Late last year, I wrote a bulletin on the amount of regulations the Obama Administration proposed for 2015. That number was an astounding 3,415 regulations. A quick review of them makes it clear that many of these regulations, particularly from the Environmental Protection Agency, will harm American families, farmers, small businesses, and our economy in general.
However, if that wasn’t bad enough – the Obama Administration’s work wasn’t quite done yet for the year.
In the same month the regulatory plan was released, the president also pledged to give $3 billion in taxpayer funds to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund. Not only does he want to pile on more regulations, but he wants to fund feel-good conferences and engage in questionable science with your dollars. And just so you know, the U.N. Green Climate Fund slush fund is controlled by unelected, international bureaucrats who will transfer money to the governments of poorer nations – including some run by despots and dictators. In addition, the president has already spent an estimated $120 billion on climate change policies since coming to office in 2008.
During the president’s recent State of the Union speech he announced he would double down on pursuing the same U.N. climate policies that have failed time and time again over the past two decades. He even lauded the deal he struck with China in which America will immediately double our emissions reductions in exchange for the “promise” that China “intends” to cap its emissions sometime in the next couple of decades. These are just the same good intentions and broken promises that are produced every year at the U.N.’s climate conferences. The only difference is the president is now willing to play along and pay for it with taxpayer funds.
That is why, this year, the first piece of legislation that I introduced is aimed to prevent Americans’ dollars from being used for any of the U.N.’s global warming slush funds. My legislation, the No Tax Dollars for the U.N.’s Climate Agenda Act would fully defund U.S. contributions to the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, or the Green Climate Fund. The omnibus appropriations passed at the end of 2014 blocked funding for the Green Climate Fund until September but we must make this prohibition permanent.
As American taxpayers, you made it clear you want to reduce and prioritize our nation’s spending – just like I do. You also made it clear the country is suffering under the regulatory burden the Obama Administration has placed upon our nation’s small businesses and families. I will continue to combat onerous regulations and work to keep more money in your pocket. We can take one step forward in the right direction by passing this legislation and ensuring that no future taxpayer dollars are sent to the coffers of the U.N.’s climate change slush funds.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the president gave his annual State of the Union address:
“Tonight’s address by President Obama outlined his agenda for the upcoming year. During a time when Americans are struggling to find jobs, health-care costs are skyrocketing, and individuals are being bombarded with burdensome regulations – the president instead decided to ignore your priorities and concerns. I am extremely disappointed the president based his speech around a tax proposal which would hurt our nation’s family farmers and small businesses. House Republicans remain committed to advancing solutions that increase opportunity for all Americans. It is my hope the president will stop issuing veto threats before common-sense pieces of legislation even get to his desk and he is open to working with Congress so we can start moving our great nation forward again.”Read More
As I sat down to write the weekly bulletin, I knew I wanted to discuss Roe v. Wade since the anniversary of that court decision occurs in the month of January. In the past whenever I have written the bulletin on this issue, I normally talk about legislation that I have sponsored or cosponsored or my unwavering commitment to the sanctity of life and the pro-life cause. None of that has changed; however, I wanted to take a different approach this year.
The gift of life is not only sacred but it should be celebrated. If I was not granted the gift of life, I would not have had the opportunity to sit here and put my thoughts on paper, or watch my children grow into adults, or even watch my grandchildren grow into their own individual people. However, it’s just as important to celebrate the little things we are granted each day. Whether it’s waking up and drinking morning coffee, walking your child to the school bus, or gathering your family around the dinner table to discuss the day.
Last year, the pro-life community was able to celebrate a small, yet significant, victory. Last summer, the Supreme Court made its final ruling on the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. court case that reversed the rule from the Department of Health and Human Services so that closely held, for-profit corporations, such as family businesses, cannot be required to provide coverage for services that the owners find morally objectionable. That is a decision that was and should be celebrated as it was a landmark day for religious freedom in our country.
This year, just like every year since the Roe v. Wade decisions, thousands of people will make their way to Washington to participate in the annual March for Life. It is especially gratifying to see so many young people take the time and make the effort to make their voices heard in our nation’s capital on this important issue. And while this is just one day, I know it is the culmination of another year’s worth of planning and work. I am hopeful that, one day, we will not need to have this annual gathering in Washington, but, until Roe v. Wade is reversed, I have the utmost faith that many Missourians will continue to make the trip to Washington on behalf of the unborn.
Life is a celebration. Those who are out there, all year round and year after year, defending the life of the unborn should also be celebrated. So, I want to thank you. Thank you for the inspiration and support that you provide me and other pro-life legislators. I will remain steadfast and committed to ensuring pro-life legislation moves forward in the House of Representatives.Read More
Responding to the president’s pledge to give $3 billion in taxpayer funds to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) first piece of legislation he introduced in the 114th Congress would prevent American’s dollars from being used for any of the U.N.’s global warming schemes.
“For far too long, American tax dollars have been sent to the United Nations to produce controversial science and feel-good conferences. Now the president is pledging to pony up billions more to implement these ill-gotten policies,” Luetkemeyer said. “American taxpayers should not foot the bill for an unelected organization that is fraught with waste. The president has already spent an estimated $120 billion on climate change policies since coming to office in 2008. I hope my legislation makes it to the floor quickly to ensure that no future taxpayer dollars are spent to advance the United Nations’ global warming agenda.”
Luetkemeyer has introduced legislation since he’s been in Congress to prevent taxpayers dollars from being used to fund the UN International Panel on Climate Change, Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Green Climate Fund.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives acted to defund the president’s executive immigration order:
“Today, the House acted to combat the president’s unconstitutional power grab. After the president unilaterally granted amnesty to millions of undocumented illegal immigrants in November, Americans were loud and clear they did not support this executive order. Now, the House has acted and today’s vote denies funding for the president’s unlawful executive order and bolsters border security as well as increases transparency within the Department of Homeland Security. It is my hope the Senate will join us in taking a firm stand against the president’s executive order.”Read More
Continuing his commitment to rein in government spending, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) cosponsored a proposed Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“One of my biggest priorities in Congress is balancing the nation’s budget which is why this is one of the first pieces of legislation that I cosponsored in the 114th Congress,” Luetkemeyer said. “The House continues to be proactive in getting our nation’s balanced budget and a Balanced Budget Amendment would be a significant step toward solving our nation’s out of control spending problem. I will push to ensure this amendment comes to the House floor for a vote so Congress can ensure the federal government lives within its means.”
The amendment would require that total spending for any fiscal year not exceed total receipts of the federal government. It would also require a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber to increase the debt ceiling; would direct the president to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually; would prohibit any bill to increase revenue from becoming law unless approved by three-fifths of each chamber by roll call vote; and would only authorize waivers of these provisions when a declaration of war is in effect or under other specified circumstances involving military conflict.
Luetkemeyer cosponsored the Balanced Budget Amendment at the start of the 113th Congress.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Incoming Elect Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, released the following statement after President Obama announced executive action to lower Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance premiums:
“Apparently, the president does not remember what happened to the housing economy just a couple of years ago when the FHA had to be bailed out by $1.7 billion of American taxpayer dollars. The FHA is not yet on sound financial footing and is not fully capitalized therefore last week’s announcement by the president increases the exposure of taxpayers and the likelihood for another bailout footed by the American people. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, I will press the administration about this announcement and encourage that, instead of lowering mortgage insurance premiums, the FHA focus more intently on ensuring homeownership opportunities for creditworthy first-time homebuyers and low-income families.”Read More
The following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) after voting in support of construction of the Keystone pipeline:
“Today, the House once again passed legislation that would make the Keystone XL pipeline a reality. Construction of the pipeline would bring much needed jobs to our nation and the reduction of our dependence on foreign oil would jump-start our economy. Unfortunately, the administration has already issued a veto threat regarding Keystone. After 2,303 days of the American people waiting for action, it is my hope the Senate will swiftly pass this legislation and the president will acknowledge that constructing the Keystone XL pipeline is a priority of the American people by signing this bill into law.”Read More
With the 114th Congress officially underway, the first week was a good indication of House Republicans commitment to Americans that we are focused on creating jobs, dismantling the president’s health-care law, and keeping our nation’s gas prices low.
The very first bill the House voted on this Congress was the Hire More Heroes Act which passed with a vote of 412-0. I was excited to vote for this bill for a couple of reasons. First, it would incentivize small businesses to hire veterans by exempting veterans who already receive health insurance through the Department of Veterans Affairs or reservists covered under TRICARE from being counted towards the number of employees required by the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act. Remember, a caveat in the employer mandate is a requirement that all businesses with more than 50 full-time employees provide health insurance to their employees or pay a fee. This bill would ensure that small businesses are able to expand and grow without being penalized under the health-care law.
In keeping theme with jobs and health-care, the House also passed the Save American Workers Act. I was proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation that would repeal the 30-hour definition of “full-time employment” in the president’s health-care law. I have talked with many employees who have seen their hours get cut and their full-time jobs suddenly become part-time jobs. This legislation would put back in place the original 40-hour work week that so many Americans depend on to pay the bills and care for their families.
Lastly, the House took action for the ninth time to start construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. You and I both know that construction of the Keystone pipeline would bring much needed jobs to Americans and the reduction of our dependence on foreign oil would jump-start our economy.
The House and Senate are committed to working on real solutions to better Americans while the administration is still the party of ‘no.’ And that is made clear with the veto threat that was issued regarding the Save American Workers Act and the Keystone pipeline – regardless of the fact that an overwhelming percentage of Americans are supportive of these policies. This is just the first indication the administration is not listening to you and your priorities as Americans.
In addition, the House of Representatives reconvened and had a roll call vote to formally vote on the 114th Speaker of the House. I heard from several of you requesting that I should not vote for Speaker John Boehner and instead cast my vote for someone else. I understand and share your frustration with the lack of productivity of Congress, Harry Reid’s Senate and Barack Obama’s White House have been real obstacles to us accomplishing our goals. In November, the Republican Conference met to nominate a Speaker of the House. That day, there wasn’t a single House member that stepped forward to run for the job except for Rep. Boehner and he was unanimously nominated by Republicans to run against the Democratic nominee for Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Fast forward to January and during a day when House Republicans should have been celebrating the historic majority and having a Republican Senate to work with, it was a day of theatrics and distractions. At the end of the day, Rep. Boehner received 216 votes for Speaker, including the votes of the vast majority of conservative House Members. Now that Republicans control both the House and the Senate, we need to stand united to confront the president and his policies together.
With the first week of the 114th Congress complete, I am ready to continue working on tax reform, balancing the budget, repealing and putting real solutions to replace the president’s health-care law, and fighting against Operation Choke Point – and that’s just scratching at the surface. Welcome to America’s new Congress, now let’s build upon this first week of work.Read More
The following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) after being sworn in to the 114th Congress:
“Being sworn in today has left me incredibly honored and energized for the new Congress. It’s a very humbling moment with my wife by my side, repeating the oath of office, and thinking about the task the 3rd District has placed upon me. Our nation has come to a critical juncture and there are a lot of passionate issues that are in front of Congress and I will continue to fight for the beliefs of my constituents. It is my hope that over the next two years the House and the Senate will be able to work together to work on behalf of Americans that sent us to Congress to make changes such as holding the administration accountable, repealing the president’s health-care law, and getting people back to work.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) conducted the ceremonial swearing in for Luetkemeyer following the oath of office on the floor of the House of Representatives.Read More
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As the Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is committed to representing the interests of the hard-working people by being a strong voice for them in Washington, D.C.
Blaine, 61, represents the 13 counties that make up the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri. Blaine, a native of St. Elizabeth, Mo., has lived in the district with his family for four generations and he operates a 160-acre farm there.
Along with his strong agriculture background, he was also a small businessman, having been in the banking and insurance business. Blaine has also served as a bank regulator for the state of Missouri earlier in his career. He was elected in November, 2008, succeeding fellow Republican Kenny Hulshof.
From 1999 to 2005, Blaine was a Missouri State Representative and served as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee and was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Republican Caucus Chairman. After leaving office, Blaine was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as the Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism.
Building on his experience as a bank examiner, small businessman and community banker, Blaine serves as vice chairman of the House Small Business Committee where he also serves on the House Small Business Subcommittees on Health and Technology and Agriculture, Energy and Trade. Blaine also serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he also serves on the panel’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee and is vice chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee.
Blaine is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eldon Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association and a lifelong member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Blaine is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he earned a degree with distinction in political science and a minor in business administration.
Blaine and his wife, Jackie, have three children, Trevor, Brandy and Nikki, and four grandchildren.
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I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the @March_for_Life reception later today! Where: HVC 201 When: 3:30-5:30
Here are just a few more pictures from the great turnout for yesterday's March for Life. It was great talking with so many folks!
Late last year, I wrote a bulletin on the amount of regulations the Obama Administration proposed for 2015. That number was an astounding 3,415
I had a great time speaking with everyone who traveled from Missouri to Washington for the annual March for Life. It was great to see and talk
Tonight’s address by President Obama outlined his agenda for the upcoming year. During a time when Americans are struggling to find jobs, health-care
Tonight, the president will give the State of the Union speech at 8 p.m. CST and he will outline his plan for 2015. It is my hope that he addresses