Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Luetkemeyer Statement On Department of Homeland Security Announcement

2017/02/21

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued today’s guidance on President Trump’s executive order regarding immigration enforcement.

“Today’s announcement from DHS Secretary Kelly is a commonsense decision to enforce the immigration laws of the United States, and goes a long way towards removing dangerous criminal aliens from our country,” Luetkemeyer said. “Last year, Montgomery County and Kansas City were rocked when an illegal immigrant with a lengthy history of violence killed five individuals in Missouri and Kansas. Those actions prompted me to introduce legislation that would have forced DHS to work with and train local law enforcement to apprehend and detain criminal aliens. I am encouraged that under this guidance the Administration took a similar approach to train local law enforcement officers and give them the necessary authority to protect their communities from criminal aliens.”

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Blaine's Bulletin: Recognizing Presidents' Day

2017/02/17

America’s rich history not only includes events such as the Civil War or when Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis on the great expedition to explore the West – but it also includes the individuals who were our leaders during these times.

To many students throughout our country, Presidents’ Day is another day off of school. However, this federal holiday, established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, celebrates not only the birth of our first president, but stands as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

In the past, I have been asked by students in the 3rd District about who my favorite presidents are. That answer is easy: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Two men who selflessly navigated America through their terms and did what was right for our country and its people.

Before becoming our nation’s first president, George Washington demonstrated that he was a great leader during his time as the Commander of the Continental Army, against incredible odds that favored the British Army. General Washington never gave up, and eventually helped the United States win our independence from Great Britain. After his time as Commander of the Continental Army, in 1789 he became the first President of the United States of America under our Constitution. His leadership provided a firm foundation for our country, and he set many standards and precedents that future presidents have strived to maintain.

Then, in 1861, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as our nation’s 16th president. President Lincoln led our country through its hardest years, the Civil War. However, in doing so, President Lincoln abolished slavery and modernized the economy. President Lincoln also gave one of our country’s most memorable presidential speeches– the Gettsyburg Address. In 272 words, and three minutes in length, President Lincoln asserted that all men are created equal and he defined the war as an effort dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality for all.

Today, Presidents’ Day isn’t just a federal holiday. Across the country, many patriotic and historical groups use February 22 as a day for celebrations and other events. Our deep American history is encouraging and so important for students to know what our country has been through. I encourage parents to tell their children what president they most admire and share their own stories about why. I hope all students continue to study and learn American history and also stay in touch with what is happening each and everyday – it is important to stay informed. 

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Luetkemeyer Receives “True Blue” Award for Perfect Voting Record on Pro-Life Legislation

2017/02/16

With a 100 percent voting record from the Family Research Council Action, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) was given the title of “True Blue.”

“Today’s award is a true honor. Defending the unborn is not a hard decision, I believe it is our duty, as a society, to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and allow them the right to be born into this world,” Luetkemeyer said. “I will continue to be a leader in defense of faith, family, and freedom on behalf of the pro-life community in the 3rd District.”

In the 115th Congress, Luetkemeyer has cosponsored the following pro-life bills:

H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act;
H.R. 681, the Life at Conception Act;
H.R. 147, the Prenatal Discrimination Act;
H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act;
H.R. 37, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act;
H.R. 354, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act;
The Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act;
The Conscience Protection Act;
The Disapproval Resolution on the Obama Administration’s Midnight Title X Rule

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Luetkemeyer Applauds Senate Approval of Steve Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury

2017/02/14

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved Steve Mnuchin as the next U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

“I applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Steve Mnuchin to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Treasury,” Luetkemeyer said. “With my role on the House Financial Services Committee, I look forward to hearing from Secretary Mnuchin about how we can work together to reduce red tape, promote innovation, grow our economy, and make sure that American consumers can access credit and achieve financial independence.”

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Luetkemeyer Applauds Senate Approval of Linda McMahon as SBA Administrator

2017/02/14

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Vice Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved Linda McMahon as the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

“President Trump nominated a highly qualified leader to be the voice of small businesses across our country,” Luetkemeyer said. “As Administrator McMahon has stated throughout her hearings, she will be an advocate for the nation’s small businesses employers and employees. As a Member and Vice Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I am eager to work with her to cut government red-tape and reignite the economic engines of our local communities.” 

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In its Second Year, Luetkemeyer Receives 13,000 Valentines for Local Veterans

2017/02/14

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) has announced that in the second year of the “Valentines for Veterans” program, his offices received over 13,000 valentines to be distributed to veterans around the 3rd District.

“I am incredibly amazed at the response by the community to the “Valentines for Veterans” program,” Luetkemeyer said. “Last year, my local offices received an outpouring of support and this year surpassed those numbers. Thank you to everyone who participated in the program, your time and generosity will not go unnoticed from our men and women who have served our nation.”

The cards came from schools, youth groups, churches, and individuals around the 3rd District. Luetkemeyer’s office has already begun distributing the cards to local VA hospitals, veterans homes, and veterans service organizations. 

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Blaine's Bulletin: We Can and Must Do Better

2017/02/10

“We are looking for ways to provide the same great service while at the same time looking at more ways to cut our costs. We are running out of ideas to cut costs because this bad economy has been going on for five years now. We continue to work longer hours instead of hiring new workers.” – constituent from Jefferson City

That is just one story that I have heard out of hundreds of examples that constituents have shared with me. Thoughtless regulations, including those stemming from Obamacare, have hurt our nation’s small business owners and employees so severely that many don’t see a way out. This is a very critical issue for our state, because over 1.1 million of our fellow Missourians are employed by small businesses. With a new administration in office, we have an opportunity to get the government out of the way so that our small businesses can once again serve as the economic engines of our local communities. As a result, a key ingredient for growing our economy and creating good-paying jobs in our own backyard is to not allow the status quo of Obamacare to stand.

As a former small businessman myself and as Vice Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I’ve heard firsthand about the challenges brought about by the crushing federal regulations that workers and employers face on a day to day basis. Compliance costs have skyrocketed and expansion and growth have stagnated. Recently, our committee convened a hearing to reimagine what the health-care marketplace should look like for our small businesses. There was a common theme from the witnesses: small businesses want access and affordability. One of the witnesses that testified at the hearing is the president of a small manufacturing company that employs 37 workers and he said that Obamacare has prevented new hiring because health-care costs at his company increased by 51 percent. The witness went on to say  that from 2013 to 2017, the average total cost per employee for health insurance coverage increased by 51.7 percent and the business pays 70 percent or most of the cost of employee coverage. This is unacceptable and unsustainable.

We can and must do better. We need to be able to ensure that small businesses have more control and more choices to pick the plans that meets their needs and the needs of their employees – not Washington’s mandates.

Small businesses were promised a plan that would be simple. Instead, they got more worries, and a bureaucracy and red tape that has handcuffed users from day one. House Republicans are committed to fixing that. Americans, and small businesses, deserve health-care reform that is done the right way, for the right reasons, in the right amount of time. This is not about finding a quick fix. This is about developing a long-term solution that works for everyone. 

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Luetkemeyer Votes to Prohibit Federal Overreach in Classrooms

2017/02/07

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) supported two Congressional Rule Acts that would overturn the Department of Education’s teacher preparation and accountability rules.

“One-size-fits-all federal policies have proven plenty of times that they simply do not work,” Luetkemeyer said. “Over the last several years, the federal government has continued to increase its role in our students’ classrooms. Knowing these decisions are best left to parents and state and local education leaders, Congress recently passed the Every Student Succeeds Act to put an end to failed education policies and prohibit such federal overreach. Today the House voted to uphold the intent of this law and place states back into the driver’s seat for education standards. We must provide our local education leaders the flexibility they need to ensure that every child receives a high quality education.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in 2015, placed restrictions on the Secretary of Education’s ability to create new requirements and provided states greater authority to make decisions. Yet, in November, the Obama Administration released its Accountability and State Plan Regulation which included new provisions that expanded the law’s requirements and directly violated the law’s strict prohibition on overreach by the Secretary. Today’s bill ensures the Accountability and State Plan Regulation would have zero effect.

The Obama Administration issued new regulations to evaluate the effectiveness of teacher prep programs which requires states to track student learning outcomes and employment outcomes. The Teacher Prep Regulation ties eligibility for student aid to teacher prep program evaluations, stating programs that do not meet a state’s requirement for at least two of the previous three years will lose federal aid. Today’s bill ensures the Teacher Prep regulation would have zero effect. 

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Blaine's Bulletin: Reining in Regulations

2017/02/03

A little recent history to start this week. In 1996, as part of the Contract with America, Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This little known tool gives Congress the power to invalidate a rule or regulation from the executive branch within 60 days of it being issued. You may be thinking, can’t Congress pass a law to overturn a rule already? The answer is yes, but the CRA allows Congress to expedite the disapproval of regulations and also requires only a simple majority vote in the Senate.

In it’s 20 year history, the CRA has only been used once successfully: to overturn a Department of Labor rule on ergonomics in 2001. We’ve used it many more times than that, but, the CRA still requires a president who is willing to sign a disapproval or a Congress that can muster a two-thirds vote. Both have proven to be elusive.

That’s about to change. We have a Congress and now a president committed to making commonsense changes to the regulatory regime that has hurt so many Missouri workers, small businesses, and families over the past eight years. This week the House voted to overturn multiple burdensome regulations issued toward the end of the Obama Administration. There are two in particular I’d like to highlight, but, if you have any questions about the rest of them, my staff and I stand ready to answer them.

Last December, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) released a final regulation that it is calling the “Stream Protection Rule.” It’s really just the final chapter of the Obama Administration’s war on coal. 68,000 mining jobs were lost under the Obama Administration and this rule proposes 400 new regulatory changes that will threaten one-third of the remaining coal mining workforce. In addition, OSM shut out the states which are responsible for enforcing federal mining regulations and circumvented existing regulatory success at the federal and state level.

America is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, including coal. Missourians rely on coal for 80 percent of our electricity needs and coal mining provides good paying jobs that support thousands of families across this country. We can and should have regulations to protect our environment, but we must use commonsense. This rule does not pass the commonsense test. I’m hopeful that the Senate and president will act quickly so that American miners can get back to work and American consumers can continue to have access to affordable, domestic energy.

The House also moved to overturn another Obama era rule that would infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of elderly Americans. This rule would transfer the information of many Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Automatically transferring this personal data  to NICS could cause NICS to take away the Second Amendment rights of many elderly Americans without any due process. I am deeply opposed to this rule and have consistently supported efforts to overturn it. I’m optimistic that the Senate and president will act swiftly on this one, too.

If all CRA actions that passed in the House this week are successful, five job-destroying regulations will be taken off the books. Given the volume of regulations issued in the closing days of the Obama Administration, there will be many more of these actions in the weeks to come.

 

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Luetkemeyer Statement on Delay of Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule

2017/02/03

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced this morning the U.S. Department of Labor fiduciary rule will be delayed for 180 days.

“Today’s announcement is a victory for the countless individuals and families across Missouri that would have been priced out of professional financial advice under the DOL’s fiduciary rule,” Luetkemeyer said. “I heard from constituents across the 3rd District who told me that if the fiduciary rule is implemented as currently drafted, their ability to get timely and important investment advice could make it more difficult to reach their retirement goals and provide for their later years in life. I applaud President Trump for making the decision to press pause on this this harmful rule. We should be encouraging more Americans to save for retirement, not restricting access to the tools that will help our fellow citizens achieve financial independence and security.”

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Contact Information

2440 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2956
Fax 202-225-5712
luetkemeyer.house.gov

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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