Press Releases

January 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Urge President Trump to Exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs from Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 51 of their Senate and House colleagues in urging President Trump to exempt the entire Department of Veterans Affairs and all veterans seeking federal jobs from his executive order that freezes federal hiring. In a letter to the president, the lawmakers emphasized the devastating impacts that a hiring freeze would have on veterans and their families by delaying their access to health care and the resolution of their disability claim… Continue Reading

January 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Relief for Victims of Radiation Exposure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have renewed efforts to expand restitution for New Mexicans and others who have been affected by exposure to radiation during the development and testing of nuclear weapons in the Cold War by reintroducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) joined Udall and Heinrich in introducing the bill that would expand compensation eligibi… Continue Reading

January 26, 2017

Udall Demands Answers from Administration on Reported EPA Grant and Contract Freeze

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding answers on press reports that the administration has ordered a "freeze" to grants and contracts at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the letter, Udall, the Ranking Member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, expressed his deep concern and alarm about the reported executive directive, an abrupt and unexplained action th… Continue Reading

January 26, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Seek US Attorney and US Marshal Applicants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce are accepting applications for the position of United States Attorney and United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico. The positions will become vacant as a result of the election of President Trump. In accordance with their constitutional responsibility as senators to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, Udall and Heinrich, with the assistance of Pearce, will recomm… Continue Reading

January 25, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Border Wall and Immigration Executive Orders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on President Trump's executive order calling for the construction of a wall on the Southern border and to block local protections for immigrants: "As residents of a border state, New Mexicans know that border security is critically important to our national security. I support - and have voted for - hiring more Border Patrol agents and funding more security equipment and technology. Building a border wall isn't a new idea, and ov… Continue Reading

January 25, 2017

Udall Joins Heinrich in Bill to Safeguard DREAMer Data

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich led a group of Senate Democrats, including U.S. Senator Tom Udall, in introducing S. 229, the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2017, a bill to safeguard the private information-such as addresses and telephone numbers-of the young immigrants known as DREAMers to ensure that they are not targeted by the Trump Administration for deportation. The introduction of this bill comes as President Donald Trump has begun a series of executive actions on… Continue Reading

January 25, 2017

Udall Names Jennifer Romero Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democratic Staff Director

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that he has named Jennifer Romero as the committee's Democratic staff director and chief counsel, starting today. Prior to joining the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Romero served under U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as senior advisor for Native Hawaiian Affairs. She is an experienced attorney, specializing in Indian law and public policy. Romero will oversee … Continue Reading

January 24, 2017

Udall Votes Against Confirming Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on his vote against S.C. Governor Nikki Haley's nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "I have a great deal of respect for Governor Haley's service to the people of South Carolina and for her desire to lead our diplomatic efforts at the United Nations. However, after reviewing her statements both in the confirmation hearing and in writing, I do not beli… Continue Reading

January 24, 2017

Udall Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Get Big Money Out of Politics

WASHINGTON - Today, just days after the seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, joined by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and other cosponsors in the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, reintroduced the Democracy for All amendment to restore democratic power to the American people. The constitutional amendment would overturn Citizens United and allow limits on corporate political spe… Continue Reading

January 24, 2017

Udall Statement on Trump Executive Orders Advancing Dakota Access, Keystone XL Pipelines

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after President Trump signed executive orders advancing the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines: "By seeking to reverse President Obama's decisions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, President Trump is showing the American people that his administration values the profits of the few over the national interest, the environment, and the deep and legitimate concerns of Tribal communities. "President Obam… Continue Reading

January 24, 2017

Udall Statement on Opposing Confirmation of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall yesterday evening joined Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in opposing the confirmation of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President Trump's nominee to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. He made the following statement: "While I believe Rex Tillerson sincerely wants to serve our country, his answers to questions in his confirmation hearing, our personal meeting and in writing give me enough reason for concern that I can't support his co… Continue Reading

January 23, 2017

Udall Votes Against Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as CIA Director

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after voting against confirming Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): "America draws strength from our values, and Americans put their lives on the line every day to defend those values. I believe that Congressman Pompeo's views on a set of fundamental questions - including human rights, constitutional rights, and the rule of law - will undercut our nation's moral authorit… Continue Reading

January 20, 2017

Udall Statement on Senate Votes on National Security Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after voting on the nominees to lead the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the Trump Administration. Udall voted to confirm General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and voted against confirming General John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security. "While I have deep concerns about President Trump on matters of foreign policy and national security, I believe that Americans deserve to have a qua… Continue Reading

January 20, 2017

Udall Statement on the Inauguration of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall attended the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. He issued the following statement: "The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of our democracy. Since George Washington, each United States president has peacefully turned the office over to the next. I don't agree with much of what Donald Trump stands for, but our nation is bigger than any one person. I am a proud American, and I felt it was important to attend tod… Continue Reading

January 19, 2017

Udall Statement after Meeting with Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's Nominee for Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior budget, made the following statement after meeting one-on-one with Rep. Ryan Zinke, President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Interior Department: "I appreciate that Congressman Zinke sat down with me today to discuss his vision for the Department of the Interior, an agency of great significance to New Me… Continue Reading

January 18, 2017

Udall Questions Trump Nominees Haley, Ross on Climate Change, Ethics During Two Hearings Today

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, President-elect Trump's nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Commerce Secretary-nominee, banker and investor Wilbur Ross during their confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations and Commerce committees, respectively. Udall asked questions of Haley and Ross about how Trump's statements on climate change and unwillingness to fully divest from his business could affect the United States at h… Continue Reading

January 17, 2017

Democratic Senators Call Attention to DeVos' Stonewalling of Information on Campaign Finance Violations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for stonewalling their request for information about the millions of dollars in unpaid campaign finance violation fines owed by her political action committee, All Children Matter. As the senators noted, DeVos has failed to ensure payment of the record $5.3 million fine for illegal campaign f… Continue Reading

January 13, 2017

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Statement on Government's Outrageous Decision to Go Back on its Promise to NM, Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján denounced the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice that the EPA is not liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act for damages caused by the Gold King Mine Spill. The lawmakers vowed to continue pushing for legislation that would hold the EPA accountable even though the EPA has admitted responsibility. They made the following joint statement: "We are outraged a… Continue Reading

January 12, 2017

Udall Votes Against Overriding Law to Allow General Mattis to Serve as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after voting against changing the existing law to exempt retired Marine Gen. James Mattis from a requirement that military personnel must be out of uniform for seven years before serving as Secretary of Defense. Mattis has been retired for three years. "I have great admiration and respect for General Mattis' years of service and dedication to our nation's security, and I don't doubt his integrity or desire to serve our nation wit… Continue Reading

January 12, 2017

Growing New Mexico's Economy

One of my top priorities as your United States Senator is helping businesses in New Mexico grow. To build a 21st century economy, create good jobs, and retain a vibrant, young workforce, we need a thriving business sector. New Mexico companies are at the forefront of science, technology, and innovation, but I want to help more businesses take full advantage of opportunities to increase the size and variety of our exports. Approximately 95 percent of the world market lies outside the United State… Continue Reading

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