U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and the House of Representatives passed legislation that would empower state and local community leaders to enhance state and local career and technical education (CTE) programs.
“Career and technical education programs are so important for individuals throughout Missouri because they help high school and community college students attain the hands-on experience they need for jobs in a broad range of industries,” Luetkemeyer said. “This legislation will empower state and local community leaders with the resources and flexibility they need to build community partnerships and foster educational engagement with employers. Programs in the 3rd District particularly will benefit by the increase in the percentage of federal funds states can set aside to assist students in rural areas. I am pleased this bipartisan legislation passed in the House and I hope the Senate brings this important bill up for debate in the near future.”Read More
“And let us never forget that in honoring our flag, we honor the American men and women who have courageously fought and died for it over the last 200 years, patriots who set an ideal above any consideration of self. Our flag flies free today because of their sacrifice.” –President Ronald Reagan
Each year on June 14, we pause and recognize the day as Flag Day to celebrate and honor our American flag. While we all know the American flag is the symbol of our freedom and our national pride and the history behind Flag Day is important to know and understand.
On June 14, 1777, a resolution from the Second Continental Congress called for an official United States flag. The resolution called for the flag to “be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Then in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson wrote: “I therefore suggest and request that throughout the nation and if possible in every community the fourteenth day of June be observed as Flag Day with special patriotic exercises.” And in 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed Flag Day’s permanent observance into law.
The “Stars and Stripes” symbolize our freedom and strength, as well as the American spirit that others around the world have come to know and respect. Many of our fellow Americans have made tremendous sacrifices to preserve all that our American flag represents.
In the House of Representatives, there is a congressional flag program which individuals in the 3rd District can request a flag that has been flown over the United States Capitol. Each year, my office receives dozens of rquests from Eagle Scouts, veterans, individuals retiring or celebrating an anniversary and would like a flag to hang outside their home or keep inside. The price of the flag depends on the size and material. If you are interested in having a flag flown over the Capitol or if you have any questions, please call my Washington, D.C. office for more information. My staff would be happy to help.
I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on what the American flag means to you and to those who defended our country over the last hundreds of years.
Lastly, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the tragedy that happened in the Washington this week. Please keep my colleague and friend Steve Scalise, staffers and Capitol Police who were all injured in your thoughts and prayers. It is because of the remarkable response from our nation’s Capitol Police that kept this horrible event from being even worse. Their heroism saved so many lives.Read More
June is an incredibly busy legislative month for the House of Representatives and my colleagues and I got to work right out of the gate by passing a bill that I have discussed in my bulletin frequently, the Financial CHOICE Act – the alternative to Dodd-Frank.
The Financial CHOICE Act is really quite simple. It is the plan to reform Wall Street and revitalize Main Street banks like those from St. Charles to Camdenton – all while protecting the financial well-being and independence of Americans. For far too long, we have been discussing “too big to fail” and the Financial CHOICE Act eliminates this practice for good. The Financial CHOICE Act will hold Wall Street accountable by imposing enhanced penalties for fraud and increasing transparency in the financial sector. Additionally, as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, I am pleased that a major provision in the Financial CHOICE Act will rein in the unchecked, unconstitutional Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This legislation restructures the agency and makes it accountable to Congressional oversight – as it should have been on day one. With passage in the House of Representatives complete, the Financial CHOICE Act now makes its way across the Capitol to the Senate. It is my hope my colleagues will put politics aside and get to work quickly so we can deliver relief to Main Street and Americans.
Additionally, I had several meetings with individuals and groups from Missouri that were in Washington to discuss their priorities with me. Missouri, especially the 3rd District, is home to a great many farmers and ranchers and agriculture is our state’s number one economic sector. This week, local chapters of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) were in Washington. As we all know, there are serious issues facing our family farmers and ranchers, and the young people involved in FFA are ready to tackle them head on. I am incredibly uplifted when I hear about their dedication to agriculture and continuing on making agriculture their life’s work. I will continue to be a staunch supporter of those involved in 4-H and FFA to ensure we have an environment that will help them flourish and make certain that American agriculture continues to be the global leader in the future.
Lastly, I wanted to take a moment and recognize the 73rd Anniversary of the D-Day invasion. As the son of a World War II veteran, I am reminded of the high price so many of our greatest generation paid for our freedom. I have had the honor and privilege to meet with many Missouri veterans who come to Washington to view their memorial and it never fails to be a humbling experience. Let us salute those who gave their lives and those who returned home knowing their accomplishments will never be forgotten.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and the House of Representatives today passed the Financial CHOICE Act - an alternative to the failed Dodd-Frank Act and related Obama-era policies.
“Today represents a major victory for Main Street America and Americans who simply want the opportunity to achieve financial independence,” Luetkemeyer said. “Passage of the Financial CHOICE Act will end the era of taxpayer-funded bailouts for Wall Street and give Main Street access to the financial tools it needs to succeed. The Financial CHOICE Act delivers much needed regulatory relief, and I am proud of my colleagues in the House of Representatives who recognize the importance of this comprehensive, jobs first, bill.”
Included in the Financial CHOICE Act is Luetkemeyer’s bill, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, which would bring an end to Operation Choke Point. The Financial CHOICE Act also includes elements of Luetkemeyer’s Unfair or Deceptive Acts of Practices Uniformity Act, and legislation to improve access to mortgage credit and grant regulatory relief to community banks and credit unions.
Luetkemeyer is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and is an original co-sponsor of the Financial CHOICE Act.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after President Trump made an announcement today on the importance in investing in our nation’s water infrastructure:
“I am encouraged to hear President Trump highlight the need to invest in the nation’s water infrastructure which is so critical to Missouri and the 3rd District,” Luetkemeyer said. “In 2015, 72 percent of United States agricultural exports and 71 percent of imports were waterborne and with much of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers in the 3rd District, I know just how important it is to invest and care for our inland waterways. Investment in our water infrastructure system is vital and I am encouraged to work with the President and the administration to ensure America continues to lead the country in feeding the world.”Read More
On Friday, President Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Missouri, triggering the release of federal funds to help communities across the state recover from the severe storms and flooding that occurred earlier this spring.
"President Trump's announcement is the first step in helping our communities heal," Luetkemeyer said. "The torrential rainfall that swept across Missouri in April and May exhausted the resources of our state. Federal funding is vital to helping thousands of Missourians recover."
The President issued Stafford Act assistance for individuals and households in the following 3rd District Counties: Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Maries, and Osage.
The President issued Stafford Act assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in the following 3rd District Counties: Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Maries, Miller and Osage.
All areas in Missouri are eligible for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
If you have been affected by the storms and flooding, you can apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov<http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov>. You can also call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.Read More
The House of Representatives has wrapped up the first five months of the 115th Congress and I am pleased to report that this current House has been the most productive during the first 100 days of a new presidency in nearly 30 years.
During the first 100 days, the House passed 103 pieces of legislation. That is more than the 94 bills passed under the Obama administration and 42 bills that were passed under George W. Bush’s administration. One of those bills was a major regulatory reform package called the Regulatory Accountability Act – and included in that package was a piece of commonsense legislation that I authored, the Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act. As a whole, the bills in the package were all designed to to cut through federal red tape and reverse the regulatory onslaught that has buried so many American workers and small businesses over the last eight years. My bill, the Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act would require each government agency, in providing notice of a rule making, to include a link to a 100 word plain language summary of the proposed rule.
Additionally, during the first 100 days, there were 30 bills that were signed into law under President Trump – exactly two times more than under President Obama.
Lastly, we made historic use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a tool that gives Congress the power to invalidate a rule or regulation from the executive branch within 60 days of it being issued. In its 20 year history, the CRA has only been used once successfully and that was to overturn a Department of Labor rule on ergonomics. However, I am pleased to report that there have been 14 CRAs signed into law in 2017. This includes saving over 3 billion dollars in regulatory costs and saving over 4 million hours filling out paperwork. One important CRA that has been signed into law overturned an Obama era regulation that was designed to make sure that abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, could continue to receive grants for family planning under Title X of the Public Health Service Act. The Department of Health and Human Services rule prohibited states from preventing money from going to certain organizations for any reason other than their ability to provide Title X services. The House passed, the Senate passed, and President Trump signed this into law and the HHS rule was successfully repealed.
This is just the beginning of the 115th Congress and my colleagues and I have only skimmed the surface of what the House of Representatives expects to accomplish. I will continue to work on behalf of the priorities of the 3rd District to reverse harmful rules and regulations from the previous administration and pass bills that will empower Americans and get the government out of the way.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after President Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement:
“I welcome President Trump’s announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Change Agreement,” Luetkemeyer said. “The Paris Agreement was just another example of the Obama Administration circumventing Congress to push a politically driven agenda at the expense of American workers and taxpayers. Earlier this year, I reintroduced legislation, the No Tax Dollars for the United Nations’ Climate Agenda Act, that would prevent any taxpayer dollars from being used to the fund the United Nation’s International Panel on Climate Change, Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Green Climate Fund, or any of the Climate Investment Funds. These slush funds have cost American taxpayers over $1 billion under the Obama administration. Thankfully, under President Trump, we have already been able to pass a government funding bill to prevent this egregious abuse of taxpayer dollars. I look forward to working with the Trump Administration to make this prohibition permanent.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement following the recent release of footage from a National Abortion Federation conference:
“The recently released video of Planned Parenthood physicians discussing dismemberment abortions is appalling and we cannot sit by and continue to let these actions continue,” Luetkemeyer said. “Following the conclusion of the House and Senate investigations into fetal tissue trafficking, numerous abortion providers and procurement businesses were referred to the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as state authorities, for criminal review. However, more action is needed. Earlier this year, I introduced the Protecting Life and Integrity in Research Act which targets the horrific practice of trafficking infant body parts for profit and ensures taxpayers never have to foot the bill for the endangerment of human life. I will continue to push for this important legislation to make it to the House floor immediately.”Read More
Memorial Day is a time when Americans come together to honor, celebrate and remember the men and women who have given their lives to defend our great country and protect our freedoms.
It’s hard to imagine exactly what kind of bravery and sacrifice it takes to put oneself in harm’s way for your country. The other evening, I was honored to be a guest at the United States Army Twilight Tattoo in Arlington, Virginia. Twilight Tattoo is a live military pageant that features soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as “The Old Guard” and the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” During the hour long event, we got a glimpse into American history through performances by U.S. Army bands, vocalists, and the drill team. During the event, I thought about our nation’s military veterans and active duty personnel and unless you have walked in their boots, it is difficult to fully understand their experiences and what they have been through. It was a gentle reminder, and humbling experience, that we owe so much to these individuals for their service. What made this event even more special is that Montgomery County Middle School performed for the audience. There were 45 students who participated and it was great to see Missouri represented so well at this wonderful military pageant.
We must also remember to thank another special group of Americans: our nation’s veterans. They are the reason that our nation stands as a shining example for other freedom loving countries around the world. This week, the House of Representatives passed several bills to streamline and modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its programs and procedures. One important bill the House passed was the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act. Currently, it takes the VA approximately five years to resolve the backlog of appeals that are currently pending. That is almost 500,000 appeals from veterans who are waiting for resolution. This legislation would create three “lanes” for veterans appeals and it would streamline the process so the VA can give our nation’s veterans the certainty they deserve.
Lastly, earlier this month, I was privileged to serve as the keynote speaker at the dedication of our state’s first memorial honoring disabled veterans in Union.The city of Union should be incredibly proud of this impressive memorial. Few have given more to American than our disabled veterans.
Elmer Davis, the great World War II journalist and three-time Peabody award winner once said “this national will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
It does not matter whether those individuals were on the front lines or worked from behind the scenes. The sacrifices that were made are truly insurmountable and that is what we should remember on this Memorial Day.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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My staff and I are safe. Please pray for my friend Steve Scalise, staffers, and Capitol Police who were injured this morning. It is because