Press Releases

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

May 12, 2015

Udall, Markey, Heinrich, Bennet, Merkley, Whitehouse, Hirono Unveil New Renewable Electricity Standard

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced a bill to create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution by creating a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). The legislation, which would help the United States diversify its energy sources while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would r… Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Udall Introduces Bill to Help Veterans through Disability Claims Appeals Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall this week joined several senators to introduce a bill to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA's oldest pending claims. Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims. … Continue Reading

May 11, 2015

Udall Joins Senate Coalition Calling for Strong Labor Standards in Trans-Pacific Partnership and Implementation of Standards in TPP Countries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman to include strong labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a… Continue Reading

May 08, 2015

Udall, Boozman, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill to Cut Small Business Red Tape

WASHINGTON - Today, during National Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), announced legislation to help business owners who operate primarily out of their homes deal with the often-complicated process of filing income taxes. The bipartisan Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act is the result of conversations with small business owners about ways the federal government can reduce unneces… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Udall Votes for Congressional Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined a majority of senators in voting 98-1 for legislation that would allow Congress 30 days to review a proposed nuclear deal with Iran. He issued the following statement: "A nuclear armed Iran is a serious threat, and any nuclear nonproliferation agreement affects the Middle East, our nation and our allies. While I don't believe this legislation is necessary to ensure Congress can oversee such an agreeme… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Udall Calls for Senate Vote on Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, during a speech on the Senate floor on his bipartisan chemical safety reform bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the bill to a vote by the full Senate. Udall delivered the speech immediately following a press conference announcing 14 new cosponsors of the legislation, which makes the total number of senators now supporting the bill 36. Udall said the Senate needs to take … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Establish Wilderness Areas Within The Río Grande del Norte National Monument

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have introduced a bill 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. In 2013, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a previous version of the legislation. "Recognizing the Cerro de Yuta and Rio San Antonio areas as wilderness is a final step toward protect… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Udall, Vitter Announce 14 New Bipartisan Cosponsors for Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, in a bipartisan news conference in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) announced major new support for their bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law. This week, 14 senators from both parties and representing citizens across the country joined the bill as cosponsors. The total number of senators supporting the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is now 36. The 1976 Toxic Substances… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Udall, Price, Van Hollen Introduce EMPOWER Act to Modernize Presidential Campaign Public Financing System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives David Price (D-N.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that they have introduced legislation to reduce the influence of money in presidential elections by empowering candidates who decline support from wealthy special interests. With mega-donors exerting increasing influence on elections and increasing public disgust for out-of-control special interest electioneering, the Empowering Mass Participation to Offset the… Continue Reading

May 06, 2015

Udall: BIE Action Needed to Avoid Another Decade of Outdated Tribal Schools

WASHINGTON - In order to uphold the United States government's trust responsibility to provide a quality education for Native American students, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators to demand that the U.S. Department of the Interior prioritize the next list of construction projects at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in a more accurate and transparent manner. One-quarter of tribal schools are in New Mexico, and many are in very poor condition. In a letter to Inter… Continue Reading

May 06, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Expand Public Lands Career Opportunities for NM Youth

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have reintroduced legislation to expand job opportunities and educational training for New Mexico youth through programs restoring, maintaining and preserving public lands. The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2015 improves on the existing Public Lands Corps program by offering incentives to attract new participants, particularly those who suffer disproportionate rates of unemployment - including veterans, Nativ… Continue Reading

May 06, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Raise the Wage Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined several of their colleagues to introduce the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2020. The Raise the Wage Act would also index the federal minimum wage to the median wage, raising wages for nearly 38 million American workers. "The minimum wage was supposed to be a floor to ensure Americans receive fair wages for hard work. But today, thousands of New Mexicans ar… Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Udall Announces Opposition to Fast-Track Trade Authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement opposing Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which would give the administration fast-track authority to move the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement through Congress with limited debate and no amendments. "Trade deals between nations ripple down and have a direct impact on New Mexico families - affecting wages, labor standards, safety, environmental and heal… Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Udall, Heinrich, Luján and Pearce Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Preservation of Native American Languages

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Steve Pearce announced they have introduced the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act, a bill to provide grants to Native American language educational organizations to preserve disappearing Native languages in Indian Country. The bill reauthorizes the Native American Languages Program until 2020, and includes improvements to expand the program's eligibility to s… Continue Reading

May 01, 2015

Delegation Meets with HHS Secretary to Discuss NM Behavioral Health Disruptions

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, and a representative for U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to discuss their concerns about the continuing disruptions of behavioral health services in New Mexico. In 2013, the New Mexico Human Services Department suspended Medicaid payments to 15 nonprofit behavioral health providers claiming "credible allegations of … Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Udall, Pitts Introduce Bill to End Interstate Horserace Wagering

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) today introduced legislation to eliminate most wagering on horseracing, encouraging the sport to end doping and crack down on cheaters. Horseracing is the only sport specially permitted by federal law to offer online gambling and interstate betting, yet widespread corruption has stained the industry. Chronic abuse of performance-enhancing drugs is commonplace in horseracing… Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Udall Statement on Energy Department Settlement with NM for WIPP Radiation Release

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the $73 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the state of New Mexico. Investigations by DOE and the state have found that numerous violations at Los Alamos National Laboratory led to the radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) that put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community. Udall released the following statement: "New Mexicans are rightly disturbed by the violations at Los Alamo… Continue Reading

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