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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:50pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — From designating the Organ Mountains as a national monument to his stance on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. New Mexico’s U.S Representative Steve Pearce stopped by our studios and shared his stance on several issue, including his plans for the spaceport.
The push to designate the Organ Mountains as a national monument has been at the forefront of Representative Steve Pearce's work. "We've always said let's protect the Organ Mountains, so I have a bill but it's very tight just around the Organ Mountains,” Steve Pearce, [R] New Mexico said.
But protecting 500,000 acres of the mountains hasn't proved to be very popular with everyone. "Anybody that wants to go hiking there's no roads there's nowhere to park,” Benjamin Segovia, a member of the NM Farm & Livestock Bureau told us in January.
Pearce is also standing with the multi-million dollar spaceport near Alamogordo."I wouldn't mind being on that first shot,” Pearce told us.
'Lift off' has been delayed, yet Pearce is still just as excited about taking off into space. "The tests are right on track. Everything is hitting their deadlines. The developments on the engines, the developments of the capability of the craft."
The rep was also vocal on issues that he is a little less than enthusiastic about. "It ended being a little bit different than what I'd hope it was but I still voted yes." The farm bill that passed earlier this week was a huge compromise for all political parties ending direct payments to farmers whether they produce food or not. "We got reforms in, a little bit less than what we voted for in the house. But it's passing a bill through the House and Senate with the White House now is a compromise process."
He did, however, agree with scaling down on food stamps.
Pearce also shared his thoughts on Afghanistan since he returned from visiting U.S. soldiers. He told us, “The worst thing is if we pull completely out. And if we were to lose that area back to the militants back to the extremists.”