Press Releases

April 14, 2020

N.M. Delegation Calls On Trump Admin To Quickly Remedy Faulty Implementation Of CARES Act Programs For Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted By Coronavirus

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) are raising concerns with the U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration's (SBA) implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) process. The delegation is urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza to imp… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Join Bipartisan Push for USDA to Provide Relief for Local Farmers Losing Sales During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Trump administration to provide relief for local farmers who are struggling as the nation combats the spread of COVID-19. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators urged USDA to ensure that a portion of the $9.5 billion they secured in the Coronavirus Ai… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Press Administration For Information On Distribution Of Critical Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are raising serious concerns about the Trump administration's lack of transparency and reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Although the President has declared a national emergency and mobilized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help distribute supplies, FEMA is currently relying on private companies to distribute masks, N95 respir… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Push for Transparency on Nationwide Plan for Increasing Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 44 Senate Democrats in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urging them to publicize a comprehensive and transparent plan to conduct a national inventory of the coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Urge FEMA To Support Tribal Requests For Assistance

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter T. Gaynor outlining significant concerns about the public health and economic impacts that the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is having on tribal communities in New Mexico. Senators Udall and Heinrich are urging Administrator Gaynor to heed the requests of tribes that are requesting prompt action to receive assistance to address the… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Announces at Least $170 Million for State’s Frontline Health Care Providers in First Wave of COVID-19 Relief Funding

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that an estimated 1,793 New Mexico health care providers will receive more than $169,486,132 to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Mexico funding is part of a first wave of funding from the $150 billion grant program included in the bipartisan CARES Act for direct aid to he… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

N.M. Delegation Seeks Immediate Accountability Of ICE Facilities After COVID-19 Cases Confirmed At Otero

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) are raising concerns with Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matthew T. Albence over reports that ICE detention facilities in New Mexico are not fully prepared to manage the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The letter comes after reports that both an employee and migrant … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $15 Million in Funding to 16 Community Health Centers on the Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic Response in New Mexico

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released over $15 million in emergency grants to 16 community health centers, Pueblo health centers and Urban Indian Organizations on the front lines of New Mexico's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $15,473,075 in funding, provided… Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Udall Calls on DHS and ICE to Reduce Mass Detention in New Mexico Facilities to Protect Migrants and Asylum Seekers, Facility Staff, Their Families, and NM Communities from COVID-19 Outbreaks

SANTA FE-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Acting Director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matthew Albence urging the Trump administration to reduce mass detention, prioritizing the most vulnerable, who do not pose threats to public safety or national security, to protect public health and the health of detention center employees, New Mexico communities, and migrants and asylum seek… Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Udall Statement on Need for Bipartisan Action on Emergency Funding and Fixes for Small Businesses, Hospitals, States, Tribal Governments, SNAP

SANTA FE - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans rejected Senate Democrats' attempt to pass emergency funding to bolster the CARES Act for small businesses, health care providers, state, local, and Tribal governments, and food assistance. Instead, Senate Republicans tried to pass a COVID-19 relief bill that failed to include fixes to the troubled small business loan program or included additional help for hospitals or state, local and Trib… Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Udall Leads Senate Democrats In Urging Trump Administration to Indefinitely Extend Public Comment Periods and Pause Unrelated Federal Rulemakings During COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and 21 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Russell Vought, calling on the executive branch to protect Americans' right to participate in the democratic policy-making process, at a time when millions are worried about their and their loved ones' health, safety and economic security and are unable to fully participate in the public comment process. The senators requested that OMB ind… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Udall Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Letters in Support of Peace Corps, AmeriCorps Volunteers

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined two bipartisan, bicameral letters seeking clarity on unemployment benefits and work opportunities for Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other national service participants who have returned back to the United States amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic. Last year, more than 700 AmeriCorps members served at 500 local sites across New Mexico. Since 1994, more than 11,000 New Mexico residents h… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on COVID-19 Response in New Mexico

AUDIO: Udall Hosts Press Call on COVID-19 Response in New Mexico WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hosted a press conference call with New Mexico reporters to discuss efforts to push the Trump administration to efficiently and swiftly implement the $2 trillion congressional COVID-19 relief bill, the CARES Act, that recently passed Congress. Udall highlighted his efforts to get federal dollars on the ground in New Mexico, the CARES Act funding already committed to the state and… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Udall Calls on Senate Leadership to Provide Financial Relief for Local Journalism and Media Outlets Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 19 senators to call for financial relief for local journalism and media outlets, which are facing severe economic hardship, in any future COVID-19 relief package. In a letter to Senate leadership, the senators warn that the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - including plummeting advertising revenue - could decimate regional and local news outlets even as communities depend on the reporting amidst the public health crisis. Across… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Udall, Heinrich To HHS: Reopen ACA Marketplace, Allow More Americans To Get Health Insurance During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 26 Senate Democrats are urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reopen the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace to allow more un- and under-insured Americans to get health insurance as they face potential health issues related to COVID-19. In a letter to the Secretary Alex Azar, the senators urged HHS to allow Americans to enroll through a unique Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that should last throu… Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

AUDIO: Udall, Senate Democrats Unveil COVID-19 “Heroes Fund,” $25,000 Proposed Pay Increase to Essential Workers and Tribal Workers on Frontlines of Pandemic Response

Udall's remarks on the COVID-19 Heroes Fund begin at 11:38 here. WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) to unveil the COVID-19 "Heroes Fund," Senate Democrats' proposal to establish a pandemic premium pay to reward, retain, and recruit essential workers. Senate Democrats' proposed "Heroes Fund" consists of two major compone… Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3 Million New Program For Women of Color Entrepreneurs to Drive Economic Growth in New Mexico

SANTA FE-U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced a $3 million national program, Enterprising Women of Color, to improve capacity-building and growth potential for small business owned by women of color. The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, developed the funding opportunity in response to Udall and Heinrich's push to expand MBDA's funding to support economic … Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $674,000 in Transportation Grants to Tribes in New Mexico as Part of Emergency Coronavirus Funding Package

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that New Mexico Tribes will receive over $674,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funds are part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the entire New Mexico delegation voted to pass Congress last week. The grants… Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Udall, Heinrich Call On Administration To Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Get Stimulus Checks Automatically

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 46 colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and groups that the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the stimulus checks automatically… Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Udall, Wyden, Merkley Urge Interior Department to Suspend Policy Actions Unrelated to COVID-19 Response

Department's obligation to undertake Tribal consultation for decisions cannot effectively take place when Tribal governments are responding to the public health emergency WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt urging the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to … Continue Reading

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