Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce


House passes three bills to address transparency, efficiency in the EPA and ensure science used in regulatory process


Washington, DC (Nov. 22, 2014) The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills this week to address transparency and efficiency in EPA’s permitting process and ensure that the Agency is prevented from implementing economically harmful regulations without publishing the science behind it. Congressman Steve Pearce urged his colleagues in the Senate to take up these important pieces of legislation immediately.

H.R. 1422, the Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013, makes changes to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board to increase public participation, increase the transparency for selecting advisors, and ensures the board remains focused on science and not politics. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 229-191.

“Under this administration, the EPA has introduced a number of economically devastating proposals that have had little scientific standing,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.  “With so many livelihoods on the line, we must ensure that the panel that reviews these regulations is fair and balanced. This bill will work to guarantee that these job-killing regulations are no longer subject to a biased panel and that there is transparency in the review process. I ask that my colleagues in the Senate take up this piece of legislation immediately.”

H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act, prohibits the EPA from enacting or proposing regulations without first publishing for independent review the science on which they were based. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 237-190.

“Over the last six years, the EPA has cost jobs and increased electricity rates for Western families through their economically damaging proposals,” Pearce said. “These costly proposals have been implemented based on science that the EPA refuses to publicize for peer review. Taxpayers who pay for these reckless regulations deserve a say in the process. This bill will create a more transparent process by requiring the EPA to publicize their science.”

H.R. 4795, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act, increases transparency and efficiency within the EPA by reducing lengthy permitting delays for manufacturing facilities, which help create American jobs. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 238-172.

“Increased domestic energy production has led to a revival of American manufacturing,” Pearce said. “Unfortunately, this administration and the EPA refuse to allow this manufacturing resurgence to reach its full potential. Permitting delays have stalled the production of numerous manufacturing facilities that would provide thousands of good-paying jobs for Americans. This bill cuts back the bureaucratic red tape that this administration has used to slow this recovery.”

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Washington, DC (Nov. 20, 2014) Today, Congressman Pearce responded to President Obama’s executive order outlining expanded relief for undocumented immigrants in the United States.  Specifically, the “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” is a plan that expands Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and creates a new deferred action program for up to 4 million undocumented people who have lived in the U.S. for more than 5 years and are parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The result is that the immigration law will be changed for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants.

“President Obama’s decision to use executive powers to alter immigration policy for 5 million people is a gross abuse of power,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “The President is choosing to ignore the bounds of his Constitutional powers and bypass Congress.  Very simply, these actions are illegal and unlike those taken by any other President.  This is not just my view, this is the view of many.  Even Doris Meissner, the Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization Service for President Clinton, noted that prosecutorial discretion does not provide the President the right to ignore current law.”

“Not only are the President’s actions disregarding the Constitution, the democratic process, and the will of the people, they are short-sighted and cruel.  The innately political action by the President will have harmful and damaging effects, while significantly disheartening and disadvantaging the millions of potential immigrants following the law and waiting to enter the United States.”

“The immigration system in the United States must change.  As New Mexicans, we live with the impacts of a broken immigration system.  For our families, for our neighbors, and for our friends, the government must work to correct this problem.  As Gov. Martinez describes in a recent Washington Times article, reform cannot be political, temporary, or self-promoting.  It must be permanent and it must be based on fairness.”

“Congress must work together. We must find bipartisan solutions anywhere we can, as I have with Congressman O’Rourke.  Comprehensive immigration reform is not the only option, nor does it have to be.  Immigration reform, like any issue, is not too large to face, as long as we are willing to work together.  While members of Congress recognize the need to fix our broken immigration system, and that differing approaches exist to accomplish this, the reality is that the President cannot just ignore our laws.”

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Pearce Responds to Administration’s Plan to Close Artesia Immigration Detention Center


Washington, DC (Nov. 18, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce responded today to the Administration’s plan to close the temporary immigration detention center in Artesia by the end of December.  

“The Department of Homeland Security’s announced closure of the immigration processing center in Artesia fulfills the Department’s commitment to the local community, the state and the nation,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “The Artesia community was called on to play a vital role this summer, providing housing for hundreds of women and children who crossed the southern border.  In the five months the facility has been operational, ICE and FLETC have worked diligently to meet their obligations.  I thank the agents and employees for their work at the facility, and the community for having faith in the agencies for keeping their word."   

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Pearce Responds to President’s Short-Sighted Emissions Deal with China


Washington, DC (Nov. 14, 2014) President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced Tuesday that they reached an agreement for carbon emissions spanning the next two decades. In the agreement, President Obama committed the United States to curbing its carbon emissions by 26-28% by 2025, while China promised to keep increasing its own emissions through 2030.

Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to the announcement:

“President Obama’s agreement with President Xi Jinping was deeply irresponsible,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “The agreement would place regulatory restraints on the American economy causing an increase in electricity rates for middle-class families and a loss of thousands of good-paying American jobs. I am deeply concerned that the President would knowingly hamper the American economy, while allowing China to continue on its current course for another decade, before it even has to consider making restrictions under this non-binding agreement. The President’s unilateral attack on affordable energy for Americans must come to an end.  This agreement shows that the President is not listening to the American people, like he said he would.”

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House Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline


Washington, DC (Nov. 14, 2014) Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5682, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline with a bipartisan vote of 252-161. The bill would put an end to the lengthy and unnecessary delay of the project that has gone on for over six years. Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to the passage of the bill:

“After six years of stalling by this administration and Senate democrats, it is time for the President and Harry Reid to remove politics from the decision and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “This bill will provide shovel ready jobs for Americans, and will increase American energy independence while strengthening our national security. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act on this important piece of legislation before the end of this Congress.”

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Washington, DC (Nov. 11, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement today in honor of Veterans Day.

”I take time today, on Veterans Day, to remember and show my gratitude for our nation’s veterans,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “The people of New Mexico have a strong history of service, from Bataan to Operation Inherent Resolve. This history will forever fill us with honor and pride. As a Vietnam veteran, I deeply appreciate the efforts our communities, state and nation make to honor our veterans each year. Thank you to all veterans who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges and dangers, when answering the call of duty. Veterans Day is much more than recognizing those who served. It is about thanking and honoring all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our nation safe. I ask that you take a moment today to also remember the families of the fallen and the troops who are still in harm’s way. I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers. We must never forget our debt of gratitude to these brave men and women.”

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Washington, DC (Oct. 18, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce is deeply concerned about the Administration's latest misstep in response to the Ebola virus. President Obama’s appointment of Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, as Ebola Czar was another disappointment to the American people. 

“President Obama’s decision to appoint a political aide, who has no healthcare experience, to lead the nation’s Ebola response, is deeply concerning,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “This Administration has been slow to respond to this crisis from the start. This latest decision by the President to appoint a political advisor was another delayed and fumbled reaction to a situation that has Americans afraid for their safety.”

“I appreciate the views of the CDC and believe our medical community is working diligently to contain the spread of this deadly virus,” Pearce continued. “However, I believe the President has failed to adequately address this situation in a timely manner, which has placed our country at significantly greater risk. We must work with our scientists and the international community to stop the spread of this deadly virus. The President must work with public health officials, transportation experts, our military and the international community to create a response that will address the current cases of Ebola in the United States, and a path forward to shield the nation from further risk. ”


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OP-ED: Environmental groups inhibit New Mexicans from using national forests


Washington, DC (Oct. 10, 2014) In the second district of New Mexico, we have four national forests in whole or in part. It is the job of the Forest Service to ensure that our national forests are preserved, but also to ensure that they are kept open for outdoor recreation and resource development that does not harm the environment. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the country come to New Mexico to enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and the numerous other recreational activities that our national forests provide every year. The water in our national forests is used to support New Mexico’s cattle and agriculture industries, and the trees support our timber industry. New Mexico’s national forests also create a large amount of economic activity through tourism and responsible production.

As one can easily tell, New Mexico’s national forests satisfy a number of different needs. This is why I am dismayed that radical environmental groups from outside of our state continually attempt to close off great swaths of our national forests. These continued attempts to expand and even create new wilderness area will have a devastating impact on thousands of New Mexicans. These environmental groups will inhibit everyday New Mexicans from using our national forests for recreational activities and the enjoyment of property rights.

The groups wish to directly affect the way ranchers and job creator’s work within the forests with their end goal being the reduction of ranching and resource production. A great example of this was the listing of the spotted owl under the ESA, a decision that drastically reduced timber production in the American West.  The meadow jumping mouse is another example as ranchers have been removed from their grazing allotments due to the listing. Just this past spring, the US Forest Service, due to the listing of the jumping mouse, also fenced off ranchers from the water that the Office of the State Engineer says they own. This is a flagrant violation of properties rights, and it is a direct result of radical special interests pushing their agenda on New Mexicans.

Recently, environmental groups pushed the Cibola National Forest to move forward with the initial steps of a wilderness designation within the Mt. Taylor Ranger District during the development of the new forest management plan. Many times, these radical interest groups will work with federal agencies to ram these changes through with as little public input or notice as possible. My office worked with the people of Cibola County to ensure their voices were heard on this great change in the way their forest is managed.

My staff has helped spread the word on work sessions to help shape the new Cibola National Forest Plan.  These efforts ensure that the people who the plan will affect the most have a say in the process.  A staff led group formed a Facebook page to draw attention to a meeting in Grants in June. This effort allowed 160 people to show up for the event, as opposed to the 25 people who showed up for a similar event in Albuquerque.  Staff continued to help the group by organizing a rally for meetings in September that led to 420 people attending the meeting.

I will fight against these continued attempts to close off our land from the people. It is your land, and you know how to manage it better than any outside special interest or government bureaucracy can.

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Las Cruces, NM (Oct. 15, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce was saddened to learn of the passing of valued businessman and personal friend, Justin Harper, president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Las Cruces, who died of natural causes at his home Monday. Mr. Harper was a trusted leader in the financial community. He also served his community by dedicating his time to state and local organizations.

“Cynthia and I send our deepest condolences to the family of our personal friend Justin Harper of Las Cruces,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “He was a trusted leader in the financial industry in the Las Cruces area and served to better the community throughout the state. He and his wife, Bea, were champions of promoting business while keeping true to their roots in New Mexico. His leadership and skills as a businessman, and significant service on several boards and foundations, including service with the Boys and Girls Club, will be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and coworkers at this time.”

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Albuquerque, NM (Oct. 10, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce congratulated more than 160 new United States citizens this morning as guest speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“I congratulate today’s men and women, who have chosen to become citizens of our great nation,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “Like millions before them, they bring the promise of creating a stronger America by building upon our foundation of culture and diversity. New Mexico flourishes because of the people who call our state and communities home. Citizenship also carries with it the responsibility to our communities and the ability to voice opinions. I thank these men and women for their enthusiasm today and I encourage them all to carry that passion for America in their hearts always.”

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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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