Press Releases

April 15, 2015

Udall, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- El Paso Branch and Money Smart Week Partner Organizations Announce Kick-off Event for Money Smart Week 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and partner organizations will host a Saturday kickoff for Money Smart Week (MSW), featuring a series of events designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The Money Smart Week (MSW) Kick-off event will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street. The program will include FREE giveaways, a money m… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Udall Statement on Senate Vote to Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program, Fix Medicare Payments

WASHINGTON - Late last night, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 92-8 for a measure that will extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which ensures thousands of New Mexico children can get health care, and reform the federal government's system for reimbursing physicians who provide health care to seniors and the disabled under Medicare. The bill provides a permanent solution for the Medicare repayment system, a formula that has for many years needed to be adjusted… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Udall Welcomes Decision to Remove Cuba from List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed support for the administration's decision to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Udall is a longtime advocate for normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba and supports legislation permitting U.S. citizens to freely travel to Cuba, efforts to open the Internet, and end the embargo blocking U.S. trade with Cuba. In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Senator Jeff… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Sen. Udall, Rep. Edwards Introduce Bill to Combat Leading Cause of Water Pollution

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) introduced legislation to promote innovative ways to prevent flooding and water pollution created when rain or melted snow (stormwater) picks up toxic chemicals and sediment as it flows over roads, parking lots, roofs and lawns and into rivers and streams. The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act encourages new outside-the-box strategies to help prevent and manage stormwater pollution. In addi… Continue Reading


April 13, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $55 Million Federal Funding for Head Start Programs Across Northern NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $55 million in federal grant funding for six early childhood education programs that serve communities across northern New Mexico. The funding is provided through grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Four Indian Head Start programs will receive funding to expand and sustain Head Start programs. The Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Council in Rio Arriba County will receive $782,969 per year for five years to se… Continue Reading


April 09, 2015

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $3.5 Million to Restore Nambé Falls Reservoir, Reimburse Firefighting for Tres Lagunas Fire

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján today announced that more than $3.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will be awarded to New Mexico to help San Miguel and Santa Fe counties recover from severe fires and flooding. Pojoaque Valley Irrigation District will receive $1,028,174 for emergency repairs to the Nambé Falls Reservoir to clear out debris and sediment that flowed into the reservoir during … Continue Reading


April 08, 2015

Udall, Roybal-Allard Introduce National Public Health Week Resolutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) have introduced resolutions in Congress to recognize this week, April 6th through 12th, as National Public Health Week. Since 1995, public health organizations have used National Public Health Week to educate the public, policymakers, and health professionals about issues that are important to improving America's public health. The theme for this year's National Public Health Week is "Healthiest Nation 20… Continue Reading


April 03, 2015

Udall Statement on Diplomatic Framework Regarding Iran’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement today on the diplomatic framework reached by the United States, five other world powers and Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran's nuclear program: "The goal of the framework presented yesterday - accomplished through an intensive diplomatic effort by multiple countries - is to reduce Iran's nuclear capability while providing for extensive verification measures to preclude nuclear weapons development. As ne… Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Udall Leads Push to Disclose Dark Money in Politics

WASHINGTON - Today, on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision that further eroded the nation's campaign finance laws, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter asking the Obama administration to implement an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose political spending. The letter was also signed by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The letter from the senators com… Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Protecting Our Kids From Dangerous Chemicals

Most Americans believe that if they can buy a product at the grocery store or the hardware store, the government has tested it and determined that it's safe. But that's not true. The chemical safety law we've had in place since 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act, allows chemicals to be used in consumer products without any evidence of safety. And, even worse because of a court case in 1991, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lost its power to regulate or remove hazardous chemicals … Continue Reading


March 31, 2015

Udall to Open Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations April 7

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Beginning April 7, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will accept applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April, members of Udall's staff will host several information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. Four of the five service academies - the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - require a congre… Continue Reading


March 31, 2015

Udall Statement on U.S. Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment and the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, released the following statement on the White House's plan to cut carbon pollution by 28 percent. The plan is part of an international coalition taking action to combat climate change following the historic climate agreement between the U.S. and China. Udall al… Continue Reading


March 31, 2015

Udall Honors Legacy and Achievements of César Chávez

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, issued the following statement commemorating the life and legacy of civil rights and labor leader César Estrada Chávez. Udall joined several senators last week to introduce a resolution honoring Chávez and recognizing his birthday, March 31, as "César Chávez Day." "César Chávez's story is a story of resilience, hard work, and inspiring activism. He i… Continue Reading


March 27, 2015

Udall Statement on the Retirement of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement today that he will retire from the Senate: "Harry Reid is a fighter, and for the decades he has served in Congress, he has fought on the side of working families, and smart investments that move our country forward. Our country is better for his service, and I've been proud to stand with him. Harry's years as Majority Leader will be remembered for the historic passage of health reform … Continue Reading


March 27, 2015

Udall Introduces Legislation to Permanently Authorize and Fully Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined five other senators, including U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, in introducing legislation (S. 890) 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. The program is set to expire in September of this year. The bill was led by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Other cosponsors include Sens. … Continue Reading


March 27, 2015

Udall Statement After Voting Against Republican Budget, which Fails NM Families

WASHINGTON - Early this morning, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against the unprecedented $5 trillion in cuts proposed in the Republican budget. A nonbinding guideline for Congress as it begins the annual appropriations process to fund the government, the budget was passed by a vote of 52-46. Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the vote: "Instead of investing in working families and child well-being, the Republican budget slashes services… Continue Reading


March 26, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Budget Amendment to Protect America's Treasured Public Lands from Being Sold Off

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced an amendment to the Senate's budget resolution that would protect America's parks and public lands, including national forests, wildlife refuges, and conservation lands, from being sold off as a deficit reduction tactic. The amendment is cosponsored by Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). "New Mexicans have treasured our public lands for hunting, hiking, and camping for generations. This is our sh… Continue Reading


March 26, 2015

NM Delegation Responds to Report by WIPP Technical Assessment Team

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Technical Assessment Team, analyzing the scientific cause of the drum failure that led to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). "Today's report answers some of the questions about what led to the radiological release at WIPP on Feb. 14, 2014. We t… Continue Reading


March 26, 2015

Udall Leads Effort to Keep Dark Money out of Elections

WASHINGTON - With the Senate debating amendments to this year's proposed budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures - so-called "dark money." Their amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation that promotes transparency in political spending … Continue Reading


March 26, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $833,700 Grant to Improve N.M. Affordable Housing Options

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with a total of $833,700 in grants funded through last December's "omnibus" appropriations bill to fund the government. The funds will be used to help families who need safe, affordable housing, and create jobs in New Mexico. Homewise, Inc. will receive $591,450 to help New Mexicans in Santa Fe and Albuquerque buy homes and m… Continue Reading

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