Press Releases

April 11, 2016

NM Delegation Welcomes Inclusion of 4 NM Schools on Bureau of Indian Education School Replacement Program Priority List

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed news that four New Mexico schools have been selected by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for campus-wide replacement. Crystal Boarding School, Dzilth-Na-O- Dith-Hle Community School, Chi Chil'Tah-Jones Ranch Community School and Laguna Elementary will be among 10 BIE schools included in the Replacement School Construction Program. Th… Continue Reading

April 11, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce $1.5 Million for Hurricane Dolly Recovery in Ruidoso

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the Village of Ruidoso is receiving $1,573,571 to replace a bridge severely damaged by flooding from Hurricane Dolly in July and August 2008. The new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will cover 75 percent of the cost to replace the Close Road bridge, and brings the total amount of federal funding for Hurricane Dolly recovery to $13,533,274. The project replaces a … Continue Reading

April 07, 2016

At Hearing on Military Construction Budget, Udall Pushes to Strengthen NM Military Facilities

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Department of Defense leadership to take full advantage of New Mexico's unique position to help the military meet 21st-century national security challenges. Udall focused on unmatched testing capabilities at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), but raised concerns that a large maintenance backlog will prevent the facility from maxi… Continue Reading

April 07, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Welcome $698,000 Grant for Mesilla Water System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the North American Development Bank (NADB) has signed a $698,115 grant agreement with Mesilla, N.M., to improve the town's water distribution system and provide new water hookups. The project will increase access to potable water service, improve service reliability and eliminate conditions that negatively impact water quality, helping reduce the risks associated with waterborne di… Continue Reading

April 06, 2016

In Forest Service Budget Hearing, Udall Pushes to Fund Severe Wildfires as Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on the agency's ability to meet the escalating costs of wildfire suppression and the urgent need to fix how the government pays to fight increasingly frequent big, expensive wildfires. As ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Udall questioned Tidwell during a hearing on the Forest Service's fiscal year 2017 budget. With wildfire season off t… Continue Reading

April 06, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome Proposal to Add ‘Superfund' Designation for Gold King Mine Area

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed the news that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) is proposing to add the Bonita Peak Mining District in Colorado's San Juan County - home to the Gold King Mine - to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. The lawmakers have pressed the EPA to support designating the Gold King Mine as a Superfund site since a blowout last August released toxic wastewater in… Continue Reading

April 05, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham React to AG Clearing Final Two Behavioral Health Providers of Wrongdoing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement after New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared the remaining providers in the Behavioral Health Investigation of fraud: "Every single one of the providers that the State unjustifiably suspended in its behavioral health shakeup three years ago has been cleared of allegations of fraud by the Attorney General's Office. It's clear that this was a… Continue Reading

April 05, 2016

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will begin accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April and May, members of Udall's staff will host information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying to enter an academy in the fall of 2017. 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 Mari… Continue Reading

April 01, 2016

Udall, Alexander: Sick Nuclear Workers Deserve Better

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) this week urged the U.S. Department of Labor to delay a new rule that could make it more difficult for sick nuclear workers who served at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Y-12 and other Cold War-era nuclear sites to get benefits they deserve under the department's Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. "It's shameful that so many Americans - including many New Mexicans - who contributed to our nation's security h… Continue Reading

March 31, 2016

Inspiring New Mexico's Future Leaders

My family has a long tradition of public service, and as United States Senator, one of my priorities is to encourage New Mexico students to develop their own passion for service. Our nation's capital is far away and difficult for many New Mexico students to visit, so each year, I work to bring opportunities for young people to learn about government and public policy closer to home. In February, I was pleased to host the 27th Student Leadership Institute in Las Cruces. We welcomed over 100 high … Continue Reading

March 31, 2016

Udall Commemorates Legacy, 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 labor leader and civil rights activist César Chávez. Udall is cosponsoring a resolution in the Senate to honor Chávez and designate his birthday, March 31, as "César Chávez Day." "César Chávez fought tirelessly to improve working conditions for farm workers nationwide, including fair… Continue Reading

March 22, 2016

Udall Statement on Brussels Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement: "Today, we stand with the people of Brussels and all of our allies as we all confront international terrorists who oppose our shared human values. I urge the United States to provide assistance in the effort to bring those responsible to justice. We will defeat terrorism around the world, and such attacks only reinforce our resolve. I know there are many New Mexicans who are … Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Members Of NM Delegation Introduce Bill To Prevent Suspension Of Medicaid Services Without Thorough Investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Medicaid Program Integrity Enhancement Act of 2016. The bill protects Medicaid patients by establishing clear guidelines that ensure that state agencies investigating allegations of fraud do so in a manner that both protects health care consumers and affords due process of law to the health care provider. The introduction of the bill comes after the New Mexico Huma… Continue Reading

March 18, 2016

Udall Introduces Major Reform Legislation on College Affordability to Put America on Path Toward Debt-Free College

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a coalition of senators to introduce major reform legislation to address college affordability and put America on a path toward debt-free college. The In The Red Act would allow student loan borrowers to refinance outstanding debt at lower rates, increase Pell Grants to keep pace with rising costs, and make a new investment in community college. Additionally, the legislation would help hold colleges accountable to ensure students graduate wit… Continue Reading

March 17, 2016

NM Delegation Announces $13.8 Million Loan for Sacred Wind Communications to Improve Internet Service

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a $13.8 million loan for Sacred Wind Communications to improve service for its 20,000 Northwest New Mexico and Navajo Nation subscribers by upgrading parts of its telecommunications system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service is awarding the loan under the Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA) provisions of the 20… Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

At Hearing, Udall Presses for Border Patrol Support, Increased Resources to Combat Drug Trafficking

WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged the National Guard to maintain and enhance support for the U.S. Border Patrol's anti-drug trafficking activities in New Mexico. Udall told General Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, that he has serious concerns about the impacts of transnational drug trafficking in the Bootheel region, and he pressed for additional resources to increase border security. "The Boothe… Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Udall Opposes Bill to Block GMO Labeling, Cosponsors Plan to Support Consumers' Right To Know

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in defeating anti-consumer legislation designed to prevent states from setting clear rules regarding food labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill, which would ban states from requiring labels for genetically engineered ingredients in food, failed to get the required 60 votes to advance. Udall supports transparency and will continue to fight for laws that ensure New Mexicans and all Americans can readily learn wheth… Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Udall Statement on Nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on President Obama's decision to nominate Merrick Garland to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia: "Merrick Garland has an impressive record as a jurist. He was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court - one of the most important courts in the nation - with strong bipartisan support, and he has demonstrated a commitment to public service. I look forward to meeting with him and examining his… Continue Reading

March 16, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.7 Million for NM Health Centers to Help Treat Prescription Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $1.7 million for five health centers and treatment providers in New Mexico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services, with a particular focus on the treatment of opioid abuse in underserved communities. The grants, funded under the Affordable Care Act and administered by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, will help increase the number of patients scree… Continue Reading

March 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $7.3 Million to Combat Homelessness in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $7.3 million for nonprofit providers and local governments in New Mexico to combat homelessness throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding through the Continuum of Care Program, which supports efforts to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families, minimize the trauma associated with losing a home, and help families become self-sufficient following t… Continue Reading

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