Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce




Washington, D.C. (December 13, 2017) The House Committee on Financial Services held a legislative markup that debated and passed H.R. 3864, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), sponsored by Congressman Steve Pearce:

“This legislation provides Native American tribes greater autonomy and authority over their federal affordable housing funds, which is a driving force for increased access to safe and affordable housing on tribal lands. From increased access to quality housing, to lease-to-own programs aimed at providing rural tribes with the resources and flexibility to develop modern communities, NAHASDA empowers tribes to meet the unique housing challenges of each community.

Prosperity and opportunity have eluded Native American families on tribal lands for too long. The reforms I’ve laid out in this legislation will reduce inefficiencies within government spending, and ultimately, support some of the most vulnerable communities throughout New Mexico and our country. I’m pleased to see this legislation pass through Committee today, moving one step closer to providing greater prosperity and opportunity for Native American families on tribal lands.”

Watch Rep. Pearce open debate on H.R. 3864 in Financial Services Committee here.

Background In September 2017, Rep. Pearce introduced H.R. 3864, the reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA), to increase access to safe and affordable housing for Native Americans across the nation. This 5-year reauthorization bill is a model in how the federal government can, by increasing stakeholder participation, assist millions in creating better living conditions and housing opportunities for low-income families.

NAHASDA was first signed into law in 1996 to make housing assistance directly available to tribes through the Indian Housing Block Grant program. The program works to increase and strengthen the tribal authority and autonomy in housing development, construction, and management.


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Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 into law:

“The NDAA focuses on modernizing our military forces so our nation is ready to take on tomorrow’s threats.  To do so, it prioritizes vital missions ongoing at New Mexico’s labs and bases, like White Sands Missile Range that tests next-generation missile defense systems required to combat the growing threats around the world.  By authorizing equipment, training, and resources our nation’s military relies upon to complete its mission, we are reaffirming the nation’s commitment to ensuring our troops will not face the enemy unprepared.  Along with these significant reforms and rebuilding of our military, the NDAA includes a military pay raise, which is the largest raise the military has seen in eight years.

America’s service members, veterans, and their families have sacrificed greatly to defend our freedoms and preserve democracy.  We must never revert to a place where we do not stand up and show our thanks for the sacrifices service members make so that we can live free and safe.  With this bill, our military will have resources to combat the threats of today, while preparing for what the future holds.  I’m pleased to see this legislation signed into law, and will continue being steadfast in my commitment to stand by the brave men and women who answer the call of duty.”

Background In November 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, sending the bill to the President’s desk.


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Washington, DC (December 11, 2017) The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the Criminal Investigative Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will review the two criminal referrals sent to the New Mexico Attorney General by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives regarding violations made by the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).

“I’ve worked tirelessly with New Mexico officials and Members in Congress to ensure the rights and liberties of women and the unborn are protected. After violations were unearthed between the University of New Mexico Health Center and the Southwestern Women’s Options, the New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas took no action to hold those accountable. The state of New Mexico must stand for the rule of law. I applaud the action taken by the U.S. DOJ to take up not only the criminal referrals that were sent to New Mexico, but all fifteen criminal referrals that were sent out but not acted upon at the conclusion of the Select Panel’s investigation. These infant lives are precious, and it is completely disgraceful and negligent to sit back while the rights of unborn lives are disregarded,” stated Rep. Steve Pearce.

"We are thankful that the findings from our work with the Select Panel on Infant Lives are now being investigated by the Department of Justice [before the statute of limitations runs out]," stated Elisa Martinez, Executive Director of New Mexico Alliance for Life. "These are serious violations of the [federal and state] law where baby body parts were treated like commodities, women were deceived for years and nobody has held the abortion industry accountable, including Attorney General Hector Balderas. It's time for women, babies, and taxpayers to receive some justice and anyone found in violation of the law to be held accountable, whether they are abortionists, researchers or university officials, no one is above the law."

“I thank Congressman Pearce along with the Select Panel on Infant Lives for uncovering violations against unborn infants and mothers, and tirelessly fighting to hold those responsible for the wrongdoings accountable. This action is long-overdue; however, I’m pleased to see the U.S. Attorney General take action against these heinous acts. We must protect the unborn children of New Mexico,” stated Pastor Brian Alarid, Co-Chairman, New Mexico Prays.

“I applaud Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Justice for taking the atrocious practices between Southwestern Women’s Organization and University of New Mexico Health Center seriously. The House of Representative’s Select Panel on Infant Lives made two criminal referrals for New Mexico Attorney General (AG) Hector Balderas to pursue. It is reprehensible that New Mexico AG Balderas has sat back and watched over 100 cases’ statute of limitation expire. We must stand united and safeguard the well-being of the women and children of New Mexico,” stated State Representative Rod Montoya, New Mexico State House Republican Whip.     

“I cannot thank Congressman Pearce enough for bringing the attention of the DOJ to all the issues surrounding the extreme preborn child killing in New Mexico. It has been proven that SWWO has been doing tax payer funded abortions well into the 3rd trimester and has been conspiring with the University of New Mexico in numerous illegal activities. Hopefully this will be the end of the decade long conspiracy of silence and complicity in NM that has caused our state to be known as the late term abortion capital of the U.S.,” stated Father Stephen Imbarrato, Priests for Life.

"Abortion Free New Mexico would like to thank Congressman Steve Pearce for bringing this important matter to the attention of the U.S. Attorney General's office. We are pleased that the Department of Justice is taking this matter seriously and referring it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It has been over two years since we filed an initial complaint with the New Mexico Attorney General's office and during this time at least one woman has died from abortion related complications sustained at Southwestern Women's Options late term abortion facility in Albuquerque, NM. It is our hope that the FBI will investigate in a timely manner and that their investigation leads to a Department of Justice Federal prosecution,” stated Tara Shaver, Spokeswoman for Abortion Free New Mexico.

Background On April 19, 2017, Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02) attended a press conference with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), Chairwoman of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, New Mexico State Legislators and pro-life leaders in New Mexico on the House Select Panel’s findings of ethical and legal violations at UNM and SWWO.  Of the 15 criminal referrals filed by the Select Panel, 2 were sent to the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. The final report released by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives can be found here.

On April 20, 2017, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas stated his office was taking further action to consider the legal violations uncovered at the University of New Mexico, yet no action was taken.

On September 7, 2017, Rep. Pearce sent a letter to the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request an investigation into the wrongdoings between the University of New Mexico Health Service Center (UNMHSC) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).


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Washington, D.C. (December 8, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after learning some details about the shooter in yesterdays of the tragic event that took place at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico:

“My heart hurts immensely for not only the families of the students who were taken too early from this earth, but for all students and community members affected by yesterday’s senseless and tragic shooting. Many have asked, what can be done to stop situations like this. Now, news reports state the shooter had been previously noticed by the FBI. We need to know what can be done in situations like this, so if it’s not the FBI’s responsibility then some other authority is tasked with trying to help. Many have discussed that mental health is often a factor in these crimes. Let’s put credible and helpful policies in place to deal with this. Therefore, I call on the FBI to release all details on the shooter as soon as possible understanding there is an active investigation going on, so we can examine further what changes need to be made so individuals in need of help can be identified and assisted.”

According to press reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated they opened an investigation into Atchison back in 2016 for comments he made online.


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Pearce, Udall, Heinrich Announce Alamogordo Veterans May Access Specialized Care at El Paso VA Medical Center


WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce, and Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the Department of Veterans Affairs will make specialized medical care more accessible for veterans in Alamogordo by giving them the option to seek care either at the El Paso VA Medical Center or the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque for advanced care. Until now, veterans in Alamogordo needing specialized care have been referred to the Albuquerque VA hospital, which is three and a half hours away, rather than the El Paso VA Medical Center, which is just an hour and a half drive.

Udall, Heinrich, and Pearce urged VA Secretary Shulkin to make the administrative changes after hearing from a number of veterans who said they were delaying or going without specialized care because the drive to Albuquerque was too difficult. Several members of the N.M. legislature followed up with another letter this month supporting the delegation’s request. This week, Shulkin responded that the VA would work to honor the veterans’ preferences. 

"This is welcome news that will give veterans in Alamogordo the option to receive care much closer to home. Our veterans risk their lives to defend our freedom, and they deserve the absolute best care we can provide when they return home, but for many of our veterans in Alamogordo, their specialized care was just too far away," Udall said. "This is a small change that will provide big relief for our veteran community in Alamogordo. We made a solemn promise to our veterans to ensure they get the best care possible, and I will continue working with the VA to ensure that New Mexico's veterans are getting the care and benefits they have earned."

“This is welcome news that will ensure veterans in southern New Mexico have the flexibility and choice they need to access health care closer to home instead of having to drive all the way to the VA in Albuquerque,” said Heinrich. “Our ability to maintain the strongest and most dedicated military in the world depends on our nation's ability to keep its promises to provide our veterans the best care, benefits, and opportunities they have earned. I will continue fighting to increase timely access to health care services for our veterans in each and every New Mexico community.”

“Veterans in rural communities throughout New Mexico face many unique challenges to receiving the quality and timely care they deserve. Often, they travel an entire day just to learn their appointments were either cancelled or rescheduled," said Pearce. "I made a commitment to honor our veterans in all aspects of their service and care. I was pleased to join my colleagues in the Senate to ensure veterans across New Mexico have access to VA Medical Centers that are at a more convenient location. I appreciate the VA working with us in Congress to break down the barriers that impede rural veterans from receiving the care they need after stepping up to serve our nation.”

The Albuquerque VA Medical Center will assign a primary point of contact to work alongside a similar contact at the El Paso VA Medical Center to coordinate care referrals. Additionally, the Albuquerque VA Medical Center will provide training to the Alamogordo VA clinic to ensure local staff and veterans are aware of the inter-facility specialty care referrals and care coordination process between Albuquerque and El Paso with the goal of meeting each veteran’s needs and preferences.


Contacts: Jennifer Talhelm (Udall) 202.228.6870 / Whitney Potter (Heinrich) 202.228.1578 / Keeley Christensen (Pearce) 202.329.2862

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Washington, D.C. (December 8, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today announced that Jenna McClellan of Centennial High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico is the winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for the Second Congressional District of New Mexico:

“I congratulate Jenna on being our winner of this year’s Congressional App Challenge. This competition is a wonderful way to empower the youth in our communities to engage in STEM education. New Mexico is home to some of the nation’s premier STEM research and development facilities. As a State, we must continue to do all we can to assist and encourage the next generation to continue to lead in these fields.”

Background Jenna McClellan created a mobile app called ‘The Allergen Cookbook.’ The Allergen Cookbook is designed to simplify the cooking process of those inflicted with food allergies by allowing them to store and search recipes by allergen. Nearly thirteen million Americans are hindered by a food allergy, and this app seeks to make food allergies more manageable for individuals. Learn more about Jenna’s app here.

The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition to encourage students to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities. Students will compete by creating and exhibiting a software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices. All students K-12 in New Mexico's Second Congressional District are encouraged to participate, even if they've never coded before.


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Washington, D.C. (December 6, 2017) The U.S. House of Representatives last night passed H.R. 1164, the Taylor Force Act, to withhold nearly all economic aid to the West Bank and Gaza that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority. Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement as a cosponsor of the bill:

“We must hold Palestinian Authority (PA) accountable for their deliberate support of violence and terror in Israel and around the region. Just last year, PA spent over $300 million supporting terrorist activity. Through my time as Chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, I have become all too aware the impact money has on terrorist and criminal enterprise’s ability to perpetuate violence. The United States in no way should be contributing or supporting these actions. As a nation, we must not reward those that support violence against Israel and the United States.”

H.R. 1164 passed the night before President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and announced the State Department will begin a process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Israel is a steadfast ally of the United States,” stated Rep Pearce. “As a nation, we must continue to do what we can to support our ally. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital reinforces the bond between our nation’s. A stable middle-east is a stable America, and we must continue to support our allies in the region to prevent further risks to global security.”


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NM Delegation Writes to Air Force in Support of Restoring NM Air National Guard Tacos’ Flying Mission


WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Ben Ray Luján and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they are urging the Air Force to transfer legacy HH-60G PAVE Hawk combat search-and-rescue helicopters to the N.M. Air National Guard when the Air Force fields the new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The leadership of the 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Kirtland has told the delegation that they anticipate that the transition from the PAVE Hawk to the Combat Rescue Helicopter will cause a shortage of flight instructors. And, because the wing may soon train in up to four different helicopters at once, it could face challenges finding enough hangar space and classrooms in which to train combat rescue airmen.  

In a letter to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, the lawmakers wrote that moving the PAVE Hawk helicopters to the 150th Special Operations Wing – under the N.M. National Guard “Tacos” –  would help the 58th SOW address the shortage of manpower and hangar and training space, while also providing the Tacos with aircraft of its own to operate.

The Tacos have operated in association with the 58th SOW for several years but have not had a flying mission of their own since 2010. The lawmakers reminded Wilson that, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, she agreed that she would like to see the Tacos back in a flying mission. Additionally, the lawmakers wrote, the transfer would satisfy one of the Air National Guard’s goals of ensuring that each state has a fully equipped flying squadron.

“We are fully confident that the New Mexico Air National Guard can provide quality, timely, and cost-effective solutions with its available personnel and infrastructure,” the lawmakers wrote. “As you look at the feasibility of this transfer, you will find the 150th SOW has the infrastructure to support the HH-60G and, with a minimal increase in authorized personnel, can support training and maintenance independent of the airframe. As you know, the New Mexico Air National Guard has a long legacy of service to our nation…. Transferring the HH-60G mission to the NMANG will serve as a force multiplier and continue the important mission of training combat rescue airman. We strongly urge you to consider assigning the HH-60G mission to the NMANG.”

A copy of the letter can be found here. The text is below:

November 28th, 2017

The Honorable Dr. Heather A. WilsonSecretary of the Air ForceOffice of the Secretary of the Air Force1670 Air Force PentagonWashington, D.C.  20330

Dear Secretary Wilson,

We write to express our strong support for the New Mexico Air National Guard to receive Legacy HH-60G aircraft that the Air Force is planning to divest, as it fields the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH).  The 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Kirtland Air Force Base is currently scheduled to receive the first CRH in Fiscal Year 2020 and is expected to deliver the legacy HH-60Gs to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. 

The 58th SOW has presented two challenges to our offices regarding the transition to the CRH - manpower and hangar and training space.  We are fully confident that the New Mexico Air National Guard can provide quality, timely, and cost-effective solutions with its available personnel and infrastructure.

-Manpower.  The 58th SOW anticipates a shortage of manpower as initial instructors are transitioned to the CRH while their mission requirements remain to produce aircrew in the legacy HH-60G PAVE Hawk.  They have indicated it will require attention and a coordinated effort across the Air Force and they will work with the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Air Combat Command to ensure there is adequate manpower in place not only to train in legacy systems but also to spin up the CRH.

-Hangar and Training Space.  The squadron tasked with providing graduate level helicopter training will be heavily tasked as they may train in up to four different helicopters (CRH, legacy training for the HH-60G, UH-1N training and potentially its replacement, the UH-X program).  The 58th SOW has also identified the hangar and associated building where the CRH training will take place is not of adequate size to accomplish this future growth and will not be adequate to support the new requirements.  Furthermore, office and classroom space on the flight line where the new aircrew members will be trained is undersized and will need renovations and additions to ensure a successful and seamless transition for the 58th SOW.

Transferring HH-60Gs to the 150th SOW will satisfy one of Air National Guard’s Capstone Principles of ensuring each state’s Air National Guard has a unit equipped wing and flying squadron. It will also guarantee there is not a disruption in pilot production, which is critical given the Air Force’s pilot shortage while also alleviating the stress on the 58th SOW to train in both the legacy and new helicopter airframes.  The President’s FY18 Basing Plan indicates the CRH conversion will take approximately 10 years with the Air National Guard being the last to receive the CRH.  As you look at the feasibility of this transfer, you will find the 150th SOW has the infrastructure to support the HH-60G and, with a minimal increase in authorized personnel, can support training and maintenance of the airframe. 

As you know, the New Mexico Air National Guard has a long legacy of service to our nation, and you have previously agreed during testimony before the U.S. Senate that you would also like to see the Tacos in a flying mission again. Transferring the HH-60G mission to the NMANG will serve as a force multiplier and continue the important mission of training combat rescue airman.  We strongly urge you to consider assigning the HH-60G mission to the NMANG.

Thank you for your consideration and service.



Contacts: Jennifer Talhelm (Udall) 202.228.6870 / Whitney Potter (Heinrich) 202.228.1578 / Keeley Christensen (Pearce) 202.329.2862 / Joe Shoemaker (Luján) 202.225.6190 / Gilbert Gallegos (Lujan Grisham) 505.967-5612

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Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2017) The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, moving the bill another step forward.

“This is the legislative process at work,” stated Rep. Pearce. “As a nation, we have not come this close to passing a major overhaul to our tax system in over 30 years. This plan will help middle-income New Mexican families by allowing them to keep more hard-earned money in their pocket. It will help ease the burden on small businesses so they can hire more employees and expand. And it will help the United States become a manufacturing hub for the world again – bringing good-paying jobs with it. I look forward to getting this bill passed the finish line.”

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and passed in the U.S. Senate on December 2, 2017.

The Tax Foundation released a report highlighting the differences between the House and Senate versions of the tax reform bill, and how the legislative process will work to get a final bill agreed upon in both chambers.



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Washington, D.C. (November 28, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4453, the Protecting Wounded Warriors Right to Serve Act, which enables Wounded Warriors to continue serving in the emerging field of Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPA), regardless of their military branch.

“Today’s service men and women face dangers in an ever-evolving battlefield, including IEDs, suicide bombers, and a host of brutal tactics that have left countless soldiers permanently injured. Many times, these men and women want to continue serving their country, but are unable to due to their combat or service related injuries. Wounded Warriors have sacrificed greatly for our nation. The least we can do is provide them with the ability to continue to serve our nation, and my bill provides the opportunity to do just that.

Passage of H.R. 4453 will result in the creation of a program for Wounded Warriors to continue their service in the emerging field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) as both pilots and operators. RPA’s have changed the way our nation is able to support and assist our troops in harm’s way. They play a critical role in the global reach of the Air Force by providing unique airstrike capabilities, over watch, target development, disaster relief, close air support, and play various other roles for the nation’s deployed forces. The demand for troops in this field is ever expanding,” stated Rep. Pearce.

Background H.R. 4453 streamlines the process for transferring Wounded Warriors to the Air Force and creates a process to pipeline them into the RPA field to serve as pilots and sensor operators. There is an RPA pilot shortage for Officers, as well as, a sensor operators’ shortage for Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO)s and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs).

RPA pilot and sensor operator manning levels have dwindled due to the constant deployment posture, nature of the mission, and the dual emergence of the private RPA/UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) sector.


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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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