In 1789, President George Washington was sworn into office as the first President of the United States. In March of that year, the United States Constitution took effect and in April, Congress made it official that Washington had won the presidency. For that first inauguration, the ceremony was held on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. President Washington read his inaugural address to Congress, and in the evening, cannons and skyrockets were shot into the sky.
It has been 228 years since President Washington’s inauguration and the 58th Presidential Inauguration just took place. Traditions have since changed since that first momentous one. The inaugural is now held in Washington, D.C. and is attended by almost one million Americans from across the country – but the same sentiments of turning a new page and moving our country forward into the future still hold true.
It was an honor to have the opportunity to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration. As I sat and listened to President Trump’s remarks, it was impossible to not feel uplifted and ready for the new administration to get to work with Congress. President Trump spoke about moving forward and clearing the way for the government to get out of the driver’s seat and put you back in charge.
The first few weeks of a new administration are key for setting the agenda and prioritizing the issues that are most important to Americans.
House Republicans know that and we are ready to work with the administration. That is why we have a framework put in place with specific policy points called the Better Way Agenda. The Better Way Agenda addresses some of our biggest challenges: national security, restoring the Constitution, tax reform, health reform, lifting individuals out of poverty, and growing the economy. It’s a bold agenda. There is no doubt about it. But this is why we are here. To work on behalf of you, enacting common-sense laws that will make our country a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
We have hit the ground running and House Republicans will continue to institute reforms all across the board. This unified government will work together to change the status quo in Washington and create real progress and change for all Americans.
President Washington set the stage 228 years ago and I am excited for what President Trump will do to move our country forward throughout his term. Inauguration is officially complete and we have a new president. Together, we are ready to get our country back on the right track to be great again.Read More
Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted in support of taking the first step to repeal Obamacare and to start the process of reforming our nation’s failed health-care system.
“Obamacare has failed and the American people have spoken,” Luetkemeyer said. “It has failed individuals, families, and small businesses across our state and Congress has responded to this failure by taking the first steps to repealing this broken law. The numbers are staggering. Average annual family premiums in the employer sponsored market have increased by roughly $4,300 and now total more than $18,000 annually and individual premiums are up 27 percent. Since 2010, 80 rural hospitals have been forced to close their doors across America – and there are many more closures on the horizon. These numbers, and many more, speak for themselves. Obamacare is a failure and is on the path to destroying health-care in America. House Republicans will not stand by and let this happen. Today’s vote represents the first step in repealing this law and sets in motion the multi-step process of reforming our health-care system to make it work for all Americans.”
Today’s resolution provides instructions to the authorizing committees of jurisdiction to produce and report legislation providing savings, which the repeal of Obamacare provides.
The second week of the 115th Congress proved to be just as busy as the first one and I expect this pace and momentum to increase when President Trump is inaugured in a few days and we start to tackle the priorities of the American people and have a partner in the White House, instead of a roadblock. I’m very much looking forward to working with the new administration from day one. Below are a few items of note for this week.
It may be the middle of January but my staff and I are already looking ahead to February and Valentine’s Day. Last year, over 9,000 cards and messages for our country’s heroes were sent to my offices for our inaugural year Valentines for Veterans initiative. After such amazing support from across the 3rd District, we’ve decided to bring the program back again for 2017. We will be collecting and receiving valentines from all over the district to be distributed to VA hospitals and veterans service organizations that serve your community. If you have any questions, please call my Jefferson City office or visit my website for all of the information. I look forward to seeing all of the creative designs and thoughtful messages before they are sent out to our veterans!
I’m also working on another project to honor one of our district’s heroes. This week, I was able to start the process of dedicating a United States Post Office in Pacific in honor of U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Specialist White grew up in Catawissa and attended Pacific High School. In 2009, he joined the U.S. Army where he graduated from basic training, advanced training, and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, GA. Specialist White served his country honorably until he passed away in 2012 from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Dedicating the Pacific Post Office after Specialist White is just one small act of thanks that we, as a country, can do to honor him for the ultimate sacrifice that he made on behalf of our nation to keep us safe. His service, and that of all of those who have perished in the line of duty, should always be remembered and honored.
Lastly, another topic that has always been important to Missourians is the management of the Missouri River – especially as much of it runs through the 3rd District. Recently, I authored a letter that gained the support of the Missouri delegation and a number of Senators and Representatives from surrounding states to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan. Many key stakeholders and Missourians have been involved in this plan and our letter simply requests that the Corps extend the public comment period for at least 120 days. This plan will impact thousands of Missourians and each voice deserves a chance to be heard. In addition, it is necessary that the public be given additional time to analyze and comment on how it will affect them.
January has proven to be an extremely busy month at home and in Washington. To find out everything I am working on, and to always be in the know, please find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Read More
Today, the House of Representatives passed a major regulatory reform package. Included in the legislation is Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) recently introduced legislation, H.R. 77, the Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act.
“I am incredibly pleased that H.R. 77, and the entire Regulatory Accountability Act, is one of the first bills to pass in the 115th Congress,” Luetkemeyer said. “Today’s bipartisan vote demonstrates the House’s commitment to cutting federal red tape and reversing the regulatory onslaught that has buried American families and small businesses over the last eight years. I look forward to the Senate passing this legislation and President-Elect Trump signing it into law.”
"The Regulatory Accountability Act is a major step to reverse the negative effects regulations are having on our economy," Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said. "The bill promotes making the regulatory process more transparent for the American people and increases the power of the people’s elected representatives."
The package, the Regulatory Accountability Act, is a group of reform bills that are aimed to curb the runaway regulatory state that our nation has become while also saving taxpayer dollars. It brings together six separate reform bills that have already passed the House of Representatives in previous Congresses.
H.R. 77 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.
In the 114th Congress, Luetkemeyer’s legislation passed in the House of Representatives.Read More
Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) was once again named to the House Small Business Committee for the 115th Congress.
“Small businesses are the heart and soul of Main Street in countless towns across Missouri and they are the number one driver of new job creation in our nation,” Luetkemeyer said. “That’s why the Small Business Committee is so important. For eight years America’s small businesses and their employees have been buried in an avalanche of government red-tape which has hindered economic growth and expansion. I look forward to working alongside Chairman Chabot to advance common-sense policies that will create opportunities for all Americans.”
“We are absolutely delighted that Blaine will be returning to the House Small Business Committee for the 115th Congress,” said Chairman Chabot. “I know he will continue to be a leader as we work to cut government red tape, increase access to capital and help America’s 28 million small businesses thrive. Blaine’s work on our Committee has been informed by his own successful career as a small businessman and we look forward to continuing to have the benefit of his experience and acumen.”
The House Small Business Committee will announce subcommittee assignments at a later date.
Luetkemeyer is also a member of the House Financial Services Committee where he serves as the Subcommittee Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.Read More
With the support of the Missouri delegation, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) reintroduced legislation to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service in Pacific as the “Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office.”
“It is my great honor to work to dedicate a Post Office in memory of Specialist White in his hometown,” Luetkemeyer said. “I would like to thank my colleagues in the Missouri delegation for their continued support of this legislation and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to ensure this bill is brought to the floor swiftly.”
U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey L. White Jr. grew up in Catawissa and attended Pacific High School and graduated in 2008. In October, 2009, White joined the U.S. Army and graduated from basic training, advanced training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, GA. White was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK, where he deployed in December, 2011 for Afghanistan. White passed away on April 3, 2012, from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his unit in the Khost province of Afghanistan.
White’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge; and the Overseas Service Bar.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), along with Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, the Missouri delegation and other Members of Congress, sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan. The letter requests that the Corps extend the public comment period to at least 120 days.
“After hearing from stakeholders and individuals deeply involved with the Missouri River system, my colleagues and I decided to request an extension for the comment period to allow each voice to be heard,” Luetkemeyer said. “This plan will impact thousands of Missourians and it is necessary that the public be given additional time to analyze and comment on how it will it will affect them.”
“The Corps’ management plan and EIS will have a significant, long-term impact on families and businesses located along the Missouri River,” Senator Roy Blunt said. “All of those affected deserve to have their voices heard, which is why it’s critical for the Corps to extend the comment period and give stakeholders the opportunity to thoroughly review the plan and weigh in with their comments.”
“The Missouri River is a vital resource and state treasure, which is why it’s critically important we ensure the implementation of a thoughtful and effective recovery program, and give all stakeholders the time to properly submit their comments and be a full part of this process,” Senator Claire McCaskill said.Read More
Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) was named the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit for the 115th Congress.
“It is a great honor to be named the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit,” Luetkemeyer said. “Helping small businesses, families, and consumers access affordable credit is critical to growing our economy and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure all Americans have access to the tools they need to reach financial independence. I want to thank Chairman Hensarling for this opportunity and for his continued, dedicated service to the Financial Services Committee. I look forward to a productive Congress with the Chairman and my colleagues on this committee.”
“With Rep. Luetkemeyer’s knowledge of the issues at hand, I am confident he will lead the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee in the right direction in the 115th Congress,” Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said. “I look forward to working with him and the full committee in the new Congress.”
Luetkemeyer has served on the House Financial Services Committee since the 112th Congress. In the 113th Congress, he served as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee of Housing and Insurance and in the 114th Congress he served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.Read More
The first week in January was not only the start to a new year, but it also was the start of the the 115th Congress – and House Republicans were ready to hit the ground running.
It proved to be a busy week as I had the opportunity to meet with constituents that were in town and I was very fortunate to have my wife, children, and grandchildren at my side for the swearing-in ceremony. The ceremony provides me a time to reflect on the opportunity that the people of the 3rd District have given me and how greatly honored I am to serve as the liaison to your government. This year, especially, I feel a great sense of excitement as we move forward with getting our country back on track in order to make all of our lives and communities better for everyone.
In addition to the opening ceremonies, the House had a very busy legislative week. By now, everyone has heard about the onslaught of rules and regulations that have come out of the Obama Administration for the last eight years. In fact, the Federal Register, where all of the rules and regulations are published, stood at 97,000 pages at the end of 2016. That is why our first legislative vote of the year was to ensure that Congress would be able to swiftly repeal any of the Obama Administration’s “midnight” regulations that are being issued in its final days of the term. I am hopeful the Senate will consider this legislation quickly and the incoming Trump Administration will sign this bill into law.
In keeping with the theme of controlling the onslaught of regulations, the next bill the House voted on was the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. I am proud to be a cosponsor and long-time supporter of this legislation. This bill is simple: it requires both chambers of Congress to approve regulations estimated to have an annual economic impact of $100 million or more. It would give the American people a voice in major regulations instead of giving this authority to Washington bureaucrats.
With the change in administration, we have a real opportunity to enact meaningful, pro-growth policies. Relieving the regulatory burden is an important first step. For the last eight years, I’ve met with countless constituents who have shared stories about how federal red tape has stifled their livelihoods. I’m hopeful in 2017 to hear stories about how the government got out of the way of economic growth, free enterprise, and financial independence.
On a final note, the House voted on another important bill during its first week. It didn’t deal with regulations, but, instead, American foreign policy. Just recently, the Obama Administration failed to uphold long-standing United States policy to oppose and veto any one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council. The United States chose not to exercise its veto on U.N. Resolution 2334 which condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and claims that they constitute a flagrant violation of international law. In response, the House passed a bill condemning U.N. Resolution 2334 for undermining the prospect of peace and calling for its immediate repeal. I believe that Israel is a shining symbol of hope and freedom in the Middle East, an area where liberty and democratic ideals are stifled, and the U.S. must stand by its important democratic ally.
These three bills just touch on what the House has in store for the year. House Republicans are committed to enriching the lives of Americans and putting you back in control. To keep you informed in the latest goings on in Washington and in the 3rd District, I’m looking forward to continuing these weekly updates as the 115th Congress gets underway.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) is once again calling on 3rd District constituents to participate in the second year of the “Valentines for Veterans” program.
“After the remarkable participation from the 3rd District from last year’s program, I am extremely excited to see what this year will bring,” Luetkemeyer said. “I hope that, once again, everyone takes a moment to create a valentine to be sent throughout the district to the men and women who have so bravely fought for the safety of our nation. This is a very simple way to bring a smile to hundreds of veterans in our communities.”
The Valentines for Veterans can be dropped off or mailed to Luetkemeyer’s district offices until Wednesday, February 1st. The following week, Luetkemeyer’s staff will distribute the valentines to various VA hospitals and veterans service organizations.
The addresses to each of Luetkemeyer’s district offices are:
-2117 Missouri Boulevard, Jefferson City, 65109
-113 East Pearce Boulevard, Wentzville, 63385
-516 Jefferson St. Washington, Mo., 63090
In addition, please be sure to read and follow these rules:
-Do not address the valentine to a specific person.
-Do not sign your last name or include your address.
-Do not seal the valentines in individual envelopes.
-Please restrict the use of glitter in the cards.
-Please note that all valentines are reviewed by staff for appropriateness prior to distribution.
-Staff encourages you to write a kind note thanking the veteran for serving.
2440 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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