Press Releases

April 30, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Statements on Proposed Interim Nuclear Waste Facility in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statements on the proposal for New Mexico to become an interim storage site for high-level nuclear waste: "I don't think we should be talking about this at all while the state and the Department of Energy are still addressing the serious accident and radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. I have helped secure hundreds of millions in vital funding for WIPP for many years, and my focus now is ensuring WIPP… Continue Reading


April 29, 2015

Udall Questions EPA Administrator about his Bipartisan Chemical Safety Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, in response to questions from U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said she was "encouraged" by bipartisan support for Udall's bill to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety laws. She added that the bill would finally give her agency the authority to regulate asbestos. At the hearing of the Appropriations Interior and Related Agencies Subcommittee, McCarthy said that the Agency had previously expressed some concern… Continue Reading


April 29, 2015

Udall Water and Energy Conservation Bill to Receive Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that legislation he has introduced to promote water and energy conservation will receive a hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources tomorrow, Thursday April 30 at 10 a.m. ET. Udall's Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Act would fund smart water system pilot projects to help develop innovative strategies to manage water use and increase efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports there are 880,000 m… Continue Reading


April 29, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Federal Funding For Homeless Veterans Housing Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarding $301,174 to public housing agencies in New Mexico to provide permanent supportive housing opportunities to veterans experiencing homelessness. A total of almost $65 million will go to agencies across the United States to provide housing and services for 9,333 homeless veterans nationwide. This supportive housing … Continue Reading


April 28, 2015

Udall: With Committee Passage of Chemical Safety Bill, We are Big Step Closer to Law Protecting Kids from Chemicals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 15-5 to move his bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to the full Senate: "I want to thank all of the members of the committee for their thoughtful consideration of our legislation to finally overhaul the failed 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. I especially want to thank Senators Whitehouse, Merkley and Booker for their work to i… Continue Reading


April 28, 2015

Udall Encouraged by Progress on Chemical Safety Reform, Urges Passage in Committee

WASHINGTON - As the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee prepares to finalize or "mark up" bipartisan legislation by U.S. Senator Tom Udall to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law, Udall said he was very optimistic about the chances that Congress will finally act to reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and protect Americans from dangerous chemicals. The bill the committee will consider today at 10 a.m. incorporates changes negotiated over the weekend with Demo… Continue Reading


April 27, 2015

Udall, Whitehouse, Merkley, Booker Announce Breakthrough Improvements to Landmark Chemical Safety Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, Democratic U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) announced a major breakthrough agreement in historic legislation to reform the nation's broken chemical safety law, a day before a "markup" hearing to finalize the legislation in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Following intense weekend negotiations, the bipartisan compromise agreement strengthens protections under the proposed law and expands state… Continue Reading


April 24, 2015

Udall Delivers Keynote Speech at New Mexico Early Childhood Development and Health Symposium

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered the keynote speech at an Early Childhood Development and Health Symposium sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center on Health Policy and the McCune Charitable Foundation. The symposium in downtown Albuquerque brought together national and local researchers, practitioners and policymakers to address ways to improve early childhood development and health outcomes in New Mexico. Udall is a leader in the push to improve child h… Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Udall Statement on Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after joining the Senate in voting 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General: "With a wealth of experience and her lifetime commitment to justice, Loretta Lynch is extremely well-qualified to be attorney general, and I was honored to vote to confirm her. New Mexicans understand that diversity makes us stronger, and I'm proud she's making history as the first African-American woman to serve as our nation's to… Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Udall Statement on Deaths of American, Italian Hostages

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the deaths of two hostages held by Al Qaeda: "I send my sincere condolences to the families of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, innocent humanitarian workers who were taken hostage while in Pakistan working to improve the lives of others. It is important that we determine the facts regarding their tragic deaths, and learn how this intelligence lapse could have been… Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Udall Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Expand U.S. Agricultural Exports to Cuba

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill to help support and improve the export of American agricultural commodities to Cuba. U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) joined Udall to introduce the legislation. The number one barrier that farmers and agricultural exporters in New Mexico and across the country have faced when trying to export to Cuba is a prohibition aga… Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Udall: Momentum Growing to Permanently Authorize, Fully Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed growing support to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which conserves and promotes public access to the country's national parks, forests and public lands, and also funds state and local conservation grants. The program is set to expire in September of this year, and Udall has introduced legislation to find a permanent solution for the LWCF. The LWCF has helped create and protect urban parks and o… Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Udall: Celebrate Earth Day by Committing to Pass Meaningful Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Congress to make it a priority to pass meaningful chemical safety reform into law this year. Momentum is continuing to build for Udall's bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law, the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Udall's legislation has 21 cosponsors from across the political spectrum, and a parallel bipartisan effort is underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill,… Continue Reading


April 21, 2015

Udall at Appropriations Hearing: VA Must Improve Care in New Mexico, End Waitlist & Claims Backlog

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, U.S. Senator Tom Udall continued to press Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on efforts to improve care for veterans in the wake of the appointment scheduling scandal and unacceptable delay in processing a backlog of benefit claims. VA officials assured Udall that the benefit claims backlog in New Mexico would be zero by the end of the year — somethi… Continue Reading


April 21, 2015

Udall: No Child Left Behind Reform Bill Includes NM Priorities, Takes Steps to Help More Kids Succeed

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that several of the priorities he has championed for New Mexico students have been included in the Every Child Achieves Act. The bill, which the full Senate will debate in the coming months, reforms and updates No Child Left Behind to improve access to a high-quality K-12 education. The Every Child Achieves Act, which was approved unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, includes a provision to allow t… Continue Reading


April 20, 2015

Building the Next Generation of Leaders

My family has a long tradition of public service, and as your United States Senator, I work hard to support as many opportunities as possible to help the next generation of New Mexico leaders develop their own passion for service. Washington, D.C., is far away and difficult for many New Mexicans to visit, and so I also work hard to bring opportunities closer to home. As part of this effort, I recently hosted the 26th annual Student Leadership Institute for New Mexico high school juniors and seni… Continue Reading


April 17, 2015

You’re Invited: Money Smart Week

Managing your money wisely is crucial to planning for the future and making big financial decisions. But when it comes to saving for retirement, borrowing money for college, or buying a house, many of us have questions about the smartest ways to save. Understanding how to build your credit, protect yourself from scams, and create a basic budget can relieve stress and lead to a secure and happy future for you and your family. That's why I'm very excited to partner with the Federal Reserve Bank, t… Continue Reading


April 16, 2015

Udall Presses VA Secretary McDonald on Wait Times for NM Veterans, Efforts to Improve Care

WASHINGTON - Last night, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee, met with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss the VA's ongoing efforts to improve care for veterans in the wake of the appointment scheduling scandal that has affected the Albuquerque VA and other clinics in New Mexico. Udall has called for independent and criminal investigations of the troubled Albuquerque VA hospital, and… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Udall: Momentum Building for Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Bipartisan momentum continues to build for legislation to reform the nation's broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that two additional senators - Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and John Thune (R-S.D.) - have cosponsored the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Udall's bill is named for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), a longtime champion for a strong chemical safety law, and i… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Udall, Heinrich: New Mexico's Norman C. Bay to Assume Leadership Post at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as the new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In July 2014, the Senate confirmed Bay with bipartisan support as a commissioner of FERC, and slated him to be named chairman nine months following the confirmation. Prior to serving as a FERC commissioner, Bay had served as Director of the Offi… Continue Reading

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