Washington, DC (October 11, 2013) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce and a bipartisan group of Representatives joined as original cosponsors of H.R. 3286, the Protecting States, Opening National Parks Act, which will ensure states are reimbursed within 90 days for all state funds spent to pay for National Park operations.


“States have stepped forward to offer a solution by reopening the national parks that the federal government chose to shut down,” said Pearce. “Communities throughout the West are suffering from lost revenue from sharp decreases in tourism. This bill ensures that states who have taken it upon themselves to help out, and reopen our treasured landscapes, are compensated fairly.”


“The House is working to reboot the federal programs that are most important to Americans,” Pearce continued.  “In just the last few days, I have joined with my colleagues in the House to pass legislation that pays our National Guard and Reserve, protects Headstart and nutrition programs for low-income children and families, and funds agencies important to the safety of Americans, like the FAA, FEMA, and the FDA.  I urge my colleagues in the Senate to put American families before politics, and join the House in rebooting the programs we can all agree on.”


This morning, Pearce voted for a bill to protect national security and New Mexico jobs by providing immediate funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration, which provides critical funding to our nation’s labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos.  Yesterday, Pearce voted for H.R. 79, the Border Safety and Security Act, which provides immediate funding for border safety operations through the shutdown.  Both bills passed the House.


Wednesday, the House voted 425-0 to pass a bill that ensures death benefits will continue to be disbursed to families of fallen troops during the partial government shutdown.  While the Senate followed the House’s lead and passed the bill, the Senate has failed to pass at least thirteen other pieces of legislation—passed by the House with strong bipartisan support—to restore key functions of the federal government and reduce the impact of the shutdown for American families.  Bipartisan bills to pay members of the National Guard and Reserve, to fund nutrition assistance programs for low-income women and children, and to provide immediate funding for critical veterans’ benefits and services have all been blocked by the Senate and met with veto threats from the President.