Press release: Udall discusses senate rules reform, appointment to foreign relations committee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about his work to reform the Senate rules, his appointment to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the FAA Reauthorization Bill being debated this week on the Senate floor. To listen to the audio, click here.

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

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation with comments about his work to make the Senate more transparent and accountable, his appointment last week to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the ongoing situation in Egypt and this week’s debate of the FAA bill on the Senate floor.

06:45 – Recaps his recent trip to southeastern New Mexico including stops in Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad and Hobbs.

10:03 – Explains his year-long effort to reform the Senate rules to make the institution work better for the American people.

13:37 – Discusses the process of “secret holds” which ended last week after Udall’s push for Senate rules reform. The change will help alleviate obstruction and allow the Senate to focus on nominations and legislation in a more open and transparent way.

15:00 – Notes the benefits of recent U.S. Department of Transportation funding for select recipients in New Mexico including Eddy, Curry, Lea, Chaves, Cibola, McKinley, Lincoln, Socorro, Otero and Bernalillo Counties. In addition, North Central Regional Transit will receive some of the funds.

18:07 – Responds to a question regarding the Blue Ribbon Commission meetings that took place in Carlsbad and Albuquerque last week.

21:55 – Gives his thoughts in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address regarding his views on the war in Afghanistan.