Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

Americans Cannot Continue to Shoulder Obama’s Failed Healthcare Law

2016/10/25

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Americans Cannot Continue to Shoulder Obama’s Failed Healthcare Law

Washington, DC (October 25, 2016) – Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that many health care premiums will increase by double digits in 2017:

Yesterday’s confirmation that premiums will increase for 2017, many by double digits, reiterates the reality that this flawed plan has only caused higher costs, decreased access to care, and limited choice.  Hardworking Americans cannot continue to shoulder the consequences of this failed law anymore.  I remain committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare with patient-centered solutions  that will provide comprehensive health care for families,” said Congressman Steve Pearce.

In early January, the House passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Reconciliation Act of 2015, a bill that targeted the most harmful provisions of Obamacare.  The President vetoed that legislation. 

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BLM’s Rulemaking Efforts Take Aim at New Mexico Jobs

2016/10/18

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BLM’s Rulemaking Efforts Take Aim at New Mexico Jobs

Washington, DC (October 18, 2016) - Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced finalization of three rules to update and replace Onshore Oil and Gas Orders: 

“These new regulations are another attack on New Mexico jobs by this administration. These new rules will especially affect small businesses in New Mexico who may not be able to afford these new requirements and will be forced to shut their wells in. The BLM continues to claim that these regulations are crafted to ensure that Americans receive their fair share for oil and natural gas production. However, this rule will reduce royalties paid to states and local governments by forcing producers to shut in wells. This will ultimately reduce annual funding for our schools, hospitals, and local law enforcement. Between these new changes, the BLM’s venting and flaring rule and hydraulic fracturing rule it is clear that this administration wants only one thing, to crush production of oil and gas in this country, sending New Mexico jobs and royalties overseas,” said Congressman Pearce. 

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Background:

The rules rewritten on Monday aim to update the accounting practices governing royalty rates for oil and gas drillers on federal and Indian land. The rules establish minimum standards for the measurement of oil and gas and deal with how companies report production to the federal government. The BLM itself admits that the changes will cost producers $60 million in one-time costs and about $27 million annually.  

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Pearce Statement on Facebook’s Groundbreaking Ceremony in Los Lunas

2016/10/11

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Pearce Statement on Facebook’s Groundbreaking Ceremony in Los Lunas

Washington, DC (October 11, 2016) - Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in advance of the ground breaking ceremony of Facebook’s Los Lunas Data Center this afternoon:

“Today is a great day for the people of Los Lunas and our State.  New Mexico needs to grow its diverse economy and increase jobs in order to succeed, and with Facebook’s data center, we are making strides in that direction. 

“Facebook’s facility is proof positive to our students that the benefits of science, technology, engineering, and math programs are boundless. This new venture gives a glimpse into what opportunities lie ahead in our State for those pursuing education in STEM fields.  

“I look forward to the continued partnership with Facebook moving forward,” said Congressman Pearce.

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Pearce Statement on Paris Climate Deal

2016/10/07

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Pearce Statement on Paris Climate Deal

Washington, DC (October 7, 2016) - Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after President Obama unilaterally bypassed the United States Constitution by signing the Paris climate deal this week. The deal itself will eliminate the demand for reliable sources of energy and attempt to replace them with less reliable and more expensive energy sources. It will place the financial burden on the shoulders of the American taxpayer who will be forced to pay increased electric rates as well as increased taxes in order to finance alternative energy sources like, wind and solar both here and overseas.  The deal, agreed to by over fifty-five countries, is set to enter into force on November 4th.  This agreement should be ratified by the United States Senate however, the Obama Administration is moving forward with no regard for the Constitutional process.  

Once again, President Obama is attempting to implement his extreme agenda by unilaterally bypassing the Constitution by signing a treaty without the consent of the United States Senate. It is clear that appeasing special interest groups is more important to the President than American jobs or economic well-being.

“The Paris climate agreement is a bad deal for New Mexico and is a bad deal for our country. New Mexico has played an integral role in making energy abundant and affordable across the nation. This will be a devastating blow to our war against poverty as those living paycheck to paycheck will not only see increased costs on their electric bills and at the pump, but will also be affected by decreased funding for schools, hospitals, and law enforcement in our local communities.

“I have fought in the House to make it easier to plan for the future, improve our schools, and to make it easier for people to get back on their feet.  Just like in 2010, when President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi attempted to pass their job-destroying cap and trade proposal, now the President is trying once again to push an agenda that will cost jobs and increase the cost of living for everyday Americans.  Back then, Congress stopped him.  This time is no different, and I will continue to fight for New Mexico jobs. If only the President attacked ISIS or our growing debt with the same amount of determination as he shows on burdening the middle class, we would be much better off,” said Congressman Pearce.

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Pearce Statement on Short-Term Continuing Resolution

2016/09/29

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Pearce Statement on Short-Term Continuing Resolution 

Washington, DC (September 28, 2016) - Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5325, which includes a short-term continuing resolution (CR) through December 9, 2016. Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after voting ‘no’ on this legislation:

Almost a year ago today, the House passed a nearly identical bill, which only funds the government for 2 months. Congress’ goal should be to provide certainty, honesty, and reliability to every New Mexican business and family through a full year budget. Lauding an 11 week spending bill as a victory is exactly why the American people are fed up with Congress and the federal government. They expect better, and so must Congress.

We were sent to Congress to decide on difficult issues and make difficult choices.  Every May, Congress has great hope for passing the budget through ‘regular order’ one bill at a time, allowing agencies, contractors, and family businesses alike to plan for the year to come. Yet every year, Congress waits until the last minute, allowing the budget to become a political football for both sides to fight over. This is totally unacceptable.  Funding the government weeks at a time has a wide ranging negative impact on the New Mexican economy. Businesses will not have the confidence to buy new equipment or hire more employees, without knowing if their government grant or contract will be fully funded for the year to come. Tourism will suffer, as staffs at the National Parks and Monuments in New Mexico will have to delay maintenance and new projects designed to enhance the visitors experience. DOE and the contractors at WIPP will struggle to restart the site, without the knowledge of their budget for the year to come. On military bases, key decisions regarding support facilities, family services, and solider moral will be put on the back burner. And our schools and roads will continue to suffer and deteriorate, as projects dependent on PILT, SRS, and other federal funding sources will be delayed, until Congress provides greater budget certainty. Businesses and families cannot operate running week-to-week. Nor should the Federal government.

This bill perpetuates failed policies that year after year prevent the House and Senate from making the real progress and change it needs. While I hope over the next two months, Congress crafts a budget that will truly benefit New Mexico and provide the certainty our nation needs, Congress must end the cycle of short-term, last minute spending deals. We must fulfill our duty and responsibility to the American people by providing stable, year-long budgets. We cannot work on the major issues facing our nation such as creating jobs, reducing the debt, and tackling immigration, if we merely plan to fund the government one month at a time,” said Congressman Pearce.

 

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Pearce Votes to Support our Water Infrastructure

2016/09/28

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Pearce Votes to Support our Water Infrastructure

Washington, DC (September 28, 2016) - Today, the House passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act, a bill that provides federal infrastructure support for our harbors, locks, dams, flood protection, and other water resources infrastructure. Following its passage, Congressman Pearce issued the following statement:

Having strong and reliable water resources infrastructure is crucial to our nation’s business supply chain and global economic competiveness.  Over 40 million jobs are related to international trade and $321 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue is generated by our ports every year.  Whether it is New Mexico energy being shipped overseas, or pecans, and other agricultural products, New Mexico businesses and jobs benefit from strong water resource infrastructure. Today, I supported commonsense, bipartisan legislation that will provide funding for projects that will strengthen this critical infrastructure, while creating new projects that will improve flood protection nationwide.  We must responsibly invest in our nation’s infrastructure to foster economic growth in New Mexico and across the nation,” said Congressman Pearce.

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Pearce Statement on Congressional Override of Obama’s Veto

2016/09/28

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Pearce Statement on Congressional Override of Obama’s Veto  

Washington, DC (September 28, 2016) - Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after both the House and Senate voted to override President Obama’s veto: 

Congress just overwhelmingly rejected President Obama’s veto. This vote proves the voice of the people is alive and well. Since the release of the Saudi Pages earlier this summer, the American people have demanded Congress provide those impacted by the September 11th attacks their day in court. The President does not have totalitarian rule. Today was a clear message that Congress will use its Check and Balance authority to respond to the will of the people,” said Congressman Pearce. 

The veto override passed the House by 348-77 and the Senate by 97-1. 

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Pearce Statement on Passing of Shimon Peres

2016/09/28

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Pearce Statement on Passing of Shimon Peres

Washington, DC (September 28, 2016) - Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement following the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:

I join the State of Israel today in mourning the passing of Shimon Peres.  When I visited Israel  in 2007, I saw first-hand the impact President Peres had on the country. He truly understood what it meant to be a public servant and was a resounding voice for peace in the region.  He helped write a part of Israel’s history and the contributions of this inspiring man will always be remembered,” said Congressman Pearce. 

 

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House Bans Payments that Place American Lives at Risk

2016/09/23

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House Bans Payments that Place American Lives at Risk

Washington, DC (September 23, 2016) – Last night, the House passed H.R. 5931 – No More Cash Ransoms to Iran.  This bill ensures that no future ransom payments will go to Iran, a country known to foster terrorism:

There is no question: the United States paid ransom money to Iran. This President blatantly ignored the longstanding policy that the United States does not pay ransom to terrorists.  Whether paid to the number one state sponsor of terror, Iran, or any other nation, such ransom payments directly place the lives of every American abroad in jeopardy. 

"The United States must stand firm in protecting the safety and security of Americans both at home and abroad. That is exactly what the House did last night – reinforcing the policy that no Administration may pay ransom to nations for the return of American citizens. In one swift action, the House eliminated any incentive to kidnap or target Americans. This bill prohibits cash payments to Iran, reinstates longstanding U.S. policy, and ensures transparency for future settlements. We cannot let this President continue to play politics while putting Americans at risk,” said Congressman Pearce. 

Background:

January – Administration announced it paid $1.7 billion to settle a dispute over an arms sale that had been going on since 1979.  In the same speech, the President said Iran had agreed to a prisoner exchange, releasing American hostages in exchange for seven Iranians serving sentences or awaiting trial for serious crimes.  The Administration refused to disclose details but rejected the notion that the agreement constituted ransom, calling it mere “leverage.” 

August – The President claimed that the reason his Administration paid $400 million of the settlement in cash was because we are “so strict in maintaining sanctions, and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran that we couldn’t send them a check or wire money.” 

September – Foreign Affairs Committee notes the Administration has wired Iran millions of dollars within the past two years. 

 

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Congressman Pearce’s Resolution to Stop Illegal Sale of Tribal Items Passes House

2016/09/22

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Congressman Pearce’s Resolution to Stop Illegal Sale of Tribal Items Passes House

Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2016):  Yesterday evening, the House passed H. Con Res. 122, the Protection of the Right of Tribes to Stop the Export of Cultural and Traditional Patrimony (PROTECT Patrimony) Resolution:   

“Our history shapes our future and we must fight to preserve it. New Mexico is home to numerous tribal entities and their culture and religion are deeply embedded in what it means to be New Mexican.  Not only must we honor this rich culture and history, we must fight to protect it by preventing the illegal theft and sale of tribal cultural items.

“These sacred items should not be for sale to the highest bidder.   My resolution calls on the federal government to work with our nation’s tribal entities to combat, on a global sale, the theft, illegal possession, transfer, sale, and export of these cultural items. We have a responsibility to put a stop to this practice and I thank all of my colleagues for supporting this effort, as well as the tribal leaders who have worked to bring awareness to this issue,” said Congressman Pearce. 

(Click the picture to watch Congressman Pearce speak on House Floor)

 

Background:

In 2013, a New Mexico Pueblo reached out to Congressman Pearce’s office to help retrieve sacred masks.  The Congressman’s office worked to ensure a majority of these items were returned.  This year, a number of cultural items were listed for auction overseas, one item was a shield from the Acoma Pueblo.  The shield was eventually withdrawn from auction. 

The Congressman introduced the PROTECT Patrimony Resolution in on March 2, 2016.  In early July, Congressman Pearce, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Chairman James Sensenbrenner initiated a request with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine how the federal government currently investigates the theft and sale of tribal items and what reforms can be made to further prevent this practice in the future. On August 11, 2016 the GAO accepted this request and committed to begin their examination at the beginning of 2017. Last night, Congressman Pearce’s resolution passed by voice vote.

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Financial Stability Oversight Council Hearing

2016-09-22 20:14:25


Floor Speech to push for passage of PROTECT Patrimony Resolution

2016-09-22 15:18:24


Natural Resources Committee hearing about management of wolves

2016-09-21 23:34:37


CSPAN Special Order on House Floor - on Amount of Government Owned Land

2016-09-08 17:48:38


Congressman Pearce Border Security Field Hearing (3)

2016-05-13 20:19:37


Rep Pearce Field Hearing Questions (2)

2016-05-13 20:10:10


Field Hearing on Border Security

2016-05-13 20:08:31


H R 2209 Floor Speech

2016-02-02 22:59:13


Speaking on the floor about H.R. 3700 the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act

2016-02-02 22:07:07


Our intern, Mary Beth's last day

2016-01-27 21:59:03


2016 March For Life Video

2016-01-21 23:37:23


Rep. Pearce on State of the Union

2016-01-13 18:41:35


PEARCE FLOOR STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE TRIBAL LABOR SOVEREIGNTY ACT (HR 511)

2015-11-18 23:10:25


Stand with White Sands

2015-11-18 22:49:00


Rep. Steve Pearce reflects on Speaker vote for 114th Congress

2015-01-09 00:02:09


Terrorist Funding and the Islamic State hearing 11.13.14

2014-11-17 23:28:05


Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-02) "Why We Didn't Pass the Border Bill Today" 7.31.14

2014-08-01 00:05:04


H.R. 4315 In Support of The Endangered Species Transparency & Reasonableness Act

2014-07-29 22:55:24


July 24, 2014 Testimony to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation

2014-07-24 22:24:35


July 10, 2014 Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

2014-07-11 16:03:11


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Committee Assignments

Financial Services

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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