Memorial Day is more than an extended weekend and a reason to fire up the grill and go to the pool, though those are fun activities. Memorial Day was created to honor those brave Americans who died while serving in our country’s military.
This day stands as a reminder that the freedoms that we, as Americans, sometimes take for granted have come at a great cost. And that cost is the loss of life. These American heroes stepped up and gave their lives on behalf of the rest of us. It is because of their love of our country and freedom that they answered the call to defend our nation.
As a nation, we celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday of each May. But remembrance and paying respect for the men and women who lost their lives should be thought of each and every single day. We should always be grateful for their service and sacrifice.
I am also inspired by our nation’s veterans. One of my greatest honors is to welcome World War II veterans from across Missouri to their memorial in Washington – the World War II Memorial, as part of the Honor Flight program. As many of you know, volunteers from all over Missouri give up their time to escort World War II veterans to Washington for the day. The veterans take a plane ride from Missouri to Washington and when they get off the bus, a very moving moment happens. Strangers from across the United States come up to these veterans and offer their warmest thanks and shake their hands. More often than not, individuals form a pathway for these veterans and clap and cheer as they make their way to visit the memorial. Being there to experience this and thank, firsthand, these individuals is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
While we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, I ask that you join me in praying for the men and women currently serving our nation. Without our nation’s brave service members and veterans, both past and present, we would not have the rights and privileges that we take for granted each and every day.
Lastly, I’d like to remind readers of this bulletin that my staff and I stand ready to assist service members, veterans, and military retirees and their families that are having problems with federal agencies including the VA, Department of Defense, and Office of Personnel Management. We have helped many constituents receive benefits to which they are entitled and military medals which they earned, but never received. Please contact my office in Jefferson City for more information regarding these constituent services.
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Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) announced the students from the 3rd District who have accepted appointments to our nation’s military service academies.
“These six students who have accepted appointments at the respected military academies are truly the definition of the best and the brightest,” Luetkemeyer said. “I know they will all make Missouri proud and I wish these students all the very best for what I know will be a successful future.”
United States Air Force Academy
High School: Russellville High School
Currently attending: Marion Military Institute at Marion, Alabama (MMI)
Jefferson City, MO
High School: Blair Oaks High School
Currently attending: Marion Military Institute at Marion, Alabama (MMI)
West Point – Untied States Military Academy
High School: Missouri Military Academy
Currently attending: United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS)
Mary Clare Cassidy
St. Peters, MO
High School: Villa Duchesne
St. Charles, MO
High School: Westminster Christian Academy
United States Merchant Marine Academy
High School: Whitfield School
One of the great privileges of serving you is the opportunity to meet with constituents from all across eastern and central Missouri to listen to their concerns, hear their stories, and try to help them. While I travel back home to St. Elizabeth every weekend, and meet with lots of Missourians in the district throughout the year, spring time marks the time of year when the most Missourians visit Washington, and this week was no exception.
I met with families here on vacation, doctors attending conferences, and constituents who work in the steel pipe industry, just to name a few. One unique meeting was with Bill Maynard, a golf course superintendent in Franklin County. It was a great conversation. We discussed environmental issues impacting local golf courses and the great things the PGA is doing to give back to communities across the nation. With over 400 golf courses in the state of Missouri, it was great to sit down with Bill and learn more about the role of this industry and the impact that federal rules and regulations have on it.
On the House floor, I was proud to support passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill provides critical funding for core defense requirements such as personnel, training, and maintenance that will ensure our service men and women have the necessary support to fulfill their missions. In addition, this legislation maintains a longstanding prohibition on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainess to the United States and it includes an additional 14 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. This is the same program line that supports the EA-18G Growler which is not only important to our national security but also for the people of Missouri.
Not only did the House pass the NDAA bill but also passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. This legislation provides funding to support our troops, medical facilities, and defense infrastructure.
Also, an issue that has made national news the last couple of weeks has been a topic that I have heard about from many of you in the 3rd District. Following the release of guidance from the Obama Administration on public school policies that pertain to transgender students, I held a conference call with the Department of Education Secretary to express that parents, educators, and local school boards should be in charge for making decisions on access to restrooms. Once again, the administration is overstepping its authorities and I will work with my House colleagues to ensure funds are not withheld from schools that don’t comply with these guidelines as the administration’s threats are the very definition of extortion.
These four topics simply skim at the surface of the last few days. At any given time there is a lot happening in Congress, and it is impactful to every citizen in each corner of the country. If you have any additional questions about the topics in this week’s bulletin, please feel free to give my staff a call. We stand ready and willing to assist you.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.
“First and foremost, it is the Constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense,” Luetkemeyer said. “With passage of today’s legislation, I am pleased to say the House has fulfilled that duty. This annual bill provides funding for core defense requirements such as personnel, training, and maintenance that will ensure our service men and women have the necessary support to fulfill their missions. I am particularly pleased that this bill includes an additional 14 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets, the same program line that supports the EA-18G Growler, which is important to our national security and Missouri. I, along with several of my Missouri colleagues, have been a staunch supporter in maintaining funding for this vital program, not only for our service members, but for the people in Missouri.”Read More
To address long-standing failures of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) today filed legislation that would better aid the recovery of endangered species across the nation.
“Since enactment of the ESA in 1973, more than 2,000 species have been listed, but less than 30 have been delisted because they have recovered,” Luetkemeyer said. “This legislation, the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act, brings much needed tranparency to the listing process to increase recovery of these species, while protecting the rights of states and private property owners. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to educate them on importance of this bill and to working with Senator Rand Paul (KY) who has been a champion in the Senate in making ESA improvements.”
Sen. Paul is the sponsor of the companion legislation in the Senate.
“The legislation will better protect endangered species by allowing a more tailored response as implemented by the states. The Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act ensures that local needs will be considered in the regulation process and places the decision-making into the hands of the states by allowing them to choose whether regulation occurs on the state or federal level," Sen. Paul said.
The Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act will:
- Respect States’ rights and responsibilites in the listing and recovery process
- Reassert Congressional oversight of the listing process
- Establish a new procedure to protect individual property rights
- Increase tranparency and ensure the use of the best available science
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Following the recent release of guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice on public school policies pertaining to transgender students, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) held a conference call with Department of Education Secretary John King.
“In recent days, constituents from across Missouri’s 3rd District have contacted my office to express their opposition to the recent guidance issued by the Education and Justice Departments regarding access to restrooms,” Luetkemeyer said. “The threat to withhold funds for non-compliance with suggested guidelines is extortion. Several states have already called the Administration out on this threat as it should not be tolerated. I expressed to Secretary King that parents, educators, and local school boards should be responsible for making decisions on access to restrooms, not unelected bureaucrats in Washington. The Obama Administration is overstepping its authorities in pursuit of a political agenda at the expense of states, local school boards, and the American people.”Read More
No community across the United States is immune from the opioid epidemic. It has, and continues, to affect all communities across the country – urban, suburban and rural.
This winter and spring, in particular, I have heard from doctors, nurses, first responders, families, and numerous individuals who have told me tragic stories about loved ones lost to opioid addiction and others struggling to overcome it. I am not the only one who has heard the countless tragic stories, it is happening across the nation.
The House of Representatives recently took action to combat the opioid epidemic and also to provide treatment to help individuals reclaim and rebuild their lives. One bill that was passed is the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act, which combats the epidemic by establishing a streamlined opioid abuse grant program that encompasses new and existing programs, such as vital training and resources for first responders and law enforcement and, criminal investigations for the unlawful distribution of opioids.
In addition, I am incredibly pleased to report the House passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). This legislation strengthens prevention programs, supports law enforcement efforts, and expands access to evidence-based treatment and recovery services. Earlier this year, the Senate overwhelmingly passed its own version of CARA and now both chambers will begin to work out the differences between the bills, so there is one uniform path forward.
As a whole, the bipartisan bills the House passed accomplish their goals by leveraging taxpayer dollars and by increasing the transparency and accountability of government programs designed to curb opiod addiction.
Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a drug overdose. That is a startling fact and with the support and awareness of Americans to help those in need – that number can in fact change for the better.
The House passed over a dozen bills this week to combat opioid abuse, ranging from those assisting newborns who are born into addiction and improving the use of opioid theraphy and pain management in treating veterans. While that is a great start in the right direction, our work does not end here. We owe it to the millions of families across the country who have been impacted by the opioid crisis to continue our efforts in combatting this epidemic.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement upon conclusion of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee titled “The Future of Housing in America: A Comparison of the United Kingdom and United States Models for Affordable Housing.”
“Over the last year and a half, this subcommittee has examined the state of housing in America in an attempt to identify ways to reform the current system and serve more people in need. Today, we looked beyond our own borders and examined the housing polices that changed the course of the United Kingdom’s welfare state. The U.K. housing model, developed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has focused on the transfer of government-owned housing to non-profit organizations which has helped to expand the capacity of non-profits to serve communities across Great Britain. We must continue to explore innovative solutoins to combat poverty in America and today’s assessment of an alternative housing model is part of that process.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after receiving the “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” award for the second year because of his support of patient-centered medical progress:
“It is an honor to receive the “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” award for my efforts in support of patient-centered healthcare solutions for Americans across the country,” Luetkemeyer said. “I consistently meet with and hear from individuals in the 3rd Congressional District who want to be in charge of their own health plans and to eliminate government interference in their life choices. I will continue to support innovative solutions to progress our nation’s health system so Americans can have more access to care with less government involvement.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after a federal judge ruled in favor of House Republicans in a lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s use of taxpayer dollars to prop up Obamacare.
“Today’s ruling is affirmation that, once again, the administration has overstepped its Constitutional authority,” Luetkemeyer said. “While I am pleased with today’s result, it is not the end of our fight by any means. House Republicans will keep fighting to end this deeply flawed, failed law that is driving up costs and limiting access to quality care for millions of Americans.”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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Memorial Day is more than an extended weekend and a reason to fire up the grill and go to the pool, though those are fun activities. Memorial
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One of the great privileges of serving you is the opportunity to meet with constituents from all across eastern and central Missouri to listen
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