Congress is about to go on break, are you ready for more town halls?

Congress is set to be off for quite a bit of the month of April. According to the Washington Post, the House is only scheduled to be in session for EIGHT days this month. With all that time off, it’s likely we’ll see some of New Mexico’s congressional delegation back home and talking with constituents. Find events near you: ProgressNowNM’s Statewide Progressive Events Calendar
While we’re generally pretty happy with the job our congressional delegation is doing in Washington, it’s always good to be aware of what key issues our congress people and senators are working on. And in southern New Mexico especially, holding Rep. Steve Pearce accountable for the LACK of representation he gives us is absolutely key.

You’ll never guess why Steve Pearce voted to shut down the Defense Department

One member of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation voted against funding the Defense Department and pay raises for our military, and it’s probably not the one you think. Fresh off of a successful re-election bid, Southern New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce proceeded back to DC to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA), a bill containing fiscal authorization for all of our country’s defense efforts and pay raises for our military. Pearce’s vote apparently came in opposition to provisions in the bill that would have also protected 250,000 in (already) public lands in New Mexico from exploitation by special interests angling to log and drill our public lands. In a statement before the vote, Senators Udall and Heinrich proudly noted, “[the Senators] successfully fought to include provisions to designate the Columbine-Hondo as wilderness, transition the Valles Caldera National Preserve to new management to increase public access, and establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.”

Pearce, a self-made oil and gas millionaire, on the other hand, has made it his mission to “reverse this trend of public ownership of lands.”   A video from CPAC, the nation’s largest conservative conference, features Pearce explaining to other conservatives how Utah Congressman Rob Bishop and himself were lobbying Mitt Romney to sell drilling and mining rights on federal public lands to states if elected president. courtesy ThinkProgress.org

Just before the election in 2012, The Nation reported that Romney’s energy platform, which included the Pearce-Bishop proposal, would open oil and gas drilling permiting on federal lands to state regulators.

[VIDEO] Pearce scampers away and hides behind closed-doors when he meets DREAMers

Last month we helped make news exposing Steve Pearce’s two-faced comments about Central America.  Even though it was too dangerous for him and his fellow Congressmen to leave their hotel, Pearce concluded that children should immediately be sent back to their home countries because they were perfectly safe. Even Steven Colbert got in on the act. Now Congressman Pearce has taken his animosity towards Latino immigrants to a whole new level. Before a Republican Party event last night in Downtown Albuquerque, several DREAMers and local immigration advocates attempted to talk to Steve Pearce about his votes.

Rep. Steve Pearce dumps press sec. after she’s outed as firebrand blogger @PolitixFirebal

Just two days after ProgressNow New Mexico outed Rep. Steve Pearce’s new press secretary, Rebekah Stevens, as @PolitixFireball, his office announced that Stevens was out as quickly as she had arrived.  

Sources in Pearce’s office confirmed this morning that Steve Pearce demanded her resignation this morning citing “major obstacles” (read: ProgressNow’s report and her political BS) was permitted to resign this morning after a ProgressNowNM investigation exposed her as the hateful and racist blogger @PolitixFireball.  UPDATE: read Pearce’s press release here. PEARCE ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF PRESS SECRETARY REBEKAH STEVENS

Mar 28, 2014

Washington, DC (March 28, 2014) Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce accepted the resignation of his Press Secretary, Rebekah Stevens.  

“I am proud to hire passionate, hardworking, and dedicated congressional staff out of New Mexico,” said Pearce.

[UPDATED] Rep. Steve Pearce Hires Racist Blogger, Prevaricator @PolitixFireball as Press Secretary

[UPDATED] Reminiscent of Rand Paul’s “Confederate Avenger” press staffer; Rebekah Stevens, the previously anonymous writer behind the radical right-wing PolitixFireball blog, Red State and Twitter account will now direct communications for the incumbent congressman

[UPDATE 3/28/14]: She’s out!  Rep. Steve Pearce demanded Rebekah Steven’s resignation this morning citing “major obstacles,” just two days after our first report.  Read more. [UPDATE (3/27/14): Rep. Steve Pearce broke his silence yesterday on the controversy surrounding his new press secretary Rebekah Stevens, the previously anonymous woman who ran the PolitixFireball Twitter account and blog. Pearce told the ABQ Journal that he had a “very frank and straightforward discussion” with Stevens about her online rhetoric before hiring her.