Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

Pearce Applauds Passage of Bill that Lowers Flood Insurance Costs for New Mexicans

2016/04/28

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Pearce Applauds Passage of Bill that Lowers Flood Insurance Costs for New Mexicans

Washington, DC (April 28, 2016) – Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, a bill that would clarify the Flood Disaster Protection Act to give consumers more options when purchasing flood insurance:

“Since the 1970s, the federal government has mandated millions of Americans nationwide purchase flood insurance. To make matters worse, confusing and complicated regulation stifles competition and choice driving the majority of families to purchase an insurance plan through the government. This has led to many areas of the country, such as New Mexico, to brunt the cost of a one size fits all federal mandate to cover the damages and losses in actual high risk areas, such as the Gulf Coast. H.R. 2901 clarifies that private companies may offer plans to satisfy the mandatory coverage requirement.  Competition in the insurance market provides more choices for families and ultimately drives down costs so New Mexicans can insure their property without breaking the bank,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.

Currently, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is $23 billion dollars in debt, with a temporary borrowing authority of $30 billion.  Another major catastrophe, like Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, could permanently cripple the program.  H.R. 2901, the “Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act of 2015” is a bipartisan measure that amends the Flood Disaster Protection Act to clarify that private companies outside of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) meet the mandatory requirement for flood insurance for properties in high-risk areas. 

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Pearce Votes to Support New Mexican Job Creation

2016/04/21

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Pearce Votes to Support New Mexican Job Creation

Washington, DC (April 20, 2016)  This week, the House of Representatives passed a series of bills that will help small businesses thrive and expand: 

As a former New Mexico small business owner, I know firsthand how difficult it can be for a business to get off the ground, let alone succeed and expand when weighed down by government requirements and mandates.  I am proud to have supported and the House pass legislation that will provide the breathing room needed for small businesses and Americans to prosper.  

“Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy. They provide the majority of new jobs created, and account for over 90 percent of all employment throughout the nation. For our economy to continue to recover and flourish, Congress must support legislation that makes it easier for New Mexicans, and Americans nationwide, to start new businesses - and for existing businesses to expand and hire more employees. That is exactly what the House has done this week.

Across New Mexico, individuals and families continue to struggle to make ends meet. Unemployment in the State remains too high, and incomes are too low. Easing unnecessary regulation and burden on our nation’s top job creators, small businesses, is one of the simplest steps that the House can take to provide new jobs and opportunities for New Mexicans,” said Congressman Pearce.

The five bills passed the House of Representatives unanimously and now head to the Senate.  Click here for a summary of the bills.

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Ranchers Meet with Federal Agencies to Discuss NM Jumping Mouse

2016/04/19

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Ranchers Meet with Federal Agencies to Discuss NM Jumping Mouse

Washington, DC (April 19, 2016)  Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service will meet with New Mexican ranchers to discuss issues created by critical habitat designations made by the Fish and Wildlife Service for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse:

“My office continually hears from local ranchers about the need to have a collaborative conversation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service. While I am pleased to see both agencies finally meeting with local New Mexicans to discuss the impact that these critical habitat designations will have on the ranching community, it should not have taken this long for the meeting to occur, nor should it have required my office to become involved and insist on the meeting. Local agencies should take the initiative to engage in open and transparent conversations with those who will be impacted the most by their actions. A joint meeting that includes all stakeholders is one of the simplest ways to avoid conflicts and resolve pending issues. I believe that a good government is one that is accountable to its citizens and that it is why my office has intervened to facilitate a discussion between both agencies and the community,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.

Members of the Congressman’s staff will be present to ensure that all of the attendees’ questions are answered and will continue to monitor the situation moving forward. 

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Pearce’s Statement on Bill to Prevent FCC Rate Regulation

2016/04/15

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Pearce’s Statement on Bill to Prevent FCC Rate Regulation

Washington, DC (April 15, 2016)  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, issued the following statement after the House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2666 the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act:

In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Obama Administration passed new internet access requirements, known as net neutrality, without input from Congress or the American people. These rules impede growth and innovation in our technology sector, and limit internet access for Americans around the nation. At that time, the Administration and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler promised that the FCC would not regulate the cost of broadband services by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This was a short lived promise. In March 2016, Chairman Wheeler contradicted himself declaring the FCC should be setting the cost of internet service. Such regulation by the FCC is extremely harmful to ISPs and customers alike, as these unnecessary government regulations discourage the tech sector from investing in new infrastructure and development in our communities and offering new and innovative plans to customers that will increase their access and use of the internet.  

H.R. 2666 prohibits the FCC from regulating the cost of broadband service by internet providers – codifying the promise made by the Administration. It provides stability for ISPs, protects consumers, and denies the FCC yet another opportunity to force regulations on the American people,”  said Congressman Steve Pearce. 

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Pearce Statement on German Air Force’s Intent to Cease Operations at Holloman Air Force Base

2016/04/15

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Pearce Statement on German Air Force’s Intent to Cease Operations at Holloman Air Force Base

Today, the German Air Force (GAF) announced their intent to cease operations at their Tactical Training Center (TTC) at Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB) in 2019. Our office has been in close contact with the Germans as they wrestled with the budgetary constraints that could potentially lead to this cessation of activities. Although I understand the difficult budget decisions the German government is forced to make, I am certain the strategic value of training at HAFB will be missed by GAF airmen.

Though the TTC was formally established in 1996, the GAF has trained in our region for decades. In this time, the Luftwaffe has not only honed the skills of their airmen, but strengthened the bond between our two countries. The Holloman community will miss the comradery of the Luftwaffe, the German families who have come to call New Mexico home, and the multinational culture that will forever be engrained in Alamogordo. It is clear, the close bond between Alamogordo and the German Luftwaffe will last long after their 2019 departure from the Land of Enchantment. After all, as I was told recently, training at HAFB is a part of the GAF’s “genetic code.”

While I hope the budget situation within Germany changes in the coming years, potentially allowing the GAF to remain at Holloman, we must also look to the future for our storied base. Holloman has always been known for cultivating and housing the finest airmen our nation has to offer. No other base shapes airmen like ours does: our environment is unparalleled, our training ranges mimic terrains across the globe, our sunny skies allow for airmen to fly more days than anywhere in the country, and most importantly, our community is unwavering in its support for our forces.

Our office is engaged with local leaders and the Air Force to find missions to replace this significant void to ensure the continued success of HAFB and Alamogordo. I am thankful for the time we have shared with the German Air Force, the unique bond our airmen enjoy – especially when deployed overseas, and the dedication of our community.  

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Pearce Statement on President Obama’s Trip to Cuba

2016/03/22

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Pearce Statement on President Obama’s Trip to Cuba

Washington, DC (March 22, 2016) Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the President wrapped up his visit to Cuba:   

“Today, the President ends his visit to Cuba – the first by an American President in almost 88 years. The President stated in December that he would go to Cuba when there is progress in the liberty and freedom of the Cuban people; however Cuba has failed to make any progress on this front. Despite horrific ongoing human rights violations and harboring known fugitives, the Obama Administration dropped Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list and loosened longstanding sanctions with no real requirement for political reform or rights reform. These actions effectively nullify the over 50-year embargo on Cuba, an embargo aimed at both the political climate of the nation but also the gross human rights abuses that were taking place. Yet, when reflecting on this visit in years to come, only Cuba will be seen as benefiting from this deal. The President’s actions are allowing the Cuban Government to benefit from the American economy, while the Cuban people continue to suffer and face extreme oppression. Instead of focusing on legacy builders and campaign promises, President Obama should be advocating for Western values such as religious and political freedom as well as human rights.

“To make matters worse, Cuba continues to harbor and provide asylum to over 70 known fugitives from American law enforcement – despite bilateral extradition treaties – keeping men like Charlie Hill in Cuba and out of jail. Cuba is taking everything from the United States and the U.S. taxpayer is gaining nothing,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. 

In 1971, Charles Hill allegedly shot and killed New Mexico State Police Officer, Robert Rosenbloom.  Hill and two accomplices, Michael Finney and Ralph Goodwin, then hijacked Trans World Airlines Flight 106 to Cuba, where President Fidel Castro granted the suspects political asylum. Michael Finney and Ralph Goodwin lived out their lives in Cuba before their deaths in 2005 and 1973 respectively.

“Charles Hill has evaded U.S. prosecution for almost half a century while the Rosenbloom family waits for justice.  This is why I introduced legislation that would prohibit the FAA from allowing US flights to Cuba until these fugitives are returned to American soil.  The Cuban Government should not be allowed to benefit economically from American tourism, until it meets its treaty obligations. This includes returning all known fugitives to the United States,” added Congressman Pearce.

Congressman Pearce’s bill prohibits the Federal Aviation Administration from accepting and approving commercial flight plans for travel between the United States and Cuba.  The bill has received resounding support from the New Mexico State Police.  Despite continued concerns between U.S. and Cuba relations, nearly every major airliner has applied for routes to Cuba.

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Pearce Statement after the Brutal Terror Attacks in Brussels

2016/03/22

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Pearce Statement after the Brutal Terror Attacks in Brussels

Washington, DC (March 22, 2016) Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the horrific terror attacks at the Brussels international airport and metro station:

“My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families impacted by these horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels. These cowardly actions not only struck the heart of Belgium, but the heart of Europe. Though events such as these lead us to the edge of fear, we must remain unwavering in our convictions, or evil will prevail. The United States stands with our European allies in the wake of this terrorist act,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.

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Pearce’s Bill Prohibits Paying for Flights to Cuba until Fugitives are Returned to American Soil

2016/03/17

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Pearce’s Bill Prohibits Paying for Flights to Cuba until Fugitives are Returned to American Soil  

Washington, DC (March 17, 2016) Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after he introduced legislation that would prohibit using Federal funds to accept commercial flight plans to travel between the United States and Cuba:

Next week, the President will visit Cuba for the first time since announcing he is seeking to normalize relations. However, though our nations have two bilateral extradition treaties, over 70 known fugitives from justice are still hiding in Cuba. The U.S. must stand for justice long before economic concerns. In 1971, Charles Hill, along with two accomplices, allegedly shot and killed New Mexico State Police Officer Robert Rosenbloom, before hijacking a plane and fleeing to Cuba.  Hill has been evading prosecution in the U.S. for almost half a century, while the Rosenblooms wait for justice. Until Hill and the remaining fugitives are returned to American soil to face their alleged crimes, the U.S. government should not use Federal funds to accept commercial flight plans and support tourism between our two countries,”  said Congressman Pearce. 

The bill received resounding support from the New Mexico State Police.

As Chief of the New Mexico State Police, I am writing to express my strong support of the legislation that would prohibit the use of Federal funds to accept commercial flights plan for travel between the United States and Cuba until certain known fugitives are returned to the United States, in particular, Charles Hill who allegedly murdered New Mexico State Police Officer Robert Rosenbloom in 1971,”  said Pete Kassetas, Chief of New Mexico State Police. 

Charles Hill, allegedly murdered New Mexico State Police Officer, Robert Rosenbloom, during a routine traffic stop in 1971.  Hill and two accomplices, Michael Finney and Ralph Goodwin, evaded capture in the mountains for nearly three weeks before carjacking a tow truck in Albuquerque and forcing the driver at gun point, to drive them to the tarmac of the Albuquerque airport.  They proceeded to hijack Trans World Airlines Flight 106 to Cuba where, President Fidel Castro granted the suspects political asylum. 

I will never forget what it was like to be one of 150 people whose lives were put at great risk because three individuals involved in the killing of a state trooper decided to hijack a plane and flee to Cuba. While I am supportive of our country’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, I also believe that we need to hold people accountable for their actions when they have committed a crime, including Charlie Hill and others currently evading justice under asylum in Cuba. As our countries work to improve relations, I am urging the Obama Administration to include the extradition of all U.S. fugitives in Cuba as part of their ongoing discussions,” said Congressman McNerney, who was a passenger on the hijacked TWA flight 106.

Recently, the United States and Cuba signed an aviation agreement that is the first step toward scheduling flights between the two nations in decades.  Major airlines such as Delta, American, JetBlue, and Southwest have already applied for flights. 

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Pearce Votes in Historic House Action that Defends Congress’ Article I Powers

2016/03/17

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Pearce Votes in Historic House Action that Defends Congress’ Article I Powers

Washington, DC (March 17, 2016) Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed House Resolution 639, Authorizing the Speaker to Appear as Amicus Curiae on Behalf of the House of Representatives:

Separation of powers has defined our democracy for generations.  However, this President too often steps beyond these bounds and now the people are fighting back.  For the first time in history, Congress is voting to weigh in, as a whole, on a court case. The President does not write the law, Congress does. This amicus brief opposes the President’s unilateral action on immigration that  side-stepped the American people and their elected representatives. I believe we are a government, a Congress, for the people and by the People.  This amicus brief defends that belief,” said Congressman Pearce.

H. Res 639 authorizes Speaker Paul Ryan to file a brief on behalf of the House defending Congress’ Article I powers.  The House of Representatives got involved after the Supreme Court asked whether the President violated the Take Care Clause.  This clause mandates the president “take care the laws be faithfully executed.”  This brief was filed after federal courts blocked implementation of the President’s executive order that would grant citizenship to thousands of illegal immigrants.  Texas and 25 other states have challenged the law.   

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Pearce Statement on Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

2016/03/16

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Pearce Statement on Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, DC (March 16, 2016) Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after President Obama announced his nomination of D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“While I am sure Judge Garland is a qualified and competent judge, we should not let President Obama decide who will fill the shoes of the late Justice Scalia. Just as the President has the Constitutional authority to make a nomination, the Senate also has the authority to decide whether to confirm the nominee.  The next Justice could dramatically change the direction of the Court.  I support Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s position that this decision should be made by the next President - something the American people must be mindful of as they make their decision in November,” said Congressman Pearce.   

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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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