Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Helping Veterans, a President Veto Override, and So Much More

2016/09/30

It seems like September came and went in the blink of an eye. Fall has officially begun and even though the weather has cooled off in central and eastern Missouri, there was plenty of heated debate in Congress. 

One difficult topic that we shed some light on is suicide prevention. September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month and, each day, 20 of our nation’s veterans commit suicide. This is a tragedy. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a crisis line to counsel veterans in distress, but, I soon learned from a number of constituents that veterans have been placed on hold for long periods of time or even disconnected when attempting to get help. This is unacceptable. There are some commonsense improvements to the crisis line that have been recommended by the VA’s Office of Inspector General, but it sure doesn’t seem like they have been implemented. So, this week, I spearheaded a letter with several of my House colleagues to the VA to ensure these updates and improvements are made being made, so that veterans seeking assistance get the help they need in their most critical hour. I will make sure to update you with the Secretary of the Veterans Affairs response to my questions that were asked in the letter. 

On the House floor, there was a historical vote held. The House and Senate overwhelmingly overturned the president’s veto of a bill that ensures 9/11 victims' family members and survivors have the opportunity to pursue justice against the Saudi Arabian government for its alleged role in the Sept. 11 attacks. With a very strong supermajority, bipartisan vote in Congress, this bill became law, despite the president’s attempts to stop it. The survivors of 9/11 and the family members of the victims who perished that day deserve the opportunity to have their day in court and present a case against the Saudi government. 

The House also passed another bill that is meaningful to many Missourians: the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act. Earlier this year, the Department of Labor finalized a rule that would double the salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility. This rule hurts not only small businesses but also schools, non-profits, local governments, and their employees. In meetings that I have had with many constituents, I have heard the consequences that this bill will have on their business and day-to-day work life: employees will be moved from salary to hourly, hours will be reduced, and in some cases, positions will be eliminated altogether. I was proud to support this legislation that delays this rule. It’s a misguided proposal and bureaucrats in the Labor Department are trying to rush it through before the Obama Administration leaves office. 

Lastly, I want to make sure everyone knows about the upcoming October Constituent Service Days hosted by my office. My staff will be in each of the 13 counties of the 3rd Congressional District throughout the next several days and are ready and willing to meet with you to assist with any questions you may have regarding various agencies like the IRS, VA, Labor Department or questions about Medicare. Please visit my website for the full list of locations, dates, and times or call any of my offices for the information. 
 
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Luetkemeyer Supports Bill to Delay Department of Labor Overtime Rule

2016/09/29

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) supported legislation to help keep more money in Americans’ pockets and voted to delay the Department of Labor’s overtime rule.

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor finalized a rule that would double the salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility to $47,476 per year.

“While increasing overtime eligibility for workers may sound like a good idea, the reality of this executive action is far worse as it does more harm than good,” Luetkemeyer said. “This is the latest in a long line of regulations from the Administration that have negatively affected small businesses, schools, non-profits, local governments, and their employees. Increasing the overtime threshold by such a drastic amount and in such a short period of time will force employers to decrease hours, move workers from salary to hourly pay, and in some cases, eliminate positions altogether. It’s yet another example of bureaucrats failing to understand the unintended consequences of their actions.”

H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act delays the effective date of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule for six months.

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Luetkemeyer Supports Veto Override of Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

2016/09/28

In an effort to ensure that 9/11 family members and survivors have the opportunity to pursue justice against the Saudi Arabian government for its alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted to override the president’s veto of this important bill.

“With his veto of a measure that passed the House and Senate unanimously earlier this month, the president chose to deny the families and survivors of the 9/11 attacks the opportunity to have their day in court and present a case against the Saudi government for its role in supporting the 9/11 hijackers,” Luetkemeyer said. “I’m proud that a strong, bipartisan supermajority in Congress voted to stand with the victims of 9/11 by overriding the president’s veto and enacting this important bill into law.”

The final vote in the House was 348-77.

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Luetkemeyer, Subcommittee Discuss Transparency in U.S.-EU Dialogues

2016/09/28

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement upon conclusion of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee titled “The Impact of U.S. – EU Dialogues on U.S. Insurance Markets.”

“This subcommittee has spent a great deal of time focused on international factors that affect our domestic insurance markets,” Luetkemeyer said. “Today, we continued to conduct oversight of the evolving international regulatory environment and the direct impact on American policyholders. Insurance companies across the nation are receiving letters from foreign regulators mandating compliance with Solvency II in exchange for continued business opportunities.  The number of closed-door meetings at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors should send a chill down every American’s spine.  There are real consequences to these issues, and this committee will continue to press for meaningful oversight of them.”

Earlier this year, Luetkemeyer introduced H.R. 5143, the Transparent Insurance Standards Act, in an effort to create more transparency into IAIS proceedings and covered agreement negotiations. This legislation will codify a stronger role for state governments and the U.S. Congress to conduct oversight of these international conversations. 

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Luetkemeyer Announces Dates for October Constituent Service Days

2016/09/26

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and staff have announced dates, locations, and times for October’s Constituent Service Days.

“Serving as your liaison to the federal government, it is incredibly important to me that 3rd District residents have access to help with any federal agencies like the IRS or the VA,” Luetkemeyer said. “My staff is ready and willing to assist you with any questions you may have and I highly encourage residents to take advantage of these meetings that take place all around the 3rd District.”

 Tuesday, October 4
Maries County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Vienna City Hall
424 8th Street, Vienna
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Gasconade County
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Bland City Hall
209 West Kansas City Street, Bland
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Montgomery County
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Jonesburg City Hall
106 W Booneslick Road, Jonesburg
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Wednesday, October 5
Cole County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Russellville City Hall
13203 Railroad Avenue, Russellville
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Jefferson County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Jefferson County Library – Northwest Branch
5680 State Road PP, High Ridge
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Christa Montgomery, District Office Director

Camden County
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Lake Ozark City Hall
3162 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Franklin County
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Saint Clair City Hall
1 Paul Parks Drive, Saint Clair
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Christa Montgomery, District Office Director

Miller County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Iberia City Hall
803 Highway 42, Iberia
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Callaway County
3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Holts Summit Municipal Building
245 South Summit Drive, Holts Summit
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Thursday, October 6
Lincoln County
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Troy City Hall
800 Cap Au Gris, Troy
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

Osage County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Osage County Court House
205 E. Main Street, Linn
Host: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Warren County
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Marthasville City Hall
402 East Main Street, Marthasville
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

St. Charles County
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Augusta Library
198 Jackson Street, Augusta
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director 

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Luetkemeyer Responds to Today’s Federal Reserve Announcement

2016/09/26

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after Daniel Tarullo, a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, announced regulatory relief for regional banks under $250 billion in assets:

“I appreciate Governor Tarullo's acknowledgement of the problem that financial institutions are being smothered by one-size-fits-all regulation, which is harming borrowers and lenders in communities across America,” Luetkemeyer said. “However, size alone is not the best way to evaluate risk or apply regulation. Earlier this year, the House Financial Services Committee passed my bill which would more closely base the regulation of financial institutions on risk rather than arbitrary asset thresholds. While today’s announcement represents a step forward, a risk-based approach is a better way to both protect consumers and promote economic growth.”

H.R. 1309, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act, would enhance the criteria used to make Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI) designations by requiring federal financial to examine not only an institution’s size, but also its complexity, interconnectedness, global activity and substitutability.  

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Luetkemeyer Hosts South Korea Ambassador at Westminster College

2016/09/20

At an event at Westminster College, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young spoke about the importance of the U.S. –South Korea strategic security alliance.

Luetkemeyer and Ambassador Ahn were at the Korea Economic Institute event held in Fulton on the Westminster College campus. The focus of the event was to discuss national security and the relationship between the U.S. and South Korea.

“It was truly an honor to address the attendees at the event and to speak with Ambassador Ahn about the shared priorities of our two countries,” Luetkemeyer said. “This year marks the 63rd anniversary of the U.S. – Republic of Korea Mutual Defense Treaty which is evident that the security alliance counts as one of our nation’s most important international relationships. I hope Ambassador Ahn enjoys his time in the city of Fulton and I look forward to further developing Missouri’s relationship with him and the Republic of Korea.”

Ambassador Ahn is the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the United States, currently serving his third posting. 

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Luetkemeyer Recognizes Angel in Adoption Honoree from Lake Saint Louis

2016/09/20

After nominating Brace for Impact 46 as an Angel in Adoption earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) was honored to host the organization during the trip to Washington.

Brace for Impact 46 is a non-profit organization located in Lake Saint Louis that raises money for orphaned children living in Haiti. Additionally, through partnerships with local churches and contractors, the organization’s newest project is focused on providing affordable housing and job training to Missouri families in need.

“Brace for Impact 46 is truly unique because the organization is helping children here in our backyards and also overseas,” Luetkemeyer said. “As the organization moves forward with plans to combat child and family homelessness in Missouri, I am confident their work will have a lasting impact on our local communities. Ensuring youth and families have access to the most fundamental of human needs was not a job anyone was asked to; rather felt compelled to complete – I’m honored to recognize Brace for Impact 46 with the title of a 2016 Angels in Adoption honoree.”

The Angels in Adoption program is the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children in the United States and abroad. 

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Blaine's Bulletin: This Week in the House

2016/09/16

 September is a busy time for families across Missouri. School is in full swing, sports practices, and other engagements keep families on the move. It isn’t any different for the House of Representatives – September means a full slate of committee work, meetings with constituents and organizations from Missouri, and voting on bills on the House floor.

I am fortunate to serve on two House committees: the Financial Services and Small Business Committees. Both committees are very engaged in their respective areas and this week was no different. First, I am very pleased to report that the Financial Services Committee passed the alternative to the failed Dodd-Frank Act called the Financial CHOICE Act. The current model is not working as consumers, community banks, and credit unions are being dramatically affected. For instance, before Dodd-Frank became law, 75 percent of banks offered free checking to their customers. But, by 2015, that number had fallen to a paltry 37 percent. The Financial CHOICE Act changes that. It also puts an end to taxpayer-funded bailouts so Americans will no longer be on the hook for risky behavior. Included in this comprehensive bill are a few pieces of my legislation and one in particular would end Operation Choke Point. As you may recall, Operation Choke Point is an organized attempt from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Department of Justice to intimidate financial institutions from offering financial services to certain licensed, legally-operating industries the government doesn’t like in an attempt to choke off those industries from our country’s banking system. I’m very pleased the committee took the first step in passing this legislation and I look forward to bringing it to the whole House of Representatives so we can make real change.

Next, in the House Small Business Committee, we held a hearing to discuss how the IRS has put small businesses through the audit wringer. Day in and day out, I hear from small businesses in Missouri that are struggling to stay afloat and the main driver is because of regulations coming out of Washington. What we heard from witnesses is that the IRS is becoming more aggressive and less responsive which is negatively impacting small businesses.

In addition to committee activity, I had a great meeting with members of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network who came from the 3rd District. We discussed the importance of continuing to support the National Institutes of Health funding and other pieces of legislation that are important to the association. I also had a great conversation discussing agriculture with members of the Missouri Pork Association and discussing the importance of the United States and Israel relationship with members from AIPAC.

Lastly, there were several important bills on the House floor this week. One important bill I proudly supported would halt detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay to the United States. I also supported legislation which ensures the Department of Veterans Affairs is held accountable to taxpayers and veterans. Simply, this bill helps fix one of the VA’s biggest problems which is lack of accountability for misbehaving employees. It is my hope both of these important bills are quickly brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

For even more information about what went on this week in the House of Representatives, make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To find information to those links, simply head to my website at Luetkemeyer.house.gov or give any of my offices a call and my staff will direct you. Over the next few days I have lots of events scheduled and I look forward to updating you on those as well. 

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Luetkemeyer Votes to Prohibit the Transfer of Guantanamo Bay Detainees

2016/09/15

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted to halt detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay until enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“With the 15 year anniversary of 9/11 just a few days ago, the pertinence of this bill is especially important as Congress needs to continue to protect our national security by blocking these Guantanamo Bay transfers,” Luetkemeyer said. “Approximately 30 percent of individuals released from Guantanamo Bay are suspected of, or confirmed to have re-engaged in terrorist activity. Providing for the common defense is one of the federal government’s constitutional responsibilities and I will continue to support legislation, like this, that is in our country’s best interest.”

In May, Luetkemeyer supported passage of the NDAA which authorizes 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 missions. Included in this legislation is a longstanding prohibition on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees in the United States. 

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Financial Services

Small Business

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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Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Vicky Hartzler

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Sam Graves

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Billy Long

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