As New Mexico Responds to Fires and Floods, Pearce Votes Against Needed Resources
New Mexico – In spite of thousands of families recovering from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and intense flooding in Valencia and Socorro Counties this weekend, Steve Pearce voted today against federal disaster relief resources and needed flood insurance funds.
The bill, H.R. 2266, passed with support from both Democrats and Republicans, making it clear that Pearce is on fringes of the political spectrum.
“Pearce would prefer to leave families without power, shelter or resources during wildfire or flood emergencies, just to push his political ideology in our state,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “As New Mexicans we believe in community and we believe in helping our neighbors; Pearce’s vote to gut funding to repair roads and power lines and provide services to families in need during New Mexico fires and floods is at odds with our values.”
New Mexico is no stranger to natural disasters—each year the state experiences wildfires and flooding. This year alone, the Cajete Fire and flooding in Hobbs, the Hatch Valley, Socorro County and Valencia County have damaged property and infrastructure.
The bill Pearce rejected provides $16 billion in debt relief to the National Flood Insurance Program, which FEMA has said will run out of money as early asOct. 23 without action by Congress.
This vote follows a pattern of Pearce voting against the interests of New Mexicans, including his vote to take away heath care from more than 260,000 New Mexicans and his votes against the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which provides health care for more than 100,000 children in New Mexico.