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Tom Prioritizes Children’s Privacy Rights in Commerce Hearing

Date: 10/10/2018
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned leading data privacy advocates about legislative approaches to protecting consumers and safeguarding children’s privacy during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “Consumer Data Privacy: Examining Lessons From the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act.” He questioned witnesses on the role large platforms should play in protecting children’s privacy online, and stressed the urgency of improving and modernizing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies.

Tom Shares Stories Told to Him by Sexual Violence Survivors From Across New Mexico

Date: 10/06/2018
In the wake of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s courageous testimony, survivors across New Mexico have reached out to me about their own experiences with sexual violence. With their permission, I’m sharing some of their incredible words with you.

Tom Fights to Protect Children’s Privacy

Date: 09/26/2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned top executives from various technology and telecommunications firms, including Google, Twitter, Apple, Amazon, AT&T and Charter, about whether they are taking the appropriate steps to protect data privacy rights for consumers in New Mexico and across America. In a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,” he focused on potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by kids apps hosted on major technology companies’ platforms. Udall also urged Congress to strengthen and modernize COPPA with the necessary safeguards to protect children’s online privacy rights in the 21st century.

Tom Speaks as Senate Passes Interior, Environment Funding Bill 92-6

Date: 08/02/2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor just before the full Senate passed the FY2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, a funding bill authored by Udall’s committee.

Udall to Trump: ‘You’re Going to Put Companies Out of Business in New Mexico with These Tariffs’

Date: 07/12/2018
WASHINGTON – Today, in a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall told a Trump administration official that President Trump’s incitement and escalation of an unnecessary trade war with our allies threatens to put companies out of business in New Mexico. Udall said that the president’s decision to place national security tariffs on steel and aluminum imports – including from allies like Canada, Mexico, and the European Union – and the resulting retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. goods will have dire effects on several industries in New Mexico.

Udall Speaks Out Against Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Date: 06/28/2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor in opposition to President Trump’s inhumane and immoral family separation policy. Udall called on the president to immediately communicate a plan for how the Trump administration will reunite the thousands of children who have been separated from their families under the administration’s policy. Udall’s speech followed his visit to the border to hold the Trump administration accountable, during which Udall was part of the first group of members of Congress to tour the Tornillo tent facility where children are being detained.

Tom Fights for Justice for Victims of Radiation Exposure in Key Senate Hearing

Date: 06/27/2018
In a major step forward in the fight for justice for victims of radiation exposure, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) testified in a key Senate hearing on the need to enact his legislation to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and provide compensation to all New Mexicans, Native Americans, and families throughout the country affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War

Tom Presses IHS Officials on Trump Admin. Comments Challenging Unique Legal Status of Tribes

Date: 05/24/2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS), pressed IHS officials to affirm the unique legal government-to-government relationship between the federal government and American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes in response to concerning comments made earlier this year by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) personnel.

Tom Questions IHS on Efforts to Improve Facilities, Combat Addiction in NM’s Tribal Communities

Date: 05/23/2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned IHS Acting Director Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee and other top IHS officials on the FY2019 budget for the Indian Health Service. Udall pressed the panel on how it can sufficiently improve health outcomes in Indian Country with the proposed cuts to the IHS budget, and how IHS plans to make much-needed improvements to IHS facilities in New Mexico and address the opioid epidemic and addiction in tribal communities with insufficient funding.

Tom Demands Answers from Pruitt on Ethics Violations

Date: 05/16/2018
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, demanded answers from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt about the many and well-documented ethical violations Pruitt has committed since assuming office. Udall questioned Pruitt during a subcommittee hearing to examine the EPA’s fiscal year 2019 budget request.

Tom Urges Support for NM Military Bases at Appropriations Hearing on Military Construction Funding

Date: 04/26/2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted the critical role that New Mexico's military bases play in national security, and urged support for funding and resources for military construction projects at New Mexico’s Air Force bases and White Sands Missile Range during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies.

Tom Presses FDA Commissioner to Protect Kids from E-Cigarettes

Date: 04/24/2018
In a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about the steps the FDA is taking to protect kids and families from the dangers of e-cigarettes, which emit numerous potentially toxic substances.

Tom Questions National Guard about Strategy on US Border

Date: 04/17/2018
During a hearing at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned the chief of the National Guard Bureau about President Trump’s apparently unplanned announcement that he would send National Guard members to the border with Mexico.

Tom Questions Mike Pompeo at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Date: 04/12/2018
Senator Tom Udall questions Mike Pompeo about his record and his fitness to lead the State Department during his Senate confirmation hearing today

Advancing Native Food Traditions for Indian Country Roundtable

Date: 01/18/2018
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hosting a roundtable to discuss the many ways Congress and USDA can support efforts to grow and expand access to foods traditionally and historically cultivated by Tribes.

New Mexico dreamers share their stories

Date: 01/10/2018
This video tells the stories of seven DREAMers who — with the protection they gained under DACA — are planning for their future and pursuing their dreams. The DREAMers featured in the video were all brought to the United States as children by their parents who were fleeing danger or seeking better economic and educational opportunities for their children. They are all New Mexicans who work, attend school, and volunteer throughout the state, and are now at risk of losing their legal status, work permits and protection from deportation if Congress doesn’t act soon.

Holiday Message for the Troops

Date: 12/20/2017
Sen. Tom Udall sends a holiday message to our men and women in the military and their families.

Tom: Don’t Let Grinch Bots Steal Christmas

Date: 12/12/2017
Today, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, Tom questioned Artificial Intelligence experts on how retailers can prevent software bots from buying up popular toys and merchandise and reselling them at inflated prices this holiday season.

Tom Speaks Out Against GOP Tax Plan's Devastating Impact on New Mexico

Date: 11/30/2017
Today, ahead of a vote on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke out against the devastating GOP tax plan, highlighting the many ways the bill will hurt New Mexico families by gutting tax deductions for the middle class and working families, and forcing drastic cuts to mandatory federal programs like Medicare and state mineral leasing payments in order to pay for massive tax cuts for corporations and the ultra wealthy.

Tom Presses Companies to Improve Protections for Consumers' Personal Information

Date: 11/08/2017
At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Senator Tom Udall pressed representatives from major American companies that have experienced large data breaches to improve their protections for consumers’ personal information.

Tom Expresses Concern about Lack of Authority for Changing Conflict in Middle East

Date: 10/31/2017
Today, at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall once again pressed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis about the need for congressional authority – an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) – if the United States continues to engage in the military conflict in the Middle East. Udall reiterated his longstanding position that Americans are very skeptical of unending war in the Middle East, the longest in our history. He said that the conflict has changed dramatically since Congress voted to authorize force after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and that Congress must debate and approve a new AUMF with clear limits that take into account the current fight, which has expanded to include Syria and other surrounding regions.

Tom Speaks Out Against Republican Efforts to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Drilling

Date: 10/18/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in strong opposition to a provision slipped in the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would pay for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy in part through oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A longtime champion of protection for the Arctic refuge, Udall called for the removal of any language in the budget that would open to drilling the refuge’s coastal plain, known as the 10-02 area.

Tom Joins Chemical Exposure Victims and Advocates to Speak Out Against Michael Dourson Nomination

Date: 10/03/2017
U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) held a press conference to expose the danger of confirming chemical industry propagandist Michael Dourson to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) office that serves as the nation’s chemical and pesticide watchdog. They were joined by several victims of chemical exposure, as well as the CEO of a baby food company, and an expert who has exposed Dourson’s work for the chemical industry and how it was used to justify looser standards for dangerous substances.

Tom Speaks in Opposition to Re-Nomination of Ajit Pai to FCC

Date: 10/02/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to serve another term on the FCC. Pai “has not been a vigorous watchdog for free speech. He has not put the people’s right to information first, ahead of corporate interests. And he has opposed policies outright that ensure underserved communities have access to essential technology,” Udall said.

Tom on Senate Floor: ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care for Indian Country

Date: 09/26/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country. In remarks on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality health care.

New Mexico Families Share Their Affordable Care Act Stories

Date: 07/19/2017
This video features interviews with New Mexicans who contacted Tom to urge him to save the ACA. They are: Pam and her husband Mike, a small business owners in Placitas whose cancer treatment was covered by Obamacare; Daena, whose daughter, Kitt, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 2 1/2 and is currently safe from discrimination under the ACA's protections for people with pre-existing conditions; Elena, who qualified for Medicaid under the ACA expansion as a law student at UNM and was able to afford the procedures she needed when she discovered her very high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer; Jessica and Sam whose 16-month-old son, Rafe, has a type of neurological blindness that requires intensive medical care; and Matthew, a farmer in Albuquerque who learned he qualified for Medicaid after his wife underwent a costly emergency C-section. Tom has talked about each of them on social media and in speeches in the U.S. Senate. In this video, they share their personal health care stories in their own voices.

Tom Presses USACE on Columbus POE Infrastructure Needs to Protect against Flooding

Date: 06/28/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to commit to ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place to protect the Columbus Port of Entry from reoccurring flooding. Earlier this year, Udall joined a groundbreaking ceremony for an $86 million expansion of the Port of Entry Complex. Diversion berms to protect the port from flooding was the Albuquerque District office’s top priority for the Army Corps’ Fiscal Year 2017 work plan, but the project is still waiting on funding.

Tom Questions Energy Secretary about Safety of Plutonium Mission at Los Alamos Lab

Date: 06/21/2017
Today, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Energy Secretary Rick Perry about steps Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have taken to ensure safety and security of the plutonium mission. In response to Udall's questions, Perry acknowledged that the lab has made serious mistakes but said that he is confident that NNSA and DOE have taken appropriate steps to hold the lab and its contractor accountable and ensure the lab's workers and plutonium mission are safe and on track.

Tom: 9/11 AUMF does not authorize war in Syria

Date: 06/20/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call for Congress to debate and vote on an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to set parameters for the ongoing and escalating U.S. military involvement in Syria and other conflict areas. Udall said this should include a "sunset" -- a clear end date at which point Congress could reconsider whether to extend the authorization.

Tom Questions NNSA Administrator on Support for National Labs in NNSA Budget

Date: 06/14/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, under secretary for nuclear security and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator, about funding for Los Alamos and Sandia national labs and other New Mexico projects in the NNSA Fiscal Year 2018 budget during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. The subcommittee is in charge of funding for the Department of Energy (DOE), NNSA and the national labs.

Tom Highlights New Mexico's Potential Role in Developing Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Date: 06/14/2017
In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senator Tom Udall highlighted the role Intel's semiconductor fabrication plant in Rio Rancho might play in building the technology needed to successfully develop self-driving vehicles.

Tom Presses Agriculture Secretary on Devastating Trump Budget and Job Cuts in NM

Date: 06/13/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about the Trump administration’s devastating proposed budget cuts to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that benefit rural New Mexico and America, including deep cuts to rural development, food assistance, conservation, and research. During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Udall questioned Perdue about the president’s proposal to slash $4.8 billion from the USDA budget—a massive 21 percent cut— and to cut the USDA staff by more than 5,200 personnel. Udall said the proposed cuts would be disastrous for rural economies in New Mexico and across the country.

Tom Urges Support for NM Military Bases at Appropriations Hearing on Military Construction

Date: 06/07/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall highlighted the critical role that New Mexico's military bases play in national security, and urged support for funding and resources for military construction projects at White Sands Missile Range, Holloman and Cannon Air Force Bases, and the New Mexico National Guard, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies.

Tom Outlines TrumpCare's Devastating Consequences for New Mexico

Date: 05/23/2017
In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Tom Udall outlined his opposition to TrumpCare, the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act that would be devastating for New Mexicans and rural communities.

Tom Honors New Mexico Police Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty

Date: 05/16/2017
During a speech on the Senate floor today, Senator Udall honored five fallen New Mexico police officers who died in the line of duty: Officer Jose Ismael Chavez, Officer Clint E. Corvinus, Deputy Sheriff Ryan Sean Thomas, Sheriff Steven Lawrence Ackerman, and Officer Houston James Largo.

Tom Secures VA Sec. Shulkin's Commitment Not to Close Facilities that Provide Care for Veterans

Date: 05/11/2017
At today's hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Tom Udall secured a commitment from Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin “not to eliminate or close facilities that are taking care of veterans.”

Tom Talks #DrainTheSwamp, Border Wall, North Korea on CNN Newsroom

Date: 04/27/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall appeared on CNN Newsroom this morning to discuss President Trump's failure to #DrainTheSwamp, border wall funding and the situation in North Korea.

Tom Speaks Against Gorsuch Supreme Court Nomination on Senate Floor

Date: 04/05/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. Discussing his opposition to Gorsuch and his intention to vote against cloture, Udall cited the “extraordinary circumstances” surrounding Goruch’s nomination, including Republicans’ unprecedented obstruction of Judge Merrick Garland, the investigation into President Trump’s ties to Russia, and Gorsuch’s lack of independence and compassion for individuals who come before the court.

Tom Renews Call for Independent Investigation into Russian Interference in Presidential Election

Date: 03/30/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor to renew his call for an independent, bipartisan investigation into the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and into possible ties between Russia and President Trump, his family businesses, or his close associates.

Tom Questions Former Sec. of State Albright on Need for AUMF for Syrian Conflict

Date: 03/30/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall asked former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright about the need for Congress to debate an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the ongoing and growing U.S. military involvement in Syria. In spite of public reports of heavy artillery, U.S. Military vehicles, and up to 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria, Congress still has neither debated nor passed an AUMF authorizing military action in Syria. Instead, the president is relying on a more than 15-year-old AUMF that was passed after the September 11th attacks. As Udall said, "I voted for that AUMF as a House member. I never imagined that vote being used to justify U.S. ground troops in Syria in the year 2017."

Tom Questions Gov. Richardson on Importance of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Date: 03/29/2017
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall asked former N.M. Gov. Bill Richardson whether the threats from President Trump and his administration to dismantle NAFTA and build a border wall will negatively affect New Mexico's growing border economies and do little to effectively secure the border. Udall also discussed the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico to New Mexico's economy and border security and raised concerns about how President Trump's negative comments about Mexico — from insulting its leadership to calling Mexicans rapists and murderers — has already affected diplomatic relations with the country.

Tom Presses Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs Chairman on Need for AUMF for Syrian Conflict

Date: 03/22/2017
Today, in a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford on the need for Congress to debate an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the ongoing and growing U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Tom Questions FTC Chairwoman on Credit Card Skimmers at Gas Stations

Date: 03/21/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned acting Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen about whether the FTC is taking appropriate steps to protect New Mexicans and Americans from having their credit cards compromised by card “skimmers" at the gas pump. Udall’s questioning came in response to multiple reports of skimming at Albuquerque gas stations, as covered by KRQE, KOB and other news outlets. Albuquerque police believe that 22 card skimmers were installed at gas pumps across the city.

Tom Defends Free Press in Light of Attacks by Trump and his Advisers

Date: 03/15/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor to defend the essential role of a free press in holding government accountable to the people. In his speech, Udall condemned the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on reporters and news organizations. Udall’s speech came during Sunshine week, a national initiative to raise awareness of the importance of an open and transparent government.

Tom Questions Secretary Zinke on Interior Department Priorities for Indian Country

Date: 03/08/2017
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, questioned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at the committee's oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s priorities for Indian Country. This was Zinke's first appearance before the committee as secretary. Joining Secretary Zinke on the witness panel were several Tribal leaders including Chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors, Paul Torres, the former governor of the Pueblo of Isleta; the Honorable Alvin Not Afraid Jr., chairman of the Crow Nation; the Honorable Jefferson Keel, lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation; and the Honorable Keith Anderson, vice chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Udall emphasized the importance of a strong government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian Country, and he took the opportunity to ask Zinke to commit to meaningfully consult with Tribes on issues that affect their communities. Udall also addressed a number of other matters, including Chaco Canyon and the newly created Bears Ears National Monument; and how the federal hiring freeze is inhibiting the federal government's ability to uphold its trust and treaty obligations to provide Native communities with the services that are owed to them, such as health care and education.

Tom Questions FCC Chairman Pai on Trump First Amendment Attacks

Date: 03/08/2017
Today, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about how he intends to lead the FCC given President Trump’s attacks on the free press, including specific media organizations that are subject to FCC regulation.

Tom Talks Trump Team Russia Ties, GOP Dismantling Methane Rule on MSNBC

Date: 02/21/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall appeared on MSNBC to discuss ties between President Trump’s team and Russia and the GOP’s efforts to dismantle the BLM’s methane rule, a common-sense environmental regulation the waste of hundreds of millions of dollars of natural gas every year.

Tom Speaks on Senate Floor Against Pruitt Nomination for EPA

Date: 02/17/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In opposing Pruitt’s nomination, Udall cited Pruitt’s long record of fighting for polluters in court, denying climate change, disrespecting Tribal sovereignty, and working to undermine the fundamental goals of the EPA to protect clean air and clean water.

Tom Urges Senate to Reject Nomination of Friedman for Ambassador to Israel

Date: 02/16/2017
Today, at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall urged senators to reject the nomination of David Friedman to be U.S. ambassador to Israel. Udall questioned Friedman on his litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, and other public officials.

Tom Talks Flynn Resignation, Trump Ties with Russia with Chris Hayes

Date: 02/15/2017
US Senator Tom Udall went on "All in with Chris Hayes" to discuss General Flynn's resignation and call for an independent investigation into the ties between President Trump's administration, his campaign, and Russia

Tom Goes on CBS News, Advocates for Open Debate on Senator Sessions' Nomination

Date: 02/08/2017
US Senator Tom Udall went on CBS News to discuss why America needs an open debate about Senator Sessions' nomination to serve as Attorney General, including Coretta Scott King's letter about his civil rights record

Tom Talks with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell About Coretta Scott King's Letter

Date: 02/08/2017
US Senator Tom Udall talked to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell about why he read Coretta Scott King's letter on the Senate floor after Elizabeth Warren was silenced for doing the same

Tom Reads from Coretta Scott King Letter in Opposing Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Date: 02/08/2017
US Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as Attorney General of the United States. In his speech, Udall entered into the Senate record and read from a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., opposing Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship. On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) read from the same letter and attempted to enter it into the record, but Senate Republicans voted to formally silence her.

Tom Takes to the Senate Floor to Speak Out Against Betsy Devos’ Nomination for Education Secretary

Date: 02/07/2017
US Senator Tom Udall took to the Senate floor to join Senate Democrats in speaking out against Betsy Devos’ nomination to serve as Education Secretary. Senator Udall expressed concern that Mrs. Devos’ has neither the experience nor the commitment to public education to serve as an effective advocate for New Mexico’s or America’s students.

Tom Addresses Joint Session of the New Mexico Legislature

Date: 02/06/2017
In a speech to a joint session of the New Mexico legislature, US Senator Tom Udalll discussed the impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on New Mexico's already fragile economy and spoke out on behalf of immigrant rights and against President Trump's unconstitutional, anti-Muslim and anti-refugee executive order.

Tom Defends Rule to Protect Clean Air, Prevent Natural Gas Waste

Date: 02/01/2017
During a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, US Senator Tom Udall defended the Bureau of Land Management's Methane and Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule, which is crucial to protect air quality and to prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on federal and Indian lands

Tom Speaks Out Against Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation as Secretary of State

Date: 01/31/2017
US Senator Tom Udall took to the Senate floor to voice his opposition to Rex Tillerson’s confirmation as President Trump’s Secretary of State

Tom Announces His Vote Against Confirming Mike Pompeo as CIA Director

Date: 01/25/2017
US Senator Tom Udall took to the Senate floor to announce his vote against confirming Mike Pompeo as CIA Director. Udall expressed concern that Congressman Pompeo's views on human rights, constitutional rights, and the rule of law will undercut our nation's moral authority and undermine our national security.

Tom Questions Commerce Nominee Ross on Trump’s Divestment, Trade Promotion Authority

Date: 01/18/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall questioned Wilbur Ross, President-elect Trump's Commerce Secretary nominee, about how Trump's inadequate divestment will interfere with Ross' ability to engage in good-faith negotiations with foreign countries and whether the Trump administration will use Trade Promotion Authority to pass trade deals without amendments from Congress.

Tom Questions Haley, UN Ambassador Nominee, on Climate Change

Date: 01/18/2017
In a confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed President-elect Trump’s nominee to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on her position on climate change and whether she was committed to the United States remaining a party to the Paris Agreement.

Tom Questions Rex Tillerson about Climate Change, Ethics in Confirmation Hearing

Date: 01/11/2017
During confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson about his position on climate change and whether he will continue his relationship with Exxon if he is confirmed as the nation's top diplomat.

Tom Shares Stories of New Mexicans Threatened by Obamacare Repeal

Date: 01/09/2017
U.S. Senator Tom Udall shared stories on the Senate floor from New Mexicans who rely on the historic protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and who stand to lose health and economic security under President-elect Donald Trump and Washington Republicans’ efforts to repeal health care reform without any plan to replace it.

Holiday Message for the Troops

Date: 12/23/2016
Sen. Tom Udall sends a holiday message to our men and women in the military and their families

Tom Asks about Impact on Nuclear Power if US Withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement

Date: 11/17/2016
At a hearing of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Tom Udall highlighted the potentially negative economic consequences of a proposed withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, including the impact on the nuclear power industry.

Tom urges FTC to Crack Down on False Claims by Sports Equipment Makers

Date: 09/27/2016
In a hearing of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Tom Udall highlighted dangerous and deceptive claims by the sports equipment maker "Shock Doctor," which says its mouth guards protect against brain concussions. Udall said such practices put players at unnecessary risk and urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to step in and prevent Shock Doctor and other sports equipment manufacturers from marketing their products using false claims about safety.

Tom Urges FDA to Help NM Families Struggling to Afford the EpiPen

Date: 09/21/2016
At an Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Senator Tom Udall pressed the FDA to safely expedite alternative treatments to the EpiPen Auto-Injector and shared the stories of New Mexican families struggling to afford this life-saving medical product in the wake of exorbitant price hikes.

Tom Asked FCC Commissioners to Commit to Closing the Homework Gap

Date: 09/21/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall asked the FCC Commissioners to support efforts to close the homework gap—the inequality of access to the internet facing students in low-income, Tribal and rural communities.

Tom Proposes Senate Rules Change to Fix Broken Judicial Confirmation Process

Date: 09/14/2016
In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Tom Udall laid out his rules reform proposal to address the broken judicial confirmation process, which has been spotlighted by Judge Merrick Garland's failed nomination for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

Tom Discusses Labs' Role to Ensure a Future Without Nuclear Testing

Date: 09/08/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Tom Udall discusses the efforts of New Mexico's national labs to safely maintain America's nuclear stockpile.

Tom Urges Passage of PROTECT Patrimony Resolution

Date: 09/07/2016
Senator Tom Udall speaks about the importance of Tribal cultural items and urges the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to pass his S. Con. Res. 49, the Protection of the Rights of Tribes to stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional (PROTECT) Patrimony Resolution.

Tom Joins Effort to Reveal Climate Change 'Web of Denial' on Senate Floor

Date: 07/12/2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and many others in speaking on the Senate floor about how corporations and special interest groups are spending millions of dollars to create a “web of denial” to mislead the public about the harmful effects of climate change.

Tom Holds a News Conference on the Final Passage of Landmark Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform

Date: 07/12/2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall held a news conference at the Capitol after final passage in the U.S. Senate of his landmark bipartisan legislation to reform the broken 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. His bill, cosponsored by U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, then went to the president to be signed into law.

Tom Calls for 'We The People' Reforms to Curb Influence of Special Interests

Date: 06/23/2016
In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall called for a vote on his "We the People Act" and constitutional amendment to loosen the grip special interest groups have on politics and return control of elections to the American people.

Tom Joins Senate Democrats' Filibuster to Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Date: 06/16/2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined Senate Democrats in a filibuster on the Senate floor to call for commonsense action to prevent gun violence and keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of people who mean harm to themselves or others.

Tom Hails Passage of Landmark Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform

Date: 06/09/2016
In a speech, U.S. Senator Tom Udall hailed the Senate's passage by voice vote of a final agreement on landmark bipartisan legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Udall's bill, cosponsored by U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, now heads to the president to be signed into law.

Tom Welcomes Overwhelming House Passage of Chemical Safety Reform, Urges Senate to Pass Bill

Date: 06/06/2016
In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Tom Udall welcomed the overwhelming 403-12 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives for his landmark reform of our nation's broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Udall urged the Senate to follow suit and pass chemical safety reform to protect families and communities from dangerous chemicals.

Tom Presses EPA Administrator about Reimbursements, Compensation for Gold King Mine Spill

Date: 04/21/2016
Senator Tom Udall urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to move more quickly to respond to requests for reimbursements and process tort compensation claims by Navajo Nation residents and other New Mexicans harmed by the devastating release of toxic water from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. He also questioned McCarthy about the status of uranium mine cleanup on the Navajo Nation, and funding for water infrastructure at the N.M.-Mexico border.

Tom Urges Reimbursements, Compensation for Gold King Mine Spill Victims

Date: 04/21/2016
Senator Tom Udall urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to move more quickly to respond to requests for reimbursements and process tort compensation claims by Navajo Nation residents and other New Mexicans harmed by the devastating release of toxic water from the Gold King Mine in Colorado.

Tom Urges Senate to Support Clean Energy Victory Bonds, Spur Investment in Clean Energy Economy

Date: 04/20/2016
Senator Tom Udall urged the Senate to support his Clean Energy Victory Bonds amendment to spur investment in the growing clean energy economy and create jobs.

At Hearing on Military Construction Budget, Tom Pushes to Strengthen NM Military Facilities

Date: 04/07/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, Senator Tom Udall pressed Department of Defense leadership to take full advantage of New Mexico’s unique position to help the military meet 21st-century national security challenges.

In Forest Service Budget Hearing, Tom Pushes to Fund Severe Wildfires as Natural Disasters

Date: 04/06/2016
Senator Tom Udall pressed U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on the agency’s ability to meet the escalating costs of wildfire suppression and the urgent need to fix how the government pays to fight increasingly frequent big, expensive wildfires. Udall and Tidwell also discussed the proposed Gila River diversion project, working with New Mexico’s traditional communities, the closing of the Mescalero Forest Products sawmill and how to better coordinate Forest Service hiring in the Southwest.

Tom Discusses NM Labs' Contributions to Administration's Nuclear Nonproliferation Agenda at Hearing

Date: 03/18/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the administration's nuclear nonproliferation agenda, Senator Tom Udall pressed Department of State witnesses about how New Mexico’s national labs can help secure nuclear materials, support global efforts to counter North Korean proliferation, and prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Tom Presses NNSA Administrator about Resources for NM National Labs at Hearing

Date: 03/16/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on the president's budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Senator Tom Udall questioned NNSA Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator, Lt. General Frank G. Klotz about resources for Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, including critical work on the stockpile and stewardship program.

At Hearing, Tom Presses for Border Patrol Support, Increased Resources to Combat Drug Trafficking

Date: 03/16/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense, Senator Tom Udall urged the National Guard to maintain and enhance support for the U.S. Border Patrol’s anti-drug trafficking activities in New Mexico.

Tom Pays Tribute to Highly Decorated New Mexico Veteran Dr. Miguel Encinias

Date: 03/10/2016
In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Tom Udall paid tribute to highly decorated New Mexico veteran Dr. Miguel Encinias, who passed away on Feb. 20, 2016, at the age of 92.

Tom at VA Budget Hearing: Improve Access to Care for Rural Veterans

Date: 03/10/2016
At a hearing about the fiscal year 2017 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Senator Tom Udall continued his call for the VA to improve care for veterans living in rural New Mexico and rural communities across the country.

Tom Fights for New Mexico Priorities in Department of Energy Budget

Date: 03/09/2016
At a hearing today on president's fiscal year 2017 budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy, Senator Tom Udall pressed Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about contract changes at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, and support for technology transfer to move innovations from the New Mexico's labs and universities into the marketplace to create jobs. He also questioned Moniz about the timeline for safely reopening the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, and potential economic impacts of the Mission Innovation global clean energy initiative.

Tom Pushes to Strengthen IHS Facilities, Improve Care for Tribes in NM and Across Nation

Date: 03/09/2016
Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, discussed several steps to improve care at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities in New Mexico and nationwide at a hearing on the agency’s fiscal year 2017 budget.

Tom Urges Congress to Take Action to Combat Drug Abuse Epidemic, Save Lives

Date: 03/08/2016
Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor about the need to tackle the drug abuse epidemic in New Mexico communities and across the nation.

Tom Makes Official Request for Vote on Ambassador to Mexico, Urges Senators to Fix Dysfunction

Date: 03/03/2016
For the second time this year, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a longtime advocate for Senate reform, made an official request on the Senate floor for a vote on Roberta Jacobson's long-stalled nomination to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) objected on behalf of himself and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), meaning Udall's request was blocked.

At Press Conference, Tom Pushes for Vote on Ambassador to Mexico, Urges Senators to Fix Dysfunction

Date: 03/03/2016
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joins Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Javier Palomarez at a bipartisan press conference on the U.S. Capitol grounds to address the indefinite delay in confirming Roberta Jacobson as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, and to urge the Senate to act.

Tom Raises Concerns about Gila River Diversion, Pushes for Funding for New Mexico Water Projects

Date: 03/02/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. Senator Tom Udall raised concerns about a potential Gila River diversion project and pushed for continued funding for several water projects important to New Mexico communities.

Tom Fights for New Mexico Priorities in Interior Department Budget

Date: 03/02/2016
U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, helped lead a hearing on the president's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Tom Urges Republicans to Stop Obstructing Justice, Do Their Job on President's Supreme Court Nominee

Date: 02/25/2016
Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor urging Republicans to quit playing political games, agree to hold hearings and vote on the president's nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Tom Presses Army Leadership on Military Readiness, Strengthening White Sands Missile Range

Date: 02/24/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Senator Tom Udall questioned Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley on several issues important to Southern New Mexico.

Tom Presses Sec. Kerry on Confirmation of Ambassador to Mexico, Central American Violence

Date: 02/23/2016
At a hearing of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Tom Udall pressed Secretary of State John Kerry on the need for the Senate to confirm Roberta Jacobson as Ambassador to Mexico, and about how the U.S. can help Central American countries address violence that prompts individuals to migrate and seek asylum.

Tom Reiterates Concerns about Lack of an Ambassador to Mexico, Urges Senate to Confirm Jacobson

Date: 02/11/2016
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.

Tom Discusses NM's Role in Nat’l Defense at Appropriations Hearing on Air Force Funding

Date: 02/10/2016
At a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing 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.

At Hearing, Tom Raises Concerns about Public Health Crisis in Gallup

Date: 02/04/2016
During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee about substandard care at several Indian Health Services (IHS) facilities, Senator Tom Udall urged IHS officials to help address the public health crisis at the struggling NCI Detox Center in Gallup, N.M.

Tom Pays Tribute to Special Forces Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Date: 02/03/2016
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.

Tom Announces Amendment to Create Clean Energy Victory Bonds

Date: 02/01/2016
Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on 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 that they could then invest in building clean energy infrastructure — like solar fields, geo-thermal heating and cooling systems, and energy-efficient building upgrades. Those changes would not only help communities across the country fight climate change, they would create thousands of jobs in construction and installation — among other fields — and save taxpayers money.

Udall Discusses New Mexico Priorities at Hearing on US Engagement with Latin America

Date: 01/21/2016
Senator Tom Udall discussed the influx of migrants fleeing violence in Central America and its impact on New Mexico communities at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on political and economic developments in Latin America and opportunities for U.S. engagement with the region.

Tom Urges President to Discuss Plans to Reduce Skyrocketing Costs of College, Student Loan Debt

Date: 01/12/2016
Ahead of President Obama's State of the Union Address, Senator Tom Udall urges the president to discuss plans to address the impact of student loan debt on families and the overall economy in New Mexico and across the country.

In Speech, Tom Hails Senate Passage of Historic Chemical Safety Law

Date: 12/18/2015
Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor to celebrate the Senate's historic passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a landmark chemical safety reform bill to overhaul the nation's broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).

Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Hails Senate Passage of Historic Chemical Safety Law

Date: 12/18/2015
A bipartisan coalition of senators, led by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.), celebrated the Senate's historic passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a chemical safety reform bill to overhaul the nation's broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The bill passed the Senate by a unanimous voice vote and now has 61 bipartisan cosponsors.

Tom Urges Senate to Confirm Roberta Jacobson as Ambassador to Mexico

Date: 12/15/2015
Senator Tom Udall took his concerns over lack of progress on a key Senate confirmation to the U.S. Senate floor. Udall urged the Senate to act on Roberta Jacobson's nomination to serve as ambassador to Mexico. Although she has been called one of the most qualified nominees for the position, there is a Senate “hold” on Jacobson's confirmation because of a disagreement with the Obama administration's Cuba policy.

Tom Calls for a Strong Deal to Combat Climate Change, Build NM’s Clean Energy Economy

Date: 12/10/2015
Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of U.S. action on global warming and international collaboration as negotiators near a deal to reduce global emissions.

At Hearing, Tom Urges Bipartisan Action to Fight the Damaging Effects of Climate Change

Date: 12/09/2015
U.S. Senator Tom Udall attends a hearing chaired by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to urge bipartisan action to fight the damaging effects of climate change.

At Press Conference, Tom Urges Bipartisan Work to Address Climate Change

Date: 12/09/2015
U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined other Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee at a press conference to urge an end to the debate about whether climate change is real and focus on working together to fight global warming.

KRQE on MADD, Udall Holiday Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign

Date: 11/23/2015
Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) kicked off its 2015 holiday season anti-drunken driving campaign with U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales. MADD, Udall and Gonzales are joining forces to remind New Mexicans to plan ahead this holiday season and designate a non-drinking driver to get them home safely from holiday festivities.

Tom Speaks at a Senate Indian Affairs Hearing on Bills to Improve Education in Indian Country

Date: 11/18/2015
Senator Tom Udall spoke about improving education in Indian Country during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two of his bills, the Building Upon the Unique Indian Learning and Development Act (BUILD Act), and the Esther Martinez Native Languages Preservation Act.

Udall Delivers Speech on Resolutions Opposing Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Date: 11/17/2015
Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor about two resolutions expressing Congress' opposition to steps the administration has taken to reduce global warming-causing greenhouse gas emissions. Udall urged Congress to work together to develop a diverse energy portfolio and a comprehensive climate strategy instead of wasting time on symbolic resolutions that the president will veto.

On Anniversary of Gold King Mine Spill, Tom Calls for Action on Hardrock Mining Reform

Date: 11/05/2015
Following a press conference call announcing his bill to reform the nation’s antiquated 1872 mining law, Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor and called on Congress to act to pass his legislation to prevent another accident like the Gold King Mine spill in New Mexico and Colorado.

At Hearing, Tom Emphasizes Research at the Labs and Retention of Professionals

Date: 10/29/2015
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Senator Tom Udall highlighted the important role that Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) plays in recruiting the best minds to the labs and in furthering scientific research.

Tom Urges Leaders to Break Impasse, Allow Vote on Chemical Safety Reform and LWCF Reauthorization

Date: 10/28/2015
Senator Tom Udall spoke on the Senate floor to urge Senate leaders to step in and break a stalemate holding up two very popular bills: Udall's bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from dangerous chemicals, and another bipartisan measure to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Tom Discusses Support for Rural Development, Expanding Broadband at Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 10/21/2015
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, Senator Tom Udall discussed the need to support economic development efforts in rural New Mexico, including by expanding broadband Internet across the state, and his concerns about the toll that sequestration budget cuts are taking in rural communities.

Ahead of Paris Conference, Tom Urges Global Collaboration, U.S. Leadership to Address Climate Change

Date: 10/20/2015
Today, during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relation Subcommittee on the upcoming Paris climate summit, Senator Tom Udall, ranking Democratic member of the subcommittee, underscored the urgent need for U.S. leadership to address global climate change.

At Hearing, Tom Discusses Critical Need to Expand Broadband Internet in Rural NM Communities

Date: 10/08/2015
At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on broadband, Senator Tom Udall discusses the critical need to expand broadband Internet to New Mexicans in rural communities, and presses witnesses about ways the federal government can make it easier to get permits to deploy broadband across federal lands.

Tom Leads Speeches on the Senate Floor Urging Passage of his Chemical Safety Bill to Reform TSCA

Date: 10/08/2015
Senator Tom Udall leads speeches on the Senate floor urging passage of his chemical safety bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). He is joined by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), David Vitter (R-LA) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

At Press Conference, Tom Urges Passage of Historic Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform Legislation

Date: 10/07/2015
At 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).

Udall, Merkley Call for Bipartisan Dialogue to Restore Senate’s Ability to Operate Effectively

Date: 09/30/2015
Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to invite all U.S. Senators to begin a conversation on how to restore the Senate’s capacity to effectively do the people’s business.

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

Date: 09/30/2015
With the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) set to expire at midnight, Senator Tom Udall called on Congress to permanently extend and fully fund the nation’s premier conservation program.

Udall, Carper Discuss Need to Update TSCA, Pass Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform

Date: 09/25/2015
In an exchange on the Senator floor, Senators Tom Udall and Tom Carper discuss the need to update the Toxic Substances Control Act and pass bipartisan chemical safety reform.

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

Date: 09/25/2015
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.

At Hearing, Tom Presses EPA on Gold King Mine Spill Response, Impact on Navajo Nation

Date: 09/16/2015
During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the Gold King Mine spill, Senator Tom Udall pressed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the impact on the Navajo Nation and San Juan County. Senator Udall, who serves on the committee and requested the hearing, pushed Administrator McCarthy to commit to a smooth claims process for spill victims seeking compensation, a strong government-to-government relationship between the EPA and the Navajo Nation, and to support designating the area as a Superfund site.

Tom Presses EPA Administrator on Response to Gold King Mine Spill at Indian Affairs Hearing

Date: 09/16/2015
During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the Gold King Mine spill, Senator Tom Udall pressed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on the impact on the Navajo Nation and San Juan County. Senator Udall, who serves on the committee and requested the hearing, pushed Administrator McCarthy to commit to a smooth claims process for spill victims seeking compensation, a strong government-to-government relationship between the EPA and the Navajo Nation, and to support designating the area as a Superfund site.

Tom at Hearing: New Mexicans Deserve Compensation, Long-Term Plan to Address Gold King Mine Spill

Date: 09/16/2015
During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Tom Udall called for action to help communities affected by the Gold King Mine wastewater spill into the Animas and San Juan rivers. Senator Udall discussed confusion and mistakes made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the immediate aftermath of the spill, and committed to introducing two bills to help Northwestern New Mexico recover and help prevent another disastrous mine spill.

Tom Discusses the Iran Nuclear Deal with Ayman Mohyeldin on MSNBC

Date: 08/06/2015
Senator Tom Udall discusses the Iran nuclear deal with MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin.

In Speech, Tom Urges Support for Diplomatic Agreement to Prevent Nuclear-Armed Iran

Date: 07/30/2015
In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall endorsed the proposed diplomatic agreement to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He urged Congress to support it based on the scientific and technical merits, saying the alternative could lead to more war Americans don't want and can't afford.

Tom at Appropriations Hearing: VA Must Restore Accountability, Protect Whistleblowers

Date: 07/30/2015
During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Senator Tom Udall continued to press for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to improve care for New Mexico veterans in the wake of the appointment scheduling scandal and unacceptable delay in processing a backlog of benefit claims.

Tom Honors Tularosa Downwinders on 70th Anniversary of Trinity Blast

Date: 07/16/2015
On the 70th anniversary of the Trinity test, Senator Tom Udall honored New Mexico's Tularosa Basin downwinders in a speech on the Senate floor.

Tom on Education Reform: Stakes High for NM Students as Senate Works to Reform No Child Left Behind

Date: 07/09/2015
As the Senate debates reform of the nation's controversial No Child Left Behind education law, Senator Tom Udall highlighted the impact the Senate's bill -- called the Every Child Achieves Act -- could have on New Mexico students.

Tom Discusses Critical Need to Address Youth Suicide in Native Communities

Date: 06/25/2015
At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Tom Udall discussed the critical need to address the high rate of suicide among Native American youth.

Tom Warns about Potentially Dangerous 'Anti-Concussion' Marketing Claims for Kids' Soccer Headgear

Date: 06/17/2015
In response to questions from Senator Tom Udall during a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on product safety, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye agreed that his commission has reason to look into marketing claims that soccer headgear can provide adequate protection against concussions.

Tom Questions State Department Officials on Access to the Internet in Cuba

Date: 05/20/2015
Senator Tom Udall, who is a leader in the call to modernize relations with Cuba, questions U.S. State Department officials during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Tom Calls for Congress to End Mass Telephone Surveillance, Reform Patriot Act

Date: 05/14/2015
During a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Tom Udall urged Congress to oppose a straight reauthorization of several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records.

Tom Presses BLM on Concerns in NM about Chaco Canyon Oil Leasing, Possible State Office Merger

Date: 05/13/2015
During a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on which he serves as the lead Democratic member, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze about concerns New Mexicans have raised about oil and gas leasing near Chaco Canyon and about a possible BLM proposal to merge the New Mexico and Arizona state offices.

Tom Speaks on the Senate Floor in Favor of Congressional Review of Iran Nuclear Agreement

Date: 05/07/2015
Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor in favor of congressional review of a nuclear agreement with Iran.

Tom Calls for Senate Vote on Bipartisan Chemical Safety Reform

Date: 05/07/2015
During a speech on the Senate floor on his bipartisan chemical safety reform bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, Senator Tom Udall urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the bill to a vote by the full Senate. Udall delivered the speech immediately following a press conference announcing 14 new cosponsors of the legislation, which makes the total number of senators now supporting the bill 36.

Senators Announce Major Progress on Chemical Safety Reform

Date: 05/07/2015
Tom leads a bipartisan group of senators to hold a press conference on their bill to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety law. The senators discuss major progress on the legislation and prospects for a vote in the full Senate.

Tom Questions EPA Administrator about his Bipartisan Chemical Safety Bill

Date: 04/29/2015
In response to questions from Senator Udall at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Interior and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said she was “encouraged” by bipartisan support for Udall’s bill to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety laws. She added that the bill would finally give her agency the authority to regulate asbestos.

On Earth Day, Tom Urges Congress to Pass Meaningful Chemical Safety Reform

Date: 04/22/2015
On the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, Senator Tom Udall urged Congress to make it a priority to pass meaningful chemical safety reform into law this year. Momentum is continuing to build for Udall's bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law, the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.

At Hearing, Tom Presses VA Secretary on Improving Care in NM, Ending Waitlists and Claims Backlog

Date: 04/21/2015
During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Senator Tom Udall continued to press Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on efforts to improve care for veterans in the wake of the appointment scheduling scandal and unacceptable delay in processing a backlog of benefit claims. VA officials assured Udall that the benefit claims backlog in New Mexico would be zero by the end of the year — something Udall has long called for.

Tom Urges Energy Sec. to Work with N.M. to Safely Reopen WIPP, Support B61 Life Extension Program

Date: 03/25/2015
During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Senator Tom Udall urged U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to work constructively with the state of New Mexico to safely reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and prioritize the B61 Life Extension Program, which supports jobs at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs.

Tom Opposes Proposed Republican Budget Cuts that Would Hurt N.M. Families

Date: 03/25/2015
Senator Tom Udall delivered a speech on the Senate floor, urging Congress to reject cuts in services proposed in the Republican budget — ranging from Medicare and child care to education and law enforcement — that would continue to hold back New Mexico’s economy.

Tom Discusses New Mexico's Rural Water Infrastructure at Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 03/20/2015
At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, Senator Tom Udall questioned U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about water infrastructure for rural and underserved communities in New Mexico.

Tom Discusses Funding for Wildfire, Valles Caldera at Subcommittee Hearing on Forest Service Budget

Date: 03/20/2015
Senator Tom Udall helped lead a hearing as ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment to review the FY2016 budget for the U.S. Forest Service. Udall questioned U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on reforms to wildfire budgeting, funding for the Valles Caldera National Preserve and New Mexico’s participation in the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. He asked the Chief to work with New Mexico’s land grants on land management decisions and access.

Tom Presses Officials on Veterans' Benefits, Claims Process at Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 03/20/2015
Senator Tom Udall pressed Veterans Benefits Administration Undersecretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey on the need to protect veterans’ benefits and improve the process for approving and adjudicating veterans' claims at a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

At EPW Hearing, Tom Urges Congress to Reform Broken Chemical Safety Law, Protect Kids from Chemicals

Date: 03/18/2015
Senator Tom Udall delivered remarks at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works about his bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which would reform the broken and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act.

Tom Leads Hearing on Budget for Indian Health Service, Resources to Support Tribes

Date: 03/12/2015
Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, helped lead a hearing on the president’s budget request for the Indian Health Service. Udall pressed administration officials on resources to improve health outcomes, expand access to quality health and dental care, and improve aging facilities like the Gallup Indian Medical Center.

At Hearing, Tom Discusses Importance of Public Safety Broadband Network to Tribal Communities

Date: 03/12/2015
At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Senator Tom Udall discussed FirstNet's development of a nationwide public safety wireless broadband network for emergency responders. He underscored the importance of consulting and working with tribal communities as FirstNet creates a nationwide high-speed network for first responders, and secured a commitment from FirstNet Chairwoman Susan Swenson to ensure that tribal communities are not left out.

Tom Discusses Prioritizing Open-Air Burn Pit Research at Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 03/11/2015
At a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Senator Tom Udall discussed improving access to timely quality health care for veterans. Udall pressed Interim Under Secretary for Health of the Veterans Health Administration Carolyn M. Clancy on prioritizing open-air burn pit research based on information collected through the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Udall worked to pass a bill that was signed into law in 2013 to establish a registry of veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tom Presses Interior Secretary on Valles Caldera, PILT at Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 03/06/2015
Senator Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, helped lead a hearing on the president’s budget request for the U.S. Department of Interior. Udall questioned U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell on several issues important to New Mexico communities, including funding for the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Bureau of Land Management’s implementation of the Permit Processing Improvement Act, and a mandatory extension of the Payment In Lieu of Taxes program.

Tom Presses Administration Officials on Resources to Expand Trade, Support Manufacturing Institutes

Date: 03/03/2015
During a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Tom Udall pressed U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx about funding for economic development in New Mexico. Udall questioned the administration officials about resources to expand trade and commerce, such as investments in the transportation plan at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, and support for the new Network of Advanced Manufacturing Institutes, including a proposed Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute in the Albuquerque area.

Tom Attends Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Hearing on U.S. Air Force Budget Request

Date: 02/26/2015
Senator Tom Udall questions Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the U.S. Air Force.

Tom Acknowledges 2 New Mexico DREAMers in Speech, Calls for Prompt Homeland Security Funding

Date: 02/03/2015
Senator Tom Udall shared the stories of two hardworking DREAMers from New Mexico in a speech from the Senate floor. His speech came just after voting against beginning debate on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that he said unfairly targets young undocumented immigrants.

Citizens United Anniversary Marked With Reintroduction of Pro-Democracy Legislation

Date: 01/21/2015
On the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision, which paved the way for unlimited corporate political spending, U.S. Senators and Representatives came together in the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the reintroduction of legislation covering a host of solutions to get big money out of elections.

Tom Speaks Against Congress Mandating Approval of Keystone Pipeline

Date: 01/16/2015
Senator Tom Udall delivers a speech on the Senate floor against a bill to mandate approval of the Keystone pipeline.

Tom Sworn in for 2nd Term

Date: 01/07/2015
Senator Tom Udall is sworn in for his second term in the U.S. Senate.

Tom Offers Rules Reform Proposal to Fix the Broken Senate

Date: 01/07/2015
Senator Tom Udall delivers a speech on the Senate floor on a proposal he offered with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to increase transparency, restore accountability and foster debate in the Senate by reforming the Senate's often-abused rules.

Tom Introduces Resolution on Reconciliation in Indonesia

Date: 12/10/2014
Tom introduced a resolution on Indonesia to address the country’s past crimes, and support its continued progress as we work together to strengthen the Asia Pacific Region. He believes we must recognize the challenges of the past and the progress that must continue as we work to ensure that human rights are protected globally. To read the resolution, visit https://www.scribd.com/doc/249795193/Sense-of-the-Senate-Resolution-Regarding-Indonesia

Tom Questions Secretary of State Kerry About War with ISIS

Date: 12/10/2014
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, attended a hearing on the war with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to share his grave concerns about the United States entering a third war in the region. Udall expressed his frustration with the administration's reluctance to work with Congress to define the scope of and authorization for its military engagement against ISIS. Udall questioned Secretary of State John Kerry about the continuing role Congress should play in granting authority for military operations. And he pressed Kerry for answers about how the administration plans to pay for the war, highlighting that recent military engagements in the region have been "paid on the government credit card." For more, visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1819

Working Together, Moving Forward Together for Our Economy

Date: 08/28/2014
Working to do what's right for New Mexico's economy is my top priority in the U.S. Senate. Watch this video to learn more about the work I'm doing to help build a better future for our state.

Tom: Time to Bring Jobs Home and Protect American Workers

Date: 07/23/2014
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall talks about his support for the Bring Jobs Home Act to end tax loopholes for corporations that move jobs overseas. Following a recent visit with miners in Questa, N.M., Udall stressed the importance of helping communities in New Mexico with a tax policy that builds them up and invests in their future.

Tom Speaks out on DISCLOSE Act to Get Dark Money Out of Elections

Date: 07/23/2014
Sen. Tom Udall speaks in favor of the DISCLOSE Act - a bill he is cosponsoring to crack down on so-called "dark money" by requiring organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending in a timely manner. He also talks about the importance of his constitutional amendment, S.J. Res 19, to allow Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance spending.

Tom Questions Administration Officials on FLETC's Role in Border Situation

Date: 07/10/2014
Senator Tom Udall questions administration officials about President Obama's Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children at a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Tom Delivers Speech on RECA and Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium

Date: 06/25/2014
Senator Tom Udall delivers a speech from the Senate floor on the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium's annual candlelight vigil and calls on Congress to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to recognize the Trinity site and others in New Mexico.

Veterans Affairs Investigation

Date: 06/06/2014
KOAT reports on my efforts to get answers for New Mexico veterans on the VA system.

Tom Speaks on Latest Allegations of VA Mismanagement

Date: 05/20/2014
Sen. Tom Udall delivers a speech on the Senate floor on the latest VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into allegations of mismanagement and cover-ups in New Mexico and at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers around the country. At Udall's request, the VA Appropriations Subcommittee has included a key provision in the VA funding bill, which directs the VA to expand the OIG investigation and temporarily halt salary bonuses for administrators and others while the investigation is ongoing. Udall has encouraged veterans and employees of the New Mexico VA to inform the VA OIG or his office if they are aware systematic management problems at the VA, and has set up a special link on his website for anyone with information to contact his office: tomudall.senate.gov/veterans

Tom at Senate Narcotics Caucus: More Work Needed to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Date: 05/14/2014
Senator Tom Udall talks about ways the federal government can work with states to fight prescription drug abuse, including expansion of a key state prescription drug database program included in his Increasing the Safety of Prescription Drug Use Act. During the hearing, Udall also focused on efforts to fight non-medical prescription drug use and abuse on tribal lands. The hearing was before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Hearing on America's Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse.

Tom Chairs Senate Appropriations Hearing on the SEC & CFTC Budgets

Date: 05/14/2014
Senator Tom Udall chairs a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subommittee on Financial Services and General Government entitled "Strengthening Oversight and Integrity of the Financial Markets: FY 2015 Resource Needs of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission."

Tom Introduces Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Nominee Estevan R. López

Date: 05/13/2014
Sen. Tom Udall introduces New Mexico native Estevan R. López at his nomination hearing to be the Commissioner of Reclamation. The Bureau of Reclamation is the top federal water management agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior, which coordinates several programs, initiatives and activities that will help western states, Native American Tribes and others meet new water needs and balance the multitude of competing uses of water. The hearing was before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Tom: Federal IT Reform Needed to Make Government More Efficient, Save Taxpayer Dollars

Date: 05/07/2014
U.S. Senator Tom Udall chairs a hearing on federal information technology (IT) reform to discuss how improved oversight of information technology expenditures can make government more efficient and save taxpayer dollars. The hearing was before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which Udall chairs.

Tom: Crystal Clear We Need a Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Reform

Date: 04/30/2014
Sen. Tom Udall advocates for his constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform at a hearing before the Senate Rules Committee. During the hearing, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Rules Committee, announced that Senate Democrats will bring Udall's amendment to the floor for a vote this year.

Tom Pushes DOE on Tech Transfer Expansion

Date: 04/29/2014
Sen. Tom Udall questions Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about progress being made to implement technology transfer - a key economic plan he has offered to help entrepreneurs build businesses based on research developed at the national labs. The hearing was before the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Udall is a member.

Tom Urges Support for Increasing Minimum Wage

Date: 04/29/2014
Sen. Tom Udall delivers a speech on the Senate floor to urge support for increasing the federal minimum wage. Udall is a cosponsor of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, a bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over the next two years, which the Senate is scheduled to consider on the floor this week.

Tom Seeks Updates on Uranium Mine Settlement, WIPP Monitoring from EPA Administrator

Date: 04/09/2014
Sen. Tom Udall questions EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the federal government's recent settlement on abandoned uranium mine clean up in the Navajo Nation and asks for an update on EPA's air monitoring and personnel activities at the Waste Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad. The hearing was before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on the fiscal 2015 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tom at HUD Appropriations Hearing: Lack of Affordable Housing Limits Economic Expansion

Date: 04/02/2014
Sen. Tom Udall attends a hearing before the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee to highlight important programs that support affordable housing in New Mexico and provide for economic expansion, including the Community Development Block Grant program, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program.

Tom Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on FCC to Oversee Progress on N.M. Telecom Initiatives

Date: 04/02/2014
Sen. Tom Udall chairs a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission. During the hearing, he gets an update on critical telecom initiatives happening in New Mexico, including expanding broadband Internet access, getting state-of-the-art technology for education and ending the digital divide on tribal lands.

Tom Pushes for Tribal Resources at Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Date: 04/02/2014
Sen. Tom Udall attends a hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to express frustrations about the devastating effects sequestration on Indian Country while pushing for answers on addressing the backlog of school, hospital and judicial complex construction on tribal lands in New Mexico.

Tom Talks PILT, Energy, Drought & Other N.M. Issues at Interior Appropriations Hearing

Date: 03/31/2014
Sen. Tom Udall talks with Secretary Jewell and U.S. Department of the Interior officials about the severe drought, his efforts to secure mineral leasing royalty payments for New Mexico, and other land and energy priorities. Udall also reaffirms his commitment to reauthorization of BLM pilot offices in San Juan and Eddy counties, as well as efforts to find full and permanent funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which are important to N.M. communities. The hearing was before the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, of which Udall is a member.

VA Officials to Tom: We are Committed to Providing Mental Health Services to Rural Areas

Date: 03/25/2014
Sen. Tom Udall gets an update from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs about the VA's plans to improve care for New Mexico veterans, including plans to reduce the claims backlog, expand telehealth services, and improve access to mental heath treatment. During the hearing, VA officials also spoke about Udall's Rural Veterans Improvement Act, which would help improve access to VA services for rural New Mexico veterans.The hearing was before the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, of which Udall is a member.

Tom Keynotes Naturalization Ceremony in Albuquerque

Date: 03/19/2014
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) delivers the keynote address for a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque to celebrate the new citizenship of 68 New Mexico residents representing 29 countries.

Tom Introduces Tech Transfer Bill To Help Move Innovation from Labs to the Marketplace, Create Jobs

Date: 03/13/2014
U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduces legislation to help New Mexico entrepreneurs create jobs and revolutionary products. The Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act would leverage research at the state's two DOE labs and develop high-tech private sector businesses.

Tom: N.M. 'At the Bull's-eye' of Climate Change Crisis; Urges Action in Speech on Senate Floor

Date: 03/11/2014
U.S. Senator Tom Udall joins his colleagues from the Senate Climate Action Task Force for an all-night session urging Congress to take action on climate change. In a speech from the Senate floor, Udall highlighted the impact of climate change in New Mexico and other Southwestern states, which are experiencing one of the longest, most severe droughts in history.

Tom Secures Funding for N.M. Priorities in Omnibus Bill to Help Support Economy, Jobs

Date: 02/27/2014
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall talks about a major funding for New Mexico through the ombnibus appropriations bill that will help a number of New Mexico priorities and support the state's economy and job growth, including several water projects Udall fought for as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

KRWG: Sen. Udall Introduces New Water Report

Date: 02/27/2014
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) meets with leaders from Las Cruces Tuesday to introduce a new report on water. The water conference report comes after a conference Udall hosted in 2012 with NMSU. Video via KRWG in Las Cruces. More information about the report at: http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/waterconferencereport/

Tom Urges Support for his Bill to Improve Care for Rural Veterans

Date: 02/12/2014
Sen. Tom Udall speaks on the Senate floor about a bipartisan bill he introduced with Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to address some of the biggest barriers to health care for veterans in rural communities. To illustrate the need for the bill, Udall told the stories of many rural New Mexico veterans who have struggled to access health care -- traveling long distances and enduring high turnover among doctors and staff at rural VA clinics, among other problems -- and discussed how his Rural Veterans Improvement Act would help improve care.

Tom Secures Funding for N.M. Priorities in Omnibus Bill to Help Support Economy, Jobs

Date: 01/16/2014
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall talks about a major funding for New Mexico through the ombnibus appropriations bill that will help a number of New Mexico priorities and support the state's economy and job growth. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall fought for New Mexico's national labs, military facilities, water projects and other federally funded programs.

Tom Speaks on Critical PILT Funding for N.M. Counties

Date: 01/16/2014
Sen. Tom Udall talks about the importance of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT), a critical source of revenue for local governments throughout New Mexico and the rural West. In the video from the Senate floor, Udall also wins support from a powerful Senate committee chairwoman to work with him to find reliable PILT funding.

Sensible Solutions - The Open Burn Pits Registry Act

Date: 01/09/2014
Excerpt from "The Udall Update" featuring Albuquerque residents MSgt Jessey Baca and his wife Maria about our work to pass the Open Burn Pits Registry Act and help military families exposed to toxic air pollution in Iraq and Afghanistan. The full episode can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_9pyiLzBkc and the extended interview with the Bacas can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ1OIcwq_as

Tom's Inbox: USDA Rural Development in New Mexico

Date: 01/09/2014
In a segment called "Tom's Inbox," I answer a letter from a constituent in Harding County about the work I am doing to support rural New Mexico. This excerpt is from "The Udall Update," a cable access television program that provides the public with an inside look at what's happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico. The full episode can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_9pyiLzBkc

Sensible Solutions - The Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act

Date: 01/06/2014
Excerpt from "The Udall Update" featuring an interview with Jayann Sepich from Carlsbad about passage of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act. The full episode can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_9pyiLzBkc

Tom's Holiday Video Message to Servicemen & Women

Date: 12/23/2013
Sen. Tom Udall sends a holiday video message to servicemen and women in New Mexico and around the world.

The Udall Update E04

Date: 12/18/2013
The Udall Update returns for a look at the changes taking place in New Mexico, from Senator Bingaman's retirement to Udall's appointment on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Featured in this episode are two "Sensible Solutions" Tom helped pass in Congress on behalf of New Mexicans, including the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection, which is now law thanks to the tireless efforts of Jayann Sepich from Carlsbad. Tom also sits down with Albuquerque residents MSgt Jessey Baca and his wife Maria for a special interview about their work to pass the Open Burn Pits Registry Act and help military families exposed to toxic air pollution in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Extended Interview with the Baca Family on the Open Air Burn Pits Registry Act

Date: 12/18/2013
The extended interview with Albuquerque residents MSgt Jessey Baca and his wife Maria about their work to pass the Open Burn Pits Registry Act and help military families exposed to toxic air pollution in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excerpts from this interview are featured in "The Update Update" which can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_9pyiLzBkc

Tom Attends LIUNA Event Honoring MSgt Jessey Baca

Date: 12/18/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) attends an event sponsored by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) honoring MSgt Jessey Baca of Albuquerque and his work passing the Open Air Burn Pits Registry Act.

Tom Advances N.M. Algae Biofuels at EPW Hearing

Date: 12/11/2013
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall promotes the use of advanced biofuels while questioning administration officials at a hearing of the Senate Environmentand Public Works Committee. Algae biofuels are an emerging industry in New Mexico, and researchers are currently working on ways to expand its use as a home-grown energy source for the state and nation.

Tom on CNN: Breaking Through Unprecedented Obstruction

Date: 11/22/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) joins CNN's Jake Tapper to discuss the unprecedented level of obstruction and his efforts to reform Senate rules.

Tom: Making the Senate Work with Filibuster Rules Reform

Date: 11/22/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks about his longstanding fight to reform the filibuster on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes."

Tom on Senate Rules & Changing the Way We Do Business in Washington

Date: 11/21/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks at a rally in the U.S. Capitol after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations. Udall began working to reform the Senate rules more than four years ago to end obstruction and return to a government that works for the American people.

Tom: Growing Coalition for Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

Date: 11/20/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks about the growing coalition for S. 776, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, a bill he is cosponsoring to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Tom: Reform Needed Now to Make the Senate Work

Date: 11/20/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) delivers a speech on the Senate floor and joins Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for a colloquy on how reform is needed now to make the Senate Work.

Tom: Sequester Cuts Hurting Tribal Communities

Date: 11/14/2013
At a hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks about the serious impacts sequestration is having on tribal communities in New Mexico and around the country.

Tom Fights to Prevent Government Shutdown

Date: 09/26/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks about the need to halt partisan games and gridlock in Washington.

Tom at EPW: Let's Balance Environmental Protection with Smart Infrastructure Projects

Date: 09/18/2013
At a hearing before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks about the importance of ensuring federal infrastructure projects, like roads and bridges, can move forward, while also ensuring the public gets a say about the impact on the community and the environment.

Tom Opens Eastside Office in Portales

Date: 09/18/2013
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) cuts the ribbon to celebrate the opening of his Eastside office in Portales - his fifth field office in New Mexico. The Eastside office serves residents in Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties.

Udall Introduces Michael Connor @ Nomination Hearing

Date: 09/17/2013
At a hearing before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduces fellow New Mexican Michael L. Connor at his nomination hearing to be Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Tom on CNN: "Diplomatic Path We're on is a Good One"

Date: 09/12/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) appears on CNN's "The Lead" with Jake Tapper to discuss the situation in Syria following the president's address to the nation.

Tom: Water Efficiency is Energy Efficiency

Date: 09/12/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for more water savings and energy efficiency through key amendments he has filed to the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

Tom Reaffirms Opposition to Military Strikes in Syria

Date: 09/10/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) reaffirms his opposition to military strikes in Syria and calls for more political, diplomatic, and economic options to resolve the situation.

Tom Talks Syria on Meet the Press

Date: 09/09/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) joins David Gregory live form Albuquerque for NBC's Meet to talk about why he opposes military strikes on Syria and why we shouldn't get involved in another Middle Eastern civil war.

Tom Votes Against Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Syria

Date: 09/04/2013
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, explains his vote against the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Syria during a business meeting before the committee.

Tom at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Syria

Date: 09/03/2013
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raises questions about the administration's proposal on the authorization for use of force in Syria during a hearing before the committee.

Tom on COOL Labeling & Drought Issues at Agriculture Appropriations

Date: 08/02/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), asks administration officials for an update on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), drought and agriculture issues at a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies.

Tom Speaks at Press Conference Before Unveiling Major Legislation to Reform FISA Courts

Date: 08/01/2013
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) - joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) -- speaks at a press conference before unveiling two bills that would ensure FISA courts properly balance the need to protect national security with constitutional and statutory requirements to safeguard individual rights to privacy and liberty.

Tom Hosts New Mexico Chamber Leaders on Capitol Hill for Job Creators Meeting

Date: 08/01/2013
Tom hosts Alex O. Romero, President and CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and Laura E. Sanchez, CEO, New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce for a discussion on job creation and economic recovery at the U.S. Capitol before the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee.

Tom Speaks About Protecting Families at EPW Hearing on Toxic Chemicals & Public Health

Date: 07/31/2013
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Toxic Substances, delivers his opening statement at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works on Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.

N.M. Success Revitalizing Communities on Display at Udall's Brownfields Hearing

Date: 07/24/2013
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, leads a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Cleanup Program that has that has helped revitalize communities in New Mexico and across the country.

Tom: We Need a Functioning FEC to Reform our Campaign Finance System

Date: 07/24/2013
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) calls for a functioning Federal Election Commission (FEC) to enforce federal campaign finance laws during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration to consider President Obama's nominees to serve on the FEC.

Tom on How Climate Change Impacts NM & the Southwest

Date: 07/18/2013
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) talks about the impact of climate change in New Mexico and the southwest at a hearing before the Environment & Public Works Committee.

Breaking Through the Gridlock

Date: 07/16/2013
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks from the Senate floor about a possible breakthrough on ending gridlock and confirming President Obama's executive branch nominees.

Tom Speaks on the Need to Fix a Broken Senate

Date: 07/15/2013
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks on the need to end the unprecedented obstruction preventing the Senate from moving forward on the president's nominations, including key positions to protect consumers and working families.

Historic Gridlock Must End on Nominees and Senate Rules

Date: 07/11/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for an end of the unprecedented obstruction of Senate rules and stresses the need to confirm agency nominees to protect middle class families in the areas of environmental safety, labor issues and consumer rights.

Tom Urges Senate to Act to Keep Student Loan Rates Low

Date: 07/10/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) expresses disappointment that the Senate again failed to act to prevent interest rates from increasing on loans for college students in New Mexico and across the country.

Tom on Climate Change: Bold Action Needed

Date: 06/25/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for bold action on climate change, explaining the real threats on Southwestern states like New Mexico.

Tom on Immigration Reform

Date: 06/20/2013
In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall today highlighted the Senate's imperative to pass a long term, comprehensive solution to fix our nation's immigration system and improve New Mexico's border security.

Tom Introduces Campaign Finance Amendment

Date: 06/18/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduces a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and restore campaign finance reform authority back to Congress and the states. Udall was joined by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) for a press conference on Capitol Hill.

Tom Talks NSA, Syria on MSNBC

Date: 06/18/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks to Chris Jansing on MSNBC about the National Security Administration (NSA) surveillance and also the situation in Syria.

Tom on Syria: Intervening in Another Middle Eastern Civil War is Not in U.S. Interests

Date: 06/17/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urges those pushing for military intervention to answer three basic questions before rushing into a Middle Eastern civil war in Syria.

Tom Questions NSA Director About Privacy Oversight

Date: 06/12/2013
In a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions Director of the NSA General Keith Alexander about the phone records and data collection programs and a key privacy and civil liberties panel originally recommended by the 9/11 commission and strengthened through Udall's efforts in the House of Representatives.

Failures at the IRS & Shining a Light on Campaign Spending

Date: 05/16/2013
People in New Mexico and all across America feel a sense of outrage over what happened at the IRS - and they should. I'm outraged too.

Tom Fights for Indian Country

Date: 05/16/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions administration officials on wildfire preparedness and the impact of sequestration on Indian Country at a hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Tom Talks LANL Cleanup Funding & Tech Transfer at Energy & Water Appropriations

Date: 05/15/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), talks about the importance of cleanup funding and tech transfer in New Mexico at a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development.

Tom @ Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 05/15/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions officials from the U.S. Army and Air Force about support for New Mexico military communities at a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies.

Tom @ EPW: Obstruction Must End

Date: 05/09/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, speaks out against Republicans blocking a vote on EPA Administrator nominee Gina McCarthy.

Tom @ Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee

Date: 05/09/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks with Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack about farm payments, drought and wildfire issues at a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Tom Introduces Deborah K. Jones at Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Date: 05/07/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduces New Mexico native Deborah K. Jones, President Obama's nominee to be the Ambassador to Libya, at her nomination hearing.

Tom @ Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

Date: 05/07/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, questions Interior Department officials about the impact of sequestration on New Mexico at a hearing before the Interior & Environment Subcommittee.

Tom Questions NNSA Officials @ Senate Energy & Water Development Appropriations Hearing

Date: 04/25/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) officials during a Senate Appropriations Energy & Water Development Subcommittee hearing on the NNSA's budget request for the fiscal year 2014.

Tom Advocates for Uranium Mine Cleanup at Senate Interior & Environment Appropriations Hearing

Date: 04/24/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) advocates for uranium mine cleanup in New Mexico during a Senate Appropriations Interior & Environment Subcommittee hearing on the EPA's budget request for the fiscal year 2014.

Tom Questions VA at Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 04/19/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions Secretary Shinseki and other VA officials about improving veterans health care during a Senate Appropriations hearing before the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies.

Tom Speaks in Support of Senate Budget and His Amendments

Date: 03/23/2013
In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks in support of the Senate budget resolution and his amendments that will help New Mexico.

Udall Speaks Out Against Defunding Biofuels

Date: 03/20/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks out against defunding biofuels to support renewable algae jobs down here at home.

Udall Talks Filibuster on "Hardball with Chris Matthews"

Date: 03/08/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) appears on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" to talk about Senate rules reform and the filibuster.

Udall at Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on Sequestration

Date: 02/14/2013
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions administration witnesses at the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the impacts of sequestration.

Udall & Heinrich Introduce U.S. District Judge Nominee Ken Gonzales

Date: 02/13/2013
U.S. Senators Tom Udall & Martin Heinrich introduce Kenneth Gonzales, nominee to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on February 13, 2013.

Justice Denied: Why VAWA Must Include Native Protections

Date: 02/07/2013
In a speech from the Senate Floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) advocates for the Violence Against Women Act and explains why it must include enhanced protections for Native women and other communities.

Udall Talks U.S.-Mexico Relationship With Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

Date: 01/24/2013
During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks with Secretary of State nominee Senator John Kerry (D-MA) about continuing a strong U.S.-Mexico relationship to benefit New Mexico and citizens on both sides of the border.

Udall Makes the Case for Senate Rules Reform

Date: 01/22/2013
In a speech from the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) explains how to end widespread abuse of the filibuster with his proposal to reform Senate rules in a simple, limited and fair manner.

Udall & Merkley Address Senate Rules Reform

Date: 01/22/2013
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) engage in a colloquy from the Senate floor to advocate and explain their proposals to reform Senate rules.

Tom's Tribute to Jeff Bingaman

Date: 12/14/2012
U.S. Senator Tom Udall pays tribute to outgoing U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, thanking him for three decades of distinguished service to the people of New Mexico.

Udall Calls for Extension of the Wind Production Tax Credit

Date: 12/13/2012
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joins Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado in urging the extension of the wind production tax credit to advance jobs and clean energy development in New Mexico and around the country.

Udall Explains the Constiutional Option to Reform Senate Rules

Date: 12/12/2012
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) lays out the legal history of the Constitutional Option to reform Senate rules and explains why it is a common sense approach to making the Senate work.

Udall Urges Passage of the CRPD

Date: 12/04/2012
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) urges passage of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty, explaining how it expands U.S. values & leadership throughout the world while respecting the rights of the disabled.

Udall Speaks on National Defense Authorization Act

Date: 11/30/2012
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks on two amendments he has filed to the National Defense Authorization Act to support New Mexico's energy and military communities.

Udall on Common Sense Proposals to Make the Senate Work

Date: 11/29/2012
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks from the Senate floor on his common sense proposals to make the Senate work.

Udall Recognizes New Mexico's Centennial on the Senate Floor

Date: 09/21/2012
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) recognizes the centennial anniversary of the State of New Mexico in a speech on the Senate floor.

Udall Condemns American Attacks in Libya

Date: 09/12/2012
While presiding over a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this afternoon, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) made the following remarks about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and led a moment of silence for Ambassador Stevens and the three Americans serving abroad who lost their lives.

Udall Advocates for Constitutional Amendment to Reform Our Campaign Finance System

Date: 07/24/2012
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) testifies before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, building support for his constitutional amendment to reform our campaign finance system.

Udall Speaks on Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Date: 07/18/2012
At a Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks on the emerging threat of prescription drug abuse and overdoses in New Mexico and the need to combat the epidemic nationwide.

Udall on DISCLOSE Act and Campaign Finance Reform

Date: 07/17/2012
In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joins other senators in an effort to bring greater attention to the urgent need for campaign finance reform.

Tom Testifies on Burn Pit Registry Bill at Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Hearing

Date: 06/13/2012
At a Veterans' Affairs hearing, Sen. Udall (D-NM) testifies in support his bill to create a burn pit registry for servicemembers and veterans experiences health problems due to open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. His efforts came about after hearing of MSgt Jessey Baca's numerous health issues after returning from Iraq.

Udall on Campaign Finance Reform

Date: 05/23/2012
In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) reaffirms the need for campaign finance reform.

Udall on Student Loan Interest Rate Hike and Rules Reform

Date: 05/10/2012
In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) urges support for S.2343, the Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012, and calls for Senate rules reform.

Tom Udall's Video Vote on VAWA

Date: 04/27/2012
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) explains his vote for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

Udall Pays Tribute to Rudolfo Anaya

Date: 04/27/2012
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) celebrates the 40th anniversary Rudolfo Anaya's great novel, Bless Me, Ultima.

Udall Talks Conservation Agreements w/ FWS Director Dan Ashe

Date: 04/24/2012
At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) asks U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe about how candidate conservation agreements are working to put protections in place for the dunes sagebrush lizard in New Mexico. The program is a model for elsewhere in the nation.

Udall Questions GSA's Waste, Fraud in Senate Hearing

Date: 04/18/2012
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for the General Services Administration (GSA) to put a stop to systemic waste and abuse within the agency and assure that important projects in New Mexico be completed efficiently and responsibly

Udall at Disclose Act Press Conference

Date: 03/21/2012
Sen. Tom Udall joins other senators to introduce the DISCLOSE Act 2.0 to improve disclosure and disclaimer requirements for campaign finance.

Udall at Indian Affairs Hearing on Water Settlements

Date: 03/16/2012
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the benefits to communities of settling water claims with Maria O'Brien of the Western States Water Council, based in Albuquerque.

Tom Udall & George Clooney Discuss Sudan

Date: 03/14/2012
At a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) asks George Clooney and John Prendergast, co-founders of the Satellite Sentinel Project, about their efforts to bring attention to atrocities committed in Sudan.

Tom's Video Vote: Payroll Tax Cut

Date: 02/17/2012
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) details his vote to extend the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012.

Tom Udall's Tribute to NM Speaker Ben Lujan

Date: 02/16/2012
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) pays tribute to N.M. House Speaker Ben Luján in a speech before the U.S. Senate. Luján, who served New Mexico for more than four decades, announced he had lung cancer last month and would retire from the N.M. House of Representatives after this year's legislative session.

KOAT: Bill Tackles Ultralight Drug Smuggling

Date: 02/03/2012
New Mexico's KOAT profiles how ultralight aircraft are used for drug smuggling and how legislation championed by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Gabby Giffords would help law enforcement put a stop to it.

Tom Udall's Tribute to Sgt. Pernell Herrera

Date: 01/30/2012
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) honors a New Mexico hero - Staff Sergeant Pernell Herrera. Herrera was born in Los Alamos, grew up in Espanola and graduated from Espanola High School. He died on New Year's Eve in Afghanistan.

Udall Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Reform

Date: 01/27/2012
Two years following the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United decision, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for a constitutional amendment to allow Congress and state legislatures to regulate campaign finance.

Udall Calls for Passage of Giffords Anti-Drug Trafficking Bill

Date: 01/26/2012
The Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act will improve border security by cracking down on smugglers who use ultralight aircraft to traffic drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Panel: A Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United

Date: 01/24/2012
In a panel, moderated by People for the American Way, national, state and local leaders come together in support of a constitutional amendment to reduce the corrosive influence of corporate and special interest money in our elections. Panelists include: U.S. Senator Tom Udall U.S. Representative Ted Deutch U.S. Representative Keith Ellison Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito Colorado Activist Elena Nuñez Marge Baker, Executive Vice President, PFAW (moderator)

NM TV: Udall's Bill Tackles Drug Smuggling

Date: 12/12/2011
The Senate unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) that would close loopholes and give law enforcement tools to better combat drug smugglers who use ultralight aircraft.

Udall Update Vets Edition

Date: 11/09/2011
In this veterans episode of the Udall Update, Sen. Tom Udall interviews Medal of Honor recipient and Santa Fe native, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry. Also on the show, veterans resources in New Mexico and legislation to help get veterans in southern New Mexico better access to care for TBI and PTSD.

Udall: Full Interview with Sgt. 1st Class Petry

Date: 11/09/2011
Watch the extended exclusive interview with Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry from the Udall Update with Sen. Tom Udall.

A Constitutional Amendment to Reform Campaign Finance

Date: 11/01/2011
Senator Tom Udall is joined by Senators Dick Durbin, Charles Schumer, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jeff Merkley to announce a constitutional amendment to clean up our elections by granting Congress the authority to regulate the campaign finance system.

Tom Gets Answers on "Anti-Concussion" Sports Gear

Date: 10/19/2011
At a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee on sports concussions and safety equipment, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) asks players and experts about safety products that claim to protect against concussions.

Alexis Ball Testimony at Concussion Hearing

Date: 10/19/2011
Alexis Ball, a former UNM soccer player, testifies at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on sports concussions and safety equipment marketing.

Udall Recaps Hispanic Heritage Month Twitter Chat

Date: 10/12/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks about Hispanic Heritage Month and his participation in a Twitter chat on with LATISM, the Center for American Progress and Univision, on creating jobs and opportunities in the Hispanic community.

Udall Questions Fed Officials about Uranium Cleanup

Date: 10/06/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions key officials from different federal agencies about their commitment to continuing Uranium cleanup operations at mines and mills across the country.

Udall Calls for Two State Solution & Renewed Talks b/w Israel & Palestinians

Date: 09/28/2011
In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for a two state solution and a return to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

NM Delegation Honors Sgt. Petry

Date: 09/13/2011
New Mexico's Congressional Delegation pays tribute to Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry, recipient of the Medal of Honor, at a ceremony on Capitol Hill.

Tom Udall: On 9/11, Stop & Remember

Date: 09/06/2011
Honor the victims of 9/11 by participating in the National Moment of Remembrance at 11 AM MDT on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

KRQE: Tom Udall Holds DWI Hearing

Date: 08/12/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) chairs a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee titled "Fighting Drunk Driving: Lessons Learned from New Mexico" at the University of New Mexico Law School in Albuquerque. TV coverage by KRQE.

Udall on Debt Limit Bargain: This Deal Stinks!

Date: 08/02/2011
Sen. Tom Udall votes to protect NM from repercussions of debt default, but doesn't like it.

Udall Talks Natural Disaster Support for Tribal Communities

Date: 07/21/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions federal agency officials about fire and flooding mitigation efforts that are helping New Mexico's tribal communities at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Udall Asks Santa Clara Gov. Dasheno About Las Conchas Fire

Date: 07/21/2011
At a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) asks Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno about his experiences coordinating with federal agencies in the emergency response to the Las Conchas Fire.

Udall Discusses Emergency Preparedness in Tribal Communities

Date: 07/21/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the response to the Las Conchas fire by New Mexico's tribal communities and a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Tom Udall Honors SFC Leroy Petry

Date: 07/12/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) honors the bravery and sacrifice of Santa Fe native Leroy Arthur Petry, recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Udall Explains the Wildfire Situation to Congress

Date: 07/08/2011
In a speech on the U.S. Senate floor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the severe situation caused by drought and wildfires in New Mexico.

Tom's Video Vote on Debit Card Swipe Fees

Date: 07/07/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) explains his vote against a measure to prevent the lowering of debit card fees that retailers pay to big banks. New Mexico small business owners explain what Sen. Udall's vote means for New Mexico small businesses.

Udall Talks Afghanistan Transition w/ Secretary Clinton

Date: 06/23/2011
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the timeline of President Obama's proposed transition of combat forces out of Afghanistan with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

50th Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group Press Conference

Date: 06/16/2011
Following the 50th annual meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mexican Senator Luis A. Villarreal (PAN), discuss the topics of the meeting, including immigration reform and the relationship between U.S. and Mexican communities, regional security and the Merida initiative, and maximizing commercial opportunities for economic growth.

Udall: Going Down a Slippery Path in Libya

Date: 06/14/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls on Congress to exercise its Constitutional authority if there is to be a escalation of war in Libya.

Hearing on Air Quality & Children's Health

Date: 06/08/2011
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) reads messages from parents in New Mexico concerned about the impact of air pollution on children with asthma.

Tom Udall Visits Henderson House

Date: 06/06/2011
Over the week of Memorial Day 2011, Senator Tom Udall visits Henderson House, a transitional living center for homeless women veterans and their children.

Tom's Video Vote on the Ryan Budget

Date: 05/27/2011
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) outlines his vote against the House-passed 2012 budget, proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan.

Tom Udall: PATRIOT Act Debate Long Overdue

Date: 05/25/2011
On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Tom Udall calls for a full debate on the reauthorization of the PATRIOT with the opportunity for amendments.

Tom Udall's ENMU Commencement Address

Date: 05/18/2011
Sen. Tom Udall addresses Eastern New Mexico University's Class of 2011.

YouTube Town Hall: Tom Udall Calls for Afghanistan Transition

Date: 05/11/2011
President Obama set July 2011 as the start of an accelerated transition of security operations to Afghan security forces. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, calls for the transition to stay on schedule. This video was created as part of YouTube Town Hall, answering the question "President Obama plans to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan in July. Is July too early, too late or just right for withdrawing troops? Why?". To view the debate and choose your side, please visit www.YouTube.com/YTTownHall.

Tom Udall: Academy Nominations Overview

Date: 04/27/2011
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) gives an overview of how applying for a congressional nomination to a U.S. service academy works.

Sharon Thomas Tells Congress We Need Livable Communities

Date: 04/14/2011
Las Cruces Councillor & Mayor Pro-Tem Sharon Thomas testfies before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee about creating livable communities and making our roads work for all users.

Tom's Message on a Govt Shutdown

Date: 04/07/2011
A government shutdown would be a raw deal for NM.

KOB: Udall Introduces Bill Shock Legislation

Date: 04/06/2011
KOB looks at Sen. Tom Udall's proposal requiring cell phone companies to notify customers when they reach their monthly limits and avoid "bill shock."

John Badal of Sacred Wind Talks Bridging Digital Divide

Date: 04/05/2011
At a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, John Badal of Sacred Wind Communications in New Mexico gives recommendations on how to get broadband to more tribal areas.

KOAT Covers Udall Helmet Safety Bill

Date: 03/17/2011
The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act, introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes.

Udall: House Budget Hurts Public Health

Date: 03/08/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) slams provisions of the House Budget Bill that roll back environmental laws that protect public health. In a discussion with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Udall calls for renewed bipartisanship in support of environmental protections that were originally passed with the overwhelming support of Republicans and Democrats. Udall is Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Children's Health and Environmental Responsibility.

Helping NM Manufacturers Succeed

Date: 03/07/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) profiles the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, run by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which has helped companies like Desert Paper in Albuquerque to increase their efficiency and competitiveness.

Udall: Let's Review the PATRIOT Act

Date: 02/24/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for a thorough review of provisions within the PATRIOT Act.

Udall at Hearing on New Mexico Gas Outages

Date: 02/22/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) joined Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) for a Senate Energy Committee field hearing in Albuquerque on recent gas service disruptions in New Mexico.

Physical Activity & Preventive Care in NM

Date: 02/09/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) highlights two New Mexico programs that encourage wellness through physical exercise: Step into Cuba and Prescription Trails.

Tom's Speech on 2011 Rules Reforms

Date: 02/07/2011
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate about a year of momentum to reform the rules of the Senate that cause obstruction and gridlock.

The Udall Update E02

Date: 01/13/2011
In the second episode of the Udall Update, Sen. Tom Udall discusses his travels around New Mexico, manufacturing opportunities for New Mexico businesses, new programs that promote preventive care, and the U.S. Dept. of Interior's dedication ceremony honoring the late Stewart Udall.

Udall on Countdown: Majority Wants Senate Fixed

Date: 12/27/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks about the growing momentum to reform the Senate on the first day of the 112th Congress.

Tom's Video Vote on Bush Tax Cuts, DADT, & New START

Date: 12/22/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) gives an overview of the votes he made in the final days of the 111th Congress.

Tom Udall: Reviewing Afghanistan

Date: 12/15/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) expresses mounting concern about the U.S.'s strategy in Afghanistan, calling on President Obama to stick to his timeline for an "accelerated transition" to the Afghans and emphasizing that our military commitment there should not be open-ended.

Maddow: Udall Reform is Single Most Important Change for Congress

Date: 12/15/2010
Sen. Tom Udall discusses how the U.S. Senate is broken on the Rachel Maddow Show. Rachel endorses Udall's proposal, the Constitutional Option, as the "single most important thing that could be done to change Washington."

Tom Udall: How to Reform the Senate

Date: 12/03/2010
Sen. Tom Udall explains the Constitutional Option, a way to overcome obstruction and reform the Senate on the first day of the next Congress.

Tom Udall Calls for Football Helmet Safety

Date: 12/02/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for improved safety standards for football helmets.

Tom Udall Calls Out GOP Obstruction

Date: 12/02/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) reacts to Republicans holding the Senate hostage for tax cuts for the rich.

Udall on Maddow Show: Fix the Senate

Date: 11/29/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) explains his proposal to reform the Senate's rules on the first day of the 112th Congress.

Tom Udall Honors Private Charles High

Date: 10/05/2010
Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, pays tribute to U.S. Army Private Charles High, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Tom Udall: On the Road to Recovery

Date: 10/01/2010
Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, travels around New Mexico to see how people are using Recovery grants and other federal funding opportunities to create new jobs, boost the economy, strengthen infrastructure and nurture innovation.

Tom Udall Visits ENLACE

Date: 10/01/2010
Sen. Tom Udall, D-MM, visits ENLACE at Albuquerque High School. ENLACE helps Latinos in New Mexico enter and complete college. In July, Tom announced $150,000 in federal funding for the program.

Tom Udall: 'Stop Loss' Pay Deadline Dec. 3

Date: 09/22/2010
If you served in the military between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 and your service was involuntarily extended, or your retirement was suspended due to "Stop Loss," you are eligible for special compensation.

Tom Udall's Senate Reform Solution: Constitutional Option

Date: 09/22/2010
At a meeting of the Senate Rules Committee, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) explains the Constitutional Option, his proposal that the Senate come together to adopt its rules by a simple majority at the beginning of each Congress.

A National Renewable Electricity Standard Now

Date: 09/21/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks in support of legislation to set a 15% renewable electricity standard (RES).

Tom Udall & MADD CEO Discuss Drunk Driving Bill

Date: 08/27/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the ROADS SAFE Act with retiring Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) CEO Chuck Hurley. This legislation, introduced by Udall and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), would fund the research technology to prevent drunk drivers from operating their vehicles.

Tom Udall Meets Artists-To-Be at FACT in Santa Fe

Date: 08/04/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) meets at-risk youth participating in Fine Arts for Children and Teens (FACT) at the ARTbarn Community Studio in Santa Fe, NM. The project received a $25,000 grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Udall: Constitutional Option Increases Accountability

Date: 07/28/2010
At a meeting of the U.S. Senate Rules Committee, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) asks panelists how adopting the Senate's rules at the beginning of a Congress would increase accountability in the Senate.

Tom Udall Questions Gallup's Yellowhorse Jones about Oil Clean Up

Date: 07/21/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) talks with Dennis Yellowhorse Jones from Gallup, NM at a meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans about ways to clean up oil on coastal shores.

Gallup's Yellowhorse Jones Shares Solution to Oil Contamination

Date: 07/21/2010
At a meeting of the Senate Sub-Committee on Oceans, Dennis Yellowhorse Jones from Gallup, NM provides testimony about a way to remediate oil contamination on coastal shores.

Tom Udall on Ending Dependence on Foreign Oil

Date: 07/15/2010
Sen. Tom Udall joins Senators Merkley, Carper and Bennet to introduce Oil Independence Bill for a Stronger America. In the press conference announcing the bill, Udall explains the array of energy sources already being used in New Mexico to produce energy domestically.

Tom Udall Honors Jane Goodall

Date: 07/14/2010
Sen. Tom Udall joins Rep. Jared Polis to introduce resolutions honoring the achievements of conservationist Jane Goodall on the 50th anniversary of the start of her work in Tanzania.

Tom Interviews NM's House Delegation

Date: 07/14/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) interviews New Mexico's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressmen Heinrich, Lujan and Teague.

Udall: Park Service a Good Steward for Valles Caldera

Date: 07/01/2010
At a meeting of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the longterm future of the Valles Caldera.

Tom Udall's Tribute to Sen. Robert Byrd

Date: 06/30/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) pays tribute to the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate.

The Udall Update E01

Date: 06/28/2010
The first episode of the Udall Update, hosted by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM). Highlights include an interview with New Mexico's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives and an overview of legislation to combat drunk driving.

Udall: Reforming the Senate Won't Turn it into the House

Date: 06/23/2010
At a meeting of the Senate Rules Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses how reforming the Senate's rules will curb obstruction while respecting minority rights.

Tom Udall: Secret Holds are Symptom of Senate Rules Problems

Date: 06/23/2010
In opening remarks before the Senate Rules Committee, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses how secret holds are a symptom of the larger problem of obstruction within the U.S. Senate.

Tom Udall's Health Reform Q&A with MomsRising

Date: 06/21/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) answers questions from MomsRising members on the new health care law.

Tom Udall Urges Senators to Vote No on Murkowski Resolution

Date: 06/10/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) expresses his opposition to a resolution proposed by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski that would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Tom's Video Vote on Wall Street Reform

Date: 05/27/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) outlines how financial reform holds Wall Street accountable and protects consumers.

Tom Udall Calls for Tougher Regulation of Offshore Oil

Date: 05/19/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions senior administration officials about improving regulations on the Offshore Oil Industry.

Tom Udall Questions Walter Mondale on Senate Obstruction

Date: 05/19/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Senator Don Nickles about reforming Senate rules.

Walter Mondale Calls for Senate Rules Reform

Date: 05/19/2010
Former Vice President Walter Mondale discusses obstruction in the Senate and provides proposals for how to fix Senate rules.

Udall Questions Officials about Indian School Safety

Date: 05/13/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions Dr. Anthony Fairbanks, Laguna Pueblo Schools Superintendent at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee focusing on student safety at schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Laguna Pueblo Schools Superintendent Testifies on Indian School Safety

Date: 05/13/2010
Dr. Anthony Fairbanks, Laguna Pueblo Schools Superintendent, testifies at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee focusing on student safety at schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Udall Questions Larry Echo Hawk about Indian School Safety

Date: 05/13/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions Larry Echo Hawk at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee focusing on student safety at schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Udall Calls for Renewed Commitment to Indian Schools

Date: 05/13/2010
Sen. Tom Udall delivers opening remarks at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee focusing on student safety at schools run by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Udall Calls for Tougher Regulation of Offshore Oil Industry

Date: 05/11/2010
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) tells offshore oil company executives that they must be open to increased regulation if the United States is to avoid another catastrophic offshore oil spill.

Udall Questions EPA Officials about Protecting our Oceans

Date: 05/11/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) asks EPA Officials about measures being taken to track increasing levels of acidity in our oceans as a result of climate change.

Udall: Obstruction of Obama Nominees is Unacceptable

Date: 05/07/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls out Republican obstruction of votes on key nominees within the Obama Administration.

Tom's Q&A on Border Security at Drug Caucus Hearing

Date: 05/05/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) questions witnesses about ways to combat drug trafficking along the border with Mexico.

Tom Udall Introduces Vehicle Safety Bill

Date: 04/28/2010
Sen. Tom Udall introduces the VEHICLE Safety Improvements Act, requiring that Event Data Recorders be installed in all vehicles.

Scott Bacher at Senate Hearing on Promoting Nat'l Parks

Date: 04/27/2010
Carlsbad's Scott Bacher testifies at a Senate Hearing on promoting National Parks.

Tom Udall Talks Promoting National Parks at Senate Hearing

Date: 04/27/2010
Sen. Tom Udall's opening remarks from a hearing of the Senate Sub-Committee on Innovation and Exports.

Tom's Q&A on Fixing Senate Rules at Rules Committee Hearing

Date: 04/22/2010
Sen. Tom Udall questions panelists about the constitutional option for fixing Senate rules at a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee on the history of the filibuster.

Tom Udall Explains History of Constitutional Option for Fixing Senate Rules

Date: 04/22/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) provides opening remarks at a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee on the history of the filibuster. Udall explains how the constitutional option has been used to fix Senate rules.

Tom's Tribute to Dennis Chavez

Date: 04/21/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) pays tribute to the 122nd birthday of Sen. Dennis Chavez, the longest serving Hispanic U.S. senator in history.

Tom's RECA Amendments Support Cold War Workers

Date: 04/19/2010
Sen. Tom Udall leads a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2010, which would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living near atomic weapons tests.

Tom's Report from Afghanistan

Date: 04/15/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses his trip to Afghanistan as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation.

Tom's Q&A at Transportation Safety Hearing

Date: 04/14/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses transportation safety issues at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, including the success of ignition interlocks to combat repeat drunk driving offenders in New Mexico.

Tom Discusses Fixing Senate Rules on the Dylan Ratigan Show

Date: 04/02/2010
Sen. Tom Udall discusses the Senate's broken rules on the Dylan Ratigan Show and his proposal to fix them.

Tom Udall: Thanks for Sharing Memories of Stewart Udall

Date: 03/31/2010
Just a quick video message of thanks to all who have sent kind words since the passing of my father, Stewart Udall.

Tom's Video Vote on Health Reform

Date: 03/29/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses his vote for health reform and the immediate impact it will have on New Mexico.

Udall & Lujan: Google, End Farmington Miscommunications!

Date: 03/26/2010
New Mexico's Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan promote Farmington for Google Fiber. The video responds to a recent clip by Senator Al Franken, who is promoting Duluth, MN for the same project.

Passage of Health Reform Means Help for New Mexicans

Date: 03/24/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the House's passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and what it means for New Mexico families and small businesses.

Tribute to Stewart Udall in the House of Representatives

Date: 03/20/2010
Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) honors the passing of former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tom's Q&A on Senate Rules at the Center for American Progress

Date: 03/12/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) takes Q&A on Senate Rules at the Center for American Progress event, "Deliberation, Obstruction or Dysfunction?: Evaluating the Modern U.S. Senate and its Contribution to American Governance."

Tom Discusses Senate Rules at the Center for American Progress

Date: 03/12/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses his proposal for the Constitutional Option at the Center for American Progress event, "Deliberation, Obstruction or Dysfunction?: Evaluating the Modern U.S. Senate and its Contribution to American Governance."

Toyota Recall Hearing: Tom Questions Toyota Execs

Date: 03/02/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions Toyota executives about the government's response to Toyota's safety issues at a Senate Commerce Committee Hearing.

Toyota Recall Hearing: Tom Questions Sec. LaHood

Date: 03/02/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions Transportation Secretary Ra LaHood about the government's response to Toyota's safety issues.

Toyota Recall Hearing: Tom's Opening Remarks

Date: 03/02/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) asks administration officials why Toyota's safety issues endured unchecked for so long.

Tom Addresses BIA School Safety at Senate Committee Hearing

Date: 02/25/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) questions Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk about funding for Bureau of Indian Affairs schools and its impact on safety.

ROADS SAFE Act Fights Drunk Driving with Technology

Date: 02/25/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduces the ROADS SAFE Act along with Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). The legislation is designed to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes and fatalities on Americas roads by funding the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.

Tom's Video Vote on the HIRE Act

Date: 02/24/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) explains his vote for the HIRE Act, a jobs bill containing four bipartisan measures to help Americans get back to work.

Tom Updates Rachel Maddow on the Constitutional Option

Date: 02/23/2010
Sen. Tom Udall discusses Senate rules and the constitutional option for fixing them on the Rachel Maddow Show.

The Public Option is Still the Best Option

Date: 02/23/2010
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) explains why the public option is so important to health insurance reform.

Tom Calls for Campaign Finance Reform

Date: 02/02/2010
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn long-established federal campaign finance law limiting corporate influence on elections, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calls for campaign finance reform at a Senate Rules Committee hearing.

The Constitutional Option (Floor Speech)

Date: 02/02/2010
Excerpts from Sen. Tom Udall's floor speech on the Senate's need to exercise its Constitutional Option to reform its rules at the beginning of each Congress.

CNN: Recovery Act Puts Young People to Work in NM

Date: 01/28/2010
CNN follows the Southwest Conservation Corps, which has received Recovery Act money to put young people to work in New Mexico and help pay for college costs.

Tom Talks Senate Rules with Rachel Maddow

Date: 01/26/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses his resolution for the Senate to exercise its Constitutional Option to reform its rules on the Rachel Maddow Show.

The Constitutional Option

Date: 01/26/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) explains his motivation for introducing a resolution for the Senate to exercise its Constitutional Option to reform its rules at the beginning of each Congress.

Tom Talks Clean Energy with the New Voice of Business

Date: 01/20/2010
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses clean energy legislation moving through Congress and the impact it will have in New Mexico.

Tom's Video Vote on the Senate Health Reform Bill

Date: 12/24/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) explains his vote on the Senate health reform bill in a video message.

Lautenberg-Udall Bill Stops Repeat Drunk Drivers

Date: 12/22/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joins Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to announce a new bill to combat drunk driving repeat offenders through ignition interlock technology.

Health Reform Must Include Indian Country

Date: 12/15/2009
Senator Tom Udall urges the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act as part of health insurance reform.

Katheryn - NM Voices for Health Reform

Date: 12/09/2009
Senator Tom Udall highlights health insurance reform stories from New Mexico.

Dr. Berlin - NM Voices for Health Reform

Date: 12/09/2009
Senator Tom Udall highlights health insurance reform stories from New Mexico.

Arvind - NM Voices for Health Reform

Date: 12/09/2009
Senator Tom Udall highlights health insurance reform stories from New Mexico.

Freshman Amendment Package Strengthens Health Reform

Date: 12/08/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the health reform amendments introduced by 11 freshman senators, including amendments that focus on getting doctors to underserved areas like rural New Mexico.

Honoring Fallen NM Heroes Carrasco & Gallegos

Date: 12/06/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) honors the lives of two New Mexico heroes who died in the service of their country in Iraq: Army Corporal Anthony "Tony" Carrasco and New Mexico Army National Guard Spc. Joseph Gallegos.

Tom's Reaction to Vote to Proceed on Health Reform

Date: 11/21/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) shares his thoughts on the successful vote to proceed to debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Behind the Scenes w/ Tom on Health Reform

Date: 11/21/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) gives a behind-the-scenes look at health insurance reform in the lead-up to a vote to proceed to debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Health Reform New Mexico Needs

Date: 11/21/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks on the senate floor in the lead up to a vote to begin debate on health insurance reform.

A Conversation on the Public Option

Date: 11/20/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) leads senators in a discussion of the benefits of a strong public option in health insurance reform.

New Bill Helps Families Care for Wounded Veterans

Date: 11/19/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) highlights how the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009 will help family members of wounded veterans to become primary caregivers.

Tom's Tribute to Bruce King

Date: 11/19/2009
U.S. Senator Tom Udall, honors former New Mexico Governor Bruce King, who died last week at the age of 85.

Welcome to Tom's Website

Date: 11/18/2009
Senator Tom Udall provides a tour of his official online office at tomudall.senate.gov.

Tom Calls on Senate to Help Homeless Veterans

Date: 11/06/2009
Along with Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Kit Bond (R-MO), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced an amendment that would increase funding to provide transitional housing for homeless veterans.

Why are Health Care Delivery Systems so Important?

Date: 11/05/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joins in the sixth round of speeches by freshman senators on health insurance reform by addressing the question: why are health care delivery systems so important?

Prevention & Wellness in Health Insurance Reform

Date: 11/04/2009
Senator Tom Udall joins Senator Tom Harkin to talk about prevention and wellness in health insurance reform at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol.

NM Innovations a Model for Rural Health Reform

Date: 10/28/2009
Joining with freshman senators on the floor of the Senate for a fifth time, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses how the University of New Mexico has partnered with rural communities to provide health care solutions to New Mexicans and the lessons for nationwide health insurance reform.

Tom at Climate Legislation Hearing: Bill Must "Do It All, Do It Right"

Date: 10/27/2009
At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) speaks in support of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act and discusses the contents of the bill with panelists including Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Udall: Health Reform Will Improve Rural Care

Date: 10/21/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joins freshman senators on the floor of the Senate for a fourth round of speeches urging for health insurance reform. In this speech, Senator Udall discusses how rural America would benefit from more competition in the health care market and more health insurance options for Americans in underserved areas.

Udall: Remembering Two New Mexico Heroes

Date: 10/15/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) honors the lives of two New Mexico heroes killed this year in the line of duty: Army Sergeant 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook and New Mexico State Police Sergeant Andrew Tingwall.

Udall: Reform Will Help America to Achieve Best Health Care

Date: 10/15/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joins other freshman senators on the floor of the Senate to debunk the myths surrounding health insurance reform. Senator Udall dispels the myth that reform isnt necessary because the United States already has the greatest health care system in the world.

Udall: It's Time for Quality Health Care for Native Americans

Date: 10/15/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) discusses the dire health care situation facing our first Americans. Indian health care legislation introduced by Senator Dorgan and co-sponsored by Senator Udall will bring Native American concerns into the national health care debate.

Joining Senators on the Floor to Support a Public Option

Date: 10/09/2009
Senator Tom Udall joins other senators on the floor of the Senate to support the inclusion of a public option in health insurance reform.

Udall: Testimony in Support of Organ Mountains Bill

Date: 10/09/2009
Tom testifies in support of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act which creates new wilderness and conservation areas.

Tom Joins 29 Senators in Letter Calling For Public Option

Date: 10/08/2009
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) joins 29 senators in calling for a public option to be included in health insurance reform.

Tom with NM World War II Vets at Their Memorial

Date: 10/07/2009
Senator Tom Udall meets with more than 100 World War II veterans from southern New Mexico at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. The veterans came as part of the New Mexico Honor Flight Network and for most of them, it was their first visit to the memorial.

Udall: Getting NM News to All Corners of the State

Date: 10/07/2009
Senator Tom Udall urges satellite television providers to make New Mexico newscasts available throughout the state.

New Navajo Gallup Pipeline Milestone Reached

Date: 10/01/2009
Senators Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan join Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for the signing of the "Record of Decision", a major step toward providing water to thousands of Navajos in New Mexico. The Secretarys signature made official the environmental impact statement for the project.

Udall: Curbing Runaway Costs Through Preventive Care

Date: 10/01/2009
In back-to-back speeches with other freshman Senators, Tom Udall calls for health insurance reform with an emphasis on preventive care.

Udall Supports "Do It All" Energy & Climate Bill

Date: 09/30/2009
U.S. Senator Tom Udall calls for the Senate to pass legislation that will put our nation on a path towards energy independence at the unveling of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

Udall Helps Launch StoryCorps Historia

Date: 09/24/2009
Senator Tom Udall's speech at the launch of StoryCorps Historia, a new initiative to preserve the stories and experiences of Hispanic Americans.

Tom Udall: The High Price of Inaction on Health Care

Date: 09/23/2009
Senator Tom Udall joins other freshman senators to underscore the urgent need for health insurance reform.

Udall Leads Fight to Reform PATRIOT Act

Date: 09/17/2009
Senator Tom Udall discusses legislation to reform the Patriot Act and other surveillance laws to better protect Americans' constitutional right to privacy while providing the government with the tools necessary to effectively fight terrorism.

Udall Marks 60 Years of Sandia Labs

Date: 09/16/2009
Senator Tom Udall celebrates the 60th anniversary of Sandia National Laboratory during a reception at the U.S. Capitol.

Udall Supports Aid for Struggling NM Dairy Farmers

Date: 09/15/2009
Senator Tom Udall expresses his support for the nation's struggling dairy farmers.

Tom Udall: Climate Change Impacts Tribal Communities

Date: 09/10/2009
Senator Tom Udall co-sponsored a Senate briefing to discuss the impact of climate change on America's tribal communities, along with Senator Max Baucus. He gave these remarks at the opening of the meeting.

Tom's Memories of Ted Kennedy

Date: 08/29/2009
Senator Tom Udall shares his memories of Senator Edward M Kennedy.

Tom's Tribute to Kennedy on MSNBC

Date: 08/27/2009
Senator Tom Udall shares memories of Senator Edward M. Kennedy on MSNBC.

Tom Udall: We Must Lead the Clean Energy Future

Date: 08/07/2009
Senator Tom Udall speaks on the need for America to provide leadership in clean energy.

Tom Udall: Sotomayor Has the Experience, Empathy for the High Court

Date: 08/03/2009
Senator Tom Udall praises the qualifications and compassion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Tom Udall: Echoing Your Calls for Healthcare Reform

Date: 07/28/2009
Senator Tom Udall shares the stories of New Mexicans who need healthcare reform.

Tom Udall: Public Option Healthy for America (Excerpts)

Date: 07/17/2009
Senator Tom Udall outlines the benefits of a quality, affordable public health insurance option.

Tom Udall: Public Option Healthy for America (Full Speech)

Date: 07/15/2009
Senator Tom Udall outlines the benefits of a quality, affordable public health insurance option.

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Tuesdays with Tom 9/4/2018

Date: 09/04/2018

WASHINGTON – Today, on a press conference call for local New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) outlined his opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court. With President Trump and several of his senior campaign figures implicated in serious crimes, Udall demanded that Senate Republicans immediately halt proceedings on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. 

Senate Republicans “are trying to force through a Supreme Court nomination from a president who has been implicated in serious crimes – who is under investigation for obstruction of justice, and for colluding with a foreign government to win a presidential election. In the span of one day, the president’s campaign chairman was convicted on eight counts. The president’s lawyer admitted – under oath – that Donald Trump directed him to violate campaign finance laws.”

“A president with possible felonies hanging over his head should not be permitted to select the next Supreme Court justice,” Udall said. “Not when that nominee could sit on cases relating to Special Counsel Mueller, or the president’s pardoning power. And not when that nominee has the record of Judge Kavanaugh – who has shown a clear and troubling belief that the president is above the law.”

“Beyond that, Judge Kavanaugh’s record reveals a jurist on the far end of the ideological spectrum – out of line with the views of a vast majority of Americans. And in line with the big money, special interests who hand-picked him for this seat,” Udall continued. “He will make this court an even greater ally of big corporations, of big polluters, of big, secret money in our elections, of the one percent – and against working New Mexicans.”

“He won’t stand up for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. He won’t stand up to protect New Mexico’s environment. He won’t stand up for the rule of law and the Constitution, and against unchecked presidential power,” Udall continued. “For all of those reasons, and more, I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

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Below are Udall’s remarks:

0:02 -- I’d like to start by saying a few words about John McCain. John was a true friend – to me, to my family, to the Southwest. New Mexico, the nation, and the world will miss John’s fierce independence. And his willingness to put his country ahead of his party. On so many issues, John bucked his party to try and do the right thing. On campaign finance reform. Immigration. And most recently, on health care. At this challenging time for our nation, we need to harness John’s fight. And his courage. To defend the ideals and the democracy that he cherished.

0:48 -- This week in Washington, our nation is facing a major test. Today, the Senate is beginning hearings on President Trump’s nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Every Supreme Court nomination has profound implications for the future of our country. But this nomination is especially consequential - at this moment in our history, when so many of our fundamental values are being challenged. 

1:18 -- Unfortunately, Senate Republicans are trying to rush and force this nominee through. They are trying to force through a Supreme Court nomination from a president who has been implicated in serious crimes. Who is under investigation for obstruction of justice, and for colluding with a foreign government to win a presidential election.

1:40 -- In the span of one day, the president’s campaign chairman was convicted on 8 counts. The president’s lawyer admitted – under oath – that Donald Trump directed him to violate campaign finance laws. A president with possible felonies hanging over his head should not be permitted to select the next Supreme Court justice.  Not when that nominee could sit on cases relating to Special Counsel Mueller, or the president’s pardoning power. And not when that nominee has the record of Judge Kavanaugh – who has shown a clear and troubling belief that the president is above the law.

2:20 -- Beyond that, Judge Kavanaugh’s record reveals a jurist on the far end of the ideological spectrum – out of line with the views of a vast majority of Americans. And in line with the big money, special interests who hand-picked him for this seat. Judge Kavanaugh will take an already conservative court even further to the right.

2:40 -- He will make this court an even greater ally of big corporations. Of big polluters. Of big, secret money in our elections. Of the 1 percent – and against working New Mexicans. He won’t stand up for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. He won’t stand up to protect New Mexico’s environment. He won’t stand up for the rule of law and the Constitution, and against unchecked presidential power. 

3:06 -- For all of those reasons, and more, I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. And with the cloud of corruption hanging over this president and this administration, I am calling on Senate Republicans to immediately halt this nomination.’

3:27 -- Udall takes questions on Judge Kavanaugh, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), and election security.  

Tuesdays with Tom 6/12/2018

Date: 06/12/2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall held a press conference call for local reporters to discuss the Trump administration’s cruel and ineffective policy of separating children from their parents at the border. Udall also announced strong funding he has secured for New Mexico’s public lands, Indian Country programs and environmental protection as the lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

“I’ve heard from so many people across New Mexico who are outraged by the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their mothers and fathers at the border. The policy is traumatic for children and for parents. It is immoral. It is ineffective. And it must end. The United States of America – a beacon of hope throughout the world – should not be tearing away children from their families,” Udall said. “Many of these children and families are already fleeing traumatic circumstances in their home countries.… This is a question of values -- of who we are as a nation, and who we choose to be. That’s why I’m fighting to end this cruel policy.”

In addition, Udall announced that he has secured strong funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), wildfire suppression, the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, Indian Country health care and education, arts & humanities programs, and public lands and national parks in the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and related agencies Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations bill. The bill also rejects new poison pill riders and the deep cuts to the EPA, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service proposed by the Trump administration. The Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee met to approve the bill on a bipartisan basis today and it is scheduled for consideration by the full committee on Thursday.

“Standing up for New Mexico’s values and our priorities is my top focus here in Washington,” Udall said. “I’m proud to serve as the top Democrat on the subcommittee that funds Interior and Environment programs - which are key areas for New Mexico. Just this morning, my subcommittee advanced strong funding for our state.”

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Below are Udall's remarks:

0:04 – I’ve heard from so many people across New Mexico who are outraged by the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their mothers and fathers at the border. The policy is traumatic for children and for parents. It is immoral. It is ineffective. And it must end.

0:23 – The United States of America – a beacon of hope throughout the world – should not be tearing away children from their families. Pulling kids from the arms of their parents causes life-long trauma. Many of these children and families are already fleeing traumatic circumstances in their home countries.

0:48 – The American Academy of Pediatrics tells us that family separation “can cause irreparable harm” to children.

0:55 – This is a question of values. Of who we are as a nation, and who we choose to be. That’s why I’m fighting to end this cruel policy.

1:07 – Last week, I joined with 32 senators to introduce the Keep Families Together Act. This legislation would prevent the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border.

1:20 – Congress has a moral duty to step up and take a stand against this un-American policy. We need to hold hearings and hold the Trump administration accountable. Secretary Nielsen and Attorney General Sessions need to come before Congress and answer for this new policy.

1:38 – If the Trump Administration is determined to keep this up, we need to move legislation. And I will keep fighting for immigration reforms that truly live up to our ideals.

1:52 – Here in Washington, we’re also working on legislation to fund New Mexico’s priorities, and get the appropriations process back on track with regular order.
I’m proud to serve as the top Democrat on the subcommittee that funds Interior and Environment programs - which are key areas for New Mexico.

2:12 – Just this morning, my subcommittee advanced strong funding for our state. For the first time in many years, this is a bipartisan effort in the committee.

2:23 – The Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill:

Provides $425 million dollars for the Land and Water Conservation Fund,

Provides a significant increase for wildfire suppression—part of the budget agreement that included a long-term wildfire fix,

Fully funds the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program important to New Mexico counties,

Includes strong resources for Indian Country health care and education, for Arts & Humanities Programs, and for our public lands and national parks.

And this bill rejects anti-environment provisions that have been included on past funding bills.

Standing up for New Mexico’s values and our priorities is my top focus here in Washington.

3:20 – Udall answers questions about President Trump’s summit with North Korea in Singapore, efforts to protect the plutonium mission at Los Alamos National Lab, and the effects of President Trump’s family separation policy in New Mexico.

Tuesdays With Tom 3-20-2018

Date: 03/20/2018

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall held a press conference call for local reporters to discuss his efforts to prevent gun violence, make New Mexico and Tribal schools safer, and his support for the upcoming "March for Our Lives" rallies.


"This weekend, young people across the country are standing up to demand action to end the epidemic of gun violence. I stand with the students and families who are calling for change," Udall said during the call. "We can take common-sense steps to reduce gun violence and still uphold the traditions of responsible gun owners.…My Republican colleagues must move beyond the extreme positions of gun lobby SuperPACs and special interests. Congress has a duty to act."

Udall outlined his support for common-sense proposals to reduce gun violence and keep guns out the hands of dangerous people, such as action to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, expand background checks, and repeal the Dickey Amendment so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can study the public health impacts of gun violence.

Udall also discussed the school safety bill, the STOP School Violence Act, to provide resources for prevention and intervention programming at local and Tribal schools to help stop violence before it strikes.

"We need to take a comprehensive approach to protect our communities,” Udall said. “No student should feel afraid in the classroom. And no parent should feel afraid to send their child to school. The time to act is now – before the next Aztec High School or Parkland shooting."

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0:05 – This weekend, young people across the country are standing up to demand action to end the epidemic of gun violence. I stand with the students and families who are calling for change. And I will be addressing the “March For Our Lives” rally this Saturday in Santa Fe.

0:22 – These advocates are turning their grief and anger into action. We should do the same here in Congress. We can’t become numb. We must act.

0:35 – We can take common–sense steps to reduce gun violence and still uphold the traditions of responsible gun owners.

0:48 – I will support the assault weapons ban that I believe will be effective. If we can’t get that done then, at the very least, we should raise the legal age from 18 to 21 to purchase an assault weapon.

1:02 – I have also cosponsored legislation to ban high–capacity magazines, which make guns much more deadly.

1:13 – And I support repealing the “Dickey Amendment,” which has prevented the CDC from conducting research on gun violence since 1996. If we can’t study the public health impacts of gun violence, we won’t be able to fix this crisis.

1:39 – My Republican colleagues must move beyond the extreme positions of gun lobby SuperPACs and special interests. Congress has a duty to act.

1:51 – I’m also cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to make our schools safer. The STOP School Violence Act funds critical school security improvements, and it invests in programs to stop school violence before it happens.

2:06 – As the vice chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, I fought hard to make sure the bill strengthened the safety of Tribal schools, as well.

2:13 – We need to take a comprehensive approach to protect our communities. No student should feel afraid in the classroom. And no parent should feel afraid to send their child to school. The time to act is now – before the next Aztec High School or Parkland shooting.

2:38 – Senator Udall expresses sadness that there was another school shooting tragedy in Maryland today, answers questions on proposals to ban assault weapons and repeal the Dickey Amendment, and the latest revelations of a breach of Americans’ personal data by Cambridge Analytical.

Tuesdays With Tom 2-13-2018

Date: 02/13/2018

WASHINGTON -­ Today, in a press conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed this week's Senate debate on immigration legislation to protect DREAMers.

Udall has long supported the DREAM Act and will push for a solution that will secure a path to citizenship and provide permanent protection for the 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – including 7,000 in New Mexico. DACA provided legal status for young people who were brought to the United States as children, through no fault of their own. Often called DREAMers, these young people are at risk of deportation because President Trump ended the DACA program and it expires on March 5.

"I've had the privilege of meeting with DREAMers from across New Mexico. Their stories are touching, and their bravery is inspiring. They are fellow New Mexicans, as American as I am," Udall said. "I’ve pushed for the DREAM Act for years. It’s long past time for us to pass permanent protections for DREAMers into law. During this debate, I will do everything in my power to secure a path to citizenship for DREAMers – including the 7,000 in New Mexico. DREAMers are not a bargaining chip for President Trump to use to enact his hateful immigration policies. So this week, I’m fighting for legislation that truly honors our history and our values as a nation of immigrants."

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Below are Udall's remarks:

Hello everyone.

0:04 – This week, the Senate is debating immigration legislation to protect DREAMers, individuals brought to this country as children. We need to get this done and we need to do it urgently.

0:15 – I’ve had the privilege of meeting with DREAMers from across New Mexico. Their stories are touching, and their bravery is inspiring. They are fellow New Mexicans, as American as I am.

0:27 – DREAMers enrich our communities, our state, and our nation. They are living out their dreams of being doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, and serving their country in uniform. They have every right to pursue those dreams here in America – the only country they call home.

0:44 – DREAMers deserve certainty so they can carry on with their lives. So they can work, and go to school, and take care of their families without fear of deportation. But their future is hanging in the balance. President Trump’s callous decision to end protections for DREAMers was wrong, and it was heartless.

1:04 – Let me be clear: the American people do not support President Trump’s platform of hate and division.

1:11 – Over the years, Republicans have claimed to support DREAMers. Now, they have a chance to back up their words with action.

1:18 – I’ve pushed for the DREAM Act for years. It’s long past time for us to pass permanent protections for DREAMers into law. During this debate, I will do everything in my power to secure a path to citizenship for DREAMers – including the 7,000 in New Mexico.

1:37 – DREAMers are not a bargaining chip for President Trump to use to enact his hateful immigration policies. So this week, I’m fighting for legislation that truly honors our history and our values as a nation of immigrants.

2:00 – Udall answers questions on the immigration debate and President Trump's budget proposal.

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Tuesdays With Tom 12-5-2017

Date: 12/05/2017

WASHINGTON -­ Today, in a press conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, addressed President Trump’s decision to massively roll back protections for Bears Ears and Grand Escalante national monuments. He also discussed his opposition to the Republican tax plan, which passed the Senate in the middle of the night this weekend, and would raise taxes on many middle class New Mexicans and slash revenues for the state. Udall also recapped his meeting with Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s nominee to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Nielsen’s nomination will receive a vote on the Senate floor this week.  

During the press call, Udall called Trump's annoucement to eliminate 85 percent of Bears Ears National Monument and almost half of Grand Staircase-Escalante "the largest frontal assault on public lands we have ever seen."

"His decision lifts protections for tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites, it strips protections for sensitive land and cultural sites, and it is deeply hurtful and insulting to the Native American tribes who worked over many years for Bears Ears National Monument and its protection," Udall said. "This decision will not stand up to scrutiny. President Trump doesn’t have the legal authority to diminish a monument – not Bears Ears or Grand Staircase. And not Organ Mountains Desert Peaks nor Rio Grande Del Norte. It will be challenged in court, and I support the court fight."

Udall also outlined his opposition to the GOP tax plan which would give massive tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy and large corporations, but will raise taxes for many middle class New Mexicans. The plan would add over a trillion dollars to the deficit, and require cuts to essential programs like Medicare and state mineral leasing payments that New Mexico depends on to fund public schools.

"These payments are a vital source of revenue for New Mexico – over $450 million this year," Udall said. "We depend on these payments to fund our schools. I joined with Senator Heinrich to offer an amendment to protect these payments. Our amendment didn’t pass, but this isn’t over. I’ll keep fighting to protect New Mexico from this drastic budget cut."

Udall also discussed his meeting with Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump’s nominee to be secretary of the DHS, where he pressed Nielsen to commit to upholding longstanding DHS policy prohibiting immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools and hospitals.

"I have been extremely disturbed by ongoing reports that Border Patrol and ICE agents are conducting enforcement operations at places where New Mexicans receive essential services," Udall said. "President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric have sent shockwaves of fear through immigrant communities. But no one should have to fear going to the doctor, a place of worship, or school. I’ll keep pushing for humane immigration practices, and I’ll keep working for a legislative solution to protect DREAMers and fix our badly broken immigration system."

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0:05 —  Yesterday, President Trump announced the largest frontal assault on public lands we have ever seen. 

0:13 — More than 85 percent of Bears Ears National Monument will be eliminated, and almost half of Grand Staircase-Escalante. His decision lifts protections for tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites, it strips protections for sensitive land and cultural sites, and it is deeply hurtful and insulting to the Native American tribes who worked over many years for Bears Ears National Monument and its protection.

0:41 — The Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, Zuni, and Hopi tribes urged protection to shield the land and cultural sites from looting, vandalism, and energy development. These tribes now co-manage the monument, but they were not consulted about this decision to rescind protections and create new boundaries.    

1:00 — This decision will not stand up to scrutiny. President Trump doesn’t have the legal authority to diminish a monument – not Bears Ears or Grand Staircase. And not Organ Mountains Desert Peaks, nor Rio Grande Del Norte. It will be challenged in court, and I support the court fight.

1:20 — Next, I want to touch on the Republican tax plan, which passed the Senate on Saturday in the dead of night. 

1:27 — The Republican plan gives massive tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy and to big corporations, but it will raise taxes of many middle class New Mexicans. It will also require cuts to essential programs like Medicare and state mineral leasing payments. 

1:47 — These payments are a vital source of revenue for New Mexico – over $450 million this year. We depend on these payments to fund our schools. I joined with Senator Heinrich to offer an amendment to protect these payments. Our amendment didn’t pass, but this isn’t over. I’ll keep fighting to protect New Mexico from this drastic budget cut. 

2:11 — Finally, this week the Senate will vote on the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security. 

2:19 — When I met with her last week, I pressed her to commit to maintaining a longstanding DHS policy. That policy ensures immigration agents will not conduct enforcement operations at sensitive locations, like schools and hospitals. 

2:34 — I have been extremely disturbed by ongoing reports that Border Patrol and ICE agents are conducting enforcement operations at places where New Mexicans receive essential services.  

2:46 — President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric have sent shockwaves of fear through immigrant communities. But no one should have to fear going to the doctor, a place of worship, or school. 

3:01 — I’ll keep pushing for humane immigration practices, and I’ll keep working for a legislative solution to protect DREAMers and fix our badly broken immigration system. 

3:15 — Udall answers questions about New Mexico's national monuments, next steps for the GOP tax plan, and reports of potential changes to plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Tuesdays with Tom 11-07-2017

Date: 11/07/2017

WASHINGTON -­ Today, in a press conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed his reaction to the terrible mass shooting in Texas this weekend, his opposition to the Republicans’ partisan tax proposal, and the urgent need to fund several health programs that New Mexico depends on, including the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI).

"I am heartbroken that we are – yet again – dealing with the news of another mass shooting," Udall said, in reference to the tragic mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. "It’s outrageous that we’re still trying to gather support for simple reforms to slow the epidemic of gun violence. … It shouldn’t take the loss of even one more innocent life. We should take common-sense steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who mean harm. We can ban bump stocks. We can expand background checks. The military must do a better job getting its arrests and convictions into the database. We must move on these items now."

Udall also outlined his opposition to the Republican tax plan which would benefit the ultra-wealthy and large corporations at the expense of New Mexico’s working families. The bill would give the wealthiest Americans and corporations a large permanent tax break, while ultimately raising taxes on millions of working families by eliminating tax deductions for student loans, state and local tax deductions, and medical expenses.

"New Mexicans want and deserve real reform that helps working families and small businesses, that makes Tax Day easier for all Americans, that makes the system fairer, and that requires the ultra-wealthy to pay their fair share," Udall said. "But the Republican plan isn’t reform. It’s a gift to big corporations, and small businesses won’t get the same benefits, and neither would New Mexico families. … I’ll keep working for real tax reform that helps New Mexico’s working families and small businesses. But this bill doesn’t do that."

In addition, Udall highlighted the urgent need to fund critical health programs that New Mexico depends on to provide comprehensive health care to children, rural communities, and Tribes. Last month, while Republicans were trying pass their fourth attempt to repeal Obamacare, they let funding for CHIP, Community Health Centers, and the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expire and put off long term funding for SDPI.

"As they try to rush through this tax plan, the president and Republicans are neglecting critical health programs," Udall said. "I’m raising alarm bells. If Congress doesn’t act soon on these programs, New Mexico families will be forced into another health crisis."

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0:24- I am heartbroken that we are – yet again – dealing with the news of another mass shooting. Yet again, this tragedy happened in a place of worship.

0:35 — It is horrifying that this shooting comes just a month after the deadliest mass shooting in our history. And it’s outrageous that we’re still trying to gather support for simple reforms to slow the epidemic of gun violence. After a tragedy like this, we hear leaders across the country say something must be done. But then nothing happens.

0:51 — It shouldn’t take the loss of even one more innocent life. We should take common-sense steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who mean harm. We can ban bump stocks. We can expand background checks. The military must do a better job getting its arrests and convictions into the database. We must move on these items now.

1:16 — Now, I’ll turn to the news coming out of Washington. Last week, House Republicans unveiled their tax plan.

1:23 — New Mexicans want and deserve real reform that helps working families and small businesses, that makes Tax Day easier for all Americans, that makes the system fairer; and that requires the ultra-wealthy to pay their fair share.

1:39 — Tax reform shouldn’t add to the deficit. And it should allow us to invest in roads and bridges, broadband internet, and other infrastructure. But the Republican plan isn’t reform. It’s a gift to big corporations, and small businesses won’t get the same benefits, and neither would New Mexico families.

2:00 — The bill puts key deductions on the chopping block – like student loan interest, and medical expenses. It cuts the personal exemption, and the deduction for state and local taxes.

2:11 — If you’ve got a big family – with kids at home, or kids in college – you’re likely to see your taxes go up. And families with large medical expenses will get hit especially hard. Others could get a small temporary tax cut in the first year. But the plan raises taxes on those families a few years later.

2:32 — And the plan would blow a $1.5 trillion hole in the budget. That will force big cuts in programs people depend on, like education, health care, and infrastructure.

2:45 — I’ll keep working for real tax reform that helps New Mexico’s working families and small businesses. But this bill doesn’t do that.

2:55 — As they try to rush through this tax plan, the president and Republicans are neglecting critical health programs.

3:03 — The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired in September. CHIP insures almost 9 million children across the country, including over 11,000 kids in New Mexico. And it has been a life-saver. It provides comprehensive health care for kids whose families don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford private insurance.

3:25 — The Community Health Centers Program also expired last month. In New Mexico, 17 community health clinics serve 330,000 patients in 90 communities.

3:39 — Republicans also failed to extend the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Services. Without it, more than 1,000 New Mexico parents could miss out on home visits.

3:49 — And the Special Diabetes Program for Indians is set to expire in December. This critical program helps Native patients with more effectively managing their diabetes.

4:02 — I’m raising alarm bells. If Congress doesn’t act soon on these programs, New Mexico families will be forced into another health crisis.

4:23 — Udall answers questions on the approval of Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers in Questa, the elimination of student loan deduction in the GOP tax plan, and efforts to fund CHIP and SDPI, and the latest report on climate change impacts.

Tuesdays with Tom 10-03-2017

Date: 10/03/2017

WASHINGTON — Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, discussed major legislation he introduced to radically overhaul our out-of-control campaign finance system and his efforts to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In addition, Udall offered his condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrific attack in Las Vegas, who include Lisa Romero-Muniz, a secretary at Hiroshi Miyamura High School in Gallup.

Udall last week reintroduced his landmark We the People Democracy for All Act to fix our broken campaign finance system, restore accountability to our elections, and empower voters. "I believe our democracy has reached a crisis point,”Udall said. “The American people are losing faith in the electoral process and in our institutions…. It’s long past time that we took action to restore confidence and accountability in our democracy. The We the People Act will put our democracy back in the hands of all Americans instead of the powerful few."

The new bill includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase voter participation, and strengthen lobbying and revolving door laws. A summary of its provisions is available here.

Udall also discussed the importance of protecting DACA — which has enabled 6,800 young New Mexicans to get legal status, obtain work permits, fulfill their dreams of going to college, and plan for their futures. Udall said, "These ‘Dreamers’ represent the best of our country. They are talented, patriotic young adults. The United States is their home. They know no other country."

Udall highlighted the story of Roxana, a Dreamer who has lived in Santa Fe since she was 1 year old. Roxana works at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe and had planned to go to nursing school. But President Trump's announcement has put her plans on hold. "The president’s decision is already causing chaos for immigrant families. And it will hurt our economy,” Udall said. “Republicans in Congress need to join with Democrats to pass the DREAM Act immediately, to protect the future of these young people."

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Below are Udall's remarks:

0:04 — I’ll begin by saying a few words about the horrific attack in Las Vegas. Jill and I join the entire nation in mourning the victims of this senseless act and we grieve with their families and loved ones.

0:18 — At least one of the victims was a secretary at Miyamura High School in Gallup. Her name was Lisa Romero. I have reached out to express my condolences to her family.

0:30 — The stories are pouring in of heroism and incredible bravery in the face of this evil. We are all so grateful to the first responders, law enforcement, and every day citizens who put their lives on the line to save others.

0:45 — We need to channel our pain into action. Congress has the power to do something about this epidemic and it’s long past time we did.

0:55 — Now, I’d like to turn to what I’m working on here in Washington. Recently, I introduced the We The People, democracy reform act in the Senate. This landmark bill will fix our broken campaign finance system, restore accountability to our elections, and empower voters.

1:14 — I believe our democracy has reached a crisis point. The American people are losing faith in the electoral process and in our institutions.

1:25 — People are seeing too much evidence that our government no longer answers to ordinary citizens. Disastrous Supreme Court decisions are allowing big, secret money to flood our elections. Foreign adversaries are interfering in our electoral process. Voting rights are under attack across the country. And big money donors are being rewarded with cabinet posts and special access.

1:52 — It’s long past time that we took action to restore confidence and accountability in our democracy.

2:00 — My bill makes some key reforms. For instance:
It reforms the way our campaigns are financed to boost the influence of small donors.
It strengthens our enforcement of campaign finance laws.
It toughens lobbying and revolving door laws.
It requires the publishing of White House visitor logs, and visitor logs at other locations where the president does business.
It ends extreme partisan gerrymandering;
And it establishes automatic voter registration and allows for same day voter registration.
2:39 — The We the People Act will put our democracy back in the hands of all Americans instead of the powerful few.

2:46 — I’d also like to take a moment to speak out against President Trump’s heartless decision to end the DACA program. DACA has allowed 800,000 young people and almost 8,000 New Mexicans to work and go to school.

3:03 — These ‘Dreamers’ represent the best of our country. They are talented, patriotic young adults. The United States is their home, they know no other country.

3:14 — Take Roxana. Roxana came to Santa Fe when she was one year old. She’s now 22. Roxana registered with DACA as soon as she could. She now works as a medical assistant with La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe. Roxana planned to go to nursing school. But the president’s action put her plans on hold.

3:39 — The president’s decision is already causing chaos for immigrant families. And it will hurt our economy.

3:45 — Republicans in Congress need to join with Democrats to pass the DREAM Act immediately, to protect the future of these young people.

4:00 — Udall answers questions on congressional action to prevent gun violence, campaign finance, DACA, and protecting our national monuments.

Tuesdays with Tom 7-18-2017

Date: 07/18/2017

WASHINGTON — Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, outlined the devastating impacts that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on Tribal communities in New Mexico and throughout the nation.

Udall has heard from many Tribal leaders and Native Americans in New Mexico and throughout Indian Country who are concerned about efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the Medicaid expansion — which has insured nearly 287,000 Native Americans from 492 Tribes, including 45,600 Native Americans in New Mexico and has helped fill badly needed funding gaps at the Indian Health Service. Udall echoed the concerns of Tribal leaders who have decried the complete lack of Tribal consultation on Republicans’ health care efforts, which would have sweeping and disastrous consequences for Indian Country. Earlier today, Udall held a roundtable discussion with Tribal leaders from across Indian Country to hear about the impact of ACA repeal on Native Americans’ health care.

Last night, after two more GOP senators announced their opposition and derailed the latest attempt to pass TrumpCare, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would pursue a strategy of repealing the ACA entirely, with no plan to replace it. In a statement following McConnell's announcement, Udall called the strategy "even more dangerous" for New Mexico.

Udall said his top priority as the vice chair of the Indian Affairs Committee is to ensure the government is fulfilling the federal trust duties to Tribes, and that a repeal of the ACA would violate our trust responsibility to provide Native Americans with comprehensive, quality health care. Udall said, "The Indian Health Service is the primary agency for fulfilling this responsibility. But the IHS is severely underfunded…. As a result, IHS has been forced to ration care. I heard today, that people used to say, 'Don’t get sick after June.' Because that’s when IHS would run short of money. Basic services like well-visits, prenatal exams, and mammograms have been unavailable for many IHS patients. But the Affordable Care Act has made a huge difference"

Udall said the ACA has been instrumental in providing essential care and boosting the economy in Native communities saying, "Because of the ACA, 64 percent of IHS patients have coverage that allows them to receive care above the 'life and limb only' level. And we can see the results. Tribal members are healthier. New medical clinics are opening in Indian Country. And Tribal communities and economies are better off."

In recapping the roundtable he held earlier today to hear from Tribal leaders on what repealing the ACA would mean for their communities, Udall said, "The message was plain and simple. Native communities rely on Medicaid. Repeal would devastate them. It must be stopped."

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0:05 — I’m sure you’ve heard that the latest version of TrumpCare has collapsed. The Republicans can’t get a majority to support it because the bill would be devastating for the 32 million Americans who would lose their health care. That includes almost 300,000 New Mexicans.

0:21 — New Mexicans rejected TrumpCare, and their voices made the difference. But now, Leader McConnell and President Trump are trying something even more dangerous – repealing the Affordable Care Act completely, including the Medicaid expansion, without any plan to replace it.

0:38 — I’m leading a day of action to highlight the devastating consequences of repeal for Native Americans. This morning, I convened a roundtable discussion with Tribal leaders from across Indian Country, including Daryl Candelaria the administrator of the Pueblo of San Felipe. And this afternoon, I will be speaking on the Senate floor about how Washington Republicans’ efforts will devastate health care in Indian Country.

1:07 — As the vice chair of the Indian Affairs Committee, my top priority is making sure our government is fulfilling its trust duties to Tribes. But repealing Obamacare does the opposite. It would be disastrous for the health care of American Indians and Alaska Natives in New Mexico and across the nation.

1:29 — The U.S. government has a trust responsibility to provide Native Americans with comprehensive, quality health care. The Indian Health Service is the primary agency for fulfilling this responsibility. But the IHS is severely underfunded. The IHS has just $3,500 per patient – less than one-third of the national average.

1:52 — As a result, IHS has been forced to ration care. I heard today, that people used to say, “Don’t get sick after June.” Because that’s when IHS would run short of money. Basic services like well-visits, prenatal exams, and mammograms have been unavailable for many IHS patients. But the Affordable Care Act has made a huge difference.

2:19 — Nearly 287,000 Native Americans from 492 Tribes have benefited from the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. In New Mexico alone, Medicaid expansion has insured an additional 45,600 Native Americans.

2:39 — Because of the ACA, 64 percent of IHS patients have coverage that allows them to receive care above the “life and limb only” level.

2:51 — And we can see the results. Tribal members are healthier. New medical clinics are opening in Indian Country. And Tribal communities and economies are better off.

3:02 — The Republican repeal effort would undo this progress. It will devastate Medicaid. It will take away those life-saving services. It will shut down those new health facilities. And it will freeze economic progress in Indian Country.

3:18 — These aren’t just numbers and statistics. We are talking about people’s lives.

3: 26 — The roundtable we held this morning was important. I heard directly from Tribal leaders about the damage this bill would do to Native communities. The message was plain and simple. Native communities rely on Medicaid. Repeal would devastate them. It must be stopped.

3:42 — President Trump and Washington Republicans tried to ram TrumpCare through: without hearings, without Tribal consultation, and without thought for the health and welfare of Indian Country.

3:54 — Thankfully, the latest version of TrumpCare failed. But Republicans’ new path is even more dangerous. I’m going to fight tooth and nail against repeal to protect the health of Indian Country.

4:08 — Udall answers questions about the Tribal impacts of an ACA repeal and the latest revelations of potential collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian government.

Tuesdays with Tom 5-9-2017

Date: 05/09/2017

WASHINGTON – Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed a bill he introduced with other members of the N.M. delegation to prohibit schools from using "lunch shaming" tactics -- discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don't have enough money to pay for meals at school. Udall also discussed his opposition to TrumpCare, the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week; and the Republican efforts to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s natural gas waste prevention rule.

Udall and the delegation's Anti-Lunch Shaming Act, would ban schools from singling out children — such as by requiring them to wear wristbands or hand stamps or do extra chores — because their parents have not paid their school meal bills. The bill is a national response to the strong steps that New Mexico has taken to end school meal shaming. Udall highlighted the need to prevent this harmful practice nationwide saying, "meal shaming can stand in the way of a child’s only healthy meal of the day. We can’t expect our kids to succeed in the classroom if they are hungry. It’s time for legislation on a federal level to prohibit lunch shaming and to find solutions to help struggling families."

Udall also emphasized his opposition to the American Health Care Act (or TrumpCare), saying it would be devastating for New Mexico and cancel health care for hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans. Udall said he would "fight to defeat this legislation or anything like it in the Senate" because "TrumpCare would take us back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The bill would let insurance companies charge sick people more and charge women more for services like maternity care. At the same time, the bill gives a $600 billion tax cut to the wealthiest Americans."

In addition, Udall addressed the Republican effort to repeal the BLM's natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This is the last week the CRA can be used to repeal the rule,which saves taxpayers millions of dollars, creates jobs, and protects against climate change. Udall said repealing the rule would be "nothing more than a giveaway to big oil companies and big polluters" and warned that Republicans are closer than ever to passing a repeal of the rule, saying "everyone needs to speak out, and make their voices heard to help us block this misguided effort."

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Below are Udall's remarks:

0:00 — Udall welcomes everyone to the call.

0:04 — "This week, I introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit lunch shaming in schools. I’m proud that New Mexico became the first state to outlaw this harmful practice. New Mexico’s law is a model for the nation."

0:18 — "Our bill aims to provide similar protections to students throughout the country. It would ban schools from publicly singling out children if they can’t pay for school meals."

0:30 — "Kids should not be shamed or punished at school or go hungry because their parents can’t pay for meals or have outstanding debt. Lunch shaming stigmatizes our most vulnerable children. And requiring kids to do extra chores because of their parents’ debts takes away time from schoolwork, and time with their peers."

0:54 — "Meal shaming can stand in the way of a child’s only healthy meal of the day. We can’t expect our kids to succeed in the classroom if they are hungry."

1:04 — "It’s time for legislation on a federal level to prohibit lunch shaming and to find solutions to help struggling families. I will do everything I can to pass this bill in the Senate."

1:17 — "I also want to give an update on my efforts in the Senate to protect the health care of New Mexicans. Last week, House Republicans passed a health care bill that would be devastating for our state."

1:30 — "TrumpCare would take us back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The bill would let insurance companies charge sick people more and charge women more for services like maternity care. At the same time, the bill gives a $600 billion dollar tax cut to the wealthiest Americans."

1:53 — "TrumpCare would cancel health care for hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans. It would also cost nearly 32,000 jobs – likely sending our economy into another recession."

2:05 — "Rural New Mexicans would be among the worst off under this bill. Many rural hospitals could be forced to shut their doors."

2:14 — "This bill would be a disaster for the country and for New Mexico. I am going to fight to defeat this legislation or anything like it in the Senate."

2:23 — "Finally, I want to address the Republican effort to repeal the BLM’s natural gas waste prevention rule which saves taxpayers millions of dollars, creates jobs, and protects against climate change."

2:36 — "Repealing this rule would be nothing more than a giveaway to big oil companies and big polluters. Senators in both parties know the BLM rule is good for taxpayers — and for our states."

2:49 — "Before the rule was implemented, $100 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas was lost each year on federal public lands in New Mexico. That’s money our cash strapped state desperately needs. And there’s a methane cloud the size of Delaware hanging over the Four Corners region."

3:08 — "Republicans are closer than ever to repealing this rule. Everyone needs to speak out, and make their voices heard to help us block this misguided effort."

3:23 — Udall answers questions about the lunch shaming bill, President Trump's tax proposal, Governor Martinez' silence on TrumpCare's proposed cuts to Medicaid, and the confirmation of Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force.

Tuesdays With Tom 4-4-2017

Date: 04/04/2017

WASHINGTON — Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed his decision to vote against the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and his new bill to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians to fund culturally based diabetes education programs.

Udall said that after meeting with Gorsuch, watching his confirmation hearings and studying his record, he has concluded that he can't support confirmation. Udall is concerned about Gorsuch's refusal to answer where he stands on issues like the rights of working mothers, whether women can choose their own health care decisions, LGBTQ rights, and dark money in our elections. Udall also noted that he is not convinced that Gorsuch will be an independent voice on the Court, saying, "President Trump has taken a number of actions since assuming office that could go to the Supreme Court. It’s more important than ever to have a clear-eyed judge on the bench. But Judge Gorsuch simply did not convince me that he’d be the independent mind we need." Udall highlighted a number of cases involving President Trump that could reach the Supreme Court, including the investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, his potential violations of the domestic and foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, and the executive order banning immigrants from several majority-Muslim nations.

Udall also reiterated his concerns about confirming a justice while President Trump and his advisers are under investigation for potential ties to Russia and Russia's interference in the 2016 election, saying "President Trump should not be making lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court while there are so many troubling questions about his team’s connections to Russia. I have called for an independent, bipartisan commission – like the 9/11 commission – to fully investigate the cloud of suspicion hanging over this administration."

"There is still time for both sides to come together and work out an agreement – put bipartisanship and fairness first and put aside the bitter partisan fighting that has divided Congress and our nation," Udall said as he emphasized the need to slow down this nomination and work across the aisle to find a solution that does not include the drastic rule change that Republicans have threatened.

In addition, Udall talked about his bill to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians for seven years. The program funds diabetes prevention and treatment in more than 300 Native communities, and has resulted in a 61 percent growth in culturally based diabetes education programs. Udall said, "this long-term extension makes a common-sense investment in diabetes prevention. I’ve heard great stories from people whose lives were changed through this program, and I look forward to working to get this bill passed."

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Below are Udall's remarks:

0:00 — Udall welcomes everyone to the call.

0:02 — "This week, the Senate will vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to serve on the Supreme Court."

0:05 — "I met with Judge Gorsuch, I studied his record, and I followed his hearings closely. I’ve decided that I can’t support his confirmation. He failed to answer questions about where he stands on deeply important issues, like the rights of working moms, whether women can make their own health care decisions, LGBTQ rights, and dark money in our elections."

0:32 — "In addition, President Trump has taken a number of actions since assuming office that could go to the Supreme Court. It’s more important than ever to have a clear-eyed judge on the bench but Judge Gorsuch simply did not convince me that he’d be the independent mind we need."

0:55 — "I am also going to vote against ending debate on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, against cloture. I want to slow down this nomination and see if we can find a better path forward. Now is one of those rare moments when I believe this action is justified."

1:11 — "President Trump should not be making lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court while there are so many troubling questions about his team’s connections to Russia. I have called for an independent, bipartisan commission – like the 9/11 commission – to fully investigate the cloud of suspicion hanging over this administration."

1:32 — "Until we have answers, we need to hit pause on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. There’s no reason to rush."

1:42 — "Remember, Republicans had no problem letting President Obama’s nominee for this seat, Merrick Garland, languish for 293 days without a single hearing, and without a vote. And President Obama wasn’t under investigation. What the Republican majority did last year was completely unprecedented."

2:03 — "There is still time for both sides to come together and work out an agreement – put bipartisanship and fairness first and put aside the bitter partisan fighting that has divided Congress and our nation."

2:17 — "I also want to mention one additional subject. Last week we had a very good discussion in the Indian Affairs Committee about preventing diabetes among Native American youth. This is an issue many of us in New Mexico know too well. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in Indian Country and Native youth are four times more likely to develop Type II diabetes."

2:42 — "As Vice Chairman of the committee, I’m pushing for us to find new ways to support the efforts of tribes and Native communities and to engage Native youth in healthy lifestyles."

2:54 — "One of the main ways that Congress has supported this over the last 20 years has been the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, otherwise known as SDPI. SDPI funds diabetes prevention and treatment programs in more than 300 Native communities, resulting in a 61 percent growth in culturally based diabetes education programs."

3:19 — "Unfortunately, the program has not gotten the support and attention it deserves from Congress but last week, I introduced a bill to renew the SDPI program for another seven years. This long-term extension makes a common-sense investment in diabetes prevention. I’ve heard great stories from people whose lives were changed through this program and I look forward to working to get this bill passed."

3:45 — Udall answers questions about the specific concerns he has regarding Judge Gorsuch's record and about the cases that could reach the Supreme Court involving President Trump, including the allegations of Trump's ties to Russia, the immigration ban, and violations of the Emoluments Clause.

Tuesdays with Tom 3-17-2017

Date: 03/07/2017

Today, on a conference call with New Mexico reporters, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed his decision to vote against the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and his new bill to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians to fund culturally based diabetes education programs.

Udall said that after meeting with Gorsuch, watching his confirmation hearings and studying his record, he has concluded that he can't support confirmation. Udall is concerned about Gorsuch's refusal to answer where he stands on issues like the rights of working mothers, whether women can choose their own health care decisions, LGBTQ rights, and dark money in our elections. Udall also noted that he is not convinced that Gorsuch will be an independent voice on the Court, saying, "President Trump has taken a number of actions since assuming office that could go to the Supreme Court. It’s more important than ever to have a clear-eyed judge on the bench. But Judge Gorsuch simply did not convince me that he’d be the independent mind we need." Udall highlighted a number of cases involving President Trump is involved in that could reach the Supreme Court, including the investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, his potential violations of the domestic and foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, and the executive order banning immigrants from several majority-Muslim nations.

Udall also reiterated his concerns about confirming a justice while President Trump and his advisers are under investigation for potential ties to Russia and Russia's interference in the 2016 election, saying "President Trump should not be making lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court while there are so many troubling questions about his team’s connections to Russia. I have called for an independent, bipartisan commission – like the 9/11 commission – to fully investigate the cloud of suspicion hanging over this administration."

"There is still time for both sides to come together and work out an agreement – put bipartisanship and fairness first and put aside the bitter partisan fighting that has divided Congress and our nation, " Udall said as he emphasized the need to slow down this nomination and work across the aisle to find a solution that does not include the drastic rule change that Republicans have threatened.

In addition, Udall talked about his bill to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians for seven years. The program funds diabetes prevention and treatment programs in more than 300 Native communities, and has resulted in a 61 percent growth in culturally based diabetes education programs. Udall said, "this long-term extension makes a common-sense investment in diabetes prevention. I’ve heard great stories from people whose lives were changed through this program, and I look forward to working to get this bill passed."

Below are Udall's remarks:

0:00 — Udall welcomes everyone to the call.

0:02 — "This week, the Senate will vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to serve on the Supreme Court."

0:05 — "I met with Judge Gorsuch, I studied his record, and I followed his hearings closely. I’ve decided that I can’t support his confirmation. He failed to answer questions about where he stands on deeply important issues, like the rights of working moms, whether women can make their own health care decisions, LGBTQ rights, and dark money in our elections."

0:32 — "In addition, President Trump has taken a number of actions since assuming office that could go to the Supreme Court. It’s more important than ever to have a clear-eyed judge on the bench but Judge Gorsuch simply did not convince me that he’d be the independent mind we need."

0:55 — "I am also going to vote against ending debate on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, against cloture. I want to slow down this nomination and see if we can find a better path forward. Now is one of those rare moments when I believe this action is justified."

1:11 — "President Trump should not be making lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court while there are so many troubling questions about his team’s connections to Russia. I have called for an independent, bipartisan commission – like the 9/11 commission – to fully investigate the cloud of suspicion hanging over this administration."

1:32 — "Until we have answers, we need to hit pause on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. There’s no reason to rush."

1:42 — "Remember, Republicans had no problem letting President Obama’s nominee for this seat, Merrick Garland, languish for 293 days without a single hearing, and without a vote. And President Obama wasn’t under investigation. What the Republican majority did last year was completely unprecedented."

2:03 — "There is still time for both sides to come together and work out an agreement – put bipartisanship and fairness first and put aside the bitter partisan fighting that has divided Congress and our nation."

2:17 — "I also want to mention one additional subject. Last week we had a very good discussion in the Indian Affairs Committee about preventing diabetes among Native American youth. This is an issue many of us in New Mexico know too well. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in Indian Country and Native youth are four times more likely to develop Type II diabetes."

2:42 — "As Vice Chairman of the committee, I’m pushing for us to find new ways to support the efforts of tribes and Native communities and to engage Native youth in healthy lifestyles."

2:54 — "One of the main ways that Congress has supported this over the last 20 years has been the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, otherwise known as SDPI. SDPI funds diabetes prevention and treatment programs in more than 300 Native communities, resulting in a 61 percent growth in culturally based diabetes education programs."

3:19 — "Unfortunately, the program has not gotten the support and attention it deserves from Congress but last week, I introduced a bill to renew the SDPI program for another seven years. This long-term extension makes a common-sense investment in diabetes prevention. I’ve heard great stories from people whose lives were changed through this program and I look forward to working to get this bill passed."

3:45 — Udall answers questions about the specific concerns he has regarding Judge Gorsuch's record and about the cases that could reach the Supreme Court involving President Trump, including the allegations of Trump's ties to Russia, the immigration ban, and violations of the Emoluments Clause.

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Tom Talks Health Reform on the Bill Press Show

Date: 12/16/2009

Senator Tom Udall is interviewed about health insurance reform on the Bill Press Show.