Press Releases

October 27, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Push To Make Quality, Affordable Child Care Available To Working Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are continuing their push for reforms that would help all families access quality child care in New Mexico and across the country. The senators announced that they are backing a resolution outlining principles for how Congress can act to improve the quality of child care while reducing the cost. Those principles include ensuring child care professionals can get better training and pay, and that Congress provides adequate … Continue Reading


October 27, 2015

Udall Votes Against 'Weak' Cyber Security Bill that Lacks Privacy Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. He issued the following statement: "In recent months, we've seen the threat that cyber attacks pose to businesses, their customers and the economy as a whole. It's imperative that we take strong steps to protect against hacks. But this bill is not the right approach, and I strongly believe there are better ways to fight cyber criminals while also protecting Americans' privacy. "Unfortunately the … Continue Reading


October 27, 2015

NM Delegation Announces $1 Million for Construction of Bike and Pedestrian Routes at Laguna Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Pueblo of Laguna will receive a $1 million grant to help complete a network of bike and pedestrian routes. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER VII Discretionary Grant Program, will fund construction of the Pueblo's Bike and Pedestrian Priority Route Construction Project, which will connect it… Continue Reading


October 26, 2015

NM Delegation Announces $15 Million to Upgrade Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Route

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $15,210,143 for the Southwest Chief Route Advancement and Improvement Project to continue essential upgrades to Amtrak's Southwest Chief line. The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles and stops in several New Mexico communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque and … Continue Reading


October 26, 2015

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

When Diane Barrett moved back to Grant County nearly two decades ago, she didn't expect to become one of the biggest employers in Silver City's historic downtown. An accomplished pastry chef and single mom, Diane's lengthy resume overqualified her for every open position she could find. So she took out a small business loan and became her own boss, starting Diane's Restaurant with just six tables. Her homemade sweet bread, pastries, cakes and pies proved so popular that Diane expanded and opened… Continue Reading


October 22, 2015

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Respond to Evaluation of Gold King Mine Spill Highlighting EPA Responsibility

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján responded to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Technical Evaluation of the Gold King Mine Incident. The report found that responsibility for the mine blowout, which spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater into rivers in New Mexico and Colorado, rests with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report points out that an EPA mine remediation crew attempting to reopen the mine failed … Continue Reading


October 22, 2015

Udall Remarks at the Scenic America 50th Anniversary White House Conference on Natural Beauty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall presented a resolution honoring the 50th anniversary of the Highway Beautification Act during the Scenic America 50th Anniversary White House Conference on Natural Beauty Wednesday evening. The resolution, cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), recognizes the legacy and vision of President and Lady Bird Johnson, who led efforts to create the act. Also known as "Lady Bird's Bill," the law's purpose is "to protect the public investment in highways, … Continue Reading


October 21, 2015

Udall: Senate Dysfunction Shouldn't Hold up Chemical Safety Reform, Funding for Conservation Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall went to the Senate floor to attempt to bypass obstruction of both his bipartisan chemical safety reform legislation and reauthorization of the widely popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Both bills would pass by strong margins if they were able to receive a vote, but Udall's efforts were met by objections. Udall urged Senate leaders to find an agreement and not let dysfunction among a small number of senators continue to hold up reform of… Continue Reading


October 20, 2015

Ahead of Paris Conference, Udall Calls for Global Collaboration, US Leadership to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relation Subcommittee on the upcoming Paris climate summit, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democratic member of the subcommittee, underscored the urgent need for U.S. leadership to address global climate change. The hearing examined the economic and environmental impacts of the international climate negotiations, scheduled to take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. Udall argued that the Paris Agreement is an important step toward a historic… Continue Reading


October 20, 2015

Udall Opposes Politically Motivated Bill that would Undermine Immigration Laws, Weaken NM Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in defeating a shortsighted and politically motivated bill, S. 2146, that would have undermined the nation's immigration policy and withheld funding for law enforcement in so-called "sanctuary cities," including many N.M. communities. He issued the following statement: "Just last Friday, I visited the Lordsburg Border Patrol station for an update on our border security efforts. What I heard from agents and local officials there reinfor… Continue Reading


October 20, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce New $1.8 Million Investment in Northwest NM Economic Development, Job Creation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $1.8 million in grants for the San Juan College School of Energy, the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments and the Navajo Nation Government to help diversify the economy in Northwest New Mexico and create new jobs in economically sustainable industries in the San Juan Basin. The San Juan College School of Energy received a $1.4 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to provide re-… Continue Reading


October 14, 2015

Building New Mexico's Economy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall hosted U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Acting Director of the Office of Technology Transitions Jetta Wong at Sandia National Lab for a roundtable discussion about improving technology transfer and creating jobs. Sandia and Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) officials joined several local businesses that were created based on technology developed at the labs to discus… Continue Reading


October 14, 2015

Udall Highlights Push to Expand Tech Transfer at DOE Labs, Build NM’s Economy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall hosted U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Acting Director of the Office of Technology Transitions Jetta Wong at Sandia National Lab for a roundtable discussion about improving technology transfer and creating jobs. Sandia and Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) officials joined several local businesses that were created based on technology developed at the labs to discus… Continue Reading


October 09, 2015

Udall Statement on Decision to End Train and Equip Program in Syria

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed news that the Obama administration has ended the Pentagon's $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels. Last week, Udall, along with U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), called on U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan to end the S… Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Udall Statement on Senate Democrats’ Principles for Gun Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Senate Democrats announced principles for new gun safety legislation: "A week ago, the nation was horrified yet again by another mass shooting, this time at an Oregon community college. Jill and I mourn the victims, and our hearts go out to their friends and families and the entire community of Roseburg, Oregon. Our thoughts are with them and too many other communities around the country that struggle with gun violence. "… Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Udall Votes for Major National Defense Bill, Urges Solution to Dangerous Sequestration Cuts

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 70-27 for a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill -- the result of an agreement between the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives -- includes several priorities Udall has championed for New Mexico. In addition to programs important for New Mexico's military bases and national laboratories, the bill includes Udall's measure to strengthen the open-air burn pits regist… Continue Reading


October 07, 2015

NM Delegation Applauds Passage of Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act

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 U.S. House of Representatives of the Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act. The bill, which previously passed in the U.S. Senate, now heads to President Obama for his signature. 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 Albuquerqu… Continue Reading


October 07, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.39 Million for Tribal Suicide, Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that several New Mexico Tribes and organizations will be receiving a total of $4.39 million over five years to prevent suicide, fight drug abuse and combat domestic violence through the Indian Health Service's Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) programs. The MSPI program provides support for Tribal communities to develop culturally appropriate prevention… Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Udall Leads Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Pushing for Vote on Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - As the Senate prepares to begin debate on chemical safety reform, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) today led a bipartisan coalition of senators calling on Congress to finally protect families from dangerous chemicals by passing the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). The bill is named for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who worked for many years to reform the broken and outdated Toxic Subst… Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Udall, Vitter, Inhofe, Bonnie Lautenberg Urge Passage of Historic Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - In a press conference today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), David Vitter (R-La.), and Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), along with Bonnie Lautenberg, widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and supporters of chemical safety reform, urged the Senate to act to pass a historic bill to reform the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Written by Udall and Vitter and based on a bill Vitter wrote with Lautenberg, the Frank R. La… Continue Reading

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