Congressman Steve Pearce made a top at Sweet Tooth during his visit to Artesia to meet with the owners of the Artesia High School student-run business. Pictured with Pearce are, from left, Bianca Romo, Gabi Aguero, Chelsea Bussell, Moriah Lovato, Alex Donaghe, Shea Waller, Ellie Ash, Trey Yates, Taren Hodges, Brock Bowman and Zane Haas. Grace Miller - Daily Press

Congressman Steve Pearce made a top at Sweet Tooth during his visit to Artesia to meet with the owners of the Artesia High School student-run business. Pictured with Pearce are, from left, Bianca Romo, Gabi Aguero, Chelsea Bussell, Moriah Lovato, Alex Donaghe, Shea Waller, Ellie Ash, Trey Yates, Taren Hodges, Brock Bowman and Zane Haas. Grace Miller – Daily Press

By ROB LARSON

Daily Press Staff Writer

In the midst of a quick, five-day trip to southeast New Mexico to visit his constituents, Congressman Steve Pearce stopped by the Daily Press Thursday to talk about the sequester, Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster and the lesser prairie chicken’s potential inclusion on the Endangered Species List.

Pearce said that, for the most part, he’s been getting a bit of a mixed reaction from many of his constituents concerning the sequester.

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“Essentially, the sequestration is broad, automatic cuts to our budget, taking about two cents out of every government dollar,” Pearce said. “People have been telling me that surely the government can tighten its belt just like they had to, but they’re not happy about the prospect of taking funds out of national security, and neither am I.”

Because the sequester also cuts the budget of the Department of Defense, Pearce said he originally voted against its implementation, although he believes we “need to get our budget under control.”