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Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Lesser Prairie Chicken

Jun 17, 2014
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.

Heinrich Pleased With Support For Tribal Communities

Jun 15, 2014
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.

Rodriguez: Border Needs Help, Not Militarization

Jun 12, 2014


  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.

Udall: Republicans Block Bill To Help Ease Student Debt

Jun 11, 2014
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.  

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

Jun 11, 2014
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  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.


  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.

Pearce: Mouse Endangered Species Listing Threatens Jobs

Jun 10, 2014
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  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.

New Mexico Counties Join Lawsuit Over Protection Of Lesser Prairie Chicken

Jun 10, 2014
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.

New Mexico Jumping Meadow Mouse Gains Endangered Species Protection

Jun 9, 2014

   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. 

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?”