Press Releases

May 21, 2015

Udall Voices Concern about Funding Levels for NM Priorities in GOP Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate Appropriations Committee to advance critical Fiscal Year 2016 bills that fund New Mexico priorities, including the national laboratories, military base construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs. But although he voted to advance the Energy and Water and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills to the Senate floor, Udall warned that he has very serious concerns about the funding levels, which revert to se… Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

NM Congressional Delegation Introduces Bill to Expand Research on Rare Genetic Disease Affecting Hispanics

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced they have introduced a bill to increase research, education and treatment for Cavernous Cerebral Malformations (CCM), an uncommon genetic blood vessel disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord, and affects people of Spanish descent, including many Hispanic New Mexicans. The lawmakers' bill, the Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Clin… Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Building a Strong Clean Energy Economy for New Mexico Jobs

Here in New Mexico, we're fortunate to have an abundance of renewable energy resources like solar, wind and biomass, plus the ingenuity to develop a strong clean energy economy. And with climate change contributing to drought and more severe wildfires across the West, there's no time to lose. We must seize the opportunity to develop our clean energy resources in New Mexico and throughout the country so we can lead the world in innovation and create the jobs of the future. Combined with energy fr… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Momentum Grows For Renewable Electricity Standard Legislation

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) received an important hearing today in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The bill, S. 1264, would create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution. In an effort to diversify the United States' energy sources and lead in clean energy production, the bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their elec… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Udall, Flake, Durbin, Enzi Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Build Cuba’s Digital Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba. Cuba is one of the least wired countries in the western hemisphere, leaving many Cubans unable to access the Internet for things like business development, political discourse and personal communications. Smartphones are also unusable… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Udall, Flake, Durbin, Enzi Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Build Cuba’s Digital Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba. Cuba is one of the least wired countries in the western hemisphere, leaving many Cubans unable to access the Internet for things like business development, political discourse and personal communications. Smartphones are also unusable… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Strong Start for America’s Children Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in introducing the Strong Start for America's Children Act to expand quality preschool programs in New Mexico and throughout the country. The Strong Start for America's Children Act is a 10-year innovative federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5. "Quality preschool can transform a child, helping them start kindergarten ready to learn and… Continue Reading


May 18, 2015

Udall, Vitter Announce Growing Support for Chemical Safety Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) announced that four more senators have signed onto their bipartisan legislation to reform the nation's broken chemical safety law - bringing the total number of cosponsors to 40 senators representing 27 states. Udall and Vitter's bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, would overhaul the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and finally ensure the American people are protected from ch… Continue Reading


May 15, 2015

Udall Marks 1st Anniversary of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

LAS CRUCES - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement celebrating the 1-year anniversary of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama. "Nearly one year ago today, I stood with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, my fellow Senator Martin Heinrich, former Senator Jeff Bingaman, and many community leaders from across southern New Mexico to celebrate the creation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Mon… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

Udall Bill Would Strengthen Ability of Privacy Oversight Board to Protect Americans' Constitutional Rights

WASHINGTON - In advance of a Senate debate on whether to reauthorize several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to reintroduce their bipartisan, bicameral bill to strengthen the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The bill would significantly improve the oversight and accountability of the nation's intelligence community to protect Americans' const… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

Udall Calls for Congress to End Mass Telephone Surveillance, Reform Patriot Act

WASHINGTON - Today, during a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Congress to oppose a straight reauthorization of several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records. The Patriot Act provisions - including Section 215, which has been used to justify bulk collection of Americans' phone records - expire at the end of the month, and Congress is currently debating reforms that would r… Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

Udall Presses BLM Director on Concerns in NM about Chaco Canyon Oil Leasing, Possible State Office Merger

WASHINGTON - Today, during a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on which he serves as the lead Democratic member, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze about concerns New Mexicans have raised about oil and gas leasing near Chaco Canyon and about a possible BLM proposal to merge the New Mexico and Arizona state offices. Udall, an advocate for responsible oil and gas development, wrote to Secretary … Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

Udall, Markey, Heinrich, Bennet, Merkley, Whitehouse, Hirono Unveil New Renewable Electricity Standard

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced a bill to create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution by creating a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). The legislation, which would help the United States diversify its energy sources while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would r… Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

Udall Introduces Bill to Help Veterans through Disability Claims Appeals Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall this week joined several senators to introduce a bill to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA's oldest pending claims. Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims. … Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Udall Joins Senate Coalition Calling for Strong Labor Standards in Trans-Pacific Partnership and Implementation of Standards in TPP Countries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman to include strong labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a… Continue Reading


May 08, 2015

Udall, Boozman, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill to Cut Small Business Red Tape

WASHINGTON - Today, during National Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), announced legislation to help business owners who operate primarily out of their homes deal with the often-complicated process of filing income taxes. The bipartisan Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act is the result of conversations with small business owners about ways the federal government can reduce unneces… Continue Reading


May 07, 2015

Udall Votes for Congressional Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined a majority of senators in voting 98-1 for legislation that would allow Congress 30 days to review a proposed nuclear deal with Iran. He issued the following statement: "A nuclear armed Iran is a serious threat, and any nuclear nonproliferation agreement affects the Middle East, our nation and our allies. While I don't believe this legislation is necessary to ensure Congress can oversee such an agreeme… Continue Reading


May 07, 2015

Udall Calls for Senate Vote on Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, during a speech on the Senate floor on his bipartisan chemical safety reform bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the bill to a vote by the full Senate. Udall delivered the speech immediately following a press conference announcing 14 new cosponsors of the legislation, which makes the total number of senators now supporting the bill 36. Udall said the Senate needs to take … Continue Reading


May 07, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Establish Wilderness Areas Within The Río Grande del Norte National Monument

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have introduced a bill to establish two wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument northwest of Taos, New Mexico. In 2013, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a previous version of the legislation. "Recognizing the Cerro de Yuta and Rio San Antonio areas as wilderness is a final step toward protect… Continue Reading


May 07, 2015

Udall, Vitter Announce 14 New Bipartisan Cosponsors for Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, in a bipartisan news conference in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) announced major new support for their bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law. This week, 14 senators from both parties and representing citizens across the country joined the bill as cosponsors. The total number of senators supporting the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is now 36. The 1976 Toxic Substances… Continue Reading

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