Albuquerque Journal: Udall Gets Key Senate Money Post

New Mexico won’t have the most senior delegation when the 113th Congress convenes early next year, but it will have a seat on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat entering the fifth year of his first six-year term, learned Wednesday that he will serve on the elite spending committee — an assignment that could be critical for New Mexico, which is heavily dependent on federal money.

“A seat on the Appropriations Committee is very meaningful for New Mexico,” Udall said in a statement. “From the labs to the military bases and our public lands, we have a large federal presence in our state. I have no illusions about the difficult economic times and budgetary constraints our nation is facing, and I am eager to do my best and defend New Mexico through the appropriations process.”