Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

Pearce Statement on Supreme Court Ruling that Puts the Unborn and Women at Risk

2016/06/27

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Pearce Statement on Supreme Court Ruling that Puts the Unborn and Women at Risk

Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2016) – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its final opinion in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt.  The 5-3 ruling strikes down a Texas abortion access law that would have ensured greater protection for women’s health and emergency care. 

Congressman Pearce issued the following statement:

I am deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision today. This decision will ultimately threaten the safety of both mothers and their unborn children. Defense of life is the most important moral issue of our time, and we can never speak too strongly for those that cannot speak for themselves. 

“Texas enacted a sensible law that ensures the protection of women and children by requiring doctors and clinics who perform abortions to comply with the same safety standards and protocols as any other outpatient surgical center and medical practitioner. Striking down this law today is a blatant disregard for the most innocent among us, the unborn. Until we can fully repeal Roe vs. Wade, laws like this one protect women from being exploited by the abortion industry.  I believe the Supreme Court is simply unqualified to determine the best safety measures and medical procedures for individuals in a State,” said Congressman Pearce.

Background:  The original law, known as H.B.2 required a physician performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the location where the abortion is performed and requires the abortion center to comply with the State’s requirements for outpatient surgical centers.  The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the law, but today the Supreme Court ruled the regulations are medically unnecessary and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s right to seek an abortion.   

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Pearce Statement on Brexit

2016/06/24

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Pearce Statement on Brexit  

Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2016) – Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement on Brexit:

Voters in the United Kingdom elected to leave the European Union last night. The British people cast their vote and I respect their decision. This is democracy in its purest form – and the people are clearly speaking. It cannot and will not impact the special relationship that binds our two nations,” said Congressman Pearce.

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Pearce Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

2016/06/23

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Pearce Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in United States v. Texas

Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2016) – Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court held in a 4-4 tie that the President’s unilateral action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is unlawful:

“Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld that President Obama’s action on immigration was against the law. It is truly unfortunate the President would rather act alone, without authority, than to work with Congress to find common sense solutions to our broken immigration system that we can all agree upon.  His actions now call into question the safety, security, and well-being of almost 700,000 people that believed the President’s smoke and mirrors Executive action, ” said Pearce. 

The Constitution makes it clear: Congress writes the laws, not the President. This process mandates that bills go through the House, Senate, and then are signed into law by the Executive Branch. Yet, the Obama Administration continues to overstep its Constitutional Authority and attempts to legislate from the White House.  Today, the Supreme Court reminded the President he cannot continue to disregard the Constitution. I am pleased to see the Judicial Branch honor the Constitutional process established by our Founding Fathers,” added Pearce. 

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Pearce Statement on Court Ruling Against BLM Fracturing Rule

2016/06/22

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Pearce Statement on Court Ruling Against BLM Fracturing Rule

Washington, DC (June 22, 2016) - Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after a U.S. District Judge in Wyoming ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has no legal authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing:

“Yesterday, a District Judge ruled BLM had no legal authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing.  This is welcome news for the entire state of New Mexico. Hydraulic fracturing has propelled not only New Mexico, but the nation into an energy renaissance.  Oil and gas production significantly benefits our state as it contributes to a significant portion of the New Mexico state budget. It provides good paying jobs for thousands of our family members, friends, and neighbors; helps ensure our schools are modern and safe; aids our local law enforcement in procurement of equipment and officers; and assists hospitals in providing the best care possible to the people of New Mexico This ruling adds to the long list of recent rulings overturning Executive actions by the Obama Administration and proves, once again, that this Administration’s attempts to further its agenda through unilateral action will not survive in the courts,” said Congressman Pearce.  

Background:

Last March, BLM issued the final version of its hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal and Indian lands.  Judge Skavdahl put a hold on the regulations later last year and the Court postponed the effective date of the Rule.  This ruling today holds that the Legislative Branch did not give rulemaking authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing, in essence reining in the Administration’s attempt to exceed its authority. 

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Pearce Statement on Decision to Release Full Orlando Transcripts

2016/06/20

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Pearce Statement on Decision to Release Full Orlando Transcripts

Washington, DC (June 20, 2016) - Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the Obama Administration reversed its decision to censor the Orlando shooter 911 transcript:

This is the correct decision, unfortunately, it came far too late. This is the highest law enforcement agency in the country and yet, even after releasing the fully redacted version – the President is still editorializing it.  For example choosing to use words like ‘God’ to replace ‘Allah’. It should not be the responsibility of a mourning nation to demand transparency from their Commander in Chief.  It is essential for the Administration in times of great loss and concern to be transparent and accountable, and not attempt to censor the obvious influence the gunman had from ISIS Foreign Muslims.  People should know the truth- the full truth.  Downplaying ISIS’ role in this act of terror is irresponsible of this Administration,” said Congressman Pearce.

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Pearce Statement on IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech

2016/06/15

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Pearce Statement on IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech

Washington, DC (June 15, 2016) - Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House Passed, H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act:

In the last seven years, this Administration has, time and time again, trampled on State and individual rights and pushed the very bounds of the Constitution. One of the defining rights of our nation is the right to free speech, yet some in the Administration are doing all they can to limit it based on political and ideological lines. The IRS has been one of the worst offenders by repeatedly targeting conservative organizations – including groups in New Mexico.  The agency has repeatedly misused and mishandled information, allowing the sensitive and personal information of non-profit donors to be released to the public. The actions of the IRS were simply wrong and likely illegal. Congress must be doing all it can to ensure non-profit donation information cannot be used as a political tool by our own government again. Our action this week not only protects our Constitutional freedoms but adds another protection against a corrupt agency,” said Congressman Pearce.

NOTE: H.R. 5053 eliminates Form 990 Schedule B, which lists the names, addresses, and other personal information of individuals who contribute more than $5,000 to a non-profit organization. This information is not needed to certify the status of a 501(C) organization.

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Pearce Welcomes Hobbs Doctor as guest for Prime Minister Modi’s Address

2016/06/08

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Pearce Welcomes Hobbs Doctor as guest for Prime Minister Modi’s Address

Washington, DC (June 8, 2016) – Congressman Pearce was honored to welcome Dr. Naishadh Mankad to Washington today to hear Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi address Congress.  Dr. Mankad graduated from the Gov’t Medical College, South Gujarat University in India in 1988.  He specializes in General Practice and Internal Medicine and works in Hobbs, New Mexico.   

I thank Dr. Mankad for joining me today, it was a pleasure to share this experience with a fellow Hobbs nativeThe United States and Indian cultures are two that are strong and must continue to remain strong as we push forward to tackle the challenges that we, as a world, face.  It was an honor to welcome Prime Minister Modi from across the globe into the House chambers this afternoon.  I appreciate and share his commitment to give everyone the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and into a better life,” said Congressman Pearce.

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Pearce Statement on 2017 Defense Authorization

2016/05/19

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Pearce Statement on 2017 Defense Authorization  

Washington, DC (May 19, 2016) – Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.R.  4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  This annual bill provides the necessary funding and authorities for our armed services:  

“I believe the annual passage of the NDAA is one of the greatest responsibilities Congress has. As a veteran, having served during the Vietnam War, I have seen and experienced firsthand what it is like to have Congress and the American people forget about you. This must never be the case again. Congress must do everything in its power to provide those who sacrifice everything for their county with the best possible resources. 

“To us in New Mexico, this means ensuring Holloman, Cannon, and Kirtland have the resources they need to train, maintain equipment, and stay safe when defending our country. It includes ensuring funding needed to provide safe housing, quality education, and security to our military families at home and around the world. It also means guaranteeing our military can continue to utilize White Sands Missile Range and our national labs to develop the weapons and equipment of tomorrow that will keep our troops safe abroad and our nation secure at home. However, over the past eight years, the policies enforced by this Administration have dismantled the readiness, strength, and agility of our armed forces. By cutting vital training, equipment, and modernization programs, while simultaneously decreasing troop strength, the President’s policies have created a hollow force. Without addressing these detrimental policies, our troops will continue to be overworked and under-prepared for the missions they selflessly volunteer to do,” said Congressman Pearce.   

“Although we cannot fix these issues overnight, this bill begins repairing readiness and restoring strength to our warfighters, while supporting the military families that are the backbone of our nation. Unfortunately, the current global environment is dominated by terrorist organizations seeking to strike fear into our hearts. Our adversaries have capitalized on US policies over the last several years to close the capability gaps between our nations. In order to remain lethal and agile in the future, we must continue to invest in the weapons systems and platforms that ensure our military’s dominance, like those made in our state. New Mexico is home to many of the facilities that construct and test the high-end systems that keep America at the forefront of technology on the battlefield.  

“As in years past, the President has already issued a veto threat; however, this bipartisan bill sends a clear message to the Administration: we have had enough – it is time to restore our military, provide our warfighters with the training and equipment they need, alleviate pressures on military families, and ensure the success of each at home and abroad,” added Pearce.   

NOTE: The NDAA guarantees a 2.1% pay raise for our troops, increases flight training hours, and provides the high-demand assets to reduce stress on the force.  To ensure taxpayer dollars are spent effectively, the NDAA cuts excessive and wasteful programs, re-prioritizing those funds toward the military’s most urgent needs. It also includes meaningful reforms to the Military Health System, to ensure the system can better meet the needs of service members and their families by increasing quality and access to care.  

Additionally, Congressman Pearce had three amendments included into the final bill:

1.       Prohibits the Department of Defense from transferring Fillmore Canyon to the Department of the Interior. The Canyon provides vital, pre-deployment high altitude training to soldiers and special operators from around the country and those stationed at Fort Bliss.

2.       Transfers the lands of the Former Fort Wingate Army Depot located in McKinley County, New Mexico to the Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation. Closed in 1993, returning these historic and culturally significant lands to our Tribes is long overdue.

3.       Reiterates that Congress believes the Administration and Department of Defense need to use all necessary capabilities to combat the production and sale of ISIS oil, the most effective self-financing mechanism utilized by the terror group. 

Should the President veto the legislation,  it would require a two-thirds vote in Congress to override his veto.

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Pearce Helps Lead Field Hearing on Border Security

2016/05/13

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Pearce Helps Lead Field Hearing on Border Security  

Washington, DC (May 13, 2016)  - This week, Congressman Steve Pearce helped lead a Congressional Field Hearing to gain a local perspective from law enforcement, elected officials, and residents about border security challenges.

“Hearing from the individuals that live and work in these border regions illustrates a common theme.  There is a very clear disconnect between what Washington believes is the solution to secure our border and what those living here experience on a daily basis.  Border security strategies that we have employed in the last several decades are clearly not working, so we must fundamentally change our approach,” said Congressman Pearce.

This was the second discussion this year alone, where the Congressman met with local residents to discuss border security.  Recently, Congressman Pearce was the only federal representative to attend a border security meeting in Animas, NM, where over 600 citizens voiced their concerns about the need for heightened security in the region.

“What I heard in Animas was that the individuals that live in these regions feel forgotten and expendable.  The fault is not with the agents that risk their lives every day, but with Washington bureaucrats.  Our border security agents are capable of doing their jobs, however do not have the resources to implement the solutions needed.  This includes changing the way we patrol the border, developing and deploying emerging technology to assist agents, and more.  My message to those living and working on the border is that you are not forgotten, you are not expendable, and I am continuously dedicated to making sure Washington hears your stories,” added Pearce.

In the coming months, Congressman Pearce will continue meeting with the U.S. Border Patrol and others to find solutions that will help change the way the federal government provides security for our New Mexican border communities.

Click here for clips of the hearing

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Pearce Statement on Administration’s Continued War on Affordable Energy

2016/05/13

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Pearce Statement on Administration’s Continued War on Affordable Energy

Washington, DC (May 13, 2016)  - Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announced its controversial  methane regulations yesterday:

Reliable, abundant, and affordable energy keeps the lights on in New Mexico and puts food on the table for many New Mexican families. This regulation will cost good paying jobs in New Mexico, as well as drive up electricity and gasoline prices by making them more expensive to produce.  America’s energy industry has made enormous strides to reduce methane emissions, yet the President continues to push his climate legacy at the expense of the American people. Increased energy production in America strengthens our national security, while making energy prices more affordable for hardworking New Mexicans and Americans nationwide. We should do all that we can to foster this American energy renaissance, not kill it with unnecessary regulations,” said Congressman 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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