Washington, DC (February 16, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce hosted a Telephone Town Hall last night for residents of New Mexico’s Second Congressional District. More than 10,000 New Mexicans joined the discussion on a variety of topics ranging from health care, to border security, to the regulation of federal lands.
“We had an amazing turn out last night with thousands of New Mexicans able to connect and engage in the conversation. New Mexico’s Second Congressional District is more than 70,000 square miles with a little over 700,000 residents. Last night’s Telephone Town Hall allowed me to connect with constituents from Ramah to Hobbs, Sunland Park to Bosque Farms to all the way into the Bootheel. I will continue to listen to your thoughts and concerns as I do my job as your representative to uphold the priorities of New Mexico in Congress,” stated Rep. Pearce.
Throughout the course of the Telephone Town Hall, participants were asked to give their opinion on key issues. Results are below:
1. Do you think we should repeal and replace Obamacare?
Yes: 58% No: 42%
2. Do you believe constructing a physical wall is the solution?
Yes: 50% No: 50%
3. Do you find these tele-town halls a useful, good conversation?
Yes: 83% No: 17%
4. Do you believe the Media is creating news to damage the Trump Administration?
Yes: 63% No: 37%
Congressman Pearce will host another Telephone Town Hall this spring. All residents of New Mexico’s Second Congressional District can sign up at pearce.house.gov/telephone-town-hall-signup.
Washington, DC (February 17, 2017) The House of Representatives yesterday voted to pass House Joint Resolution 43 to eliminate a last minute rule passed by the Obama Administration, which required states to direct Title X funds to healthcare providers that actively participated in abortion services.
“During the last months of the Obama Administration, a rule was created forcing taxpayer dollars to fund abortion service providers like Planned Parenthood. This completely undermines the rights of states and the fundamental liberties of taxpayers, and in turn, limits women’s access to health clinics around New Mexico. By overturning this rule, more funding can be allocated to the 165 health clinics across our state that provide important women’s health service, rather than 6 Planned Parenthood facilities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington, and Rio Rancho,” stated Rep. Pearce.
Title X was authorized in 1970 as a family planning program. The passing of H.J.Res 43 does not reduce funds for the Title X program, it only allows states to redirect funds away from abortion providers. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the ability to overturn recently created federal regulations with a joint resolution passed by both chambers and signed by the President.
Washington, DC (February 14, 2017) The House of Representatives yesterday voted to pass three pieces of legislation that sought to improve the lives and well-being of veterans across our country.
“As a veteran, I strongly support cutting government red tape that prevents former service members from receiving the quality and timely care they deserve, especially after sacrificing so much to defend the freedoms we hold close. I am committed to providing quality constituent services as representative of New Mexico’s second congressional district, and will continue to deconstruct the road blocks within the VA that affect our local veteran population,” stated Rep. Pearce.
Rep. Pearce was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 512, the WINGMAN Act, which allows veteran advocates to gain faster access to the information and resources they need to provide services for veterans. The House passed two additional veterans’ bills under suspension of the rules including H.R. 244, the HIRE Vets Act, which encourages and honors businesses who hire more veterans, and H.R. 974, the BRAVE Act, which authorizes procurement preferences to contractors that employ veterans.
Los Lunas, NM (February 13, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on the proposition of a new oil refinery in New Mexico:
“I continue to pursue and work for opportunities that can bring jobs and greater economic development to the state of New Mexico. One item of note is the construction and operation of a new oil refinery that would be built using private funds. I have offered to work with the democrat leadership in the State House and Senate to get the most environmentally friendly, state of the art construction," stated Rep. Pearce.
Rep. Pearce continued to state, "our state has infrastructure that can potentially strengthen our communities and promote production capabilities. I will continue to meet with groups and listen to the people in our communities as we work towards a stronger New Mexico.”
Starting in 2013, Rep. Pearce has been meeting with representatives from the financial community, oil refining business, transportation, construction, Native American business development, and oil and gas exploration. Most recently, Rep. Pearce has presented this infrastructure opportunity to the Trump Administration.### Read More
By Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM-02)
New Mexico is home to some of our nation’s richest and most promising natural resource deposits. From rare earth minerals to natural gas and oil, the state has the opportunity to put the United States on the map as the world’s leader in safe, reliable mineral production.
Unfortunately, after years of the government layering on red tape, many of these industries no longer exist. This doesn’t just hamper our country’s ability to compete and provide for itself – it hampers and kills everything from job growth and economic production to school modernization and critical infrastructure projects.
In New Mexico, roughly 40 percent of the state’s operating funds come from the revenue off of oil and gas production. This does not risk the New Mexican beauty we hold dear and it does not threaten the safety of the air we breathe or the water we drink. Our state can be economically successful while also protecting our citizens.
Sadly, this was not the view of some, and it was not the view of the Obama administration. During the last few months of his time in office, President Obama attempted to crush job growth in New Mexico and cripple our nation’s reliability on domestic energy production through a regulation known as the Bureau of Land Management Methane Venting and Flaring Rule.
This regulation directly impacted New Mexico and was done for no other reason than believing oil and gas production cannot, and should not, be done in the United States anymore.
We know this based on one thing: BLM has no actual regulatory authority to enforce the Venting and Flaring Rule. Statutory authority to regulate air quality is solely vested with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Read the full Op-Ed here.Read More
Hobbs, NM (February 10, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce yesterday addressed a Joint Session of the New Mexico Legislature. Rep. Pearce released a follow up statement from his address to thank legislators for their time and hospitality.
Rep. Pearce yesterday brought New Mexico legislators together to encourage unity and strength as they advanced towards a thriving and successful future on behalf of our State.
“Thank you to all the legislators in the New Mexico State Capitol for having me speak yesterday on the Floor. The strength of our economy and the prosperity of our people depend on the common ground we can find. I look forward to working with all political parties in New Mexico and in U.S. Congress. While it might not be easy, it is our jobs. It’s time to come together for our constituents who entrusted us to get the job done.”
To watch Rep. Pearce’s full speech from the New Mexico State Capitol, click HERE.
Washington, DC (February 9, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today was appointed by Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) to serve on the Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, an organization that is comprised of delegates from both countries for the purpose of preserving and strengthening their bilateral relationship.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve with my colleagues in Congress as we work to uphold an enduring relationship between the United States and Mexico. As representative of a district with nearly 180 miles of the southern border, I understand the considerable benefits a bilateral relationship has on the growth and prosperity of our state and of our nation. I look forward to providing my firsthand knowledge of border issues that affect New Mexico’s safety, security, and prosperity, and will do my part to ensure the best interests of the United States are upheld,” stated Rep. Pearce.
The Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary 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.
Washington, DC (February 8, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today joined New Mexico State Legislators and pro-life advocates for a Press Conference on the criminal referrals sent to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas from the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, imploring the state and University leaders to address the blatant violations uncovered in the Panel’s investigation. Rep. Pearce released the following statement following the event:
“I stand today with elected New Mexico officials to demand action from the Attorney General Hector Balderas. The findings by the Select Panel on Infant Lives raised serious concerns of ethical and legal violations by the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO) all at the taxpayers’ expense. Now, we have reached a critical point where UNM and the New Mexico Attorney General must decide if their negligence of laws and human life will be met with just punishment,” stated Rep. Pearce.
Rep. Pearce continued to state, “I applaud the hard work of the Select Panel on Infant Lives and thank the New Mexico State Legislators who have tirelessly fought for the protection of born alive infants and the safety of mothers in New Mexico.”
The Select Panel on Infant Lives sent their first criminal referral to the New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas in June of 2016. After finding more evidence of violations in the procedures of fetal tissue procurement by the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options, the Panel sent a second criminal referral in December 2016.
Washington, DC (February 7, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today voted to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 Rule. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) allows local governments to coordinate with the BLM in the federal land use planning process. The BLM Planning 2.0 Rule was a last minute effort by the Administration to impose additional regulations on the planning process, ultimately limiting local community input.
“Over time, we’ve established a set of commonsense regulations that ensure local governments and local communities are prioritized in federal land use planning. The BLM’s proposed rule strips local governments of their ability to coordinate in local land use planning with the agency on behalf of the people. This ultimately weakens input from surrounding communities and local citizens who are directly impacted by the management of federal lands. The BLM Planning Rule clearly prioritizes special interests over the protections of citizens, which is why today, I voted to overturn the BLM regulation to preserve the important role that local governments play in federal land use decisions and protect the citizens of New Mexico,” stated Rep. Pearce.
Over 60 groups support overturning the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule, including the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC), the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association, the New Mexico Coalition of Conservative Districts, and the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.
Tyler Massey, President of the New Mexico Association of Counties stated:
“Although the New Mexico Association of Counties appreciates the efforts of the Bureau of Land Management to update their governing rules, the proposed BLM Planning 2.0 Rule does not go far enough to ensure that local governments have meaningful engagement in decisions that affect their communities. Counties must be involved in government-to-government collaboration and should not be included in the process at the same level as the general public.”
Ryan Flynn, Executive Director of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association stated:
“We thank the members of the House of Representatives that moved to rescind the BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule. The rule as enacted shifted resource management planning decisions even further away from the local level towards Washington, D.C.
The rule weakened the ability of local governments and other local stakeholders to impact land use planning that directly affects them. The states play an important role as incubators of innovative land management practices in our nation.”
Jose Varela Lopez, President of the New Mexico Coalition of Conservation Districts stated:
“The Planning 2.0 rule finalized by BLM clearly diminishes the role of local government in resource planning processes. The New Mexico Coalition of Conservation Districts applauds the action of Congress to reverse this unnecessary overreach by the agency under the previous administration.”
Chad Smith, CEO of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau stated:
"As a state with roughly 40% of its lands under federal management, it is imperative that the government red tape not be increased by this regulation. This resolution will ensure that we may continue the best management practices under multiple uses. Safe-guarding multiple uses of federally managed lands is the best possible stewardship for our land and the safest way to insure that those lands are in the best possible conditions for future enjoyment and productivity."
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the ability to overturn recently created federal regulations with a joint resolution passed by both chambers and signed by the President.
Washington, DC (February 3, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order to repeal the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule:
“The Obama Administration virtually forced affordable and easily accessible retirement and savings accounts out of existence through the implementation of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule. Instead of ensuring that New Mexican families have options and choice, this rule limits access to quality and detailed financial advice and cuts off access to financial products for lower and middle income families. Today, President Trump delayed the fiduciary rule to alleviate the regulatory burden it has on retirement investors and build a stronger regulatory system that protects consumers and encourages growth,” Rep. Pearce stated.
“Nearly 63% of families in New Mexico do not have savings for an emergency car repair, let alone a larger crisis. Our nation needs to be promoting policies and regulations that provide all Americans with access to fair and protected financial markets and products. New Mexicans deserve access to quality financial education, planning, and advice. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, I have been working to rollback this rule to protect lower and middle income families from its harmful consequences. I appreciate President Trump realizing the benefit accessible financial planning and advice brings to our communities,” added Rep. Pearce.
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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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