Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

Congressman Pearce – This is Not the Time to Gamble with New Mexican Jobs

2016/02/09

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Megan Wells                                               Tel. 202-225-2365Email: meganj.wells@mail.house.gov

 

Congressman Pearce – This is Not the Time to Gamble with New Mexican Jobs

Washington, DC (February 9, 2016) Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after President Obama released his FY 2017 budget proposal:

“New Mexican jobs depend on a responsible budget that restores certainty to American job providers.  The President’s proposal looks to increase our national debt to over $19 trillion, never balances, and increases budget deficits over the next decade.  To make matters worse, the President’s budget is directly targeting the safety, education, and livelihood of New Mexicans.

“Instead of supporting the domestic oil industry, this Administration is targeting it. It ends the reinvestment benefits for oil and gas producers and increases the cost of producing oil on federal lands. It also targets the consumer by proposing a tax increase of over $10 –a-barrel on oil which would drive the price of gasoline up by as much as 24 cents per gallon.  This takes money away from a family’s ability to buy food and clothing for themselves and their children.  It will also dramatically impact the State of New Mexico’s budget, which reduces the State’s ability to build safer roads, improve school quality, and much more. 

“Washington does not have a tax problem, it has a spending problem.  The government does not need to raise taxes but learn to live within its budget. This is not the time to gamble with America’s future.  It is time to hold the federal government accountable for how it spends our tax-dollars and work to leave future generations with as many opportunities as we had.  This is why I will support a plan which will increase jobs, reduce our debt, make America energy independent, and strengthen our national security.  It is time we make America exceptional again,” said Congressman Pearce.  

The President’s Budget Plan would increase spending by $2.5 trillion and raise taxes by $3.4 trillion over the next decade.  Pursuant to the President’s budget, the national debt will be more than double what it was when the President took office.

 

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Congressman Pearce Introduces Bill to Ensure Accountability in Gold King Mine Spill

2016/02/04

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Congressman Pearce Introduces Bill to Ensure Accountability in Gold King Mine Spill

Washington, DC (February 4, 2016) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce introduced the Gold King Mine Spill Accountability Act of 2016. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after introducing the bill:

“Farmers, ranchers, tribes, and businesses depend on the Animas and San Juan Rivers for their livelihood.  Last year, the EPA was responsible for millions of gallons of waste water, contaminated with heavy metals, spilling into the rivers.  This put the health and livelihood of people that depend on the water in these rivers at risk, yet no one answered for the damage the mine spill caused. 

“This bill will ensure that those responsible for the spill are held accountable by commissioning a special investigation into who specifically was responsible for the incident. It also helps to expedite claims for parties injured as a result of the spill. Lastly, the bill prevents a clear conflict of interest by allowing the state, instead of the EPA, to carry out a long-term water quality monitoring plan. A good government, one that New Mexicans and Americans deserve, is one that is accountable to its citizens and this bill is an important step forward to ensure that New Mexicans who were wronged are made whole,” said Congressman Pearce.

Last August, an EPA cleanup crew, under instruction from supervision opened the mine and dumped three million gallons of contaminated wastewater containing heavy metals at the Gold King mine in Colorado.  Dangerous contaminants including arsenic and lead fouled rivers in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.  The EPA claims that water quality has returned to pre-event conditions, but a scientific team found evidence that contradicts the EPA’s position. 

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Congressman Pearce Votes to Block Sanctions Relief for Iran

2016/02/02

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Congressman Pearce Votes to Block Sanctions Relief for Iran

Washington, DC (February 2, 2016) Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act:

Today’s vote is yet another bipartisan effort by the House to deter the negative consequences of the President’s nuclear deal with Iran. It took decades to create the sanctions, which have been the most effective tool in inhibiting Iran’s nuclear aspirations, weapons program development, and support of terrorism worldwide.

“Yet with one shake of the hand, the President agreed to a nuclear deal that destroys all the work our nation’s decades of sanctions have accomplished. Under the Iran nuclear deal, many individuals and companies known to be associated with Iranian nuclear ambitions and with known terror organizations will once again be allowed to engage in global business freely. This is unacceptable.

“Today, the House voted to deter this reversal in sanctions.  This legislation prohibits the President from lifting sanctions on people and businesses known to have ties to dangerous organizations until such time he can certify to Congress that they no longer take part in questionable business. Passage of this bill is not about party politics or partisanship. It is about the security and safety of our nation and the world.” said Congressman Steve Pearce.   

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Congressman Pearce Votes to Improve Efficiency in Federal Housing Programs

2016/02/02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Megan Wells                                               Tel. 202-225-2365Email: meganj.wells@mail.house.gov

Congressman Pearce Votes to Improve Efficiency in Federal Housing Programs

Washington, DC (February 2, 2016) Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016:

This bill overhauls HUD to make it more efficient and effective as it works to achieve its missions. Since its creation 50 years ago, HUD has helped millions find safe and stable housing during times of need. Yet, at the same time, HUD has grown rife with inefficiencies and duplications that actively drive money away from HUD’s mission. This bipartisan legislation corrects that. These changes allow Congress to come together to ensure money in HUD is not directed to bureaucracy, but rather the American people.  We are consistently working to make government effective and accountable.  This measure is a step in that direction to remove bureaucratic red-tape and reform housing assistance for the 21st century,” said Congressman Pearce.  

This bill reforms the public housing programs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Rural Housing Service programs within the Department of Agriculture to improve their effectiveness and provide enhanced opportunities for beneficiaries and the organizations that serve them.  The bill streamlines the inspection protocol for rental assistance units, simplifies the income recertification for all assisted households, modifies Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums, delegates rural  housing loan approval authority, and provides limited flexibility between public housing operating and capital funds. 

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Diabetes grant awarded to Mescalero Apache Tribe

2016/01/28

“Diabetes is one of the greatest health challenges currently facing Native American communities,” U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican representing the 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico, said. Read More

Congressman Pearce’s Statement on Immigrant Children Arriving at Holloman Air Force Base

2016/01/27

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Congressman Pearce’s Statement on Immigrant Children Arriving at Holloman Air Force Base

Washington, DC (January 27, 2016) – Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02), issued the following statement after 250 unaccompanied immigrant children arrived at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo on Monday:   

I do not agree with the President's decision to house unaccompanied minors at Holloman Air Force Base. However, the Obama administration made clear that the use of Holloman Air Force Base by the Department of Health and Human Services to house these children is a temporary situation. Though providing safe housing is important, communication and transparency with the local population is paramount. As I’ve said before, in order for this program to function properly, HHS must be open and accountable to the base and community of Alamogordo,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.

Holloman Air Force Base is one of three temporary facilities housing unaccompanied minors.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is fully responsible for providing the healthcare, schooling, and recreation for these children.  The children will have limited access to the base and local community until they are placed in permanent homes with their sponsor families in the United States. 

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Congressman Pearce Comments on Unnecessary Methane Rule

2016/01/22

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Congressman Pearce Comments on Unnecessary Methane Rule

Washington, DC (January 22, 2016) Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) proposed to increase the bureaucratic burden on natural gas producers in New Mexico and across the country. Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

Again, this administration continues to threaten jobs and domestic energy security,” said Pearce. “America’s energy renaissance has made us the top producer of natural gas in the world, lowering electric rates for New Mexico families and providing vital funding for state governments and local communities. Even with the drastic increase in production over the last decade, natural gas producers have managed to decrease emissions below 2005 levels. It appears the administration has decided to cater to special interests groups at the expense of hardworking New Mexican families. I will fight to make sure that these costly and unnecessary regulations are not implemented.” 

EPA’s latest greenhouse gas inventory reported that methane emissions from hydraulically fractured natural gas wells are down 79 percent since 2005. Total methane emissions from natural gas systems are down 11 percent since 2005, a direct result of industry innovation. This is all while natural gas production has soared to record highs.

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Pearce and Lujan Grisham Work to Assist New Mexican Ranchers and Farmers

2016/01/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact (Pearce): Megan Wells/202-225-2365Contact (Lujan Grisham): Gilbert Gallegos/202-225-6316Email: meganj.wells@mail.house.gov

Pearce and Lujan Grisham Work to Assist New Mexican Ranchers and Farmers

Washington, DC (January 21, 2016) In early January, Congressman Pearce and Congresswoman Lujan Grisham requested Secretary Vilsack to do everything he could to assist New Mexico livestock ranchers and dairy producers as they navigated applying for USDA assistance programs after experiencing massive losses due to winter storm Goliath.  Last Friday, the entire New Mexican delegation reiterated these requests – urging Secretary Vilsack to approve Governor Martinez’s disaster declaration request.

This storm was a huge blow to New Mexico’s cattle and dairy sectors and will take years to fully recover. USDA emergency assistance is vital to ensuring this industry has the tools it needs to get back on its feet. When New Mexican jobs are on the line,  it takes all of us working together to ensure New Mexicans have the resources they need, which is why I was pleased to work with Congresswoman Lujan Grisham on these efforts,”  said Congressman Pearce.  “I thank the USDA for their ongoing assistance, and ask Secretary Vilsack to take the next step in recovery and approve the State’s request for disaster assistance,”  added Pearce.  

"We need urgent assistance from the USDA to help these communities and vital dairy and cattle industries that were crippled by this massive storm," Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I want to ensure USDA takes immediate action to help producers access disaster assistance programs,” added Grisham. 

Congressman Pearce and Congresswoman Lujan Grisham’s letter is available HERE (1/8/16)

The New Mexico Delegation Letter is available HERE (1/15/16)

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Congressman Pearce Marches to Protect Life

2016/01/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Megan Wells                                               Tel. 202-225-2365Email: meganj.wells@mail.house.gov

Congressman Pearce Marches to Protect Life

Washington, DC (January 20, 2016) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02) marched with hundreds of New Mexicans during the Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day:  

Today, we gather to fight for life and show support for America’s most innocent – the unborn.  We march to reinforce the deep-seated belief that we all share: protecting the rights of the unborn is a noble pursuit.  We can never speak too strongly for those that cannot speak for themselves.  While fighting for the victims of abortion we must also help the women harmed by the abortion industry.  Too long abortion providers like Planned Parenthood have exploited women, harming them physically and emotionally.  This is why earlier this year, I voted to defund Planned Parenthood and invest resources into Community Health Clinics that can provide better, more comprehensive care for women.   Being pro-life and being pro-woman go hand-in-hand,” said Congressman Pearce.

In the state of New Mexico alone, there are over 165 Community Health Centers compared to the mere six Planned Parenthood locations.

This is one of two pro-life events that Congressman Pearce will participate in this week.  On Friday, Congressman Pearce will join thousands across the country in Washington, DC in the 2016 March For Life. 

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Congressman Pearce Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2016/01/18

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Congressman Pearce Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend King Defines What it Means to be an American

Washington, DC (January 18, 2016) Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02) issued the following statement honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Junior: 

Today, we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and celebrate the work of one of the country’s greatest leaders.  Dr. King challenged our country to fulfill promises of liberty, equality, and justice. His work and sacrifices, while never easy, made our nation stronger, safer, and a better place to live.  He served as an example of how to preserve through adversity. 

“Nationwide, families continue to struggle to make ends meet. Instead of providing opportunity and chances for success, this Administration continues to tie the hands of hardworking New Mexicans and Americans throughout the country.  Dr. King is one of the  best examples that proves, Washington moves when the people demand it.  It is our American spirit and tradition that push us to ask the hard questions, fight for our liberties, and demand more of our government. As we celebrate the memory of this extraordinary man, I encourage all New Mexicans to get involved in their community and make their voices known. This is our republic, this is our America, and Dr. King would want us to fight for it,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. 

Today, Congressman Pearce spoke at the Martin Luther King Breakfast in Las Cruces and yesterday, marched in Dona Ana County’s Martin Luther King Day March.

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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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