Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

House Bans Payments that Place American Lives at Risk

2016/09/23

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

House Bans Payments that Place American Lives at Risk

Washington, DC (September 23, 2016) – Last night, the House passed H.R. 5931 – No More Cash Ransoms to Iran.  This bill ensures that no future ransom payments will go to Iran, a country known to foster terrorism:

There is no question: the United States paid ransom money to Iran. This President blatantly ignored the longstanding policy that the United States does not pay ransom to terrorists.  Whether paid to the number one state sponsor of terror, Iran, or any other nation, such ransom payments directly place the lives of every American abroad in jeopardy. 

"The United States must stand firm in protecting the safety and security of Americans both at home and abroad. That is exactly what the House did last night – reinforcing the policy that no Administration may pay ransom to nations for the return of American citizens. In one swift action, the House eliminated any incentive to kidnap or target Americans. This bill prohibits cash payments to Iran, reinstates longstanding U.S. policy, and ensures transparency for future settlements. We cannot let this President continue to play politics while putting Americans at risk,” said Congressman Pearce. 

Background:

January – Administration announced it paid $1.7 billion to settle a dispute over an arms sale that had been going on since 1979.  In the same speech, the President said Iran had agreed to a prisoner exchange, releasing American hostages in exchange for seven Iranians serving sentences or awaiting trial for serious crimes.  The Administration refused to disclose details but rejected the notion that the agreement constituted ransom, calling it mere “leverage.” 

August – The President claimed that the reason his Administration paid $400 million of the settlement in cash was because we are “so strict in maintaining sanctions, and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran that we couldn’t send them a check or wire money.” 

September – Foreign Affairs Committee notes the Administration has wired Iran millions of dollars within the past two years. 

 

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Congressman Pearce’s Resolution to Stop Illegal Sale of Tribal Items Passes House

2016/09/22

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

Congressman Pearce’s Resolution to Stop Illegal Sale of Tribal Items Passes House

Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2016):  Yesterday evening, the House passed H. Con Res. 122, the Protection of the Right of Tribes to Stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional Patrimony (PROTECT Patrimony) Resolution:   

“Our history shapes our future and we must fight to preserve it. New Mexico is home to numerous tribal entities and their culture and religion are deeply embedded in what it means to be New Mexican.  Not only must we honor this rich culture and history, we must fight to protect it by preventing the illegal theft and sale of tribal cultural items.

“These sacred items should not be for sale to the highest bidder.   My resolution calls on the federal government to work with our nation’s tribal entities to combat, on a global sale, the theft, illegal possession, transfer, sale, and export of these cultural items. We have a responsibility to put a stop to this practice and I thank all of my colleagues for supporting this effort, as well as the tribal leaders who have worked to bring awareness to this issue,” said Congressman Pearce. 

(Click the picture to watch Congressman Pearce speak on House Floor)

 

Background:

In 2013, a New Mexico Pueblo reached out to Congressman Pearce’s office to help retrieve sacred masks.  The Congressman’s office worked to ensure a majority of these items were returned.  This year, a number of cultural items were listed for auction overseas, one item was a shield from the Acoma Pueblo.  The shield was eventually withdrawn from auction. 

The Congressman introduced the PROTECT Patrimony Resolution in on March 2, 2016.  In early July, Congressman Pearce, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Chairman James Sensenbrenner initiated a request with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine how the federal government currently investigates the theft and sale of tribal items and what reforms can be made to further prevent this practice in the future. On August 11, 2016 the GAO accepted this request and committed to begin their examination at the beginning of 2017. Last night, Congressman Pearce’s resolution passed by voice vote.

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Congressman Pearce puts Pressure on U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Continued Mismanagement of the Wolf Program

2016/09/21

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

Congressman Pearce puts Pressure on U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Continued Mismanagement of the Wolf Program

Washington, DC (September 21, 2016) - Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on the status of the Federal Government’s management of wolves.  This follows a recent Inspector General report that confirmed numerous allegations of lies, falsification, mismanagement, and manipulation of data made by Catron County residents against the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) management of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program.

“When residents in Catron County contacted me regarding their concerns about FWS’s management of the Wolf Recovery Program, my team immediately requested the Inspector General conduct a thorough investigation of the program. What the Inspector General found was that most of the County’s allegations were true. The IG report clearly demonstrated that those at the top levels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) tolerated a culture of lies, falsification, mismanagement, and manipulation of scientific data in their management of the Mexican Gray Wolf Program. 

“The deplorable management of the wolf program in Catron County hurt jobs in New Mexico, risked public safety, and failed to actually save any wolves. Today’s hearing made it clear that the agencies’ mismanagement of the program has continued. While the IG report was very eye opening, it failed to answer a number of substantive concerns brought up by the County. For these reasons, I believe that a deeper investigation into the program is absolutely warranted to ensure that those affected most are given the answers they deserve,” said Congressman Pearce. 

 

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Pearce Statement on Legislation that Holds the VA Accountable

2016/09/14

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

Pearce Statement on Legislation that Holds the VA Accountable

Washington, DC (September 14, 2016) – Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act:

Our men and women in uniform risk everything, so that you and I may sleep soundly at night. The VA must live up to its mission and serve our armed forces dutifully with respect and accountability. Unfortunately, the VA has failed in this mission for years – mismanaging and manipulating our veterans’ care. For the last two years, Congress has fought to correct the egregious problems brought to light in 2014, by reforming the VA.  Actions such as removing individuals within the VA who underperform, are negligent, or guilty of misconduct.  This bill is a continuation of that mission by allowing the Secretary flexibility to remove VA employees who are not serving our veterans, while also increasing accountability on VA senior executive service employees. Importantly, it also streamlines the VA’s outdated disability benefits appeals process to ensure veterans retain their due process rights. Our veterans must get the care they have earned. I am proud to support legislation that holds the agency that should be taking care of our veterans accountable,” said Congressman Pearce. 

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N.M. Delegation Welcomes News That Facebook Will Build New Data Center In Los Lunas

2016/09/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement welcoming news that Facebook will build its new data center in Los Lunas:

"We welcome Facebook to New Mexico and are proud to help secure this new investment in our state's future. Facebook will bring innovative opportunities for our economy and much needed jobs. As a leader in energy development, New Mexico is an ideal fit for the new facility, which is planned to be powered with 100 percent renewable energy.”

Last month the New Mexico lawmakers sent a letter to New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) Chairwoman Valerie Espinoza underscoring Los Lunas, N.M., as a prime location for Facebook to build its new data center.

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Contacts: Jennifer Talhelm (Udall) 202.228.6870 / Whitney Potter (Heinrich) 202.228.1578 / Megan Wells (Pearce) 202.225.2365/ Andrew Stoddard (Luján) 202.225.6190 / Gilbert Gallegos (Lujan Grisham) 202.225.6316

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Pearce Continues to Pressure Social Security Administration Over Appeals Process

2016/09/13

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

 

Pearce Continues to Pressure Social Security Administration Over Appeals Process

Washington, DC (September 13, 2016) – On August 2, 2016, Congressman Pearce sent a letter to Carolyn Colvin, Acting Commissioner for the Social Security Administration, requesting clarification on fourteen specific questions regarding deep concerns in the current administration the disability claims process within the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR).  They have yet to answer a single question: 

My office requested a two week turn around on these questions, not as a challenge to the Administration, but rather, every day we do not receive answers is another that people are stuck on a clearly flawed and broken system. Nothing in the government, let alone something as vital as disability income assistance, should take more than 500 days to adjudicate. Delays of this length are quite literally life and death matters for individuals nationwide. It is completely unacceptable for the Social Security Administration to withhold vital information from my office that could lead to a solution to this deplorable wait time.

“To make matters worse, my office has been assured continually detailed answers would be provided shortly. In the first instance, on August 22, 2016 (6 days past our requested deadline) our office was informed we would have answers “before the end of the week.” Three weeks later, on September 12, 2016 in response to multiple follow up requests from my office, we were told to expect “a response in the very near future.” Yet, to date, not one answer has been provided in writing. Each day without answers is another lost opportunity to help New Mexicans and Americans nationwide who are waiting years for potentially lifesaving assistance. While officials within this agency may think a 500 day waiting period is acceptable I do not, ” said Congressman Pearce.

Background:

On August 2, 2016, Congressman Pearce sent a letter to Acting Commissioner, Carolyn Colvin regarding the wait periods within the Region VI Office of Disability Adjudication Review. The Congressman asked that the Administration respond to his inquiry within a two week period to ensure both offices could work together to establish a path forward. Nearly two months past the deadline, the Congressman’s team has not received any specific answers in writing. The original letter requesting answers is attached.

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Pearce – Making Careers for our Next Generation

2016/09/13

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Pearce – Making Careers for our Next Generation

 

Washington, DC (September 13, 2016) – Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Educational for the 21st Century Act:   

As I visit schools throughout New Mexico, it is clear students want more than jobs, they want careers that can build the foundation for a better life. Today, the House acted to provide students with the skills necessary to compete in the American workforce and fight back against poverty. This bill extends career and technical education programs aimed at helping students reach their full potential and enabling local communities to get engaged in the process to best support their young people. It is necessary  to instill in our children the importance of an education, not just as a requirement or obligation, but as a way to take control of their lives. This bill is a step in ensuring the generations to come have a better life than the last,”  said Congressman Pearce.

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Congressman Pearce Statement on Death of Phyllis Schlafly

2016/09/06

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

 

Congressman Pearce Statement on Death of Phyllis Schlafly

Washington, DC (September 6, 2016) - Congressman Pearce issued the following statement upon learning of the death of Phyllis Schlafly, a longtime conservative leader and founder of the Eagle Forum: 

I am saddened to hear about the loss of this true conservative leader.  Mrs. Schlafly has been a strong, conservative voice and dedicated the last seventy years of her life to public service.  She knew real change begins at a local level and inspired people to influence this change from the ground up.  She will be greatly missed and will remain a great example for generations to come,” said Congressman Pearce. 

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Congressman Pearce Statement on the Loss of Officer Corvinus

2016/09/02

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Congressman Pearce Statement on the Loss of Officer Corvinus

Washington, DC (September 2, 2016) - "As the Alamogordo community grieves the loss of Officer Corvinus, we must pray for all our nation's officers that patrol our streets to keep us safe. 

"Tragedies like this, reminds us all that our police officers are willing to sacrifice not coming home to their loved ones In order to protect our loved ones. John 10:11 says, 'the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.'  We have lost too many shepherds and this violence must end. I ask we join hands as a community, not in anger, but in the hope we can heal as one. My condolences and prayers are with Officer Corvinus's family, friends, and with the Alamogordo Police Department," said Congressman Pearce.  

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Pearce Leadership on Solar Energy Issues

2016/08/30

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

Pearce Leadership on Solar Energy Issues

Washington, DC (August 30, 2016– Congressman Pearce issued the following statement regarding the work done this Congress supporting solar energy: 

"In a state like New Mexico, energy is vital to our way of life.  Whether that is oil, gas, wind, nuclear or solar - all are important to our local economy and contribute to our investment in our local communities.  I've had the opportunity to meet with many New Mexicans and am pleased to share the following updates:  This Congress, I’ve supported a bill directing federal agencies to make solar energy a priority on federal lands.  This is important for our state, since approximately thirty-four percent of lands in New Mexico  are owned by the federal government.  We’ve also proposed tax credits for people utilizing energy efficient homes and commercial buildings.  The fight for energy abundance and independence is not over, and I will continue to make sure New Mexicans are heard in Washington," said Congressman Pearce. 

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Legislation Summary

PATH ACT – Directs the Bureau of Land Management to establish a priority and variance areas on covered land for geothermal, solar, and wind energy projects. 

OMNIBUS – Extended solar tax credit at thirty-percent for three more years and extends to Solar Residential Energy Property Credit through 2021

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2016-09-22 20:14:25


Floor Speech to push for passage of PROTECT Patrimony Resolution

2016-09-22 15:18:24


Natural Resources Committee hearing about management of wolves

2016-09-21 23:34:37


CSPAN Special Order on House Floor - on Amount of Government Owned Land

2016-09-08 17:48:38


Congressman Pearce Border Security Field Hearing (3)

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Rep Pearce Field Hearing Questions (2)

2016-05-13 20:10:10


Field Hearing on Border Security

2016-05-13 20:08:31


H R 2209 Floor Speech

2016-02-02 22:59:13


Speaking on the floor about H.R. 3700 the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act

2016-02-02 22:07:07


Our intern, Mary Beth's last day

2016-01-27 21:59:03


2016 March For Life Video

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Rep. Pearce on State of the Union

2016-01-13 18:41:35


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2014-08-01 00:05:04


H.R. 4315 In Support of The Endangered Species Transparency & Reasonableness Act

2014-07-29 22:55:24


July 24, 2014 Testimony to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation

2014-07-24 22:24:35


July 10, 2014 Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

2014-07-11 16:03:11


Contact Information

2432 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2365
Fax 202-225-9599
pearce.house.gov

Committee Assignments

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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