Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

NEW MEXICO's 2nd DISTRICT

PEARCE STATEMENT ON NEW SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINATION

2018/07/10

Washington, DC (July 10, 2018) Last night, President Trump announced his nomination for the new Supreme Court Justice. Congressman Pearce weighs in on his decision.

“Last night, President Trump made the announcement to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as his pick for the new Supreme Court Justice. Brett Kavanaugh’s background demonstrates he has a long record of legal accomplishment, having spent time clerking for former Justice Kennedy, as well as, the Third and Ninth Court of Appeals. It is my belief that Supreme Court Justices should adhere to the Constitution in preserving our liberties as American citizens. I look forward to the confirmation hearings and it is my hope that the confirmation process will reveal Brett Kavanaugh to be a highly qualified Justice committed to preserving our freedoms as set forth in the Constitution.”

 

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PEARCE VOTES TO FUND THE MILITARY

2018/06/28

Washington, DC (June 28, 2018) Congressman Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on the Defense Appropriations bill today on the House Floor.

“Our military is fundamental to preserving our nation’s security and liberties. Congress has the important responsibility of providing the military with the resources and tools it needs to succeed. With passage of the Defense Appropriations bill today, Congress did exactly that. In this bill, Congress has allotted the money necessary to keep our troops safe, provide them with the training they need and deserve, support their families at home, and develop the next generation of weapons that will continue to defend our nation. Most importantly, these funds will provide care for our troops, military families, and veterans. Our state is home to 5 military installations and a number of research sites. We know firsthand the importance of fully funding the Department of Defense, providing our military certainty and the resources they need to bring the fight to the enemy. Every day our military put their lives on the line to protect our freedom – we must do what we can to support them.”

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PEARCE: WE HAVE TO ACT

2018/06/27

Washington, DC (June 27, 2018) Today, the House of Representatives voted on the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act as a step in the right direction for securing the border and fixing our broken immigration system.

“I firmly believe that as Americans, we must treat all people with respect. This includes families who risk everything to come across our borders seeking hope, freedom, and prosperity. Today, Congress provided a solution and I voted to support that solution. In no way are today’s action perfect, but it takes positive steps in the right direction. Congress can no longer sit idly by and ignore the fact our immigration laws must be changed. In Congress you have an up or down vote. The choice comes down to – is this action going to improve upon the system we currently have in place or not? The compromise bill undeniably makes positive improvements.  It provides a permanent solution for DACA – something I have been calling for since the day AG Sessions ended the program, it includes a permanent solution for families crossing the border, it works to secure the border through technology –not a wall, and modernizes the green card process. Is this the bill I would have drafted and passed had I been the one solely responsible? No. But it is one that moves our nation forward.”

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PEARCE VOTES TO SUPPORT AMERICAN AGRICULTURE

2018/06/21

 

Washington, DC (June 21, 2018) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, which passed the House by a final vote of 213 to 211. More commonly known as the Farm Bill, this is the second time that House has voted on this critically important legislation for the nation. It was first brought to the House floor on May 18, 2018 and failed to pass.

Congressman Pearce voted for the bill both times it was considered before the House. His stance on the bill has not changed.

“We can all agree that Congress must do everything possible to help Americans who are in need,” said Pearce. “However, I believe Congress has an equally as significant role to play – providing hope and opportunity. In New Mexico, too many individuals and families are trapped in poverty, we owe it to them to help provide a pathway to success and prosperity. The Farm Bill helps provide a pathway to success. The job training and work requirements added will help New Mexicans learn the skills needed to succeed and to lift themselves out of poverty. The government should be doing all it can to help our fellow Americans prosper and not be reliant on assistance, while also ensuring continued access for anyone in need.”

The Farm bill requires working age adults, who are not disabled, pregnant, or the sole guardian of a child under 6, to work or receive job training for 20 hours a week. Roughly two-thirds of Americans on food assistance would not be required to work or to receive training due to one of these exemptions. Additionally, the change will not kick anyone off the program that is currently working and still meets the income requirements for food assistance. According to the Foundation for Government Accountability, there are 116,800 New Mexicans who would qualify for training program under this change.

Finally, the reforms to food assistance would end the practice of allowing Americans to receive benefits in two States, updates assistance tables for the first time in decades to ensure the elderly and other vulnerable populations have access to food assistance, and mandates that USDA have stronger verification so that those who do not qualify for food assistance are not receiving it.

This year’s Farm Bill also includes three amendments sponsored by Congressman Pearce:

  1. Allows the Village of Santa Clara to purchase lands of the former Fort Bayard Military Reservation.
  2. Reauthorizes the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), which was first created in 2009, for 5-years.
  3. Creates a pilot project to study best methods to preserve our national forests and watersheds.

“I thank Chairman Conaway and my colleagues in Congress for supporting these critical amendments for New Mexico,” continued Pearce. “In New Mexico, we are all too familiar with the damage and destruction done by wildfires. Proper management is fundamental to the health of our forests, and ultimately to the prevention of wildfires. Reauthorizing CFLRP and initiating a pilot project on management best practices will play a leading role in developing and implementing new methods to maintain healthy and safe forests in New Mexico, and around the nation.

“And, allowing the Village to Santa Clara to purchase lands within the boundaries of the former Fort Bayard will bring greater economic opportunity to a village and community that is surrounded by federal lands. This may not seem significant, but for the small community of Santa Clara, and for the Forest Service who no longer wants this land, it will be hugely impactful on their ability to develop and create opportunity for the community.”

 

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PEARCE VOTES ON NUMEROUS BILLS TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC

2018/06/15

Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement regarding numerous bills which were brought to the House Floor this week regarding the ever-present Opioid crisis:

“This week, over 50 bills were passed in the House to help combat our nation’s opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, we in New Mexico are all too familiar with this issue that are plaguing many of our communities. It is vital that we as a nation and as a state face addiction head on. Whether closing loopholes to assist in the disposal of these harmful drugs, or providing housing and family support for families facing addiction – this compilation takes a wide and strong approach to fighting addiction and providing hope for the millions battling addiction and their families. I am privileged to have done my part in fighting back and bringing hope to the people of New Mexico.”

Background: Of the 42,249 drug overdoses in the United States, 66% were related to opioids. The package of opioid legislation tackles this issue with a multifaceted approach. The bills will increase access to addiction recovery services, give law enforcement the necessary tools to prevent these drugs from being imported illegally into the country, and incentives health care providers to practice in the areas of the country that are hardest hit by this epidemic.

 

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PEARCE INTRODUCES TWO BILLS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

2018/06/14

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement regarding two bills he has sponsored, HR 6106, Common Sense Permitting and HR 6107, Ending Duplicative Permitting Act which were introduced today in the House of Representatives:

“The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) inability to timely permit energy activities is costing New Mexico thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. These two bills will ensure New Mexico can continue to play a leading role in America’s energy revolution. When it takes BLM 250 days to process a permit, the State loses out on needed revenues that support over 30% of the State’s budget, funding schools, police departments, road redevelopment, and community hospitals. I have enjoyed working with the House Natural Resources Committee to introduce these bills to ensure that New Mexico receives what it deserves.”

The federal government has a knack for slowing down progress. Our country’s energy expansion can only happen as fast as our burdensome permitting processes allows. That’s why we need these bills. They cut the red tape that is holding us back from energy independence and greater American prosperity. I’m thankful for Rep. Pearce’s hard work on this important issue and look forward to this legislation moving through Committee,” House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) said. 

Background:

Currently, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Carlsbad Field Office has a backlog of 800 permit applications. Slow permitting has been found to cost New Mexico $713 million annually in revenues and $1.3 billion annually in lost revenues to the federal government. Texas and New Mexico typically issue permits within 14 days of being requested, BLM has an average issuance of 250 days. Texas is currently operating 388 rigs in the Permian Basin to New Mexico’s 89, despite New Mexico having the more valuable resources.

 

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PEARCE PARTICIPATES IN CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME

2018/06/14

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement regarding the annual Congressional Baseball Game:

“The Congressional Baseball Game is a longstanding tradition, which promotes unity between both parties in the House of Representatives. This is a night where Members of Congress put aside political bias and take to the field, forming friendships with those across the aisle and playing baseball to support charity. We look forward to reaching a historic record attendance this year as tonight’s game marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting that took place at our practice. This year, we look ahead and reflect on what it means to overcome and fight through adversity. I look forward to joining my teammates on the field tonight, as we shed light on the importance of bipartisanship and America’s pastime.”

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PEARCE STATEMENT ON HOUSE PASSED APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE

2018/06/13

 

Washington, DC (June 8, 2018) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce supported the passage of H.R. 5895, which includes the Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.

“Today, the House acted on one of its most essential functions – funding the federal government,” said Pearce. “Passage of these three bills start the essential function of Congress in determining how the American peoples tax dollars will be spent for the year to come.”

“H.R. 5895 guarantees vital funding for key projects and programs that take place in New Mexico,” continued Pearce. This bill reiterates the leading role New Mexico plays in nuclear research, development, and disposal by fully funding WIPP to ensure our State can continue to play a leading role in cleaning up our nation’s defense generated nuclear waste; as well as, increasing the role New Mexico’s two national security labs play in our nation’s nuclear weapons program.”

“The package also includes funding for construction and renovation projects at our State’s military installations and provides the resources needed for veterans to receive the care they deserve. In all, this bill supports New Mexico’s needs and I am proud to support it. By passing three bills today, the House is well on its way to doing its job, and I look forward to working with my colleagues the next two months to finalizing and passing the remaining appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019.”

 

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PEARCE STATEMENT ON FARM BILL

2018/06/13

Washington, DC (May 18, 2018) Today, the House of Representatives failed to pass the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. Congressman Pearce voted for this 5-year authorization included a compilation of critical programs that promote and protect our nation’s food supply and enables the farming and ranching way of life across the United States to continue.

The bill also reformed our nation’s food assistance program to provide 116,800 New Mexicans with new job training and assistance opportunities.

“I am extremely disappointed that the Farm Bill, which would have provided new job training and assistance opportunities for 116,800 New Mexicans failed to pass the House,” said Pearce. “We can all agree that Congress must do everything possible to help Americans who are in need. However, I believe Congress has an equally as significant role to play – providing hope and opportunity. That is exactly what this bill would have done. In New Mexico, too many are trapped in poverty, and we owe it to them to help provide a pathway to success and prosperity. The job training and work requirements added, would have helped New Mexicans learn the skills needed to succeed and to lift themselves out of poverty. The government should be doing all it can to help our fellow Americans prosper and not be reliant on assistance, while also ensuring continued access for anyone in need. We failed in this mission today.”

The Farm bill required working age adults, who are not disabled, pregnant, or the sole guardian of a child under 6, to work or receive job training for 20 hours a week. Roughly two-thirds of Americans on food assistance would not have been required to work or receive training due to one of these exemptions. Additionally, the change would not have kicked anyone off the program who is currently working, but still meets the income requirements for assistance. According to the Foundation for Government Accountability, there are 116,800 New Mexicans who would have qualified for training under this change.

Finally, the reforms to food assistance would end the practice of allowing Americans to receive benefits in two States, updates assistance tables for the first time in decades to ensure the elderly and other vulnerable populations have access to food assistance, and mandates that USDA have stronger verification so that those who do not qualify for food assistance are not receiving it.

In addition to reforming our nation’s food assistance program, the Farm bill would have:

  • Expanded broadband in rural New Mexican communities;
  • Repealed the enormously harmful Waters of the United State (WOTUS) rule; and
  • Provided needed changes to forest policy to prevent wildfire, ensure the health of our lands management, and expand economic opportunity.

This year’s Farm bill also included three amendments added by Congressman Pearce.

  1. Allowed the Village of Santa Clara to purchase lands of the former Fort Bayard Military Reservation.
  2. Reauthorized the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), which was first created in 2009, for 5-years.
  3. Created a pilot project to study best methods to preserve our national forests and watersheds.

“In New Mexico, we are all too familiar with the damage and destruction done by wildfires” continued Pearce. “Proper management is fundamental to the health of our forests, and ultimately to the preservation of wildfires. Reauthorizing CFLRP and initiating a pilot project on management best practices will play a leading roles in developing and implementing new methods to maintain healthy and safe forests in New Mexico, and around the nation.

“And, allowing the Village of Santa Clara to purchase lands within the boundaries of the former Fort Bayard would have brought greater economic opportunity to a village and community surrounded by federal lands. This may not seem significant, but for the small community of Santa Clara, it would have hugely impacted their ability to develop and create opportunities for the community.”

 

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PEARCE VOTES TO SUPPORT THE MILITARY

2018/06/13

Washington, DC (May 24, 2018) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019. This legislation sets military priorities for the calendar year to come. It establishes pay raises for our nation’s military personnel, procures new weapons systems that are needed to keep our soldiers safe while defending our freedoms overseas, and prioritizes military readiness and training. In addition, the NDAA includes several critical provisions that will benefit New Mexico’s national labs and military installations.

“Today, the House acted on one of its most important responsibilities, protecting and honoring our nation’s military,” said Pearce. “The NDAA is essential to the success and safety of every member of the military. Whether through the pay increase this bill authorizes or the training and modernization funding included, it is designed and widely supported in Congress for one reason, it gives America’s bravest the tools and training they need and deserve.

“I appreciate the work of Chairman Thornberry and the Armed Services Committee to make the wellbeing and safety of our troops the central focus of this year’s NDAA. For too long, the Department of Defense has prioritized duplicative and unnecessary agencies that ultimately take needed resources away from the men and women our nation places in harm’s way. By working to create efficiencies in the way the Department of Defense operates, this legislation makes the funding we allocate to the military more readily available for training, equipment, and family benefits. This is a huge step forward in ensuring the Defense Department works for the members of our military and their families.”

This year’s NDAA also included several amendments added by Congressman Pearce to support New Mexico’s strong military heritage, as well as support our military men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation.

  1. Creates a process for wounded warriors who have a service-connected disability that makes them ineligible to continue military service in their current roles to transfer into the Air Force’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) command
  2. Update the way our nation plans for future testing and research projects, by requiring a 30-year strategic plan for the development of future weapons systems, instead of the current 10-year requirement
  3. Transfer lands between White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) and White Sands National Monument (WSNM) to simply the National Park Service’s management of the Monument. This transfer is an agreement worked out between the National Park Service and the Army
  4. Initiate a study into the use of in-land space launch facilities, as our nation continues to expand further into Space use and exploration

“New Mexico has played a significant role in our nation’s military readiness for over a hundred years,” continued Pearce.  “The inclusion of my amendments to this year’s NDAA ensures this role continues for the foreseeable future. Whether through the access of Spaceport America as a launch platform for America’s space needs to ensuring WSMR and WSMN have borders that support both agencies in the most efficient way possible, these amendments keep New Mexico relevant and ready to support the military in any future need.

“Of all the amendments my office included this year, however, the wounded warrior RPA programs is the most significant to me. Over the last 20-years the combination of advancement in emergency medicine and the deployment of improvised explosive devices has resulted in our military personnel returning from war with injuries that make them ineligible for most military positions. Being able to offer a solution and avenue for these dedicated men and women to continue their service to our nation is an honor. This program will provide service-connected disabled troops with the option to enter a critical military role where they continue to defend our nation’s freedoms.”

 

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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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