Press Releases

July 11, 2016

Udall Speaks as Part of Effort to Reveal 'Web of Denial' to Deceive Public about Climate Change

VIDEO (Udall's remarks begin at 1:13:29): WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and many others in speaking on the Senate floor about how corporations and special interest groups are spending millions of dollars to create a "web of denial" to mislead the public about the harmful effects of climate change. In his speech, Udall highlighted the ef… Continue Reading

July 11, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $10.4 Million for Border Security, Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $10.4 million to support border security and emergency preparedness in New Mexico. The grants were awarded through several U.S. Department of Homeland Security preparedness grant programs. "Living in a border state, New Mexicans are keenly aware of the importance of keeping our border secure, and this funding will help ensure our law enforcement agencies and first responders get the tools and training they need … Continue Reading

July 08, 2016

Udall Votes Against Weak GMO Labeling Bill

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against weak compromise legislation designed to set food labeling standards for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Udall supports clear, concise labeling that allows consumers to easily understand what's in their food and how it was grown. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63-30, and must next be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives. Udall said that while the compromise bill the Senate approved was an improvement over prev… Continue Reading

July 08, 2016

Udall Statement on Shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the tragic shootings this week: "I join all New Mexicans in offering heartfelt condolences to the families of the officers who were shot and killed in Dallas last night while protecting people who were peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights. I have profound appreciation for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the safety of our communities each and every day. The entire law enforcement community… Continue Reading

July 06, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.5 Million for Construction and Maintenance at 11 NM Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $6.5 million in grants for maintenance and construction projects at 11 New Mexico airports. The grants were awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation Analysis, and fund runway rehabilitations, building and fencing construction, and other safety improvements. "New Mexico's airports help drive the local economies of many of our communities, and t… Continue Reading

July 01, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Call on Administration to Hold Colleges and Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campuses

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 29 other senators sent a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice urging the agencies to ensure colleges and universities receiving federal funds adhere to new requirements intended to help prevent sexual violence on campus and increase accountability for students' safety. These regulations, which went into effect July 1, 2015, were included in the Violence Against Woman Reauthorization Act of… Continue Reading

June 30, 2016

Udall Works to Include Technology Transfer Provisions in Premiere Science and Innovation Bill to Boost R&D and Job Creation

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in finalizing a major science and innovation bill and welcomed the inclusion of provisions that he pushed for to boost technology transfer initiatives. Udall is a champion for tech transfer to jumpstart business and job creation in New Mexico and elsewhere. The latest measures were included in the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (an update of the America COMPETES Act), which was finalized by the … Continue Reading

June 29, 2016

Udall, Heinrich: NM Selected to Participate in Program to Extend Northbound Commercial Hours of Operation at Santa Teresa Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) announcement that it has tentatively selected New Mexico Economic Development Department's (NMEDD) application for funding for additional hours of operation for northbound commercial traffic at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (POE). The partnership is through CBP's Reimbursable Services Program, which supports requests for supplemental services at U.S. ports of entry to manage the rising v… Continue Reading

June 28, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce $2.3 Million for Eddy County Roads Damaged by September 2014 Storms, Flooding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced more than $2.3 million for Eddy County for hazard mitigation and repairs to four chip and seal roadways and low water crossings that were damaged by severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Odile in September 2014. "Heavy rain and flash flooding from Hurricane Odile caused severe damage in communities throughout New Mexico, and I'm pleased that this additional recovery funding wi… Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce $2.4 Million for Hurricane Dolly Recovery in Ruidoso

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the Village of Ruidoso is receiving $2,461,922 to repair sewer pipes damaged by storms and flooding from Hurricane Dolly in July and August 2008. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will cover 75 percent of the cost to repair the pipes. "The community of Ruidoso is still feeling the effects of the severe damage caused when the Rio Ruidoso overflowed during sto… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States failed to reach a decision on the case of United States v. Texas. The deadlocked decision resulted because the Supreme Court is still shorthanded after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. It means the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remain blocked. "I am extremely disapp… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Members of NM Delegation Ask for Federal Investigation of NM SNAP Management

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (N.M.-02), Ben Ray Luján (N.M.-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.-01) are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General to thoroughly investigate New Mexico state government's management of food-assistance benefits, including allegations that state employees altered documents to purposely delay applications. The congressional delegation has been in cont… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce NM Counties to Receive $37.7 Million in PILT Payments to Support Schools, Roads, First Responders, Crucial Services in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will receive more than $37.7 million through the 2016 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The total is a $3.2 million increase from the total payments the state received last year, partly due to the advocacy of Udall and Heinrich. 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 non… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Udall Statement on House Democrats' Protest Calling for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Congressional Democrats on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in a protest to call for a vote on commonsense steps to protect families from gun violence. Video and audio feeds of the House floor were turned off during the sit-in, prompting Udall and others to share social media posts from the House floor. Udall issued the following statement: "I was proud to join House Democrats on the floor of the House to demand votes on commonsense… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Udall: President Signing Chemical Reform Bill is Historic Progress for Americans' Health and Safety

WASHINGTON - Today, in a ceremony at the White House, President Obama signed into law U.S. Senator Tom Udall's landmark bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety program. Udall's Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act reforms the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) to keep children and communities in New Mexico and across the nation safe from dangerous chemicals. Udall released the following statement: "I want to thank President O… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

A Historic Law to Protect Health and Safety

This morning, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill I wrote to reform our nation's chemical safety program and finally protect children and families in New Mexico and around the country from dangerous chemicals. It's a historic step for the health and safety of all Americans. Most Americans believe that if they buy a product at the hardware store or the grocery store, the government has tested it and determined that it's safe. But that's not true. For the past 40 years, the law we'… Continue Reading

June 20, 2016

Udall Votes to Prevent Suspected Terrorists from Obtaining Guns

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senate Democrats in pushing for two measures to close loopholes in the law by expanding background checks for gun purchases and preventing suspected terrorists from obtaining guns. The measures, offered as amendments to the annual Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill, were blocked by Senate Republicans who offered counter proposals that would weaken gun laws. "Today, we had the opportunity to pass measures supported by an … Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

Udall Fights to Protect Important Conservation and Environment Funding, Opposes Poison Pill Riders in Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, stood up against poison pill provisions (riders) that would permanently weaken core environmental laws that protect our air, water, health and endangered species. During a markup of the appropriations bill that funds critical Interior and environment programs -- including many New Mexico priorities -- Udall also successfully secured a bipartisan … Continue Reading

June 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $5.2 Million for Artesia and Roswell Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $5,290,000 in grants to support air transportation infrastructure projects at airports in Artesia and Roswell. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation, awarded the grants to fund airport rehabilitation projects. The Artesia Municipal Airport will receive $3,150,000 and the Roswell International Air Center will receive $2,140,000 to rehabilitate and maintain their … Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

AUDIO: Udall Announces Support for Bill that Could have Prevented Orlando Gunman from Purchasing Weapon

WASHINGTON - Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and announced his support for a bill that could have prevented the gunman, Omar Mateen, from purchasing the weapons he used in his attack. Udall said the shooting exposed a loophole that must be closed that allows known or suspected terrorists to buy firearms. The "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act" would allow the At… Continue Reading

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