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2:41 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Pearce: Questions Remain About Detention Of Immigrants In New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to use the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Centers (FLETC) facility in Artesia, New Mexico as a holding and processing facility for women and children who have recently crossed the border illegally.

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2:36 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Heinrich Co-sponsors Net Neutrality Legislation

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

   In an effort to ensure an open Internet, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) co-sponsored S. 2476, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish rules that prohibit preferential treatment or prioritization of Internet traffic. The legislation would ensure that start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and consumers can access all content on the Internet equally.

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10:33 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Advocacy Group: New Mexico Needs Workplace Policies To Protect New Parents

A new state-by-state analysis shows how little the nation supports and protects working mothers and fathers when a new child arrives – and New Mexico is nearly failing its new parents. The study, Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents, is the most comprehensive analysis to date of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States.

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10:12 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Pearce: New Survey Shows Variations In VA Wait Times

  Congressman Steve Pearce has released a survey of New Mexico veterans that shows differences in reported wait times at VA Health Care facilities, when compared to data released last week by the Veterans Administration. In an ongoing effort to shed light on the problem facing veterans in New Mexico and continue the dialogue, Pearce released this statement.

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3:46 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Pearce: New Mexico Will Get Increase In Federal Payments In Lieu Of Taxes

  Congressman Steve Pearce is proud to see that New Mexico will be issued $37,677,905 in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) today. Pearce pushed for the payments to be included in the Agriculture Act of 2014 to fully compensate counties for federal land within their borders. New Mexico will receive nearly $3 million more in funding this fiscal year.

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12:04 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Lesser Prairie Chicken

Credit State of Colorado

  Three conservation groups filed a legal challenge today over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to adequately protect thousands of imperiled lesser prairie chickens from being killed or harmed by oil and gas drilling, grazing and other human activities. Although the bird’s population declined an estimated 50 percent last year, in April the Service designated the bird as “threatened” rather than “endangered,” a distinction that allowed the agency to authorize ongoing “incidental take” of prairie chickens under a series of unproven, voluntary conservation agreements.

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10:56 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Heinrich Pleased With Support For Tribal Communities

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced plans to improve tribal education and support economic housing development for Native communities. Part of the initiative HUD announced includes assistance for tribes that are implementing the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act -- a bill Senator Heinrich successfully passed through Congress, which was signed into law in 2012.

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4:48 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Rodriguez: Border Needs Help, Not Militarization

 

  State Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding the calls by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and others who call for more law enforcement in response to a humanitarian crisis spurred by violence in Central America:

What we are dealing with is an influx of children fleeing from Central American violence; imagine a situation so dire that you allow your children to travel a dangerous journey -- thousands of miles -- to a foreign land.

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2:37 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Udall: Republicans Block Bill To Help Ease Student Debt

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment after Republicans blocked debate on a bill to help students struggling with out-of-control college loan debt. The filibuster of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which Udall cosponsored, prevented the Senate from beginning consideration of a measure to allow students and graduates with existing loans to refinance at the same lower interest rates offered to new borrowers.  

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11:51 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Pearce: Obama's Decision To Negotiate With Terrorists Was A Mistake

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, on the transfer of five Taliban terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar.

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11:48 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Center For Biological Diversity: Gila Plan Puts Rivers And Endangered Fish At Risk

Gila River
Credit NMFO

  The Gila National Forest’s new travel-management plan, developed in response to rules limiting off-road vehicles, will continue to allow ORVs on 3,000 miles of roads, including in sensitive riparian areas and critical habitat for endangered fish.

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3:09 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Pearce: Mouse Endangered Species Listing Threatens Jobs

  Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it had listed the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse as an endangered species. FWS included grazing and wildfires as primary reasons for the listing. Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in response.

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11:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Mexico Counties Join Lawsuit Over Protection Of Lesser Prairie Chicken

Credit State of Colorado

  The Permian Basin Petroleum Association and four New Mexico counties sued the federal government, alleging the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated federal law in listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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12:14 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New Mexico Jumping Meadow Mouse Gains Endangered Species Protection

Credit fws.gov

   As part of an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized protection today for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. The mouse only lives along streams; it was once found from southern Colorado to central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, but has been lost from the vast majority of its range due to loss and degradation of streamside habitat. 

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11:11 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Pearce: Chaves County Takes A Stand Against Prairie Chicken Ruling

Credit State of Colorado

  Chaves County Commissioners became the latest local leaders to stand up against the federal government in the fight against the Obama administration’s increasing agenda to target New Mexico ranchers, oil and gas producers, industry and jobs.

The county commission has decided to join in an effort by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, and others, to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior to overturn the recent disastrous prairie chicken listing as a threatened species.

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2:05 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Pearce: Honor The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

   Today, we remember and honor the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the crusade one in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

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10:43 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Protesters March On Rep. Pearce's Roswell Office To Demand Immigration Reform

Credit Facebook.com (SOMOS UN PUEBLO UNIDO)

 Editorial note: The office of Rep. Steve Pearce has been invited to provide a response to the following Local Viewpoints article.

  Over fifty immigrant families, activists, and allies staged a protest today at Congressman Pearce's Roswell office, an action that coincides with a series of protests targeting 27 other House Republicans across the country. Protesters rallied with a unified message: the future of the Republican party hinges on its ability to ignore extremist anti-immigrant views and get a workable immigration reform done this year.

 

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11:36 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Group Seeks Input To Improve Health Insurance Enrollment Under Affordable Care Act

Healthcare advocates lead by the Southwest Women’s Law Center are looking for ways to improve the healthcare enrollment process for the next enrollment period slated to run from November 15, 2014 through  February 15, 2015.

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1:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

ACLU Reacts To Border Patrol Use Of Force Report

  Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a report on the agency’s use of force policies and practices completed over a year ago by a respected independent think tank, the Police Executive Research Forum, along with a revised Use of Force Policies Handbook that incorporates the report’s recommendations. The release comes after public pressure from border communities and on the heels of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the ACLU.

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4:10 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Pearce Invites Community To Thursday Job Fair

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce invites all job seekers to attend a second job fair of the year at Sunland Park Race Track Thursday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The address is 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park, located off Interstate 10 on Exit 13.

“The participating companies promise to provide excellent job prospects, and I hope that those searching for work will come prepared for the many opportunities available,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “Jobs remain our primary focus, and we continue to participate in any way we can to help promote these job fairs in communities.”

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8:37 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Report: Clean Energy Jobs Fall; New Mexico And Texas Among Top 10 States

  Congressional inaction on key clean energy tax policies, coupled with attacks on state renewable energy programs, led to a dramatic decline in clean energy job announcements in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest report from the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

About 5,600 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in the first three months of this year, down from 12,000 such jobs reported in the comparable period in 2013.

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8:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Report: New Mexico K-12 Funding Below Pre-Recession Levels

Funding levels for New Mexico’s K-12 public school system have still not recovered from budget cuts made during the peak of the recession. The education operating budget was 10 percent lower in the 2013-14 school year than it was before the recession, when adjusted for inflation.

The picture is even worse when accounting for growth in student enrollment. The operating budget on a per-pupil, inflation-adjusted rate was 14 percent lower in 2012-13 than it was before the recession. These are among the findings in a new report by New Mexico Voices for Children.

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8:33 am
Fri May 23, 2014

New Mexico U.S. Senate Candidate Weh Blasts Monument Designation

Credit Allen Weh (R) U.S. Senate candidate

New Mexico's Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Allen Weh issued the following statement on the Organ Mountains Monument:

"New Mexico has some of the most beautiful land in the country. While we absolutely need to preserve and protect this land, we are obligated to find a responsible balance between necessary conservation efforts and the welfare of human beings struggling to make a living in a state that is largely rural. This is especially true in a county where only 15 percent of the land is privately owned.

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3:41 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Pearce Again Blasts President For Creating Monument

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce opposes President Barack Obama’s use of executive powers under the Antiquities Act to designate one-fifth of Doña Ana County to create a new national monument.

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8:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Las Cruces Group Reacts To Pearce's Criticism Of New National Monument

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Faith-based non-profit New Mexico Communities in Action and Faith (CAFé), released the following statement by Executive Director Sarah Nolan in response to criticism by Representative Steve Pearce (NM-2) of President Obama’s action to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

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6:10 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Pearce Blasts President's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Monument Designation

  Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement following President Barack Obama’s decision to use the Antiquities Act to designate one-fifth of Doña Ana County to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

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12:30 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Heinrich: Efficiency Proposal Is Good For New Mexico's Economy

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

   U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance S. 2262, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to create jobs, reduce pollution, and make our country more energy efficient. The proposal passed a procedural vote today of 79-20. The measure now moves to debate.

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12:28 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Western Resource Advocates Issues Statement On Climate Change Report

  Western Resource Advocates issued the following statement in regards to the release of the Third National Climate Assessment, which describes impacts of climate change to specific sectors across the nation, as well as broad regional impacts. It provides a roadmap for the type of preparation that is likely to be needed to address climate change impacts, and underscores the urgency to mitigate our carbon emissions.

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9:36 am
Tue May 6, 2014

NEA New Mexico Announces Support For Any Of The Democrats Running For Governor

  The NEA-New Mexico Board of Directors has completed our thorough recommendation process for statewide candidates. “We are delighted to recommend each of the five Democratic candidates to the thousands of teachers and other education employee members whom we represent statewide,” says President Betty Patterson.

 

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12:09 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Lt. Gov. Opposes Proposed National Guard Cuts

  SANTA FE – Today, Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez joined nearly forty of his peers from across the nation in a letter to the President, opposing proposed cuts to the National Guard. Tomorrow, General Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, is scheduled to testify before the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Defense regarding proposed reductions found in various versions of the Defense Department's fiscal 2015 budget.

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