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Pearce: Chaves County Takes A Stand Against Prairie Chicken Ruling

Jun 7, 2014
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.

Pearce: Honor The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

Jun 6, 2014
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.” (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.


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.

  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.

Pearce Invites Community To Thursday Job Fair

May 28, 2014
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.”

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

May 23, 2014

  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.

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

May 23, 2014

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.

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.

Pearce Again Blasts President For Creating Monument

May 21, 2014
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.

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

May 20, 2014

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.

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

May 19, 2014
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  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.

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

May 6, 2014
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.

Western Resource Advocates Issues Statement On Climate Change Report

May 6, 2014

  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.

  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.


Lt. Gov. Opposes Proposed National Guard Cuts

Apr 29, 2014

  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.

Group Files Suit To Protect Prairie Dog

Apr 19, 2014
Gunnison’s prairie

  WildEarth Guardians filed suit this week challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) refusal to protect the Gunnison’s prairie dog under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service denied the species protection despite a documented 95 percent decline since the early 1900s and numerous serious ongoing threats.

New Mexico First: Reforms Generated At "Water Town Hall"

Apr 17, 2014

New Mexicans want a balanced water policy that plans for future shortages, expands water storage and reuse, addresses legal issues, and protects environmental resources. They want to explore the potential of cleaning up brackish water (non-potable, highly salty water) in our aquifers. They also identified potential improvements to the ways the state finances water projects.


New Mexico Senate Democrats: "Shameful" Conduct By Martinez

Apr 16, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM –The conduct of Governor Susana Martinez and her staff revealed in a recent Mother Jones article can only be described as shameful, embarrassing and unprofessional. These are the thoughts of Democratic lawmakers in the New Mexico State Senate as they try to understand how a governor who is charged with taking care of New Mexico can act with such disregard for those who rely on her and her policies.

President Obama Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform

Apr 16, 2014

  One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote.

NEA New Mexico: We Deserve More Respect From Martinez

Apr 16, 2014
Office of the Governor

  Once again the Governor makes a demeaning comment about teachers.   The remarks came to light in a Mother Jones magazine article published today, “Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?”

Senator José Rodríguez

  Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement following testimony at the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations hearing today:

Report: New Mexico Corporate Income Tax Revenue Falling

Apr 14, 2014

  ALBUQUERQUE—Changes in the state’s corporate income tax (CIT) structure during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions are causing New Mexico’s CIT revenue to erode. This important revenue source helps stabilize the state’s general fund, which has had erratic growth in recent years, according to a report released today.

Groups Challenge Limited Protections For Lesser Prairie Chicken

Apr 10, 2014
State of Colorado


  Three conservation groups today announced a legal challenge to force full protection of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The move comes in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision last week to protect the highly imperiled bird only as “threatened” while providing special exemptions that would allow ongoing destruction of the birds and their dwindling grassland habitat.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after President Obama signed an Executive Order that would promote equal pay for equal work amongst federal contractors.

Senator Heinrich also marked Equal Pay Day by urging Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill aimed at combatting wage discrimination on the basis of gender.

Representatives Request AG's Opinion On Private Firm Getting Public School Dollars

Apr 8, 2014

Representatives Jim Trujillo (D-45) and Luciano “Lucky” Varela (D-48) jointly requested an Attorney General’s Opinion today on the constitutionality of the Santa Fe Public Schools (S.F.P.S.) recent decision to privatize its “Engage” school for drop-outs and currently enrolled students deemed by the private contractor to be at risk.  The S.F.P.S.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

   Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan coalition of his colleagues in voting 59-38 for an extension of emergency unemployment insurance that may help up to an estimated 14,000 New Mexicans pay for basic needs while they look for work. Emergency unemployment insurance expired on Dec. 28. The Senate bill includes a five month retroactive extension, and will provide benefits for the long-term unemployed through May 31.

Lara Calls On Pearce To Reject The Republican Budget

Apr 1, 2014

  Today, Washington Republicans rolled out a budget proposal that would have damaging effects on New Mexico’s seniors, students and middle-class families. The budget would raise taxes on middle-class New Mexico families in order to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires, give tax breaks to corporations that ship New Mexico jobs overseas, and cut Pell Grants for New Mexico’s low-income students.

As national demographics change, white children are expected to be in the minority by 2018. New Mexico is well ahead of the national curve on that measure, with the second-largest share of racial/ethnic minority children in the 50 states (74 percent). The negative effects of centuries of discriminatory policies and practices are still felt by racial and ethnic minorities. For children, these impacts include barriers to opportunity that lead to health disparities, and achievement gaps in educational attainment and later economic well-being.

Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

  The recent shooting of a homeless and mentally ill camper by the Albuquerque police is a reminder of the failure of the state’s behavioral health system, which leaves the fate of our most vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbors largely in the hands of law enforcement and the penal system. Because of the lack of appropriate resources in our communities, jails and prisons now function as our state’s primary psychiatric facilities. Depending on the study, estimates of the percentage of prisoners with severe psychiatric disorders range from 7 percent to 16 percent nationally.