Press Releases

February 03, 2016

Progress for Children's Safety

Some days you might not think we could pass a strong environmental bill in this Congress. But after years of negotiations and collaboration, I'm thrilled we've proven that wrong. The Senate unanimously passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bill I wrote to reform the law and finally help protect children and families in New Mexico and around the country from dangerous chemicals. Many Americans believe that if they can buy a product at the grocery store or hard… Continue Reading

February 03, 2016

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns for Washington, D.C., Office

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit The upcoming summer internship session in Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will last from May 31 - July 15. Applications and supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, mu… Continue Reading

February 03, 2016

Udall, Gillibrand, Whitehouse, Merkley, Warner, Heinrich Unveil Bill to Take Partisanship Out of Congressional Redistricting, Restore Choice to Voters

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act to take partisanship out of the often divisive congressional redistricting process by requiring states to establish independent, bipartisan redistricting commissions. In most states, state legislatures -- working with their governor -- draw federa… Continue Reading

February 02, 2016

Udall: President's Proposal to Dedicate $1.1 Billion to Address Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic is Important Step

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today welcomed President Obama's proposal to dedicate $1.1 billion to fight the heroin use and prescription opioid abuse epidemic in New Mexico and across the country. Udall has long fought to increase support to help communities treat and prevent both problems, particularly prescription opioid drug abuse, which is too often a gateway to heroin use. In 2014, New Mexico had the second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation, according to the Centers… Continue Reading

February 02, 2016

Udall Statement Celebrating Black History Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement today in honor of Black History Month, which is celebrated in February: "During Black History Month, we remember the African American champions of equality who sacrificed and fought for liberty and justice as well as the countless contributions by African American scientists, artists, business people, explorers, civic leaders and others who have made our communities, state and nation richer and stronger. "The great ideal of Ame… Continue Reading

February 01, 2016

Udall Introduces Amendment to Give All Americans an Opportunity to Invest in Our Clean Energy Future

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced an amendment that he has filed to energy legislation that would ultimately enable all Americans to buy Clean Energy Victory Bonds, allowing regular people across the country to do their part to invest in our nation's clean energy future. Modeled after war bonds, which raised billions of dollars during World War I and World War II, Clean Energy Victory Bonds would help local, state and federal governments raise billions of dollars in capital th… Continue Reading

January 29, 2016

Udall Bill to Childproof E-Cigarettes Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed news that a bill he championed to improve e-cigarette safety has been signed into law by the president. The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 requires manufacturers to put childproof caps on the small bottles of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. The number of e-cigarette users -- especially young users -- has soared in recent years, and this is the first piece of national legislation to help regulate the impact on public healt… Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Selection of Valles Caldera, Bandelier for a National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument have been selected to participate in the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project. The National Park Service (NPS) has selected 69 projects at 63 parks nationwide to highlight during its centennial celebration this year. As part of their selection, the Valles Caldera and Bandelier National Monume… Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome Partnership to Allow Public Access to the Sabinoso Wilderness

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed a partnership between the Wyss Foundation and the Wilderness Land Trust to open up the Sabinoso Wilderness for public access. Created in 2009 through legislation championed by Udall, Heinirch, Luján and former Senator Jeff Bingaman, the Sabinoso Wilderness is currently surrounded by private land and therefore inaccessible without trespassing on private property. That will … Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Udall Statement on Standoff at Occupied Oregon Refuge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: "I respect the right of all Americans to exercise their First Amendment rights to protest laws and policies. But the standoff in Oregon has gone far beyond protest or civil disobedience. The Refuge occupiers pose a significant danger to themselves, law enforcement and the nearby community, and now tragically, the situation has turned deadly. While I strongly oppose their demand… Continue Reading

January 22, 2016

NM Delegation Welcomes BLM's Draft Rule on Reducing Natural Gas Loss, Fighting Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) draft rules for curbing natural gas waste. New Mexico is the nation's leading producer of oil from onshore federal land, and second for natural gas production. Yet too much of the state's natural gas goes to waste through venting, flaring and leaks - causing dangerous methane pollution over the San Juan Basin. Methane is a pot… Continue Reading

January 22, 2016

NM Delegation Welcomes $12.6 Million to Tribes for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that several New Mexico Tribes are receiving a total of $12.6 million over five years for diabetes prevention and treatment programs. Tribes receiving funding include the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Pueblos of Jemez, Taos, Zia, Zuni and Santa Ana, as well as the Indian Health Service Albuquerque Area. The grants are part of the Speci… Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Ahead of Citizens United Anniversary, Udall Announces 2 Major Election Reform Bills

WASHINGTON - Ahead of tomorrow's sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) announced that he is introducing two bills to help restore voters' voices in our democracy and follow through on the president's call to fix our politics during last week's State of the Union address. Udall is a champion for fair elections that are free of unlimited and undisclosed special interest money, and is the lead sponsor of a constitutional amendment to… Continue Reading

January 19, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Call on Legislature to Put Constitutional Amendment to Improve Well-Being of NM Children on the Ballot

WASHINGTON - Today, on the first day of the state legislative session, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the leaders of the New Mexico House and Senate, formally calling on them to work together to improve the well-being of New Mexico's children. Specifically, Udall and Heinrich urged legislators to bring up and pass a measure that would allow voters to amend the constitution and invest a portion of the state's Land Grant Permanent Fund in the most effective early chil… Continue Reading

January 15, 2016

NM Delegation Presses for Disaster Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers Recovering from December Storms

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to quickly approve the State of New Mexico's request for disaster assistance following December's catastrophic winter storm. The storm hurt farmers and ranchers across 18 New Mexico counties, and a secretarial disaster designation would allow them to access Farm Service Agency emergency loans. These … Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Udall Congratulates New Mexico Nominees to United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that 36 New Mexico students have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy. A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall's nomination participated in a competitive application process, which included an interview with the sena… Continue Reading

January 12, 2016

Udall Responds to President's Final State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address: "President Obama was right to be upbeat in his final State of the Union address. We've made tremendous progress in this country. We took historic steps to ensure tens of thousands of New Mexicans - and millions of Americans - can get health care when they're sick. We reformed K-12 education. We're dramatically increasing the production of solar and wind energy.… Continue Reading

January 12, 2016

Udall, Heinrich Urge Executive Action to Limit Anonymous Campaign Contributions

WASHINGTON - Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 27 other senators to urge the president to limit anonymous political spending in elections by requiring new transparency for previously secret campaign contributions. The senators are pushing the administration to require federal contractors to disclose political spending before submitting bids for government work. The administration released a draft plan to do so five years ago, but has not finalized it. The senators mad… Continue Reading

January 08, 2016

Delegation Secures Promise that New Mexicans will Continue to be able to Fly with NM Licenses until 2018

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following response to today's statement by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on the final phase of REAL ID implementation: "In December, we convened a meeting with DHS officials and urged the administration to provide New Mexico families and businesses with certainty about whether they would be able to board a commercial airplane with a driver's lice… Continue Reading

January 07, 2016

Looking Ahead to 2016

From welcoming Valles Caldera into the National Park Service and securing funding to modernize the Columbus border crossing to advances in lifesaving technology to prevent drunk driving, we made exciting progress in 2015. I was especially proud to end the year with passage in the Senate of my bipartisan bill to protect our kids from dangerous chemicals. Looking forward to 2016, I will continue working hard to do what's right for New Mexicans. That means fighting for resources for our national la… Continue Reading

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