WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the recent spike in gas prices and efforts in Washington to curb subsidies for Big Oil. He also discussed his views on comprehensive immigration reform in light of President Obama’s speech in El Paso, Texas. For the audio, click here.
Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s remarks:
00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by discussing how high gas prices put a burden on New Mexico families, and highlighted the effort to repeal subsidies for Big Oil. He also talked about comprehensive immigration reform – saying that America needs meaningful reform that secures our borders and respects America’s legacy as a nation of immigrants and nation of laws. Finally, he touched on his upcoming trip to New Mexico.
03:58 – Talks about the debate in Congress on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.
07:17 – Responds to a question about enhanced interrogation techniques.
08:50 – Analyzes U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Notes the plan calls for significant cuts to important programs like education, Medicare and investments in clean energy – which he says would be catastrophic to the fragile economic recovery.
11:51 – Discusses a bill in the Senate to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
14:01 – Talks about the importance of budget funding for the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad.