Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act in September of 2018, and then again in April 2019 as S.1… Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Udall Joins War Powers Resolution to Prevent Unauthorized War with Iran

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) officially signed on as a cosponsor to a war powers resolution (S. Res. 63) to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran, introduced on Friday by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.). Udall is the author of the bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, first introduced in 2018 and then again in 2019, a bill to prohibit the United States from expending funds which could lead to war with Iran without express approval from … Continue Reading


January 06, 2020

Udall Statement on Passing of Mayor Esther Garcia

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the passing of former Village of Questa Mayor Esther Garcia: "Jill and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, former Village of Questa Mayor Esther Garcia. Esther was a tireless champion for the people of Northern New Mexico and played a key role in protecting the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Columbine Hondo Wilderness, land grants, acequias and other treasures in our state. We join her… Continue Reading


January 02, 2020

Udall Statement on U.S. Strikes on Iranian Military Officials in Iraq

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of a bipartisan amendment to prevent an unauthorized war with Iran, issued the following statement after U.S. air strikes killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and other Iranian military officials: "President Trump is bringing our nation to the brink of an illegal war with Iran without any congressional approval as required under the Constitution of the United States. Such a reckles… Continue Reading


December 31, 2019

Udall Statement on Escalation in Iraq

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Iranian-backed protestors attacked the U.S. embassy in Iraq following U.S. air strikes: "The predictable result of the Trump administration's reckless bluster, escalation and miscalculation in the Middle East is that we are now hurtling closer to an unauthorized war with Iran that the American people do not support. I am hoping and praying the dangerous situatio… Continue Reading


December 23, 2019

2019 In Review: Senator Tom Udall Highlights Legislative Accomplishments for New Mexico and the Nation

Read the report HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released a report highlighting his legislative accomplishments for New Mexico and the nation in 2019. The report includes Udall's work on issues like strengthening economic opportunity; climate action, conservation, and environmental protection; democracy reform; foreign policy and preventing "forever wars"; executive oversight, immigration, and standing up for our values and communities; consumer safety, health and educa… Continue Reading


December 21, 2019

Legislation to Reauthorize Native American Language Programs Becomes Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act - to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs - becoming law. The bill, S. 256, is named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh P… Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Secure Big Wins for New Mexico’s Economy, Environment, and Rural Communities in Bipartisan Funding Bills

New facilities and construction funds for Air Force Bases in New Mexico Significant investments in education, child nutrition, combatting the opioid epidemic, New Mexico's rural communities-defending Amtrak's Southwest Chief and rural housing assistance-and grant programs for farmers and ranchers WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), joined the full Senate in passing government funding bills for fisca… Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Cassidy Urge the National Institutes of Health to Transfer NM Chimpanzees to Sanctuary

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Bill Cassidy M.D. (R-La.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) submitted a letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, urging the agency transfer 43 chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility on Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico to the national sanctuary system at Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana. The letter follows the October decision by NIH announcing that the remaining chimpanzees at the Alamogordo fa… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Udall: Funding Package Makes Strong Investments in Indian Country Priorities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the bipartisan vote to pass two Fiscal Year 2020 funding package bills that included critical investments and provisions for Indian Tribes and Native communities. In addition to increased funding for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs, the bills cont… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

NM Delegation Secures Protections for Chaco Canyon Area in Government Funding Bill

Bill covers federal leasing only and respects tribal sovereignty over treatment of Tribal, allottee mineral rights WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the final Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Udall, Portman, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Restore America’s National Forests

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) introduced the Reforestation Act of 2019 to bolster funding for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to address its backlog of planting needs by carrying out reforestation projects in forests damaged by events such as wildfires, insects and disease. Given the Forest Service's reforestation backlog, the new bipartisan bill would double funding from the Reforestation Trust Fund to $60 million p… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Udall’s Major Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill Passes Congress

Udall fought back against cuts proposed by the Trump administration, securing strong investments for the EPA and conservation programs and pushing back on Interior's Bureau of Land Management relocation WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, hailed the bipartisan vote to pass the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill as part of a… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Announce Judge Kea Riggs Confirmed by Senate to Fill Vacancy on U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the full Senate has confirmed Judge Kea Whetzal Riggs, by a vote of 94-0, to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Udall and Heinrich issued the following joint statement: "We are pleased to congratulate Judge Riggs on her Senate confirmation, and we are glad that this vacancy will be filled. Judge Riggs has a long record of distinguished service and is well qual… Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Udall Statement on House Vote to Impeach President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump: "The House had no choice but to act to hold the president accountable. Donald Trump's alleged actions violate the fundamental principles of our republic: abusing the powers of his office to pressure a foreign government to interfere in our electoral process, for his own political benefit. Now, it is a… Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Udall Votes for Major Defense Bill to Strengthen New Mexico & Nation

Despite positive provisions, Udall says bill is a "missed opportunity" for Congress to prevent unauthorized war WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined the full Senate in voting 86-8 for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major national defense bill including several measures that Udall championed to support New Mexico's federal workforce, service members and military families, veterans, communities facing PFAS contamination, military bases, nuc… Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Udall Congratulates New Mexico Nominees to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced the names of the 39 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2020. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall's nomination completed a competitive application proc… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Udall: Interior Appropriations Bill a Victory for Public Lands, Environment, Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after Senate and House leaders released the text of government funding bills for fiscal year 2020, including an Interior funding bill Udall helped author. Congress is expected to vote on the bills later this week. "I am proud that we hav… Continue Reading

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