Press Releases

June 13, 2019

Udall Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Resolution Condemning All Forms of Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) released the following statement on Senate passage of a Udall-cosponsored, bipartisan resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism. The resolution recognizes and condemns the long history of anti-Semitism, and the fact that Jews are the targets of the majority of hate crimes committed against any religious group in the United States. The resolution also commits the U.S. Senate to take action to combat all forms of anti-Semitism in our nation… Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Udall, Kaine, Senators File Bipartisan Iran Amendment to NDAA to Prevent Unauthorized War

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), filed a bipartisan amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit funds from being used for military operations against Iran without explicit authorization from Congress. The senators are seeking a vote by the full Senate to reassert Congress' Constitutional authori… Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Military Justice Improvement Act To Address Crisis Of Military Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes by moving the decision over whether to prosecute them to independent, trained, professional military prosecutors. According to the Department of Defense's (DoD) own data in this year's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) report, there were an estimated 20,500 instances of sexual assault - a massive in… Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Udall Leads Bipartisan Group of Indian Affairs Committee Senators in Introducing Legislation to Address Law Enforcement, Public Safety Needs in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), all members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced the Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act. This bipartisan bill addresses critical public safety needs in Indian Country by addressing feder… Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution Recognizing June As LGBTQ Pride Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 46 Senate Democrats in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution highlights the contributions that LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans, and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. Udall and Heinrich previously cosponsored a similar resolution in 20… Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Udall, Romney Introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act to Ban E-Cigarette Use in Schools

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) introduced The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 to help school districts and local education agencies address the surge of e-cigarettes in schools. The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities and lays outs findings to support the conclusion that e-cigarette use in schools and among youth has reached the level of a public health epidemic. "Across America, high schoolers are receivin… Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Call for Senate Hearing on Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee leadership requesting a hearing on the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act to provide a forum for states, environmental groups, and industry to discuss mining reform. The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren't on the hook for cleaning … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Udall, Senators Call for Senate Hearing on Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeffrey Merkley (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) wrote to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee leadership requesting a hearing on the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act to provide a forum for states, environmental groups, and industry to discuss mining reform. The bill requires compan… Continue Reading


June 11, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Delivers Keynote Address at Center for American Progress on Preventing an Unconstitutional War with Iran

Udall is author of bipartisan legislation to block unauthorized war with Iran that is gaining momentum in the Senate VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4ln3jzZW1M WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the keynote address at the Center for American Progress' event, "President Trump and Iran," about the urgent need to pass his bipartisan legislation to prevent President Trump from launching an unauthorized war with Iran.… Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill Directing Trump Administration to Meet Standards Set by the Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 43 of their colleagues in introducing legislation in the Senate to direct the Trump administration to meet the standards established by the historic Paris Climate Agreement and to mitigate the long-term damage caused by the Trump administration's anti-environment actions. The International Climate Accountability Act would prevent the president from using funds to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Instead, the bill directs the … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Udall, Senate Democrats Urge State Department to Reverse Policy Discriminating Against Children of LGBTQ Couples Born Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall along with a group of 18 other Senate Democrats are pushing back on a State Department policy that discriminates against children who are born abroad to lawfully married LGBTQ couples' by denying them citizenship. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the senators are calling for an immediate reversal of the discriminatory policy that is causing harm to U.S. families. The senators' letter comes as Americans are celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month this Jun… Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces Over $13.8 Million for Construction and Maintenance Projects to Improve 16 Local Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $13,810,189 in federal funding for construction and maintenance projects at 16 New Mexico airports. The funding will support critical rehabilitation, construction, and maintenance projects to repair and improve local airports across New Mexico. "Local airp… Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Udall, Carper Statement on EPA OIG Closing Investigation into Scott Pruitt’s Use of Official Position to Pursue Family Business Opportunities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, responded to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) closing its investigation into former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's apparent attempts to use his office to benefit himself and his family in … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Udall, Lowenthal Call on President Trump to Mobilize Federal Government to Deal with Plastic Pollution Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D- Calif.) called on President Trump to immediately mobilize the federal government to address the significant threat that mismanaged plastic waste poses to human health, public budgets, and to the sustainability of our waterways, oceans, and entire planet. Pointing out the urgency of dealing with the crisis, the lawmakers write, "Approximately eight million tons of plastic makes its way into the oceans annually… Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

VIDEO: Udall Calls for the Prioritization of Local News and Broadcasting, Raises Concerns About the Spread of Doctored Video Content

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL3F8yT4iAc&feature=youtu.be WASHINGTON - Today, at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing to examine the state of the television and video marketplace, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) spoke about the need for broadcasters to prioritize local news and reporting of local interest, in the era of corporate media consolidation of broadcasters and video content. "Support of local media means we need media in our communities reporting on local events and stories… Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Udall Hails House Passage of American Dream and Promise Act, Calls on Senate to Take Up Legislation Immediately

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act. The legislation offers a path to citizenship for Dreamers, thousands of whom live in New Mexico, and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). According to the Center for American Progress, "New Mexico is home to 17,800 immigrants who are eligible for protection under the Dream and Promise Act… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Udall, Heinrich Statement on Death of Johana Medina Leon

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement on the death of Johana Medina Leon, a transgender woman who was held in ICE custody at the Otero County Processing Center: "Our staff has toured the Otero County Processing Center and raised concerns about the treatment and conditions for transgender and other LGBT individuals in detention at the facility. At no point during the visit did the OCPC or ICE officials inform our staffs that a transgender indiv… Continue Reading


May 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $600,000 to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded three grants totaling $600,000 to rural communities across New Mexico and Indian Country in order to help combat the opioid epidemic. The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, comes through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administe… Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Udall Addresses New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association at Annual Meeting

Photo: Udall Addresses New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association SANTA ANA PUEBLO - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall addressed the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association during the opening session of their annual meeting. In his remarks, Udall discussed the importance of promoting renewable energy, along with his efforts to expand rural broadband access and invest in rural infrastructure. "For decades, member-owned electric cooperatives across New Mexico and across the nation… Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Udall Statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s Public Remarks About Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's public remarks regarding the Russia investigation: "Today, Robert Mueller made two things crystal clear. First, a foreign adversary meddled in our presidential election with the express intention of tipping the scales to benefit the Trump campaign. Second, the special counsel was unable to charge the president with obstruction of justice solely due to Department of Justice policy -- … Continue Reading

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