Press Releases

June 02, 2015

Udall Statement After Voting Against Ending Debate on USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after opposing the Senate Majority Leader's strategy of limiting amendments to the USA Freedom Act to only those that would weaken the bill and further jeopardize Americans' privacy rights. "Although it is not as strong as I would like, I support the USA Freedom Act because it would permanently sunset the government's illegal dragnet phone records collection and implement other important reforms. But this morning, I oppo… Continue Reading


June 01, 2015

Udall, Notah Begay III Host Native Leaders Convening to Discuss Native Children and Youth Wellness

SANTA ANA PUEBLO - U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Notah Begay III, founder of the Notah Begay III Foundation, welcomed Native tribal leaders, health and wellness practitioners and youth to a roundtable discussion focused on Native youth health and wellness. Together they shared their perspectives on how to address the health and wellness challenges facing Native youth and also listened to attendee solutions and perspectives. In the end, prevention, accountability, measureable impact, investment and … Continue Reading


May 28, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Preserve and Expand Native American Languages

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they have introduced a bill to preserve endangered Native languages. The Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act creates a new grant initiative to establish or expand Native language immersion programs. The grants will support the revitalization and maintenance of Tribal languages while increasing educational opportunities for Native American students. "Native language education fosters pride and a feeling of int… Continue Reading


May 25, 2015

Udall Statement on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in celebration of Memorial Day: "Of all American holidays, Memorial Day is the most solemn - it is a day of remembrance for the courageous men and women who risked everything to defend our nation. Their commitment knew no limits, and their bravery knew no bounds. "Today we also remember the families who grieve for their loved ones, for sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, who answered the call to serve, and who did not come … Continue Reading


May 23, 2015

Udall Opposes Extension of Dragnet Phone Records Collection, Votes for USA Freedom Act

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a majority of senators in opposing an extension of the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, a Patriot Act program declared illegal earlier this month in a unanimous decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The program is set to expire on June 1. The Senate took two procedural votes on two bills, which both failed to get the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster and resulted in deadlock. Udall joined 5… Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Udall Votes Against Fast-Track Trade Authority

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted against Trade Promotion Authority 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 measure by a vote of 62-37. "This legislation gives the administration the ability to speed up trade agreements, including the Trans-Pa… Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Udall, Heinrich: Northern N.M. Wilderness Bill Gains Momentum In Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to establish two wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico, received a positive hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. In his opening statement, Senator Heinrich, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Nat… Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding to Support Health-Tech Expansion at Arrowhead Park

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University will receive $488,000 in grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a study on the creation of a health care delivery and medical technology development cluster at Arrowhead Park. The funding will help New Mexico State University expand activities at the multi-disciplinary Arrowhead Park to better support the creation of startup companies focused on improving healt… Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Udall Voices Concern about Funding Levels for NM Priorities in GOP Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee to advance critical Fiscal Year 2016 bills that fund New Mexico priorities, including the national laboratories, military base construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs. But although he voted to advance the Energy and Water and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills to the Senate floor, Udall warned that he has very serious concerns about the funding levels, which revert to se… Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

NM Congressional Delegation Introduces Bill to Expand Research on Rare Genetic Disease Affecting Hispanics

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord, and affects people of Spanish descent, including many Hispanic New Mexicans. The lawmakers' bill, the Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clin… Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Building a Strong Clean Energy Economy for New Mexico Jobs

Here in New Mexico, we're fortunate to have an abundance of renewable energy resources like solar, wind and biomass, plus the ingenuity to develop a strong clean energy economy. And with climate change contributing to drought and more severe wildfires across the West, there's no time to lose. We must seize the opportunity to develop our clean energy resources in New Mexico and throughout the country so we can lead the world in innovation and create the jobs of the future. Combined with energy fr… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Momentum Grows For Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) received an important hearing today in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The bill, S. 1264, would create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution. In an effort to diversify the United States' energy sources and lead in clean energy production, the bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their elec… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Udall, Flake, Durbin, Enzi Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Build Cuba’s Digital Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba. Cuba is one of the least wired countries in the western hemisphere, leaving many Cubans unable to access the Internet for things like business development, political discourse and personal communications. Smartphones are also unusable… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Udall, Flake, Durbin, Enzi Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Build Cuba’s Digital Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba. Cuba is one of the least wired countries in the western hemisphere, leaving many Cubans unable to access the Internet for things like business development, political discourse and personal communications. Smartphones are also unusable… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Strong Start for America’s Children Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in introducing the Strong Start for America's Children Act to expand quality preschool programs in New Mexico and throughout the country. The Strong Start for America's Children Act is a 10-year innovative federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5. "Quality preschool can transform a child, helping them start kindergarten ready to learn and… Continue Reading


May 18, 2015

Udall, Vitter Announce Growing Support for Chemical Safety Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) announced that four more senators have signed onto their bipartisan legislation to reform the nation's broken chemical safety law - bringing the total number of cosponsors to 40 senators representing 27 states. Udall and Vitter's bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, would overhaul the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and finally ensure the American people are protected from ch… Continue Reading


May 15, 2015

Udall Marks 1st Anniversary of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

LAS CRUCES - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement celebrating the 1-year anniversary of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama. "Nearly one year ago today, I stood with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, my fellow Senator Martin Heinrich, former Senator Jeff Bingaman, and many community leaders from across southern New Mexico to celebrate the creation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Mon… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

Udall Bill Would Strengthen Ability of Privacy Oversight Board to Protect Americans' Constitutional Rights

WASHINGTON - In advance of a Senate debate on whether to reauthorize several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to reintroduce their bipartisan, bicameral bill to strengthen the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The bill would significantly improve the oversight and accountability of the nation's intelligence community to protect Americans' const… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

Udall Calls for Congress to End Mass Telephone Surveillance, Reform Patriot Act

WASHINGTON - Today, during a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Congress to oppose a straight reauthorization of several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records. The Patriot Act provisions - including Section 215, which has been used to justify bulk collection of Americans' phone records - expire at the end of the month, and Congress is currently debating reforms that would r… Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

Udall Presses BLM Director on Concerns in NM about Chaco Canyon Oil Leasing, Possible State Office Merger

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on which he serves as the lead Democratic member, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze about concerns New Mexicans have raised about oil and gas leasing near Chaco Canyon and about a possible BLM proposal to merge the New Mexico and Arizona state offices. Udall, an advocate for responsible oil and gas development, wrote to Secretary … Continue Reading

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