New Pearce Ad Chock-Full of Untruths

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New Pearce Ad Chock-Full of Untruths

Steve Pearce released a new ad today, trying desperately to rewrite his record on jobs and opportunity for New Mexicans. Nobody’s buying it.

“Don’t be fooled, with a record as destructive as Steve Pearce’s, standing with Governor Martinez’s failed policies, lies are about all you’ve got,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Pearce rarely misses a chance to vote with Susana Martinez against good jobs and better education for New Mexicans.”

Pearce’s “plan”

The Truth on Pearce’s record

Narrator: “Big ideas for a better New Mexico? Steve Pearce has a few”

Big ideas? After Michelle Lujan Grisham has spent 10 months discussing 12 detailed policy plans with real ideas to build a stronger New Mexico, Pearce is touting a fake “jobs plan” lacking on substance or detail.

Pearce: “A New Silicon Mesa where 21st century industries would set up shop to support our national labs with a highly trained workforce.

Pearce has worked for less workforce training opportunity, higher tuition, and more student debt:

  • 1997: Pearce voted against appropriating $355,000 for establishing a job training and skills program for welfare recipients. [HB 1052 1997]

  • 1998: Pearce voted against a bill to provide career education opportunities to NM students. HB 124 would have created and expanded services connecting students to work opportunities and jobs. [HB 124 1998]

  • 1999: Pearce voted against a bill that would have appropriated $1 million for vocational education programs in public high schools. [HB 88 1999]

  • 1999: Pearce voted against the Education Works program, which would provide cash assistance and other measures to support needy families pursuing education. [SB 175 1999]

  • 2004: Opposed $2bn increase for Pell Grants [H Res 685, Vote #301, 6/24/04; Associated Press, 6/25/04; Washington Times, 6/25/04]

  • 2010: Opposed $1.9bn increase for Pell Grants [HR 3010, Vote #320, 6/24/05]

  • 2011: Voted Against Protecting Pell Grants from $39m Cut [HR 1, Vote #146, 2/19/11]

  • 2013: Voted for Ryan Budget that cut Pell Grant Eligibility and Funding [Inside Higher Ed, 3/13/13; Campus Progress, 3/12/13]

  • 2013: Pearce Voted for “Students Pay More Act.” “Using Congressional Budget Office projections, that would translate to a 5 percent interest rate on Stafford loans in 2014, but the rate would climb to 7.7 percent for loans in 2023. Stafford loan rates would be capped at 8.5 percent, while loans for parents and graduate students would have a 10.5 percent ceiling under the GOP proposal,” reported the Associated Press. [Associated Press, 5/16/13] The bill passed, 221-198. [HR 1911, Vote #183, 5/23/13]

  • 2014: Voted for FY15 Ryan Budget that cut Pell Grant Eligibility and Funding [H.C Con. Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14; CQ, 4/10/14]

  • 2015: Voted for FY16 Conference Report that cut Pell Grant Eligibility and Funding [S CON RES 11, Vote #183; On Agreeing to the Conference Report, 4/30/15; Bloomberg, 4/29/15]

“Science education” Steve Pearce supports creationism and doesn’t believe in climate change.

  • Pearce donates to to the Institute for Creation Studies, which says: “The real facts of science will always agree with biblical revelation because the God who made the world of God inspired the Word of God.” [Institute for Creation Studies, accessed 7/31/2018; Steve and Cynthia Pearce Charitable Trust form 990]

  • In October 2014, Pearce Said there was No Need to Address Global Warming. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, “Also during the debate, Lara said she supports same-sex marriage, but Pearce said the issue should not redefine marriage. Pearce also said there was no need to address global warming, but Lara said southern New Mexico has the potential to benefit through its abundance of solar and wind power.” [Las Cruces Sun-News, 10/15/14]

“Put apprenticeship programs into high schools so kids have a pathway to a good job if they’re not going to college.

Pearce claims to support vocational opportunities in schools, but votes against those same opportunities

  • 1998: Pearce voted against a bill to provide career education opportunities to NM students. HB 124 would have created and expanded services connecting students to work opportunities and jobs. [HB 124 1998]

  • 1999: Pearce voted against a bill that would have appropriated $1 million for vocational education programs in public high schools. [HB 88 1999]

  • In 2017, Pearce Voted For Blocking Consideration Of HR 2933, The Leveraging Effective To Rebuild National Skills Act. “The Democratic previous question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 2933, the leveraging effective apprenticeships to rebuild national skills act, which would promote effective apprenticeships that give students and workers the skills they need to find well-paying jobs.” A vote for the motion was a vote to block consideration of the leveraging effective apprenticeships to rebuild national skills act. [H RES 468, Vote #410, 7/25/17; CQ, 7/25/17; DemocraticLeader.Gov, 7/25/17]

And he doesn’t even want to fund schools enough to cover basic operations:

  • 1999: Pearce played a key role in efforts to hold education funding and the state budget hostage over school vouchers, trying to cut public school funding by $300 million. Pearce again voted against the budget and in favor of a full school voucher program, that would, according to the ABQ Journal, “have given vouchers to about 100,000 poor children in its first year at a potential cost of $300 million which would have come out of the state’s public schools budget.” During this entire fight, Pearce aligned himself with efforts Senate President Pro Tem Manny Aragon described as “at war with the public schools of the state of New Mexico.” [HB 4 1999 1st Special; HB21 1999 1st Special;; Albuquerque Journal, 3/20/1999]

  • 2003: Pearce Supported Budget Cutting Education by $38 billion. In 2003, Pearce voted in favor of a budget resolution that provided for $1.3 trillion in taxpayers cuts over ten years, while cutting programs for children and public education by $38 billion over ten years, below the amount needed to maintain current service levels. [HCR 95, Vote #82, 3/20/03]

  • 2005: Pearce Voted to Public Education Funding by $806 Million. [HR 3010, Vote #321, 6/24/05]

  • 2005: Pearce Opposed Additional $7 Billion to Fund Priority Education Programs. [HR 3010, Vote #320, 6/24/05]

  • 2008: Pearce Voted Against Modernizing and Repairing Public Schools. In 2008, Pearce voted against a bill that would authorize $6.4 billion to build environmentally friendly public schools. [HR 3021, Vote # 379, 6/04/08]

  • In 2013, Pearce Voted for Partisan Education Bill Would Gut Public Education Funding by $1 Billion [Washington Post, 7/19/13] The bill passed 221-207. [HR 5, Vote #374, 7/19/13]

“Cool jobs with better pay, upgrading air conditioning to cut pollution, powering solar panels.

Pearce is as uninterested in energy efficiency and powering solar development as anyone:

  • 2004: Pearce Voted Against Increasing Funds for Renewable Energy. In 2004, Pearce voted against an amendment to increase funding for renewable energy sources by $30 million – 10 percent more than what the underlying bill provided for solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydrogen renewable energy programs. The increase would be offset by a decrease in the Advanced Simulation and Computing program – a project to analyze and predict the performance, safety, and reliability of nuclear weapons and certify their functionality. [CQ House Action Reports, 6/25/04; Advanced Simulation and Computing Program.http://www.lanl.gov/asci/] The amendment was defeated 150-241. [HR 4614, Vote #321, 6/25/04]

  • 2007: Pearce Voted Against Increasing Use of Renewable Energy. In 2007, Pearce voted against an amendment to increase the use of renewable energies. The amendment required retail electricity suppliers, starting in 2010, to produce at least 2.75 percent of electricity from renewable energy sources, with percentages rising each year to 15 percent by 2020. [Congressional Quarterly] The amendment passed 220-190. [HR 3221, Vote #827, 8/4/07]

  • 2008: Pearce Opposed Extension of Tax Credits for Renewable Energy. In 2008, Pearce voted against a bill that would revive or extend about $55.5 billion in tax breaks for individuals and businesses for one year. Specifically, the bill would allot $1.7 billion to allow individuals to deduct state sales taxes instead of income taxes from their 2008 tax filing, and $2.6 billion to extend the deduction for tuition and related expenses through 2008. [CQ Weekly, 5/26/08] The bill also extended tax credits for solar energy, wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy and certain coal projects. The bill would also create a new category of tax credit bonds to help state and local governments with projects designed to reduce greenhouse gases. [CQ Weekly, 5/26/08] The bill passed 263-160. [HR 6049, Vote #344, 5/21/08]

  • In 2008, Pearce voted against a bill that would revive or extend about $55.5 billion in tax breaks for individuals and businesses for one year. Specifically, the bill would allot $1.7 billion to allow individuals to deduct state sales taxes instead of income taxes from their 2008 tax filing, and $2.6 billion to extend the deduction for tuition and related expenses through 2008. [CQ Weekly, 5/26/08] The bill also included $8.8 billion to extend a research and development credit which gives companies an extra incentive to invest in future products through 2008. [CQ Weekly, 5/26/08] The bill also extended tax credits for solar energy, wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy and certain coal projects. The bill would also create a new category of tax credit bonds to help state and local governments with projects designed to reduce greenhouse gases. [CQ Weekly, 5/26/08] The bill passed 263-160. [HR 6049, Vote #344, 5/21/08]

  • In 2011, Pearce Voted for a Repeal of Increased Efficiency Standards for Light Bulbs. In 2011, Pearce voted for a repeal of bipartisan regulations that increased energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. The bipartisan regulations passed in 2007 increased energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. The regulation requires bulbs to be 25-30 percent more efficient by 2014 and 60 percent more efficient by 2020. The bill would have also removed $30 million in funding for education and research that was to go along with the new energy standards. [New York Times, 7/13/11; CQ Floor Votes, 7/12/11] The bill failed to reach a two-thirds majority to pass, 233-193. [HR 2417, Vote #563, 7/12/11]

  • In 2015, Pearce Voted for An Amendment To Repeal An EPA Rule Establishing Efficiency Standards For Residential Wood Heaters. [HR 8, Vote #669, 12/3/15; CQ Floor Votes, 12/3/15]

  • In 2015, Pearce Voted Against Clean Energy Development. In December 2015, Pearce voted against a motion to “recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report back to the House with an amendment that would remove market barriers that inhibit the development of renewable energy infrastructure in response to the scientific consensus on climate change.” The motion to recommit failed 243-180. [HR 8, Vote #671, 12/3/15; CQ Floor Votes, 12/3/15]

  • Pearce Voted For Nullifying A Bureau Of Land Management “Methane Rule” To Limit The Release Of Methane From Oil And Gas Operations On Federal Land. In February 2017, Pearce voted for “a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the Bureau of Land Management’s rule to “require oil and gas operators to control releases of waste methane – a potent greenhouse gas – by adopting new technologies, more frequently inspecting for leaks and replacing outdated equipment that discharges large amounts of natural gas.” [HJRes 36, Vote #78, 2/3/17; CQ News, 2/3/17]

  • Pearce Voted Against Increasing Funding For The Office Of Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy And Decreasing Funding To The Fossil Energy Research Development Account In The FY 2018 Minibus. In July 2017, Pearce voted against: “Esty, D-Conn., amendment that would increase by $20 million funding for facility acquisition, construction or expansion in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and would reduce by $40million funding to the Fossil Energy Research and Development account.” [H R 3219, Vote #422, 7/26/17; CQ, 7/26/17]

“Let’s get creative. Jobs in the film industry, making movies. Or political ads.

Let’s get creative… by cutting arts funding and not addressing film

  • 2007: Pearce Voted to Bar Funds for the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007, Pearce voted in favor of an amendment to the fiscal year 2008 Interior appropriations bill to bar the use of funds in the bill for the National Endowment for the Arts. [Congressional Quarterly] The amendment failed 97 – 335. [HR 2643, Vote #575, 6/27/07]

  • 2018: Pearce says he supports film, but unlike Michelle Lujan Grisham, has not released a plan to lift the cap or invest in film as a growth sector. [Michelle Lujan Grisham: Jumpstart New Mexico; Michelle Lujan Grisham: Build New Mexico”

Narrator: “Steve Pearce. Jobs now, leadership for New Mexico.”

 

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