Hundreds of New Mexicans ask Congressman Pearce to “Step Up”
Today the Step Up Steve coalition today released a letter to Congressman Steve Pearce from nearly 700 New Mexicans asking him to take specific policy actions in Congress to support protected public lands, affordable renewable energy, and clean air. Such actions include supporting national monuments, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and investment in renewable energy programs. The letter also asks that Pearce oppose legislation that would sell off or transfer our public lands to states or otherwise remove public lands protections.
Last month, Pearce voted to gut the Antiquities Act, an important conservation law that past presidents used to protect New Mexico icons such as White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Canyon, and Bandelier and national treasures such as the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Denali, and the Grand Tetons. In September, Pearce voted against an amendment that would have ensured that a greater level of care is given to any public lands disposal effort and that the American taxpayer isn’t left holding the bill for such transactions.
The Step Up Steve coalition represents diverse New Mexicans including sportsmen, veterans, Hispanics, and working families. The coalition partners – New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Hispanic Access Foundation, Vet Voice Foundation Progress, OLÉ Education Fund, and Now New Mexico Education Fund – joined forces this past spring in an educational campaign to draw attention to Congressman Steve Pearce’s congressional voting record on public lands and renewable energy, noting that his record is out of step with views held by a majority of New Mexicans.Step Up Steve Letter to Pearce 111517
A hard copy of the petition letter, including a list of all signers and where they live in New Mexico, is being delivered to Rep. Pearce’s staff in New Mexico and Washington, DC, today. The nonprofits involved with the Step Up Steve campaign welcome a conversation with Rep. Pearce on the issues, an opportunity to share with the Congressman some of the points where he could change his course to be more aligned to the will of his constituents.
For more information, visit www.StepUpSteve.org.