WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Melanie Stansbury (D-NM-01) and Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ-06) this week celebrated the House Natural Resources Committee’s passage of their bipartisan bill to support the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.
The Udall Foundation Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2882) would reauthorize the foundation, named after Arizona’s former U.S. Congressmen Mo and Stewart Udall, until 2028.
“As a former Udall Foundation Fellow myself, I’m proud that my Udall Foundation Reauthorization Act passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee. This bill will allow the next generation of scholars and interns to be empowered to protect and defend our environment and natural resources,” Stansbury said. “Through reauthorization, I’m proud to continue Mo and Steward Udall’s extraordinary legacies to protect the environment and ensure Indigenous scholars can contribute their expertise to our higher education institutions and our government.”
“The Udall Foundation is a powerful platform that honors Arizona’s former U.S. Representatives Mo and Stewart Udall’s legacies on our nation’s natural resources and public lands,” Ciscomani said. “This bill guarantees the continued operation of the organization, which has been an impactful avenue for students, scholars, and researchers in addressing our top environmental and natural resource concerns. With the committee’s passage of the bill, it is one step closer to becoming law and ensuring the foundation is able to continue its crucial work.”
“The Udall Foundation thanks Chair Westerman, Ranking Member Grijalva, and the Committee on Natural Resources for their support of H.R. 2882,” said Chair Charlie Rose of the Udall Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are especially grateful to our sponsor Representative Ciscomani and original co-sponsor and Committee member Representative Stansbury. The Udall Foundation will continue to deliver on our agency’s nonpartisan mission of providing our Nation with environmental collaboration and conflict resolution services and education programs in the areas of environmental public policy, Tribal public policy, and Native health care.”
“Since being established by Congress in 1992, the Udall Foundation has been a successful organization providing many scholarship and internship opportunities to educate and equip Native American students,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR-04). “It is a commonsense decision to reauthorize the Foundation for the next five years to ensure these valuable opportunities for the next generation. I want to thank Representative Ciscomani for leading the way on this issue and I am ready to help get it passed into law.”