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Steve Pearce's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NM) - District 2, Republican
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Steve Pearce has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Steve Pearce is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe strongly in the sanctity of life and protecting the most vulnerable among us - the unborn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/387531/issue-position-pro-life#.VZREdnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Throughout my time in Congress, I have opposed pork and pushed for lower taxes on families and small business." http://pearce.house.gov/issue/taxes (pearce.house.gov)
  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/Federal%20Pledge.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Throughout my time in Congress, I have opposed pork and pushed for lower taxes on families and small business." https://pearce.house.gov/issue/spending-cuts-and-debt (pearce.house.gov)
  • "Well, the stimulus bill was never going to create jobs, because what it does is it taxes away from that bulldozer operator who was going to create the job with his $340,000, and then it gives that tax money over here to someone else." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/578752/issues-facing-the-112th-congress/?search=Stimulus#.ViqQIGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "With 9.1 percent unemployment, I do not believe that America can stand another stimulus program. […] We have seen too many failed policies and failed promises." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637030/pearce-we-have-seen-too-many-failed-policies-and-failed-promises/?search=Stimulus#.ViqPbWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5140 "Economic Stimulus Plan" https://www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/house-bill/5140 (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Cutting taxes stimulates our economy and puts money in the hands of people who need it most. An easy way to do that would be to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. If we let them expire, not only will we impose the largest tax increase in American history on New Mexican families and small businesses, but we will discourage economic growth and job creation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/338753/pearce-calls-for-making-tax-cuts-permanent/?search=lower%20taxes#.VZRK1XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we understand that every time we raise taxes, we kill jobs; and every time that we lower taxes, we create jobs. That was the essence of the argument that President Kennedy levied when he said we need to lower the tax rate in order to create more government revenues." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604228/policy-of-taxation/?search=lower%20taxes#.VZRKdnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In the decade since No Child Left Behind became law, it has become clear that a one size fits all approach does not work for New Mexico or the nation. The federal government should provide state and local educators with the means and flexibility to develop education programs that best meet the needs of students. Today’s legislation takes meaningful steps to do just that by reforming, improving, and updating the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to empower teachers and parents, instead of Washington, to make education decisions." http://pearce.house.gov/press-release/pearce-votes-education-reform (pearce.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.VZRSi3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1 (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We should increase the supply of domestic gas and oil, while also developing greener sources of energy like wind, solar and nuclear power. We can protect our environment and reduce our dependence on forn oil only if only we just start harnessing all our sources of energy." http://www.peopleforpearce.com/issues#sthash.nxgmkdZW.dpuf (www.peopleforpearce.com)
  • "From advanced solar and wind technology […] energy research and development has had an enormously beneficial impact on the economy in New Mexico, but more importantly it has provided stable and good-paying jobs for countless hardworking families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/978244/pearce-praises-passage-of-house-bill-to-fund-all-of-the-above-energy-policy/?search=solar#.ViqVDGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6 "Energy Policy Act of 2005" https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/house-bill/6 (www.congress.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "New Mexicans need jobs and affordable energy. We can, and must, protect the environment without the heavy-handed, job-killing approach we've seen from this administration." http://pearce.house.gov/press-release/pearce-opposes-president%E2%80%99s-middle-class-energy-tax (pearce.house.gov)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Steve Pearce, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of New Mexico and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://americansforprosperity.org/noclimatetax//wp-content/uploads/2010/02/steve-pearce.pdf (americansforprosperity.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am, and always have been, a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761415/pearce-presidents-regulations-wont-solve-the-problem#.ViqXa2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "My colleagues and I are passionately opposed to any measure that would curb our Second Amendment rights. The gun control proposals the president offered last week are a constitutional non-starter [...]" http://rokita.house.gov/press-release/release-rokita-letter-POTUS-2ndAmdt (rokita.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] this is not only a program with disastrous consequences for Americans, but one that the law’s own designers cannot even understand or implement." http://pearce.house.gov/press-release/pearce-obamacare-unworkable (pearce.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/596 (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cannot reward those who broke the law by allowing them to remain, living the American dream, while they wait the same as those following the law. Doing so would disenfranchise the millions who followed the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/782738/letter-to-cafe/?search=deport#.VZRjGHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Senate's pathway to full citizenship is unfair to the people who follow the law, waiting in their country. A noncitizen guest worker program will provide legal status to millions ensuring stability and safety. Undocumented immigrants will be able to have a job, pay their taxes, and live the American dream." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/816863/albuquerque-journal-the-compromise-america-needs/?search=citizenship#.ViqbhGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Pearce will work to secure the border, to streamline the broken immigration system, to ensure that guest workers who enter the country do so legally and he will encourage legal immigration. We will respect people, but we will also insist the law be followed." http://www.peopleforpearce.com/agenda-for-america (www.peopleforpearce.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I was deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court's activist decision which ignores the Constitution, the will of the people in the states, and our religious liberty. I respect every individual’s right to liberty. However, marriage has always been and will always be the union between one man and one woman." http://pearce.house.gov/press-release/pearce-supreme-court-ruling-same-sex-marriage-ignores-will-people (pearce.house.gov)
  • "Marriage was defined in nature first. It is in nature that we find that men and women come together to have children and in the process of having the children, the sexual acts that caused the children create bonds that cause the couples to stay together. Those bonds create the family that sustain and nurture and raise and defend and protect our children. This argument is not about what is right for any class of people except children. When we move the children out of the central focus, we begin to stray away from the most vital, important part of this discussion because it is through the children that we have the next generation, the generation that will work and sustain us, the generation that will produce succeeding generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/68012/marriage-protection#.VZRu-HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Other Republicans interviewed said they liked Pearce's support for gun ownership rights, his opposition to abortion rights and the legalization of gay marriage and his fiscal conservatism." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/393238/in-case-you-missed-it-associated-press-profiles-steve-pearce#.ViqcxGwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cannot wait and allow this terrorist organization to continue to amass power; we must begin addressing the threat immediately." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929248/house-responds-to-isis-threat/?search=islamic%20state#.VZVWpHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "[...] we believe that the United States must confront and ultimately destroy the threat of ISIL, which has shown itself to be a barbaric terrorist group, destabilizing the region, killing thousands, and displacing millions more." http://cole.house.gov/press-release/reps-schiff-and-cole-along-28-members-send-bipartisan-letter-urging-debate-and-vote (cole.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 6% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/interest-group/959/rating/7965 (votesmart.org)
  • "Pearce said he has never believed in privatizing Social Security. 'I have always said we should have a three-layered function,' he said to the audience. 'Our people 55 and over should have no changes at all. The IOUs absolutely need to be paid back. They're is a Social Security lock box. The lock box has only IOUs in it. Both parties (Republican and Democrat) have taken the surplus and spent it.'" Pearce said he has never believed in privatizing Social Security. "I have always said we should have a three-layered function," he said to the audience. "Our people 55 and over should have no changes at all. The IOUs absolutely need to be paid back. They're is a Social Security lock box. The lock box has only IOUs in it. Both parties (Republican and Democrat) have taken the surplus and spent it."http://www.peopleforpearce.com/content/pearce-talks-taxes-jobs (www.peopleforpearce.com)
  • Silver City Sun "But when Udall charged Pearce had continuously voted for privatization, Pearce challenged him. 'Tell me one piece of legislation […] You're making stuff up. Tell me one vote, one bill.'" http://archive.scsun-news.com/news/ci_10758503/ (archive.scsun-news.com)
  • Socorro News"Your employer pays 6.2 percent for you and you pay 6.2 percent, so you’ve got 12.4 aggregate. And of your 6.2 you could opt for up to 4 percent - you could opt for less, but you could opt for up to 4 percent. But the rest, the 8.4 percent continues to go into traditional social security and you would get a partial social security, and then you’d also have your private personal account." http://socorronews.com/content/interview-congressman-steve-pearce-social-security (socorronews.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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