WATCH: Senate Unanimously Passes Sen. Kelly’s Bill to Support Udall Foundation
Today, the United States Senate unanimously passed Arizona Senator Mark Kelly’s Udall Foundation Reauthorization Act, legislation that would reauthorize federal funding for the Tucson-based Udall Foundation through 2028. Named after brothers and former congressmen Mo and Stewart Udall, the Foundation awards scholarships to students, supports policy research and advocacy work on behalf of Native Americans, and provides mediation and training services through the John S. McCain III National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution.
“Mo and Stewart Udall were two great Arizonans whose advocacy for our public lands and tribal communities left an enduring impact on our state,” said Senator Kelly. “The Udall Foundation Reauthorization Act will honor their legacy and ensure the Foundation continues their important work.”
Click here to watch Sen. Kelly’s full speech on the Senate Floor.
Sen. Kelly is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which has jurisdiction over the Foundation. Congressman Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ-06) has introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
“The Udall Foundation honors Arizona’s former U.S. Representatives Mo and Stewart Udall’s lasting legacies on our nation’s natural resources and public lands. The foundation has also been an impactful platform for our leaders on the local, tribal, state, and national level when navigating conflicts surrounding landownership, environmental concerns, and other issues. This bill ensures these important Udall Foundation programs will continue operating and I am proud to be introducing this effort alongside a bipartisan group of my southwestern colleagues,” said Congressman Ciscomani.
“The Udall Foundation is excited to continue its nonpartisan mission by training and assisting public officials in the application of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution principles and promoting the next generation of leaders in environmental and Tribal public policy and Native health care,” said Charlie Rose, Chair of the Udall Foundation Board of Trustees. “The Board is grateful to the sponsors of the legislation, Senator Kelly and Representative Ciscomani, and the original co-sponsor Representative Stansbury.”