Economy & Jobs

Too many people in Washington, D.C. think that if the stock market is going up, the economy is in good shape. But that’s not the reality for working families. The way we should measure the success of the economy is if parents can afford to send their kids to college, entrepreneurs can start new businesses, and workers are able to retire with peace of mind.

As a member of the Joint Economic Committee, I am focused on building an economy that works for everyone—not just a select few. My number one priority is not only continuing to grow our economy, but also ensuring that we create good jobs that pay workers a fair and livable wage.

From making college affordable, to strengthening our nation’s infrastructure, to growing our diverse, high-tech, advanced manufacturing and clean energy industries, I remain deeply committed to strengthening New Mexico’s middle class. We must restore the basic bargain on which this country was built – that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead. I won’t stop fighting until every New Mexican who is willing to work hard to support their family and their community can find a job that supports them.

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  • Udall, Heinrich Call On Administration To Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Get Stimulus Checks Automatically

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 46 colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and groups that the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the stimulus checks automatically. Read More


  • NM Delegation Announces Over $133 Million in Grants for State Transportation Networks from Emergency Coronavirus Response Package

    WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that state and local governments in New Mexico will receive over $133 million in emergency transit grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funds are part of a first wave of grants from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the entire New Mexico delegation voted to pass Congress last week. Read More


  • N.M. Delegation Urges Eligible Local Governments To Apply For Emergency Supplemental Assistance

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small are urging eligible municipalities, counties, and tribes to seek federal assistance for coronavirus (COVID-19) response equipment, supplies, and practices through the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program. This funding was secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, emergency legislation the New Mexico delegation recently voted for. Read More


  • N.M. Delegation Urges Eligible Local Governments To Apply For Emergency Supplemental Assistance

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small are urging eligible municipalities, counties, and tribes to seek federal assistance for coronavirus (COVID-19) response equipment, supplies, and practices through the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program. This funding was secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, emergency legislation the New Mexico delegation recently voted for. Read More


  • Following Calls From Udall And Heinrich, Trump Administration Reverses Course And Allows Social Security Beneficiaries To Receive COVID-19 Direct Cash Assistance Without Filing Tax Returns

    WASHINGTON - Following calls from U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that Social Security recipients will automatically receive direct cash assistance included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act without having to file tax returns. Read More


  • New Mexico Delegation Announces Over $16.7 Million in Housing Grants to New Mexico Communities from Emergency Coronavirus Funding

    WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that New Mexico communities across the state will receive over $16.7 million in emergency housing assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bolster the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are part of a first wave of grants from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the entire New Mexico delegation voted to pass Congress last week. Read More


  • NM Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Push for Swift, Effective Implementation of Tribal Provisions of the CARES Act

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with the full New Mexico congressional delegation - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) – led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 18 senators and 12 U.S. representatives in writing to President Donald J. Trump requesting that federal agencies implementing the Tribal provisions of the CARES Act do so in a manner that upholds the federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Indian Tribes, respects Tribal sovereignty and provides for meaningful government-to-government consultation with Indian Tribes.  Letter urges President Trump to uphold the federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Indian Tribes, respecting Tribal sovereignty, and meaningful Tribal consultation Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Call For Social Security Recipients To Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having To File Tax Return

    WASHINGTON - While the CARES Act that the president signed into law last week ensured that the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes or not, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Release Guide for Small Business Owners and Non-Profit Leaders to the CARES Act

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released a guide to help small business owners and non-profit leaders access new funding included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that passed the Senate, House and was signed into law by the President last week. The CARES Act contains major provisions to provide relief to small businesses and non-profits hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and its required public health responses including $377 billion in small business aid.  Read More