Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

Pearce Votes to Secure Quality Healthcare for Seniors, Children and Families

2015/03/27

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Washington, D.C. – Today, by a vote of 392-37, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2). H.R. 2 repeals Medicare’s flawed formula for reimbursing doctors, and replaces it with a long-term funding plan.  The bill also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years.  In voting for the bill, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:

“H.R. 2 is a critical first step that will help provide seniors with access to quality healthcare, while ensuring doctors will be able to continue serving them within the Medicare program. This is not a perfect bill, but it is a course correction, Pearce said.  

“The current formula, known as the sustainable growth rate (SGR), has forced 17 short-term costly patches over the past 11 years in order to prevent devastating Medicare reimbursement rate cuts.  

“Tackling difficult problems with commonsense solutions is what we were sent to Washington to do. With overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, this bill is an example of how we can come together to improve access to healthcare and also make government more effective, efficient and accountable,” Pearce added. 

Background:  H.R. H.R. 2 repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replaces it with a formula that returns stability to Medicare physician payments.  The bill would establish a 0.5 percent payment update every year for 5 years, and would improve the fee-for-service system by streamlining Medicare’s existing quality assurance programs into one single program. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is a formula that was enacted in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 to control Medicare spending on physician services.  However, the SGR policy flaws have compelled Congress to override the formula-driven cuts for more than a decade.  In fact, since 2003, Congress has spent nearly $170 billion in short-term patches to avoid these unsustainable cuts.  The most recent patch will expire on March 31, 2015.  H.R. 2 repeals the SGR, averting a 21 percent SGR-induced cut scheduled for April 1, 2015. 

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Pearce Votes for Balanced Budget to Spur a Healthy Economy

2015/03/26

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Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2016 House budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 27) by a vote of 228 to 199.  Following his vote to approve the plan, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:

“The Price budget proposal has positive provisions, and a number of negative ones. When it was time to vote, the positives outweighed the negatives. This document does not establish law, but rather sets priorities and begins debate that Congress must focus on as it moves into the funding process for the year to come,” said Pearce.

Pearce continued:  “With the passage of this budget, Congress continues its commitment to the American people to shake Washington up. It provides a strong and stable budget for the Department of Defense to ensure our nation’s military has the training and supplies they need to face any threat. It proactively works to reduce bureaucracy, fraud and waste within the federal budget. It also puts forward a way to simplify and expand our tax structure, in addition to providing certainty for critical infrastructure, such as highways and roadways. This document also repeals in full the harsh and heavy regulatory burdens imposed by Obamacare so that we can put money back in people's pockets and empower patients to choose their doctor, their insurance plan and the care that fits them best. Now that we have a framework, we can continue the tough conversations and make the needed changes to put our nation’s budget back on track,” concluded Pearce.

The House budget balances within 10 years while President Obama’s so-called budget plan never balances and only doubles down on Washington’s failed policies.  The House proposal helps keep Americans safe; protects vital programs like Medicare and Social Security for those who need them most, and is a solid first step toward the predictability necessary to rebuild our economy from the bottom up.  

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Pearce statement concerning new GAO Report documenting substantial taxpayer funding for anti-life groups

2015/03/25

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released their report, “Health Care Funding: Federal Obligations to and Expenditures by Selected Entities Involved in Health-Related Activity, 2010-2012.” This report came in response to a request U.S. Representative Steve Pearce made seeking current data on federal funding to the following groups: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Population Council, Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth, and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

“At the beginning of the 2013, I joined many other pro-life colleagues in requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provide up-to-date information regarding federal funds going to specific abortion advocacy groups. This report has found that between fiscal year 2010-2012, these groups received a total of $481 million in federal funding. Further, these 6 groups received about $1.2 billion in combined federal and state dollars via health programs that require a shared funding plan. I find this to be an extremely disturbing dollar amount and reject the idea that hardworking taxpayers should fund a practice that is in direct violation of their beliefs and values,” said Pearce.

Pearce continued: “I believe strongly that the first civil right is the right to life, which begins at conception. I have been and will continue to be an advocate for the most innocent among us—the unborn. Americans deserve a government that works for them. So long as  federal dollars are being used to fund abortions in opposition to the beliefs of many voters, we cannot fulfill this obligation. It is time for the federal government to respect the hard work and beliefs of Americans and to stop using tax dollars to support abortion.”

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Mobile Office Hours - Fort Sumner

2015/03/24

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

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

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

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

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Pearce Bill To Improve Native American Housing Passes House

2015/03/24

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington, D.C. –  (March 23, 2015) U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is pleased to announce the bipartisan passage of the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015, “NAHASDA” (H.R. 360).  With today’s decisive vote of 297-98, the House approved increasing access to safe and affordable housing for Native Americans.  In addition to reauthorizing the original 1996 law, H.R. 360 includes a number of reforms that will enhance tribal self-determination -- allowing communities to focus more on capital and development -- instead of administrative requirements.

“For too long, safe affordable housing and financial independence have eluded Native American families on tribal lands.  This bill would reverse that trend.  From increased access to quality housing, to lease-to-own programs aimed at providing rural tribes with the means for self-growth, NAHASDA provides flexibility and independence to tribal members nationwide,” stated Pearce.

“I am extremely proud to sponsor this legislation, which has been called transformative by Native American leaders.  It takes a major step forward in eliminating barriers to good housing, and empowers tribal leaders to respond to their members’ needs. I’d like to thank my colleagues in the House, who have worked not only to secure passage, but also to forge truly bipartisan change.  Working across the aisle and with tribal leaders nationwide, we have been able to make real, concrete reforms sought in their communities.”

Pearce continued:  "Our legislation would cut red tape and expand access to Native American home ownership. These reforms will result in more efficient, effective and accountable use of taxpayer money, expedite approval of projects, and spur development and innovation. By providing Native Americans more housing, we help lay the foundation for greater dignity and individual self-worth in addition to improving the lives of the next generation.  I urge my colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass this legislation.”

NAHASDA has allowed tribes to determine how their housing dollars are spent, and has proven successful in creating homeownership opportunities that might not have otherwise existed. In December 2014, the House voted to reauthorize this important legislation, but a Senate version stalled before the 113th Congress adjourned.

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Pearce: Obama Administration Derails Jobs, Economic Growth, with Unnecessary Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

2015/03/21

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management released a new rule to increase hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal and tribal lands. This new set of regulations will duplicate or stack upon existing state standards. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement in response:

In the already-stretched New Mexico oil and gas economy, these unnecessary regulations will only discourage development and derail new jobs,” said Pearce.  

 “After years of exhaustive study, The EPA concluded that hydraulic fracturing “poses little or no threat” to underground sources of drinking water.  Today’s baseless rule is based on environmental politics -- not science.  

“This rule takes our economy backward.  More costly red tape only kills new jobs while worsening layoffs and downsizing in the oil industry.  Obstructing hydraulic fracturing also undermines our recent gains in energy security.  At a time when the Middle East, Russia and other foreign oil competitors are either engulfed in conflict or economic turmoil – this rule makes the U.S. more dependent on an unstable international market.”

Pearce continued:  “States are already regulating the production of oil and natural gas on public lands. This latest intrusion of Washington regulation will only sap production without delivering any increased environmental benefits. Despite the recent energy boom, production on federal land continues to lag. This is just another move by the Administration to continue its agenda of handcuffing responsible energy production on our nation’s public lands. States know their land best and should be able to responsibly develop their resources without more ‘one-size-fits-all’ mandates from Washington. I will fight to make sure that this rule is not implemented and that state jurisdiction is restored.”

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Pearce Votes to Require that EPA Science and Decisions Be Subject to Public Review and Input

2015/03/18

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act with a bipartisan vote of 241-175, to require the EPA to base all regulations on data that is already public.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 1030 and a related bill -- H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act. 

“Over the last six years, the EPA has cost jobs and increased electricity rates for New Mexico families through their economically damaging proposals,” said Pearce. “These costly proposals have been implemented based upon science that the EPA refuses to publicize for peer review. Taxpayers who pay for these reckless regulations deserve a say in the process. H.R. 1030 is a common sense piece of legislation that simply requires the EPA to publicize their science before they finalize a rule.”

Yesterday, the House also passed H.R. 1029 by a vote of 236-181. The bill makes changes to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to increase public participation, increase transparency for selecting advisors, and to ensure that the Board remains focused on science -- not politics.  In voting for this measure, Congressman Pearce commented:

“We must ensure that EPA Science Advisory Board that reviews these costly regulations is fair and balanced. The panel is heavily populated by scientists who receive grant money from the agency itself. H.R. 1029 will work to guarantee that these job-killing regulations are no longer subject to a biased panel and that there is transparency in the review process. I ask that the Senate take up these critical bills and that the President fulfill his promise to the American people to foster transparency by supporting them.” 

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Pearce: A Healthy Economy Starts with a Balanced Budget

2015/03/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement today after the House Budget Committee introduced its Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal, “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America”:   “Last November, Americans spoke loudly:  while they did not give Republicans a mandate, they voted to shake Washington up a bit.  In particular, they rejected the out-of-control tax, spend and borrow policies of the Obama Administration and inaction by the Senate under Harry Reid,” stated Pearce.   “Today, with this balanced budget proposal, we take a small but important first step closer to a healthy economy.  All Americans deserve an effective, efficient and accountable government.  Just as New Mexicans must stretch every dollar, the federal government must live within its means.  It must fix the immoral $18 trillion National Debt and account for every dollar that it spends.  The House’s balanced budget proposal, while not the full or final solution, provides an alternative to the Administration’s path to bankruptcy. Raising the debt ceiling and printing more money is a one-way road to nowhere.”    Pearce continued: “This budget puts the federal government on a long-overdue diet.  First, it balances the budget in less than 10 years – in sharp contrast to the president’s budget, which fails to balance.  Secondly, it cuts $5.5 trillion in spending without raising taxes.  And thirdly, by cutting $2 trillion in Obamacare spending through a full repeal, we're putting money back in people's pockets and empowering patients to choose their doctor, their insurance plan and the care that fits them best,” concluded Pearce.   A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America Summary courtesy of the House Budget Committee   Balances the Budget
  • Balances the budget in less than 10 years without raising taxes, in contrast to the President whose budget never balances
  • Cuts $5.5 trillion in spending – higher than any previous House Budget Committee proposal
  • Calls for a fairer, simpler tax code to promote job creation and a healthy economy
  • Places the country on a path to paying off the debt by growing the economy and making government more efficient, effective and accountable
  • Calls on Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
  Repeals Obamacare
  • Repeals Obamacare in full – including all of its taxes, regulations and mandates
  • Promotes freedom of choice, affordability, and patient-centered health care solutions
  • Eliminates IPAB, an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats charged with making coverage decisions on health care
  • Ensures a Strong National Defense
    Ensures a Strong National Defense
  • Provides for a strong national defense through robust funding of troop training, equipment and compensation
  • Boosts defense spending above the president’s levels while putting in place a plan to responsibly address the current spending caps and the threat of sequester  
  Secures Our Future
  • Ends the Obamacare raid on Medicare
  • Strengthens Medicare by making structural improvements to save the program
  • Eliminates the “double dipping” of Disability Insurance and Unemployment Insurance 
  • Prevents the president’s plan to raid the regular Social Security Trust Fund
  Restores Federalism
  • Rejects the notion that Washington knows best and devolves power back to the states 
  • Promotes innovation and flexibility for Medicaid, nutrition assistance, education and other programs
  Cuts Waste, Corporate Welfare and Improves Accountability
  • Cuts waste, eliminates redundancies and ends the practice of Washington picking winners and losers in our economy
  • Calls for reforms to the regulatory system to improve transparency, efficiency, effectiveness and accountability
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Pearce Statement Concerning Public Meetings on SunZia

2015/03/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Washington, D.C. – Following this week’s public meetings held by New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:    "The groundswell of opposition to SunZia, seen at town halls in Deming and Socorro, confirms that this issue is far from over.  New Mexicans are rightly concerned about the damage to national security posed by SunZia's invasion of the White Sands Missile Range.  In taking away testing capabilities, SunZia will undermine the protection of our troops and destroy good jobs at WSMR,” stated Pearce.     “The transmission line’s interference with property rights, its taking of New Mexico state trust land and tracts owned by private owners – affecting more than half of the 515-mile route –raise more questions than answers.  While people wave this off as old news, this is a rush to judgment because several last-minute changes were made without appropriate review,” added Pearce.   Examples include:    • WSMR is the nation’s premier development and test facility. Unlike any other range, WSMR allows the military to conduct live tests of everything from Patriot missiles to laser interceptors.  9,000 people work to support its mission, which also injects $840 million annually into the state’s economy.   Why has the project been fast-tracked by the Obama Administration without consulting local communities who will be affected by these losses?   • At a time when the President has requested authorization for the use of military force against ISIS, why is the nation’s critical testing facility being degraded?   • The Federal Government has well established regulations and procedures guiding construction in areas containing native and historical artifacts. In a complete departure from its own rules, BLM and DOI used an insufficient environmental assessment, instead of a thorough and responsible supplemental environmental impact study. Read More

PEARCE: "I Stand with Israel."

2015/03/03

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Steve Pearce released the following statement today after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded his visit to Washington:

“The United States talks about national security.  Israel talks about survival.  We are more than friends, we are family, so said Prime Minister Netanyahu.  I couldn’t agree more, Israel is our first line of defense in this time of great unrest in the Middle East. We must protect our family and ensure their security from neighboring adversaries.

“Today the Israeli leader rightfully criticized the Administration’s ongoing closed-door negotiations between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, which are leading our nation down a very dangerous path and placing our world in harm’s way. We must not turn our backs on Israel in favor of Iran, a country that has proven itself untrustworthy.

“I stand with Israel. And so should President Obama.”  

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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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