Press Releases

March 22, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Presses Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs Chairman on Need for War Authorization for Syrian Conflict

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, in a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford on the need for Congress to debate an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the ongoing and growing U.S. military involvement in Syria. As Udall said, the Constitution clearly requires Congress - not the president - to make decl… Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Honor Legacy of Los Alamos National Laboratory Upon 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution urging the Secretary of the Navy to name the next nuclear-powered submarine of the United States Navy "USS Los Alamos" to honor and recognize the contributions the residents of Los Alamos have made to the United States Navy. "Los Alamos and the United States Navy have maintained a strong bond since the dawn of the nuclear age. It is a bond that has strengthened our national security and helped bolster scienc… Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Udall, Dingell Introduce CREATE Act to Stimulate Arts Businesses, Jobs in the Creative Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) introduced a bill to stimulate the development of arts businesses, jobs and the creative economy in New Mexico, Michigan and across the nation. Recognizing the importance of the arts and cultural tourism to state economies, Udall and Dingell's bill - the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act - would support artists, entrepreneurs and workers employed in … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Udall, Senators Call for Reversal of Proposed EPA Cuts That Would Devastate Americans’ Clean Air and Water

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a group of 37 Senators, led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in opposing President Trump's proposal to inflict a more than 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget. Expressing "extreme concern" over the cuts, the senators wrote to appropriations leaders, "During the president's February 28, 2017 address to Congress, he pledged to 'promote clean air and water.' Such a pledge is meaningless when the President follows it … Continue Reading

March 21, 2017

Udall Welcomes AmeriCorps Members to Santa Clara to Restore Historic Site at Fort Bayard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced today that the Village of Santa Clara will receive a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members to support efforts to restore buildings and historic sites at Fort Bayard, foster community outreach, and provide food security to low income families and seniors with the Volunteer Center of Grant County. "Historic Fort Bayard holds economic and cultural promise for the residents of Santa Clara and Grant County," Udall said. "This… Continue Reading

March 20, 2017

Senators: The American People Deserve an Open and Thorough Debate on the Future of Health Care

WASHINGTON - As Congressional Republicans continue their dangerous crusade to quickly force Trumpcare through Congress without sufficient hearings, amendments, or debate, 18 senators, including U.S. Senator Tom Udall, demanded Senate Republican leadership conduct an equally transparent and thorough deliberative process on Trumpcare as was conducted in drafting and passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2009. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Finance Committe… Continue Reading

March 20, 2017

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3.6 Million for Watershed Restoration in Harding County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a grant of $3.6 million for the Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project (CRRRP) in Harding County to help restore important watersheds of Northeastern New Mexico. The grant has been awarded by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help the CRRRP increase native grasslands in the area by removing invasive plant species … Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Democratic Senators Ask Ethics Watchdog if Trump Trademarks Run Afoul of Constitution and Anti-Bribery Laws

WASHINGTON - After President Trump and the Trump Organization were granted 38 trademarks by the Chinese Government, U.S Senators Tom Udall, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of 17 other senators wrote the Office of Government for guidance on whether the award betrays ethics laws, policies, or established norms. The senators also asked whether or not the government ethics watchdog was even consulted before the trademarks were sought or granted. "We are alarmed that the awarding of valuable tr… Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Udall: President’s Budget ‘Devastating for New Mexicans…and I Predict it is Dead on Arrival’

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on President Trump's budget blueprint: "The president's unconscionable budget proposal would be devastating for New Mexicans and communities across America, and for that reason I predict it is dead on arrival. Instead of 'making America great,' it will drastically weaken our economy and New Mexicans' health and well-being in order to spen… Continue Reading

March 16, 2017

Udall, Tester, Cantwell Introduce Measure to Create Jobs by Fostering Entrepreneurship in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and former committee chairs Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, legislation to help launch small businesses and encourage job creation in Indian Country. Their bill, S. 607, creates a competitive grant program to establish and fund business incubators that will assist in cultivating Native American-owned sma… Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Invite Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Visit NM National Labs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry inviting him to visit Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. "The work at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories is critical to meeting DOE's mission of assuring national security through stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security," wrote the senators. "The labs also have extensive strategic partnerships with other fede… Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Members Of N.M. Delegation Introduce Healthy Families Act To Allow Workers To Earn Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a loved one, to obtain preventative care, or to address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. "No one should have to choose between taking care of a loved one and taking home a paycheck, but today that… Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Udall: GOP Bill that would Cancel Health Care for 14 Million Americans in 1 Year is 'Inhumane and a Disaster'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the bill by President Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would cancel health care for 14 million people in just one year, with 24 million losing care by 2026. "President Trump promised that Republicans would ensure every American got health care. If he still believes that, then the Republicans' health care b… Continue Reading

March 10, 2017

Commerce Dems Demand Answers From Pai

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee pressed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai today to answer pointed questions about his views on the news media and ability to be an independent regulator over the industry. The letter, led by ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and signed by the panel's 13 Democrats, comes in the wake of Pai's refusal to answer questions from Udall and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) during the panel's FCC oversight… Continue Reading

March 10, 2017

Democratic Senators Seek Information on Terror Threats and Federal Security Costs at Trump Organization Properties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to the secretaries of Defense, State, and Homeland Security seeking information about the use of federal funds and resources to protect Trump Organization properties from potential terrorist attacks and other security threats. With the president retaining ownership of the Trump Organization and with his net worth directly impacted by the organization's success, the se… Continue Reading

March 10, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Question ICE Acting Director Homan on Constituent Concerns Surrounding ICE Deportation, Enforcement Measures

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich spoke with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan to express the deep concerns of New Mexico communities. The senators demanded answers about ICE deportation measures in the wake of President Trump's immigration executive orders, and sought assurances that New Mexicans can continue to receive health care and other essential services without fear of deportation. The senators also called on Homan to ensure tha… Continue Reading

March 10, 2017

Udall, Booker, Markey, Blumenthal, Baldwin Urge Secretary Ross to Respond to Unanswered Questions on Russian Banking Ties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) led a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to respond to unanswered questions regarding his banking ties to Russia, and asking additional questions about possible Russian connections and Ross' severing ties with the Bank of Cyprus. Joining Udall and Booker on the letter were fellow Senate Commerce Committee members U.S. Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.… Continue Reading

March 09, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funds to Develop Infrastructure Improvements In Southwest New Mexico Near Columbus Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a $500,000 economic development grant for infrastructure improvements on a key state highway connecting Southwest New Mexico to the Mexican border. The grant funds a study to determine ways to upgrade a 36-mile stretch along State Highway 11 that leads to the Columbus Port of Entry, a major entryway for goods, commerce, and commuters. The results of the study will be used to improve security, encourage trade and tourism, a… Continue Reading

March 09, 2017

Udall Votes Against David Friedman for Ambassador to Israel

WASHINGTON - Today, in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against confirming David Friedman for ambassador to Israel. Udall cited Friedman's litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, other public officials, and prominent Jewish organizations. The Committee advanced Mr. Friedman's nomination by a narrow 12 to 9 margin, and his nomination now goes to the Senate Exec… Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

VIDEO: Udall Questions Secretary Zinke on Interior Department Priorities for Indian Country

VIDEO: WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at the committee's oversight hearing on the Trump administration's priorities for Indian Country. This was Zinke's first appearance before the committee as secretary. Joining Secretary Zinke on the witness panel were several Tribal leaders including the Honorable Paul Torres, chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Govern… Continue Reading

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