Press Releases

January 06, 2015

Udall Offers Rules Reform Proposal to Fix the Broken Senate

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor on a proposal he offered with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to increase transparency, restore accountability and foster debate in the Senate by reforming the Senate's often-abused rules. The centerpiece of their proposal requires a "talking filibuster," meaning senators wishing to block legislation would have to do so by speaking on the Senate floor. Udall has been a leader in the effort to reform the… Continue Reading


January 06, 2015

Udall Sworn in for 2nd Term

WASHINGTON - At just after noon (ET) today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall was sworn in for his second term in the U.S. Senate. He issued the following statement: "Public service is a true honor, and I'm humbled to be able to work on behalf of New Mexicans for another term in the U.S. Senate. I look forward to continuing to fight for our state's priorities - for funding for our national labs, military bases and other federal installations, for our veterans and for working families. "We face many challe… Continue Reading


December 22, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $324 Million for WIPP Cleanup, Recovery

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the president has signed legislation providing $324 million for recovery and operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. Earlier this year, Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Heinrich had requested the funding to ensure recovery efforts can continue so the facility can safely resume operation and accept waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The funding was included in … Continue Reading


December 19, 2014

Holiday Reflections

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, when we reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the next. It's also a time to think about family and friends. New Mexico has a proud tradition of military service, and many of us have family serving far away. Please join Jill and me in sending our warmest thanks to the service members who are far from their family and friends this holiday season. We've had an eventful year in Congress, and I'm pleased with the progress we made for New Mexico, … Continue Reading


December 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Secure Critical PILT Funding for New Mexico Counties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the president has signed legislation that fully funds the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program (PILT) for 2015. New Mexico counties rely on PILT to provide services, including schools, roads, and public safety. Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Heinrich are strong advocates for the PILT program because of how important it is to New Mexico communities, and they have pushed hard to ensure funding would be… Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Udall Statement on Relations with Cuba and Release of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released a statement today on the president's announcement that he has taken steps to normalize relations with the country of Cuba and has secured the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban jail since 2009. In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) where they met with Cuban officials as well as religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Udall Welcomes Passage of Bill to Begin Reform of Federal Information Technology Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, today announced that a bill he has helped champion in Congress, to begin needed reforms of federal information technology (IT) purchasing and management, has passed Congress as a part of major defense legislation. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) passed last week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). FITARA is… Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Udall Secures Technology Transfer Provisions for N.M. Labs in Major Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that two major bills passed by Congress last week include key reforms he has championed to improve technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and create new businesses and jobs in New Mexico. Udall is pushing the federal government to improve its tech transfer efforts to bring to market research being done at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs as well as White Sands Missile Range and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtl… Continue Reading


December 14, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of Bill to Fund N.M. Priorities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich last night joined the full Senate in voting 56-40 for a so-called "omnibus" appropriations bill to fund the government, including critical New Mexico programs, through September 2015, the end of the Fiscal Year. The bill includes full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps pay for law enforcement, schools, roads and other local government services N… Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Momentous Gains For New Mexico With Passage Of Public Lands Package

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded the passage of a historic public lands package today. Several conservation and energy bills championed by the senators were included in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act. The end of year package passed the Senate by a vote of 89 to 11 and now goes to the President for his signature. "This is an exciting day for everyone who enjoys public lands and parks in New Mexico. With today's vote we are protecting some of the m… Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Udall to Join Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that beginning in January 2015 (the 114th Congress), he will return to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Udall will also serve on the Senate Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Indian Affairs, and Rules committees. Udall previously served on the Commerce Committee from 2009-2012. "Returning to the Commerce Committee, in combination with my other committee assignments, puts me in an exciting position to fight for issues … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Udall, Barrasso Energy Bill Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Barrasso (R-WY) welcomed the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included their bill to permanently reauthorize and reform a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) balance complex demands, including oil and gas permitting and environmental management, in New Mexico, Wyoming and other parts of the West. The bipartisan BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014 (S. 2440), w… Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Udall Votes for Authorization of Military Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined the full committee to debate and pass a resolution authorizing war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for three years. During the hearing, Udall offered two amendments with Senator Rand Paul (R-Kent.): to limit the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to just one year, and to ensure the use of force doesn't extend beyond Iraq and Syria without congressiona… Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Udall Urges Congress to Do its Work, Pass Bill to Fund Important Programs for N.M., Avoid Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed the release of a so-called "omnibus" appropriations bill, which includes critical funding for New Mexico and keeps the government running through September 2015, the end of the fiscal year. The bill funds many New Mexico priorities that Udall has fought for, such as the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps pay for local services New Mexicans rely on, including law enforcement, sc… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Udall Presses Kerry on Strategy, Authority for War Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, attended a hearing on the war with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to share his grave concerns about the United States entering a third war in the region. Udall expressed his frustration with the administration's reluctance to work with Congress to define the scope of and authorization for its military engagement against ISIS. Udall questioned Secretary of State John Kerry about the continuing r… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Udall, Merkley Urge McConnell to Continue Rules Reform to Fix Broken Senate

WASHINGTON - In a letter delivered today to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced that they will continue their effort to reform the Senate rules on the first day of the next legislative session, and they urged McConnell to allow debate and support efforts to restore a healthy legislative process. Since joining the Senate in 2009, Udall and Merkley have led the effort to increase transparency, restore accountability and f… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Udall Statement on Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA Interrogation Practices

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the Senate Intelligence Committee's review of the Central Intelligence Agency's detention and interrogation program. A copy of the report is available HERE. "The Senate investigators' report documents the use of brutal interrogation techniques that I believe constitute torture and violate U.S. and international law. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, we compromised the values that make our nation great. This report unders… Continue Reading


December 08, 2014

Udall Statement on State of New Mexico's Decision to Fine U.S. Department of Energy Following Accident at WIPP

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the state of New Mexico's decision to fine the U.S. Department of Energy over $54 million for numerous violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory: "The investigation by the state of New Mexico found that the accident last February put at risk the health of workers and the nearby community. The action the state has taken is appropriate and shows why I have long fought for state envir… Continue Reading


December 05, 2014

Udall Statement on Nomination of Ashton Carter as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president's decision to nominate Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense: "The United States and the broader international community are confronting multiple quickly evolving threats in the Middle East, including the emergence of the brutal terrorist organization ISIS. Ashton Carter has the respect of senior military leaders having served under multiple secretaries of defense, managed large budgets and handl… Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Wind Energy Could Slow Global Warming, but Tax Credits Needed, Udall and Advocates Say

WASHINGTON -- Expanding wind power across the country could cut as much global warming pollution as 254 coal plants produce in a year, according to a new report, but congressional action is needed to make that expansion a reality, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and other clean energy advocates said today. "Speeding the development of pollution-free wind energy will slow global warming," said Anna Aurilio, global warming solutions program director for Environment America. "But Congress needs to invest no… Continue Reading

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