Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce




Washington, DC (June 20, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today introduced a bill to increase access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. The Make Public Lands Public Act will amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund to increase public access to federal lands by maintaining and restoring existing roads, trails, and rights of way.

“In New Mexico and across the west, private, state, and federal lands are intermingled, resulting in a checkerboard issue that diminishes access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and shooting sports,” stated Rep. Pearce. “These lands belong to the people, and we must ensure that sportsmen and women have the ability to participate in outdoor recreation as their parents and grandparents did before them. This bill will not only bring greater recreational enjoyment and economic growth to New Mexico, but will increase conservation efforts that are funded by these activities.”

Rep. Pearce’s bill is supported by the Boone and Crockett Club, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF).

"The Boone and Crockett Club applauds Congressman Steve Pearce’s efforts to improve public access to more public lands for hunting, fishing, and shooting sports,” stated Club President Ben Hollingsworth. “Increasing access to our public lands for sportsmen and women will foster economic growth and increase jobs, while improving conservation through the fees paid by hunters and fishermen. This bill will ensure that outdoor enthusiasts will be able to enjoy public lands for generations to come.”

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation strongly supports Congressman Pearce’s legislation that would provide sportsmen and women, hunters and recreational shooters greater access to the lands they invest in to continue their traditions,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF’s senior vice president and general counsel.  “This legislation, along with the initiatives of Secretaries Ryan Zinke and Sonny Purdue, demonstrate the commitment Americans can expect from their government in supporting their outdoor and shooting sports heritage and preserving the ability to access public lands for future generations.  We look forward to this legislation moving forward and eventually becoming law.”

“Research tells us that a lack of access to public land is one of the primary barriers to participation in hunting. Federal lands that are technically ‘open’ but inaccessible to the public, often due to the fact that the Federal lands are ‘landlocked’ by private property, contribute to this problem. We applaud Congressman Pearce for his efforts to address this issue by securing public hunting, fishing and recreational shooting access for current and future generations, and thereby truly ‘Making Public Lands Public,’” stated Jeff Crane, CSF President.


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Washington, DC (June 8, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today led a House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing entitled “Virtual Currency: Financial Innovation and National Security Implications”:

“Innovation revolutionizes and simplifies our lives on a daily basis. In the last 30 years, we have seen the emergence of the internet as an open source and accessible tool. Part of this revolution has been the emergence of digital financial innovation from small business lending to virtual wallets. The benefits are clear – families in underserved areas are finding more choice and options than ever before. People can pay for their goods in-store without the need for cards or cash,” stated Rep. Pearce. “The implication, of course, of this greater development and exploration into the digital age is the inability of government and regulatory bodies to keep up with the pace of advancement. Technology in the financial space is no exception. Today’s hearing served as one of many conversations I will lead on examining how virtual currencies can pose a risk to our national currencies and the measures we can take to keep our nation safe.”

Watch today’s hearing here.



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Washington, DC (June 8, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act:

“Some of the hardest hit areas of Dodd-Frank’s overly burdensome regulatory structure are the poor, rural areas like many of our communities in New Mexico. Dodd-Frank - with the help of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - made it almost impossible for banks to lend to anyone who was just trying to buy their first home, pay for medical bills, or do some emergency repairs. Rather than fix the real root cause of the financial crisis, Dodd-Frank put some of the heaviest burdens on the backs of community banks and hardworking taxpayers. I’m pleased to see the House pass the Financial CHOICE Act today to put an end to this crippling regulatory regime. It is my goal to see that even the most economically fragile in New Mexico have access to opportunities and resources to help them earn their way to success.”

Rep. Pearce spoke on the House Floor today in support of the Financial CHOICE Act. Watch here or click on the image below.


“Thank you Mr. Speaker.

Thank you gentlemen from Texas.

Credit is one of the most powerful devices of our financial system. It was designed over time by modern societies. In some countries, credit is simply not available to those who need it the most - people at the bottom of the income ladder.

In the United States, we’ve got a well-developed system where is credit is available no matter how bad your credit rating might be. That is, it was available until the Dodd-Frank regulation created the CFPB. In the second district of New Mexico, 50% of the homes are mobile homes - manufactured housing. The Dodd-Frank [Act] immediately began to show that they had no clue about how rural societies worked, and put into place regulations that choked off the access - of most of our homeowners - to manufactured housing. That wasn’t enough for the CFPB, they began to then set forward qualified mortgages which then choked off traditional mortgages to many people in the second district of New Mexico.

Many people in New Mexico will buy their first mobile home and they’ll live in that, then over a good life, they’ll buy eight or ten more. Then they sell those one at a time. Usually the people who can’t get credit any other way. CFPB simply shut that down. So now seniors living in their senior years with less income, but people who need the loans the most having one more source of credit dried up to them. The rules that affect the rural mortgages small businesses were so punitive that the economy in New Mexico has never yet come back. It’s not just that ‘The Choice Act’ is the right choice in the rural areas, in our areas, it’s the only choice.

I would support H.R. 10 and ask my colleagues to vote ‘yes’ on the bill. Yield back the balance of my time.”


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Washington, DC (June 5, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce along with colleagues from the United States House of Representatives are meeting today with representatives of the Mexican legislature and government as part of the U.S. – Mexico Inter-Parliamentary Group (IPG). The IPG today will focus on the U.S. economic standpoint with Mexico as well as trade relations, border security enhancements, immigration, and other issues pertaining to the relationship between the US and Mexico. 

“It’s great to be here with my colleagues leading discussions to preserve and strengthen the strong bilateral relationship our nation has with Mexico. Representing roughly 180 miles of the border with Mexico, I understand the importance of our partnership with Mexico, especially as it affects the local economy and safety of communities here in New Mexico. I look forward to meeting with my Mexican counterparts today to look for actions that can be taken to strengthen economic opportunity for New Mexico.”

Speaker Paul Ryan appointed Rep. Pearce to serve on the U.S.-Mexico Inter-Parliamentary Group in the 115th Congress. The group was established in 1961 to encourage a comprehensive discussion between the United States and Mexico on issues that affect border trade, security, and international crime.


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WASHINGTON EXAMINER: How the CFPB ignores rural families


By Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02)

Credit is one of the most powerful devices of the financial system designed over time by modern societies. It gives people the freedom to spend money now – whether to cover a medical expense, an emergency repair, buy a home, or send their child to school – and pay it off later. While it accelerated the speed of innovation around the world, it also changed people’s spending habits, however, not always for the best.

In some countries, credit is simply not available to those who need it most, the people at the bottom of the income ladder. In the United States, we’ve developed a highly sophisticated system with opportunity available to all. While some people abuse this power and act carelessly in repaying their loans - resulting in bad credit scores and higher interest rates that they have to pay – credit is still available to almost everyone in this country.

That is, until the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), or Bureau, was created in the Dodd-Frank legislation passed when Nancy Pelosi controlled the House of Representatives, Harry Reid controlled the Senate, and President Obama was firmly installed in his first term.

This Bureau created by the Dodd-Frank Act was tasked with protecting consumers - a laudable goal. Very quickly though the Bureau began to show it had no idea how or why many elements of the credit markets were established. As they began to regulate those elements out of existence, credit to the poor began to dry up. People in New Mexico soon began to see their opportunities disappear because their sources of credit were diminishing before their eyes.

Half of the homes in the 2nd congressional district of New Mexico are manufactured housing. The Bureau took several actions that resulted in all but one or two banks to quit lending for those. It took a mother in Las Cruces several years to refinance her family’s mobile home, simply because no one in town was offering the specific line of credit she needed under her financial circumstances.

These harmful regulations even made their way over to traditional housing loans. With a tool called Qualified Mortgage, the Bureau dried up many of these loans or made the loans hard and complex to apply for...

Read Rep. Pearce's full op-ed in the Washington Examiner here

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Washington, DC (June 1, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after President Trump made the decision to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Deal:

“Any agreement the United States enters into regarding climate or emissions must ensure affordable and reliable energy is available to every New Mexican family. We all agree that we want clean air and clean water, but the United States cannot saddle the global burden of change on the backs of the American people.

Under both President Bush and President Obama, the United States made enormous strides in reducing emissions and developing cleaner energy generation, but we cannot control nor guarantee the actions of other countries in this effort. 

Since day one, the Paris Climate agreement has been unattainable for New Mexico and our nation. The Agreement will force American energy producers to dramatically change their business or shut down, ultimately limiting options for families across New Mexico, while allowing some of the worst global actors to take action as they see fit. This has never been a fair deal for Americans.”

In 2016, President Obama unilaterally bypassed the Constitution by signing the Paris Climate Deal without proper authorization of the U.S. Senate. Read Rep. Pearce’s statement on the original Paris Climate Deal here


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Washington, DC (May 24, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released the updated score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

“Our nation’s health care system is in complete collapse, and Congress was left with two options – fix it, or allow hardworking Americans to shoulder the cost. Millions of Americans, in New Mexico and around the nation, are facing skyrocketing premiums, increasing deductibles, and diminishing access to care. The American Health Care Act is the first step of many to correct the root problems that are intertwined in our health care system. Today’s CBO score confirms our efforts in Congress will work towards lowering premiums, reducing our nation’s deficit, and lifting the financial burden off the backs of taxpayers. Only then can we empower middle-income and working-class folks by delivering real solutions instead of empty promises.”

Read Rep. Pearce's statement on the AHCA here.


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Washington, DC (May 30, 2017) The Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) of 1920 stipulated that the federal government split mineral revenues 50-50 with the states. Recently, the federal government started taking an extra 2 percent from the states. Congressman Steve Pearce is co-leading H.R. 2661 with Congresswoman Liz Cheney to ensure states receive their proper share of federal mineral revenues.

“New Mexico relies on resource production, research, and development to fund our state’s most essential services like schools, hospitals, and law enforcement departments. Unfortunately, New Mexico’s hard-earned revenues are under attack. From delaying much needed payments due to frivolous environmental challenges, to the federal government taking a greater share – New Mexico has been losing out on money that it rightfully deserves. Congresswoman Liz Cheney and I introduced a bill last week that will eliminate the ability for the government to strip states of their fair share. New Mexico can’t afford to receive less revenues for what is rightfully ours, and I will fight until this problem is corrected.”

The MLA provides that all states be paid 50 percent of the revenues resulting from the leasing of mineral resources on Federal public domain lands within their borders. The Ryan-Murray budget agreement took an extra 2 percent from the states to cover “administrative expenses” that have never been fully documented.


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El Prospero: American Health Care Act is One Step in the Right Direction


It has been a busy few months for Washington and New Mexico, and I’ve been hard at work fighting so that the unique needs of our state and our local communities are prioritized, and that our nation’s most vulnerable are protected. One key issue in the spotlight, is the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

When the first House Republican plan was introduced earlier this year, I was against it. It did not decrease the rising cost of premiums for New Mexicans, and overall affordability and access would only continue increasing. As someone raised in Hobbs, much like most of the rural communities in New Mexico, I could not allow that to happen to the well-being of individuals, families, and small businesses.

When Obamacare was passed, it promised the American people lower premiums, affordability, more choices, and greater access to care. The reality is, our nation’s health care system is in complete collapse due to Obamacare’s failed provisions. Across the nation, people are dropping insurance because they either couldn’t afford the deductible or their costs were increasing too rapidly. In fact, nationwide, Obamacare is failing more and more every day. Of the 23 co-ops established under the bill, 16 are bankrupt and now closed. People were seeing their premiums increase over 40% on average and over 100% in some states.

We experienced many of these negative affects in communities throughout New Mexico as well. Our state is in a tough financial position, as many of us know, and most of our communities are considered rural, with unique needs that urban communities don’t understand. For years, I’ve gone around to these communities hearing from many people who said they were forced to purchase insurance they either didn’t like, didn’t need, or couldn’t afford...

Read the full article on pages 10-11 in the El Prospero here

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Washington, DC (May 23, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on President Trump’s 2018 budget request:

“Our nation’s budget has spiraled out of control. Without significant course corrections, we are slated to leave our children and grandchildren with an unsurmountable debt. It is refreshing to see a President diligently attempt to provide our nation with a balanced and sustainable budget. While nowhere near perfect or the final product that will be crafted by Congress, President Trump’s proposal forces a much needed conversation on our nation’s spending priorities.

First and foremost, this budget boosts defense spending for the safety and security of our nation. As a veteran who served in Vietnam, I know the hardships that come with diminished resources and funding to do the job. So long as we have military personnel in harm’s way, we must provide the tools they need to successfully train and fight for our freedoms. The framework released by the President today will provide local New Mexico communities with increased educational flexibility, support Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Lab, and WIPP, increase our nation’s commitment to combatting opioids, and commits to families first by implementing a paid paternal leave policy.  

That is not to say this budget plan is without flaw. There are a number of recommendations within this budget framework that I will be examining much closer to determine if they will get us to real solutions that our nation needs.  We must also remember as we start this process of reeling in our nation’s debt and spending, that we cannot do so on the backs of the most vulnerable who are in true need of help.  As the House goes through its process for assembling the federal budget, I will continue to fight for the priorities of New Mexico to ensure the needs of rural communities are not forgotten. As a state and as a nation, we will only find real solutions to the challenging financial decisions that we face by working together for a more prosperous future.”




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Financial Stability Oversight Council Hearing

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Floor Speech to push for passage of PROTECT Patrimony Resolution

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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

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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