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Steve Pearce


Pearce Statement on Finalized WOTUS Rule



Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its finalized Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“The so-called Waters of the U.S. rule is the latest power grab by the federal government to take away more local decision-making over water management,” stated Pearce. 

“The final WOTUS rule released today spans 297 pages.  By definition, like the proposed version, this new rule threatens the livelihoods of farmers, ranchers, small business owners, counties and local governments, who are already overregulated by the federal government.  On May 12, a bipartisan majority in the House passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732) that would block the WOTUS rule.  While I will review the effect of this new, burdensome stack of federal regulations, I will continue to push back against any and all threats to private property rights and urge the Senate to take action to do the same.”

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Pearce Honors Memorial Day



Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement for Memorial Day:

“Today we honor the memory of countless brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” Pearce stated.  “They fought courageously in battles waged by air, land, and sea.  Some were captured, never to return.  Others remain Missing in Action.”

“Across our country in cemeteries, parks, town squares and at monuments, we honor all those fallen heroes -- men and women – known and unknown – who answered the call to defend and protect us.  We know by their example that freedom is not free.  Our freedom was purchased at a great price.

“These men and women, who have gone before us, laid down their hopes and dreams so that we could live freely and in peace.  They passed down to us the liberty that they themselves inherited, with our exceptional and sought-after way of life.“In tribute and deep gratitude to our fallen warriors, let us not forget that they fought and died so that the America they loved could continue to be a beacon of freedom for the entire world.  They persevered and prevailed.   Thanks to their selfless acts, we can celebrate the victory of freedom.

“Whether your tradition may be to celebrate Memorial Day at a ceremony, parade, barbeque, picnic, or simply by catching up on time with family and friends, I encourage everyone to take a moment to remember our fallen heroes.  Let us also recall and pray for their families and friends, who waited for their return and who today recount their loss.  May we never forget them or their immense sacrifice.  And may God continue to bless our nation with men and women who will always answer the call.”  

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Pearce Introduces Bill to Secure New Mexico’s Southern Border



Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement announcing the introduction of H.R. 2467, legislation that will help protect New Mexico’s local communities, secure its southern border and strengthen national security.

“It has been one year since the President misused the Antiquities Act to unilaterally seize 500,000 acres in southern New Mexico,” said Pearce. “Not only did this monument designation disregard the concerns of the people in southern New Mexico, it also has prevented proper border security measures from being carried out. We have seen this issue play out in Arizona at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which has become a human and drug smuggling corridor.”

“We cannot afford for this to happen in New Mexico and we must not restrict the access of border patrol agents who work to ensure our safety. This bill does not change the size of, or, the monument.  It simply ensures that the United States Border Patrol has unfettered access to the monument to serve the people of southern New Mexico and safeguard our nation. I call on my colleagues in the House to move this important legislation as soon as possible,” Pearce added.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Corrections Act (H.R. 2467) guarantees that federal, state and local law enforcement including the U.S. Border Patrol, have unfettered access to the national monument – an area that covers 500,000 acres. 

H.R. 2467 has strong support from the local community and law enforcement, as evidenced by endorsements from the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Luna County, and the National Border Patrol Council.

“The National Border Patrol Council supports efforts like H.R. 2467 to clarify that our agents have the unfettered access required to do our jobs in federally controlled areas like the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Monument area.” said Brandon Judd, the Council’s President.

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Pearce Praises Passage of Bills to Boost Job-Creating Research & Development



Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 880) and the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1806) -- bills that would incentivize research and development, promote innovation, and create good-paying jobs.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement:

“Scientific research and development has and continues to improve our lives. From new medical treatments, to a new microchip improving computing power – innovation has long transformed life in the United States and around the world.  Congress must continue to promote and support these efforts. Passage of HR 880 and HR 1806 will support this goal nationwide,” stated Pearce.

“The United States has long been in the business of changing the world. From President Kennedy demanding that our nation reach the moon within a decade and our scientists meeting the challenge, to the creation of Google, which was supported by NSF grants – American discovery has led to countless amazing creations and milestones.  I cannot wait to see how the researchers and scientists, benefiting from the House’s continued commitment to their work, will change the world in the years to come.

“New Mexico has a long history as a hub of technological innovation. From our national labs and universities, to businesses creating products and procedures revolutionizing their respective industries, the state plays an important role in technological advancement. A fundamental component of any business’ ability to grow and develop is budget certainty. Passage of HR 880 provides this certainty by making research and development tax credits a permanent fixture in the tax code. With this addition, businesses will have the confidence to push for greater development and expansion, leading to greater growth and job creation, something our state and nation desperately need.”

The American Research and Competitiveness Act would simplify and make permanent the tax credit for research and development. This temporary credit has been repeatedly extended since 1981. Making it permanent would encourage innovation in manufacturing, technology, and energy development -- among other job-creating industries.

The America COMPETES Act increases investments for basic energy research at the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as critical research in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering and mathematics at the National Science Foundation (NSF), while keeping overall spending at Fiscal Year 2015 appropriated levels.



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Pearce: VA Grant Award for New Veterans Nursing Home Will Help N.M.



Washington, D.C. – Late yesterday, the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced the award of a final grant totaling $17.2 million toward the construction of a new 39-bed nursing facility at the N.M. State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement:

“This is very good news for New Mexico and a positive step toward increasing our capacity to care for New Mexico’s elderly and disabled veteran population,” said Pearce.  

“As the primary nursing facility dedicated to serving our veterans and their families, the New Mexico state Veterans Home will benefit greatly from additional federal funding.  The construction of a new 39-bed facility will help the Veterans Home to fulfill its noble mission of serving the healthcare needs of those who have selflessly served our nation.”

“With this commitment of federal funding now in place, I will work with the VA and the State to ensure that the construction of this needed facility proceeds according to an effective, efficient and accountable timeline.”


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Pearce Votes to Send Anti-Trafficking Bill to President’s Desk



Washington, D.C. – By a vote of 420-3, the House of Representatives today passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), to combat horrific crimes perpetrated on thousands of American victims. Following his vote to pass the bill and send it to the President’s desk for signature, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released this statement:

“Human trafficking is a despicable ageless crime that targets everyone from children and teens to adults.  Often leading to sexual slavery, trafficking relies on kidnapping, child pornography, prostitution, and rape to perpetuate itself.   Trafficking human beings must be rooted out and completely destroyed,” stated Pearce.

“In January, I was pleased to vote for 10 House-passed bills aimed at aiding victims and eradicating this evil industry. The legislation approved today contains several of those bipartisan measures and will go a long way to hunt down and end this act at the source.  It will help expedite the arrest and prosecution of traffickers, while also providing support to aid and help victims reclaim their lives.  The job is not done, and Congress must continue to work with the nation to end this terrible practice.  I applaud this bipartisan effort and I call upon the President to sign this critical legislation immediately,” Pearce concluded.

NOTE: Pearce has cosponsored legislation to combat this modern form of slavery and worked with groups like Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness and advance community action. Human trafficking continues to affect more than an estimated 20 million victims worldwide, including hundreds of children and adults in New Mexico.


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Pearce Votes to Support Troops and Protect Military Families



Washington, D.C. – By a vote of 269-151, the House of Representatives today passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016. Following his vote in favor, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released this statement:

“Today, I voted to pass The National Defense Authorization Act.  This pivotal legislation authorizes the tools our servicemen and women need to succeed in the face of adversity, while providing the resources and benefits they and their families deserve,” stated Pearce.

“The NDAA supports a ready and modern force, agile in combating the evils that threaten our national security both at home and abroad. Our top priority must be the safety and security of our nation, and to accomplish that mission, our soldiers must be the most equipped and prepared force in the world. Rogue countries, extremist forces, and terrorist organizations are constantly challenging the security of our nation and that of our allies. The federal government must be committed to providing the resources needed for our military to counter these threats and keep us safe.

“Fundamental to the success of our military is the peace of mind knowing that their families are taken care of. The bill passed today improves pay and benefits for members of the military, supports greater investment in retirement benefits for all of our troops, and increases the services provided to families. Some of the improvements include access to military flights, improved childcare, increased funding for family services, and protection of housing assistance to ensure families have safe and stable living conditions. Discouragingly, the President had proposed to decrease the housing assistance military families receive, making it harder for soldiers to find quality housing.  Thankfully, H.R. 1735 rejects that proposal and fully commits to putting military families’ needs first.”

The NDAA also includes a provision that removes the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened or endangered species until 2021. Pearce added:  “Historically, radical environmentalists have been able to use weak science to cut off the military’s ability to train -- in the name of conservation.  Military training and species conservation do not need to be mutually exclusive; this bill strikes the correct balance. Last year’s listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species derailed cooperative conservation efforts between private industry, state officials, landowners, and the federal government. Removing the lesser prairie chicken from the federal endangered species list, allows time for the range-wide Conservation Plan to work.  This is an important step forward; it will provide a template for accountable, scientifically-based, joint conservation efforts without stifling jobs and will prevent critical habitat from encroaching upon American military readiness. It is clear why this legislation is one of the most important bills we pass every year. The NDAA honors the men and women who give of themselves selflessly for the safety and protection of others.”


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Pearce Statement on Passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act



Washington, D.C. – By a vote of 400-25, the House of Representatives today passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (H.R. 1191). Following his vote in favor, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released this statement:

“Today, with overwhelming bipartisan support, the House took action to require a congressional vote on any deal involving Iran and sent a clear message to the President: ‘No, you can't act alone.’  The American people and Congress have spoken and spoken decisively, the President must sign this measure, and allow transparency and accountability into any deal with Iran.  This bill ensures sanctions on Iran could not be lifted until Congress receives the terms of the final deal and votes to approve or reject them.

“America must not blink in blocking Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The Islamic Republic of Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism, has vowed to destroy our strong ally, Israel, and continues to hold Americans hostage. I agree with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s warning to the Congress and to our international allies:  the Obama administration’s nuclear deal, negotiated in secret, ‘would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, and lots of them.’

“The President seems hell-bent on committing America to secret deals that leave Congress and the people entirely out of the process, instead, handing the safety and security of our nation to unelected bureaucrats from the United Nations.    

“While I would have preferred a stronger stance, the House and the Senate have united to loudly say: ‘We will review the entire deal, no matter what you say, Mr. Obama.’ 

“No one is above the law, not even the President.  I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to keep pushing back against the Obama administration’s reckless deal, to stand with Israel, and to prevent a nuclear Iran.”


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Pearce Votes to Protect the Unborn



Washington, D.C. – Today, by a vote of 242-184, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This bill establishes federal protection for unborn children at 20 weeks, with exceptions to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest.

“It has always been my goal to protect the most vulnerable among us, the unborn, and today’s vote is a great pro-life victory,” stated Pearce. 

Substantial evidence indicates that unborn children feel pain at least by 20 weeks, and nearly a quarter of premature infants born at this stage are able to survive with proper medical treatment. Exactly two years ago, late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder in the deaths of three pain-capable babies. After late term abortions failed, Gosnell and his employees were found guilty of snipping the spinal cord or neck of his victims to terminate their lives.

“Americans were rightfully horrified and outraged when they learned of Gosnell’s hidden barbaric practices. Unfortunately, the procedures used in late-term abortions are comparably cruel, and the pain felt by the unborn infant is the same excruciating pain that was inflicted on Gosnell’s victims.”

Pearce continued, “I feel great optimism when I look toward the future of the pro-life movement. Members of the millennial generation, who have never lived in an abortion-free world, are stepping forward and choosing to fight for life. I’m proud to join my colleagues who cast their vote today to protect future generations who, still in the womb, possess the fundamental right to be born into this world.”

Pearce is a cosponsor of H.R. 36, and voted in favor of similar legislation in the 113th Congress.  He has also voted against federal funding for abortion, and in favor of other measures to protect the unborn.


The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:

  • 1) Prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, 2) allows exceptions for cases involving rape, incest or when life of the mother is threatened and 3) provides compassionate care for mother and child.
  • This legislation represents the will of the American people: a majority agrees that late-term abortions are wrong.  60 percent of respondents surveyed in a November 2014 Quinnipiac poll support a ban on late-term abortion.
  • America is only one of seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks – placing the U.S. in the same category as China and North Korea -- where human rights are frequently violated.


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Pearce Votes to End NSA Assault on Americans’ Civil Liberties



Washington, D.C. – By a vote of 338-88, the House of Representatives today passed the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048). This bipartisan bill reforms and improves our nation’s foreign intelligence-gathering programs, while enhancing privacy and civil liberty protections. Following his vote for approval, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued this statement:

“The federal government must be held accountable for its actions,” said Pearce. “Since the revelations of gross abuses of power by the NSA in 2013, the American people have rightly voiced significant alarm at the government’s actions and demanded that Congress act to stop the NSA’s illegal actions. Passage of the USA FREEDOM Act today takes a major step in delivering accountability and protecting against future abuses.”

“Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reiterated the sentiment of Americans nationwide – ‘no, the NSA does not have the legal authority to blanket collect information on millions of American citizens.’  The PATRIOT Act’s original intent was to target those who wish to do harm to Americans, and prevent terrorist attacks. The targeted reforms in today’s bill remove any ambiguous language that the NSA could use to abuse its powers and violate the Fourth Amendment. This is once again an example of the new Congress working to address the concerns voiced by the American people. I urge Senator McConnell and the Senate to quickly take up this legislation and for the President to sign it into law – further ensuring the civil rights and privacy of Americans, Pearce added.”


The USA FREEDOM Act strengthens America’s national security:

  • Helps combat ISIS:  The bill closes a loophole in current law that requires the government to stop tracking foreign terrorists when they enter the U.S. This provision gives the government 72 hours to track foreign terrorists when they initially enter the United States (it does not apply to U.S. persons) – enough time for the government to obtain the proper authority under U.S. law.
  • Clarifying the application of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to foreign targets who facilitate the international proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and
  • Increasing the maximum penalties for material support of a foreign terrorist organization.

Learn more about the USA FREEDOM Act by clicking here

Background provided by the House Judiciary Committee.

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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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