Press Releases

June 29, 2015

PHOTO: Udall Hosts Deputy Interior Secretary Connor at Chaco Canyon

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor for joining him at Chaco Culture National Historical Park to learn more about the region's sensitive archaeological sites as Interior Department officials make decisions about future oil and gas leasing in the area. Connor's visit was in response to Udall's letter asking the Department of the Interior to send a top-level official to New Mexico. The departm… Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $9 Million to Help Rehabilitate Runway at Roswell Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $9 million to the Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) to fund the rehabilitation of 5,000 feet of Runway 03/21. The grant will help maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and minimize foreign object debris. "I'm proud to support this funding for the Roswell International Air Center, and as a member of the Senate Commerce Committ… Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Udall, Nelson Urge FTC to Investigate Concussion Prevention Claims Used to Sell Soccer Headgear

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potentially misleading safety claims used to sell soccer headgear. The FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices. The senators asked that the FTC take action if the investigation findings reveal that makers of soccer headgear or other children's sports safety equipment are engaged in false or decepti… Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Udall Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to affirm marriage equality nationwide: "Today the U.S. Supreme Court stood on the right side of the law - and on the right side of history. This decision reaffirms our Constitution's cornerstone of equality for all. Every loving, committed couple deserves the respect and dignity that comes with marriage, and I'm proud the nation is now joining with New Mexico to extend marriage … Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

NM Counties to Receive $34.5 Million in PILT Funding for Schools, Roads, Local Police

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will be receiving more than $34.5 million through the 2015 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. 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 nontaxable federal land within their boundaries, such as Bureau of Land Management land, national parks and forests, and military bases. Lo… Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Udall Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Preserve Health Insurance for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell that residents of any state can receive health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. "I welcome the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell, which preserves the insurance policies of millions of Americans. The Affordable Care Act has enabled tens of thousands of New Mexicans to get health insurance for the first time. It's making our state he… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Udall Discusses Critical Need to Address Youth Suicide in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed the critical need to address the high rate of suicide among Native American youth. He questioned the acting director of the Indian Health Service, Tribal leaders and a Psychological and Developmental Sciences expert about improving desperately needed mental health services. Udall highlighted some of the challenges facing New Mexico's Tribal communities and cited recent research by the Uni… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Udall Statement on Vote against Fast-Track Trade Authority, for Trade Adjustment Assistance

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall once again voted against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) 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 TPA measure by a vote of 60-38. Separately, Udall voted in favor of legislation to expand Trade Adjustment Assistance, which provides aid and training to workers who lose… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Udall, Carper, Whitehouse, Merkley, Booker Statement on House Passage of Chemical Safety Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Democratic cosponsors of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, issued the following joint statement in response to passage of chemical safety reform in the U.S. House of Representatives: "The nation needs a workable chemical safety law, and while we don't agree with the details of the House bill, tonight's vote is yet… Continue Reading


June 19, 2015

Udall Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement to mark the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States: "Today, on the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, we remember the long road to freedom, and we honor the committed individuals who made that journey, who traveled that road, and also those who continue to fight for a better world. We especially honor African American freedom and achievement. Early African American settler… Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Udall Advances NM Priorities in Major National Defense Bill, Calls on GOP to End Sequestration Cuts, Provide Realistic Funding for Troops, National Security

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 71-25 for the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for defense and national security programs, including several priorities Udall has championed for New Mexico. In addition to fighting for New Mexico's military bases and national laboratories, Udall successfully included a measure in the bill that strengthens the open-air burn pits registry he created to help veterans who were exposed to tox… Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Udall Fights Inadequate Funding and Unprecedented Poison Pill Riders in Interior & Environment Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, voted to oppose the inadequate funding and dangerous poison pill riders on the subcommittee's Fiscal Year 2016 funding bill. Despite opposition from Udall and all of the Democrats on the Appropriations Committee, the bill was approved and now moves to the full Senate for consideration. "This bill is critically important for New Mexico, and t… Continue Reading


June 17, 2015

VIDEO: Udall Warns about Potentially Dangerous 'Anti-Concussion' Marketing Claims for Kids' Soccer Headgear

WASHINGTON - Today, in response to questions from U.S. Senator Tom Udall during a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on product safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye agreed that his commission has reason to look into marketing claims that soccer headgear can provide adequate protection against concussions. Udall, who has led the effort in Congress to protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries by improving equipment and … Continue Reading


June 16, 2015

Udall: National Park Service Will Reopen Old Santa Fe Trails Building to Visitors

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed news that National Park Service has decided to re-open to the public the historic Old Santa Fe Trails Building in Santa Fe. The Park Service announced this week that the building will be staffed by volunteers who will be able to provide information about the building as well as about parks and trails in the area. "The Old Santa Fe Trails Building is an important landmark, a tremendous example of historic 1930s-era architecture, and it contains … Continue Reading


June 16, 2015

Udall Statement Objecting to Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that he will oppose the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior Appropriations bill unless it is amended to remove dangerous policy riders and address inadequate funding levels. Click HERE for more information about the bill. At today's markup of the Subcommittee's bill, Udall said that while he appreciated that the bill includes strong funding … Continue Reading


June 16, 2015

Udall Votes to Strengthen Justice System for Survivors of Military Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after voting in favor of an amendment which would have placed authority for pursuing military sexual assault cases with military prosecutors, rather than unit commanders. Udall is a cosponsor of the amendment and the underlying bill, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. The measure failed to gain the 60 votes required to move forward today, despite bein… Continue Reading


June 16, 2015

Udall Statement on Senate’s Vote to Prohibit Torture

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate's bipartisan 78-21 vote to reaffirm the ban on waterboarding and other inhumane interrogation techniques. The amendment now moves forward as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. "Torture is a stain on our nation's all too recent history. As the comprehensive investigation by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence confirmed, the CIA's post-9/11 'enhanced interrogation' techniques were not … Continue Reading


June 16, 2015

Udall, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve and Grow Tourism in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today introduced the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, bipartisan legislation that would enhance and integrate native tourism, empower native communities, and expand unique cultural tourism opportunities in the United States. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and John Thune (R-S.D.) are leading the legislation, which is also supported by Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Al … Continue Reading


June 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Nearly $1.3 Million in New Wildfire Prevention Funds for Valles Caldera and Santa Clara Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed news that Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Clara Pueblo will receive funding under a new national program aimed at restoring the health and fire resilience of iconic landscapes. Valles Caldera will receive $883,000 to improve the resilience of ecosystems to wildfires and other natural disturbances to better sustain healthy forests and watersheds for future generations. Santa Clara Pueblo is receiving $400,000 to c… Continue Reading


June 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Invite CBP Commissioner To Visit Santa Teresa Port Of Entry, Underscore Support For Extending Hours Of Operation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are inviting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske to visit the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (POE) and border industrial zone in southern New Mexico to see firsthand how federal and private investments in the Santa Teresa POE have improved interstate commerce and bolstered the region's economy. In a letter today, the Senators also underscored their support for Dell Inc.'s application to CBP's Reimbursable S… Continue Reading

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