Press Releases

October 08, 2015

Udall Statement on Senate Democrats’ Principles for Gun Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Senate Democrats announced principles for new gun safety legislation: "A week ago, the nation was horrified yet again by another mass shooting, this time at an Oregon community college. Jill and I mourn the victims, and our hearts go out to their friends and families and the entire community of Roseburg, Oregon. Our thoughts are with them and too many other communities around the country that struggle with gun violence. "… Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Udall Votes for Major National Defense Bill, Urges Solution to Dangerous Sequestration Cuts

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting 70-27 for a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill -- the result of an agreement between the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives -- includes several priorities Udall has championed for New Mexico. In addition to programs important for New Mexico's military bases and national laboratories, the bill includes Udall's measure to strengthen the open-air burn pits regist… Continue Reading


October 07, 2015

NM Delegation Applauds Passage of Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján welcomed passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act. The bill, which previously passed in the U.S. Senate, now heads to President Obama for his signature. Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Heinrich introduced the Senate bill to place four tracts of land from the former Albuquerqu… Continue Reading


October 07, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $4.39 Million for Tribal Suicide, Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that several New Mexico Tribes and organizations will be receiving a total of $4.39 million over five years to prevent suicide, fight drug abuse and combat domestic violence through the Indian Health Service's Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) programs. The MSPI program provides support for Tribal communities to develop culturally appropriate prevention… Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Udall Leads Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Pushing for Vote on Chemical Safety Reform

WASHINGTON - As the Senate prepares to begin debate on chemical safety reform, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) today led a bipartisan coalition of senators calling on Congress to finally protect families from dangerous chemicals by passing the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). The bill is named for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who worked for many years to reform the broken and outdated Toxic Subst… Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Udall, Vitter, Inhofe, Bonnie Lautenberg Urge Passage of Historic Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - In a press conference today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), David Vitter (R-La.), and Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.), along with Bonnie Lautenberg, widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and supporters of chemical safety reform, urged the Senate to act to pass a historic bill to reform the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Written by Udall and Vitter and based on a bill Vitter wrote with Lautenberg, the Frank R. La… Continue Reading


October 05, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Welcome $5.7 Million to Build Veterans Cemetery at Fort Stanton

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have secured $5,741,388 to cover the full cost of construction for a veterans cemetery near Fort Stanton. Currently, the state has only two veterans cemeteries -- located in Santa Fe and at Fort Bayard -- and many veterans and their families have to travel a great distance to honor loved ones. The new cemetery at Fort Stanton will serve more than 7,500 veterans and their families. Ground breaking for the project is… Continue Reading


October 02, 2015

Udall, Manchin, Murphy, Lee Call for an End to the Failed Syria Train and Equip Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan urging them to end the Syria Train and Equip Program - an unsuccessful effort to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters - which has endangered Americans and further escalated conflict in the region. The Senators wrote in part… Continue Reading


October 02, 2015

Udall, Markey, Durbin Announce Agreement on Chemical Safety Reform Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, as the full Senate prepares to begin debate on a historic bill to overhaul the broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) announced they have agreed on new improvements to the bill. With the changes, Markey and Durbin have agreed to support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which Udall wrote with U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). Their cosponsorship brings the… Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Udall Introduces Resolution to Promote Reconciliation on 50th Anniversary of Indonesian Massacres

WASHINGTON - Today, on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, U.S. Senator Tom Udall reintroduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to bring attention to the 1965-66 slaughter of up to 1 million people in Indonesia. On Oct. 1, 1965, six Indonesian Army generals were killed by Indonesian military personnel, but their deaths were blamed on Indonesia's Communist Party. It is believed that the Suharto-led Indonesian government used this event to … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Udall Welcomes Passage of Short-Term Budget Agreement, Urges Responsible Long-Term Budget for NM

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Committee, joined the full Senate in voting for a short-term agreement to keep the federal government running until Dec. 11. The measure, which passed the Senate 78-20 and passed the U.S. House of Representatives 277-151, is now headed to the president to be signed into law. While Udall welcomed the short-term agreement called a "continuing resolution," he urged Congress to agree to a long-term budget that also ends the d… Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Udall Calls on Congress to Immediately Extend LWCF, Find Permanent Solution

WASHINGTON - With the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) set to expire at midnight, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called on Congress to immediately pass a 60-day extension and continue working to permanently authorize and fully fund the nation's premier conservation program. Udall's father, former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, helped secure passage of the LWCF in 1965 and the program has since helped boost the economy in local communities and supported outdoor recreation throughout the nation.… Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Congratulate New Mexico’s National Blue Ribbon Schools

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich congratulated Mora High School, Melrose Elementary School and Newcomb Elementary School on being named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the awards today and recognized outstanding schools across the country for their overall academic excellence or their progress toward closing achievement gaps. Mora High School and Melrose Elementary School are being named Exemplary Achievement Gap Cl… Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

NM Delegation Welcomes $2 Million for Native American Schools

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed news that the Native American Community Academy (NACA) Foundation is receiving a highly competitive $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch and maintain five schools in New Mexico Native communities. The NACA-Inspired School Network is one of 12 programs nationally to receive this award. The funding will support five schools i… Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Udall Urges Congress to Stop Playing Games, Pass a Responsible Budget for New Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor about the impact a potential government shutdown would have in New Mexico. With less than one week left until government funding runs out, Udall urged Congress to pass a temporary funding extension and begin bipartisan budget negotiations he's long called for. "Have we forgotten what happened two years ago? The people of my home state of New Mexico have not. We were badly … Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act Passes Senate, Moves to House

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján welcomed passage in the Senate of the Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act. Udall, a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Heinrich introduced the Senate bill to place four tracts of land from the former Albuquerque Indian School into trust for the 19 Pueblos, consolidating the last parcels of the old school property into the Albuquerque… Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Udall Welcomes Pope Francis' Message of Cooperation, Freedom and Responsibility

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after Pope Francis' address to Congress (Spanish translation follows): "I am honored and humbled to have been present for Pope Francis' historic address to Congress. This is an important moment for Catholics and all of us who admire his mission to create a more compassionate world. His words were not just a call to faith but a call for peace. He reminded us of Americans throughout history whose work and values have helped make o… Continue Reading


September 23, 2015

Udall Encourages New Mexicans to Participate in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall encouraged New Mexicans to participate in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. MT, and to return unwanted, unneeded or expired prescriptions for safe disposal. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and provides free anonymous drop-off sites throughout the state for New Mexicans to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Residents can search online by county, city or zi… Continue Reading


September 23, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $23.2 Million in Grants for Taos, Artesia, Albuquerque Airports

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $23.2 million in grants to support air transportation infrastructure at the airports in Taos, Artesia and Albuquerque. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grants to fund airport construction and rehabilitation, and reduce pollution. The Taos Regional Airport will receive $16,162,353 to fund the construction of a new runway. The Artesia Municipal Airport will receive $2,042,802 to rehabilitate its e… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Sens. Udall, Heinrich, Bennet, Rep. Luján Introduce Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, are introducing legislation to help the Navajo Nation and communities in Northwestern New Mexico and Southwestern Colorado recover from the Gold King Mine blowout that spilled toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers. The Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Act of 2015 will ensure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to work with affe… Continue Reading

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