Press Releases

July 09, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Construction on a New Road at the Columbus Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed the beginning of construction on a new road to improve traffic flow and safety at the Columbus Port of Entry (POE). The new road will be east of the existing vehicle entry to the Columbus POE and is expected to be completed in November 2015. The Columbus POE was built in 1989 to screen visitors entering the United States. Today the facilities are outdated, prone to flooding and hinder economic growth. Udall and Heinrich ha… Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce New $8.2 Million Grant to Expand Las Vegas Head Start

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that West Las Vegas School District is receiving more than $8.2 million for Head Start programs to serve 172 children. The funding is provided through a new grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to be awarded over a period of five years. West Las Vegas School District plans to use the funding to support 10 Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms, sustaining more than 30 jobs. Head Start is one of… Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Expanding Job Opportunities for New Mexico’s Veterans

New Mexico has a great tradition of military service, and one of my most important duties is working to ensure that when our troops return home, they get the services they have earned and make a smooth transition back to civilian life. For example, I'm committed to doing everything I can to help our veterans find good jobs or go back to school. Join me and share these resources for job-seeking veterans and potential employers. Veterans are sometimes overlooked for jobs because some may lack civi… Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Udall, Senators Push Congressional Leadership and President to Avoid Crisis and Reach Budget Deal

WASHINGTON - Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and nine of his colleagues today called on Congressional leadership and the President to reach a budget deal that responsibly invests in middle class families, veterans, national security, infrastructure, education and public access to public lands. Udall and Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Heidi Heitkamp (D - N.D.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D- Mo.), Jeanne Shah… Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $365,000 to Prevent Drunk Driving, Improve Traffic Safety in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $365,000 for the New Mexico Department of Transportation to help prevent drunk driving and improve safety on New Mexico roads. The funds will support local safety efforts including sobriety checkpoints, seat belt safety education and enforcement, and ignition interlock programs. The department will receive four grants funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's State Traffic Safety Information Systems … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge OPM to Minimize Impact of Data Breach on Federal Employees, Improve Security Controls

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich strongly urged the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take steps to minimize harm to federal employees in New Mexico and across the country who were affected by the recent data breach that resulted in the theft of millions of employees' personal information. In a letter to the OPM director, the senators expressed their disappointment with the data breach and called on OPM to take specific actions to improve security contro… Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Udall Welcomes Historic Agreement to Re-open Embassies in U.S. and Cuba

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the agreement between the United States and Cuba to re-open embassies in Washington and Havana: "Re-opening embassies in Washington and Havana is a historic step toward normalizing relations and finally building a 21st century relationship with Cuba. In my visits with Cuban entrepreneurs, artists and others, it's clear to me that the Cuban people are eager to engage… Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Growing New Mexico's Economy

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the following remarks about growing New Mexico's economy at an event hosted by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the Albuquerque Bar Association. In his speech, Udall discussed why we need to end across-the-board federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" for good, how improving child well-being is crucial for our state's future workforce, his work to strengthen New Mexico's labs and bases, and other priorities. Below are Udall's rem… Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

PHOTO: Udall Hosts Deputy Interior Secretary Connor at Chaco Canyon

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor for joining him at Chaco Culture National Historical Park to learn more about the region's sensitive archaeological sites as Interior Department officials make decisions about future oil and gas leasing in the area. Connor's visit was in response to Udall's letter asking the Department of the Interior to send a top-level official to New Mexico. The departm… Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $9 Million to Help Rehabilitate Runway at Roswell Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $9 million to the Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) to fund the rehabilitation of 5,000 feet of Runway 03/21. The grant will help maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and minimize foreign object debris. "I'm proud to support this funding for the Roswell International Air Center, and as a member of the Senate Commerce Committ… Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Udall, Nelson Urge FTC to Investigate Concussion Prevention Claims Used to Sell Soccer Headgear

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potentially misleading safety claims used to sell soccer headgear. The FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices. The senators asked that the FTC take action if the investigation findings reveal that makers of soccer headgear or other children's sports safety equipment are engaged in false or decepti… Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Udall Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to affirm marriage equality nationwide: "Today the U.S. Supreme Court stood on the right side of the law - and on the right side of history. This decision reaffirms our Constitution's cornerstone of equality for all. Every loving, committed couple deserves the respect and dignity that comes with marriage, and I'm proud the nation is now joining with New Mexico to extend marriage … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

NM Counties to Receive $34.5 Million in PILT Funding for Schools, Roads, Local Police

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will be receiving more than $34.5 million through the 2015 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. A full list of funding by county is included below. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within their boundaries, such as Bureau of Land Management land, national parks and forests, and military bases. Lo… Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Udall Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Preserve Health Insurance for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell that residents of any state can receive health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. "I welcome the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell, which preserves the insurance policies of millions of Americans. The Affordable Care Act has enabled tens of thousands of New Mexicans to get health insurance for the first time. It's making our state he… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Udall Discusses Critical Need to Address Youth Suicide in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed the critical need to address the high rate of suicide among Native American youth. He questioned the acting director of the Indian Health Service, Tribal leaders and a Psychological and Developmental Sciences expert about improving desperately needed mental health services. Udall highlighted some of the challenges facing New Mexico's Tribal communities and cited recent research by the Uni… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Udall Statement on Vote against Fast-Track Trade Authority, for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall once again voted against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, which would give the administration fast-track authority for six years to move trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, through Congress with limited debate and no amendments. The Senate passed the TPA measure by a vote of 60-38. Separately, Udall voted in favor of legislation to expand Trade Adjustment Assistance, which provides aid and training to workers who lose… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Udall, Carper, Whitehouse, Merkley, Booker Statement on House Passage of Chemical Safety Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Democratic cosponsors of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, issued the following joint statement in response to passage of chemical safety reform in the U.S. House of Representatives: "The nation needs a workable chemical safety law, and while we don't agree with the details of the House bill, tonight's vote is yet… Continue Reading


June 19, 2015

Udall Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement to mark the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States: "Today, on the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, we remember the long road to freedom, and we honor the committed individuals who made that journey, who traveled that road, and also those who continue to fight for a better world. We especially honor African American freedom and achievement. Early African American settler… Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Udall Advances NM Priorities in Major National Defense Bill, Calls on GOP to End Sequestration Cuts, Provide Realistic Funding for Troops, National Security

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 71-25 for the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for defense and national security programs, including several priorities Udall has championed for New Mexico. In addition to fighting for New Mexico's military bases and national laboratories, Udall successfully included a measure in the bill that strengthens the open-air burn pits registry he created to help veterans who were exposed to tox… Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Udall Fights Inadequate Funding and Unprecedented Poison Pill Riders in Interior & Environment Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, voted to oppose the inadequate funding and dangerous poison pill riders on the subcommittee's Fiscal Year 2016 funding bill. Despite opposition from Udall and all of the Democrats on the Appropriations Committee, the bill was approved and now moves to the full Senate for consideration. "This bill is critically important for New Mexico, and t… Continue Reading

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