Representative Stevan 'Steve' Edward Pearce's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NM) - District 2, Republican
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Announces Support of Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 26 April 2005. “The right of parents to protect the health and welfare of their daughters needs to be protected. No one should be able to circumvent state laws by performing an abortion in another state on a minor without parental consent." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Pro-Life. 14 November 2011. “I believe strongly in the sanctity of life and protecting the most vulnerable among us - the unborn. In Congress, I have consistently opposed efforts to provide federal funding for pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood and I have stood firm in supporting laws that ban cloning. I believe stem cell research gives modern medicine an opportunity to do amazing things. However, I strongly oppose stem cell research that destroys human life, such as research on embryos.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Acceptable Bigotry: Prejudice Against the Child in the Womb. 19 January 2011. "It is easy to believe that any society is judged for its quality based on its willingness to be a voice for those who are the most fragile, those who have the least standing in that society. And in this society and in all societies, none are with a quieter, less obvious voice than the unborn. So our willingness to stand up and support them is a reflection on the quality of this culture, and we need to do more. Today, in Santa Fe and elsewhere around the country, pro-life citizens join in a March for Life. While my schedule for votes here today prevented me from being there, I am happy to associate my voice with them tonight and in the months to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Congressman Pearce Votes to Protect Life. 13 October 2011. “Two-thirds of Americans oppose federal funding for abortion. Today, the House passed the Protect Life Act, which stops taxpayer dollars from financing elective abortions. It also ensures against requirements to offer abortion services. These measures need to be taken to protect life and to protect the morals that this nation was founded on.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Acceptable Bigotry: Prejudice Against the Child in the Womb. 19 January 2011. “It is easy to believe that any society is judged for its quality based on its willingness to be a voice for those who are the most fragile, those who have the least standing in that society. And in this society and in all societies, none are with a quieter, less obvious voice than the unborn. So our willingness to stand up and support them is a reflection on the quality of this culture, and we need to do more. Today, in Santa Fe and elsewhere around the country, pro-life citizens join in a March for Life. While my schedule for votes here today prevented me from being there, I am happy to associate my voice with them tonight and in the months to come.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Steve Pearce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Steve Pearce voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Steve Pearce a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Steve Pearce voted NA on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Announces Support of Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 26 April 2005. "The right of parents to protect the health and welfare of their daughters needs to be protected. No one should be able to circumvent state laws by performing an abortion in another state on a minor without parental consent." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Pro-Life. 14 November 2011. "I believe strongly in the sanctity of life and protecting the most vulnerable among us - the unborn. In Congress, I have consistently opposed efforts to provide federal funding for pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood and I have stood firm in supporting laws that ban cloning. I believe stem cell research gives modern medicine an opportunity to do amazing things. However, I strongly oppose stem cell research that destroys human life, such as research on embryos." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Congressman Pearce Votes to Protect Life. 13 October 2011. "Two-thirds of Americans oppose federal funding for abortion. Today, the House passed the Protect Life Act, which stops taxpayer dollars from financing elective abortions. It also ensures against requirements to offer abortion services. These measures need to be taken to protect life and to protect the morals that this nation was founded on." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Votes for Defense Authorization. 18 May 2012. "'The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) gives our military the authority to undergo its missions worldwide, benefitting soldiers from Holloman to Tora Bora in Afghanistan,' said Pearce. 'Every time I have voted on the NDAA since 2003, I have considered it possibly the most important vote of the year.'" votesmart.org/public-statement/697440/pearce-votes-for-defense-authorization/.
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Votes for Defense Authorization. 18 May 2012. “'The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) gives our military the authority to undergo its missions worldwide, benefitting soldiers from Holloman to Tora Bora in Afghanistan,' said Pearce. 'Every time I have voted on the NDAA since 2003, I have considered it possibly the most important vote of the year.'" votesmart.org/public-statement/697440/pearce-votes-for-defense-authorization/.
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Steve Pearce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Steve Pearce voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: A Strong America In A Dangerous World. 14 November 2011. “There is no doubt that our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have had problems and that mistakes have been made. Pearce supported the surge in Iraq that has led to the stabilization of that country and has opened the way for an intelligent draw down of American troops. He will also support the opinions of the generals on the ground in Afghanistan as they work toward a solution in that important battleground in the War on Terror.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Ninth Anniversary of September 11th Attacks. 11 September 2010. "Americans should spend this day reflecting upon the lives lost, and praying that this will never happen again. We should also extend our thoughts and prayers to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have sacrificed so much since 2001, and deserve our fullest support during and after their tours of duty. They also deserve to come home in victory, and Americans should stand with our combat troops in their efforts to dismantle al Qaeda and the Taliban, and to bring about peaceful democratic rule in both Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: A Strong America In A Dangerous World. 14 November 2011. "There is no doubt that our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have had problems and that mistakes have been made. Pearce supported the surge in Iraq that has led to the stabilization of that country and has opened the way for an intelligent draw down of American troops. He will also support the opinions of the generals on the ground in Afghanistan as they work toward a solution in that important battleground in the War on Terror." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Pearce. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Steve Pearce voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Votes for Defense Authorization. 18 May 2012. "'We currently have troops in harm's way,' Pearce continued. 'My experiences in the Vietnam War remind me constantly that we must protect them and provide them with adequate funding. Washington cannot cut off funds to the men and women who so bravely protect our nation. As always, I support our troops and am pleased that the House voted to authorize the military to operate for another year.'" votesmart.org/public-statement/697440/pearce-votes-for-defense-authorization/.
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Votes to Protect Troops in Harm's Way. 10 May 2012. "The failure of the super committee to reach an agreement under the Budget Control Act forces significant cuts to defense at a time when we are fighting two wars and defending American interests,' said Pearce. 'I will not turn my back on our troops in harm's way. When I served in Vietnam, we faced this type of situation--and we had to face a war without support. I made the commitment to our troops that I would vote to protect them, and I will keep that promise.'" votesmart.org/public-statement/693724/pearce-votes-to-protect-troops-in-harms-way/.
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Votes for Defense Authorization. 18 May 2012. “'We currently have troops in harm's way,' Pearce continued. 'My experiences in the Vietnam War remind me constantly that we must protect them and provide them with adequate funding. Washington cannot cut off funds to the men and women who so bravely protect our nation. As always, I support our troops and am pleased that the House voted to authorize the military to operate for another year.'" votesmart.org/public-statement/697440/pearce-votes-for-defense-authorization/.
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Votes to Protect Troops in Harm's Way. 10 May 2012. “The failure of the super committee to reach an agreement under the Budget Control Act forces significant cuts to defense at a time when we are fighting two wars and defending American interests,' said Pearce. 'I will not turn my back on our troops in harm's way. When I served in Vietnam, we faced this type of situation--and we had to face a war without support. I made the commitment to our troops that I would vote to protect them, and I will keep that promise.'"votesmart.org/public-statement/693724/pearce-votes-to-protect-troops-in-harms-way/.
  • Steve Pearce. New Mexico Plays Vital Role in Our National Defense Strategy. 17 January 2008. "The war against radical Islamic terrorism is this generation's great struggle. We must take the fight to where they are or they will certainly bring the fight to us. That means ensuring our military is equipped and prepared and our intelligence services have the tools they need to intercept terrorist communications before they can carry out attacks. This is what we in Congress owe to the brave men and women out on the frontlines of the war on terror who protect our freedoms and our way of life." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Steve Pearce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. New Mexico Plays Vital Role in Our National Defense Strategy. 17 January 2008. “The war against radical Islamic terrorism is this generation's great struggle. We must take the fight to where they are or they will certainly bring the fight to us. That means ensuring our military is equipped and prepared and our intelligence services have the tools they need to intercept terrorist communications before they can carry out attacks. This is what we in Congress owe to the brave men and women out on the frontlines of the war on terror who protect our freedoms and our way of life." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Pearce. Straight Talk: Congressional Priorities. 31 January 2005. "We must make permanent the tax cuts Congress has passed the last couple of years because they support the American worker and help business create more jobs. Tax cuts stimulate even more economic growth and, in turn, increase the funds in consumers' pockets, which ultimately will mean more dollars for the treasury of the United States. The United States tax code must be simplified. The current tax system has become a nightmare for Americans. Uncle Sam should stay out of people's wallets. People should be able to keep more of what they earn. Simply stated, I trust people to spend their money better than the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Steve Pearce supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Steve Pearce supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Focuses on Economy, Spending at Otero County Debate. 19 February 2008. "I have stood firm and I have stood strong to protect the American taxpayer. Lower taxes and eliminating wasteful spending are not only good for the national economy, but they are good for our families and small businesses. I have consistently voted to oppose tax increases and will continue to do so […] It's not that taxes are too low. It's that Washington spends too much. " (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Differences Between Republicans and Democrats. 4 November 2005. “We passed the individual tax cuts. The Governor of New Mexico, a widely respected Hispanic Democrat Governor of New Mexico, stated most clearly when he was lobbying for tax cuts inside the State, he said, and his words are very true, that tax cuts create jobs. Now that is the question as we go in toward the end of this year, whether or not we are going to let ourselves understand the economic principles and try to achieve growth to where our kids continue to have jobs to go to or if we are going to listen to the other side and say that these tax cuts are just tax cuts for the wealthy. That is the discussion going on now. Do we want a vibrant, growing economy, or do we want to listen to our friends over here harangue about policies of which they appear to not have much understanding of?” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Taxes and Wasteful Spending. 16 November 2011. “I have consistently voted against tax increases and will continue to do so as long as I am in Congress. Taxes already take a third of every dollar from Americans. Families should be keeping their hard-earned money, not sending more of it to Washington.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: We Can Win With Conservative Principles. 4 March 2008. “I gave you a promise when I went to Congress that I would be against taxes. I took the tax pledge saying I will not raise taxes. Today I'm the only New Mexico representative who's at 100 percent on honoring that promise.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Right on Track. 8 December 2005. “Quite simply, Congress has been working with President Bush to place more federal money back where it belongs -- in the pockets of taxpayers. With individuals and businesses free to spend and invest more of their own money, America's economy is soaring to new heights.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Straight Talk: Congressional Priorities. 31 January 2005. “We must make permanent the tax cuts Congress has passed the last couple of years because they support the American worker and help business create more jobs. Tax cuts stimulate even more economic growth and, in turn, increase the funds in consumers' pockets, which ultimately will mean more dollars for the treasury of the United States. The United States tax code must be simplified. The current tax system has become a nightmare for Americans. Uncle Sam should stay out of people's wallets. People should be able to keep more of what they earn. Simply stated, I trust people to spend their money better than the federal government.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. “It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: We Can Win With Conservative Principles. 4 March 2008. "I gave you a promise when I went to Congress that I would be against taxes. I took the tax pledge saying I will not raise taxes. Today I'm the only New Mexico representative who's at 100 percent on honoring that promise." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Differences Between Republicans and Democrats. 4 November 2005. "We passed the individual tax cuts. The Governor of New Mexico, a widely respected Hispanic Democrat Governor of New Mexico, stated most clearly when he was lobbying for tax cuts inside the State, he said, and his words are very true, that tax cuts create jobs. Now that is the question as we go in toward the end of this year, whether or not we are going to let ourselves understand the economic principles and try to achieve growth to where our kids continue to have jobs to go to or if we are going to listen to the other side and say that these tax cuts are just tax cuts for the wealthy. That is the discussion going on now. Do we want a vibrant, growing economy, or do we want to listen to our friends over here harangue about policies of which they appear to not have much understanding of?" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Taxes and Wasteful Spending. 16 November 2011. "I have consistently voted against tax increases and will continue to do so as long as I am in Congress. Taxes already take a third of every dollar from Americans. Families should be keeping their hard-earned money, not sending more of it to Washington." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Focuses on Economy, Spending at Otero County Debate. 19 February 2008. "I have stood firm and I have stood strong to protect the American taxpayer. Lower taxes and eliminating wasteful spending are not only good for the national economy, but they are good for our families and small businesses. I have consistently voted to oppose tax increases and will continue to do so [¦] It's not that taxes are too low. It's that Washington spends too much. " (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Right on Track. 8 December 2005. "Quite simply, Congress has been working with President Bush to place more federal money back where it belongs -- in the pockets of taxpayers. With individuals and businesses free to spend and invest more of their own money, America's economy is soaring to new heights." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Pearce. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Steve Pearce voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Does Teague Still Believe New Mexico Is Better Off With Liberal Policies? 27 August 2010. "The latest economic data confirms what everyone outside of the Washington establishment already knew: the stimulus did not work, and the recovery is anemic at best […] We have to replace the failing policies coming out of Washington. It's time to focus on policies to create jobs, control spending, and keep taxes low. Families in New Mexico are hurting, and are worried about the future. They deserve better than a big government rubber stamp.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issues Facing 112th Congress. 6 January 2011. “Now, people have asked: What about the stimulus bill? 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. And they create jobs, but just for a short time, because if they only created jobs with that input of stimulus money, then that's not a legitimate long-term job in the first place.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: Reduce Burden on Middle-Class and Small Business for Economic Growth. 22 January 2008. “I want to make sure New Mexicans have access to home loans so our state can continue to prosper even while the market makes adjustments. I think we can reduce the burden on working families and small businesses, maintain access to home loans and stimulate the economy without dramatic increases in spending. If we can do that, I believe New Mexico will come out in good shape on the other end." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Policy of Taxation. 13 August 2011. “As productivity drops, revenues drop. Then the calls for more revenue come in because the spending never stops, because the spending as we saw with the stimulus and other legislation of the past Democratic majority is that they will then spend even more money to try to get their way out of a crisis. It was disappointing to see the President buy into the logic that your prosperity comes from the government rather than from the fruits of your own hard work, and that somehow the government is entitled to whatever of your money it deems necessary to continue its wasteful spending habits. Again, this is rejected.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Stimulus Should Focus on Middle-Class and Small Business. 18 January 2008. "I am not going to consider raising taxes, particularly if they are driven by increased spending on programs that will do nothing to help Americans and small businesses immediately. I believe New Mexicans and many around the country are unsettled by the level of spending by the federal government in recent years. We don't need the same old policies that raise taxes and end up doing less with more." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Teague and Democrats in Washington Fail to Lead on Creating Jobs. 13 July 2010. “"First, Congress must stop doing harm to the economy. The current policies coming out of Washington are killing jobs. The Cap and Trade bill is a job-killer and the Stimulus bills are failures […] Harry Teague and his Democrat colleagues continue to ignore the problems facing New Mexicans. We need solutions to bring jobs back to New Mexico not more failed big government policies that end up costing taxpayers money and fail to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issues Facing 112th Congress. 6 January 2011. "Now, people have asked: What about the stimulus bill? 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. And they create jobs, but just for a short time, because if they only created jobs with that input of stimulus money, then that's not a legitimate long-term job in the first place." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Does Teague Still Believe New Mexico Is Better Off With Liberal Policies? 27 August 2010. "The latest economic data confirms what everyone outside of the Washington establishment already knew: the stimulus did not work, and the recovery is anemic at best [¦] We have to replace the failing policies coming out of Washington. It's time to focus on policies to create jobs, control spending, and keep taxes low. Families in New Mexico are hurting, and are worried about the future. They deserve better than a big government rubber stamp." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: Reduce Burden on Middle-Class and Small Business for Economic Growth. 22 January 2008. "I want to make sure New Mexicans have access to home loans so our state can continue to prosper even while the market makes adjustments. I think we can reduce the burden on working families and small businesses, maintain access to home loans and stimulate the economy without dramatic increases in spending. If we can do that, I believe New Mexico will come out in good shape on the other end." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Policy of Taxation. 13 August 2011. "As productivity drops, revenues drop. Then the calls for more revenue come in because the spending never stops, because the spending as we saw with the stimulus and other legislation of the past Democratic majority is that they will then spend even more money to try to get their way out of a crisis. It was disappointing to see the President buy into the logic that your prosperity comes from the government rather than from the fruits of your own hard work, and that somehow the government is entitled to whatever of your money it deems necessary to continue its wasteful spending habits. Again, this is rejected." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Teague and Democrats in Washington Fail to Lead on Creating Jobs. 13 July 2010. "First, Congress must stop doing harm to the economy. The current policies coming out of Washington are killing jobs. The Cap and Trade bill is a job-killer and the Stimulus bills are failures [¦] Harry Teague and his Democrat colleagues continue to ignore the problems facing New Mexicans. We need solutions to bring jobs back to New Mexico not more failed big government policies that end up costing taxpayers money and fail to create jobs." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Pearce. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Response to President Bush's Remarks on the Economic Stimulus. 18 January 2008. "Though our economy in New Mexico is continuing to grow, the possibility of a slow down is a real concern. I support the President's proposal for tax relief that is large, broad-based and immediate to head off any potential damage to the economy. Tax incentives for small businesses and middle-class tax relief are both steps in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: Reduce Burden on Middle-Class and Small Business for Economic Growth. 22 January 2008. "A stimulus package that contains tax cuts for all Americans and investment incentives for small businesses should go a long way in reducing any long-term effects of an economic slow down. Families need to pay their bills now and businesses need an alternative to letting workers go, so it is imperative we get a stimulus into the hands of people who will use it quickly. We have an opportunity to do that through tax deductions, credits and rebates, but it must be large, broad-based and immediate." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Response to President Bush's Remarks on the Economic Stimulus. 18 January 2008. “Though our economy in New Mexico is continuing to grow, the possibility of a slow down is a real concern. I support the President's proposal for tax relief that is large, broad-based and immediate to head off any potential damage to the economy. Tax incentives for small businesses and middle-class tax relief are both steps in the right direction.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: Reduce Burden on Middle-Class and Small Business for Economic Growth. 22 January 2008. "A stimulus package that contains tax cuts for all Americans and investment incentives for small businesses should go a long way in reducing any long-term effects of an economic slow down. Families need to pay their bills now and businesses need an alternative to letting workers go, so it is imperative we get a stimulus into the hands of people who will use it quickly. We have an opportunity to do that through tax deductions, credits and rebates, but it must be large, broad-based and immediate.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Stimulus Should Focus on Middle-Class and Small Business. 18 January 2008. "I am not going to consider raising taxes, particularly if they are driven by increased spending on programs that will do nothing to help Americans and small businesses immediately. I believe New Mexicans and many around the country are unsettled by the level of spending by the federal government in recent years. We don't need the same old policies that raise taxes and end up doing less with more." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Investing in Our Children's Future. 23 July 2012. “Maintaining our status as a "shining city upon a hill" is dependent on our commitment to our children and their education. We need to raise standards and encourage choice and competition in our school systems. In Congress, Steve Pearce successfully worked to strengthen teacher training programs and increase student loan forgiveness for many highly qualified teachers. He fought repeatedly to help schools in rural areas and those near military bases. When he returns to Congress, he will continue to pursue an agenda of excellence and opportunity for our education system.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Education. 16 November 2011. “The future of America depends on the next generation. I strongly believe every school must face tough scrutiny and challenge itself to raise standards and push for the best in each of its students. Competition through choice would be a catalyst for vast improvements in underperforming public school systems, including those serving large numbers of low-income students.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Investing in Our Children's Future. 23 July 2012. "Maintaining our status as a 'shining city upon a hill' is dependent on our commitment to our children and their education. We need to raise standards and encourage choice and competition in our school systems. In Congress, Steve Pearce successfully worked to strengthen teacher training programs and increase student loan forgiveness for many highly qualified teachers. He fought repeatedly to help schools in rural areas and those near military bases. When he returns to Congress, he will continue to pursue an agenda of excellence and opportunity for our education system." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Education. 16 November 2011. "The future of America depends on the next generation. I strongly believe every school must face tough scrutiny and challenge itself to raise standards and push for the best in each of its students. Competition through choice would be a catalyst for vast improvements in underperforming public school systems, including those serving large numbers of low-income students." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Pearce. The Western Caucus. 11 May 2011. “Our Nation is stuck at 9 percent unemployment. We are stuck with a deficit that is having to be financed by our own Federal Reserve. We are putting the Nation's economy at risk because of the way that we are treating jobs and because of our deficit. So we are saying: Put the American workers back to work in the Gulf, produce American oil, produce American jobs, and bring lower prices of gasoline to the consumer. The same bill improves the safety by reforming current law. It sets timelines for the Secretary to act on permits to drill.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 22 June 2011. "You know, this is not a bill about Shell Oil Company. This is about a system that is broken. Shell Oil Company has been trying for almost 5 years to get a permit and still doesn't get the answer. In the meantime, they've drilled over 400 exploratory wells around the world, but they can't drill in the United States [¦] So understand that when we have high gas prices in this country it is because the government is making them high. It's making them high by moratoriums. It's making them high by delaying tactics in our administration's responses to these things like this permit." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Fights Hoax "DRILL" Bill, Sends Letter to Leadership to Remove Real Drilling Roadblocks. 17 July 2008. “The so-called "DRILL" Act, or the Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act (HR 6515), would create duplicative regulations and repeal oil leases from companies if the wells are found to be 'inactive.' It does nothing to increase sorely needed access to American energy or help bring down the cost of oil and gas […] If they were truly serious about bringing down gas prices and increasing supply, we would be opening up the 85% of the outer Continental Shelf that is currently off limits.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Our Nation's Energy Issue. 7 November 2005. “So we are going to have a double effect on our families and especially those families with limited income; and still we have people, our friends on the other side of the aisle in this institution, who are willing to obstruct and say, no, you cannot drill here. You cannot drill in my backyard. You cannot drill off the Outer Continental Shelf. You cannot drill in ANWR. You cannot drill in Alaska. I am sorry, but when do we begin to recognize that we are paying the price for that obstructionist policy that they are willing to engage in? It is time for us to have some common sense and to recognize that the technology of drilling oil wells has changed tremendously in the past 30 years. These arguments that are directed at an industry that existed 30 years ago have been bypassed, and yet they still hold the arguments in place.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. The Hill - Time to Start Jobs, Not Spend Reserves. 14 November 2011. “In February, I wrote a column encouraging President Obama to end his moratorium on gulf drilling and restore the thousands of jobs that have been lost as a result. In May, I wrote another column pointing out that the president talks about a strong domestic energy policy, while his actions send the opposite message. The president has advocated energy policies that stifle our oil and gas production and that kill American jobs. Since he took office, gas prices have doubled.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 22 June 2011. “You know, this is not a bill about Shell Oil Company. This is about a system that is broken. Shell Oil Company has been trying for almost 5 years to get a permit and still doesn't get the answer. In the meantime, they've drilled over 400 exploratory wells around the world, but they can't drill in the United States […] So understand that when we have high gas prices in this country it is because the government is making them high. It's making them high by moratoriums. It's making them high by delaying tactics in our administration's responses to these things like this permit.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Steve Pearce voted NA on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Steve Pearce voted NA on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. The Western Caucus. 11 May 2011. "Our Nation is stuck at 9 percent unemployment. We are stuck with a deficit that is having to be financed by our own Federal Reserve. We are putting the Nation's economy at risk because of the way that we are treating jobs and because of our deficit. So we are saying: Put the American workers back to work in the Gulf, produce American oil, produce American jobs, and bring lower prices of gasoline to the consumer. The same bill improves the safety by reforming current law. It sets timelines for the Secretary to act on permits to drill." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. The Hill - Time to Start Jobs, Not Spend Reserves. 14 November 2011. "In February, I wrote a column encouraging President Obama to end his moratorium on gulf drilling and restore the thousands of jobs that have been lost as a result. In May, I wrote another column pointing out that the president talks about a strong domestic energy policy, while his actions send the opposite message. The president has advocated energy policies that stifle our oil and gas production and that kill American jobs. Since he took office, gas prices have doubled." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Fights Hoax "DRILL" Bill, Sends Letter to Leadership to Remove Real Drilling Roadblocks. 17 July 2008. "The so-called 'DRILL" Act, or the Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act (HR 6515), would create duplicative regulations and repeal oil leases from companies if the wells are found to be 'inactive.' It does nothing to increase sorely needed access to American energy or help bring down the cost of oil and gas [¦] If they were truly serious about bringing down gas prices and increasing supply, we would be opening up the 85% of the outer Continental Shelf that is currently off limits." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Our Nation's Energy Issue. 7 November 2005. "So we are going to have a double effect on our families and especially those families with limited income; and still we have people, our friends on the other side of the aisle in this institution, who are willing to obstruct and say, no, you cannot drill here. You cannot drill in my backyard. You cannot drill off the Outer Continental Shelf. You cannot drill in ANWR. You cannot drill in Alaska. I am sorry, but when do we begin to recognize that we are paying the price for that obstructionist policy that they are willing to engage in? It is time for us to have some common sense and to recognize that the technology of drilling oil wells has changed tremendously in the past 30 years. These arguments that are directed at an industry that existed 30 years ago have been bypassed, and yet they still hold the arguments in place." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Pearce. Economic Environment Cause for Concern This Labor Day. 6 September 2010. "It is imperative that we stop instituting policies that penalize the productive sectors of our economy. We need to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, abandon the push for a cap-and-trade energy tax, repeal healthcare, stop burdening our children and grandchildren with trillions in debt, and permanently kill card check legislation specifically designed to reward union bosses." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Policy of Taxation. 13 April 2011. "But if we want to look at the other model, tax increases killing jobs, we can look no further than our own country at a time of the tax cuts of 2003. Over the next 4 to 5 years, our economy created over 5 million jobs. As the threat of taxes loomed, as the economic slowdown came in, as the uncertainty of the current administration began to take hold, then we have lost almost 3 million jobs. So just the talk of taxes, the talk of the cap-and-trade tax permeated the discussions in 2009, it began to cause people to shy away and say we better not invest because we're afraid we're going to be taxed." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Teague and Democrats in Washington Fail to Lead on Creating Jobs. 13 July 2010. "First, Congress must stop doing harm to the economy. The current policies coming out of Washington are killing jobs. The Cap and Trade bill is a job-killer and the Stimulus bills are failures." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Steve Pearce voted NA on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Economic Environment Cause for Concern This Labor Day. 6 September 2010. "It is imperative that we stop instituting policies that penalize the productive sectors of our economy. We need to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, abandon the push for a cap-and-trade energy tax, repeal healthcare, stop burdening our children and grandchildren with trillions in debt, and permanently kill card check legislation specifically designed to reward union bosses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Policy of Taxation. 13 April 2011. “But if we want to look at the other model, tax increases killing jobs, we can look no further than our own country at a time of the tax cuts of 2003. Over the next 4 to 5 years, our economy created over 5 million jobs. As the threat of taxes loomed, as the economic slowdown came in, as the uncertainty of the current administration began to take hold, then we have lost almost 3 million jobs. So just the talk of taxes, the talk of the cap-and-trade tax permeated the discussions in 2009, it began to cause people to shy away and say we better not invest because we're afraid we're going to be taxed.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Teague and Democrats in Washington Fail to Lead on Creating Jobs. 13 July 2010. "First, Congress must stop doing harm to the economy. The current policies coming out of Washington are killing jobs. The Cap and Trade bill is a job-killer and the Stimulus bills are failures.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Pearce. National Day of Prayer and the War on Terrorism. 6 May 2004. "The Second Amendment to the Constitution says, 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' Some would argue, and unfortunately some have successfully done so, that this is not an individual right, but a collective right associated with service in a militia, or in modern terms the National Guard. The Founders had a profound understanding that individuals and their rights were the only true check against an overzealous government. After all, they had just defeated one that sought to control access to arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Steve Pearce supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Steve Pearce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. National Day of Prayer and the War on Terrorism. 6 May 2004. “The Second Amendment to the Constitution says, 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' Some would argue, and unfortunately some have successfully done so, that this is not an individual right, but a collective right associated with service in a militia, or in modern terms the National Guard. The Founders had a profound understanding that individuals and their rights were the only true check against an overzealous government. After all, they had just defeated one that sought to control access to arms.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Hails Supreme Court DC Handgun Decision. 26 June 2008. "I applaud the United States Supreme Court's decision to affirm the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. The ability to defend yourself and your family within your own home is a fundamental right all Americans must be able to exercise. With this ruling of the Court, we have set an important precedent of Second Amendment rights for future generations." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Pearce. Congressman Steve Pearce to Urge Sensible Changes to Health Care Industry. 18 January 2011. "President Obama's plan creates hundreds of new bureaucracies, organizations, regulations, and steps that stand between a patient and their doctor. Where greater simplicity and ease are needed, President Obama's new health care regime creates more complication. Where broader freedom is needed, it creates more government control […] We can do better with a more systematic approach to tackling the ailments in the health care industry.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Congressman Steve Pearce Votes to Reverse the Government Takeover of Health Care. 20 January 2011. "I've travelled across New Mexico meeting with everyone who will talk to me, and what I'm hearing is that people don't want the government controlling their medicine. People are worried about keeping their freedom and their jobs. Small business owners already struggling to stay afloat are being forced to lay off even more employees to comply with this law." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Congressman Steve Pearce to Urge Sensible Changes to Health Care Industry. 18 January 2011. "President Obama's plan creates hundreds of new bureaucracies, organizations, regulations, and steps that stand between a patient and their doctor. Where greater simplicity and ease are needed, President Obama's new health care regime creates more complication. Where broader freedom is needed, it creates more government control [¦] We can do better with a more systematic approach to tackling the ailments in the health care industry." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Health Care. 14 November 2011. "In Congress, I am fighting for Health Savings Accounts and have helped pass the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit program that lowered costs and saved money for millions of seniors. I voted to repeal the current Washington takeover of health care, and am working for the commonsense solutions that benefit New Mexicans." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Congressman Steve Pearce Votes to Reverse the Government Takeover of Health Care. 20 January 2011. "I've travelled across New Mexico meeting with everyone who will talk to me, and what I'm hearing is that people don't want the government controlling their medicine. People are worried about keeping their freedom and their jobs. Small business owners already struggling to stay afloat are being forced to lay off even more employees to comply with this law.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Health Care. 14 November 2011. “In Congress, I am fighting for Health Savings Accounts and have helped pass the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit program that lowered costs and saved money for millions of seniors. I voted to repeal the current Washington takeover of health care, and am working for the commonsense solutions that benefit New Mexicans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Wins KOAT/Albuquerque Journal Debate. 25 October 2010. "We must work to defund the healthcare bill, and the 120 agencies that stand between you and your doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: House Takes Action Against the Government Takeover of Medicine. 4 May 2011. "President Obama's health care law limits patients' access to health care, takes away freedom and choices, and will cost Americans billions that we don't have. Last night's vote to repeal funding provisions of this dangerous law is an important step in protecting Americans' freedom and access to the health care choices they need. Through measures like this one, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to reverse the government takeover of health care." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Pearce. President Bush Sounded Right Themes In State of the Union Message, Pearce Says. 2 February 2005. "I am against amnesty for illegal immigrants. Amnesties always lead to more illegal immigration. Amnesty doesn't cure the problem; it exacerbates it." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: President's Border Plan Falls Short. 16 May 2006. "I am also concerned the President did not rule out amnesty, at least in substance. Allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens will merely lead to more illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Respecting Others While Protecting America. 14 November 2011. "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. Legal immigration has been an integral part of America's development as a richly diverse nation. Steve Pearce will work to continue the great traditions of our country while insisting that the laws of our land are upheld." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Travels with President to Artesia; Renews Call for "Third Way" to Secure the Border Now. 6 June 2006. "To secure the border now, we don't have to debate the intricacies of a temporary legal employment program. We shouldn't try to pass 'tough' new enforcement measures until we enforce the laws we already have. And we certainly have no business considering amnesty under any circumstances." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Video: Steve Pearce at a Debate in 2008. 19 September 2010. "The problem of illegals here must be handled, in my opinion, very correctly. I don't think that we should have amnesty. I don't think that generalized citizenship for everyone here illegally should be occurring [¦] what I would support is, if people want to be citizens, they need to go back home. They need to get in the back of the line." (youtu.be)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Steve Pearce voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce: President's Border Plan Falls Short. 16 May 2006. "I am also concerned the President did not rule out amnesty, at least in substance. Allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens will merely lead to more illegal immigration.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Respecting Others While Protecting America. 14 November 2011. “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. Legal immigration has been an integral part of America's development as a richly diverse nation. Steve Pearce will work to continue the great traditions of our country while insisting that the laws of our land are upheld.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Focuses on Economy, Spending at Otero County Debate. 19 February 2008. "I oppose amnesty. If you are in this country illegally, you must go to the back of line behind those who are doing the right thing. But our first responsibility is to secure the border. Washington has not done it's job. We need to enforce the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Travels with President to Artesia; Renews Call for "Third Way" to Secure the Border Now. 6 June 2006. “To secure the border now, we don't have to debate the intricacies of a temporary legal employment program. We shouldn't try to pass "tough" new enforcement measures until we enforce the laws we already have. And we certainly have no business considering amnesty under any circumstances.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. President Bush Sounded Right Themes In State of the Union Message, Pearce Says. 2 February 2005. “I am against amnesty for illegal immigrants. Amnesties always lead to more illegal immigration. Amnesty doesn't cure the problem; it exacerbates it." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Upholding Conservative New Mexico Values. 14 November 2011. "In Washington, Steve Pearce will stand up for life, traditional marriage and religious freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "I thank the gentleman for the time and rise in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment. There, again, needs to be the general statement that gays and lesbians have a right to live as they choose, and I will work to support that right, but they do not have the right to define marriage for all of us." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Marriage Protection. 24 September 2004. "If courts rule that same sex marriage is a civil right, then people like you and me who believe that children need moms and dads, we will be treated like bigots and racists. Religious groups like Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army may lose their tax exemption or be denied the use of parks and other public facilities unless they endorse gay marriage [¦] I will stand and fight for any one person's right to choose their life style, but I will also oppose their attempt to redefine for all of America exactly what marriage is." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Providing For Consideration of H.R. 3313, Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "But at the end of the day, nature has described what a marriage is. Law only fundamentally defines what nature has already defined: that a man and a woman come together, they create life, and it is the only life-creating institution and the only life-creating relationship in the world, and then the bonding process of that keeps them together in order to nurture and to grow the children and the offspring [¦] Mr. Speaker, that is the relationship that people are asking about, and it is a good question. Should gays be allowed to marry? Well, yes, they can, and they should be allowed to marry. But marriage, by definition of nature, is between a man and a woman, and if they are going to marry, they have to marry a man or a woman." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Steve Pearce supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 18 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Steve Pearce supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Steve Pearce supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Steve Pearce voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Steve Pearce voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Steve Pearce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: Upholding Conservative New Mexico Values. 14 November 2011. “In Washington, Steve Pearce will stand up for life, traditional marriage and religious freedom.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. “I thank the gentleman for the time and rise in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment. There, again, needs to be the general statement that gays and lesbians have a right to live as they choose, and I will work to support that right, but they do not have the right to define marriage for all of us.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Marriage Protection. 24 September 2004. “If courts rule that same sex marriage is a civil right, then people like you and me who believe that children need moms and dads, we will be treated like bigots and racists. Religious groups like Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army may lose their tax exemption or be denied the use of parks and other public facilities unless they endorse gay marriage […] I will stand and fight for any one person's right to choose their life style, but I will also oppose their attempt to redefine for all of America exactly what marriage is.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Providing For Consideration of H.R. 3313, Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. “But at the end of the day, nature has described what a marriage is. Law only fundamentally defines what nature has already defined: that a man and a woman come together, they create life, and it is the only life-creating institution and the only life-creating relationship in the world, and then the bonding process of that keeps them together in order to nurture and to grow the children and the offspring […] Mr. Speaker, that is the relationship that people are asking about, and it is a good question. Should gays be allowed to marry? Well, yes, they can, and they should be allowed to marry. But marriage, by definition of nature, is between a man and a woman, and if they are going to marry, they have to marry a man or a woman.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: The War on Terror. 14 November 2011. "I believe the war on terror is this generation's great struggle. Like communism and fascism before, global terrorism threatens our people, our interests and our way of life. The first step to combating terror is to remain aggressive in seeking out and eliminating terrorist networks. If we do not hunt and root out terrorists when they plot and plan overseas, then we will surely be forced to fight them here in our own country." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. New Mexico Plays Vital Role in Our National Defense Strategy. 17 January 2008. "The war against radical Islamic terrorism is this generation's great struggle. We must take the fight to where they are or they will certainly bring the fight to us. That means ensuring our military is equipped and prepared and our intelligence services have the tools they need to intercept terrorist communications before they can carry out attacks. This is what we in Congress owe to the brave men and women out on the frontlines of the war on terror who protect our freedoms and our way of life." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Issue Position: The War on Terror. 14 November 2011. “I believe the war on terror is this generation's great struggle. Like communism and fascism before, global terrorism threatens our people, our interests and our way of life. The first step to combating terror is to remain aggressive in seeking out and eliminating terrorist networks. If we do not hunt and root out terrorists when they plot and plan overseas, then we will surely be forced to fight them here in our own country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. New Mexico Plays Vital Role in Our National Defense Strategy. 17 January 2008. “The war against radical Islamic terrorism is this generation's great struggle. We must take the fight to where they are or they will certainly bring the fight to us. That means ensuring our military is equipped and prepared and our intelligence services have the tools they need to intercept terrorist communications before they can carry out attacks. This is what we in Congress owe to the brave men and women out on the frontlines of the war on terror who protect our freedoms and our way of life." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. President Bush Sounded Right Themes In State of the Union Message, Pearce Says. 2 February 2005. "Even though I am glad that the elections in Iraq last weekend were successful, President Bush is right when he said that we need to continue to be focused on the War against Terrorism. Terrorism is real. It is scattered in many places around the world. We must continue the fight in order to provide freedom, security and safety for our country. We in Congress should realize that when it comes to foreign policy, partisan politics stop at the waters edge." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Pearce. Straight Talk: Social Security. 15 March 2005. "If we all work together, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, we can perform a great duty: keeping Social Security solvent, giving millions of senior citizens now and in the future, the dignity, security and peace of mind that they deserve. A retirement nest egg is more important than partisan politics. I don't know the solution but I do know that by working together we can find the answer. We need to have discussions about the trust fund. We need to talk about personal retirement accounts. We need to discuss a better way to save. We need to talk about ownership, returns and benefits. We need to discuss Social Security reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Pearce Talks Taxes, Jobs. 20 August 2010. "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 believes the federal government had a Social Security surplus the entire time, while occasionally bouncing into a deficit." (www.peopleforpearce.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Steve Pearce supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 38 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Pearce. Straight Talk: Social Security. 15 March 2005. “If we all work together, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, we can perform a great duty: keeping Social Security solvent, giving millions of senior citizens now and in the future, the dignity, security and peace of mind that they deserve. A retirement nest egg is more important than partisan politics. I don't know the solution but I do know that by working together we can find the answer. We need to have discussions about the trust fund. We need to talk about personal retirement accounts. We need to discuss a better way to save. We need to talk about ownership, returns and benefits. We need to discuss Social Security reform.” (votesmart.org)

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