U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement today after voting in favor of the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013 to avert the sequester:
"The Senate missed an opportunity this afternoon to avert the sequester with a balanced approach that included spending restraint and a fairer tax system with fewer loopholes.
"When the sequester kicks in tomorrow our economy will not fall off a cliff, but we will begin tumbling down a hill with damaging consequences for middle-class families and small businesses. It has already had a chilling effect on New Mexico's economy where the federal government employs people at our labs, on public lands, at military bases and more. I remain committed to finding common ground to stop these arbitrary across-the-board cuts from going into full effect and further hurting our state."