Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Luetkemeyer Statement on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s Visit to Parts of Missouri

2014/07/09

Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) on a visit today and Thursday by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to cities in Missouri to discuss proposed changes to the Clean Water Act:

“Despite this administration’s desperate and seemingly never ending attempts to fool the American people with snappy public relations tours, the fact of the matter is that the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed clean water rule would have a devastating impact on American businesses and family farms. This visit is more about a liberal political agenda tied to radical environmentalism than protecting our environment in a responsible way. As a lifelong family farmer and small businessman, it is clear that Washington bureaucrats know very little about what rules are best for the nation’s water resources. Nearly every farmer and small business person I meet with tells me how much uncertainty is being caused by onerous EPA regulations and that is why I will continue to support legislation that roll-back EPA’s attempts to further burden hard-working Americans.”

 

NOTE: This week the House will vote on the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill which would prohibit funding for the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. 

 

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Blaine's Bulletin- Protecting Your Freedoms

2014/07/03

Freedom has a different meaning for everyone. For some it’s knowing they have the freedom to speak what’s on their mind. For others, it’s knowing they have the right to bear arms. With the Fourth of July just days behind us and with the recent ruling the Supreme Court made regarding religious freedom – freedom has certainly been on my mind lately.

Last week, the Supreme Court made its final ruling on the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores case. This case is one I have been following since it made its way to the high court because of religious freedom. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court overturned a 2013 Department of Health and Human Services that was issued as part of the president’s health-care law, which would require employers to provide coverage for services to which they object on moral or religious grounds.

This landmark decision is a huge victory for religious freedom in our great country. The highest court in the land recognized that Americans families running closely-held family businesses will not lose their constitutional rights.

Since I’ve been in Congress, I have fought hard to maintain your freedoms. I am proud to have sponsored legislation on this very subject, the Religious Liberty Protection Act, which would reaffirm the same rights upheld by the Supreme Court. My legislation would block the Department of Health and Human Services from forcing employers and health insurers to provide coverage for services with which they have moral or religious objections.

During a time when regulations are raining down on small businesses and jobs are hard to come by, this certainty that Americans’ most basic rights – our rights of conscience and religious freedom will continue to be protected – is incredibly encouraging.

As a proud husband, father, grandfather and elected representative, I will continue to fight for your freedoms in Congress. Our Founding Fathers created a system of government in which we must sometimes compromise on issues, but never compromise on the values and principles of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. While the Supreme Court thankfully stepped in and put a check on the runaway rules and regulations of the executive branch in this instance, my efforts in Congress to hold this administration accountable will not tire.  

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Luetkemeyer Statement: Supreme Court Ruling on the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Case

2014/06/30

The following is a statement from Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) after the Supreme Court made its final ruling on the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case:

“Today is a landmark day for religious freedom in our country. The highest court in the land recognized that Americans will not lose their rights guaranteed by the Constitution if they run a closely-held family business. This decision is incredibly encouraging for America and I am pleased that Americans most basic rights – our rights of conscience and religious freedom will continue to be protected.”

In June, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released their final rule regarding contraceptive coverage that proposed a definition of “religious employer” for purposes of the exemption from the contraceptive coverage requirement. The Supreme Court ruling has reversed the rule and employers can opt out of providing contraception coverage under the president’s health-care law.

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Blaine's Bulletin-Honoring Our Flag and Our Country

2014/06/27

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is always filled with the red, white and blue regalia that represent the three colors of our flag. As a wise man once reminded me many years ago: “A lot of people fought and died for that flag sonny, so treat it with respect.”

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is an organization that not only represents those who fought and died for our country but serves as an educational resource for our American traditions including flag etiquette, which combines accepted custom and law. And as we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday, I wanted to share with you a little about flag etiquette which I hope will be educational and useful.

First, please remember that our flag should never be used as drapery, never festooned, drawn back or up in folds. It should always be allowed to fall free and when bunting is used for decoration, it should be first blue, then white, and then red.

If you are planning to place a flag behind a special Independence Day speaker’s platform at an event in your community, if flat, should be above and behind the speaker. When placing a flag over a street, place the union so it faces north and east depending on the direction of the street and when Old Glory is projecting from a windowsill, balcony or building front, the union of the flag should always be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is half-staff. When a flag is placed on a wall either horizontally or vertically, the union should be the uppermost and to the flag’s own right or the viewer’s left. If placed in a window, the union should be to the flag’s right when viewed from the outside. 

Parades are always part of our Fourth of July celebrations and our flag is always the center of attention during these events. When carried in a parade front with other flags, Old Glory should always be to the marching right of any other flags, or to the front and center of the flag line. For those of you expecting to attend a Fourth of July Parade, please remember that when the flag is raised or is passing, everyone present, except military members, should face the flag and place his or her hand over their heart. Men should remove their hats while military personnel salute.

Of course, we also must also be conscious of caring for the flag, not only on busy holidays like the Fourth of July but all throughout the year. For example, if you have a soiled flag, it may be washed or dry cleaned and when torn or frayed it may be mended. However, a worn or faded flag should always be retired with the respect which can be accomplished by folding it properly and placing it on a fire and then the ashes buried.

I am hopeful these tips on etiquette will serve you well as you prepare for your Fourth of July celebrations.  Many have selfless and courageous individuals have fought and died for our flag so please treat it with the respect it deserves. Have a very happy Fourth of July and God Bless the United States of America.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter

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Luetkemeyer Files Bill to End Operation Choke Point-Style Attacks on Private Sector

2014/06/26

Seeking to put an end to government attempts to shut down entire portions of the private sector based on what it deems to be morally unacceptable, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) today filed legislation to restore the balance between financial institutions and regulators and protect private industry from the organized bureaucratic intimidation and regulation underway by the Obama Administration.

Luetkemeyer’s legislation would ensure that existing laws are interpreted as intended, overzealous and inappropriate use of regulatory and enforcement tools is curbed, and financial institutions have the security and ability to return to the business of offering products and services to a variety of industries including ammunition sales, fireworks sales and pharmaceutical sales. Luetkemeyer has led the national charge against Operation Choke Point since learning that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) loaned examiners to the DOJ in a hostile attempt to take down non-depository lenders they believe have no moral right to exist.  

“In an effort to drive legally-operating, licensed and regulated companies out of business, federal banking regulators in cahoots with the Department of Justice (DOJ) are placing so much regulatory pressure on financial institutions that certain businesses not viewed favorably by the Attorney General and the Administration are eventually choked-off from the financial services they need to survive. That notion goes against the very nature of our free market system,” Luetkemeyer said. “It is time to stop these backdoor attempts by government bureaucrats to blackmail and threaten businesses simply because they morally object to entire sectors of our economy.”

Recently, Luetkemeyer also successfully passed an amendment in the House that would cut off funding for Operation Choke Point for a year while the House Oversight Committee has also launched an investigation into the government operation.   

Luetkemeyer’s bill, meanwhile, creates a new safe-harbor for financial institutions, including banks and credit unions, to promote nondiscriminatory access to financial products and services provided the merchant is licensed, registered as a money services business, or have obtained a reasoned legal opinion demonstrating the legality of the merchant’s business. The safe-harbor does not require a financial institution to do business with any merchant and does not place the burden of determining the legality of business with the financial institution. The legislation also seeks to reign in the abusive misuse of DOJ subpoena authority by changing the manner in which DOJ can seek a subpoena under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989.

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Luetkemeyer Supports Commonsense Legislation to Lower Gas Prices and Create More Jobs

2014/06/26

In an effort to lower gas prices and create up to 1 million new jobs, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) today voted to expand onshore and offshore energy production, streamline permitting processes, and reduce red tape in the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act.

“This bill seeks to stop the bleeding by  bringing down the cost of gas prices and  creating new employment opportunities by tapping into energy resources we have  right here at home,” Luetkemeyer said. “With the situation unfolding in Iraq, this is another reminder about why it is so important to increase production here in America.”

Specifically, this legislation would implement a drill-smart plan that would expand offshore energy production and open new areas that contain the most oil and natural gas resources. It would help expand onshore oil and natural gas production on federal lands and it is equally important for America’s national security. With the situation happening in Iraq, this is another reminder that we should utilize the energy resources we have in our own backyards rather than continue to be exposed to an increasingly volatile international market. 

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Luetkemeyer, Colleagues File Amicus Brief Addressing EPA’s Regulatory Overreach

2014/06/24

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) joined 38 members of the House of Representatives and Senate in sending an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals to urge the Court to acknowledge the intent of the Clean Water Act by highlighting where the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has violated the law and overstepped states’ rights.

Under the Clean Water Act, Congress granted states the authority to implement their own water quality goals. Unfortunately, the EPA has overreached its authority and is attempting to micromanage states’ plans simply because it disagrees with them. Should this precedent be allowed to continue, it could have grave impacts on the water resources that so many Missourians rely on.   

 “I was extremely pleased to be one of the 39 Members of Congress who sent the amicus brief to the Court of Appeals because it sends a clear message that it is time to stop the bureaucrats in the EPA from further harming our and  disregarding the impact of their actions on the lives of hard-working Americans,” Luetkemeyer said. “We can no longer allow bureaucrats in Washington to dictate to state and local governments how to they should protect their own water resources.”

In addition to opposing this EPA initiative, Luetkemeyer signed a letter to the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers urging them to withdraw and rework the proposed rule to revise “Waters of the United States.” The proposed rule by the EPA would expand the scope of the Clean Water Act on small businesses and farmers by effectively taking out the word “navigable” from “navigable waters” and thereby extending the Act to any body of water connected to a traditionally navigable stream at any point in time.

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Blaine's Bulletin-Keeping America Healthy

2014/06/20

Each week when I’m in Washington I sit down and meet with folks from all types of organizations, industries, or even those on vacation from the 3rd District. During the meetings all sorts of things are discussed such as legislation, issues that their particular business is going through, success stories, and personal matters. Some of the meetings that are particularly meaningful and impactful are those from various advocacy groups regarding various diseases.

Some of the groups that come in are dealing with issues ranging from chronic illness to severe, life threatening diseases. It is heart wrenching to listen to the stories these families tell me when they come into the office. These very people who have a loved one with a particular disease are on the front lines and know best what Congress can do to help these amazing individuals live a full life.

In light of all the heart wrenching stories I’ve been told, earlier this year I sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee respectfully requesting during the next year’s appropriations process to give the National Institutes of Health (NIH) due consideration of its funding levels.

NIH is the primary federal agency that is involved in the funding and support of biomedical and behavioral research. In the past, its work and progress has moved the United States forward in leading the international community in medical breakthroughs and health research. If the NIH is going to continue to serve as the world’s preeminent medical research institution, I believe Congress must show strong support for this agency because every American can benefit from the work the NIH is producing. Not only will individuals benefit but so will our communities since there are always developments of new drugs, treatments, and cures in local universities, hospitals, and businesses.

I have consistently showed my support for NIH funding and I will continue to do so. As your voice in Washington, it is my duty to do what I can to ensure you and your loved ones have access to the most innovative and breakthrough medical developments in the world.

I know there is always more that can be done and I was pleased to reintroduce my legislation, the Mobile Mammography Promotion Act, again this Congress. My legislation would allow mobile mammography units to purchase fuel without the federal excise tax, allowing these vehicles to provide vital services in underserved areas at a decreased cost.

Many Americans know firsthand the tragedy of cancer, whether it was one’s personal struggles or a loved one’s battle against cancer. I firmly believe the key to defeating cancer, especially breast cancer, and many other diseases is early detection and treatment. My legislation is one way to fill the treatment gap in rural and urban areas.

As a nation, we must always look out for one another and ensure that Americans have the resources they need to live a full and healthy life. With our country going through a time of uncertainty with soaring health care costs, NIH serves as a driver of economic growth and, most importantly, as a saver of lives.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter

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Luetkemeyer Announces Dates for Second Round of 2014 Constituent Service Days

2014/06/20

The staff of U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) will be hosting the second round of  Constituent Service Days of 2014 in all 13 counties of the 3rd Congressional District beginning Monday, July 7 and running through Thursday, July 10. Constituent Service Days allows constituents to meet with Luetkemeyer staff to discuss issues and have questions answered.

“For more than five years we have been able to assist hundreds of folks as a result of our Constituent Service Days and we look forward to continue building on that success during this next round of meetings with staff,” Luetkemeyer said. “I encourage those Third District residents who have questions and concerns to attend the Constituent Service Day in their area.”

MONDAY, July 7th

Maries County

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Vienna City Hall
424 8th Street, Vienna
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Osage County

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Osage County Admin Building
205 E. Main Street, Linn
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Callaway County

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Holts Summit Police Department Conference Room
245 S. Summit Dr., Holts Summit
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

TUESDAY, July 8th

St. Charles County
10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
O’Fallon City Hall
100 N. Main Street, O’Fallon
Hosts: Tanner Smith, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Lincoln County

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Troy City Hall
201 Main Street, Troy
Hosts: Tanner Smith, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Jefferson County

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Jefferson County Library – Windsor Branch
7479 Metropolitan Blvd, Barnhart
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Mary Tinsley, Field Representative

Warren County

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
County Commission Admin Building
101 Mockingbird Ln, Warrenton
Hosts: Tanner Smith, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

WEDNESDAY, July 9th

Camden County
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Osage Beach City Hall
1000 City Parkway, Osage Beach
Hosts: Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison and Laura Hardecke, Office Manager

Miller County

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Eldon City Hall
101 South Oak Street, Eldon
Hosts: Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison and Laura Hardecke, Office Manager

Cole County

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Jefferson City Police Department Training Room
401 Monroe Street, Jefferson City
Hosts: Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison and Laura Hardecke, Office Manager

THURSDAY, July 10th 

Franklin County
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Gerald City Hall
106 E. Fitzgerald, Gerald, MO 63037
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Montgomery County

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
New Florence City Hall
217 S. Main St., New Florence, MO, 63363
Hosts: Tanner Smith, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Gasconade County

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Hermann City Hall
1902 Jefferson Street, Hermann, MO
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

 

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Blaine's Bulletin-Preserving Second Amendment Rights

2014/06/13

There has been a lot of interest from people at home about a couple of issues Congress has been working on involving our Second Amendment rights. Clearly, a majority of Missourians, such as myself, support these rights and that is precisely why I have often been on the front lines in Congress when it comes to protecting your rights.

For example, I was able to successfully pass an amendment recently to the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill which would prevent federal funds from being used as part of government efforts to target companies involved in the lawful commerce in firearms. This effort stems from “Operation Choke Point,” an effort by the government to use its regulatory powers to try and shut down entire industry sectors from having access to the financial services they need to conduct business.

My efforts to fight this has resulted in some national exposure to the issue and has led to an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a panel on which I formally served that has focused on probing other White House scandals including the Fast and Furious gun running scandal, the IRS’ various violations of individual liberty and perhaps, most importantly, the Benghazi tragedy in which four brave Americans were killed.

As a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I realize that firearm owners have a responsibility to be safe and competent when it comes to the use of their firearms. As a hunter myself, I remember my earliest lessons from family and friends about how much responsibility comes with owning a firearm. They are lessons I have never forgotten and as many Missouri firearms owners know, these lessons are handed down from generation to generation.

With that in mind, I recently supported passage of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriation Act which included a number of provisions to halt President Obama’s gun control agenda. The bill prohibits funds from being used to enforce the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty and also prohibits funding for an unauthorized ATF registration requirement for the sale of multiple rifles to the same person in Southwest border states.

Growing up, and living my life, in rural St. Elizabeth, Missouri, the population just over 300, I have a unique understanding of the importance of our right to bear arms. I will continue to consistently vote in favor of Second Amendment legislation, vote against government attempts to infringe on those rights, and ensure that we keep firearms out of the hands of those who are dangerous to themselves or others. With freedom comes responsibility and I can think of no other issue that best reflects that then the very American right to bear arms.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter

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luetkemeyer.house.gov

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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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