Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Essential Federal and Tribal Programs from Future Budget Uncertainty

Udall, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Essential Federal and Tribal Programs from Future Budget Uncertainty

Legislation would authorize advance funding for federally-operated tribal programs related to health and public safety

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act (IPAAA) to protect essential federal and tribal programs from the detrimental impacts of budgetary uncertainty caused by government shutdowns and short-term funding packages.

Udall Votes to Reopen the Government

Udall Votes to Reopen the Government 

As 10,000+ in NM prepare to miss another paycheck, Udall-supported proposal would fund federal government and provide relief to New Mexico’s workforce and economy without preconditions

 WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted for a clean and responsible proposal to reopen the federal government without preconditions. The proposal would reopen currently closed agencies and fund the federal government through February 8th, to allow Congress and the president to negotiate on border and immigration issues without holding federal employees and government services hostage. The measure attracted bipartisan support, receiving a 52-44 vote, but failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to advance in the Senate.