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New Mexicans want our special public lands protected for outdoor recreation. We want a future where places like Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument remain protected, where we can continue to share our outdoor traditions with our families and pass them along to our children.
- 84% of people living in New Mexico rank outdoor recreation and opportunities for spending time in nature in our state as great or good.
- Nearly half of all New Mexicans identify as a hunter or an angler and use Public Lands for those purposes.
- 82% of New Mexicans favor keeping areas that are designated as National Monuments protected in the future.
Sadly, Steve Pearce’s record in Congress shows he doesn’t represent what New Mexicans value from their public lands. On numerous occasions, he’s supported legislation that would sell off or transfer our public lands to western states or would otherwise reduce or remove public lands protections. He’s even trying to eliminate protections for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks just like his donors want him to [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], despite strong public support for the monument in Dona Ana County.
Steve Pearce should stand with hunters, anglers, and New Mexicans who value our wild places.
Pearce co-sponsored bills:
H.R.5836 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) – Would authorize the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to dispose of federal lands under their respective jurisdictions by offering them for sale or exchange to units of local government in accordance with this bill.
H.R.1581 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) – Would remove Wilderness Study Areas and Inventoried Roadless Areas designation/protections afforded to tens millions of acres of western public lands.
HR 2852 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) – Would allow the Western States to select 5 percent of the federal mineral, oil, and/or gas land within their borders to be handed over to the State.
H.R.3155 — 112th Congress (2011-2012) – Would prohibit the administrative withdrawal from uranium mining of public land surrounding the Grand Canyon to protect water and communities.
H.R.3478 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) – Would remove Wilderness Study Areas designation/protections from public lands in the Luna and Hidalgo Counties in New Mexico.
H.R.995 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) – This bill would designate portions of the Organ Mountains as a National Monument but would remove Wilderness Study Areas designation/protections from the Organ Mountains, Organ Needles, and Pena Blanca Wilderness Study Areas; thus HR 995 would result in a net loss of protection for public lands. In addition, Pearce’s proposed monument was dramatically smaller than that proposed by Senators Udall and Heinrich (and ultimately established by President Obama) and neglected over 400,000 acres of public lands rich in historic, archaeological, scientific, and cultural resources.
More on Pearce’s record:
House Roll Call Vote 6 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) – Pearce voted for House Resolution 5 which included language stating “a conveyance of Federal land to a state, local government, or tribal entity shall not be considered as providing new budget authority, decreasing revenues, increasing mandatory spending or increasing outlays.” This language greases the skids for Congress to dispose of our public lands by exempting such conveyances (i.e., donations, exchanges, or sales) from House requirements that any bill that adds to the federal deficit must include a financial offset. Thus, federal land conveyance legislation is exempt from such ledger balancing and, in essence, our public lands can be given away for below-market value or even $0.
House Roll Call Vote 264 — 114th Congress (2015-2016) – Pearce voted no on a motion to Instruct Conferees to the House and Senate conference committee for S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, to accept Section 5002 of the Energy Policy and Modernization Act — a permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for inclusion in the final conference report.