Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce


Pearce Selected to Lead House Oversight of Terrorist Finance


January 6, 2017


Contact:  Todd Willens               (202) 225-2365 

Pearce Selected to Lead House Oversight of Terrorist Finance

Washington, DC (January 6, 2017) Congressman Pearce issued the following statement in response to being named as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance:

“ISIS is the richest terror organization in human history.  President Obama did nothing to shut off their diverse sources of funding.  Oil sales, sale of antiquities, kidnapping, and human trafficking make up the core funding base for ISIS and have been carried out virtually unheeded the last eight years under President Obama,” said Pearce.

“I thank Chairman Hensarling for establishing the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee and entrusting me at the helm. Funding is key to the success of terrorist organizations; without it, they lose influence, support, and effect. The Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee will help the Trump Administration identify ways to shut off terror financing.

From examining methods to hinder criminal and terrorist organizations from accessing financial products, to combating the use of our financial system as a weapon, I look forward to working with Chairman Hensarling and the members of the Financial Services Committee to ensure that Congress and President Trump have the tools they need to fully engage in the fight against terrorism and illicit financing,” Pearce continued.

The House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance will be formally established when the House Financial Services Committee organizes for the 115th Congress.


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Pearce Votes to Support Israel and Reject United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334


January 5, 2017


Contact:  Todd Willens               (202) 225-2365

Pearce Votes to Support Israel and Reject United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement following the passage of H. Res. 11, Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an Obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

“I am proud to have voted in favor of today’s House Resolution admonishing the United Nations for its anti-Israel actions. Not to be lost in this vote today, is the fact that over the last eight years the Obama Administration has destabilized our relationship with Israel. The recent decision by the President to not veto the UN’s anti-Israel resolution was crafted, planned, and executed with the goal of undermining and embarrassing Israel on the world stage. This marked a staggering change in U.S. policy at the United Nations, where both Democrat and Republican Administrations of the past have swiftly vetoed one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions,” Pearce stated.

“Israel is unlike most allies we retain, as they are unwavering in their support of our nation and pride themselves on the close relationship they have built with the United States,” Pearce continued. “It is deplorable that the Obama Administration put personal vendettas before the survival of our strongest ally, threatening their security in an already tumultuous region. In the coming weeks, I am eager to continue working to reinforce our relationship with Israel and ensure they do not doubt our support.” 


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Pearce Votes to Protect American Jobs from Last Minute Regulations


January 4, 2017


Contact:  Todd Willens               (202) 225-2365

Pearce Votes to Protect American Jobs from Last Minute Regulations

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement following the passage of H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act.

“Increased regulation by the Obama Administration is crushing our businesses and sending U.S. jobs overseas,” said Pearce. “Before he leaves office, President Obama is expected to issue over 220 last minute regulations. In his rush to cement his legacy, President Obama’s ‘mid-night’ regulations will be far worse than his previous actions, as these have not been fully considered by the American public.

Today’s bill, H.R. 21, is extremely important in ensuring that all of the outgoing Administration’s last minute regulations can be reversed without slowing down the legislative process. Tomorrow, the House will act on H.R. 26, legislation that will prevent agencies from unilaterally passing major regulations without the consent of the people’s Congress. I am proud to be voting for these two bills as they will ease the regulatory burdens on job creators and will allow for jobs to remain in New Mexico and in the U.S.”

Federal regulations imposed on U.S. job creators and households cost roughly $1.8 trillion in 2015. H.R. 21 would allow Congress to bundle all last minute (Midnight Regulations) together into one resolution of disapproval instead of doing them one at a time. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will continue its attempt to ease regulatory burdens on small businesses and the American people by voting on H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017.


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Pearce Statement Upon Swearing-in for the 115th Congress


January 3, 2017


Contact:  Todd Willens               (202) 225-2365

Pearce Statement Upon Swearing-in for the 115th Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement upon his swearing-in to the United States House of Representatives for the 115th Congress, representing New Mexico’s Second Congressional District.

“As we begin the 115th Session of Congress, I am honored to take the oath of office, represent my fellow New Mexicans, and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America”, Pearce stated.

“While the year and session begin anew, my mission and purpose will remain the same: to fight each day for New Mexicans and ensure they have a powerful and dedicated voice in Washington.  It is an inspiring time in Washington, as our nation sets forth on a new path, in a new direction with endless opportunities.

The House of Representatives is wasting no time at getting to work on behalf of Americans.  It is fitting that our first actions of this new session specifically focus on legislation that improves services for our veterans.  I look forward to working on key legislative items on behalf of my fellow New Mexicans,” Pearce added.


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Diabetes grant awarded to Mescalero Apache Tribe


“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

2016 Post State of the Union Response


The President demonstrated how out-of-touch he is with the American people.  When he risks our national security or damages our health care system that hurts American jobs, he calls it an accomplishment.  He cannot implement his policies without increasing taxes.  Instead of helping Americans, he has put their jobs, economy, and way of life at risk. 

“All of us are looking for a government that is effective, efficient, and accountable to the people. This country stands as a symbol, a destination where generations came looking for a better life.  We must renew this promise to the American people.  Looking forward, we have an opportunity in 2016 to drive bold ideas that redesign our government and will define a newer, bolder vision for America.  A vision that that lowers taxes, makes America energy independent, brings manufacturing jobs back to our shores, and upholds the Constitution. It is time we put the American people back in charge of their own lives

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Reader View: Let’s restore the Land and Water Conservation Fund


Protecting multiple-use access to public lands is very important to living the Western way of life we enjoy in New Mexico. For this reason, I am working to reauthorize and protect the original intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The original agreement made between the states and the federal government was to share the funds provided by the fund. This agreement has been hacked away piece by piece over the years and has left public lands in New Mexico and across the West in critical condition. Today, the fund has turned into a way for the federal government in D.C. to seize more lands in the West, instead of providing a means for states to develop recreational facilities and to carry out conservation efforts. When LWCF was established in 1965, it provided 60 percent of available funding to states for locally supported recreational projects and facilities. Examining the annual funding levels over the last 50 years, one can clearly see how the original purpose of the fund has been distorted. In the fund’s first year in 1965, 62% of funding went to states and the rest was put towards federal land acquisition. In 2014, only 16 percent of funds went to the state-based program whereas roughly 60 percent went toward continuing the federal land grab. This lopsided funding methodology has taken money away from state projects that are effectively managed by local governments and communities, and reallocated it to federal land acquisition. The federal government has clearly shown that it absolutely CANNOT be trusted to responsibly manage the lands it already owns. In fact, as of last year the estimated combined deferred maintenance and operations backlog facing federal land management was $18.8 billion. One only needs to look at the current state of the Santa Fe National Forest and the Lincoln National Forest to understand this point. Every American deserves a government that’s effective, efficient and accountable. Clearly, the Fund has not been administered according to this standard. Why should we continue providing the federal government money to acquire more lands that it cannot manage? Answer: we should not. In order to conserve the organic roots of the LWCF, I am pursuing legislation that will provide more funding to New Mexico and other states that have proven that they can effectively manage their land. My friend and colleague from Utah, Chairman Rob Bishop, has floated a bill that will ensure that not less than 45% of LWCF is sent to states for local recreation initiatives. It ensures the Fund’s long-term solvency by investing in offshore energy education and provides not less than 15% for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. It makes sure that the federal government’s maintenance backlog is addressed and provides 3.5% to federal land acquisition, 33% of which must be used to enhance public access on federal lands for hunting and fishing. We can all agree that New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes must be adequately conserved. However, arguing that we should provide the federal government more responsibility through increased acreage is foolish. I believe that those who live in our local communities will do a better job of protecting and conserving our landscapes than bureaucrats in D.C. We must return funding to where it belongs, states and local governments. Read More

Congressman Steve Pearce tells Belarus Leaders - belief in God was central to U.S. Founding Fathers


It was unprecedented - Congressman Steve Pearce became the first U.S. Congressman to address the Belarusian Parliament and he talked about a subject that would have been forbidden in this former Communist country only a few short years ago - the Holy Bible and its role in the founding of the United States. In a speech before Belarusian national leaders on Thursday, U.S. Congressman Pearce, 2nd D, New Mexico, talked about how biblical concepts of truth, honesty, fairness, trust and hope - the underpinnings of the U.S. Constitution - can benefit the country that was once a part of the Soviet Union. A high-ranking Parliament member of the Presidential Republic was receptive to Congressman Pearce and the two had a formal one hour meeting before his speech. Congressman Pearce's address was among a number of events planned for this week's trip that was arranged at the invitation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko who is examining ways to broaden the use of the Bible in the nation's culture. Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder of Capitol Ministries is leading a team in Belarus through a partnership with Russian-born Mikhail Morgulis, writer, theologian and President of the ministry, Spiritual Diplomacy. Morgulis was asked by President Lukashenko to spearhead the Bible-infusion exploration. Among other efforts, the Capitol Ministries team is working to establish a discipleship Bible-teaching Bible study for national leaders. Congressman Pearce is a leading Congressional Sponsor of Capitol Ministries in Washington DC. After the Congressman's speech, four leading Belarusian pastors said they plan to hand deliver printed copies of the speech to individual Parliament members and invite them to attend an off campus Bible study they will be teaching. Danielle Drollinger represented the Washington DC's Museum of The Bible in a meeting with the Belarusian minister of Public Education. She presented The Museum of the Bible's Public School Curriculum, "The Bible As Literature," a three year textbook series that integrates more than 400 iPad apps. The education officials were very receptive and said they will present the material to their decision making body. On Saturday night, former Christian NBA players will compete with the Belarusian National Team on nationwide TV, and during the half-time show, will talk about their personal Christian testimonies and present the Gospel message to the nation. A news team from The Christian Broadcasting Network traveled with the Capitol Ministries contingent and will be creating a television program on the trip and the outreach efforts. When it is completed, a link to the program will be found on the Capitol Ministries Website. Ralph Drollinger has asked that partners and supporters continue to pray for the trip and for the success of the ministry partnerships in Belarus. Read More

Mobile Office Hours - Fort Sumner


My staff will hold mobile office hours in Fort Sumner this week!

When: Wednesday, March 24, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm

Where: City Hall, 173 East Avenue C, Fort Sumner, NM.

Contact Bernadette Granger at 855-4-PEARCE to schedule an appointment

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Lawmakers call for 'virtual Congress'


Reps. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) have introduced a bill urging development of ways for members of Congress to avoid traveling to Washington away from their districts. The resolution offered by Pearce and Swalwell, who both hail from districts on the opposite side of the country as Washington, envisions a Congress allowing members to vote and participate in committee hearings via the Internet. Read More

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Financial Stability Oversight Council Hearing

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)

2016-05-13 20:19:37

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

2016-01-21 23:37:23

Rep. Pearce on State of the Union

2016-01-13 18:41:35


2015-11-18 23:10:25

Stand with White Sands

2015-11-18 22:49:00

Rep. Steve Pearce reflects on Speaker vote for 114th Congress

2015-01-09 00:02:09

Terrorist Funding and the Islamic State hearing 11.13.14

2014-11-17 23:28:05

Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) "Why We Didn't Pass the Border Bill Today" 7.31.14

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

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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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