DPNM: “If Steve Pearce thinks he should be governor after voting against the interests of New Mexicans, he should know he can’t fool voters”

New Mexico – After Congressman Steve Pearce announced his candidacy for governor The Democratic Party of New Mexico pointed out Pearce’s extreme right-wing agenda and lack of support for policies that boost the state’s economy. 

“If Steve Pearce thinks he should be governor after voting against the interests of New Mexicans and supporting an extreme right-wing agenda, he should know he can’t fool voters. Pearce would push the same failed Republican economic agenda of the past seven years. We’re going to hold him accountable for his failure to stand up for the community on healthcare, on policies that will drive job creation, and community efforts to protect our state’s public lands,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg.

Pearce’s most recent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is just the latest example of Pearce putting his political ideology ahead of the health and well-being of New Mexicans. His support of the extreme Republican agenda would potentially take health care away from 250,000 New Mexicans, kill approximately 11,000 jobs, and put a $678 million burden on hospitals in the state.

Pearce wrote a letter to undermine community efforts to protect the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, which has a direct impact on New Mexico’s economy.

Background:

 HEADLINE: Pearce votes yes as House passes sweeping healthcare bill. [New Mexico Political Report, 5/4/17]

  • Pearce Called the GOP House Health Care Bill “A Step in the Right Direction.”According to the New Mexico Political Report, “In a statement, Pearce said ‘While today’s bill is in no way perfect, it is a step in the right direction.’ He continued: ‘My decision on today’s health care bill, as with all bills, came down to its overall impact on the lives of the New Mexican people. This is a step-by-step approach, of which this is merely the first.’ Pearce is part of the House Freedom Caucus, a hardline conservative bloc of House members that successfully pushed the health care legislation to the right after a failed repeal attempt in March.” [New Mexico Political Report, 5/4/17]

So Far in 2017, Pearce Has Voted with Trump 94.6% of the Time. According toFiveThirtyEight, So far in 2017, Rep. Pearce has voted in line with President Trump’s position 94.6%.  [FiveThirtyEight, 6/29/17]

January 2017: Pearce Said Trump’s Travel Ban Would Further “The Safety of Our Nation.” According to a post on Pearce’s Facebook page, “The clunky roll out of President Trump’s recent order on refugees shows the youth, but also the ambition, of a new Administration. The goal of this order, however, is one we can all agree on – the safety of our nation. With this short term halt on certain visas, our nation can take a comprehensive assessment of the refugee and visa admission process to ensure our procedures are placing the safety and security of our nation first. I applaud DHS Secretary Kelly for working through the stumbled introduction of the order, to act on provisions laid out in President Trumps order that permit lawful permanent residents and green card holders admission into the United States. I hope the Trump Administration takes immediate action to follow through on its plan to revise our security procedures so we can return to a safer America.” [Facebook, Congressman Steve Pearce, 1/30/17]

2017: Pearce Cosponsored HR 354, “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017.”[Congress.gov, HR 354, 1/6/17]

Opposed Minimum Wage Increase. In 2007, Pearce voted against increasing the minimum wage from by $2.10 an hour to $7.25 an hour. The measure passed 218-212. [HR 1591, Vote #186, 3/23/07; CQ House Action Reports, No. 110-3, 3/20/07]

Named One of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress in 2007 and 2008. In September 2007 and September 2008, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Pearce to their lists of the 22 and 20 most corrupt members of Congress. [CREW’s Most Corrupt]