Press Releases

February 17, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against Pruitt Nomination for EPA

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In opposing Pruitt's nomination, Udall cited Pruitt's long record of fighting for polluters in court, denying climate change, disrespecting Tribal sovereignty, and working to undermine the fundamental … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall, Cardin Introduce Bill to Ban Religious, Racial and Discriminatory Profiling by Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has introduced an updated version of his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA),is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through changing policies and procedures for law enforcement and promoting best practices in community-based law en… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall, Warren, Cummings and Whitehouse Request GAO Immediately Review President Trump’s Apparent Violation of National Security Protocols at Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of whether President Donald Trump and his staff have followed appropriate protocol for handling sensitive national security materials at Mar-a-Lago and other locations. They also asked f… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Urges Senate to Reject Nomination of Friedman for Ambassador to Israel

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged senators to reject the nomination of David Friedman to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Udall questioned Friedman on his litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, and other public officials. Below is the text of Udall's opening statement as prepared for delivery: "M… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall Joins Senators in Demanding Scott Pruitt Recuse Himself from All Issues Related to Lawsuits He Brought Against the EPA to Overturn or Weaken Clean Air and Water Pollution Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and 28 other senators in calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt to recuse himself from participating in any matter related to litigation that he pursued against the EPA as Oklahoma Attorney General. In the letter, the senators specifically call on Mr. Pruitt to recuse himself from decisions on how the EPA will defend i… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Udall released the following statement: "Scott Pruitt's extreme record on the environment makes him the wrong choice to lead the agency tasked with protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the communities we call home. I strongly oppose his nomination, and I encourage my colleagues on both … Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Udall, Fischer Introduce Legislation to Reform FCC Lifeline Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today introduced the Preserving State Commission (PSC) Oversight Act. The bill would reinforce existing law and ensure that states have primary authority to determine which carriers participate in the FCC universal service Lifeline program. The Lifeline program provides phone and broadband service to Americans who cannot otherwise afford it. "States are best-qualified to determine which carriers should participate in this critical FCC… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall Celebrates Contributions of African Americans During Black History Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today in honor of Black History Month: "This Black History Month, we celebrate the immense contributions that African Americans have made to our nation, and we honor the struggle for equality and civil rights that black people have made through the generations. New Mexico and America are indebted to the black soldiers, workers, scientists, artists, business people, and many others who have strengthened and enriched our communitie… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall to Vote Against Mulvaney for OMB Director

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Udall issued the following statement: "The Office of Management and Budget has far-reaching authority over the federal budget and policies that affect the lives and paychecks of hard-working people across the country. It should not be led by Congressman Mulvaney, who has been the ringleader of some of Washington's … Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall, Tester Fight Veteran Homelessness in Indian Country

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, are calling on VA Secretary David Shulkin to prioritize helping Native American veterans obtain access to critical housing resources. Native Americans serve in the military at a higher rate than any other group. However, they are also at greater risk of homelessness than their veteran peers. In a l… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Udall, Democratic Senators Call for Independent Prosecutor to Investigate Trump Officials’ Collusion with Russia and Apparent White House Cover-Up

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of 10 other senators called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate possible illegal communications between retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and representatives of the Russian government, as well as efforts by Flynn and other White House officials to conceal any wrongdoing. "An independent investigation is now necessary to determine what General Flynn did, who knew about it, and when… Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Udall Calls for Independent Investigation of Flynn and Russia's Involvement with the Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn. Udall called for a full independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. "General Flynn's resignation underscores the urgent need for a full investigation into this administration's troubling associations with the Russian govern… Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Udall Addresses National Congress of American Indians

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians at its 2017 Executive Council Winter Session and Legislative Summit. In his speech, Udall outlined the priorities for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and his commitment to working on issues important to Indian Country - including improving health care and education, cultural preservation, economic development, infrastructure and public sa… Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Whitehouse and Udall Call on Republicans to End Trump’s ‘Rash’ Behavior at Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON - Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement on President Donald Trump's visit to the Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago club this past weekend, where numerous accounts suggest national security information was put at risk. Earlier this month, Whitehouse and Udall wrote to the White House asking who is paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary for unlimited access to the newly christened executive mansion in West Palm Beach. … Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Udall Joins Senators in Letter to White House Counsel: You Must Stop “Buy Ivanka’s Stuff” Conflicts of Interest

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Tom Udall, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) urged the White House Counsel to take decisive action to end the troubling pattern of apparently blatant conflicts of interest plaguing the Trump Administration. Counselor to President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, appeared on Fox News yesterday from the White House briefing room, entreating viewers to "go buy Ivanka's st… Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Protect Scientists from Political Interference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 25 of their Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill that would protect government scientists and their capacity to share information with the public from political interference. The legislation comes in the wake of recent reports that President Trump's transition team sought a list of all Department of Energy employees and national lab contractors who attended meetings on climate issues and Trump administration officials placed gag… Continue Reading

February 09, 2017

Udall: Trump Should Make Good on Federal Government's Promise to Tribes Protesting Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in support of Tribal members and other opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline: "This reckless decision is deeply disrespectful and dismissive of the Tribes' treaty rights and status. Thousands of protesters, including Tribal members from throughout New Mexico, have braved violence and difficult conditions to voice their opposition to this pipeline. President Obama was right to hear their concerns and begin a review proce… Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Udall Bill Would Create National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined 26 of his Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, to create a universal, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave program that provides New Mexicans and all Americans with the paid leave they need to take care of their families without worrying about losing their jobs or a paycheck. Only 14 percent of American workers have access to paid family leave through their employer, and the United States … Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Democratic Senators Raise Questions on Todd Ricketts’ Super PAC and Dark Money Fundraising Activities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Todd Ricketts, President Trump's nominee to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, seeking answers about Ricketts' leadership role and fundraising activities on behalf of the Super PAC Future45 and its dark money counterpart, the 45Committee, the group behind pro-Trump TV ads airing in several states. As the senators wrote, Ricketts' reported leadership of these groups -s… Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Reads from Coretta Scott King Letter in Opposing Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Rules Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as Attorney General of the United States. In his speech, Udall entered into the Senate record and read from a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., opposing Sessions' nomination for a federal judgeship. On Wednesday, Senato… Continue Reading

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