Press Releases

November 07, 2014

Udall Statement on Appointment of Andy Welch as Director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement on the appointment of Andy Welch as the director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System: "I am pleased that Secretary McDonald has finally appointed a permanent director at the New Mexico VA Health Care System, Andy Welch. I met with Mr. Welch at the Clovis Community-Based Outpatient Clinic last year, and I was impressed by his dedication in serving the veterans of eastern New Mexico. New Mexico veterans have faced signi… Continue Reading


October 31, 2014

Udall Statement on Settlement Agreement to Reform the Albuquerque Police Department

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement on the settlement agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Albuquerque to reform the Albuquerque Police Department: "This is a sobering day for Albuquerque and its police force, as it joins a list that no city wants to be on. I hope this court-enforceable consent decree will mark a critical step forward in reforming the Albuquerque Police Department, where the use of excessive force and the … Continue Reading


October 30, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Apple Tech Grants For New Mexico Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded Apple's announcement that it will provide, through the White House ConnectED initiative, six New Mexico schools with grants to help increase technology in the classrooms. "For New Mexico's students to succeed in the 21st century, they need 21st century tools," Udall said. "I am excited that Apple is putting these tools in hands of our students and teachers who need them the most. I strongly support these partner… Continue Reading


October 26, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes Expansion of President’s Disaster Declaration for Summer Floods

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that President Obama has expanded a major disaster for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding from July 27 - August 5 to include Sandoval, Otero and Lincoln counties, as well as the Pueblo of Santa Clara. On October 6, the president declared a major disaster, which meant that federal aid is available to help state, tribal, … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Requests Prompt Action on Major Disaster Declaration for September Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to President Obama, requesting prompt action on the state of New Mexico's recent request for a major disaster declaration to assist with recovery efforts following severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Odile in late September. Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 25, parts of New Mexico including Colfax, Eddy, Lea, Otero, San Miguel,… Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $17 Million to Improve Rural Water Systems in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced nearly $17 million in federal funding to improve three rural water systems in New Mexico. The funding comes in the form of nearly $15 million in grants and $2 million in low cost loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program. The projects will benefit three New Mexico communities: the Cottonwood Rural Water Association in Eddy County, the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority in Do&ntild… Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $8.5 Million for Sipapu Ski Resort, Santa Fe Charter School

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that Sipapu Recreational Development in Vadito and the Academy for Technology and the Classics Foundation in Santa Fe will each receive more than $4.2 million in guaranteed loans to advance their operations. Sipapu Recreational Development will receive $4.235 million to improve its ski resort operations, including funding to purchase equipment and machinery, provide working capi… Continue Reading


October 22, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding To Improve Public Television Access For Zuni Pueblo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $65,000 in federal grant funding to improve public television reception in rural areas of McKinley County. The grant, made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Public Television Digital Transition Grant Program, will allow New Mexico PBS to replace its existing analog system and install a new low-power digital translator for the KNME-TV Zuni Pueblo Digital Television Project, which provides service to the Zuni… Continue Reading


October 17, 2014

Udall Urges Support for Santa Teresa Infrastructure Priorities in Meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -During a roundtable discussion with the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce this week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted the infrastructure needs of Santa Teresa to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and invited Secretary Foxx to visit the Santa Teresa area to observe the need for long-term infrastructure investments. Recent expansions in the Santa Teresa area have significantly boosted economic development in Southern New Mexico by attracting new businesses to the area,… Continue Reading


October 10, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More than $780,000 to Spur Entrepreneurship, Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico. These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post. The EDA has awarded $270,000 to support the implementation of ACCION New Mexico's Presto Loan program to promote and devel… Continue Reading


October 09, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More than $360,000 to Support Agricultural Producers in Mora and San Juan Counties

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $363,239 in federal grant funding to provide technical assistance to the Southwest Cooperative Development Center Inc. and Capacity Builders Inc., two organizations that help socially disadvantaged agricultural producers in Mora and San Juan counties to expand their operations and create jobs. The Southwest Cooperative Development Center Inc. will receive $188,255 to provide accounting and financial management training to… Continue Reading


October 09, 2014

Udall, Heinrich: City of Roswell to Receive $450,000 to Help Expand Air Travel Service to Phoenix

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $450,000 for the City of Roswell to support the community's efforts to begin nonstop air travel service from the Roswell Industrial Air Center Airport to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Small Community Air Service Development Program, will help add service between Roswell and Phoenix, which will provide passengers more timely connections to th… Continue Reading


October 09, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $15 Million for Expanded Telehealth Services through UNM Health Sciences Center

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center has been awarded $15,120,767 to test expansion of their telehealth infrastructure system that will provide 30 hospitals statewide with remote emergency neurological and neurosurgical consultations. The funding is being awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. The award will support… Continue Reading


October 07, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President’s Disaster Declaration for Summer Floods

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that President Obama has declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding from July 27 - August 5. The declaration means the president has ordered federal aid to help state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. The first round of assistance will be available on a cost-sharing basis for damage to public in… Continue Reading


October 06, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $550,000 to Strengthen Markets for New Mexico Produce

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $550,750 in grants to strengthen markets for New Mexico produce by providing tools and resources to help agricultural producers successfully enhance their competitiveness and expand their operations. The funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Block Grant Program, and grants will be administered through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. The grants are authorized throug… Continue Reading


October 04, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes Selection of Photonics Manufacturing For Next Department Of Defense Innovation Institute Competition

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed an announcement by the White House to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense (DoD), and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year. This selection comes just four months after the delegation wrote a let… Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Requests Expedited Major Disaster Declaration for Summer Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to take prompt action on the State of New Mexico's recent request for a major disaster declaration to assist with damage that occurred throughout the state during storms and flooding in July and August. Between July 27 and August 5, parts of New Mexico including Bernalillo, Guadalupe, Otero, Rio Arriba… Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $2.8 Million in Grants to New Mexico Tribes for Energy and Mineral Resource Development

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that more than $2.8 million has been awarded to 13 tribal energy and mineral development projects in New Mexico. These awards to eight tribes will help them better evaluate and make use of their energy and mineral resources to benefit the tribal, state, and national economy. The Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of Cochiti, Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of San Felipe, Pueblo of Zuni, Jicarilla Apache Nation, and Navajo … Continue Reading


October 01, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $547,000 for Research Innovation Cluster in Southeastern New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded $547,000 to support a Regional Innovation Cluster in Southeastern New Mexico. The award to Emerging Technology Ventures (ETV), a New Mexico company, supports work to create an unmanned systems research center that provides specialized tech transfer assistance, which both Udall and Heinrich have championed. ETV, in partnership with state and local partners, will … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $1 Million in Funding to Promote Agriculture Marketing in New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $538,279 in funding to New Mexico organizations to help farmers and ranchers develop new market opportunities for their products. The grants, provided through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), will support a wide array of local projects designed to bolster economic opportunities for family farmers, support rural communities and increase access to fresh, healthy fo… Continue Reading

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