Former Sen. Mark Udall

Democrat  •  Colorado 1 Terms  •  Sworn In 2009
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  • Anonymous 08/16/2008 6:43am

    Mark Udall (D) vs Bob Schaffer®, CO-SEN

    Industry group American Future Fund launched a laughably false attack on Mark Udall in support of Bob Schaffer. This fund is backed by the energy industry and pushes for legislation friendly to Big Oil. The text:
    Here are a few things to think about next time you pull up to the pump. The U.S. actually has more oil resources than Saudi Arabia. But Congress has put up to 85% of these resources off limits. Cuba is drilling for oil off the Florida coast but Congress continues to stop U.S. companies from doing the same thing.
    “Mark Udall has consistently voted to block the development of American energy. Udall voted against opening a fraction of our domestic resources to exploration. He voted against building new refineries. And Udall opposes developing our vast oil shale reserves. So, then, how can we be surprised when the Wall Street Journal says gas could go up $6 a gallon? Call Mark Udall at (303) 650-7820. Tell him to vote yes on H.R. 6108. Tell him to stop blocking American energy. “American Future Fund is responsible for the content of this advertising. Paid for by American Future Fund. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.”
    The only things in that script that aren’t lies are the periods and the commas, and even they may be stretching the truth. Saudi Arabia has 10 times the oil reserves of the United States. 80% of the offshore oil is in areas where drilling is already allowed. No drilling is taking place in Cuban waters (even Dick Cheney had to backtrack on that claim). Mark Udall has been a leader on efforts to get new energy solutions, especially renewable energy sources, that experts believe are the only path to lower energy costs.

  • OldGuy 02/05/2009 8:00am

    RE: Criteria for What to Include in the Recovery Act HR1

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appears to lack any criteria for what is allowed in it. Here are three criteria that might be applied as a screen for items in the bill:

    1. Items that will result in jobs, increase the gross national product, and result in something that will provide a long-term competitive advantage.
    2. Items that will provide relief to people being hurt by the economic crisis.
    3. Items that will provide for repair of factors causing America to be less competitative in the long run.

    The remainder of this discussion will focus on Item 1 above. It is the bedrock of this bill, and the other items are moot if Item 1 is not sufficient.

    Economic experts keep saying that none of the stimulus plans put into effect during the Great Depression worked and that only World War II finally pulled the United States out of the Depression. These same experts also opine that no stimulus plan or war (ever), with the exception of World War II, expanded the U.S. economy.

    Seems like the senators and congressmen worried about the effectiveness of “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” should be asking their economic advisors what made World War II such a strong economic engine. Then they could use this information in the current recovery bill.

    At least three features of WWII come to mind that might have made the period uniquely economically stimulative:

    1. The federal government was driving most of American industry from the top down (not very democratic).
    2. Industry was driven to quickly learn how to efficiently mass produce all sorts of things.
    3. There was a broad spectrum of ongoing science research projects that led to new products for American industry for the next 30 years.

    I’m not an economist and am not certain how to apply the above three items to our current situation. However, my 50 years as an engineer and memories of WW II and post-war years suggest that if the above WWII experiences are applied to the current situation, the U.S. should be pursuing the following strategies (either as part of the current legislation or future legislation):

    1. The federal government should start research contracts with a high level of funding, a great deal of oversight, and an urgency that progress needs to be rapid. The research should be along the lines of current national needs: green energy, medical, transportation, etc. The research should include some basic research as well as directed research. An example of basic research would be studying some properties of the nucleus of atoms. Directed research might be trying to genetically manipulate algae or bacteria so that they efficiently transform carbon dioxide into oil.
    2. The federal government should start a massive program to revitalize our electric grid and to mass produce equipment so that 10 percent of our electric energy is supplied by wind in two years. This must be done with World War II urgency, a mind toward cost efficiency, economy of scale and a long-term perspective.
    3. The federal government should initiate a massive program for mass transit within our major cities. Backbone systems should be completed and servicing cities in three years (doubters look at what was done in WWII). This will include contracts for mass production of electric trains (something for the auto companies to bid on). Again this must be done with World War II urgency, a mind toward cost efficiency, economy of scale and a long-term perspective.
    4. Start shovel-ready projects to improve U.S. infrastructure.

    I am not wedded to Items 2 and 3, but they are examples of very large programs that would bring a national focus and result in a visible long-term benefit for the funds expended.

  • Anonymous 02/06/2009 10:32am

    So you are FOR unnecessary spending! How can you vote NO to eliminating unnecessary spending? Who do you think you are? You don’t represent me or for that matter the state of Colorado . . . or for that matter common sense! You are in this for yourself.

    Dennis Sharkey

    I guess we will have two new Senators next time around.

  • Anonymous 02/10/2009 7:48am

    Hopefully we get two new Senators before the existing ones accomplish their task of destroying the USA. Their votes on the great pork/nationalization/communism bill goes a long ways to this destruction of the USA.

  • Flashbangman 02/18/2009 3:01pm

    Senator. I have spoken with you before sometime ago on some other very important issues. I come to speak to you again on an issue the American People are in an up roar over, and that is proposed bill H.R.45. I am sure I speak for a large population of gun owners when I ask you and implore you to vote against this bill at all cost. There has to be some of us with common sense to act responsible to prevent this type of outrageous behavior by public employee’s with total disregard for those of us who have fought, bled, and died for these basic fundmental freedoms, and rights given us by our Fore Fathers which blessed this great Country. I truly believe Senator that you are such an honorable man, and will stand and fight for our rights and freedoms as they were given to us by our Fore Fathers, and vote down Bill H.R.45 that would tear the fabic of the American Fighting Man’s belief in being able to protect his or her family, provide food, and protect our Country forthe American Way of Life.
    Best Regards once again
    Scott Williams
    Denver, Colorado

  • MrJones 02/26/2009 1:59pm

    How dare the Senate take up rapid consideration of an amendment by Senator Durbin that could hinder free speech in America! I want Senator Mark Udall to vote AGAINST the DURBIN Amendment and against the Fairness Doctrine. Please ask Senator Mark Udall to vote FOR Senator DeMint’s amendment instead, which would protect free speech in America!"

    The supporters of illegal immigration and AMNESTY are supporting this sneak attack on free speech to try and prevent debate before they try to push Amnesty again soon.

  • 2milehigh 03/03/2009 4:42am

    The silent majority is about to become very vocal when it comes to HR45. The rights of Americans are being taken away slow but sure by academic ideologues that try force equality in America rather than the intended “equal opportunity”. If Illinois has a gun problem, maybe it’s time their corrupt system start doing for the people of the state, instead self enrichment. I’m keeping my guns and I’m not registering them! Vote no on HR45 or I vote no next election!
    Terry A
    Grand Lake, CO

  • theleftwingconservative 03/05/2009 3:45pm

    I’ll be posting this here as well as in an email to each of my Representatives on the OFFICIAL Congress website because this issue NEEDS our attention….

    Dear Sen. Udall….

    There is a Bill which has been sitting on the proverbial & political “back burner” for FAR too long & now UNLESS YOU ACT to change things, the body known as the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (Named afterwards as CARP) may well rule that the Internet Radio medium MUST pay WELL OVER 100% of royalties paid to SoundExchange while Terrestrial & Satellite Radio are able to make do with the SWEETHEART deals which allow them to pay roughly a mere 10% of royalties FOR THE SAME WORKS.

  • theleftwingconservative 03/05/2009 3:56pm

    This Bill awaiting the approval of you & your colleagues is called the “Internet Radio Equality Act”. You can find our more about it at

    Passage of this bill is CRITICAL TO THE SURVIVAL of the medium. with the economy the way it is now, I don’t think I need to tell you what this has been doing to people SUCH AS MYSELF trying to make Internet Radio a profitable & viable venture & resource for those wanting to make money off of it as well as for those of us hobby enthusiats who simply want to use the medium as a means of EXCERCISING OUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH.

    That is a right which the music industry wants to TAKE AWAY FROM US COMPLETELY if they can’t gain control of the medium.

  • theleftwingconservative 03/05/2009 3:56pm

    This Bill awaiting the approval of you & your colleagues is called the “Internet Radio Equality Act”. You can find our more about it at

    Passage of this bill is CRITICAL TO THE SURVIVAL of the medium. with the economy the way it is now, I don’t think I need to tell you what this has been doing to people SUCH AS MYSELF trying to make Internet Radio a profitable & viable venture & resource for those wanting to make money off of it as well as for those of us hobby enthusiats who simply want to use the medium as a means of EXCERCISING OUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH.

    That is a right which the music industry wants to TAKE AWAY FROM US COMPLETELY if they can’t gain control of the medium.

  • theleftwingconservative 03/05/2009 4:12pm

    I happen to fall into the category of “hobby enthusiast” who simply wants to have the medium at my disposal to excercise my right to Free Speech. But if the music industry has its way, I won’t have this option.

    True, I could podcast my shows, but I ask you – WHERE IS THE INTERACTIVITY IN THAT??

    Senator, I do hope you consider passing this bill and saying a resounding “NO” to ANYTHING which SoundExchange may try to pass off as being “Good” for the people when in fact THE ONLY people that stand to benefit in ANY way IS THEM.

  • theleftwingconservative 03/05/2009 4:25pm

    In closing, while such issues as the ecomony are FAR more important, issues such as the Internet Radio Equality Act (H.R. 2060 for your reference BTW), if left on the shelf, can also have an impact on the economy as well (Albeit a TINY one, but let’s fact it, in these HARD times, ANYTHING could start an economic spiral downturn).

    As I said before, THE ONLY people who stand to benefit from the defeat of this bill are THE BIG RECORD LABELS. Yes, THE SAME big record labels who are suing 9 year old children & 90 year old grandmothers as they persist in ANNOYING JUDGES & ABUSING OUR ALREADY OVER-BURDENED COURT SYSTEM.

    Now I ask you Mr. Udall – WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN THAT????

    Think about that as you consider the passage of this Bill

  • rodney 03/09/2009 8:49am

    vote NO on HR45. country was founded on freedom to bear arms (along with others) UNCONSTITUTIONAL! ridiculous requirements. i will not comply, as many americans wont either! burden court system further?!

    guns are not the problem! i wont use all the cliches that ring true but you know them…

  • sdennison 03/22/2009 11:32am

    Senator Udall:

    Of great concern to me is HR 875, which will severely restrict the small locally-owned farm and ranch owners/operators. Most of them take their products to local farmers markets. Frankly, I feel safer buying from them (mainly because I am personally acquainted with most of them) than I do buying at the grocery stores, especially the chain stores. These locally-grown products are better quality, don’t have all the chemicals and growth-hormones and antibiotics in them that the huge commercial farms and ranches use.

    It is on a par with the NAIS, as far as I am concerned. These bills are put together by people who don’t know or understand the small farm or home gardening.

    I would ask that, as the person we have trusted to speak on our behalf, you would take a close look at the language of both the NAIS and HB 875, and consider voting a resounding “NO” on both of them.

    Thank you.

  • Beachman 08/06/2009 12:21pm

    Senator Udall:

    I encourage to you vote no on HR45. This bill will only punish law abiding citizens. If this passes I will refuse to register any of my firearms, it is nobodys business what I have. This bill makes absolutely no sense whatsoever! If you vote yes on this bill, I’ll see to it that everyone I know who owns a firearm in my state knows how you voted and as a block we will all vote no on you during the next election. If you vote yes, don’t get too comfy in that Senate seat! This comes up for a vote on September 8th and it is so poorly written that it has no co-sponsors. Don’t make the mistake of being on the wrong side on this one.

    Thank you

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  • pelmof 06/29/2010 4:04am

    Dear Senator Udall,
    S.3520 needs to be passed immediately. There are 15 million Americans who are “unemployed through no fault of their own,” and who are also frantically attempting to find new jobs that do not exist. The majority of these 15 million have a family dependent upon their income, so that increases the number to possibly 30 or even 45 million Americans who are in imminent danger of losing everything. When this happens, the financial and moral ramifications for this country will be dire indeed. I’ll say it again— S.3520 needs to be passed immediately! Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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    sharibear 07/07/2010 4:54pm
    This extention on unemployment has to be passed. I’am an American and have been unemployed since dec 2009.I look for work almost everyday with no luck at all!This is the first time in my 42 yrs of life that I havent had a job.An American born and raised in here, who needs your help! I have finished my 28 weeks of unemployment, and have no teir 1 or extention to help me with my bills.THIS BILL ON JULY 12TH NEEDS TO BE PASSED IMMEDIATELY!Or I go on the street to live. Vote yes! I thank you for your attention on this matter.
  • icandootravel 12/07/2010 12:29pm

    On this current Tax Break Extension issue for earnings over $250K per year, please make it simple. You have the easiest hand to play on this. Pass the tax break for all income below $250K per year, and leave the Republicans pressing for extensions to the richest Americans without “Paying for it”. Republicans have been saying that all bills should be paid for with off set spending cuts, but they have not made any such cuts known regarding their desire for the richest of the rich to get richer. MAKE IT SIMPLE, you guys can look like champions of the American people. Let them look like the greedy, disconnected elitests that they are. Have half a brain, conscious, and soul all in one small step. In God WE Pray,…

  • dankarlo 12/16/2010 5:43am

    Mr Udall,

    STOP THE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING!! Coloradans need job creation, NOT more spending by an ever expanding government….

    Currently, you have become a part of the problem; not the solution. We have heard all the comments about taxcuts but not the spending disease that has become prevalent within the Federal government. You have an opportunity to make a difference by siding with those who advocate for a balanced budget with reduced spending. Please use common sense…..

  • bafriesen 06/22/2012 2:16am

    Senator Udall,

    I’m appalled that you would vote Nay on Senator Sanders amendment S.2310 to S.3240. Do you really believe that companies should not label Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our food distribution system. I’m highly disturbed and as a voter of Colorado I find this worthy of non re-election. Bennet voted in favor of the amendment. Why couldn’t you? GMO food should be labeled so that the America public knows what they are eating. Like every other ingredient in the food we are provided we expect you to make it the very best for us.


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