April 19, 2016

Steve Pearce joins a very exclusive new club: the Anti-Parks caucus

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New Mexico’s lone Tea Party congressman just joined a very special club.

In recognition of his work to sell off New Mexico (and our country’s) national parks and public lands, the Center for American Progress named Steve Pearce to the new Anti-Parks caucus along with 19 other federal representatives and senators who have filed at least 44 different bills to sell off or otherwise exploit our national parks and public spaces for profit since 2013.

Much like the dad in “A Christmas Story,” this recognition must make Pearce very proud.

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In recognition of his work to sell off New Mexico (and our country’s) national parks and public lands, the Center for American Progress named Steve Pearce to the new Anti-Parks caucus along with 19 other federal representatives and senators who have filed at least 44 different bills to sell off or otherwise exploit our national parks and public spaces for profit since 2013.

From our friends at CAP:

A Center for American Progress analysis found that between January 2013 and March 2016 members of Congress filed at least 44 bills or amendments that attempted to remove or undercut protections for parks and public lands—making the 114th Congress the most anti-conservation Congress in recent history…

Research for this brief found that the breakdown of congressional support for national parks and public lands can be traced to 20 lawmakers—a group of U.S. senators and representatives that CAP has dubbed the anti-parks caucus—whose record on parks-related issues in the last three years sharply diverges from that of their colleagues and the American public.

The exclusive club of 20 legislators puts Pearce in good company.  The list includes senate wackos Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) and Mike Lee (R-Ut.).  And, of course, it includes Rep. Bob Bishop (R-Ut).

Here’s what helped Pearce earn this (less than) prestigious honor:

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)

Rep. Pearce has cosponsored six pieces of legislation that cover land seizure, attacks to the Antiquities Act, and legislation that would prioritize logging over recreation and open new areas to roads and clear cutting. In response the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Pearce issued a joint statement that condemned the actions of federal officials while failing to decry the law-breaking actions of the armed militants.

You can read the full report (it’s a long read, but worth it), “The rise to power of the anti-parks caucus,” at AmericanProgress.org here.

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