Press Releases

February 23, 2016

Udall Statement on the President’s Plan to Close Guantánamo Bay Prison

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Obama's plan to close the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay: "I'm pleased to see President Obama moving forward with a proposal to close the Guantánamo Bay prison, and I urge Congress to consider the plan seriously. I've long called for permanently shutting down the facility, which is a stain on our nation's his… Continue Reading

February 19, 2016

Delegation Calls for Federal Investigation Into NM Human Services Department Suspending Medicaid Payments to Behavioral Health Providers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell calling for a thorough investigation of the findings in the Attorney General's report on the New Mexico Human Services Department's suspension of Medicaid payments to 15 nonprofit behavioral health providers. The letter also calls for Secretary Burwell to provide a response detailing which overs… Continue Reading

February 18, 2016

Udall Statement on President Obama’s Upcoming Trip to Cuba

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Obama's announcement that he will be the first sitting president in almost 90 years to visit Cuba: "President Obama's decision to visit Cuba will be remembered in history as an emphatic move to end the outdated Cold War policies of the last century. It marks a sea change in our decades-long relationship with one of our closest neighbors and is something th… Continue Reading

February 16, 2016

Udall Introduces Legislation to Ensure Migrant Children Receive Due Process

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he has introduced legislation to ensure that unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum in the United States receive legal representation and a fair hearing. The Fair Day in Court for Kids Act will address concerns that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is improperly rushing recently arrived asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras through the immigration court process. Many of those individuals are children… Continue Reading

February 16, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $2 Million for Eastern NM Rural Water Supply Project

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed a Bureau of Reclamation investment of $2 million for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project to help deliver clean, reliable water to rural communities. The grant will fund continued construction of a pipeline to transport a new source of groundwater to Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding communities that make up the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority: Clo… Continue Reading

February 13, 2016

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: "Justice Scalia was a brilliant and larger-than-life presence on the Supreme Court. While I almost always disagreed with him, there is no question that his decisions had a powerful impact on our nation's policies, laws, and politics. I offer my deepest condolences to his wife and family. There will be much discussion in the coming months about the future of the Court. Pr… Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

Udall Reiterates Concerns about Lack of an Ambassador to Mexico, Urges Senate to Confirm Qualified Nominee Roberta Jacobson

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime advocate for Senate reform, pushed for a Senate vote on Roberta Jacobson's nomination to serve as ambassador to Mexico. Although Jacobson has been called one of the most qualified nominees for the position ever, her nomination has been on hold for almost six months in large part due to a few senators' objections to her role in the Obama administration's Cuba policy. In a speech on the Se… Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

In Letter, Udall, Heinrich Ask President to Temporarily Suspend Immigration Removal Actions Against Children and Families from Central America

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they are urging President Obama to temporarily suspend immigration removal actions against children and families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras until questions about due process can be addressed. In a letter to President Obama sent yesterday, Udall and Heinrich said they are concerned that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is improperly rushing recently arrived asylum seekers from the Northern T… Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $2.135 Million Reimbursement to Rio Rancho for Water Project Upgrades

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will reimburse the City of Rio Rancho $2.135 million for completed upgrades to water treatment facilities. The city funded the construction of a water treatment facility to clean arsenic from the water supply and comply with federal requirements in 2007, and the awarded funding reimburses a portion of the approximately $6 million in construc… Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Udall Statement Following Appropriations Hearing on Air Force Funding

WASHINGTON - At a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing today on the president's budget request for the Air Force, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III on important issues related to New Mexico's Air Force bases and their role in maintaining a strong national defense. After the hearing, Udall released the following statement: "I'm working as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure that N… Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Udall Disappointed in Unprecedented Supreme Court Decision to Halt Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change: "I'm extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court's unprecedented decision to halt the administration's signature effort to fight global warming. The court may have put a stay on the Clean Power Plan, but no one is putting a stay on climate change, which will continue to threate… Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Announce Technology Transfer Funding to Help NMSU Student Entrepreneurs Move Innovations to Marketplace

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will invest $368,760 in New Mexico State University's Next Generation Entrepreneurship (Next Gen) project. The funding will allow NMSU to enhance entrepreneurship programming at its main campus and extend it to the four NMSU community college campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants and Las Cruces. The program provides students who have developed technologies ripe for comm… Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Udall Statement on the President's Proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, which was released today. "The president's proposed budget is an important starting point, which Congress should consult as we begin the budget process and writing the appropriations bills that fund the government. As a memb… Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Dedicate the Week of Feb. 7 as National Tribal Colleges & Universities Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a bipartisan group of senators in recognizing the vital contributions of the educators, students, and facilitators of higher education at tribal colleges and universities across the country by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating this week as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week. The resolution unanimously passed the U.S. Senate on February 2, 2016. The senators dedicated this week to the tr… Continue Reading

February 05, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge President to Take Robust & Aggressive Actions to Address the Spread of the Zika Virus & Ensure Disease is Contained to Prevent Outbreaks in the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) urged President Obama to develop a coordinated interagency response plan to address the spread of the Zika virus both at home and abroad. In a letter, signed by all 46 Senate Democrats, the lawmakers call for the President to take a number of new actions, including taking the Zika virus into consideration as the Administration coordinates, and allocates resources in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY16, and… Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

At Hearing, Udall Raises Concerns about Public Health Crisis in Gallup, as well as IHS Staffing and Funding Issues in NM

WASHINGTON - During a Wednesday hearing of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee about substandard care at several Indian Health Services (IHS) facilities, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged IHS officials to help address the public health crisis at the struggling Na'Nizhoozhi Center, Inc. (NCI) detox center in Gallup, N.M. NCI offers a desperately needed social detox program, which is at risk of closing due to underfunding. The Center is not an IHS facility, but is the only detox facility serving t… Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Welcome President's Proposal to Fully Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded President Obama's announcement that he will work to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), an innovative conservation program that has helped to preserve public lands, create and expand city parks, and provide access to outdoor recreation across the New Mexico and the nation. Funding through the LWCF has helped conserve special places from the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Bernalillo County to t… Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Ahead of Super Bowl 50, Sens. Udall, Klobuchar, Blumenthal; Reps. Pascrell, Rooney Lead Bill to Protect Young Athletes from Concussions, Tackle False Safety Claims for Sports Gear

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Youth Sports Concussion Act would help ensure that safety standards for sports equipment, including football helmets, are based on the latest science and curb false advertising claims ma… Continue Reading

February 03, 2016

Udall Pays Tribute to Special Forces Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor as a tribute to Sergeant First Class Matthew McClintock of Albuquerque, who was killed in Afghanistan on Jan. 5. McClintock was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) of the Washington Army National Guard. Below are Udall's remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, I rise today with sorrow and regret to pay tribute to Sergeant First Class Matthew McClintock. Sergeant McClintock … Continue Reading

February 03, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge Extended Hours of Operation at Santa Teresa Port of Entry

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) urging him to extend the hours of operation for northbound commercial traffic at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry (POE) and publicize recently extended southbound hours. In their letter to Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, the senators requested that CBP extend the hours for weekday northbound commercial traffic from 8 a.m. to midnight and allow 24-hour pedestrian and … Continue Reading

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