Press Releases

December 04, 2014

Delegation Praises Retiring BLM Director for N.M., Urges ‘Careful Consideration’ of State’s Diverse Public Lands Issues in Selecting Successor

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce announced that they have sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), thanking retiring BLM New Mexico State Director Jesse Juen for his thoughtful and balanced leadership, and urging the BLM to proceed carefully to hire Juen's successor. BLM State Director is a critical position in New Mexico, responsible for 850 employees and the management of mo… Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Udall Secures Provisions in NDAA to Improve Tech Transfer at New Mexico's National Labs, Begin Federal IT Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that he has successfully pushed for key reforms to fund technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and upgrade how the federal government buys and manages information technology (IT) as part of a critical national defense bill. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has championed tech transfer and IT reform, and the inclusion of his provisions in the end-of-year National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will … Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Secure Landmark Conservation and Energy Bills In End of Year Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Several landmark conservation and energy bills championed by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was finalized last night. The critical annual bill is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate before the end of the year. The New Mexico senators successfully fought to include provisions to designate the Columbine-Hondo as wilderness, transition the Valles Caldera National Prese… Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

Udall Recruiting Spring Interns for New Mexico Offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring semester internships in his Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales and Santa Fe offices. For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early. "Congressional internships p… Continue Reading


December 01, 2014

Udall, Crapo Lead Bipartisan Coalition on PILT/SRS Funding for Critical Local Government Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) led a bipartisan coalition urging Senate leaders to fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) in any end-of-year legislation. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within their boundaries, and these resources are critical to rural counties across the country, which use the funding to provide service… Continue Reading


November 26, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Urge Funding Solution For Land And Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich this week joined 39 other U.S. senators in calling on Senate leadership to work with them to find a permanent funding solution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). "The Land and Water Conservation Fund guarantees a prosperous and vital future for the next generation while preserving our uniquely American way of life across this nation," the senators wrote in the letter. "Accordingly, we urge you to enact a permanent and compreh… Continue Reading


November 25, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Back DOD Plan to Better Protect Military Families from Abusive Financial Practices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are supporting the Department of Defense's (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes in order to better protect soldiers and their families from abusive financial practices. In a letter sent today to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Senators expressed strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fees and taking advantage of military famili… Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $400,000 for Navajo Distance Learning

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $447,748 in funding for a distance learning initiative for the Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, N.M. This funding, made possible through the Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, is intended to counteract high unemployment and poverty in the Navajo community. Quality distance learning is an important tool, especially for the large Navajo Nation, where many students have to trave… Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Udall Statement on Chuck Hagel

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down: "Over the last year, we have seen the emergence of a brutal terrorist organization as well as other security threats that have required a targeted, strategic response, with little room for mistakes. As the commander in chief, President Obama needs to have a strong defense secretary who will handle these challenges with authority and clear l… Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Udall Responds to President’s Immigration Announcement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president's decision to take executive action on immigration: "Over 40,000 people in New Mexico and millions more around the country are living in immigration limbo while they work and raise families here in the United States. Deporting these children and families isn't a realistic option. We need to focus our limited resources on securing the border and going after drug dealers, gang members and potential terrori… Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Udall, Tester Introduce Legislation to Provide Support for Homeless and At-Risk Native Veterans

WASHINGTON - Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 2960) to make sure all Native American veterans have a place to call home. Tester and Udall were joined by co-sponsors Tim Johnson (D-SD), Al Franken (D-MN), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Tester and Udall's bill allows funds meant to help homeless veterans and veterans at-risk of homelessness to be made available to Native veterans. Due to reg… Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

Udall Statement on Senate Vote on Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after voting against a bill to mandate approval of the Keystone pipeline. The bill failed to win the support needed to move forward: "Throughout my time in public service, I've advocated for a 'do it all, do it right' strategy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and move toward energy independence - something that will require us to truly invest in clean energy as well as traditional oil and gas resources. I support respons… Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Seek Additional Resources for WIPP

WASHINGTON - As Congress finalizes its fiscal year 2015 spending bills, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced today they are seeking continued support for funding for the recovery of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. In a letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, the senators urged them to provide an additional $113 million above 2014 funding levels to ensure ongoing recovery efforts are… Continue Reading


November 14, 2014

Udall, Flake Pledge Work to Modernize Relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON - After returning from a three-day Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip to Cuba, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pledged to continue working together in the Senate to open U.S. travel to and trade with Cuba, a potential new market for New Mexico, Arizona and other states. During the visit, the senators met with Cuban officials, including Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, and religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act Clears Senate Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), cleared the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The bill now awaits passage by the full Senate. The Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, which has broad support from the local community, would designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness. The bill would also expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by approximately 650 … Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Grant to Support Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment for Eligible Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $383,152 for the Connecting Kids to Coverage project at Santo Domingo Pueblo to support increased Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment and retention among eligible children. The grant was awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2014 American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach and Enrollment Grants, which provided $3.9 million for outreach and enrollment efforts in seven s… Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Udall: Bill to Permanently Transfer Albuquerque's Old Post Office to Amy Biehl High School Foundation Heads to President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the House passage of his bill to authorize the General Services Administration to permanently convey the home of the Amy Biehl High School in Albuquerque to the Amy Biehl High School Foundation. The bill, which Udall first introduced two years ago, passed the Senate in September. "The Amy Biehl High School is a top-notch charter school with a focus on college preparation and community service, and I am relieved that we were able to pass this b… Continue Reading


November 12, 2014

Udall Statement on U.S.-China Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the historic climate agreement between the United States and China: "New Mexicans are seeing firsthand the devastating impacts of global warming, including drought, water scarcity, and more serious wildfires. That's one of the reasons I've been pushing for a "do it all, do it right" plan to develop a strong clean energy sector that will cut pollution and create well-paying jobs in New Mexico and across the country. Bu… Continue Reading


November 10, 2014

Udall Statement in Honor of Veterans Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of our nation's veterans, and to commemorate Veterans Day: "Americans throughout the country gather on Veterans Day to thank the brave men and women of our military and to recognize their service to our nation. We honor the great sacrifices of those who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. We thank those who are still serving today and we pay tribute those who have given their all i… Continue Reading


November 10, 2014

Udall Statement on President’s Net Neutrality Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed the president's support for a free and open Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares new net neutrality rules and issued the following statement: "Net neutrality is about leveling the playing field, and I am encouraged that the president has joined the call for strong rules by the FCC to protect the open Internet. I am working in the … Continue Reading

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