Press Releases

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

March 25, 2015

Udall Statement on the Death of Former Santa Fe Mayor George Gonzales

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in memory of former Santa Fe Mayor George Gonzales, who passed away last night: "Jill and I join the many Santa Feans mourning the loss of George Gonzales. George made tremendous contributions to our community as an artist, a broadcaster, and a leader for Santa Fe city and county. "He was a true Santa Fean who cared deeply about his family, his community, and his culture. He was generous in heart and spirit, and leaves be… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Udall Urges Energy Secretary to Work with N.M. to Safely Reopen WIPP, Support B61 Life Extension Program

WASHINGTON - Today during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to work constructively with the state of New Mexico to safely reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and prioritize the B61 Life Extension Program, which supports jobs at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs. WIPP has been closed since an underground truck fire in February 2014, which was followed by a radiological le… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

N.M. Delegation Encourages Department of Defense to Support UNM’s Proposal to Create National Institute of Photonics

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that they are urging the Department of Defense to select a proposal led by a team that includes the University of New Mexico in a competition to create a national photonics hub. The team, a collaboration of academic institutions from New Mexico and three other states, was named a finalist earlier this year. If selected, it will receive federal fundin… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Udall: New Mexico Families Can’t Afford $5 Trillion in Cuts Proposed in Republican Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor, urging Congress to reject the unprecedented cuts in services proposed in the Republican budget - ranging from Medicare and child care to education and law enforcement - that would continue to hold back New Mexico's economy. The Senate is in the midst of debating the Republicans' budget, a guideline for Congress as it begins the annual appropriations process to fund the government. The Senate Republican budget w… Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $5.4 Million Loan for Mescalero Apache Telecom Inc. to Improve Internet Service

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced a $5.4 million loan for Mescalero Apache Telecom Inc. (MATI) to improve service for its subscribers by upgrading parts of its telecommunications system, and providing fiber optic Internet service to about half of the territory it serves. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service is awarding the loan under the Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA) provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill, which amended the … Continue Reading

March 24, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge IRS to Make Paper Tax Forms, Other Local Resources Available to Rural New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to express concerns about cuts to services, particularly for rural and elderly New Mexicans. The letter follows numerous complaints from residents of Fort Sumner, Elephant Butte, Taos and across rural New Mexico about a lack of paper filing forms and reduced office hours due to budget cuts. With just under four weeks left to file income tax returns, Udall and H… Continue Reading

March 24, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Boost Funding for Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced S.830, the LDRD Enhancement Act of 2015, a bill to increase the maximum percentage each laboratory director may set aside for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) from 6 to 10 percent of the lab's budget. The U.S. Department of Energy's discretionary LDRD program advances the frontiers of science and engineering, invests in critical national security missions, and helps recruit and retain staff for national… Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

Udall Statement on Fifth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law: "Five years ago today, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans had no access to health insurance. Our state had one of the highest rates of uninsured, and among the highest rates for chronic disease. Many New Mexicans couldn't afford to see a doctor when they or their children got sick. They didn't have access to life-saving cancer screenings.… Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

Udall, Rubio, Heinrich, Menendez and Grijalva Introduce Bill to Promote Historic Preservation Education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bipartisan bill to give colleges and universities with a high enrollment of Hispanic students access to a grant program that encourages students to engage in historical and cultural projects. The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities (PRISM) Act would amend the National Historic Preservation Act by… Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

Udall Warns Consumers About Scam Targeting Taxpayers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall warned consumers about a phone scam targeting thousands of taxpayers in New Mexico and throughout the country, and encouraged taxpayers to exercise caution when providing personal information solicited over the phone or online. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), criminals are targeting taxpayers throughout the country with an aggressive and sophisticated impersonation scam. Callers claim to be IRS employees, often using fake names and cal… Continue Reading

March 20, 2015

Udall Among Senators to Visit Guantánamo Bay Detention Facilities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), the Ranking Member of the SASC Subcommittee on Seapower, traveled to U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO). The senators toured detention facilities, received an intelligence briefing, and met with commanders of Joint Task Force Guant&aac… Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Santo Domingo Pueblo Selected To Receive Grant To Deploy Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy Technologies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that Santo Domingo Pueblo was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive a $210,000 grant to accelerate the Tribe's implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. This federal investment will help install a ground-mounted, 115-kilowatt solar array to power the Tribe's community water pump and treatment facility, which has the highest energy demand on the reservation. Expected sa… Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Commemorate 70th Anniversary Of White Sands Missile Range

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a resolution to commemorate the 70th anniversary of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in September 2015. The resolution recognizes WSMR's unique place in history and its national security importance. "White Sands Missile Range helped bring the United States and the world into the modern technological age, and remains at the forefront of research and development today," Udall said. "The range serves every … Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $5.6 Million In Federal Funding For Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced $5.6 million in federal grant funding to Eastern Plains Community Action Agency and La Clinica de Familia for early childhood education programs. Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants are offered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers and family child care providers serving infants and to… Continue Reading

March 18, 2015

Udall: Congress Must Reform Broken Chemical Safety Law, Protect Our Kids From Dangerous Chemicals

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on his bipartisan bill to protect our families from toxic chemicals. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act protects Americans from toxic chemicals by enacting common-sense and necessary reforms to update the broken and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). "Today's hearing showed that Democrats, Rep… Continue Reading

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