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Udall Responds to Latest Push by House to Shut Down Government

on September 29, 2013 - 9:09am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.N., released the following statement on the latest attempt by the U.S. House of Representatives to push the nation to a government shutdown:

 

“Shutting down the government over an issue that was settled in the last election isn't leadership, it's political gamesmanship at its worst. 

 

“A shutdown would cause hardship for thousands of people in New Mexico, hurt our already struggling economy, and delay military pay and veterans' benefits.

Udall Urges FTC to Investigate Phone Scams

on September 29, 2013 - 8:23am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON – Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., wrote a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to take “aggressive action” to investigate and prevent telephone scams targeting utility customers in New Mexico.

More than 130 New Mexico utility customers have been targeted so far. Some have lost of thousands of dollars in the telephone scams, in which callers threaten to disconnect electric service unless the customer sends money via prepaid card or online payment.

The scammers are using a practice known as caller ID “spoofing,” in

Udall Backs Bill to Reform Surveillance Program

on September 28, 2013 - 7:49am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced his support for a new bipartisan bill to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and ensure Americans’ rights to free speech and freedom from unreasonable searches are protected. 

“The National Security Agency’s mission is to protect our nation from foreign threats, and I support that goal, but it is becoming clear that millions of Americans’ communications are being swept up in their dragnet,” Udall said. “I have been concerned about the potential for abuse of these programs for years.

Tax-filing Extension Expires Oct. 15

on September 28, 2013 - 7:19am

IRS News:

PHOENIX ─ Many of the more than 12 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. Though Oct. 15 is the last day for most people, some still have more time, including members of the military and others serving in Afghanistan or other combat zone (http://www.irs.gov/uac/Combat-Zones) localities who typically have until at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due. People with extensions in parts of Colorado (

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Udall Backs Measure to Protect Military Pay in Case of Government Shutdown

on September 27, 2013 - 8:42am

Tom Udall

 

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Thursday that he is joining a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring a bill to protect military pay in the event of a government shutdown.

 

The Military Pay Protection Act, which is based on a similar proposal introduced in January, would ensure the nation's military families, including National Guard units assisting in disaster recovery, and critical Defense Department civilian workers, would not see a delay in their paychecks if the government were to shut down.

 

“Our military men and women

Udall Talks Storm Recovery, Government Shutdown

on September 25, 2013 - 10:11am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall provided an update on federal storm recovery funding to help repair recent flood damage in New Mexico. He also discussed Republicans’ looming threat of a government shutdown and the impact it would have on the state if agreement cannot be reached prior to Oct. 1.

 

Click here to listen to the full audio online.

 

Click here to download the audio.

 

Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:

 

0:00 - Udall opens the call with remarks on cleanup efforts from the recent storms, noting

Gary King Opposes Deep Cuts to Federal Food Stamps

on September 22, 2013 - 10:01am

Attorney General Gary King

STATE News:

New Mexico Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Governor Gary King today strongly spoke out against Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to impose harsh cuts to American families who depend on federal food stamps. 

Yesterday House Republicans passed billions of dollars in cuts to federal food stamps by a vote of 217-210; the cuts will push millions of American families, including those in New Mexico, into poverty during the ongoing economic slump.

"While this is a federal issue, and I intend to be the next Governor of

Udall Honors Hispanic Heritage

on September 22, 2013 - 7:20am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall submitted the following statement to the Congressional Record recognizing the tremendous contributions of Hispanic Americans in New Mexico and across the country:

“Mr. President, September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to remember and to celebrate the integral role of Hispanic Americans in the economy, culture and identity of our nation. 

“In New Mexico, we enjoy a rich Hispanic heritage that goes back over 400

Bandelier Again Collects Entrance Fees; Public Lands Day is Fee Free

on September 21, 2013 - 10:02am

A member of the Bandelier maintenance staff works to clear the main trail of mud left by Sept. 12, 13, and 14 flash floods. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Since the Frijoles Canyon section of Bandelier National Monument closed last weekend due to the effects of three flash floods in three days, park employees have been working hard to clean up the mud and damage. 

On Thursday, Sept. 19, it was cleared sufficiently to allow the shuttle buses to start bringing visitors, and by Friday enough of the area was open to begin charging entrance fees.

Udall: $2 Million 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds Coming to New Mexico

on September 21, 2013 - 9:50am
U.S. SENATE News:

Will work to ensure federal government keeps commitment to provide resources for flood damage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Transportation will make immediately available $2 million in emergency relief funds to help New Mexico cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by the severe storms this month.

“Communities across our state are cleaning up from devastating floods, and many are facing expensive

Udall Supports NM Nominee for Deputy Interior Secretary

on September 21, 2013 - 8:16am

Michael Conner

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday,  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., spoke before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of the nomination of New Mexico native Michael Connor to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department.

A Las Cruces native and NMSU graduate with degrees in engineering and law, Connor currently serves as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He previously ran the Interior Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office before moving to the U.S. Senate as counsel to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee under former Sen.

Luján Highlights Impact of Climate Change on Minority Communities

on September 19, 2013 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor Wednesday on the need to address climate change.

With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Sept. 15, Luján highlighted the importance of this issue within the Latino community. During his remarks, Luján also highlighted his opposition to a House Republican plan to make steep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

"Mr.

Free Flow of Information Act Advances to Senate Floor

on September 18, 2013 - 8:19am

NNA News:

The National Newspaper Association welcomes progress in the Senate on the Free Flow of Information Act, S 987, said NNA’s president, Robert M. Williams Jr., chair and publisher of the SouthFire Newspaper Group in Blackshear, GA.

The journalists’ first federal protection against having to reveal confidential sources, except in national security or similarly compelling circumstances, advances to the Senate floor. Similar protections are already afforded by the states.

“Community newspapers stand with our larger journalistic brethren in calling for Congress to recognize journalists’

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9-11 Remembrance

on September 13, 2013 - 7:53pm

Flags and flowers adorn the Sept. 11 memorial next to the Bradbury Science Museum. This actual piece of the Pentagon serves as a memorial to the fallen heroes of Sept. 11. Photo by Karen Kendall
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NM K-12 Funding Cuts Among Deepest in Nation

on September 13, 2013 - 8:41am

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico ranks fifth worst in the nation in how deep it has cut spending on K-12 education on a per-student, inflation-adjusted basis since the start of the recession. These cuts deepened the recession, slowed the recovery, and will make New Mexico less prosperous in the future.

 A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that New Mexico cut $874 per student in inflation-adjusted spending between fiscal years 2008 and 2014. Only four states made larger cuts.

FCC Will Address Rural Dropped Calls

on September 12, 2013 - 8:05am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., welcomed news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take steps to prevent telecommunications operators from dropping calls from rural customers.

During a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Udall, who chairs the subcommittee, secured the promise from FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn that FCC regulators will ensure providers will no longer discriminate against calls coming from rural areas.

“I am very pleased that the FCC will take action,” Udall said.

Luján on 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

on September 11, 2013 - 11:37am


Courtesy photo

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:

"Today we mourn the lives that were cut short when our country was attacked by terrorists 12 years ago. While we were shaken to our core by the horrifying attacks, a resilient nation pulled together to show the bravery and heroism that are hallmarks of the United States of America.

"We saw first responders risk their lives to save others.

Udall: U.S. Must Keep up Pressure on Russia to Follow Through with Commitment to Secure Syria’s Chemical Weapons

on September 11, 2013 - 11:27am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeated his call Tuesday for the United States to use diplomatic, economic and political pressure to ensure Russia and Syria keep their commitment to surrender Syria’s chemical weapons to the international community for destruction.

He issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech:

“The single greatest reason Bashar al-Assad has been able to remain in power is that he is receiving support from outside governments, including Russia.

Udall Explains his Opposition to Limited Military Strike on Syria to NM Press

on September 10, 2013 - 11:07am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Staff Report

In a telephone press conference with New Mexico media this morning, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., explained his position opposing a limited military strike on Syria.

“The United States has not yet exhausted all political, economic and diplomatic options,” Udall said. “The administration hasn’t made a case that a limited military strike will deter the use of chemical weapons. If our goal is to save lives, a military strike is not the best response.”

The American people and the international community are not behind the President’s proposed military action, he

Upgrade to Mars Rover Could Aid Discovery on More Distant Worlds

on September 10, 2013 - 7:55am

Mars Rover. Courtesy/NASA

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Smart as the Mars Curiosity mission has been about landing and finding its own way on a distant world, the rover is pretty brainless when it comes to doing the science that it was sent 567 million kilometers to carry out.

That has to change if future rover missions are to make discoveries further out in the solar system, scientists say.

 The change has now begun with the development of a new camera that can do more than just take pictures of alien rocks – it also thinks about what the pictures signify so the rover can decide on its own

Nearly 9,000 NM Homes to Gain Broadband Access

on September 10, 2013 - 7:38am

FCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ─ Monday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) allocation of $5.18 million from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand and improve broadband service to nearly 9,000 New Mexico households.

This announcement follows Udall’s efforts to urge the FCC to free up unused funds that would help close the digital divide between urban areas that have access to high-speed Internet and rural areas that do not.

“Reliable high-speed Internet is critical to leveling the playing field between rural and urban communities,” Udall said.

IRS Interest Rates Remain Same for Fourth Quarter

on September 9, 2013 - 7:26am

IRS News:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Oct. 1.

The rates will be:

  • 3 percent for overpayments [two percent in the case of a corporation];
  • 3 percent for underpayments;
  • 5 percent for large corporate underpayments; and
  • 1/2 percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis.

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Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church to Participate in National 'Back to Church Sunday' Sept. 15

on September 6, 2013 - 6:29am

PCA News:

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church (PCA) in White Rock at 10:20 a.m. Sept. 15. Everyone is welcome to attend.

National "Back to Church Sunday" (www.backtochurch.com) is an initiative that is "Inviting America Back to Church." It seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched" — people who once attended church, but don't any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday.

Udall Votes Against Proposal to Use Force in Syria

on September 5, 2013 - 7:32am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
 
The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7. The full Senate will consider the resolution by next week.
 
Udall said that while he believed Assad must be deterred from attacking his own citizens, Udall opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) because he

DOE Secretary Stresses Energy Security During Los Alamos Visit

on September 3, 2013 - 2:17pm

From left, Dr. Richard Sayre of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bioscience Division and the New Mexico Consortium, briefs DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology President Daniel Lopez, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan Tuesday at the New Mexico Consortium biological laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Dr. Richard Sayre, one of the nation’s top specialists in algae and energy-producing plant research, briefs DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz on work underway at the Bioscience Research Lab. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

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