Press Releases

June 14, 2016

Udall Advances NM Priorities in Major Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 85-13 to support our troops, military bases and national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country. The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a policy bill that directs the progress of $543 billion in national defense programs. This year's bill includes essential provisions that will strengthen New Mexico's military bases and defense programs carried out at its federal installations - such as nuclea… Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

Udall Delivers Opening Remarks at Appropriations Subcommittee Markup on Interior and Environment Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, delivered opening remarks at an appropriations subcommittee markup of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies funding bill for fiscal year 2017. Audio of Udall's remarks is available here (Udall's remarks begin at 25:48): Below are Udall's open… Continue Reading

June 12, 2016

Udall Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the shooting in Orlando, Fla.: "I am grief-stricken by the news from Orlando - yet another mass shooting in the United States, and the worst in our history. We must keep the victims and their families in our hearts while we search for more information about how and why this crime happened. But it's clear that it was an act of terror, that the killer was filled with hatred and had a powerful assault weapon and the i… Continue Reading

June 10, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDP). The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act provides permanent protection for some of Southern New Mexico's most scenic landscapes and will safeguard OMDP's sensitive cultural, historical and natural treasures for generations to come. A broad coalition of Hispanic leaders, veterans, Native Americans, sportsmen, small… Continue Reading

June 09, 2016

Udall, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation to Limit Influence of Money in Politics, Rein in Special Interest Control Over Elections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Senate Democrats announced a new legislative package and campaign to reform government to ensure it works for all Americans, not just special interests and a few at the top. The package includes Udall's constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and his legislation to overhaul the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC). Udall will be the lead cosponsor of the legislation, which will be formally introduced next week. "Americans kno… Continue Reading

June 07, 2016

Udall, Vitter Hail Passage of Landmark Chemical Safety Reform, Now Headed to the President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) announced Senate passage by voice vote of a final agreement on their landmark bipartisan legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The final legislation, titled the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, will overhaul the current broken law, which has allowed tens of thousands of chemicals - including hundreds that Americans come into contact with in daily life - to g… Continue Reading

June 03, 2016

Udall, Moms, Kids Discuss Importance of Chemical Safety Reform to Keep Children Safe from Dangerous Substances

SANTA FE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall hosted moms, kids, and children's health and safety advocates at an organic children's clothing store to illustrate how important it is for Congress to pass Udall's landmark bipartisan chemical safety reform bill. The legislation would overhaul the current broken law and finally protect the most vulnerable members of our society - especially pregnant women and infants. Udall held the event, titled "Toys, Tots and TSCA," at Indigo Baby, a shop for or… Continue Reading

June 01, 2016

Udall and Luján Meet with County and Rio Rancho Officials to Discuss Ways to Connect Intel Employees, College Graduates and Others with Job Opportunities at the Labs

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, convened a meeting of representatives from New Mexico's national labs, the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Intel, and the Sandoval Economic Alliance, as well as Rio Rancho Mayor Greg Hull, to discuss the importance of collaboration to address New Mexico's unemployment and slow economic recovery. They also discussed the importance of working together to keep Intel strong in… Continue Reading

May 30, 2016

Udall Delivers Remarks at Santa Fe Memorial Day Ceremony

SANTA FE, NM - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined veterans, service members and their families for the "Day of Remembrance" ceremony at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. He delivered remarks honoring the service members who have died fighting for our nation -- and the veterans from New Mexico and across the United States who have served in U.S. conflicts to protect our freedoms. The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning. Thank you Director Sanders. I am honored to be w… Continue Reading

May 24, 2016

Udall Statement on Overwhelming House Passage of Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed passage in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 403-12 of landmark reform of our nation's broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Udall authored the reform bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, with Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to finally enable the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate the thousands of chemicals manufactured each year and used i… Continue Reading

May 20, 2016

Udall Announces Bipartisan Senate-House Deal Reached on Reforming TSCA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that a bipartisan, bicameral group of congressional leaders have reached an agreement on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The final legislation, titled the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, merges policy priorities from a bill Udall co-wrote, which passed the Senate on Dec. 17, 2015, and a related House bill, which passed on June 23, 2015. It is named for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (… Continue Reading

May 20, 2016

Udall Advances Priorities of New Mexico Farmers and Ranchers, Rural Communities in Agriculture Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in advancing an Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration funding bill that makes critical investments in agriculture and nutrition programs to support New Mexico families and rural communities. The bill sets the Fiscal Year 2017 budgets for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and now heads to the full Senate for a vote. "Farming and ranc… Continue Reading

May 19, 2016

Udall Statement on TSCA Reform Developments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the progress that has been made by U.S. Senate and House members negotiating the agreement to finally overhaul the badly broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). This morning, Udall participated in a bipartisan press conference on the ongoing work to finalize the chemical safety reform bill. "We are steps away from finalizing a critically important agreement to overhaul a law that has been broken from the very begin… Continue Reading

May 18, 2016

Udall Statement After Meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after his meeting today with Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy due to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: "I had a very good meeting with Judge Garland. This was my opportunity to learn more about his judicial record and his position on issues that are important to New Mexico families, such as getting money out of politics, ownership of public lands, Tribal law, immigration, … Continue Reading

May 13, 2016

Udall-Championed Proposals to Improve Care for Rural Veterans Incorporated into Major VA Reform Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Defense and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, joined a bipartisan coalition of senators in introducing a comprehensive bill to improve access to care and services for New Mexico veterans, and improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans First Act incorporates major provisions that Udall has championed to improve veterans' care in rural communities, fix p… Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Udall Welcomes New Standards to Combat Methane Pollution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's final rules for new and modified oil and gas wells, which limit emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas that, combined with other pollutants, has been linked to cancer, lung ailments, and other public health problems: "Natural gas waste has cost New Mexico taxpayers and oil and gas producers millions of dollars - while contributing to a methane hot sp… Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Advance Funding for National Labs, Water Projects, WIPP in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in a 90-8 vote to pass the fiscal year 2017 funding bill for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and several New Mexico water projects. The Energy and Water Appropriations Act is critical for New Mexico and supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs nationwide. Udall helped write the legislation as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. A final version of the… Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Bill to Help Preserve Native American Languages Clears Important Hurdle

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed passage in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Reauthorization Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill he introduced with all of the other members of the N.M. congressional delegation -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham -- to help protect and restore Native American languages and strengthen Native language education. The bill now must be consi… Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $884,000 for Green Construction Certificate Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) will receive $884,573 from the National Science Foundation to collaborate with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to develop a certificate program in green construction technologies. The program will prepare students to work on clean energy projects, sustainable buildings, or water efficient technologies, and it will support a pathway for high school and college st… Continue Reading

May 06, 2016

Udall Statement Following the Funeral of Ashlynne Mike

SANTA FE, N.M. -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the funeral for 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike: "Today, the entire state of New Mexico is united in our grief for the Mike family and little Ashlynne. None of us has words that can express the sadness and anger we feel at the senseless act of violence that took her from her family and community and deprived her of a bright future. But as brothers, sisters, parents and children, we hold her in our hearts and wish her family … Continue Reading

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