Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Luetkemeyer Reintroduces Legislation to Reduce Redundant Mailings from Financial Institutions to Customers

2015/01/29

This week, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced the Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act in an attempt to save customers of banks and credit unions time and money by eliminating redundant mailings.

Luetkemeyer’s legislation would eliminate the current requirement that financial institutions have to mail all customers annual privacy notices explaining information sharing practices even when a financial institution’s privacy policies have not changed. This legislation would require banks and credit unions to provide information to customers only if privacy policies have in fact changed at their financial institutions.

“I am pleased to reintroduce this common-sense piece of legislation in the 114th Congress,” Luetkemeyer said. “The explanation of this bill is very simple: my legislation would reduce costs that are passed onto the customers of banks and credit unions. In addition, this bill would make it more likely for the customers to pay closer attention to important mailings that will come more sporadically. I hope the House will move this bill quickly and the Senate will not stall on this noncontroversial, heavily bipartisan, important, piece of legislation.”

The Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act was introduced in the 112 and 113th Congress. The Senate has not considered the bill.

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Luetkemeyer Statement after FDIC Actions Against Operation Choke Point

2015/01/28

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement after his meeting earlier today with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin Gruenberg and Vice Chairman Tom Hoenig discussing the agency’s involvement in Operation Choke Point:

“Today is a turning point in the fight against Operation Choke Point. This morning, I met with Chairman Gruenberg and Vice Chairman Hoenig to discuss the FDIC’s activity with Operation Choke Point. Not only did the Chairman and the Vice Chairman acknowledge wrongdoing within the organization, but they have accepted many of the policies put forth in my legislation, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act. I’m pleased that FDIC is implementing these important changes without delay. I’m also pleased that the Chairman and Vice Chairman have joined me in calling on the FDIC Inspector General to conduct a formal investigation of the program and any staff who have played or may have played a role in the program. The bottom line is the FDIC knows the culture at the agency must be changed and I will continue to monitor to make sure the agency sticks to its word. I fully intend on reintroducing my legislation because we must ensure these changes will be codified into law, that the Department of Justice ends its misuse of authority, and that other agencies don’t ever fall into this illegal and abusive practice.”

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Luetkemeyer Statement after FSC Hearing on the Federal Housing Finance Agency

2015/01/27

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing titled “Sustainable Housing Finance: An Update from the Federal Housing Finance Agency”:

“I am pleased the first Financial Services Committee hearing of the 114th Congress focused on ways to fix our troubled housing finance system and protect taxpayers from future bailouts. However, I am equally as disappointed that it seems the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is continuing down the same path of failed housing policies. At today’s hearing, FHFA Director Mel Watt agreed that there are certain tenants of responsible lending; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not adhere to those tenants, and that could ultimately leave taxpayers in the position of once again footing a massive bailout. Director Watt confirmed today that taxpayers are backing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and will continue to be on the hook until housing finance reform is enacted. It is unfathomable that Director Watt thinks it is acceptable to take no action to protect taxpayers, particularly given that our nation is just a few years removed from a financial crisis that saw record numbers of foreclosures and the largest taxpayer funded bailout in history. It is not in our nation’s best interest to continue to double down on failed policies and allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to still have a stranglehold on the housing finance market. Instead, I wish Director Watt would focus on measures to reduce the risks posed to taxpayers by Fannie and Freddie’s large presence in the housing finance market.”

Luetkemeyer is the Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee and has been a member of the Financial Services Committee since the 112th Congress.

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Blaine's Bulletin: Combating the President's Global Warming Agenda

2015/01/23

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.

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Luetkemeyer Response to the State of the Union Address

2015/01/20

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.”

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Blaine's Bulletin: Marching for Life

2015/01/16

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. 

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Luetkemeyer Introduces Legislation to Combat President’s Global Warming Agenda

2015/01/14

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.  

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Luetkemeyer Statement on House Defunding President’s Executive Action on Immigration

2015/01/14

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.”

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Luetkemeyer Cosponsors Balanced Budget Amendment in 114th Congress

2015/01/13

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.

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Luetkemeyer Statement on President Lowering FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums

2015/01/12

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.”

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Committee Assignments

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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