Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

FLETC SITUATION PRESENTS HEALTH, SAFETY CONCERNS AS DEPARTURES HALTED

2014/07/30

Washington, DC (July 29, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce received confirmed information about public health and safety issues at the Federal Law Enforcedment Training Centers (FLETC) facility in Artesia. The information, confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security, detailed the conditions for the undocumented immigrant women and children held at FLETC. DHS confirmed that arrivals and departures have been halted as they treat and vaccinate the population for Varicella (chicken pox).

"As the FLETC facility reaches maximum capacity, I am increasingly concerned for the health and safety of the women and children at FLETC and for the local community. The virus, that has caused two residents to be put in isolation, has halted all departures," said Pearce. "Our office communicated to DHS officials outlining our concerns with impacting local citizens, posing risks to the local community and draining limited county medical resources. Our office has called for DHS to talk to the community directly, and answer all questions and concerns about all matters at FLETC, through open town hall meetings or forums."

FLETC officials will reportedly now use Eastern New Mexico Regional Medical Center in Roswell, instead of Artesia General Hospital, for patient care. This questionable decision by DHS is a concern for Congressman Pearce as it relates to the possible unexpected burden on local medical resources, moving patients nearly an hour away from the facility for treatment.

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CONGRESSMAN PEARCE: IMPROVING THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IS ESSENTIAL FOR SPECIES AND PEOPLE

2014/07/29

Washington, DC (July 29, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce was proud to be a part of a historic move by the House to improve the Endangered Species Act, one of the most wasteful and economically devastating laws that impact New Mexico.

“New Mexico’s cattlemen, oil producers, landowners and farmers live under the ugly shadow of the corrupt system that the Endangered Species Act has become. Today’s vote to bring transparency and common sense back to the ESA can only serve to better the hard-working people from every corner of our state,” said Pearce. “ESA has only achieved a 2 percent recovery rate, yet has cost our citizens time, money and, for some, their very livelihoods. It is time to stop the secretive sue-and-settle tactics that imposed the new listings of the prairie chicken and jumping mouse. For years, New Mexicans have also feared for their safety as wolves roam through their property, tormenting children, and killing livestock. I do not want this for the rest of the country.”

New Mexico leaders joined Congressman Pearce Tuesday in applauding the passage of The Endangered Species Transparency & Reasonableness Act.

“Ranchers in Western New Mexico fear for the safety of their cattle and families due to Mexican Wolf predation,” said Luna County Commissioner Joe “Oleo” Milo, Jr. “Farmers near the Middle Rio Grande have lost water because of the Silvery Minnow, and now economic activity is under threat from the listing of the Prairie Chicken. Our economic livelihood as a state is at risk because of special interest lawsuits and a listing process that completely lacks transparency. I thank Congressman Pearce and the US House of Representatives for taking these steps to modernize and improve the Endangered Species Act to benefit people and species.”

“The Endangered Species Act has a 2 percent recovery rate, which unacceptable,” said Otero County Commissioner and longtime County Commission Chairman Ronny Rardin. “Today’s bill is an attempt to stop taxpayer funded trial lawyers from dictating policies that hinder economic growth, and clearly do not benefit at-risk species. In Otero County, ranchers have been denied access to the water they own due to the listing of the Meadow Jumping Mouse. We can protect water rights and the mouse at the same time. H.R. 4315 will help us to strike the right balance to grow jobs and ensure species are able to recover.”

“Local and state officials often do not have a seat at the table when it comes to Endangered Species listings,” said Chaves County Commissioner Greg Nibert. “Throughout the listing process for the Lesser Prairie Chicken, county officials, conservationists, and statewide wildlife experts stated that the voluntary conservation efforts were working. Yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was forced by trial lawyers to ignore the monumental achievements we made on behalf the Chicken, and local stakeholders. H.R. 4315 ensures that local officials, who understand conservation better than any bureaucrat, will have a seat at the table in crafting these decisions that impact our environment and economy.”

NOTE: H.R. 4315, The Endangered Species Transparency & Reasonableness Act, focused on sensible, targeted updates to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the areas of transparency and species recovery, passed the House of Representatives today by a bipartisan vote of 233 to 190. The ESA was created four decades ago, in1973. Since then, more than 1,500 US domestic species and sub-species have been listed. Only 2 percent have been recovered. The last renewal of the ESA by Congress occurred in 1988. 

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STATEMENT ON AGREEMENT TO REFORM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

2014/07/29

Washington, DC (July 29, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce welcomed the news that House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller and Sen. Bernie Sanders had reached an agreement to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"The anger generated by the American people over the treatment of our veterans has spurred Washington to work together to find a solution. Your voices have been heard," said Pearce. "This legislation would allow our rural veterans to access local care, allow those who wait too long for appointments to seek care from local doctors, and promises to remove other bureaucratic barriers at the VA. I have fought for years for these changes and am ready to make them happern for New Mexico veterans."

"This agreement could not come at a  better time for our veterans. I have spoken with the Albuquerque VQA Medical Center administration," Pearce continued. "They have confirmed that they will participate in a pilot program to demonstrate the effectiveness of providing local primary care, mental health care and speciality appointments to veterans in Roswell during Chairman Miller's visit to New Mexico next week. I look forward to leading New Mexico in one of the nation's first tests of what this legislation would look like."

The agreement, announced Monday by Sen. Sande4rs anfd Rep. Miller, is expected to be introduced by Congress this week.

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CONGRESSMAN PEARCE RESPONDS TO HOUSE WORKING GROUP REPORT

2014/07/25

Washington, DC (July 25, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce responded to the House Working Group's presentation Wednesday of its recommendations and solutions to the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

"The address to the House GOP Conference of our working group was a response to the president's request for nearly $4 billion in emergency funding, and addressed the national security and humanitarian crisis at our border," said Pearce. "We need to ensure a prompt repatriation of immigrants who are not eligible for asylum, and provide the immigrants fair treatment and a fair hearing process for those who seek to stay, out of fear of returning."

"The safety of the children remained a priority as we crafted the recommendations during the past few weeks. We met with presidents of Honduras and Guatemala, the people, and visited the most deperately poor areas of these countries during our visit. The leaders made it clear: They do not want to lose their next generation. Our recommendations include facilitating the return of families and children to their countries."

"Many recommendations also include securing our border and assisting these countries with border security as well. We need to stem the tide and ensure safety for the children and famliies against human smuggling. The President needs to follow the law and secure our border to stop the surge, for the safety of all."

 

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STATEMENT ON OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE

2014/07/24

Washington, DC (July 23, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement in support of Israel's offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

"I stand by our Israeli allies and their effort to permanently end terrorist attacks on civilians," said Pearce. "Since the beginning of this military intervention into Gaza, the radical Islamic terrorist group Hamas fired over 1,000 rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians, while hiding behind women and children in mosques, hospitals and UN-administered schools. The moral case for Israel could not be clearer."

"Israel agreed to three separate ceasefires proposed by Egypt, the Red Cross and the United Nations. Hamas continued firing rockets. Israel warns civilians before a military operation commences in their neighborhood. Hamas forces civilians to stay near rocket launch sites. President Clinton said that the terrorists running the Gaza strip have a strategy to increase civilian casualties for propaganda purposes. I agree with his observation. This war could end tomorrow if Hamas would lay down its arms, and recognize Israel's right to exist."

"I ask all New Mexicans to join me in prayer for a stable solution that ends the violence, protects Israel's right to exist, and secures a long-lasting peace in the Middle East."

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CONGRESSMAN PEARCE: FUNDS NEED TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM SOLUTION

2014/07/09

Washington, DC (July 8, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement following President Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations today.

"Money alone is not the solution to this problem. Too often, Washington gets bogged down with simply questioning whether to fund something or not," said Congressman Steve Pearce. "With the border and ongoing crisis, we need a clear path forward. We must know the United States has a plan to solve this problem, and look at how to mitigate and manage the long-term issues facing our border security."

"President Obama and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson have publically stated that they are committed to enforcing the laws we have," Pearce continued. "This is the simplest and quickest answer to the current crisis we face. This sends a clear message that attempting to enter the United States illegally is not worth the physical and monetary toll it takes. Moving forward, Congress and the President must work together to address our long-term border needs, while ensuring accountability in addressing the short-term humanitarian crisis we face."

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

2014/07/04

Las Cruces, NM (July 4, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement recognizing Independence Day.

"Today, I want to wish all Americans a Happy Independence Day. On this day, 238 years ago, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. This symbol of freedom spoke of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. America remains a beacon for individual liberty and opportunity for the world. As my fellow New Mexicans join with family and friends today, I encourage us all to take a moment to honor the men and women in uniform, who fight so that we may life free. God bless all who serve in victory and valor, so that we may celebrate this Independence Day."

Congressman Pearce will participate in Fourth of July celebrations in New Mexico, attending events in Las Cruces and Silver City.

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SUPREME COURT RULING IN FAVOR OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FROM OBAMACARE IS VICTORY FOR SOME BUSINESS OWNERS

2014/07/01

Washington, DC (June 30, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision that will allow some private business owners to reject a provision in President Obama's healthcare law that requires them to provide birth control to their employees.

"Today's landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a major victory for family-owned businesses," said Congressman Steve Pearce. "The Supreme Court has ruled that some American business owners do not have to give up their religious beliefs to the federal government, simply because President Obama has forced his healthcare system on the country. No individual should ever forfeit their freedoms, especially when they decide to contribute to the American economy and provide fair wages and benefits to their fellow Americans."

"The opinion to recognize religious liberty under the First Amendment, however, was not shared by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen G. Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayer, who ruled against the exemption," continued Pearce. "The decision was narrow and did not include all corporations. The exemption is only for closely-held American for-profit corporations, controlled by religious families. This does not include all corporations operating in the U.S. Many religious non-profits, including several affiliated with the Catholic Church, are still fighting 51 similar lawsuits against the Obama administration."

NOTE: In today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, companies can object along religious grounds to the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Cases involved are Burwell V. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties V. Burwell.

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OBAMA EXPLOITING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

2014/07/01

Washington, DC (June 30, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to President Obama's annoucement today that he would fix the immigration system on his own, without Congress.

"President Obama is exploiting the humanitarian crisis at our southern border. This emergency does not give Obama an excuse to abuse his executive authority and circumvent Congress once again," said Congressman Steve Pearce. "A president cannot act beyond his executive authority and decide law based on his own preferences. Time and again, Obama has proven he only answers to himself. Recent Supreme Court rulings prove that he is wrong."

"At $2 billion, the cost of this crisis is staggering. As a member of the House working group assigned specifically to advise Members of the House on this situation, I will examine all aspects of this border security crisis," Pearce continued. "The problem at our southern border is a tragedy, caused by the President's own executive orders that gave false hope to children and their families. They are now suffering in crowded border facilities, with some women and children being processed as detainees in southern New Mexico. The President needs to continue to allow the democratic process to proceed."

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I CONTINUE TO SEEK ANSWERS FROM ALBUQUERQUE VA

2014/06/28

Albuquerque, NM (June 28, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce met for the second time with administrators of the Albuquerque VA Medical Center Friday to discuss the ongoing concerns about the VA Health Care system and veterans services. He announced plans for a pilot program in Southeast New Mexico for veterans to see local doctors for specialty care. Congressman Pearce also again engaged with VA administrators, asking them for transparency in answers to patient lists.

"Friday's meeting with the Albuquerque VA Medical Center was productive. We engaged in a full range of discussions dealing with veterans waiting too long for care and inadequate staffing," said Congressman Steve Pearce. "We did not agree on everything. I am continuing to ask for answers to failures in patient care, establishing a patient satisfaction measurement program, and results of the investigation into the local system and regional medical clinics. Dr. James Robbins and I had a productive conversation about the VA Medical Center's progress, but I remain concerned about overall resistance to openness and transparency."

The Albuquerque VA Medical Center again declined to allow media to attend Friday's meeting. Congressman Pearce highlighted the results of a recent survey that showed 76 percent of New Mexico veterans support a state investigation into the problems of the VA Medical Center.

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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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