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ALBUQUERQUE, NM —Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the U.S. Forest Service lifting the suspension of sales of fuelwood permits:

“Today’s announcement lifting the suspension of fuelwood permits only addresses one of the four main problems created by the U.S. district court judge who made a ruling against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The ruling continues to kill jobs New Mexico desperately needs, puts our wonderful forests more at risk of being destroyed by fire, disease or pests and makes the habitat worse when forests are not maintained. The best laboratory to compare habitats for spotted owls is where the Mescalero Forest which has been thinned joins the Lincoln National Forest which has not been thinned. The spotted owls are moving from the U.S. forests to the thinned areas.

“I will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure the suspensions are resolved. I have asked USDA to file an appeal as soon as possible and to review the defense submitted to the court by the N.M Director of the United States Forest Service. I have also asked Secretary Perdue and other agency officials to visit N.M. to review the situation.”

SANTA FE, NM—Reps. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) and Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences) released the following statement in response to a recent order issued by U.S. District Judge Raner Collins directing the U.S. Forest Service to cease all timber management activities on all national forest in New Mexico as well as the Tonto National Forest in Arizona pending formal consultation regarding the Mexican Spotted Owl. The judicial directive was issued as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by WildEarth Guardians, a Santa Fe-based environmental group.

“This is yet another example of judicial overreach. Most of us are interested in balanced conservation measures that care for our wildlife and the habitat they live in. There is nothing balanced about this ruling.

ROSWELL, NM—New Mexico House Republican Caucus Chair Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell) released the following statement in response to the new vehicle emission standards proposed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The proposed standards would apply to cars sold in New Mexico beginning in model year 2022. It is projected that the mandate would improve the average fuel economy of vehicles sold in New Mexico to 52 miles per gallon.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM —Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry:

“Today’s announcement makes it clear, Democrats have a singular focus on impeaching the President. The President has been clear about his call with Ukraine and will release the transcript tomorrow. Democrats need to place less emphasis on impeachment and focus on issues that matter to the United States, including border security and passing the United States- Mexico- Canada Agreement. Once again, Democrats in our state and across the country are not working for the American people and instead are focusing their energy on an impeachment fishing expedition, which the majority of our nation is against.

 SANTA FE, NM—House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) released the following statement after attending Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Energy Summit earlier today:

“Governor Lujan Grisham's Energy Summit today made one thing crystal clear: the governor wants to eliminate the industry that’s responsible for 45% of the state’s budget without having a plan to replace this funding. Other states don't depend on oil and gas revenues as much as we do. Those states might be able to afford the type of energy transitions our governor is proposing. It will be tougher in New Mexico. Without a plan, there is only one option for replacing oil and gas revenues once fossil fuels have been phased out—more taxes. New Mexicans need to brace themselves for the looming tax apocalypse on the horizon. Do we need to remind our governor that this is New Mexico, not California?”

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. PRESIDENT TRUMP: "WE'RE GOING TO TURN THIS STATE AND MAKE IT A REPUBLICAN STATE"

Thousands of President Trump's supporters filled the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho to welcome him to New Mexico and hear his positive message.

From KOAT:

 The Republican Party of New Mexico and Chairman Pearce are excited to announce that New Mexico has officially been named a target state by the Trump campaign.

“We’re excited that President Trump and his team sees New Mexico as a state they can flip. We believe that New Mexicans are fed up with the socialist left agenda and are ready to stand with the President as he continues to lower taxes, create jobs, increase pay and employment opportunities for women, minorities and those who traditionally struggle to find good jobs,” says Chairman Pearce.

DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement in response to President Trump’s planned rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico:

This president has built his administration on hateful policies and false promises. Since the beginning of his campaign, he has been focused on attacking and demonizing many of the hardworking communities that make New Mexico so strong.

Just recently, President Trump showed that pandering to his base and pursuing a racist vanity project are more important than the well-being of service members in New Mexico. His administration announced that they are stealing money from critical military projects in our state to fund an unnecessary border wall. Now he’s coming to Rio Rancho to tout those same divisive and destructive policies.

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