Press release: Udall discusses budget, Afghanistan, petroleum reserves

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the ongoing budget debate in Congress, the situation in Afghanistan and his thoughts on tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to combat rising gas prices. To listen to the audio, click here.

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

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by discussing the continued debate over the budget in Congress. He also highlighted remarks made by Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week during his trip to Afghanistan about the status of American troops in the country, and urged the Obama Administration to meet its July deadline for an accelerated withdrawal. Finally, he gave his thoughts on the Obama Administration’s consideration of tapping into the U.S. Oil Reserves.

04:29 – Encourages the Obama Administration to meet its accelerated transition timeline for Afghanistan.

05:35 – Gives his thoughts on a proposed “no fly zone” in Libya.

08:16 – Talks about the possibility of using the Strategic Petroleum Reserves to help alleviate pain at the gas pump due to unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

14:27 – Urges the administration to stick to its July timeline for an accelerated withdrawal of troops. Says it’s time for the Afghan people to take responsibility for their country.

15:35 – Says Guantanamo Bay hurts our standing around the world.