Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce


Pearce Votes to Hold Firm in Blocking President's Executive Order



Washington, D.C. - Today, the House voted on a pair of bills relating to the funding of the Department of Homeland Security.  The first, in accordance with the regular legislative process, called on the House and the Senate to debate the difference between the two chambers’ bills (a formal Conference).  The other was the House suggestion to provide an additional three weeks of funding to allow the Conference to go forward.  U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (R.-N.M.) issued the following statement:

“In November, the people sent an overwhelming message to Congress that they were tired of an ineffective, broken Washington.  One of the most glaring examples is President Obama’s continual unlawful and unilateral actions,” stated Pearce.  “Nearly a month ago, the House responded to the people’s calls by passing a bill that fully funds the Department of Homeland Security, while also prohibiting the President’s executive order.”

“After weeks of delays, the Senate has chosen a different path.  They have opted to move forward with a DHS funding bill that allows the President to continue his reckless and unconstitutional actions. 

Pearce continued:  “In the November elections the people voted not for Republicans or Democrats, but for a new beginning, for a Government that would work for them.  The House’s vote today to begin a Conference, or dialogue, with the Senate over the differences in the two versions of the bill – demonstrates that the process can work.  By contrast, the Senate voted today to continue Congress’s old broken ways.

“I cannot vote to support the brinkmanship that has been displayed throughout the past month.  For the past four years, both the House and the Senate have waited until the last minute, which is a horrible policy.   It is part of what is broken in Washington.  Washington needs to be shaken up; it must do its job in the timeframe it provides itself.”


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Pearce: New FCC Rules Extinguish Internet Freedom



Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) issued the following statement in response to the so-called Net Neutrality rules announced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“Today’s action by the FCC is a blatant attempt to take over the Internet by the Obama Administration and its appointed Washington, D.C. bureaucrats,” stated Pearce.

“Once again we see a go-it alone power play. Three unelected FCC commissioners have imposed over 300 pages of new, unpublished rules on Americans. Sound familiar? Their action gives Washington sweeping authority over the Internet. It would be like the government running the entire publishing industry: books, magazines, newspapers and even, perhaps, diaries.

“The FCC did not seek proper input from the American people and the Congress. In classifying the Internet as a public utility, the FCC has abandoned transparency and accountability. The Commission has wrongly given the federal government more power over people in their everyday lives. The last thing we need in this country is more Washington-driven regulation where the government tells you what you can do online and at what price – stifling innovation and growth.”

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Pearce Introduces Bill to Solve Ft. Wingate Land Dispute



Washington, D.C –  (February 25) Yesterday, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) introduced H.R. 1028, legislation that would resolve the land dispute over territory encompassing New Mexico’s former Fort Wingate Army Depot. In the 1990’s, the Fort was decommissioned during the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC).  Since then the Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation have waged competing claims to the land. Upon introducing the legislation, Pearce issued the following statement:

“This bill represents years of work and negotiation between the Zuni and Navajo.”

Pearce continued:  “After nearly 15 years of disagreement, resolution of this land dispute is within sight.  The legislation reflects an agreement that both the Zuni Pueblo and the Navajo Nation came to during honest, face-to-face discussions during the last Congress. An agreement must be finalized before the BRAC deadline to ensure that the tribes receive their land. Without a resolution, the land could fall into someone else’s hands, leaving the tribes with nothing. I will continue my work to see that this good-faith agreement passes in the House,” added Pearce.


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Pearce Responds to the President's Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill



Washington, D.C – Today, February 25, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) issued a formal response to the President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.  Approved by both the House and Senate with bipartisan support, the legislation would put an end to the lengthy and unnecessary delay of the Keystone project that has spanned over six years.  Congressman Pearce issued the following reaction to the veto: 

“The President was wrong to veto the bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline bill.  His actions go against the desires of the American people for new jobs and increased energy security,” stated Pearce. 

“Is the President opposed to putting Americans back to work?  And, he wants to continue importing oil from Venezuela?  “A recent report revealed that over 70% of the refined products derived from the crude oil transported through the pipeline would be consumed in the United States. We must not deny Americans the ability to access an increased supply of these products. I hope that the President will join with Congress in future attempts to create jobs and help hardworking American families,” concluded Pearce.

The House, on final passage, approved the Keystone Approval Act (S. 1) with a decisive, bipartisan vote of 270-152. In the Senate, the measure also received bipartisan support – passing 62 to 36.

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House Approves Targeted Tax Relief for Food Banks and Small Businesses


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Washington, D.C – This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed, with strong bipartisan support, two tax relief measures aimed at removing barriers to charitable giving and small business investment:  The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act (H.R. 644)  and America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 636).  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) issued the following statement expressing strong support for both measures:    “In response to the strong call for action sent by Americans last November, the New Congress is responding again today – this time with critical tax relief for food banks and small businesses,” said Pearce.    “Both of these bills simplify our tax code and will help New Mexico’s communities.  The Fighting Hunger Incentive Act promotes charitable contributions to organizations that care for and feed the many hungry men, women and children in our state and nation. This bill makes it simpler and less costly for Americans to give to food banks and pantries and it will help deliver nutritious food to many in our communities who might otherwise not be able to put food on the table.   Pearce continued:  America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act will help small businesses, family farms, ranchers and other employers by removing uncertainty in the tax code and by making permanent certain tax deductions for investments in business property, equipment and computer software – enabling these small firms to move forward with expansion and to hire new workers.” Read More

Pearce Votes to Send Keystone XL Bill to President's Desk


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Washington, D.C – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act with a bipartisan vote of 270-152.  S. 1 would put an end to the lengthy and unnecessary delay of the Keystone project that has gone on for over six years.  In voting for the measure, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) released the following statement:    “Today is proof that Washington is beginning to move in the right direction,” said Pearce. “Democrats and Republicans from both chambers were able to work together, and pass legislation demanded by the American people.  S. 1 includes amendments from both sides of the aisle that were introduced and adopted in an open and transparent process.  In November, the American people spoke, calling for a more effective government. This bill is the first of many steps to fulfill that promise.  It will not only create jobs, but will increase North American energy independence and increase our national security.”   “The success of this bill proves that congressional Democrats and Republicans will work together to address our Country’s needs. In the State of the Union, the President expressed a willingness to work with Congress. We now present him with a strong bipartisan and bicameral piece of legislation that will create thousands of American jobs. I strongly urge the President to join Congress in addressing the needs of our Country by signing this bill, ” concluded Pearce.   Energy development in New Mexico and throughout the western United States is critical to local economies and job growth – especially in small towns and rural areas.     Read More

Pearce Introduces Resolution Directing President to Provide Congress with a Clear Strategy to Defeat ISIS


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) introduced a resolution directing the President to provide Congress with a clear and definitive plan to defeat ISIS as a condition to congressional approval for any use of American ground troops.   Upon introducing the legislation, Pearce issued the following statement:   “ISIS poses a very real threat to the safety and stability of the world.  I fully support the United States military working with its global allies to defeat this terrorist group,” Pearce stated.  “However, I will not support, and Congress should not support, an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) without further information from the President.  The President’s continued failure to provide a clear strategy combined with repeated deployments for our military is immensely frustrating to those of us who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Our military has become all too familiar with the damaging effects this path can have on our soldiers and their families.  For the morale and wellbeing of the men and women who we are piling this sacrifice upon, this trend must not continue.”   Pearce continued:  “The President, as Commander in Chief, must provide Congress with a clear and definitive strategy for success against ISIS.  By laying out a strategy that does not limit the amount of troops, place artificial timelines, or expect our military to complete the mission through repeated deployments by the same soldiers, the Administration can prevent placing the military at an operational disadvantage from the start.  As I stated in September, after the President’s announced action against ISIS, if we are going to risk the lives of our troops, we must follow through. We must complete the mission.”     Pearce’s resolution, H.RES 104, expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the President, acting as Commander in Chief, should provide Congress with a “clear and definitive deployment and troop commitment plan” prior to engaging U.S. ground troops in the fight against ISIS.  It also expresses that the House of Representatives should not approve a request for the AUMF unless the President provides Congress with the requested plan for victory. Read More

Lawmakers call for 'virtual Congress'


Reps. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) have introduced a bill urging development of ways for members of Congress to avoid traveling to Washington away from their districts. The resolution offered by Pearce and Swalwell, who both hail from districts on the opposite side of the country as Washington, envisions a Congress allowing members to vote and participate in committee hearings via the Internet. Read More

Pearce Welcomes Proposed Rules to Expand Credit to Rural & Small Town Homebuyers


Washington, D.C.  – Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced several proposed changes to its mortgage rules that would expand access to home loans for many underserved buyers living in rural areas and small towns in New Mexico and across the country.  In response to the announcement, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.-02) issued the following statement. 

“The CFPB’s actions last week to alter its mortgage rules are a welcome step in balancing consumer protection and over-regulation,” Pearce said.  

“Since they were introduced in 2013, I have been pressing CFPB to amend these rules to ensure small and rural banks can continue to serve their communities.  The process was long and, I am sure CFPB Director Cordray would agree with me, frustrating at times, but needed.  The proposed changes have the ability to immediately benefit the lives of consumers living in rural and small communities.  

“These rules were designed to target the heart of the 2008 mortgage problem -- unsustainable mortgage loans -- but inadvertently handicapped millions of Americans in rural and underserved areas simply trying to take the next step in the American Dream, purchasing a home.

“We should create a marketplace that does not allow for deceptive practices, like those that led to the 2008 financial market fallout, but we must not over-regulate consumer services, such as mortgages, out of the market.  Before this overhaul – that is exactly what the rules were doing in small and rural communities.  

Pearce continued:  “Currently, community institutions are forced to offer the same cookie cutter mortgage, regardless of the person, unless they could provide the loan without going to a secondary lender for its full lifecycle.  Unfortunately, in small communities throughout New Mexico and across the country, banks do not have the finances to do this.  The result has been fewer loans and less access for homebuyers.   In New Mexico, the current mortgage rules have caused 25% of banks to drop mortgage service.”

If finalized, the proposed new CFPB rules would make it easier for community lenders with assets below $2 billion to qualify as small creditors.  “Small creditors” are exempt from many of the ability-to-repay requirements under the 2010 consumer law also known as “Dodd-Frank.”  

U.S. Representative Pearce is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and Vice Chair of the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.  


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Carlsbad: Staff Office Hours


I will have staff in Carlsbad on Thursday, January 8th to answer questions, discuss any ideas or concerns you might have, or assist you with casework or issue related to a federal agency.

For details to set up an appointment, Please contact my office at 1-855-4-PEARCE.

February 5th, 2014

Carlsbad, NM - Every 1st Thursday of the month 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Eddy County Administration Building, Suite 110

101 W. Greene Street

Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone: 575-887-9511

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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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