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PRESS RELEASE: IN NEW TV AD, ALBUQUERQUE COFFEE SHOP OWNER TELLS HOW TOM UDALL’S WORK TO PROTECT N.M.’S BASES IS HELPING AREA BUSINESSES GROW

Michael Thomas Coffee thriving thanks to business from Kirtland Air Force Base
Udall’s support for Kirtland and N.M.’s labs and bases is helping sustain jobs, create new businesses

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – In the Udall campaign’s newest ad, a local small business owner tells how Tom Udall’s work to keep New Mexico’s national laboratories and military bases strong has helped his business succeed. The ad is the latest to show how Udall is fighting to ensure our national laboratories and military bases can continue to create thousands of well-paying jobs and drive economic development for generations to come.

The new ad features Michael Sweeney, owner of Michael Thomas Coffee, whose coffee shop down the street from Kirtland Air Force Base has thrived thanks to business from the base. Not only is Sweeney’s first shop doing well, he just opened a new store this summer.

“I’m just glad Tom Udall is keeping our bases strong. We’re one of hundreds of small businesses across New Mexico that rely on them,” Sweeney says in the ad. “And today, across town, we’re opening another location. Tom’s a good customer, and an even better Senator.”

As Senator for New Mexico, Udall has been a strong defender of funding for the labs and bases. Kirtland Air Force Base, including its mission partners, the Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories, boosts the Albuquerque-area economy by $4.3 billion a year. Udall has fought for key missions at Kirtland, including the Operationally Responsive Space Office, which the administration threatened to shut down. He has also fought to protect the base from the Tea Party-driven sequestration cuts.

Udall has played a key role in protecting the state’s other bases. When the government’s base closure commission proposed shutting Cannon Air Force Base, Udall played a leading role in fighting to keep it open. Today, Cannon has a critical new special operations mission, it’s an engine for economic development, and this summer, an Air Force Times survey ranked it the 10th most livable base for airmen.

As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has turned back efforts to cut funding for vital national security missions at Sandia and Los Alamos national labs, and he has fought for funding for cleanup work at Los Alamos and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.

“Tom Udall knows that not only do our labs and bases hire thousands of New Mexicans – they generate economic development and create private-sector jobs that help our communities thrive. By keeping our labs and bases strong, Tom’s work is also helping small businesses like Mike’s, and hundreds of others,” said Campaign Manager Daniel Sena. “Tom Udall has always been there to fight for Kirtland, and he’ll keep fighting for our labs and bases and the economic boost they give our communities.”

Watch the new television ad HERE.

Transcript of “COFFEE SHOP” running 30 seconds: “This was always my dream. I served in the Air Force. Was a school teacher. But I always wanted to own a coffee shop. And now I do – right across the street from Kirtland Air Force Base. I’m just glad Tom Udall is keeping our bases strong. We’re one of hundreds of New Mexico businesses that rely on them. And today, across town, we’re opening another location. Tom’s a good customer, and an even better Senator. I’m Tom Udall, and I approve this message for every small business like Mike’s.”

 

BACKGROUND DOCUMENTATION

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE IS IMPORTANT TO NEW MEXICO’S ECONOMY, AND TOM UDALL IS WORKING TO KEEP IT GOING STRONG

Kirtland Air Force Base’s Economic Impact of $7.8 Billion In New Mexico. According to an economic impact statement released by Kirtland Air Force Base in 2013: “The economic impact of Kirtland AFB, including its mission partners, the Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories, is $7.8 billion annually in New Mexico. Albuquerque and the area within 50 miles of the base receive an economic boost of $4.3 billion yearly.” [Kirtland Air Force Base Press Release, 6/7/2013]

Udall Helped Pass A Compromise Spending Bill That Rolled Back Harmful Sequestration Cuts. In January, Tom Udall helped pass an appropriations bill that provided critical funding to programs at Kirtland Air Force Base and rolled back harmful sequestration cuts. Udall told the Albuquerque Journal, “If sequestration would have gone into effect this year, it would have been devastating for our state.” [H.R. 3547, 113th Congress; Albuquerque Journal, 1/15/2014]

Udall Fought To Secure $30.5 Million For A New Headquarters Facility For The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Tom Udall has been a strong supporter for Kirtland Air Force Base. In fiscal year 2014, Kirtland Air Force Base received $30.5 million to build part of the new headquarters facilities for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. [H.R. 3547, 113th Congress]

Recently, Kirtland Air Force Base’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office Faced Closure Due To Budget Cuts. In May of 2013, the Albuquerque Journal reported: “For the second time in two years, the Pentagon is recommending that the Operationally Responsive Space Office at Kirtland Air Force Base – which employs about 100 military, government civilians and contractors – be closed and its practices be adopted by the Space and Missile System Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base. New Mexico’s U.S. senators say they will work to avoid the closure.” [Albuquerque Journal, 5/2/2013]

Udall Fought To Secure $10 Million To Keep Kirtland’s ORS Office Open. Tom Udall fought to restore funding to the Operational Responsive Space (ORS) program at Kirtland Air Force Base, which was slated to be cut under the White House budget. The ORS Office focuses on providing quick-response capabilities that can be used to support warfighters with small space-based satellites. The program was funded at $10 million for fiscal year 2014. [H.R. 3547, 113th Congress]

ORS Program Employs 100 At Kirtland. According to the Albuquerque Journal, “Appropriators had initially tried to eliminate the funding. The ORS program employs about 100 military, government civilians and contractors. The office, commonly referred to as ORS, was established at Kirtland in May 2007 to quickly develop and field small, less-expensive satellites that can be of immediate use to combat commanders.” [Albuquerque Journal, 1/15/2014]

 

IN ADDITION TO KIRTLAND, TOM UDALL HAS BEEN A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR ALL OF NEW MEXICO’S MILITARY BASES.

Tom Udall Helped Secure Over $34 Million For Construction Projects At Cannon Air Force Base. As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Tom Udall has been a strong supporter for Cannon Air Force Base. In fiscal year 2014, Cannon Air Force Base received $5.5 million for an Airmen and Family Readiness Center, $22 million for an additional dormitory, and $6.6 million for a dining facility. [H.R. 3547, 113th Congress]

Tom Udall Helped Secure Almost $84 Million For Construction Projects At Holloman Air Force Base. As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Tom Udall has been a strong supporter for Holloman Air Force Base. In fiscal year 2014, Holloman Air Force Base received $60 million for a medical clinic replacement, $2.25 million to build a facility for washing F-16 fighter jets and $21.4 million to replace a fuel system. [H.R. 3547, 113th Congress]

Udall Met With Clovis Community Members, Said The Department Of Defense Made A “Big Mistake” In Considering Cannon AFB For Closure. In May of 2005, the Associated Press reported: “Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation acknowledged the worries of Clovis community members and promised Saturday to make every effort to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Cannon is on the list released by the Pentagon earlier this month of bases it wants to close. According to the AP: “Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who represents the area in Congress, said the pentagon’s call for the closure of Cannon based on military value was based on flawed reasoning. ‘I think they just made a big mistake,’ Udall said.” [Associated Press, 5/21/2005]

Udall, Bingaman, And Domenici Met With BRAC Officials To Change Their Minds About Cannon Air Force Base. In July of 2005, the Associated Press reported: “Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met with some of the BRAC commissioners following Tuesday’s hearing in which the commission proposed adding military facilities in eight states and the nation’s capital to the hundreds proposed by the Pentagon for realignment or closing. The lawmakers again argued that the Defense Department erred in assessing Cannon’s assets.” [Associated Press, 7/20/2005]

Shuttering Cannon Air Force Base Would Have Eliminated 5,700 Jobs, Devastating Eastern New Mexico. Closing Cannon, a fixture in the area for 55 years would have eliminated more than 2,700 jobs at the base and an additional 2,000 indirect jobs, which community and state leaders argued would devastate eastern New Mexico. Cannon’s economic impact was put at $200 million annually. By one estimate, shuttering the base would have cost one in three jobs in Clovis and nearby Portales; forced the closure of three elementary schools; and sent a booming housing market into a nosedive with the sudden availability of 2,000 vacant homes.” [Associated Press, 6/20/2006]

Cannon Air Force Base Was Realigned As A Special Operations Training Base. In June of 2006, the Associated Press Reported: “Cannon Air Force Base, threatened with closure after its F-16 fighter squadrons were ordered elsewhere, will become a special operations base that will train crews to fight the war on terror, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.” According to the AP, Rep. Tom Udall said: “The key here is this new mission fitting into the environment of New Mexico because it’s a lot like Afghanistan and Iraq.” [Associated Press, 6/20/2006]

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