Press release: Senator discusses oil independence legislation, Wall Street reform and unemployment insurance extension

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about his recently introduced Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act. He also gave remarks on the passage of Wall Street reform legislation and today’s long-overdue vote to move forward with an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for out-of-work Americans. To listen to the audio, click here.

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

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by talking about the Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act, a bill he introduced last week to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. He also discusses last week’s passage of Wall Street reform and highlights the need for the Senate to pass an extension of unemployment insurance benefits.

04:30 – Reports that he voted for the unemployment insurance extension bill to clear a key procedural hurdle in the Senate today.

06:00 – Takes a question about retroactively extending benefits if unemployment insurance is approved by the Congress and signed into law.

10:20 – Talks about Senator Domenici’s role on the presidentially appointed Blue-ribbon Panel and its important work to find a solution to high level waste in the U.S.

11:41 – Says that he would like the Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act to be included in the comprehensive energy legislation being developed by Majority Leader Reid.

14:24 – Highlights the need for a strong renewable electricity standard to be included in the energy bill.

16:45 – Discusses the need for comprehensive immigration reform that brings undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.

18:24 – Responds to a question about the need to strike common ground on immigration reform with those who oppose a path to earned legalization. Notes that in the past Republicans have supported a plan similar to the one he is advocating.