Press Releases

November 02, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Stand Up For NM College Students, Call For Renewal Of Perkins Loan Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have sent a letter, cosigned by the majority of the Senate, to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to take up and pass legislation to reauthorize the Federal Perkins Student Loan Program. This critical lifeline for many low-income students in New Mexico and across the country expired on September 30. The Perkins Student Loan Program, the nation's oldest federal student loan program, has existed wit… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Udall Statement on Deployment of Special Operations Troops in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Obama's announcement that he will deploy troops to Syria: "From the beginning of the conflict in Syria, I have opposed putting boots on the ground. While it is clear that the situation in Syria is deteriorating, I believe that deploying U.S. forces to Syria now is another dangerous escalation in our involvement, which puts our troops directly in harm's way. "I am a… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Udall, Pitts on Thoroughbred Horse Racing Legislation Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) highlighted concerns raised in a Congressional Research Service (CRS) analysis of Thoroughbred horse racing legislation. The report's authors question the constitutionality of a House bill that proposes delegating regulatory authority over doping to a private industry group. The report was released on the cusp of the Breeder's Cup, a horseracing championship series that begins today. The independent report fro… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Udall Honors Nuclear Weapons Workers on National Day of Remembrance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on today's National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers: "Thousands of men and women served our country by supporting the nation's efforts at the dawn of the atomic age and during the Cold War. And in some cases they were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, and unknowingly jeopardized their own health. Beyond scientists working on the Manhattan Project, there were many others affected - janitors, uraniu… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Joint Statement by Udall, Heinrich, Luján and Lujan Grisham on DHS Decision to Deny NM an Extension for Real ID Compliance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security's decision to deny New Mexico an extension to comply with the federal Real ID law. "The delegation has received an in-depth briefing from the Department of Homeland Security about the circumstances behind the secretary's decision not to grant New Mexico an extension to comply with Real ID. Many New Mexicans… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Udall Votes for Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted to approve a bipartisan budget agreement. The plan passed the Senate 64-35 and now heads to the president for his signature. Udall released the following statement: "New Mexico's labs, military bases, and especially working families deserve certainty that the government will remain open for business. And we also must have relief from devastating sequestration budget cuts that have affected everything from military readiness to child … Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

N.M. Senators: Servicemembers Deserve Protection From Financial Ruin During Deployment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in a letter led by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter outlining their concerns over reports of significant harm to the finances and credit of active servicemembers while deployed. The senators are requesting specific information and feedback to help ensure all servicemembers have the tools they need to safeguard their financial… Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Udall: Senate Leadership Needed to Break Dysfunction, Allow Debate on Popular Bills to Reform Chemical Safety Law, Reauthorize LWCF

WASHINGTON - For the second time in two weeks, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and several others went to the Senate floor to urge Senate leaders to step in and break a stalemate holding up two very popular bills: Udall's bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from dangerous chemicals, and another bipartisan measure to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which expired on Sept. 30. Both bills have enough support to pass the Senate easily, but they are caught in a procedural knot… Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Udall Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the bipartisan budget agreement announced this week: "Over the last several years, New Mexico has been hit hard by the dysfunction and hyper-partisanship that led to devastating sequestration budget cuts and an inability to pass appropriations bills and long-term budgets. This has not only threatened budgets for everything from national parks to our national laboratories' nuclear nonproliferation efforts, it has hurt working f… Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Push To Make Quality, Affordable Child Care Available To Working Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are continuing their push for reforms that would help all families access quality child care in New Mexico and across the country. The senators announced that they are backing a resolution outlining principles for how Congress can act to improve the quality of child care while reducing the cost. Those principles include ensuring child care professionals can get better training and pay, and that Congress provides adequate … Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

Udall Votes Against 'Weak' Cyber Security Bill that Lacks Privacy Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. He issued the following statement: "In recent months, we've seen the threat that cyber attacks pose to businesses, their customers and the economy as a whole. It's imperative that we take strong steps to protect against hacks. But this bill is not the right approach, and I strongly believe there are better ways to fight cyber criminals while also protecting Americans' privacy. "Unfortunately the … Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

NM Delegation Announces $1 Million for Construction of Bike and Pedestrian Routes at Laguna Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Pueblo of Laguna will receive a $1 million grant to help complete a network of bike and pedestrian routes. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER VII Discretionary Grant Program, will fund construction of the Pueblo's Bike and Pedestrian Priority Route Construction Project, which will connect it… Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

NM Delegation Announces $15 Million to Upgrade Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Route

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $15,210,143 for the Southwest Chief Route Advancement and Improvement Project to continue essential upgrades to Amtrak's Southwest Chief line. The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago to Los Angeles and stops in several New Mexico communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque and … Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

When Diane Barrett moved back to Grant County nearly two decades ago, she didn't expect to become one of the biggest employers in Silver City's historic downtown. An accomplished pastry chef and single mom, Diane's lengthy resume overqualified her for every open position she could find. So she took out a small business loan and became her own boss, starting Diane's Restaurant with just six tables. Her homemade sweet bread, pastries, cakes and pies proved so popular that Diane expanded and opened… Continue Reading

October 22, 2015

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Respond to Evaluation of Gold King Mine Spill Highlighting EPA Responsibility

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján responded to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Technical Evaluation of the Gold King Mine Incident. The report found that responsibility for the mine blowout, which spilled 3 million gallons of wastewater into rivers in New Mexico and Colorado, rests with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report points out that an EPA mine remediation crew attempting to reopen the mine failed … Continue Reading

October 22, 2015

Udall Remarks at the Scenic America 50th Anniversary White House Conference on Natural Beauty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall presented a resolution honoring the 50th anniversary of the Highway Beautification Act during the Scenic America 50th Anniversary White House Conference on Natural Beauty Wednesday evening. The resolution, cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), recognizes the legacy and vision of President and Lady Bird Johnson, who led efforts to create the act. Also known as "Lady Bird's Bill," the law's purpose is "to protect the public investment in highways, … Continue Reading

October 21, 2015

Udall: Senate Dysfunction Shouldn't Hold up Chemical Safety Reform, Funding for Conservation Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall went to the Senate floor to attempt to bypass obstruction of both his bipartisan chemical safety reform legislation and reauthorization of the widely popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Both bills would pass by strong margins if they were able to receive a vote, but Udall's efforts were met by objections. Udall urged Senate leaders to find an agreement and not let dysfunction among a small number of senators continue to hold up reform of… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Ahead of Paris Conference, Udall Calls for Global Collaboration, US Leadership to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relation Subcommittee on the upcoming Paris climate summit, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democratic member of the subcommittee, underscored the urgent need for U.S. leadership to address global climate change. The hearing examined the economic and environmental impacts of the international climate negotiations, scheduled to take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. Udall argued that the Paris Agreement is an important step toward a historic… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Udall Opposes Politically Motivated Bill that would Undermine Immigration Laws, Weaken NM Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in defeating a shortsighted and politically motivated bill, S. 2146, that would have undermined the nation's immigration policy and withheld funding for law enforcement in so-called "sanctuary cities," including many N.M. communities. He issued the following statement: "Just last Friday, I visited the Lordsburg Border Patrol station for an update on our border security efforts. What I heard from agents and local officials there reinfor… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce New $1.8 Million Investment in Northwest NM Economic Development, Job Creation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $1.8 million in grants for the San Juan College School of Energy, the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments and the Navajo Nation Government to help diversify the economy in Northwest New Mexico and create new jobs in economically sustainable industries in the San Juan Basin. The San Juan College School of Energy received a $1.4 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to provide re-… Continue Reading

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