In one of their first moves as a legislative body, Congressman Pearce and U.S. House Republicans voted to sell off public lands, which would have negative impacts on New Mexico’s culture and economy. The provision comes as an amendment to U.S. House Rules and would make it easier for Congress to surrender federal management of public lands.
“Congressman Steve Pearce is undermining the role our public lands play in our economy and our culture,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “In New Mexico we understand the value of public lands—we know they create jobs, we know how important it is to protect our land, air, and water, and we know that these moves by Republicans will only harm our state.”
Throughout his time in Congress, Pearce worked against community efforts to designate the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, supported the armed takeover of public lands in Nevada, and has introduced legislation that would risk the protection of New Mexico’s valuable resources.
Public lands are woven into the fabric of New Mexico’s culture, and federal management offers valuable protection for Native American sacred sites, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
More information on public lands’ economic impact in New Mexico is available here.