Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Tax reform, cuts would provide economic push

Freedom Newspapers Tax reform is in the air. One proposal floating around is to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction for home mortgage interest. About 35 million homeowners use the deduction to reduce their yearly tax bills. The total deduction amounts to about $131 billion a year. During the recent wrangling in Washington over the […]

Obama lacks experience to be president

Freedom New Mexico Maybe we are mired in debt, hobbled with less-than-excellent credit, because our chief executive has no experience beyond that which he has gained on the job. He spoke Monday and used the credit downgrade to promote tax reform “that will ask those who can afford it to pay their own share.” How […]

Immigrant doctors could ease shortage

Freedom New Mexico We will get immigration reform — the kind that allows far more immigrants into our country — whether it is politically popular or not. Politicians are no match for the kind of raw, pro-immigration economic forces that lie ahead. For the past two decades, immigrants flooded into this country to do jobs […]

Press release: Udall talks gas prices, immigration reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the recent spike in gas prices and efforts in Washington to curb subsidies for Big Oil. He also discussed his views on comprehensive immigration reform in light of President Obama’s speech in El Paso, Texas. For the audio, click here. Below is a […]

Press release: Udall discusses senate rules reform, appointment to foreign relations committee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about his work to reform the Senate rules, his appointment to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the FAA Reauthorization Bill being debated this week on the Senate floor. To listen to the audio, click here. Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s […]

News release: Remarks of Sen. Udall on introduction of rules reform resolution

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate as he introduced a resolution to reform the body’s rules. Udall’s remarks as prepared for delivery: “I rise today to introduce a resolution on behalf of myself and my colleagues from Iowa and Oregon – Senators […]

Equity tax buried deep in Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico The 2,300-page health care reform bill was rushed through Congress without many people — even those who voted on it — knowing many of its details. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously put it in March, “(W)e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” […]

Health reform will have dire consequences

Freedom New Mexico During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. […]

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 […]