Press release: Senator discusses DWI memorial bill, Wall Street reform and upcoming meeting with Elena Kagan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about a bill he will introduce Wednesday to designate the DWI Memorial of Perpetual Tears in Moriarty as the National Victims Memorial. He also discussed Senate passage of Wall Street reform, his upcoming meeting with Elena Kagan, and took questions on the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. To listen to the audio, click here.

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

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by previewing a bill he will introduce Wednesday to designate New Mexico’s DWI memorial as the “National DWI Victims Memorial.” He also remarked on last week’s passage of sweeping Wall Street reform by the Senate and announced his Wednesday meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan.

04:00 – Answers a question on Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s Joint Address to Congress.

05:10 – Discusses BP’s response to the catastrophic Gulf Coast oil spill. Notes that BP lacked an effective plan to deal with a worst case scenario spill.

08:25 – Clarifies the federal government’s jurisdiction over the oil spill. Talks about difficulties in repairing the leak, citing the extreme depth of the oil rig.

11:46 – Notes differences between the House and Senate Wall Street reform bills, which must be resolved in the upcoming conference committee.

12:53 – Talks about the likelihood that Congress will act on comprehensive immigration reform this year.

14:43 – Expresses concerns about U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

17:39 – Pledges continued advocacy on funding for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply project.