Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce




Washington, DC (Oct. 18, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce is deeply concerned about the Administration's latest misstep in response to the Ebola virus. President Obama’s appointment of Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, as Ebola Czar was another disappointment to the American people. 

“President Obama’s decision to appoint a political aide, who has no healthcare experience, to lead the nation’s Ebola response, is deeply concerning,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “This Administration has been slow to respond to this crisis from the start. This latest decision by the President to appoint a political advisor was another delayed and fumbled reaction to a situation that has Americans afraid for their safety.”

“I appreciate the views of the CDC and believe our medical community is working diligently to contain the spread of this deadly virus,” Pearce continued. “However, I believe the President has failed to adequately address this situation in a timely manner, which has placed our country at significantly greater risk. We must work with our scientists and the international community to stop the spread of this deadly virus. The President must work with public health officials, transportation experts, our military and the international community to create a response that will address the current cases of Ebola in the United States, and a path forward to shield the nation from further risk. ”


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OP-ED: Environmental groups inhibit New Mexicans from using national forests


Washington, DC (Oct. 10, 2014) In the second district of New Mexico, we have four national forests in whole or in part. It is the job of the Forest Service to ensure that our national forests are preserved, but also to ensure that they are kept open for outdoor recreation and resource development that does not harm the environment. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the country come to New Mexico to enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and the numerous other recreational activities that our national forests provide every year. The water in our national forests is used to support New Mexico’s cattle and agriculture industries, and the trees support our timber industry. New Mexico’s national forests also create a large amount of economic activity through tourism and responsible production.

As one can easily tell, New Mexico’s national forests satisfy a number of different needs. This is why I am dismayed that radical environmental groups from outside of our state continually attempt to close off great swaths of our national forests. These continued attempts to expand and even create new wilderness area will have a devastating impact on thousands of New Mexicans. These environmental groups will inhibit everyday New Mexicans from using our national forests for recreational activities and the enjoyment of property rights.

The groups wish to directly affect the way ranchers and job creator’s work within the forests with their end goal being the reduction of ranching and resource production. A great example of this was the listing of the spotted owl under the ESA, a decision that drastically reduced timber production in the American West.  The meadow jumping mouse is another example as ranchers have been removed from their grazing allotments due to the listing. Just this past spring, the US Forest Service, due to the listing of the jumping mouse, also fenced off ranchers from the water that the Office of the State Engineer says they own. This is a flagrant violation of properties rights, and it is a direct result of radical special interests pushing their agenda on New Mexicans.

Recently, environmental groups pushed the Cibola National Forest to move forward with the initial steps of a wilderness designation within the Mt. Taylor Ranger District during the development of the new forest management plan. Many times, these radical interest groups will work with federal agencies to ram these changes through with as little public input or notice as possible. My office worked with the people of Cibola County to ensure their voices were heard on this great change in the way their forest is managed.

My staff has helped spread the word on work sessions to help shape the new Cibola National Forest Plan.  These efforts ensure that the people who the plan will affect the most have a say in the process.  A staff led group formed a Facebook page to draw attention to a meeting in Grants in June. This effort allowed 160 people to show up for the event, as opposed to the 25 people who showed up for a similar event in Albuquerque.  Staff continued to help the group by organizing a rally for meetings in September that led to 420 people attending the meeting.

I will fight against these continued attempts to close off our land from the people. It is your land, and you know how to manage it better than any outside special interest or government bureaucracy can.

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Las Cruces, NM (Oct. 15, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce was saddened to learn of the passing of valued businessman and personal friend, Justin Harper, president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Las Cruces, who died of natural causes at his home Monday. Mr. Harper was a trusted leader in the financial community. He also served his community by dedicating his time to state and local organizations.

“Cynthia and I send our deepest condolences to the family of our personal friend Justin Harper of Las Cruces,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “He was a trusted leader in the financial industry in the Las Cruces area and served to better the community throughout the state. He and his wife, Bea, were champions of promoting business while keeping true to their roots in New Mexico. His leadership and skills as a businessman, and significant service on several boards and foundations, including service with the Boys and Girls Club, will be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and coworkers at this time.”

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Albuquerque, NM (Oct. 10, 2014) Congressman Steve Pearce congratulated more than 160 new United States citizens this morning as guest speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“I congratulate today’s men and women, who have chosen to become citizens of our great nation,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “Like millions before them, they bring the promise of creating a stronger America by building upon our foundation of culture and diversity. New Mexico flourishes because of the people who call our state and communities home. Citizenship also carries with it the responsibility to our communities and the ability to voice opinions. I thank these men and women for their enthusiasm today and I encourage them all to carry that passion for America in their hearts always.”

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Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month:

“This month, our country commemorates the rich and diverse culture of Hispanic men and women across the country. Every day is a time to celebrate the heritage of our state, which includes the incredible contributions and successes made by those within the Hispanic community,” said Pearce.

“In New Mexico, we are especially cognizant of the influence of the Hispanic community. Many cultures have been enriched by the values and spirit of Hispanic men and women. Hispanic culture is one marked by its regard for faith and family, and one of integrity and honor. While we take the time to celebrate Hispanic culture, let us not forget that it is through our collective experience that we form the American culture.”

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Washington, DC (Oct. 3, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement regarding the monthly Jobs Report released by the Department of Labor.

“I am pleased to see better than expected job growth in September, however we cannot become complacent with the slow improvements we have seen.  As a nation, we have significant work left to be done,” said Pearce.  “The reality is that workers in New Mexico and across the country continue to struggle with a sluggish economy laden with inflation.  Over 9 million Americans are still unemployed, over 7 million people remain underemployed and at just about 62%, our nation continues to have a labor participation rate so low it has not been matched since the 1970s.  It is the federal government’s responsibility to create an environment conducive to job creation and economic growth, something the House of Representatives have been working the past 2 years to accomplish.  Currently, there are over 40 bills the House has passed waiting for action in the Senate.  The Senate cannot continue to delay.  Delay only continues to provide millions of Americans with uncertainty at home simply trying to make ends meet.”


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Washington, DC (Oct. 3, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce responded to the announcement that roughly 30,000 New Mexicans will lose their healthcare plans on or before January 1, 2015 due to non-compliance with standards set by Obamacare:

“New Mexicans and Americans nationwide were promised that if they liked their healthcare, they could keep it. This recent announcement is the latest instance of President Obama’s inability to keep his promise to the American people,” said Pearce.  “Obamacare was designed to provide greater access to healthcare, not less.  Since the Obamacare exchanges launched, the nation continues to see increased cost, decreased options, and greater uncertainty. New Mexicans should have the freedom and flexibility that fit their needs, not the needs the government says they should have.  I will continue to support replacing Obamacare with a patient centered system that does not have onerous, burdensome, and costly mandates on healthcare plans.”

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Washington, DC - Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to the severity of recent security breaches at the White House, urging Julia Pierson, Director of the Secret Service, to resign.  

“Secret Service agents are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our president, and should be commended for their efforts. The vast majority of agents are decent men and women committed to their duty of securing the White House. In the 1970s, Secret Service agents protected President Ford from two attempts on his life. In 1981, they helped save President Reagan after he was shot by John Hinckley. On September 19th, an off-duty Secret Service agent stopped a would-be attacker during the security breach,” said Congressman Pearce.

“However, the most recent security breaches are totally unacceptable, and warrant accountability at the highest level. The presence of an armed person on an elevator with the President of the United States is outrageous and frightening. I believe that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson should take ‘full responsibility’, as she said she would yesterday, and resign her post. The complete failure of the security plan put the lives of President Obama and his family in danger. Thankfully, the worst possible scenario was avoided, but the lackadaisical approach to securing our White House, such as leaving doors unlocked, can never happen again. The attitude of the bureaucracy has been one of business as usual, despite Director Pierson’s testimony. This attitude must end today.

I also believe that the Secret Service should be placed back under the Department of the Treasury, where it was housed for nearly 140 years. The law enforcement entity responsible for protecting our President should be the main law enforcement focus within a federal department, and not just another cog in the wheel, like it is at the Department of Homeland Security. I believe the Secret Service would face stricter accountability, and follow procedures more thoroughly if its headquarters were housed at the Treasury Building, next door to the White House.”

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Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement following the signing of a long-term security pact yesterday by Afghan and American officials.

“Yesterday’s announcement that the United States and Afghanistan have agreed to and signed a bilateral security agreement is an important milestone towards mission success,” said Congressman Pearce.  “The United States and the world cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes it made in Iraq.  Allowing US troops to maintain a presence in Afghanistan will allow the Afghan people to continue to grow and develop their own government.” 

“This agreement will also allow our soldiers, who have sacrificed so much, to complete their mission to root out and stop terrorist activity.  I firmly believe, if our nation commits troops to military action and risk their lives, we must follow through on the mission.  We must succeed.  This agreement will help us do that.”

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Washington, DC - Congressman Pearce responded to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) release of its recovery plan for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

“The release of DOE’s recovery plan for WIPP is another positive step toward resuming operations,” said Pearce.  “The plan lays out a clear and dedicated plan to not only reopen the site, but to mitigate future accidents by implementing new safety standards and requirements.  Once again, I must thank Secretary Moniz for his commitment to safely and expediently reopen WIPP and for his support for the Carlsbad community.  The New Mexico Delegation and Congress must now do its part by providing DOE and WIPP with the funds it needs to move forward.

“WIPP is vital to the environment and national security of our nation.  The site is nothing without the workforce and community that support it every day.  I fully support the recovery plan’s ability to keep all employees retained and working during the recovery.  Neither New Mexico nor the nation can afford losing the institutional knowledge and skill the WIPP employees have.   I look forward to continuing to work with DOE, the state, and the community to ensure WIPP resumes operations as safely and quickly as possible.”

NOTE: A full copy of the WIPP recovery plan can be found here

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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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