Press release: Udall talks defense bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the 2012 National Defense Authorization bill that passed the Senate last week. He also discussed the closure of the Santa Fe passport office and gave an update on the anticipated Senate schedule as the year comes to an end. For the audio, click here.

Below is a timeline of Senator Udall’s remarks:

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by discussing the 2012 National Defense Authorization bill passed by the Senate last week. He notes the provisions that benefit New Mexico’s military installations, labs, and his “Buy American” amendment to close loopholes that put American manufacturers of solar technology at a disadvantage to foreign competitors. In addition Udall talked about the closure of the Santa Fe passport office and the upcoming Senate schedule.

05:43 – Explains problems with U.S. Post Office and legislation in Congress to help the postal service in the long and short term transition to a digital world.

07:53 – Discusses the issue of insider trading in Congress, as profiled recently in an episode of “60 Minutes.”