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Raton Range: U.S. senators call for better meat labeling; At state level, bill to identify genetically engineered food dies

New Mexico’s U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are among 31 senators calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. trade representative to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to make sure Americans know where their meat comes from.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently required the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to adjust its rules requiring American retailers to clearly label where meat was raised and processed. The WTO said the United States’ current meat labeling, known as Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), does not meet WTO standards.

Albuquerque Business First: Udall wants SBA to increase contracting

Sen. Tom Udall is proposing a bill that would increase the Small Business Administration’s government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent.

In the new bill, the Democratic senator is also asking that the reporting requirements are also made more transparent, the senator said in a news release.

The Assuring Contracting Equity Act of 2013 would encourage more federal contracting with women- and minority-owned firms, as well as consider past subcontracting performance.

Raton Range: Federal legislation seeks to address pay gap; Udall co-sponsor of Senate bill to boost enforcement of laws

Fifty years after the Federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 mandated equal pay for men and women doing equal jobs in the workplace, Congress is again considering legislation aimed to further close what is described as a pay gap between women and men.

In an effort to better protect women from the gender pay-equity gap cited by various studies, the Paycheck Fairness Act is being considered by Congress, with New Mexico U.S. Sen. Tom Udall a co-sponsor of the Senate Bill that was introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. A U.S. House version of the bill is also being considered.

ABQ Journal: Udall Efforts Distorted

Our nation’s dependence on oil affects us all. In New Mexico, we are fortunate enough to have Sen. Tom Udall in Congress working to secure our country’s energy future.

Recently, the New Mexico Energy Forum — a group sponsored by the national American Petroleum Institute — submitted an opinion piece titled “Oil Industry a Vital Part of the U.S. Economy.” The piece contained serious misrepresentations of Udall’s efforts on behalf of our country and our state.

Throughout his time in Congress, Udall has been a consistent champion of energy legislation that strengthens our economy and our national security.

New Mexico Telegram: Udall Backs Kerry for Secretary of State

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., voted to recommend Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, as the next Secretary of State today.

Kerry, a Vietnam Veteran, is expected to easily be confirmed by the Senate and replace current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The vote from the full Senate could come as early as today.

“I am confident John Kerry will serve our country well as Secretary of State,” Udall said in a statement about his vote. “He is a decorated war hero who returned from battle to serve in a variety of ways, including as an outspoken activist, prosecutor and United States senator.”

El Paso Times: US immigration plan ‘a good start’: Proposal’s tie to El Paso border region security questioned

Community leaders and advocates in the El Paso border region said Monday that they welcome the news that U.S. lawmakers are working to adopt new immigration legislation aimed at legalizing the status of more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said “I am very encouraged by the bipartisan framework that has been unveiled in the Senate to modernize our broken immigration system. Reform is long overdue. The proposal contains the elements necessary to overhaul the system, including securing our borders, a roadmap to earned citizenship and employment verification to hold employers accountable.

Albuquerque Journal: Senate To Speed Up Its Business

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to speed up business in the chamber, but it stopped short of abolishing the 60-vote threshold for defeating a filibuster.

Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat who led a charge to dramatically reform the filibuster by forcing those who want to obstruct legislation to take the floor and talk, voted in favor of the narrower rules reform package. But he also vowed to continue his fight for more extensive filibuster reform.

“I think we made some progress,” Udall told the Journal after the vote. “It isn’t everything that I want, but it’s seldom you get everything you want. I’m not done fighting to change the way we do business.”

Alamogordo Daily News: Energy and security tied together

Our nation’s dependence on oil affects us all. In New Mexico, we are fortunate enough to have Sen. Tom Udall in Congress working to secure our country’s energy future.

The New Mexico Energy Forum, a group sponsored by the national American Petroleum Institute, recently submitted an opinion piece titled “Oil Industry a Vital Part of the U.S. Economy.” The piece contained serious misrepresentations of Udall’s efforts on behalf of our country and state. Throughout his time in Congress, Udall has been a consistent champion of energy legislation that strengthens our economy and national security.