New Mexicans want our public lands protected for our children’s future. We are grateful to have public places such as Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, which protects our heritage, history, wildlife, and traditions. We enjoy spending time there with our families. This is our heritage and we should be working to protect it at every level. Our monuments, parks, and conservation lands also attract visitors to southern New Mexico and that creates jobs and benefits our economy.
- Outdoor recreation provides 68,000 jobs in New Mexico and produces $6.1 BILLION in consumer spending for the state.
- 66% of New Mexicans favor protecting our natural resources over expanding extraction and expansion of fossil fuel production.
- 84% of people living in New Mexico rank outdoor recreation and opportunities for spending time in nature in our state as great or good.
- 82% of New Mexicans favor keeping areas that are designated as National Monuments protected in the future.
Steve Pearce’s own voting record shows he’s not interested in maintaining what New Mexicans value from our 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. If that happened, our ability to share these amazing places with our children could be lost and these lands could even be sold off to private interests.
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.
Steve Pearce has passed on several opportunities in the last few years to support the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For example, he did not co-sponsor H.R.502 in the 115th Congress or H.R.1814 or H.R.4151 in the 114th Congress nor has he supported full funding of LWCF. LWCF has benefitted.
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.