Press Releases

September 26, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Invite Underserved New Mexico Communities to Apply for Promise Zone Designation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich invited underserved urban, rural and tribal communities in New Mexico to apply for the second round of designations for the Promise Zone Initiative, part of a plan developed by the president to create jobs, increase economic mobility, improve educational opportunities and reduce crime in high-poverty communities throughout the country. The initiative helps communities create a pathway to the middle class by connecting groups and bus… Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Udall, Pearce Congratulate Marvin Trujillo on Selection as Chairman of VA Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce congratulated former Laguna Pueblo Second Lieutenant Governor Marvin Trujillo on his selection as the new chairman of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans (ACMV). Trujillo is a former U.S. Marine Corps first lieutenant and a member of the Pueblo of Laguna. He currently serves as a member of the ACMV, and will assume the role of chairman beginning in 2015. The ACMV c… Continue Reading


September 25, 2014

Udall Encourages Participation In National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Praises Expanded Drug Disposal Options

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall encouraged New Mexicans to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event this Saturday, September 27, and turn in unused or expired medication at designated locations in their communities. He also praised a new U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) policy, similar to legislation he has sponsored, that will enable pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other authorized collectors to serve as drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs in th… Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Introduces Bill to Strengthen Privacy Oversight Board

WASHINGTON - In an effort to significantly improve the oversight and accountability of the nation's intelligence community, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.) and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) spearheaded a bipartisan, bicameral effort to strengthen the government's privacy protection board. The legislation gives the oversight board greater ability to carry out its function of balancing the government's national security and counterterrorism activities with the need to protect the privacy ri… Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

Johnson and Udall Introduce Bill to Take Politics And Partisanship Out of Redistricting Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act (S. 2910) to take politics and partisanship out of the congressional redistricting process. Their bill would set minimum standards that states must adhere to when redrawing their congressional map. "Partisanship should not have a role in the congressional redistricting process, but it's all too common for politicians to use redistricting as a tool to unfairly wi… Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce $14 Million for Rural Electric Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Springer Electric Cooperative Inc. will receive more than $14 million in guaranteed loans to improve the delivery of electric power to rural New Mexico communities. The Springer Electric Cooperative Inc. will receive $14,117,000 to build a photovoltaic facility to supply usable solar power, to build and improve 74 miles of distribution lines, and make other improvements. The loan includes $518,400 for smart grid … Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Udall Votes to Avoid Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on today's 78-22 vote on a budget resolution to keep the federal government operating through mid-December: "I voted for today's budget resolution because it's the right thing for New Mexico's economy, and it supports jobs. New Mexico cannot afford another government shutdown and today's vote took the threat off the table. This bill includes critical funding for New Mexico's national labs and bases and an important provision tha… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More than $14 Million for New Mexico Airport Improvements, Strategic Planning

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded more $14 million in grants to support air transportation in New Mexico. The grants, which were awarded to Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Lea County, Questa, Roswell and the New Mexico Department of Transportation, will fund repairs and maintenance, runway extensions, emissions reduction and strategic planning. "This funding will not only help create jobs for New Mexic… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Meet with Air Force to Discuss Progress, Plan for Fuel Spill at KAFB

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham met with U.S. Air Force Acting Assistant Secretary for Installations, Environment and Logistics Kathleen Ferguson today to follow up on key commitments the lawmakers had secured to address the impacts of a major fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) that has been affecting the base and the region since the 1950s and threatens the city's water supply. PHOTO LINK: https://flic.kr/p/oYYLEC At the brie… Continue Reading


September 16, 2014

Udall, Barrasso Hail Senate Passage of Bill to Streamline BLM Energy Permits

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and John Barrasso (R-WY) announced that the Senate passed their bipartisan bill to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) balance complex demands, including oil and gas permitting and environmental management, in New Mexico, Wyoming and other parts of the West. The BLM Permit Processing Improvement Act of 2014, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent, permanently extends a pilot program from the Energy Pol… Continue Reading


September 15, 2014

Udall Votes for Equal Pay for Women

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment that Republicans again blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Although the bill received support from a majority in the Senate, 52-40, it failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to overcome the Republican filibuster. Today's vote was the second time this year that Republicans have filibustered equal pay for equal work. Udall issued the following statement on Repub… Continue Reading


September 15, 2014

Udall Statement in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall celebrated the kickoff of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, and joined a bipartisan coalition of senators in support of a resolution to recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of the Hispanic community to the United States. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate the integral role and tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans in New Mexico, Udall issued the following statement:… Continue Reading


September 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Transportation Grant for Santa Teresa Border Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that the Santa Teresa border area will receive $400,000 to develop a strategic plan to improve transportation infrastructure. Udall and Heinrich have championed Santa Teresa's growth, including fighting to restore vehicle crossing hours and supporting $10 million in federal funding to upgrade the crossing. The senators advocated for the New Mexico Department of Transportation's (NMDOT) application for the grant… Continue Reading


September 12, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $4 Million in Funding for New Mexico Health Centers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that 16 health centers in New Mexico will receive more than $4 million to expand primary care services by hiring an estimated 52 staff, extending operating hours, and offering new services including oral health, behavioral health, vision services, and pharmacies. The funding was made possible under the Affordable Care Act, and will help health centers reach an estimated 16,943 new patients. "Health centers are … Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

Udall Encouraged by Growing Support for Constitutional Amendment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall led the Senate in rallying historic support for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance. The amendment, S.J. Res. 19, won 54 votes, a majority of the Senate, but failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote. An outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, Udall introduced his constitutional amendment last June to make it clear in the C… Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

Udall Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "Today, as we come together as a nation to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11, we remember and honor those whose lives were taken in New York City, Shanksville and Arlington, the heroic first responders who rushed to the aid of others, and the brave men and women who were called to duty and selflessly served their people and their nation in the aftermath … Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Udall: Islamic State must be Stopped, and President Must Make his Case to Congress

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the president's speech on the Islamic State: "The Islamic State is a brutal terrorist group, and it must be stopped. We have a responsibility to continue to work with local groups and our allies in the region for as long as it takes, using strategic force to stop ISIS from continuing on its murderous path. But calls for more and more direct U.S. military intervention the Middle East put us back on a very risky course. … Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Udall Warns Utility Consumers about Scam During Service Outages

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which oversees and funds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), warned New Mexicans about scams directed at utility customers. The FTC recently issued a consumer alert about scammers who claim to work for a utility company and seek cash payment for reconnecting service during power outages caused by severe weather or other events. The scammer may dress in a … Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Udall Speaks on Senate Floor about Need to Rein in the Influence of Big Money on Elections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, an outspoken critic of the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, spoke on the U.S. Senate floor in advance of a historic vote on his constitutional amendment, S.J.Res 19. Udall introduced his constitutional amendment last June to make it clear in the Constitution that Congress and the states have the authority to regulate campaign finance. A final vote is expected later this week. Below are his remarks as prepared… Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Encourage Eligible Livestock Producers to Apply for Disaster Assistance Before Oct. 1

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich encouraged livestock producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to apply for disaster assistance prior to Oct. 1, 2014, to ensure they receive the most possible financial assistance. Udall and Heinrich fought for retroactive disaster assistance funding for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide payments to New Mexico livestock producers who suffered grazing losses due to drough… Continue Reading

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