Press Releases

February 05, 2015

N.M. Delegation, UNM Announce that Proposal to Create National Institute of Photonics will Advance to Final Round

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham along with the University of New Mexico, announced that the Department of Defense has selected a team that includes UNM as a finalist for the administration's new Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) program. The initiative is part of a national effort launched in 2013 to create a network of regional manufacturing institutes or … Continue Reading


February 05, 2015

Udall Introduced Bipartisan Bill to Improve VA Staffing, Create Jobs for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he joined U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) in introducing a bill to streamline the hiring process for medically trained service men and women to transition immediately from active duty service to caring for veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. The Frontlines to Lifelines Act expands the Intermediate Care Technician (ICT) pilot program, which facilitates the immediate employment of Department of De… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Laud President's $85M Budget Proposal To Construct A New Replacement Port Of Entry In Columbus, N.M.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) strongly support President Obama's 2016 budget request to invest $85,645,000 to construct a new replacement Port of Entry in Columbus, N.M. The construction project includes a new main building, commercial and noncommercial inspection facilities, pedestrian crossing, and export facilities. The request now must be approved by Congress. Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Heinrich will fight to ensure fundi… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

Udall Leads Push to Expand Access to Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has joined several senators in introducing legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. The Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act helps more kids arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed by establishing a federal-state partnership that incentivizes states to improve the quality of their preschool programs and expand to serve more children in need. "Investing in our ch… Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Udall Acknowledges 2 New Mexico DREAMers in Senate Floor Speech, Calls for Prompt Homeland Security Funding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall shared the stories of two hardworking DREAMers from Santa Fe and Belen, N.M. in a speech from the Senate floor. His remarks came just after voting against beginning debate on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which he said unfairly targets young undocumented immigrants. Congress must pass a DHS funding bill before Feb. 27 or DHS will shut down. Out of anger at President Obama's immigration policies, Republicans have proposed legi… Continue Reading


February 02, 2015

Udall Statement on President Obama’s Proposed 2016 Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement about President Obama's FY2016 budget proposal. The president's proposal will be reviewed by Congress, which writes and sets the actual spending levels through its annual appropriations process. "New Mexicans were hit hard by the Great Recession, and I am doing everything I can as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure our state has the resources to recov… Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Udall Joins Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will join the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The subcommittee holds jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, and is responsible for producing one of 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government's programs and responsibilities. Udall will also continue to serve on four other subcommittees that allocate key funding for programs important to New Mexico: the… Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Udall Votes Against Special Interest Bill for Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against a bill mandating approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, saying it was an unprecedented act for Congress to require the administration to approve a pipeline for a private, foreign corporation. The vote came shortly after Udall offered an amendment to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard, which would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. His amendment received bipartisan supp… Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge McConnell To Pass Homeland Security Funding Bill without Unfairly Targeting DREAMers

WASHINGTON - In a letter, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass a clean bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the remainder of the fiscal year. The letter was signed by forty-five Senators, including two Independents calling for a DHS funding bill without extraneous policy riders attached. The letter also noted that the President would veto any piece of legislation that would limit his discretion on immigration m… Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

Keystone Bill is the Wrong Energy Priority

I have long called for a "do it all, do it right" energy strategy that invests not only in traditional energy sources but allows us to maximize our potential when it comes to renewable sources, like solar and wind. That's one reason I'm so disappointed that for the third week, the Senate has been debating a bill that would mandate approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Keystone doubles down on foreign oil imports rather than moving our nation forward, and it fails to create the jobs of the future… Continue Reading


January 26, 2015

Udall, Heinrich: Decision to Base Osprey in N.M. Shows Value of N.M. Air Force Bases

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed news that Cannon and Kirtland Air Force bases will temporarily house a total of seven CV-22 Osprey until they can be permanently based to serve the U.S. Pacific Command. Air Force officials have advised the lawmakers' offices that three CV-22s will be based at Cannon and four will be based at Kirtland. "New Mexicans are proud of our unparalleled flying space and our contribution to a well-prepared military. This announcement i… Continue Reading


January 22, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Announce $15.6 Million Expansion Funding for State Veterans' Home

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved $15.6 million conditional funding for the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences to construct a new 59 bed facility. The construction and expansion project includes 39 Alzheimer's beds, a 20 bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a new rehabilitation section for inpatient and outpatient services, and a… Continue Reading


January 22, 2015

Udall Amendment to Keystone Pipeline Bill Emphasizes Homegrown Renewable Energy, would Create Thousands of Clean Energy Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create over a quarter of a million jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers billions of dollars. The legislation, which would help the United States become energy independent while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity … Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Senators Reintroduce DISCLOSE Act on Anniversary of Citizens United Decision

WASHINGTON - Five years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its disastrous Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for unlimited, secret spending in American elections. Today, to mark this anniversary, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall reintroduced the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would crack down on so-called "dark money" by requiring organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending as well as their major sources of funding in … Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Udall Leads Members of Congress in Marking Citizens United Anniversary with Reintroduction of Pro-Democracy Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision, which paved the way for unlimited corporate political spending, U.S. Senators and Representatives came together in the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the reintroduction of legislation covering a host of solutions to the problem of big money domination of our elections. These reform measures (full list below) included small donor public financing, disclosure, a constitutional amendment to overturn deci… Continue Reading


January 20, 2015

Udall Response to President’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the president's annual State of the Union Address: "Tonight, the president laid out a strategy that would help New Mexicans - and all Americans - address challenges like access to fair housing and education that we must meet in order to ensure everyone has a fair shot at the American dream. While the economy is much stronger nationwide, it is still lagging in New Mexico. I applaud the president for thinking … Continue Reading


January 20, 2015

AUDIO: Udall Previews State of the Union on 'Tuesdays with Tom'

WASHINGTON - Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall previewed President Obama's State of the Union Address. He discussed some of the initiatives the president announced recently and urged Congress to act on the proposals. Udall applauded the president for thinking about solutions to big challenges that face New Mexico and the nation, such as poverty, a lack of affordable education and poor quality housing. He highlighted the president's proposals to guarant… Continue Reading


January 19, 2015

Udall Statement in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Martin Luther King Jr. once said that 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.' There is a profound truth and great hope in those words. Dr. King had a dream of a more just society. His dream, which he championed so eloquently and gave his life for so bravely, is our dream too. The great ideal of America is equal opportunity and justice for all, but socia… Continue Reading


January 16, 2015

Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Against Congress Mandating Approval of Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor against a bill to mandate approval of the Keystone pipeline. Udall said that Congress should not intervene in approving a pipeline for a foreign corporation. "We are being asked to do something that I believe is unprecedented," he said in his remarks, "for Congress to step in and promote a bill for one private sector energy project, and to wave ahead a private pipeline for a private, foreign corporation, so that Ca… Continue Reading


January 09, 2015

Udall Named Lead Democrat on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he will assume the role of the lead Democrat (ranking member) on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The U.S. Department of the Interior manages America's vast natural and cultural resources, and holds important jurisdiction in New Mexico through its leadership of the Bureaus of Land Management, Indian Affairs and Reclamation; the National Park Service; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic… Continue Reading

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