Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

HOUSE PASSES BILL TO PROVIDE ENERGY JOBS, REDUCE ELECTRIC RATES

2014/09/18

Washington, DC (Sept. 18, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, H.R. 2, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Act passed with a bipartisan vote of 226-191.  The bill includes a variety of proposals that will increase U.S. energy production, reduce the lengthy permitting process for energy infrastructure projects, and prevent burdensome and job killing regulations.

“It is vital that we utilize America’s vast reserve of energy resources at a time of global chaos and economic stagnation,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “Gasoline prices have been stable in our country despite turmoil in the Middle East due to proven technologies that allow for increased oil production. H.R. 2 will work to stabilize and decrease American gasoline prices by increasing domestic energy production.  The bill also expedites the approval process of critical infrastructure projects that are essential in ensuring that middle class families have access to inexpensive and reliable electricity for their homes. The bill also fights to get Americans working again by protecting and creating well-paying American energy jobs.”

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JOBS FOR AMERICA ACT IMPROVES CONDITIONS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOB CREATION

2014/09/18

Washington, DC (Sept. 18, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce applauded today’s bipartisan passage by the House of Representatives of H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act. The Act will make changes to federal law to improve conditions necessary for economic growth and job creation.

“Creating jobs and easing federal regulations on employers will get America and New Mexico moving again. The Jobs for America Act makes changes to federal law and spurs economic growth for job creation,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “This legislation will incentivize businesses to hire veterans, provide tax credits for increased innovation and investments in the U.S., ensure small businesses have the certainty they need to grow and create jobs,  and cuts back regulations.”

“The House has taken the necessary steps to ensure this country is once again friendly to businesses and job providers. I encourage the Senate to do the right thing and pass H.R. 4. This Administration has created an economic climate that has forced too  many Americans into part-time employment or on public assistance.”

NOTE: H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, passed by a vote of 253 to 163. 

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PEARCE: AMERICA STANDS WITH UKRAINE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION

2014/09/18

Washington, DC (Sept. 18, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement following after meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine in today’s Joint Meeting of Congress.

"The people of Ukraine have shown bravery in the face of tyranny from outside forces. I'm proud to welcome President Poroshenko to the United States, and stand with him in his ongoing fight against Russian aggression,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “From the poisoning of their President-elect in 2004 to the violent repression of democratic protesters this year to the summer invasion by Russian forces, Ukraine has endured significant hardships even after the fall of communism. I pray the people of Ukraine will find freedom, peace and prosperity in the near future.”

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HOUSE RESPONDS TO ISIS THREAT

2014/09/17

HOUSE RESPONDS TO ISIS THREAT

 

Washington, DC (September 17, 2014) Today, Congressman Pearce released this statement after voting in favor of the McKeon Amendment to H J Res 124, authorizing a request for military response to the aggression of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East.

“During the Vietnam War, the United States had little direction and little strategy to achieve success, to complete the mission,” said Pearce.  “For three years, I witnessed and experienced the effects of having a war led by Washington politicians, not our military commanders.  As a solider it was extremely disheartening to have the ability to effect change in Vietnam to complete my mission, but not have the authority to do so.  Soldiers should never be put in this position.  We must provide them with the resources, authorizations, and clear strategy that will allow them to do what they have trained to do, and allow them the ability to fight, if we are going to put them in harm’s way.”

 “I supported the amendment today to address the very real problem that ISIS presents.  There is no doubt in my mind that our military has the ability to face ISIS head on and defeat them,” Pearce continued. “We cannot wait and allow this terrorist organization to continue to amass power; we must begin addressing the threat immediately.  However, I fear the President is not listening to his generals, and without caution we could make the same mistakes we did in Vietnam.”

“Congressional action today is designed only as a first step, to allow our military to train opposition forces in Syria, while sending a message to the President that more work needs to be done to ensure success.  The President has the responsibility to create and articulate to the American people a strategy that follows through on his word to defeat ISIS.”

“Today’s Amendment, at the insistence of those, including me, who fear there is a current lack of strategy, only provides a short-term authorization with significant checks and balances from Congress about the authority and timeline to ensure the President is working with military commanders to provide our troops with the authority and strategy to complete the mission.”  

“As Americans, we stand together to support the military facing the terrorist organization ISIS head on.  I have no doubt we can win, yet my time in Vietnam has taught me that without a definitive strategy to completing a mission, we are risking soldiers’ lives for nothing.  I am committed to continuing to work with the President and our military to ensure that the troops deployed in this effort have the authority and support that they need to do what they do best--complete the mission.”

NOTE: The McKeon Amendment passed by 273 by 156. This authorizes the military to begin training operations in Syria until Dec. 11 or an National Defense Authorization Act passes and is signed into law, allowing the operation to continue. 

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CONTINUING RESOLUTION IMPORTANT TO BEGIN OPERATIONS AGAINST ISIS

2014/09/17

Washington, DC (Sept. 17, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.J. Res. 124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution proposed by the House to fund the government until Dec. 11.

“Managing the country two to three months at a time is no way to operate. Typically, I vote against partial-year funding bills,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “This would not be acceptable in small business, in our homes or our states. However, today’s resolution included the funding to begin military operations to counter the ISIS threat. Therefore, I felt compelled to support the measure.”

“Funding for cleanup and to provide jobs at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad is also included in this resolution,” Pearce continued. “This is critical for our national security. The resolution also included funding for border security and veterans services.”

NOTE: H.J. Res. 124 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, passed by a vote of 319 to 108. 

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PEARCE: ISIL THREAT SHINES LIGHT ON NEED FOR GREATER BORDER SECURITY

2014/09/17

Washington, DC (September 16, 2014) Today, Congressman Pearce responded to the ever-increasing threat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to the security of the United States.

 

"ISIL poses a serious threat to national security.  This is a message that has resonated throughout the government for weeks.  The ISIL threat to the United States has brought a number of deficiencies within our nation’s homeland defense to the forefront, most notably the security of our border,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.  “While federal officials have continually attempted to reassure the American people that there is currently no credible information that ISIL is planning an attack on the United States, it does not alleviate the fear that those living on and near the border have known for decades – the border remains unsecure and is possibly the greatest threat to our national security."

 

"Since arriving in Congress, I have called for greater border security as an issue of national importance for the security and stability of our nation.  In the past decade, two administrations have failed to address the security needs.  Hiring more Border Patrol agents, or building more fence, will not secure the border.  Border security can only be achieved by utilizing a combination of new technology and new strategy.  With continued expansion of threats against the U.S. globally, we cannot wait any longer.  We must secure the border once and for all."

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PRESIDENT NEEDS CLEAR LONG-TERM STRATEGY IN REQUEST FOR EBOLA HEALTH SITUATION

2014/09/17

Washington, DC (Sept. 16, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement following President Obama’s announcement that he intends to increase U.S. military presence to 3,000 to a region West Africa to assist in the Ebola outbreak. The Department of Defense has asked Congress to redirect $500 million for the efforts.

“There is no doubt that the Ebola virus outbreak is tragic. Our prayers are with the communities in West Africa that have been stricken with this deadly crisis. The U.S. should take part in this critical effort to help the people of West Africa at this time,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “However, President Obama is asking for military assistance and funds to assist in a situation for which he has not clearly outlined a long-term strategy. The U.S. should be a partner in the response to this crisis, but the U.N. should take the lead. The American people have lost trust in the Administration’s ability to stand by its word, in light of the number of military missions that have not seen completion under this president’s leadership.”

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STATEMENT ON SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF BENGHAZI TERRORIST ATTACKS

2014/09/11

Washington, DC (Sept. 10, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement on the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

 “Two years after the death of four Americans, including an Ambassador, we still have no answers,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “The Obama Administration has mislead the American people about the details of these attacks starting just hours after they tragedy began. This year, secret emails to UN Ambassador Susan Rice surfaced that reveal the administration’s deceptions about Benghazi originated at the highest levels. The lies and deceit must end. The loved ones of those lost deserve better. They deserve the truth. Our nation cannot and will not continue to stand for anything but complete transparency.”

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REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

2014/09/11

Washington, DC (Sept. 11, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce recognized the thirteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, and took time to remember the people who died on that tragic day in American history. 

 “Today we remember the nearly 3,000 people, including nearly 400 firefighters and police officers, who perished thirteen years ago. The cowardly acts of terrorism that took the lives of our friends and family members have forever changed us. America must never forget the selfless heroism and sacrifices made that day.”

 “I pray for our nation today, and for the men and women who continue to fight terrorism around the world. Now more than ever, we must pull together as a nation to face those enemies who seek to use the tools of terror to further their own cause. The sacrifices of those who have fallen must not be forgotten. I ask that you join me today and take a moment to remember those who are still in harm’s way globally, and remember our military members who are still on the battlefield fighting the war on terror.”

 

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PEARCE: US MUST TARGET AND ELIMINATE ISIL AS A THREAT

2014/09/11

Washington, DC (September 10, 2014) Congressman Pearce offers the following response to the President’s speech on the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group.

“ISIL is a serious threat. They pose a very real risk to the safety and stability of the Middle East, and the United States,” said Pearce. “In the last six months, as ISIL has gained momentum, our nation has been absent a leader and a plan to face this radical group head on. The United States needs a comprehensive strategy to answer and destroy this threat permanently. Tonight, I think the President laid out a fairly clear strategy to deal with ISIL. I appreciate and support the President acknowledging the threat and tasking our military to engage this terrorist organization. I am hopeful that the plans outlined tonight will be the decisive actions needed to answer and eliminate ISIL as a threat.”

“ISIL has taken advantage of a void in Iraq left by the United States leaving before the mission was complete. The President is currently working to end U.S. operations in Afghanistan before the mission is complete and the nation is stable. How can we expect this time to be any different? As Commander and Chief, the President holds the lives of every soldier, sailor and airman in his hands. These selfless individuals will sacrifice anything to accomplish an order for their Commander and Chief, including their lives. If we say we are going to terminate ISIL, and risk the lives of our troops to do it, we must follow through. We must complete the mission. If actions follow the Presidents words, the strategy highlighted tonight will have the ability to do just that.” 

“Operating virtually unchecked in the greater Syria and Iraq region for nearly six months, ISIL has captured stockpiles of weapons, armor and vehicles from the Iraqi and Syrian Governments.  The Iraqi Security Forces have shown little ability to stand up to the group, and little opposition appears to exist in the void in Syria between Assad and ISIL.  Prior to the speech, I was hesitant to further arm Syrian militias based on this information. However, in combination with military advisors and support from a unified coalition, I am cautiously optimistic that we will be able to assist Syrians fight for their freedom and keep arms out of the hands of ISIL.” 

“In the coming days, I hope the Administration will continue to develop its strategy to target and destroy ISIL anywhere they exist. I urge the President to be steadfast and defiant in the face of this threat, and to only further risk the lives of our servicemen and women if he intends to accomplish his goal and fully destroy ISIL.” 

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Financial Services

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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