U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement following the release of President Obama’s final budget proposal:
“In the president’s final budget he showed, yet again, that he is not serious about getting our nation’s fiscal house in order or our economy back on track. Not only did the president give an unrealistic list of new spending programs, he blantly disregarded any real attempt to balance the budget and reduce the nation’s $19 trillion debt. The budget proposal the president has put forward raises prices at the pump, doubles down on his failed health-care law, and hurts our nation’s small businesses. In the next few weeks, House Republicans will issue their own budget proposal which will tackle the debt and help hard-working Americans get ahead by building a stronger, more competitive economy.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after President Obama announced his proposal to place a $10 tax on every barrel of oil:
“After seven years of the president’s failed economic policies, it’s disappointing, but not surprising that the president announced a 30 percent tax on American energy to pay for more failed “stimulus-style” spending on “green” boondoggles and urban transit. This proposal would not be welcome at any time throughout the year, but, it is especially irresponsible and harmful in the midst of winter, when many Americans are using propane and heating oil to warm their homes, both of which are derived from petroleum refining. Missourians are tired of picking up the tab for the president’s out-of-touch agenda.”
Experts predict that a $10 per barrel tax would translate to a 25 cent per gallon increase in consumer gas prices and a 136 percent increase in the federal gas tax.Read More
The House of Representatives was designed to be the chamber of government closest and most responsive to the American people. Work in the House of Representatives is fast paced. A typical day involves debating legislation on the House floor, listening to and questioning witnesses in committee hearings, and, mostly, meeting with the many constituents from Missouri who travel to Washington.
As your liaison from the 3rd District to Washington, one of my jobs is ensuring you always know what the House is working on and how it impacts you. In the last seven years, my colleagues and I have spent a lot of time fighting against the president’s agenda on behalf of our districts. While it may get a little less attention, we’ve also been working hard to pass our own bold, innovative, bottom-up agenda that contrasts greatly to the top-down approach that has so often been used.
This week was particularly busy week in the House. I had meaningful discussions with the many Missourians who visited my office, including members of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys who stopped by to discuss criminal justice issues. It was also a pleasure meeting with the young Missourians who traveled to DC as a part of the Council for Drug Free Youth group. The group shared stories of how drug abuse has affected their schools and classmates and they told me what they are doing to enhance education to prevent drug usage among their peers. I was also updated on the challenges that rural hospitals face from the employees of Lake Regional Health System.
In addition, the full House considered a number of bills, including two that I authored.
The first, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, is legislation that reforms housing policies in America for the first time in decades. It will streamline policies and eliminate duplicative programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service. I am proud to say this legislation was not only comprehensive in nature, but also bipartisan. It passed the House with a vote of 427-0 and, most importantly, the Congressional Budget office reported this bill would save the taxpayer $311 million over five years.
The second bill that I authored that was considered by the House this week is an issue that I have been working on for a couple of years now. The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act would prevent federal agencies from abusing executive power and blocking the access of legally-operating businesses to financial services. There is a need for my legislation to be codified into law so federal agencies can’t restrict access to needed services for businesses that they simply don’t like or ideologically don’t agree with. We’ve seen both the Department of Justice and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation engage in these very practices under the name Operation Choke Point, and, with passage of this legislation, we can halt this unconstitutional program.
The House also passed the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, which would prohibit the president from lifting financial sanctions currently in place on key Iranian officials unless the White House certifies to Congress that these individuals were not involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program or terrorist activities. This key piece of legislation also ensures that Americans and Members of Congress are granted more oversight in the president’s dealing with key Iranian officials.
Now that this week is over, it is time to get back to work on other issues I have been working on – reining in the actions of the president in regards to gun control, ensuring the flood recovery in the 3rd District is going smoothly, and getting ready to pass out the thousands of valentines so many graciously sent to my offices to be delivered to Missouri veterans!Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 766, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act:
“After years of remaining steadfast in bringing an end to Operation Choke Point, I am proud that the majority of my colleagues today joined me in casting their votes to ensure this program is brought to a halt and that greater transparency is achieved. Over the past couple of years I have introduced legislation, held meetings with and sent letters to Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal banking regulatory officials, and most of all, relentlessly strove to help those who have been negatively impacted by this illegal initiative. Together, the first step has been taken to ensure that federal banking agencies and DOJ can no longer intimidate financial institutions from offering financial services to licensed, legally-operating businesses that have been targeted not because of potential wrongdoing, but because of personal and political motivation.”
The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act would dictate that agencies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, among others, cannot request or order a financial institution to terminate a banking relationship unless the regulator has material reason. Any account termination requests or orders would be required to be made in writing and rely on information other than reputational risk. In addition, the legislation strikes the word “affecting” in the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), replacing it with “by” or “against.” This is to ensure that the Department of Justice’s broad interpretation of the law is limited and the original intent of the statute is restored.Read More
After learning the Jefferson City Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office has been closed since last month, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner expressing deep concern and demand a plan to help mid-Missouri taxpayers.
Luetkemeyer sent a letter today to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the IRS office closure. The IRS office in Jefferson City has been closed since Jan. 25, 2016 and will be closed until Feb. 12, 2016.
“With tax season in full swing, it is completely unacceptable the only IRS office in mid-Missouri is closed,” Luetkemeyer said. “Many individuals in the 3rd District have started the process of gathering documents needed to file their taxes but now is there is no way to get answers to any questions they may have regarding complying with the Affordable Care Act or any other information they may need. I expect a swift response from the IRS explaining to me why the Jefferson City office is temporarily closed and a plan to provide additional resources to mid-Missouri taxpayers to ensure they have the assistance they need to comply with the tax code.”
Earlier today, Luetkemeyer met with a representative from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (the independent organization within IRS that represents taxpayer interests) to elevate attention to this issue and discuss ways to deliver additional assistance to mid-Missouri taxpayers. Any individuals in the 3rd District who are experiencing difficulty with the IRS can contact Luetkemeyer’s offices for help in accessing the resources and information needed to properly file their tax returns.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following release after voting to override the president’s veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring American’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.
This legislation, which was vetoed on January 8, eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood, repeals the individual and employer mandates, and repeals the medical device and “Cadillac” tax, among other provisions.
“I was proud to once again cast my vote for the unborn and against the president’s radical agenda. Even after both chambers of Congress acted on behalf of the will of the people, the president vetoed a bill that would reduce the deficit by $516 billion and end the ability of abortion providers to access taxpayer dollars. While I was disappointed in today’s outcome, it underscores why it is so important for us to have a president who will stand up for the best interests of the American people instead of a radical, leftwing political agenda. Earlier this month, a clear majority of the House of Representatives and Senate supported repealing the president’s health-care law and preventing Planned Parenthood from obtaining taxpayer funds yet the president turned a blind eye to Congress and the will of the American people.”
On January 6, 2016, the House passed H.R. 3762, as amended by the Senate. On January 8, 2016, the President vetoed the bill. A 2/3 majority in the House was necessary for the House to override the veto.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following release after House passage of H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act.
“Today Members of Congress joined together to break the trend of failed federal housing policies, Luetkemeyer said.” “This comprehensive, bipartisan legislation represents the first real reforms to the programs and processes at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) in decades. The success of housing programs should not be judged by the number of federal dollars spent. Instead, we are looking outside the box to streamline HUD and RHS policies and eliminate duplicative programs and waste. The future of housing can and should look different and today, my colleagues and I stood together and passed what is the first step to changing our nation’s housing policies.”
“I am pleased that my colleagues and I were able to successfully pass a piece of legislation that will make important reforms to our public housing programs and strengthen rural housing services,” said U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO).
H.R. 3700 passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 427-0. The bill was approved the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 44-10.
H.R. 3700 includes provisions to:
- Ensures that veterans have fair access to housing and homeless assistance programs.
- Authorize the RHS single family housing guaranteed loan program to delegate approval authority to preferred lenders.
- Extend the period for which a family could use a family unification housing voucher and increase the ceiling for the Family Unification Program voucher age requirement.
- Provides a thoughtful limitation on public housing tenancy for over-income residents.
The state of Missouri is full of beauty and wonder. We are all fortunate to experience the four seasons – but that can bring problems from Mother Nature. Together, we can work together to minimize the effect of disasters when they strike.
Safety is of the upmost importance. If you and your family do not yet have a comprehensive safety and evacuation plan, I encourage you to work together and implement one. For examples and assistance, please visit www.ready.gov.
Just a few weeks ago, Missouri experienced record flooding, with much of it occurring in the 3rd District. The flooding left much of the state at a standstill. I saw firsthand the result of the flooding during a recent tour of Graphic Packaging International in Pacific, and heard directly from the owners and employees of the business, as well as county officials regarding the ongoing recovery process. As far as the federal response so far, I was pleased that the president issued a major disaster declaration in response to the request of the State of Missouri and Missouri’s congressional delegation.
My staff and I are also in regular contact with senior officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Small Business Administration (SBA), agencies which all play an important role in helping communities, individuals, and businesses get back on their feet in the wake of a disaster. If you have questions or concerns about the federal disaster response or recovery process, please don’t hesitate to contact any of my offices. My staff and I want to hear from you. We will continue to be available across all 13 counties in the 3rd District to make sure that constituents are getting the information and resources they need to move forward.
In addition to the immediate response and ongoing recovery efforts, I am very focused on the future of the flood insurance programs. As the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, I have made it a priority to examine flood insurance and the current construct of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Throughout the month of January, my subcommittee held hearings and roundtables with key stakeholders to discuss problems with flood mapping, ways to improve the NFIP, and efforts to better ensure that homeowners have more options for flood insurance coverage. I will continue to hold hearings to hear from policyholders and stakeholders about how to reform flood insurance so we can lessen the amount of Americans who have to suffer from an inadequate system.
My staff and I will continue to monitor the ongoing recovery efforts and I look forward to holding more hearings and roundtables so we can reform the nation’s flood insurance system.Read More
“Our continuing to march that day was not stubbornness to defy the elements, but willingness to cope as best we could in our determined efforts to defend the unalienable and paramount right to life of our born and preborn brothers and sisters.” – Nellie Gray, founder of March for Life.
Nellie made that profound statement in the winter of 1987, after a particularly cold and blustery March for Life rally in the nation’s capital. Twenty-nine years later, marchers once again defied the elements to advocate for the lives of the unborn.
Each and every year, I am impressed by the Missourians that travel night and day to Washington, D.C., and usually not in ideal weather, just so they can participate in the March for Life rally. In addition, it is incredibly gratifying to see so many young individuals make the effort to ensure their voices are heard in the nation’s capital on this important issue. Because in their hearts, they know the most precious gift in the world is the gift of life.
It is because of the will and determination of so many Americans that attend the March for Life that the House of Representatives will hold a vote to override the president’s veto of legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. This year’s rally is especially important after Americans learned that Planned Parenthood employees were engaged in the sale of the dismembered body parts of infants.
In addition to efforts in defunding Planned Parenthood, the House took action and passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. This legislation would prohibit federal funds from being used for any abortion procedure. It would also prohibit tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies authorized under the president’s health-care law from being used to pay for plans that include elective abortion coverage.
It is my hope the Senate votes on that legislation soon. In the meantime, the House will continue to debate bills that defend the life of the unborn.
There are countless Americans around the country that take their precious time, year after year, to defend the unborn and also to celebrate life. It is incredibly important to thank the individuals for inspiration and support that is provided to me. Together, we are the voice for those who do not yet have one.
Please know that I will remain steadfast to ensuring pro-life legislation is considered in the House of Representatives.Read More
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after President Obama officially issued a major disaster declaration for several counties in the 3rd District:
“The extreme flooding Missouri experienced last month left much of the state at a standstill. It has now been a few weeks later and individuals are still trying to get assistance and questions to their answers on how to move forward. I am pleased the president responded to the request of our state’s congressional delegation and issued a major disaster declaration for individual assistance to help those Missourians who need help recovering. As always, my offices in Jefferson City, Wentzville, and Washington, Mo., stand ready and willing to help individuals in need.”
The counties in the 3rd District included in the major disaster declaration are: Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Lincoln, Maries, Jefferson, Osage, and St. Charles. Individuals, homeowners, and businesses in these counties are eligible for a number disaster assistance programs administered by the Federal government, including:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Assistance to Individuals and Households
- Provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means.
Small Business Administration (SBA) – Home and Business Disaster Loans
- Provides low interest loans to homeowners and businesses to repair or replace real estate, and personal or business property that have been damaged or destroyed.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance
- Provides assistance for certain farm losses resulting from natural disasters.
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) – Processes flood insurance claims for homeowners, renters, and business owners that have existing plans.
For individuals who would like to check program eligibility and apply online for assistance, the link is: www. DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.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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