Press Releases

December 11, 2015

Driving Progress on Climate Change

New Mexico is at the center of the storm when it comes to climate change, and we're already seeing the impacts in the form of devastating drought, extreme floods and increasingly severe wildfires. In recent decades, temperatures have risen 50 percent faster in New Mexico than the global average. New Mexicans and the majority of Americans know that climate change is real and that we must act now to protect our future. I'm proud of the steps we have taken to diversify our energy portfolio and re… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $63 Million to Repair Eddy County Roads Damaged by September 2014 Storms, Floods

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $63.6 million for Eddy County for hazard mitigation and to repair roads damaged by severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Odile in September 2014. The funding will help to permanently repair 24 aggregate, asphalt, and chip and seal roads, which suffered significant damage. "This $63 million in disaster funding for Eddy County is a much-needed boost that will help repair damage caused by last year's sever… Continue Reading

December 10, 2015

Udall Calls for a Strong Deal to Combat Climate Change, Build NM’s Clean Energy Economy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of U.S. action on global warming and international collaboration as negotiators near a deal to reduce global emissions. Udall, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and attended the United Nations climate talks (COP21) last weekend, said that an international agreement to fight climate change will spur clean energy innovation. "We're close to a deal that will fight global warming and help Ne… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Udall Joins Senate in Passing Landmark 'No Child Left Behind' Reform

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan majority of senators in passing a bill that will make much-needed reforms to the nation's controversial No Child Left Behind education law. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) -- a final compromise between two bills the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives approved earlier this year -- passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan 85-12 vote. It was approved by the House of Representatives last week, and now goes to President Ob… Continue Reading

December 08, 2015

Udall, Matsui Introduce Legislation to Spur Breakthroughs in Spectrum Efficiency

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced legislation to create the first ever federal spectrum challenge prize. This would award up to $5 million for breakthrough wireless technologies that dramatically improve spectrum efficiency. Spectrum has become an increasingly scarce and valuable resource due to a growing demand from the modern mobile economy and a limited amount of spectrum that has not already been licensed to companies. A … Continue Reading

December 08, 2015

At Press Conference, Udall Urges Bipartisan Work to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee at a press conference to urge some in Congress to stop debating whether climate change is real and instead work together to fight global warming. The press conference was held in advance of a hearing that will be chaired by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this afternoon. Cruz has stacked the panel with academics who doubt the impact of global warming. Cruz's hearing is timed to happen as the U… Continue Reading

December 08, 2015

NM Delegation Announces $11.5 Million to Repair Roads Damaged in September 2014 Floods, Other Disasters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced more than $11.5 million to rebuild infrastructure damaged by severe storms and flooding, including areas impacted by Hurricane Odile in September 2014. The new funding will help repair and rebuild highways and roads across the state, which suffered serious damage from the hurricane and other recent severe weather. "Just over a year ago,… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of Transportation Bill that Invests in Infrastructure, NM’s Economy, Supports 1,000s of Jobs

WASHINGTON - Last night, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in approving a major transportation bill that funds 74 percent of New Mexico highways and bridges and provides almost half of the total transportation dollars spent in the state. The bipartisan Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed the Senate on a 83-16 vote, after passing the U.S. House of Representatives earlier in the day. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation today, before… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Udall Participates in UN Conference on Climate Change ('COP21')

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall is participating in a two-day congressional delegation to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris. Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, will meet with U.S. and international negotiators and others gathered for the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) on the U.N. Convention on Climate Change. Delegates from more than 190 countries are seeking an international agreement to re… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Udall Votes to Protect Health Care for Hundreds of Thousands of New Mexicans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall cast several votes to protect important health care services for New Mexicans. The series of votes were on amendments to and final passage of a budget reconciliation bill, which Republicans put forward in an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill passed by a vote of 52-47, though it is expected to be vetoed by the president, and the Senate vote is far short of what would be needed to override that veto. Udall voted against the bill and rele… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Udall Honors Victims of Drunk Driving on National Day of Remembrance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall honored victims of drunk and drugged driving by introducing a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. Senate designating today, December 3, 2015, as a National Day of Remembrance. He released the following statement: "Last year, nearly 10,000 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers. Thousands more were injured - one person every two minutes. New Mexicans are all too familiar with these tragedies, including a horrific crash that cost the lives of three… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

A Day of Remembrance

The holidays are a joyous time, full of celebrations with family and friends. But Thanksgiving through New Year's is also a dangerous time on the roads. We were tragically reminded of that this past weekend, when three young New Mexicans were killed in a horrific crash involving a drunk driver in Albuquerque. I know all of us have their families and friends in our hearts. Already this year, nearly 100 people have been killed by drunk drivers in New Mexico. Their deaths were completely preventa… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome $6.2 Million for Energy Innovation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich congratulated two New Mexico businesses on receiving $6.2 million to jump-start innovative energy projects. Pajarito Powder, based in Albuquerque, is receiving $2,790,000 to develop a cost-effective regenerative hydrogen electrode for fuel-cell vehicles. Tibbar Technologies of Los Alamos has been awarded $3,500,000 to create a low-cost transformer for HVDC transmission. The projects were selected for funding through the Department … Continue Reading

December 02, 2015

Udall Statement on Shooting in San Bernardino

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement: "The mass shooting in San Bernardino today is horrifying. That this happened within hours and days of shootings in Savannah, Georgia, and Colorado Springs and elsewhere is terrible beyond words. While law enforcement continues to respond to the situation in California, my thoughts are with the victims, their families, the first responders and the entire community of San Bernardino."… Continue Reading

November 30, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage of New Law to Foster Innovation, Increase Competitiveness of U.S. Space Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich praised passage of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act to modernize commercial space regulations and encourage competitiveness in the industry. Udall and Heinrich are longtime champions of modernizing U.S. policies governing commercial spaceflight. The bill, which President Obama signed last week, provides an essential legal framework that will enable New Mexico's commercial spaceflight industry to grow in the years ahead.… Continue Reading

November 23, 2015

Udall Statement on NM Unit Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the Secretary of the Interior's decision to further evaluate the impacts and costs of any potential New Mexico Unit Agreement to the Central Arizona Project: "Today's decision means the Interior Department will move forward with a legally required process to establish a framework for federal participation to study the environmental cost of diverting water from the Gila River. T… Continue Reading

November 23, 2015

MADD, Senator Udall, Sheriff Gonzales Remind New Mexicans to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) teamed up with U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales to kick off the 2015 holiday season anti-drunken driving campaign. The holidays are a particularly deadly time of year on the roads, with DWI-related crashes and deaths spiking from Thanksgiving to New Year's. MADD, Udall and Gonzales are reminding New Mexicans to plan ahead this holiday season and designate a non-drinking driver to get the… Continue Reading

November 19, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Applaud Decision To Begin Nonstop Flight Service Between Roswell And Phoenix

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded the decision by American Airlines to begin daily, nonstop commercial flight service between Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Flights are set to begin in March of 2016. "Flights between Roswell and Phoenix will help make travel to and from Southeastern New Mexico more convenient, opening up business opportunities in the entire region that can create jobs and boost the economy," … Continue Reading

November 18, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before Year Ends

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and a bipartisan coalition of 12 other senators sent a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year. "The LWCF is funded with offshore oil royalties and was designed not to use taxpayer … Continue Reading

November 17, 2015

Udall Responds to Senate Resolutions Opposing Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against two resolutions expressing Congress' opposition to steps the administration has taken to reduce global warming-causing greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier in the day, he delivered a speech on the Senate floor about the pending resolutions, which express disapproval of the administration's Clean Power Plan and its regulations of new and existing power plants. Udall urged Congress to work together to develop a diverse energy portfolio and a co… Continue Reading

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