Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

Pearce Helps Lead Field Hearing on Border Security

2016/05/13

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Pearce Helps Lead Field Hearing on Border Security  

Washington, DC (May 13, 2016)  - This week, Congressman Steve Pearce helped lead a Congressional Field Hearing to gain a local perspective from law enforcement, elected officials, and residents about border security challenges.

“Hearing from the individuals that live and work in these border regions illustrates a common theme.  There is a very clear disconnect between what Washington believes is the solution to secure our border and what those living here experience on a daily basis.  Border security strategies that we have employed in the last several decades are clearly not working, so we must fundamentally change our approach,” said Congressman Pearce.

This was the second discussion this year alone, where the Congressman met with local residents to discuss border security.  Recently, Congressman Pearce was the only federal representative to attend a border security meeting in Animas, NM, where over 600 citizens voiced their concerns about the need for heightened security in the region.

“What I heard in Animas was that the individuals that live in these regions feel forgotten and expendable.  The fault is not with the agents that risk their lives every day, but with Washington bureaucrats.  Our border security agents are capable of doing their jobs, however do not have the resources to implement the solutions needed.  This includes changing the way we patrol the border, developing and deploying emerging technology to assist agents, and more.  My message to those living and working on the border is that you are not forgotten, you are not expendable, and I am continuously dedicated to making sure Washington hears your stories,” added Pearce.

In the coming months, Congressman Pearce will continue meeting with the U.S. Border Patrol and others to find solutions that will help change the way the federal government provides security for our New Mexican border communities.

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Pearce Statement on Administration’s Continued War on Affordable Energy

2016/05/13

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Pearce Statement on Administration’s Continued War on Affordable Energy

Washington, DC (May 13, 2016)  - Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announced its controversial  methane regulations yesterday:

Reliable, abundant, and affordable energy keeps the lights on in New Mexico and puts food on the table for many New Mexican families. This regulation will cost good paying jobs in New Mexico, as well as drive up electricity and gasoline prices by making them more expensive to produce.  America’s energy industry has made enormous strides to reduce methane emissions, yet the President continues to push his climate legacy at the expense of the American people. Increased energy production in America strengthens our national security, while making energy prices more affordable for hardworking New Mexicans and Americans nationwide. We should do all that we can to foster this American energy renaissance, not kill it with unnecessary regulations,” said Congressman Pearce.

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Pearce’s Statement on Federal Court Ruling Against Administration in Obamacare Lawsuit

2016/05/12

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Pearce’s Statement on Federal Court Ruling Against Administration in Obamacare Lawsuit

Washington, DC (May 12, 2016)  - Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after a federal district judge ruled that the Administration improperly funded parts of Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies:

“The federal court ruling today reiterated what we have long known, the Obama Administration continues to overstep its bounds and ignore the separation of powers – the basic tenet of our government. This is not a question of politics, as the Administration claims, but one of Constitutionality.  Today, the Judicial branch once again reined in the Administration and struck down funding provisions within Obamacare because it did not go through the Constitutional process required to create law. The President reached far beyond his powers and today, the judge reminded him that creating law takes the House, the Senate, and THEN the President can sign it into law,” said Congressman Pearce.

The subsidies will remain in place pending an appeal from the Administration. 

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Pearce Statement on Intrepid’s Temporary Closure of Carlsbad Facility

2016/05/11

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Pearce Statement on Intrepid’s Temporary Closure of Carlsbad Facility

Washington, DC (May 11, 2016)  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after Intrepid Potash Inc. announced its plan to temporarily suspend operations in its West mining facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Currently, about 300 of Intrepid’s employees will be impacted by this decision:   

"Here in New Mexico, we rely on a variety of ways to sustain our way of life. In order for our diverse economic engine to function, every aspect of our economy, from our natural parks, tourism, manufacturing, to our natural resources must fire on all cylinders.

Economic conditions surrounding potash, oil, and the natural gas economies are consistently evolving and demonstrate why our community cannot solely rely on these resources to prosper.

“With the announcement that 300 hardworking New Mexicans will soon be looking for work, the federal government should focus on utilizing resources to strengthen the local economy, not creating another bureaucratic hurdle,” said Congressman Pearce.   

In a press release issued May 9, 2016, Intrepid cites a declining market as the reason for the temporary closure of the West facility.  The facility will continue to operate until July 8th, after that time it will be placed in care and maintenance mode, with limited staff that exercises the equipment.  Intrepid claims that should the market significantly improve, it would reactivate operations as timely and efficiently as possible.

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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 Protect New Mexicans’ Ability to Save for the Future

2016/04/28

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Pearce Votes to Protect New Mexicans’ Ability to Save for the Future  

Washington, DC (April 28, 2016)  Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.J. Res. 88, Protecting Access to Affordable Retirement Advice:

This week is Money Smart Week. Around the nation, banks, credit unions, and retirement advisors are setting up events and holding classes where Americans can learn how to save for the future and how to be smarter with their finances. There are New Mexicans throughout our state and Americans around the nation that want to save for the future, and plan responsibly, they just don’t know where to turn or how to invest. My parents were this way. They didn’t want to know what mutual fund or money market bond they were invested in, just simply the peace of mind that when they retired, they would be able to have a comfortable life. Access to sound retirement advice is essential for Americans to plan, invest, and save. Unfortunately, the Department of Labor’s recent 1000 page regulation, known as the fiduciary rule, would make it more difficult for individuals and families to seek sound advice about where to put their hard-earned money, and ultimately invest.  This bill blocks that rule and ensures that families have access to important financial advice.  Every New Mexican should have the freedom to shape and feel secure about their financial future,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. 

The resolution prevents the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary” rule that restricts access to retirement advice from going into effect. 

 

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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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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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