Press release: Udall talks budget, gas prices, disaster declaration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the budget debate in Congress this week. He also discussed how conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Africa are impacting gasoline prices in the United States. To listen to the audio, click here.

Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s remarks:

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by discussing the debate this week in Congress of a budget proposal that would fund the federal government for two weeks. Says the short-term budget will allow government to operate while Congress debates a long-term spending plan. He also calls for investments in domestic alternatives to imported oil in the wake of unrest in the Middle East.

05:39 – Talks about his work to help New Mexicans recover from the record-low temperatures and natural gas outages that plagued many communities last month.

08:50 – Discusses how New Mexico may be impacted by federal budget proposals currently being debated in Congress. Stresses the importance of passing a long-term, responsible budget that benefits New Mexico and supports continued economic recovery.

15:52 – Highlights the letter sent last week to President Obama by New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation in support of a federal disaster declaration for the state in the wake of last month’s widespread gas shortage. The declaration would help reimburse local governments for overtime pay, first responders and operating costs for emergency shelters.