Press Releases

June 15, 2020

VIDEO: Blumenthal & Udall Sound the Alarm on Trump’s Dangerous Nominee for Top Consumer Watchdog Position

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON- Ahead of tomorrow's confirmation hearing for Nancy Beck to be Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tom Udall (D-NM) held a virtual press conference with people whose lives have been profoundly harmed by toxic chemical exposures and consumer product dangers. During the video call, the senators and other speakers discussed the devastat… Continue Reading

June 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Hail $500,000 Grant to DreamSpring Community Development Association to Support 268 Jobs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) applauded a $500,000 grant to the DreamSpring Community Development Association from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The grant will help DreamSpring roll out the community development financial institution's Expreso loan program and support loan recipients to create an anticipated 268 jobs in designated Opportunity Zones. "Community… Continue Reading

June 12, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge Senate Leadership to Include Higher Education Relief in Upcoming Coronavirus Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) joined a group of 31 senators in urging Senate leadership to include $47 billion in financial support for students and institutions of higher learning in the upcoming coronavirus relief package. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the senators called for additional funding to ensure that students are able to complete their degrees despite the impac… Continue Reading

June 11, 2020

Udall, Democratic Senators Call on FEMA to Better Coordinate Disaster Response with Tribes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Jackie Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, requesting the agency provide guidance in concert with Indian Health Service (IHS) … Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Demand Answers On ICE And CBP Involvement In Policing Ongoing Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew Albence demanding answers on the agencies' involvement with the ongoing protests against police brutality in light of reports of law enforcement using force at protests and demonstrations. The letter follows reports of ICE and CBP assisting law enforcement during t… Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

Udall, Murray: Trump Administration is Worsening Educational Disparities in Tribal Schools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, led 12 of their Democratic colleagues in a letter to David Bernhardt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on Bureau of Indian Education and Tribal college and university students. The letter asked Bernhardt and DeVos… Continue Reading

June 10, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds HUD Grants for Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $4,500,000 to the Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo de Cochiti, and Ohkay Owingeh under the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program (ICDBG). ICDBG provides direct grants to support development in Tribal communities, which include sa… Continue Reading

June 09, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Applaud Over $5 Million in Grants to Upgrade Water Infrastructure and Waste Systems in Anthony, Chamberino

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Henrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development investment has awarded over $5 million in grants for critical water infrastructure and waste system projects in Anthony and Chamberino. In Anthony, the $2,636,000 and $1,968,500 grants will be used to complete a wastewater treatment system project, expanding infrastructure that serve colo… Continue Reading

June 09, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Pushes for Full and Permanent Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on LWCF and Justice in Policing Act WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies hosted a press call on his efforts to pass the Great American Outdoors Act through the Senate this week- legislation that fully and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bill would also direct billions to fund maintenance backlog at National Parks and other publi… Continue Reading

June 09, 2020

Udall Calls for Urgent Action to Protect Marine Ecosystems In Virtual Keynote Launching Capitol Hill Ocean Week

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, delivered a virtual keynote speech to kick-off Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2020, sponsored by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Udall called for urgent legislative action to protect marine biodiversity and ecosystems and for Congress to pass his bold legislation to halt the plastic pollution crisis. Udall spoke about his Thirty By … Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Speaks on the Senate Floor in Final Push for Full Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

VIDEO LINK: WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor as part of a final push to pass the Great American Outdoors Act and announced his support for the just-introduced Justice in Policing Act. The bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act will fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fu… Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Historic Justice in Policing Act of 2020

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 35 senators and 166 representatives as original cosponsors of the Justice in Policing Act, landmark legislation authored by Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to reform the police system as Americans across the country demand an end to police violence disproportionately targeting Black Americans and other minority communities in the United States and following the recent deaths of Georg… Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Call for Greater Support to Nursing Homes during COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 23 of their colleagues to push the Trump administration for greater federal resources and guidance to support nursing homes and long-term care (LTC) facilities throughout the country as they combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Over 9,600 nursing homes and LTC facilities across the U.S. have reported COVID-19 cases and more than 40,000 residents and workers in LTC settings have died from the virus. In New Mexico, more t… Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

Udall Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Increase Access to Drinking Water in Indian Country, Health Care for Native Veterans and Teachers

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on Senate passage of a Udall-led Senate Committee on Indian Affairs package including the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, sponsored by Udall; the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, co-sponsored by Udall; and the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Completion Act, sponsored by Udall. The Senate package that passed unanimously last week al… Continue Reading

June 05, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge DeVos To Rescind Harmful Title IX Rule And Focus On Student Safety

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 35 Democratic senators, are condemning Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' final Title IX rule, which will weaken protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault. In a letter to Secretary DeVos, the senators stressed that it was inappropriate to ask schools to implement this new rule within 100 days amid the COVID-19 crisis and urged her to rescind the rule and focus on school safety-whether the threat is sexu… Continue Reading

June 04, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge Senate Leadership To Increase Funding For Nonprofit Museums In The Next COVID-19 Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 21 Senate colleagues, are urging Senate leadership to provide emergency assistance to nonprofit museums in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Senators Udall and Heinrich are asking to direct $2 billion to nonprofit museums through the Institute of Museums and Library Services in the upcoming COVID-19 package. The letter comes in the aftermath of a massive loss in revenue for museums due to the COVID-19 pan… Continue Reading

June 04, 2020

Udall Seeks Answers from Bernhardt on Interior Dept. Involvement in Forcibly Dispersing Peaceful Protesters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Department of the Interior, wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt seeking information on the recent involvement of the Interior Department, including the U.S. Park Police, in forcibly dispersing crowds in Washington, D.C, that were protesting the police killing of George Floyd and the continued presence of systemic racism in the United States. On June 1, federal law enfor… Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

VIDEO: Udall Pushes Back on Republican Attempts to Protect Corporations Instead of Workers in Commerce Committee Hearing

VIDEO LINK: Udall's questions begin at 1:09:20 here. WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation pushed back on Senate Republican plans to protect corporate profits over worker health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Udall pressed transportation industry representatives on corporate liability shields and worker safety during the Commerce Committee's hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic and American su… Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

Udall Joins Legislation to Uphold Congressional Power of the Purse

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined 18 Senate Democrats to introduce the Congressional Power of the Purse Act to reaffirm the role of Congress, directly elected by the American people, as the sole branch of government vested with the power in the Constitution to decide how taxpayer funds are spent. The senators introduced the legislation to rein in the Executive Branch's encroachment on federal spending decisions. President D… Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Applaud Nearly $3 Million DOT Grant for Low Emission Bus Program

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $2,920,000 grant to the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) for the Low or No-Emission bus program to replace gas-powered buses in its fleet with electric buses and the accompanying charging infrastructure. The NCRTD serves residents of northern New Mexico across five counties, includi… Continue Reading

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