Press Releases

May 07, 2015

Udall, Price, Van Hollen Introduce EMPOWER Act to Modernize Presidential Campaign Public Financing System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives David Price (D-N.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that they have introduced legislation to reduce the influence of money in presidential elections by empowering candidates who decline support from wealthy special interests. With mega-donors exerting increasing influence on elections and increasing public disgust for out-of-control special interest electioneering, the Empowering Mass Participation to Offset the… Continue Reading


May 06, 2015

Udall: BIE Action Needed to Avoid Another Decade of Outdated Tribal Schools

WASHINGTON - In order to uphold the United States government's trust responsibility to provide a quality education for Native American students, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators to demand that the U.S. Department of the Interior prioritize the next list of construction projects at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in a more accurate and transparent manner. One-quarter of tribal schools are in New Mexico, and many are in very poor condition. In a letter to Inter… Continue Reading


May 06, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Expand Public Lands Career Opportunities for NM Youth

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have reintroduced legislation to expand job opportunities and educational training for New Mexico youth through programs restoring, maintaining and preserving public lands. The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2015 improves on the existing Public Lands Corps program by offering incentives to attract new participants, particularly those who suffer disproportionate rates of unemployment - including veterans, Nativ… Continue Reading


May 06, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Raise the Wage Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined several of their colleagues to introduce the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2020. The Raise the Wage Act would also index the federal minimum wage to the median wage, raising wages for nearly 38 million American workers. "The minimum wage was supposed to be a floor to ensure Americans receive fair wages for hard work. But today, thousands of New Mexicans ar… Continue Reading


May 05, 2015

Udall Announces Opposition to Fast-Track Trade Authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement opposing Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which would give the administration fast-track authority to move the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement through Congress with limited debate and no amendments. "Trade deals between nations ripple down and have a direct impact on New Mexico families - affecting wages, labor standards, safety, environmental and heal… Continue Reading


May 05, 2015

Udall, Heinrich, Luján and Pearce Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Preservation of Native American Languages

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Steve Pearce announced they have introduced the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act, a bill to provide grants to Native American language educational organizations to preserve disappearing Native languages in Indian Country. The bill reauthorizes the Native American Languages Program until 2020, and includes improvements to expand the program's eligibility to s… Continue Reading


May 01, 2015

Delegation Meets with HHS Secretary to Discuss NM Behavioral Health Disruptions

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, and a representative for U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to discuss their concerns about the continuing disruptions of behavioral health services in New Mexico. In 2013, the New Mexico Human Services Department suspended Medicaid payments to 15 nonprofit behavioral health providers claiming "credible allegations of … Continue Reading


April 30, 2015

Udall, Pitts Introduce Bill to End Interstate Horserace Wagering

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) today introduced legislation to eliminate most wagering on horseracing, encouraging the sport to end doping and crack down on cheaters. Horseracing is the only sport specially permitted by federal law to offer online gambling and interstate betting, yet widespread corruption has stained the industry. Chronic abuse of performance-enhancing drugs is commonplace in horseracing… Continue Reading


April 30, 2015

Udall Statement on Energy Department Settlement with NM for WIPP Radiation Release

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the $73 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the state of New Mexico. Investigations by DOE and the state have found that numerous violations at Los Alamos National Laboratory led to the radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) that put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community. Udall released the following statement: "New Mexicans are rightly disturbed by the violations at Los Alamo… Continue Reading


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

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