Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

N.M. Delegation Says Rebid Is Opportunity For DOE To Strengthen LANL’s Critical Role In Northern New Mexico

2017/08/11

Paramount concern is assuring the safety and health of the employees, the public and protecting the environment while enabling the lab to continue to meet its crucial national security missions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), and U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security General Frank G. Klotz regarding the forthcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) for the management and operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"Our paramount concern for the new M&O contract is assuring the safety and health of the employees, the public and protecting the environment while enabling the lab to continue to meet its crucial national security missions.  In pursuit of this goal, we expect the Department to conduct an open and fair competitive bidding process," wrote the lawmakers. "In addition, we recommend that NNSA take care to consider both past performance and current capabilities in the most accurate and relevant ways to ensure that the best candidate is ultimately selected."

The lawmakers emphasized that the business community provides critical support to the important work of the lab, and the local governments and schools help attract and support its diverse workforce.  In light of the critical nature of the partnership between LANL and northern New Mexico, they urged the Department of Energy to protect or strengthen the RFP in the following key areas: workforce recruitment and retention; partnership with the community; regional and small business purchasing; technology transfer; regional university partnerships; and STEM education and charitable giving.

"In addition to high-quality science and engineering work, Los Alamos National Laboratory and its employees play a central role in the community and are essential to the economy of New Mexico. We urge NNSA to ensure that LANL will continue to attract and retain the world-class talent and workforce necessary to fulfill its primary mission and responsibilities as the nation's premier national security science laboratory," the lawmakers continued.

The full text of the letter is below and can be downloaded here.

August 10, 2017

The Honorable Frank G. KlutzUnder Secretary for Nuclear SecurityU.S. Department of Energy1000 Independence Avenue SWWashington, DC  20585Solicitation: DE-SOL-0011206

Dear General Klotz:

We write regarding the forthcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) for the management and operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory. As one of the largest science and technology institutes in the world, LANL plays a critical role in our national security and we are deeply committed to its success.   

Our paramount concern for the new M&O contract is assuring the safety and health of the employees, the public and protecting the environment while enabling the lab to continue to meet its crucial national security missions.  In pursuit of this goal, we expect the Department to conduct an open and fair competitive bidding process.  In addition, we recommend that NNSA take care to consider both past performance and current capabilities in the most accurate and relevant ways to ensure that the best candidate is ultimately selected.

As the cornerstone of our nation's nuclear research, development, and production, New Mexico has long taken immense pride in our state's contributions to national security. That said, there has always been an understanding that DOE and its contractors will assure the highest standards of security and safety possible in operating its laboratories.  As such, we believe the RFP should include strong requirements that will ensure the contractor maintains safe and secure operations at LANL. Additionally, the NNSA should make clear it will hold the new M&O contractor fully accountable for any violations, including appropriate penalties for serious security and safety lapses.

For over 70 years, LANL and its employees have been inextricably linked to northern New Mexico.  The business community provides critical support to the important work of the lab, and the local governments and schools help attract and support its diverse workforce.  In light of the critical nature of the partnership between LANL and northern New Mexico, we urge you to protect or strengthen the RFP in the following key areas.

1)     Workforce recruitment and retention: We believe it is critical that the contract protect the jobs of the existing workforce, including right of first refusal, hiring preference and protection of benefits and pensions.  We encourage NNSA to explicitly express these commitments as soon as possible to ensure continuity and retention of the current workforce. In addition, the contractor should have flexibility and incentives to establish competitive compensation and benefits packages that strengthen workforce recruitment and retention, especially for women and underrepresented minorities in critical areas that impact national security.  We strongly oppose any provisions permitting contractors to renege on obligations to current and former employees while we support provisions assuring all existing labor union agreements are honored.

2)    Partnership with the Community:  Given the regional economic dominance of the laboratory, we strongly believe the contractor should be required to be an engaged and a constructive partner to the communities in northern New Mexico, the eight northern pueblos, and the citizens of the State of New Mexico.  Because the geographic proximity of the community to the lab presents unique interdependence, the contractor should continue to support all existing contracts, agreements and MOUs with state and local governments. The establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park represents an opportunity to promote regional economic development and the contract should reflect any necessary support needed to continue this ongoing collaboration between the Department of Energy and the National Park Service.  Reflecting the special relationship with the community required for the successful operation of the lab, we ask that NNSA include community engagement as an evaluation criterion in the final RFP. A failure to include an adequate Community Commitment Plan in the new M&O contract could cause unnecessary disruptions in local community relations with the laboratory.

3)    Regional and small business purchasing: LANL's existing Regional Purchasing Program has contributed to a strong ecosystem of small businesses that contribute to the success of the lab.  Last year, LANL procured over 40 percent of its subcontracted goods and services in New Mexico of which $260 million went to small businesses in the state.  Subcontracting with local companies improves efficiency, provides site-tailored, value-added goods and services while also building regional capacity that helps recruit new employees and their families.  We request that the RFP require the contractor to maximize procurement opportunities for northern New Mexico businesses and continue the existing 5 percent price preference for small businesses in the region. We also request that NNSA require the contractor to submit a plan as part of the RFP to increase small business contracting over the life of the contract.

4)    Technology transfer: The federal investment in research and development at LANL should be maximally leveraged to advance the nation's technological edge for innovation in the global economy. Technology transfer should be considered a substantive evaluation criterion for the performance period of the contract. Furthermore, performance evaluation should be based on economic impact criteria such as utilization of laboratory-generated technology by small businesses and regional job creation and retention.  The contractor should also be encouraged to support regional economic competitiveness through projects such as LANL's Feynman Center for Innovation, the Regional Development Corporation's Venture Acceleration Fund and ProjectY Cowork Los Alamos, a standalone nonprofit dedicated to collaboration, increasing business formations, and accelerating regional job creation.  NNSA should require the contractor to report annually the national and local economic impact of its tech transfer efforts and how they strengthen regional capacity in technologies that support the laboratory's missions.

5)    Regional university partnerships: Regional universities already provide an important workforce pipeline for LANL and are a key resource for strengthening local technical capacity. We support efforts to increase innovation-based economic development by the laboratory partnering with regional universities. We suggest that the RFP include incentives for inclusion of regional universities in the contractor leadership team and that contractors propose ways to strategically enhance partnerships with local academia and develop regional technology infrastructure. We also hope the existing New Mexico Consortium will be sustained and strengthened in the next contract.

6)    STEM education and charitable giving: A robust regional science and mathematics education program at the K-12 and university levels promotes the nation's competitiveness in the global market, contributes to developing a diverse, well-educated, and scientifically literate workforce, and helps maintain the nation's world technical leadership.  We deeply appreciate the ongoing contributions of LANL and its employees to local education and charitable giving.  The RFP should encourage the contractor to continue this important work in the community, especially in preparing and inspiring a diverse future generation of scientists and engineers. In particular, a minimum of three million dollars should be included as an allowable expense for the contractor's community commitment plan to address education, business support, and charitable giving.

Finally, the state and local governments are concerned about the possible loss of significant tax revenue if the new M&O contractor is a nonprofit.  In the event the new contractor is not subject to the state's gross receipts tax, we ask you to work with the State of New Mexico and local jurisdictions and seriously consider other options to maintain support for the cost of local services the NNSA relies upon.

We appreciate your careful consideration of each of these six key areas in the development of the final RFP.  We also urge you to seriously consider the formal comments submitted last month by representatives of the community and local and tribal governments.  When a site tour and proposal conference are scheduled, community leaders would welcome an opportunity to meet with the potential bidders to discuss the unique relationship between the lab and the region. 

In addition to high-quality science and engineering work, Los Alamos National Laboratory and its employees play a central role in the community and are essential to the economy of New Mexico. We urge NNSA to ensure that LANL will continue to attract and retain the world-class talent and workforce necessary to fulfill its primary mission and responsibilities as the nation's premier national security science laboratory.

Sincerely,

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Contacts: Keeley Christensen (Pearce) 202.225.2365 / Jennifer Talhelm (Udall) 202.228.6870 / Whitney Potter (Heinrich) 202.228.1578 / Joe Shoemaker (Luján) 202.225.6190 / Gilbert Gallegos (Lujan Grisham) 505.967.5612

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New Mexico Delegation Urges Swift Appointment of New Mexico Rural Development State Director

2017/08/10

Lawmakers say position, currently vacant, is critical for managing USDA’s programs that provide hundreds of loans & grants each year in NM

USDA RD provided more than $1.7 billion in New Mexico over the past 7 years

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham and Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to appoint a Rural Development (RD) state director for New Mexico as soon as possible, to continue the critical mission of USDA RD to administer programs that provide hundreds of loans and grants each year for rural New Mexico, and to promote economic growth and improve quality of life in the state. Over the last seven years, USDA RD has provided New Mexico with more than $1.7 billion in “crucial support during a time of poor economic growth in our state, especially for many rural communities,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Perdue. 

President Trump has not appointed a New Mexico USDA RD director since taking office in January.

“Given the diversity and unique characteristics of New Mexico, we believe that strong state director leadership is essential to providing robust and efficient levels of service for our struggling rural communities,” the delegation wrote. “New Mexico is a majority-minority state, with the highest proportion of Hispanic residents of any state and the second-highest proportion of Native Americans, and includes many unique and historic rural agricultural communities. Economic changes in the agriculture and other industries in all corners of our state are leading many communities to turn to USDA RD for assistance.”

The delegation continued, “USDA RD’s mission is especially important in our state because New Mexico has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation at 20.4 percent. New Mexico is 50th in poverty among those who work full time year round and is one of six states where income inequality is greater for rural households than for urban households. In addition, New Mexico has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation today. While the energy and tourism sectors are showing some recent strength, employment in the agriculture sector declined by 3.5 percent last year. These employment losses are projected to reach 5.7 percent by 2020. USDA RD programs have helped New Mexico’s rural communities remain resilient, however more work is urgently needed to bring economic growth up to the level enjoyed by rest of the country.”

"I can say from experience that having a state director in place with knowledge of the state helps improve program performance, increases the profile of the agency and grows investments in needed rural areas,” said Terry Brunner, former New Mexico state director for USDA RD. “This position was made available for presidential appointment because Congress recognized that the administration must have an on-the-ground presence in rural communities."

The delegation said that USDA RD has helped over 3,000 families in New Mexico participate in projects and create new opportunities to improve quality of life and spur economic growth in the state. 

The full text of the letter is available below and here

Dear Secretary Perdue:

Thank you for your service as the Secretary of Agriculture. We write to respectfully request that a qualified New Mexico Rural Development State Director be named as soon as possible in order to continue the mission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development (USDA RD) mission in our state.

This position is critical to providing on-the-ground leadership for USDA to manage over 5,000 loans, grants, and assistance programs. USDA RD provided more than $1.7 billion in New Mexico over the past seven years, crucial support during a time of poor economic growth in our state, especially for many rural communities. This funding came primarily through affordable loans, which can create new jobs and fund rural infrastructure projects at a good value for taxpayers. In that time, USDA RD has helped communities and over 3,000 families do projects and create opportunities to make their lives better and spur economic growth. 

Given the diversity and unique characteristics of New Mexico, we believe that strong state director leadership is essential to providing robust and efficient levels of service for our struggling rural communities. New Mexico is a majority minority state, with the highest proportion of Hispanic residents of any state and the second-highest proportion of Native Americans, and includes many unique and historic rural agricultural communities. Economic changes in the agriculture and other industries in all corners of our state are leading many communities to turn to USDA RD for assistance.

USDA RD’s mission is especially important in our state because New Mexico has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation at 20.4 percent. New Mexico is 50th in poverty among those who work full time year round and is one of six states where income inequality is greater for rural households than for urban households. In addition New Mexico has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation today. While the energy and tourism sectors are showing some recent strength, employment in the agriculture sector declined by 3.5 percent last year. These employment losses are projected to reach 5.7 percent by 2020. USDA RD programs have helped New Mexico’s rural communities remain resilient, however more work is urgently needed to bring economic growth up to the level enjoyed by rest of the country.

To enable USDA to work effectively to face these challenges, New Mexico needs a state director who can understand the local context and ensure that USDA RD resources match the economic and social development needs of our diverse communities. Therefore, we respectfully urge you to appoint a State Director as soon as possible. Thank you for your attention to my/our request and we hope you will consider New Mexico’s needs on this and other important matters under your leadership at USDA. If we can be of any assistance in your work at the Department, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

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Contacts: Keeley Christensen (Pearce) 202.329.2862 / Jennifer Talhelm (Udall) 202.228.6870 / Whitney Potter (Heinrich) 202.228.1578 / Joe Shoemaker (Luján) 202.225.6190 / Gilbert Gallegos (Lujan Grisham) 202.225.6316

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PEARCE APPLAUDS REPEAL OF ONRR VALUATION RULE

2017/08/07

Washington, DC (August 5, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the Department of the Interior released a formal notice of their plans to repeal the Obama-era regulation on royalties for coal, natural gas, and oil extracted on federal lands.

“The Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) valuation rule was a direct attack on state’s like New Mexico that rely on the production of energy resources. Without repealing this rule, taxpayers in New Mexico and across the nation would be cheated out of revenues they rightfully deserve. This is much-needed money to improve our schools, repair roads, and assist other essential services our local communities and economies rely on. I’m pleased to see the Department of the Interior follow through on their commitment to unleash domestic energy production from crippling regulations so that New Mexico can continue producing affordable and reliable energy. Not only will this lower energy costs for New Mexicans, but it will keep good-paying jobs here in our state where they belong.”

On April 3, 2017, the DOI announced their plans to repeal the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule. Rep. Pearce led a letter with other House Members to the House Committee on Appropriations, urging the Department of the Interior to prohibit the implementation of the Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule. Read the full letter here.

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PEARCE SPONSORED FORT WINGATE LAND TRANSFER MOVES FORWARD

2017/08/07

Washington, DC (August 4, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the U.S. Army notified the Department of the Interior (DOI) that it is transferring administrative jurisdiction of nine parcels of the former Fort Wingate Army Depot to the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico:

“This land transfer is a huge step forward in a multi-decade fight that I became involved with when I first arrived in Congress. For too long the Army delayed this transfer of land to the tribes. After 12 years of dedicated work, I got legislation passed requiring the Army give the land back to the tribes. Today's action is a major milestone– but this is still only the beginning. It’s vital to the strength and future of the tribes that this land gets put back in their rightful hands as it will allow them to have greater control, access, and economic benefits from the use of it. I remain committed to transferring the remaining parcels as quickly as possible.”

Background On August 3rd, administrative jurisdiction of nine parcels of land, totaling 2,496 acres, was officially transferred from the Army to the Department of the Interior. This is the first property transfer under the Return of Certain Lands At Fort Wingate to The Original Inhabitants Act,which was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2017. The transfer will include all of the property for which the Army has remediated. 

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PEARCE, MNUCHIN TALK COMBATING TERRORIST FINANCING

2017/07/28

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2017) The House Financial Services Committee yesterday held a hearing on the state of the International Financial System with testimony from Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. 

“The free flow of credit is what fuels the American dream. Yet, this opens the door for terrorist and other illegal actors to take advantage of our financial system to do harm against the world. It is no longer enough to simply combat the threats we see today.  It isn’t enough to just move forward with the threat, but we must get ahead of it. Today, I spoke with Secretary Mnuchin about our nation’s effort to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. I greatly appreciate his attention to this serious threat and look forward to working with him through the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee to modernize and update our standards to cut off terrorist funding,” stated Rep. Pearce.

Click on the image below to watch Rep. Pearce’s questioning of Secretary Mnuchin.

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PEARCE VOTES TO SUPPORT OUR ARMED FORCES AND NATIONAL SECURITY

2017/07/27

Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2017) The House of Representatives voted today to fund critical national defense programs through H.R. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018. This appropriations package, also known as a “minibus,” included the Department of Defense, Military Construction – Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Energy and Water Development, and Legislative Branch funding bills.

“I remain committed to providing our armed forces with the tools and resources they need to complete their critical missions and protect the security of our nation. We cannot expect our nation’s military to defend against ever evolving threats without the ability to train, maintain equipment, and invest in new technologies. The only way to accomplish these goals is to modernize and reform the way our military operates. Today’s national security package tackles the readiness crisis of our military head on, while honoring the commitment we’ve made to our service members and their families,” stated Rep. Pearce.

Rep. Pearce continued to state, “National security also lies within energy advancement and development. New Mexico plays a vital role in the research, development, production, and disposal of nuclear resources that are fundamental to our nation’s security strategy. With strong funding to support these operations, New Mexico will continue to be a national leader in protecting the United States.

The funding package included a non-debatable provision that provides $1.6 billion to fund the construction of a physical barrier along the southern border. Rep. Pearce voted against this procedural motion earlier today.

“Today’s legislation was not perfect. The construction of a physical wall on the southern border will never be the solution. The only way to secure the border is through the use of modern technology and a comprehensive strategy for patrolling the border. I will continue to educate and work with my colleagues to make critical border security decisions that our nation needs, however, this bill does too much for those that protect our freedoms on a daily basis to vote against.”

Background - July 2017 “Minibus” includes funding for:

Energy & Water Development

  • $37.6 billion total funding
  • Strengthens national security
  • Moves U.S. toward energy independence by investing in Department of Energy programs that reduce reliance on foreign oil
  • Keeps energy costs down
  • Increases funding for Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons programs
  • Includes measures to improve public safety
  • Creates jobs
  • Strengthens national economy
  • Provides $6.16 billion funding for Army Corps of Engineers
  • Prioritizes research projects and studies for flood and storm damage reduction
  • Expedites the Trump Administration’s commitment to repealing “Waters of the United States”

Defense

  • Total budget is $658.1 billion
  • Promotes readiness and focuses on rebuilding our military
  • Includes $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding
  • Ensures troops have the training and equipment to maintain global military superiority
  • Provides 2.4% pay raise – largest military pay increase in 8 years
  • Does not provide funding for BRAC
  • Provides for MQ-9, F-16, and C-130 mods
  • Ensures military is on cutting edge of defense technology
  • Invests $84.3 billion in research and development
  • Invests $149.9 billion in equipment and weapons procurement

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon & VA)

  • Total budget is $88.8 billion
  • Increases investment in rural airfields for Guard and Reserve use
  • Ft. Bliss hospital installment for $251 million
  • Increases Energy Grid security
  • Supports medical care for 7 million VA patients
  • Increases funding for construction of critical military infrastructure by 25%
  • Supports all NDAA projects for NM
  • Creates the Office of Accountability to review claims and oversee whistleblower issues
  • Inter-state controlled substance monitoring program continuation

Legislative Branch

  • Puts security of Congressional Members, their staff, and people they serve first
  • Boosts funding for Capitol Police
  • Maintains functions of the House of Representatives

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PEARCE VOTES TO PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY IN BORDER WALL FUNDING

2017/07/27

Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today voted against a procedural motion in the House of Representatives that adds full funding for the construction of a physical border wall to the national security appropriations bill without debate or a vote. Votes such as this one are procedural motions that establish how bills will be debated on the floor. Including the funding for the border wall in today’s procedural motion is a unique and rarely used maneuver.

“I fully support securing the border – it is imperative for the safety and security of New Mexico and our nation. The solution must utilize modern technology and update the strategy our nation uses to patrol the border. Today’s vote for the procedural motion automatically included funding for the construction of a physical wall along the border, without the ability for Members to debate and consider the addition of technology and other modernization reforms to our nation’s strategy, especially as it affects the protections of Border Patrol agents who are in harm’s way on a daily basis. Votes on procedural motions are typically straight forward, however, the complexity of this one with funding for a border wall, without normal debate, were the key factors in my decision.”

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PEARCE STATEMENT ON SECRETARY ZINKE’S VISIT TO NEW MEXICO

2017/07/26

Washington, D.C. (July 26, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the follow statement after the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced his plans to travel to New Mexico to look at two of the state’s national monuments:

“I appreciate Secretary Zinke acting on my request to personally visit the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Monument. During his trip to New Mexico, he will be able to experience firsthand the beauty of the Organ Mountains and gain a greater understanding of our joint desire to protect them for generations to come. At the same time, he will be able to meet with the businesses, ranchers, border security personnel, and outdoorsmen who are negatively impacted by the current size and complexity of the monument. I look forward to continuing my work with the Department of the Interior and the Secretary to ensure priorities of New Mexico are upheld.”

On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed the “Executive Order for a Review of Designations under the Antiquities Act,” which allows for the Department of the Interior to review expansive national monuments around the country.

Rep. Pearce has worked with the local community and governments to establish a compromise that protects the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and other natural treasures, while ensuring the surrounding farmers, ranchers, outdoorsmen, and all New Mexicans can benefit from multiple uses of the land. For Rep. Pearce’s op-ed on the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks, click here.

Check out a previous article on Rep. Pearce’s push to establish the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument prior to President Obama’s declaration, click here via Albuquerque Journal.

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Albuquerque Journal: Downsizing Organ Mountains National Monument would still save land but boost economy

2017/07/26

By Congressman Steve Pearce

Whenever I’m traveling through Doña Ana County, I can look up at the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and feel proud to come from a state that is home to some of our nation’s most beautiful treasures. I share this feeling with my fellow New Mexicans, and there’s a desire within us all to make sure the Organs stay preserved for generations to come.

Back in 2013, before President Obama created the current footprint, I introduced a bill to establish the Organs as a national monument. My bill would have made the Organs, and surrounding natural treasures, a national monument forever protected in the National Landscape Conservation System. The roughly 60,000-acre footprint I suggested was a balance between conserving the Organs without compromising New Mexico’s economy and the culture of ranching, recreation and multiple uses.

Economies surrounding the monument are supported by local businesses, the Convention Center, a top-rated farmers market, annual festivals, sporting tournaments, and diverse museums – all of which draw people to visit the area. To attempt to calculate or establish a range of economic impact the monument alone contributes to the community is misleading. In fact, there is no metric that allows for an accurate or even broad accounting of revenue created by the monument. Recent attempts to define the increased economic benefit were only able to place it anywhere between $4 million and $11 million.

These numbers come from an analysis by the Las Cruces Sun-News, which used visitation numbers from the Bureau of Land Management for three sites within the monument – Dripping Springs Natural Area, Aguirre Spring Campground and the Soledad Canyon Area. Increased visitation to these sites, along with the estimated tourism dollars, have been used time and again as a way to fight for the current 500,000-acre footprint...

Read the full op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal here.

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PEARCE STATEMENT ON CFPB ARBITRATION RULE

2017/07/25

Washington, D.C. (July 25, 2017) The House of Representatives today voted to pass House Joint Resolution 111 to disapprove of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) final rule that prohibits financial service providers from using arbitration.

“The CFPB enacts rules that hurt rural communities, like ours in New Mexico, more than any other. Rather than provide true protections, as originally intended to do, the CFPB works in its own interest without any accountability or transparency. This anti-arbitration rule especially hurts small, rural banks, much like what we have throughout New Mexico, by favoring trial-lawyers at the expense of consumers. I stand up against this rule today so New Mexicans, and people across America, maintain their right to due process as guaranteed under the Constitution,” stated Rep. Pearce.

The CFPB’s “Arbitration Agreement” rule would prohibit financial service providers from including the private arbitration clause in credit card and bank account contracts. The CFPB released their own study showing that consumers benefit more from arbitration versus those who hire trial lawyers for a class-action lawsuit.

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the ability to overturn recently created federal regulations with a joint resolution passed by both chambers and signed by the President.

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Steve Pearce was born in 1947 to a large working-class family.  He was raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, where his father worked as a roustabout, selling vegetables on the side of the road to make ends meet.  With six children to feed, times were often hard in the Pearce household, but his upbringing has made it easy for Steve to relate to the hardworking people of southern New Mexico.

Steve attended New Mexico public schools his entire life, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from New Mexico State University and an MBA  from Eastern New Mexico University.  During the Vietnam War, Steve served as a combat pilot, flying over 518 hours of combat flight and 77 hours of combat support.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals, as well as seven other military medals and four exceptional service awards.  Steve continued service at Blytheville Air Force Base in Arkansas, and attained the rank of Captain.

In addition to his firsthand knowledge of the military and its importance to America, Steve is a respected small-businessman who thoroughly understands the economic issues facing our country.  He and his wife Cynthia long owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services company in Hobbs.  Because of this role, Steve is well aware of the regulations and taxes that plague small-business owners, and wants to help get government out of the way of these hard-working Americans.  Having built his business from the ground up, Steve created 50 jobs in his community.  He is confident that small businesses throughout southern New Mexico form the backbone for job creation and economic growth.

In 1996, Steve was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, where he served until 2000.  During this time, he was elected as Caucus Chair and served on the Appropriations Committee.  He was widely recognized for his work in economic development, in which he applied the commonsense principles he had gained as a small-business owner.

In 2002, Steve was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until 2009.  With the retirement of Senator Pete Domenici, many New Mexicans were concerned about the loss of a strong conservative voice representing New Mexico in the Senate.  Steve again answered the call to serve by leaving the House and running for U.S. Senate.  His bid was ultimately unsuccessful, but in 2009, amidst an economic crisis, the passage of the President’s healthcare bill, and expansion of government regulation, Steve decided to again run for Congress.  As he explained to friends and family, he made the tough decision because he was afraid for his country, and wanted to keep fighting for New Mexico.

Today, Steve continues a lifetime of service as New Mexico’s only conservative voice in Washington.  Steve was appointed by his peers to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services, and as chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus.  He continues his work making New Mexicans’ voices heard, helping to create jobs in southern New Mexico, and fighting for the liberty of all Americans.


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