Senator discusses the president’s budget proposal and the future of campaign finance reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about key components of President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011 including the outlook for the National Nuclear Security Administration which oversees New Mexico’s labs, the Department of Veterans Affairs, USDA and the Indian Health Services. He also addressed his plans for campaign finance reform. To listen to the audio, click here.

Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s remarks:

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by highlighting key areas of the president’s budget proposal that would benefit New Mexico and discusses his future plans for campaign finance reform in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a long-established federal campaign finance law that limited electoral contributions by corporations.

05:40 – Comments on the proposed cancellation of NASA’s Constellation program in the President’s budget. Says he is still looking into the potential impact for the NASA White Sands Test Facility.

09:17 –Talks about deficit spending. Explains the reasons the federal deficit is so high and pledges to look for a bipartisan solution to the problem. Discusses Senate measures to already address the issue, including the passage of a PAYGO amendment in the Senate last week.

12:47 – Discusses the future success of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) site in regard to the president’s budget.