WASHINGTON—Thursday, the House-Senate conference committee reached an agreement on a framework to improve K-12 education and replace the unpopular No Child Left Behind Act. Congressman Messer was appointed to serve on this conference committee by Speaker Paul Ryan.
The agreement reached by the negotiators from both the House and Senate represents a compromise between the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177).
“Despite what may be the best of intentions, the federal education bureaucracy is too big and failing our kids," said Congressman Messer. “I am proud to be part of the team that is working to restore local control to the administrators, teachers and parents who are best-positioned to make education decisions for their students. We have emerged from this conference with a framework that empowers states and reduces the one-size-fits-all federal footprint on education.”
This education overhaul includes a key provision that prohibits the federal government from requiring states to adopt Common Core. It also increases access to quality charter schools by investing in new charter school models, as well as allowing for the replication and expansion of high-quality charter school models. The agreement also restores local control by ending federally mandated high-stakes testing and eliminating Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Additionally, it eliminates over 50 ineffective programs and creates a flexible grant program so states can decide how best to use money for students.
“No Child Left Behind has been failing students, parents, teachers, and state and local education leaders for far too long, and we took an important step in replacing this flawed law,” said Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “But there is still work to be done. We now have to turn this framework into a final bill for our House and Senate colleagues to review. I am confident that once they do, they will see it as an opportunity to replace a failed approach to education with a new approach that will reduce the federal role, restore local control, and empower parents.”
The overhauled education framework also includes a provision introduced by Rep. Messer that will allow states and local education agencies to use educator professional development funds to train teachers to protect student privacy. Congressman Messer is a strong advocate of protecting student data. This is an issue Congressman Messer has been focused on over the last year as education technology is increasingly used in the classroom.
“We’re entering a brave new world of technology in the classroom,” said Congressman Messer. “With that comes new threats to student data privacy that never existed before and it’s imperative that our educators have the resources and education they need to protect personal student information.”
Congressman Messer has served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce since 2013 and is a strong education reform advocate. He has led the charge in Indiana to empower parents by increasing education options for all students and eliminating the failed No Child Left Behind Act.Read More
WASHINGTON— On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan named Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) to serve on a conference committee charged with reforming and rewriting the unpopular No Child Left Behind Act. This conference committee will be tasked with merging the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177).
“Despite what may be the best of intentions, the federal education bureaucracy is too big and failing our kids," said Congressman Messer. “We need a new approach - one that restores local control to the administrators, teachers and parents who are best-positioned to make education decisions for their students. My goal is to emerge from this conference with an education bill that empowers states and reduces the one-size-fits-all federal footprint on education.”
The conference committee is comprised of a bipartisan group of members from both the House and Senate. House conferees in addition to Rep. Messer include Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the Education & the Workforce Committee, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the Education & the Workforce Committee, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Susan Davis (D-CO), Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)
The first conference meeting will take place today (Wednesday, November 18, 2015) at 2:30 p.m.Read More
WASHINGTON —Congressman Messer delivered the following speech in support of House Resolution 524 which condemns the recent terror attacks in Paris:
“I rise today to express my prayers and deepest sympathies to the people of Paris.
“As Americans, we share the shock, the horror and the tremendous sense of loss you now feel following this ruthless, unprovoked terrorist attack on your great country.
“We stand with you against ISIS in defense of our shared values of freedom, liberty and equality under the law.
“Mr. Speaker, the world needs America to lead with clarity and resolve in the fight against terror.
“Contrary to the President’s assertion that ISIS is contained, the world now knows they are not.
“Hope is not a strategy for defeating terror.
“ISIS has openly declared war on America, France and our very way of life.
“We must respond.
“This is a war.
“And, America needs to lead in defeating ISIS before it’s too late.”
To view video of Congressman Messer’s speech delivered on the House Floor click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Last week, Congressman Messer (IN-06) was honored at the US-Israeli Security Alliance Congressional Tribute for his unwavering support of Israel.
The tribute highlighted Congressional efforts to back defense programs like Iron Dome, David’s Sling and the Arrow Defense System. These programs have allowed Israel to defend itself from attackers and protect the lives of Israeli civilians.
“I am proud to support Congressional efforts to defend Israel,” said Messer. “I visited that country just last year and saw firsthand the dangers Israelis face every day. I will continue to back legislation that helps safeguard innocent lives and protect our most trusted friend and ally in the Middle East.”
The event was organized by the Friedlander Group and the following cochairs: Chairman of the Multi Group of Companies Eli Verschleiser, Chairman of the Berger Organization Miles Berger, President and CEO of MedReview Joseph B. Stamm, Chairman and CEO of Goldstar Healthcare Sol Goldner, veteran Jewish communal activist and CEO of Goldmont Realty Corporation Leon Goldenberg, Israel advocate Stanley Treitel, and CEO of The Friedlander Group Ezra Friedlander.
"Congressman Luke Messer is a strong supporter of Israel,” said Friedlander. “He has been instrumental in strengthening the U.S.-Israel security alliance."
WASHINGTON—Last week, Speaker Paul D. Ryan appointed Congressman Luke Messer, Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee, to the task force charged with overhauling and diversifying the Republican Conference’s powerful Steering Committee.
Congressman Messer has led the charge in recent weeks to change Republican Conference rules and its current top-down power structure. Instead, Messer wants a more inclusive and open approach to legislating.
“People are frustrated with Washington, D.C. and tired of the status quo. They want to see Congress working for them," said Messer. "That's why I'm encouraged by Speaker Ryan's efforts to open up the process, push past old models of operating and ensure every citizen has a voice through their Member of Congress. Changing the Steering Committee is an important first step toward those reforms."
The Steering Committee is one of the most influential Committees for House Republicans. Its members are charged with voting on and approving Committee Chairs and the Committee assignments for rank-and-file Members.
Congressman Messer will serve on the panel with Speaker Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Rodney Davis of Illinois, Bob Goodlatte and Morgan Griffith of Virginia, and Richard Hudson and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.Read More
WASHINGTON —Today, the House Committee on Financial Services marked-up and passed two of Congressman Luke Messer’s (IN-06) bills, H.R. 2209 and H.R. 3857.
The first bill (H.R. 2209) encourages financial institutions to continue to invest in local communities following new banking regulations that threaten to slow or even stop cash flow for crucial infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, or even schools.
In the wake of the 2008 economic downturn, regulators created new international banking standards that require banks to have enough cash-on-hand or High-Quality Liquid Assets (HQLAs) to cover their cash outflows for 30 days in case of a future financial meltdown. Unfortunately, under the new banking rules, state and local government bonds are not considered liquid assets even though some corporate bonds and some foreign government bonds are considered such assets.
This regulatory misstep has discouraged financial institutions from holding municipal debt and many are concerned this policy will force governments to reduce or even stop projects that are financed with municipal bonds. Congressman Messer’s bill fixes current banking regulations to allow municipal bonds to be considered HQLAs.
“A lot of times, it seems like bank regulations have very little impact on our day-to-day lives,” said Congressman Messer. “But, that’s just not the case here. By excluding all municipal securities from HQLA eligibility, financial institutions are discouraged from holding municipal debt. This has a real-world impact. It could raise borrowing costs for state and local governments to finance infrastructure projects and force municipalities to reduce, or even stop, projects that are financed with municipal bonds. We can’t allow Federal bureaucrats to promote policies that disincentivize investment in our local communities.”
State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell had this to say about the bill: “H.R. 2209 allows banks to keep the costs of borrowing low to our communities which strengthens local governments’ ability to meet the needs of Hoosiers throughout our state. I want to thank Congressman Messer for his leadership on this important issue.”
The second bill (H.R. 3857) that passed through the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday requires Federal regulators to follow current law when designating non-bank Systemically Important Financial Institutions or SIFIs.
Under Dodd-Frank, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) has the ability to determine that a non-bank financial institution is “systemically important.” Under the law, non-bank SIFIs are subject to increased supervision by the Federal Reserve and enhanced prudential standards if the company’s financial distress poses a threat to the financial stability of the U.S. Unfortunately, the Fed has failed to set clear standards for designating non-bank SIFIs, as required by Dodd-Frank, and has also failed to establish clear exemptions for companies that should not be designated.
“I have heard time and time again that the SIFI designation process is flawed and lacks transparency,” said Congressman Messer. “My bill fixes that and requires banking regulators to follow the law. Basic fairness requires that FSOC and the Fed carry out their statutory duties before increasing costly regulations and designating more companies for heightened supervision.”
Congressman Messer says he will continue to work to ensure both bills are heard for consideration on the House Floor.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced his team will be in Columbus for a “Constituent Services Workshop” on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
This workshop is an opportunity for Sixth District residents to receive information and assistance with any Federal matter. Caseworkers will be on-site to help with Social Security, VA and Disability issues and to answer any other questions regarding government agencies. Details on the “Constituent Services Workshop” are below:
Mill Race Center
Thursday, November 12, 2015
2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
900 Lindsey St.
More “Constituent Services Workshops” are to come! If you have any questions or concerns in advance of the workshop, please feel free to contact Congressman Messer’s office in Shelbyville, Muncie or Richmond.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) worked Wednesday to help restore the major cuts to crop insurance contained in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. He along with Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway and others who represent agriculture states have secured an agreement that all cuts to the crop insurance program will be fully restored by the end of the year.
“Those of us from agriculture states made it very clear that the cuts to the crop insurance program in the budget agreement are not OK and we have a commitment that the cuts will be restored. Our farmers already took a huge hit in the 2014 Farm Bill which saved an estimated $23 billion. I could not stand by while Congress tried to negotiate another spending deal on the backs of our agriculture community. I am thankful to Chairman Conaway for his leadership on this issue, and I look forward to holding accountable those who ensured all of us that these cuts would be restored.”
Said Chairman Conaway of the deal, “I am grateful to Congressman Messer and my agricultural-minded colleagues who banded together to defeat a provision in the budget deal that would have gutted crop insurance – a tool our nation’s farmers and ranchers depend on to manage the tremendous risks they take every day to keep food on our tables and clothes on our backs. It was a team effort, and we are grateful that leadership heeded our concerns by committing to reverse these cuts in the upcoming omnibus bill. With this solution in place, I supported passage of the budget deal and urged my colleagues to do the same. The hardworking men and women whose never ending work provides us with the safest, most abundant and affordable food and fiber supply in the history of the world should not have to bear the brunt of political gimmicks.”Read More
WASHINGTON— Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin was nominated to be the 54th Speaker of the House:
“Paul Ryan is the right person at the right time for this job. He is a strong, visionary conservative, with a proven record, who will champion reforms to get this nation back on track and get our House refocused on the priorities of the American people. I look forward to working with him in that effort.”
WASHINGTON—Last night, the House passed and Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) voted for the Retail Investor Protection Act (H.R. 1090). This important legislation will help ensure that lower and middle-income Americans can continue to have access to financial planning and retirement advice despite the Obama Administration’s attempt to mandate a one-size-fits all investment planning rule.
The 1,000 page rule was issued in April by the Department of Labor (DOL) and expands the definition of who is a fiduciary. Unfortunately, while the rule is meant to protect consumers, it does just the opposite. This new regulatory burden will increase the costs of seeking financial advice for millions of lower and middle-income consumer thereby depriving them access to qualified advisors and limiting their product choices.
Congressman Messer delivered a speech on the House Floor Tuesday in support of H.R. 1090 which would roll back the DOL’s fiduciary rule. Video of the speech can be found here. The text of the speech can be found below:
“Thank you, Mr. Chair.
“I want to thank Mrs. Wagner for her leadership on this important issue.
“I rise in support of the Retail Investor Protection Act.
“Let me be clear. We all agree that investment advisors should act in the best interest of their clients. And, we all want to ensure that low- and middle-income investors get good financial advice.
“But in life, and in the world of public debate, we are not just responsible for our intentions – we are also responsible for our results.
“That’s the problem with the Department of Labor’s ‘fiduciary rule’. Whatever their intentions, the results of this Administration’s policy will hurt the very people they are saying they are trying to help.
“The rule will increase the cost of financial advice and force working-class investors to pay higher fees.
“The fact is most investors can’t afford these fees. As a result, millions of investors will get no advice at all. And, that’s not good for anybody.
“The bill today will delay implementation of the so-called ‘fiduciary rule’ and ensure investors continue to have access to sound financial advice.
“I urge my colleagues to protect low- and middle-income investors, and stop this Administration’s so-called ‘fiduciary rule’.
“I yield back.”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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