New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce (R-CD2), voted for a bill “that aims to cut about $40 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)” throughout the state. The Congressman himself, however, used state government money to fund at least 30 of his own meals, a new report from Cyrano’s Journal Today explains.
While all government employees likely use state or federal funds to finance their meals or beverages, and 30 times is a relatively small number compared to the number of meals probably purchased by the Congressman, the impact of his actions still demonstrates his hypocrisy. Pearce is one of the richest representatives in New Mexico Congress, and his Tea Party affiliation leads him to vote strictly against any unnecessary use of government spending. The total of his meal spending equals $1,053.45, and was paid for by New Mexico taxpayers.
In response to the release of the Congressman’s invoice, PROGRESSNOW NM, a non-profit public advocacy group in the state, has launched a “refund campaign” demanding that Pearce repay for the meals that he purchased.
Patrick Davis, Executive Director of the advocacy group, explained that Pearce should be held responsible for his private spending if he is going to publicly vote against the food stamp program that aids local citizens with the purchase of food for themselves and their families.
“Even though he voted to slash SNAP help for tens-of-thousands of families who are actually poor and actually hungry, Congressman Steve Pearce – one of the richest millionaires in congress – is gaily spending taxpayer dollars to fund his own personal supplemental nutritional assistance program, otherwise known as lunch,” Davis said.