The month of July has proven to be very busy in America’s new Congress. Whether it was meeting with folks from the 3rd District, going to the several Small Business and Financial Services Committee hearings, or tracking the incessant rain throughout the state – there is a lot to recap this month.
Having been in the Financial Services industry for many years and now a member of the Financial Services Committee, the five year anniversary of Dodd-Frank which occurred this month hit home to me. What have we seen throughout the past five years? The economy has been stagnant, not lifted and unelected bureaucracies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Financial Stability Oversight Council have raised serious doubt that any meaningful steps have been taken to protect taxpayers and consumers. The Financial Services Committee has held several hearing on Dodd-Frank and we will continue to offer solutions so American consumers can have restored faith in their financial system.
This month, the House also took the first step in reforming the outdated No Child Left Behind with the Student Success Act. This reform bill would reduce federal influence in education as well as empower state and local education programs. I am a firm believer that top-down, single-size performance standards hurt students. This legislation eliminates 65 duplicative programs and protects states and local schools over decisions in the classroom by preventing the Secretary of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core standards. The Senate passed its own education reform bill and now the House and Senate will need to go to Conference to find common ground between the two pieces of legislation.
Lastly, in light of the horrific murder by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco this month, the House passed the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act. Sanctuary cities have created havens for illegal immigrants and this practice is completely unlawful. This legislation would prohibit federal funding to state or localities that restrict or prohibit their officials from properly enforcing federal immigration law.
Dodd-Frank, the Student Success Act, and the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act are just three examples of what the House has debated and worked on this month. Throughout the next few weeks, I will continue to monitor the investigations into Planned Parenthood, review the Iran nuclear deal, and talk with individuals around the 3rd District about additional issues that are on your mind. With July behind us, it’s time to look ahead and what we will accomplish next.Read More
The House Financial Services Committee passed U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) legislation which would prevent federal agencies from abusing executive power and blocking the access of legally-operating businesses to financial services.
Luetkemeyer’s legislation, H.R. 766, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, would dictate that agencies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Reserve could not request or order a financial institution to terminate a banking relationship unless the regulator has material reason. In addition, the legislation would strike the word “affecting” in the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), replacing it with “by” or “against.” This is to ensure the Department of Justice’s broad misinterpretation of the law is limited and the original intent of the statute is restored.
“I am pleased a group of bipartisan Members of the Financial Services Committee showed there is a need to curb the abuse of authority seen in Operation Choke Point,” Luetkemeyer said. “This legislation needs to be codified into law so that federal agencies don’t fall into the illegal and abusive practices seen out of the FDIC and Justice Department. I hope this legislation is quickly brought to the floor so we can halt this unconstitutional and unprecedented program and return order and reason to the financial institution examination processes.”
H.R. 766 passed the Financial Services Committee by a vote of 35-19.Read More
The horrific videos of Planned Parenthood that were recently released go beyond the abortion debate – simply, they are inhumane.
In these videos, executives of Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Medical Directors Council describe the dangerous abortion practices that medical professionals within their organizations use to obtain fetal body parts. Those are then sold piece by piece to third party companies who conduct fetal tissue research. In addition, the individuals in these videos give details pertaining to the price that is expected for the sale of specific fetal organs.
Not only is the sale of fetal body parts illegal, the PPFA is potentially using federal dollars to fund these operations. The Government Accountability Office reported that PPFA received $1.2 billion in funding from Medicaid over a three year period; funding that is outside of the Title X grants that Planned Parenthood receives.
No words can describe how I feel about these incredibly troubling videos. I have long championed measures to prevent abuse and completely cut off funding to Title X grants because I firmly believe that all human life is significant and precious and deserves to be treated with the highest dignity and respect. Yet after these shocking videos from the executives of Planned Parenthood, Congress needs to make a stronger stance in standing up for the unborn.
That is why, this week, I cosponsored the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act. This legislation would permanently prohibit federal funding, mandatory and discretionary, for any entity that performs or provides funding to organizations that perform abortions. In addition, I joined colleagues urging House Committees of jurisdiction to promptly investigate the videos and the PPFA.
Please know I will do everything in my power to ensure that your taxpayer dollars that fund Planned Parenthood will be cut off. I will actively monitor the investigations and I will never waver in my support for standing up for the most vulnerable population in our nation.Read More
President Obama signed into law legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service in Cedar Hill as the “Sergeant First Class William B. Woods, Jr. Post Office.”
“Sergeant Woods fought for our nation’s freedom and dedicated his life to protecting our country,” Luetkemeyer said. “It is a true privilege to sponsor the naming of the Cedar Hill Post Office after Sergeant Woods to forever commemorate the ultimate sacrifice he made. I commend the Senate and the president for swiftly acting to see this legislation through to the end.”
Sergeant Woods was a graduate from Northwest High School in Cedar Hill. He first enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1996 as a rifleman and he later enlisted in the United States Army where he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2003 and earned the Green Beret. While in the U.S. Army, SFC Woods was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2009, Sergeant Woods died in Germany from wounds sustained while conducting a mounted patrol in Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the enactment of Dodd-Frank:
“Today marks the five-year anniversary of Dodd-Frank being signed into law. Throughout the past five years, the economy has been stagnant, not lifted; community banks have been stifled with regulations; and unelected bureaucracies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Financial Stability Oversight Council have, despite their mission statements, raised serious doubt that any meaningful steps have been taken to protect taxpayers and consumers. Overall, Dodd-Frank has left Americans with fewer choices and higher costs. The House Financial Services Committee will continue to offer solutions to Dodd-Frank so American consumers can have restored faith in their financial system and businesses can focus on fueling our economic revival.”Read More
It is evident the United States is facing more threats now than in recent history. That is why I was deeply concerned when this week; the Obama Administration announced that a group of nations, led by the United States reached a nuclear agreement with Iran.
So far, I am incredibly troubled about what I have read about this agreement. From the details I have read at this point, it is clear this deal does not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons in the future. It seems the administration is taking a leap of faith in working with Iran. That is extremely troubling when the Iranian regime has proven time and again they cannot be trusted.
Throughout these negotiations, it was my belief the most important goal was to ensure that Iran could not develop the ability to manufacture a nuclear weapon. The only two ways to ensure this goal would be accomplished would be to eliminate the Iran enrichment program or ensure anytime, anywhere inspections of all Iran nuclear facilities. However, from the information that I have seen so far, it would appear that neither of these provisions were included in the final deal.
It is troubling that the administration outright ignored 367 Members of Congress when we sent a letter to the president stating that a deal must last for multiple decades and include full disclosure of Iran’s past efforts to build a nuclear weapon, a dramatic reduction in the number of centrifuges, as well as intrusive inspection and verification measures. On all four counts, this agreement does not meet the requests from an overwhelming majority of Congress.
The official text of the agreement and all classified documents must be submitted to Congress within 5 days of signing the agreement. But what I know at this point, the administration has solidified Iran’s nuclear enrichment capabilities. Over the next couple of weeks, I will thoroughly review the details of the agreement. The House of Representatives has 60 days to review the agreement and there will be a vote within that time. Please know that I will not support a deal that is bad for our country, our allies, or for the safety of our national security.Read More
The House of Representatives unanimously passed U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) legislation that would reduce duplicative regulatory burdens for advisers of Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs).
“I am very pleased that my legislation was brought to the House floor less than two months after my colleagues in the House Financial Services Committee supported it. There are 28 million small businesses in America, and bills like H.R. 432 reduce regulatory burdens so that long term investments can be made in our small businesses and communities. It is my hope my colleagues in the Senate will see the importance of this legislation and bring it to the floor without delay.”
Luetkemeyer’s legislation, H.R. 432, the SBIC Advisers Relief Act, is based upon a technical correction. Under current law, an adviser to SBICs is exempt from SEC registration. An adviser to venture funds has the same exemption, but an adviser who advises only SBICs and venture funds is not exempt from SEC registration. H.R. 432 fixes that issue.
The SBIC Advisers Relief Act would allow SBIC advisers that jointly advise SBICs and venture funds to be exempt from registration; would exclude SBIC assets from the SEC registration threshold calculation; and would allow SBIC funds with less than $90 million in assets under management to be regulated solely by the United States Small Business Administration.
On May 20, 2015, the House Financial Services Committee passed this legislation by a vote of 53-0. Luetkemeyer’s legislation unanimously passed in the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement in response to the announcement of the P5+1 reaching an agreement with Iran:
“After months of missed deadlines and negotiations, it is announced that a deal has been reached with nuclear Iran. The details of the agreement have not yet been released but I hope it does not t place misguided responsibility and trust in the Iranian regime, which has proven time and again that it cannot be relied upon. The House of Representatives will thoroughly review the details of the agreement over the next 60 days and I will not support a deal that is bad for our country, our allies, or for the safety of our national security.”Read More
Each week, I sit down and meet with all different types of health groups that visit Washington to advocate on behalf of what is important to them. I hear stories from children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly about how important medical research funding is to them and their well-being.
This week, the House debated, and ultimately passed, the 21st Century Cures Act. This legislation covers the full cycle of discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments and cures by delivering $10 billion in new resources for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the next five years. Moreover, this bill goes even further by providing the FDA with necessary resources, incentivizing the testing of mainstream drugs to treat rare diseases and pediatric cancers, helps new scientists being their careers in research, encourages improvements to our country’s drug and medical device approval process, allows for greater communication between scientists, researchers, and caregivers, and provides for the priority review of new breakthrough devices.
There are 10,000 known diseases, and unfortunately, we only have cures and treatments for 500 of them. The 21st Century Cures Act would knock down barriers that are in the way so the NIH can tap into additional resources and eventually help all people affected by the 10,000 diseases.
Additionally, did you know that today it takes 15 years for a new drug to move from the lab to your local pharmacy? This legislation modernizes clinical trials which will expedite the development of new drugs and devices.
This comprehensive legislation paves the way for new advances in the health-care world. That is something that is long sought after in the medical and health industries. With passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, the next time I meet with these individuals, I will proudly be able to say the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation that increases United States competitiveness in the biomedical field, and keeps more of our jobs and medical professionals working on new cures and treatments.Read More
In January, I wrote a bulletin about America’s new Congress and the hopes and expectations the members of the House of Representatives had for the new session at that point in time. Now that July is upon us and we’re at the halfway point of the year, I would like to take a look at what the House has accomplished in the last six months to address the priorities of the American people. We’ve passed legislation to create a friendlier environment for job creation, bills to stave off burdensome regulations, made the first real entitlement reforms in almost two decades, and passed through the House and Senate the first ten year balanced budget plan since 2001.
This year the House also passed 12 bipartisan bills to combat the scourge of human trafficking, which is the trade of human beings for exploitation. Cybersecurity legislation has also been a priority of House Republicans due to the recent exploits by major retail stores and health-care companies. The House passed legislation that would firmly strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity and safeguard your information and intellectual property.
Job creation and repairing our economy remain the main priorities of Americans and House Republicans. One bill the House passed this year would expand and make permanent tax provisions that allow small businesses to immediately deduct the cost of purchasing new equipment. In addition, the House passed another bill that would make it easier for small businesses to access capital. An analysis by the National Federation of Independent Business projects that “nearly 200,000 more jobs and billions in higher economic productivity if Congress and the president agree to permanently increase the amount that businesses can deduct for capital investments, also known as small business expensing.” The House has done its part, now the Senate needs to swiftly consider and pass these job creating bills and get them to the president’s desk.
The House of Representatives still has a lot more work to do. The House has passed six of its 12 annual appropriations bills and we intend on finishing the seventh in the first couple of weeks in July. This summer will continue to be busy and, as always, I will continue to listen to the priorities of the people of Missouri’s 3rd District.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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