Press Releases

July 01, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Call on Administration to Hold Colleges and Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campuses

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with 29 other senators sent a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice urging the agencies to ensure colleges and universities receiving federal funds adhere to new requirements intended to help prevent sexual violence on campus and increase accountability for students' safety. These regulations, which went into effect July 1, 2015, were included in the Violence Against Woman Reauthorization Act of… Continue Reading

June 30, 2016

Udall Works to Include Technology Transfer Provisions in Premiere Science and Innovation Bill to Boost R&D and Job Creation

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in finalizing a major science and innovation bill and welcomed the inclusion of provisions that he pushed for to boost technology transfer initiatives. Udall is a champion for tech transfer to jumpstart business and job creation in New Mexico and elsewhere. The latest measures were included in the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (an update of the America COMPETES Act), which was finalized by the … Continue Reading

June 29, 2016

Udall, Heinrich: NM Selected to Participate in Program to Extend Northbound Commercial Hours of Operation at Santa Teresa Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) announcement that it has tentatively selected New Mexico Economic Development Department's (NMEDD) application for funding for additional hours of operation for northbound commercial traffic at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (POE). The partnership is through CBP's Reimbursable Services Program, which supports requests for supplemental services at U.S. ports of entry to manage the rising v… Continue Reading

June 28, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce $2.3 Million for Eddy County Roads Damaged by September 2014 Storms, Flooding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced more than $2.3 million for Eddy County for hazard mitigation and repairs to four chip and seal roadways and low water crossings that were damaged by severe storms and flooding caused by Hurricane Odile in September 2014. "Heavy rain and flash flooding from Hurricane Odile caused severe damage in communities throughout New Mexico, and I'm pleased that this additional recovery funding wi… Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Announce $2.4 Million for Hurricane Dolly Recovery in Ruidoso

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the Village of Ruidoso is receiving $2,461,922 to repair sewer pipes damaged by storms and flooding from Hurricane Dolly in July and August 2008. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding will cover 75 percent of the cost to repair the pipes. "The community of Ruidoso is still feeling the effects of the severe damage caused when the Rio Ruidoso overflowed during sto… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States failed to reach a decision on the case of United States v. Texas. The deadlocked decision resulted because the Supreme Court is still shorthanded after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. It means the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remain blocked. "I am extremely disapp… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Members of NM Delegation Ask for Federal Investigation of NM SNAP Management

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (N.M.-02), Ben Ray Luján (N.M.-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.-01) are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General to thoroughly investigate New Mexico state government's management of food-assistance benefits, including allegations that state employees altered documents to purposely delay applications. The congressional delegation has been in cont… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce NM Counties to Receive $37.7 Million in PILT Payments to Support Schools, Roads, First Responders, Crucial Services in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will receive more than $37.7 million through the 2016 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The total is a $3.2 million increase from the total payments the state received last year, partly due to the advocacy of Udall and Heinrich. A full list of funding by county is included below. PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of non… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Udall Statement on House Democrats' Protest Calling for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Congressional Democrats on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in a protest to call for a vote on commonsense steps to protect families from gun violence. Video and audio feeds of the House floor were turned off during the sit-in, prompting Udall and others to share social media posts from the House floor. Udall issued the following statement: "I was proud to join House Democrats on the floor of the House to demand votes on commonsense… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Udall: President Signing Chemical Reform Bill is Historic Progress for Americans' Health and Safety

WASHINGTON - Today, in a ceremony at the White House, President Obama signed into law U.S. Senator Tom Udall's landmark bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety program. Udall's Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act reforms the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) to keep children and communities in New Mexico and across the nation safe from dangerous chemicals. Udall released the following statement: "I want to thank President O… Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

A Historic Law to Protect Health and Safety

This morning, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill I wrote to reform our nation's chemical safety program and finally protect children and families in New Mexico and around the country from dangerous chemicals. It's a historic step for the health and safety of all Americans. Most Americans believe that if they buy a product at the hardware store or the grocery store, the government has tested it and determined that it's safe. But that's not true. For the past 40 years, the law we'… Continue Reading

June 20, 2016

Udall Votes to Prevent Suspected Terrorists from Obtaining Guns

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senate Democrats in pushing for two measures to close loopholes in the law by expanding background checks for gun purchases and preventing suspected terrorists from obtaining guns. The measures, offered as amendments to the annual Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill, were blocked by Senate Republicans who offered counter proposals that would weaken gun laws. "Today, we had the opportunity to pass measures supported by an … Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

Udall Fights to Protect Important Conservation and Environment Funding, Opposes Poison Pill Riders in Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, stood up against poison pill provisions (riders) that would permanently weaken core environmental laws that protect our air, water, health and endangered species. During a markup of the appropriations bill that funds critical Interior and environment programs -- including many New Mexico priorities -- Udall also successfully secured a bipartisan … Continue Reading

June 15, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce $5.2 Million for Artesia and Roswell Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $5,290,000 in grants to support air transportation infrastructure projects at airports in Artesia and Roswell. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation, awarded the grants to fund airport rehabilitation projects. The Artesia Municipal Airport will receive $3,150,000 and the Roswell International Air Center will receive $2,140,000 to rehabilitate and maintain their … Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

AUDIO: Udall Announces Support for Bill that Could have Prevented Orlando Gunman from Purchasing Weapon

WASHINGTON - Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and announced his support for a bill that could have prevented the gunman, Omar Mateen, from purchasing the weapons he used in his attack. Udall said the shooting exposed a loophole that must be closed that allows known or suspected terrorists to buy firearms. The "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act" would allow the At… Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

Udall Advances NM Priorities in Major Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 85-13 to support our troops, military bases and national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country. The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a policy bill that directs the progress of $543 billion in national defense programs. This year's bill includes essential provisions that will strengthen New Mexico's military bases and defense programs carried out at its federal installations - such as nuclea… Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

Udall Delivers Opening Remarks at Appropriations Subcommittee Markup on Interior and Environment Budget

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, delivered opening remarks at an appropriations subcommittee markup of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies funding bill for fiscal year 2017. Audio of Udall's remarks is available here (Udall's remarks begin at 25:48): Below are Udall's open… Continue Reading

June 12, 2016

Udall Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement in response to the shooting in Orlando, Fla.: "I am grief-stricken by the news from Orlando - yet another mass shooting in the United States, and the worst in our history. We must keep the victims and their families in our hearts while we search for more information about how and why this crime happened. But it's clear that it was an act of terror, that the killer was filled with hatred and had a powerful assault weapon and the i… Continue Reading

June 10, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDP). The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act provides permanent protection for some of Southern New Mexico's most scenic landscapes and will safeguard OMDP's sensitive cultural, historical and natural treasures for generations to come. A broad coalition of Hispanic leaders, veterans, Native Americans, sportsmen, small… Continue Reading

June 09, 2016

Udall, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation to Limit Influence of Money in Politics, Rein in Special Interest Control Over Elections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Senate Democrats announced a new legislative package and campaign to reform government to ensure it works for all Americans, not just special interests and a few at the top. The package includes Udall's constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and his legislation to overhaul the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC). Udall will be the lead cosponsor of the legislation, which will be formally introduced next week. "Americans kno… Continue Reading

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