Press Releases

June 19, 2015

Udall Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement to mark the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States: "Today, on the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, we remember the long road to freedom, and we honor the committed individuals who made that journey, who traveled that road, and also those who continue to fight for a better world. We especially honor African American freedom and achievement. Early African American settler… Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Udall Advances NM Priorities in Major National Defense Bill, Calls on GOP to End Sequestration Cuts, Provide Realistic Funding for Troops, National Security

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 71-25 for the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets policy for defense and national security programs, including several priorities Udall has championed for New Mexico. In addition to fighting for New Mexico's military bases and national laboratories, Udall successfully included a measure in the bill that strengthens the open-air burn pits registry he created to help veterans who were exposed to tox… Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Udall Fights Inadequate Funding and Unprecedented Poison Pill Riders in Interior & Environment Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, voted to oppose the inadequate funding and dangerous poison pill riders on the subcommittee's Fiscal Year 2016 funding bill. Despite opposition from Udall and all of the Democrats on the Appropriations Committee, the bill was approved and now moves to the full Senate for consideration. "This bill is critically important for New Mexico, and t… Continue Reading

June 17, 2015

VIDEO: Udall Warns about Potentially Dangerous 'Anti-Concussion' Marketing Claims for Kids' Soccer Headgear

WASHINGTON - Today, in response to questions from U.S. Senator Tom Udall during a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on product safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye agreed that his commission has reason to look into marketing claims that soccer headgear can provide adequate protection against concussions. Udall, who has led the effort in Congress to protect youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries by improving equipment and … Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Udall: National Park Service Will Reopen Old Santa Fe Trails Building to Visitors

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed news that National Park Service has decided to re-open to the public the historic Old Santa Fe Trails Building in Santa Fe. The Park Service announced this week that the building will be staffed by volunteers who will be able to provide information about the building as well as about parks and trails in the area. "The Old Santa Fe Trails Building is an important landmark, a tremendous example of historic 1930s-era architecture, and it contains … Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Udall Statement Objecting to Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that he will oppose the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior Appropriations bill unless it is amended to remove dangerous policy riders and address inadequate funding levels. Click HERE for more information about the bill. At today's markup of the Subcommittee's bill, Udall said that while he appreciated that the bill includes strong funding … Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Udall Votes to Strengthen Justice System for Survivors of Military Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after voting in favor of an amendment which would have placed authority for pursuing military sexual assault cases with military prosecutors, rather than unit commanders. Udall is a cosponsor of the amendment and the underlying bill, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. The measure failed to gain the 60 votes required to move forward today, despite bein… Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Udall Statement on Senate’s Vote to Prohibit Torture

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate's bipartisan 78-21 vote to reaffirm the ban on waterboarding and other inhumane interrogation techniques. The amendment now moves forward as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. "Torture is a stain on our nation's all too recent history. As the comprehensive investigation by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence confirmed, the CIA's post-9/11 'enhanced interrogation' techniques were not … Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Udall, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve and Grow Tourism in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today introduced the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, bipartisan legislation that would enhance and integrate native tourism, empower native communities, and expand unique cultural tourism opportunities in the United States. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and John Thune (R-S.D.) are leading the legislation, which is also supported by Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Al … Continue Reading

June 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Nearly $1.3 Million in New Wildfire Prevention Funds for Valles Caldera and Santa Clara Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed news that Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Clara Pueblo will receive funding under a new national program aimed at restoring the health and fire resilience of iconic landscapes. Valles Caldera will receive $883,000 to improve the resilience of ecosystems to wildfires and other natural disturbances to better sustain healthy forests and watersheds for future generations. Santa Clara Pueblo is receiving $400,000 to c… Continue Reading

June 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Invite CBP Commissioner To Visit Santa Teresa Port Of Entry, Underscore Support For Extending Hours Of Operation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are inviting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske to visit the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (POE) and border industrial zone in southern New Mexico to see firsthand how federal and private investments in the Santa Teresa POE have improved interstate commerce and bolstered the region's economy. In a letter today, the Senators also underscored their support for Dell Inc.'s application to CBP's Reimbursable S… Continue Reading

June 12, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Improve Health of Border Communities, Strengthen National Security

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they have introduced a bill to improve the health and economies of border communities and strengthen national security. The Border Health Security Act of 2015 would strengthen binational collaboration to address border health issues, and establish grant programs to improve public health infrastructure and infectious disease monitoring. Many residents of New Mexico's border communities face unique public health challenges, … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Udall Champions Bill to Empower Small Donors in Elections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has joined U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and others in introducing the Fair Elections Now Act, which would dramatically change the way congressional elections are financed. Under the legislation, qualified Senate candidates would earn grants, matching funds, and television vouchers to run competitive campaigns based on small-dollar contributions, rather than rely on funding from wealthy donors and special interests. U.S. Sen. Martin … Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Udall Unveils VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act to Help More Veterans Find Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has reintroduced legislation to extend and streamline hiring incentives for unemployed and disabled veterans. The VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2015 would renew and extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which provided employers with tax credits for hiring unemployed or disabled veterans until its expiration in 2014. Udall said the bill is good for veterans, businesses and New Mexico's economy. For example, some veterans … Continue Reading

June 10, 2015

Udall Calls on Commerce, Ag Secretaries to Prioritize Broadband Access for Rural New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan coalition, led by Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Angus King (I-ME), in an effort to ensure the federal government prioritizes high-speed broadband access for rural Americans. Broadband Internet is critical to expand economic development opportunities, distance learning and telehealth to rural communities in New Mexico and across the country. In a bipartisan letter signed by more than a dozen senators, Udall and others pr… Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Udall Renews Call for a Limited Authorization of Military Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - After a meeting of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall reinforced his call for Congress to debate and pass a resolution authorizing limited military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Udall, a member of the committee, supports restrictions on the time, geographic scope and cost of U.S. operations in Iraq and Syria, including a prohibition on the use of U.S. ground troops for combat operations, and has consistently pushed f… Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Udall Welcomes Back KENW to New Mexico Satellite TV

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that KENW's satellite public TV broadcasts will be returning to viewers' screens across New Mexico. KENW has served TV viewers from Farmington to Artesia for more than 40 years, but Nielsen recently re-designated it into a Texas TV market - causing satellite TV subscribers across New Mexico to lose access to KENW's public programming, news, local weather and emergency alerts. Udall led a New Mexico congressional delegation letter to press Niel… Continue Reading

June 09, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce New Investment in Southwest N.M. Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments has received a $250,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to promote entrepreneurship and business development in Luna, Grant, Hidalgo and Catron counties. Udall and Heinrich helped lead a task force - initially convened by former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in 2010 - that led to this grant award, which will fund an innovative initiative to promote … Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge CFPB To Issue Strong Rules To Stop Predatory PayDay Lending Practices

WASHINGTON - As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) considers new rules to address predatory practices in payday and similar types of lending, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in expressing support for initial steps the agency has taken and urging the agency to issue strong rules to combat the "cascade of devastating financial consequences" that these high-priced loans often have on consumers. "We support the CFPB's initial steps towards releasin… Continue Reading

June 04, 2015

Udall, Tester Introduce Bill to Prevent Damaging Cuts in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced legislation to prevent the return of damaging across-the-board budget cuts that significantly impacted health care, education, public safety, and housing throughout Indian Country. Udall and Tester's bill will exempt the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service, and critical housing assistance from future sequestration. "Across-the-board budget cuts presented a major setback for Indian Country, forcing… Continue Reading

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