Luke Messer

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America

2015/03/26

In 2010, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went on a three-day “Conversations with the Country” tour.  While traveling across the Midwest, he had a stark warning about our nation’s fiscal trajectory.  He said, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt.”  Think about that.  The highest-ranking officer in the U.S. armed forces believes Washington’s tax-and-spend culture is putting our country’s future in jeopardy. Sadly, five years after those words of warning, Washington hasn’t done much about it.   Since 2010, more than $5 trillion has been added to the national debt and if the President had his way, we would continue down an unsustainable path.  In February, the President released his proposed budget for 2016.  It called for $2.1 trillion in new tax increases, added more than $8 trillion to the national debt, increased government spending and never balances, ever.   That’s not the answer to getting our country back on the path to prosperity.  Republicans know the key to a healthier and more secure economy now and in the future is leaving more money in the hands of hardworking Americans, not transferring it to the hands of Washington bureaucrats. That’s why the House passed and I voted for A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America (H. Con. Res. 27). The proposal isn’t perfect, but it will certainly make Washington more efficient and accountable while reducing debt and lowering taxes.  Here’s how: H. Con. Res. 27 reduces Federal spending by $5.5 trillion over the next 10 years and eliminates annual deficits.  This will allow us to start paying down the national debt instead of adding to it year after year.  Last fiscal year alone our country spent more than $220 billion paying interest on borrowed money.  That’s more than our discretionary spending for the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Commerce, Transportation and Veterans Affairs combined!    The House-passed budget also reforms the tax code by lowering rates for individuals and families as well as large and small businesses.   It also broadens the tax base by closing special interest loopholes.  That means more money in the hands of hardworking Americans and job creators, which is a win-win for our economy.  The Republican budget also restores localism by empowering states to make decisions best suited to their residents.  When it comes to programs like Medicaid, nutrition assistance and education, our local leaders know best.  In addition, the budget repeals the President’s health care law and promotes patient-centered health care solutions and eliminates the Independence Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)—an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats charged with making health care coverage decisions.  Finally, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America provides for a strong national defense through robust funding of troop training, equipment and compensation.  It provides for a boost in defense spending above the President’s levels while putting in place a plan to responsibly address the current spending caps and the threat of sequestration cuts.  It’s past time to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.  I’m proud to have voted for a budget that will balance, reduces our debt, reins in wasteful Washington spending and puts more money back in the hands of hardworking Americans.  I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.  Read More

Congressman Luke Messer Statement on FY 2016 Budget Resolution

2015/03/25

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer released the following statement after  H. Con. Res. 27, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, passed the House 228 to 199. "If we're serious about growing a healthy economy and creating jobs, we've got to start making responsible choices that will get our nation's fiscal house in order. This budget does that. It balances within 10 years, reduces the deficit and puts us on a path to paying off our $18 trillion national debt. It's a plan that makes Washington more accountable to those we were elected to serve and allows hard-working Hoosiers to keep more money in their pockets instead of transferring it to the hands of Washington bureaucrats.” Read More

Rep. Messer congratulates Sen. Coats on his decision to retire

2015/03/24

(WASHINGTON)--Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) announced he will not seek reelection in 2016: “Congrats to Senator Coats on what must have been a tough decision to retire.  Senator Coats is our U.S. Senator, but Dan and Marsha are also my friends.  I have long admired not only their commitment to our country, but also their commitment to faith and family.  After decades of service, the two of them will finally get to spend some much-deserved quality time with their children and grandchildren.  Their shoes will be tough ones to fill.”  ### Read More

Have coffee with Congressman Messer in Muncie, Richmond

2015/03/16

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced two additional “Coffee with the Congressman” tour stops in Muncie and Richmond.  This is an opportunity for residents of Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District to ask Congressman Messer questions about issues important to them and get updates on what’s happening in Congress.  These events are open to the public and the press. Friday, March 20th Muncie Concannon’s Bakery, Café & Coffee Bar 4801 West Baker Ln. Muncie, IN 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Richmond 5th Street Coffee & Bagels 211 South 5th St. Richmond, IN 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Read More

Congressman Messer seeks entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/03/11

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) invites high school students in Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District to enter their artwork in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. The competition serves as a unique way for students in the Sixth District to showcase their artistic abilities. The winning student will have their artwork displayed in the Cannon tunnel of the Capitol complex for one year, and will receive two round-trip tickets to attend a reception in their honor in Washington, D.C., this coming June.  “Each year the high school students in Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District demonstrate their remarkable artistic talent,” said Congressman Messer. “I encourage everyone to participate in this year’s competition and look forward to seeing the winning piece showcased in our nation’s capital.” The artwork will be divided into seven categories: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. All entries must be submitted with the competition guidelines and the Student Information & Release form.  The deadline for submission is April 17, 2015. For more information on the rules and guidelines, or if you have any questions, please contact Tim Hawkins in our Shelbyville District Office at 317-421-0704 or at timothy.hawkins@mail.house.gov.   Read More

Congressman Messer introduces budget transparency bill

2015/03/05

WASHINGTON—This week, Congressman Luke Messer re-introduced a bill that would require the President’s annual budget submission to include the cost-per-taxpayer of the deficit for each year the budget is projected to be in deficit (H.R. 1315).  “Deficit spending has real world consequences,” said Congressman Messer.  "This legislation would make sure taxpayers know how much the deficit costs them every year.” Congressman Messer believes the most direct path toward a healthier and more secure economy now and in the future is less spending, lower taxes, balanced budgets and smaller debt.  He says this bill is “a small but important first step in that direction.” The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates there will be approximately 152 million individuals filing tax returns this year.  That means the President’s $474 million deficit will cost each taxpayer approximately $3,118.  “This bill won’t solve our nation’s fiscal problems or prevent the government from spending money it doesn’t have,” said Congressman Messer. “But making this information more easily accessible will help us and our constituents better understand the impact of budgets that never balance.” Last Congress, Rep. Messer’s budget transparency bill (H.R. 668) passed the House with bipartisan support 392-28-1. Read More

Chairman Tom Price shares optimistic budget vision with Republican Policy Committee

2015/03/04

WASHINGTON— House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (GA-06) today met with members of the House Republican Policy Committee to discuss the budget process and highlight the importance of balancing the budget responsibly as soon as possible. “It was a pleasure to meet with the Republican Policy Committee this morning. I appreciate its leadership and commitment to offering real, positive solutions to the challenges facing the nation,” said Chairman Price.  “The American people are looking for policymakers to step forward with a plan to balance our budget and make Washington more efficient, effective and accountable.  The Policy Committee will be an important part of that effort." “We’re fortunate to have someone with Chairman Price’s breadth and depth of knowledge about the budget process and understanding about how to solve our nation’s fiscal problems at the helm of the Budget Committee,” said Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06), who chairs the House Republican Policy Committee.  “Chairman Price assured us that this year’s budget resolution will help us reign-in wasteful Washington spending and force the Federal government to live within its means like everyone else.” Chairman Price emphasized that our nation’s staggering debt—which exceeds $18 trillion dollars—is the single biggest threat to our economy and national security.  He also stressed the importance of developing a visionary budget that unifies the Republican Conference and our country.  Members of the Policy Committee shared their view that the budget should balance sooner rather than later, while ensuring sufficient resources to enable our nation’s military men and women to defend our national security. “We need to balance the budget now,” said Chairman Messer.  “To do that, we need to stop spending money we don’t have and deal head-on with entitlements, which are the primary driver of our debt.”   Doing so will “ensure that these valuable programs continue providing needed benefits to current and future beneficiaries while safeguarding the fiscal future for our children and grandchildren,” he added. About the RPC: The House Republican Policy Committee is an advisory Committee whose mission is to help House Republicans develop and implement conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all Americans.  Chairman Price formerly chaired the House Republican Policy Committee, as well as the Republican Study Committee. Read More

Congressman Luke Messer on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress

2015/03/03

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress: “It was a privilege to hear Prime Minister Netanyahu speak today and welcome him back to Capitol Hill.  The relationship between the United States and Israel is based not only on our shared democratic values but also our joint desire for stability and peace in the Middle East.  “I agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement that ‘we must all stand together to stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror.’  A nuclear armed Iran is not only a threat to Israel but the entire civilized world.  “We must remain unwavering in our resolve to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and maintaining a strong and continued partnership with our most trusted friend in the Middle East, Israel.” Read More

Rep. Messer continues to fight amnesty, temporarily fund DHS

2015/02/28

WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after the House passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for one week: “Throughout this process, I have worked to stop the President’s executive amnesty and ensure we fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  With today’s vote, we can continue to do both. “The President does not have the unilateral authority to circumvent Congress and grant amnesty to millions of people living here illegally, and I’m encouraged by the recent Texas federal court decision to order a temporary injunction to stop his unconstitutional actions. “Our short term funding bill keeps DHS open and gives us time to continue fighting executive amnesty in court.”   Read More

U.S. can still be a 'shining beacon'

2015/02/26

GREENSBURG – Republican Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) said he believes we live in “serious times,” but that the United States can still “be the shining beacon for the world.” Part of Messer’s “Coffee with a Congressman” tour, the Greensburg native sat down for breakfast with Mayor Gary Herbert and other local GOP leaders at Storie’s Restaurant Tuesday morning and discussed national and international issues that are currently occupying the thoughts of those in Washington – from the White House to Capitol Hill.   Messer’s message to constituents Tuesday was that relying on American ideals – and backing words with actions – will lead to positive results for the nation in the end. Messer briefly discussed the ongoing battle between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS will shut down at midnight Friday if Congress is unable to pass a funding bill and DHS officials have said that the shutdown could put the nation at a security risk. Associated Press reports Tuesday said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered Democrats a “clean funding” bill on which to vote, free of provisions against President Barack Obama’s immigration legislation. McConnell’s proposal allows separate votes on funding DHS beyond Friday’s deadline and into September and on the president’s immigration legislation that would prevent the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants. Messer voted for the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act 2015 in January, a measure that would prevent DHS funds from being put toward the president’s immigration legislation. Messer has previously described the nation’s immigration system as “broken” and has called for tighter border security and fixes to the United States’ visa plan. On Tuesday, Messer touted the need for a balanced Federal budget, saying keeping the nation’s finances in order is a must. The second-term congressman proposed a bill last week that would cut legislators’ salaries if they were unable to pass a balanced budget within the next 10 years. Messer and local GOP members briefly discussed the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (alternately known as “ISIS” or “ISIL”), a militant group accused of beheading prisoners, recruiting children to their ranks, war crimes and other atrocities. Messer called ISIL members “religious zealots” during Tuesday’s breakfast and made reference to the group’s murder of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh earlier this year. Read More

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Luke Messer is the Congressman for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, a 19 county region of east-central and southeastern Indiana comprised of manufacturing and agricultural communities. Elected President of the Freshman Class by his peers, Messer serves on the House Committees on Budget, Foreign Affairs, and Education & the Workforce.

Congressman Messer is a 6th-generation Hoosier and national advocate for limited government, fiscal discipline, a strong national defense, and traditional values. Messer opposes bailouts, government takeovers and runaway federal spending.

Prior to his service in Congress, Luke Messer gained experience as a lawyer and former two-term State Representative working with Governor Daniels on budget issues as a Member of the Indiana House Ways & Means Committee. Messer is an accomplished education reformer: authoring nationally recognized high school drop-out reform legislation in the Indiana Statehouse and serving in the private sector as the President and CEO of the Hoosiers for Economic Growth Network & School Choice Indiana.

Raised by a single-mom who still works at a factory in Greensburg Indiana, Luke Messer was taught the value of hard work at an early age.  He worked his way through school with jobs that included collecting garbage, mowing lawns, waiting tables, telemarketing and umpiring baseball games.  Eventually, Messer graduated summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa from Wabash College.  Luke earned his law degree at Vanderbilt University where he also served on the Law Review.

Luke and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, one son and three dogs.  Luke has also served as an elder at his church and is the author of a children’s book about Indiana entitled “Hoosier Heart.”


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