WASHINGTON (Friday, Jan. 20, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement today following the inauguration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
“This is a day for the history books. I couldn’t be more excited to see President Donald Trump and my good friend and fellow Hoosier Vice President Mike Pence sworn into office today. With this new leadership, we can get Washington working again for all Americans. Hoosiers can be particularly excited that they will have a strong voice in the White House as Vice President Pence takes on this new role. I trust we will see an era of bold action and results for our country."Read More
WASHINGTON (Monday, Jan. 23, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) will host a School Choice Rally with 250 students on Capitol Hill tomorrow, Jan. 24, as part of National School Choice Week.
Hundreds of students, parents, advocates and legislators will join together to celebrate School Choice Week, which runs Jan. 22-28, and efforts to expand education options for all children.
Messer will serve as Master of Ceremonies during the rally. Messer is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional School Choice Caucus, alongside Sen. Scott.
Senior at Archbishop Carroll High School Malik Washington, Founder and Head of Richard Wright Public Charter School Dr. Marco Clark and President of Public School Options Tillie Elvrum will speak at the rally.
Congressional leaders speaking at the rally include House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Deputy Whip Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), House Education and the Workforce Committee Chair Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN).
The rally will be live streamed here.
You can follow National School Choice Week efforts and the Capitol Hill Rally on social media using #SchoolChoice.
Media who would like to attend the rally can RSVP to Molly Gillaspie in the office of Rep. Luke Messer at Molly.Gillaspie@mail.house.gov or 202-225-3021.Read More
WASHINGTON (Friday, Jan. 13, 2017) — Today Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) voted to begin the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed S. Con. Res. 3 today, which clears the way for Congress to fast-track the repeal of Obamacare and the replacement of it with patient-centered reform legislation. The resolution also passed the Senate.
“The American people are expecting us to repeal and replace Obamacare, and we’re going to keep our promises,” Messer said. “Obamacare was a $1 trillion tax on the American people, and though it helped some, it left a majority of Americans worse off. We can do better, and we will.”
In Indiana, recent Department of Insurance figures show premium rates spiking nearly 20 percent this year, compared to 2016. Since Obamacare was implemented, premiums in the Indiana individual market have gone up by almost 70 percent.
This year, Indiana only has four insurers on the marketplace, dropping from eight in 2016. More than 68,000 Hoosiers lost their health plans when these carriers left the marketplace. Wayne County, in Indiana’s 6th district, only has access to one of these insurers.
“Obamacare wreaked havoc on our health care system and it’s been a job killer, too,” Messer said. “Repealing and replacing Obamacare is priority number one, and we’re going to get this done for Americans.”
Messer said efforts to repeal Obamacare will be paired with simultaneous efforts to replace it with a 21st-century health-care system that’s personalized, patient-centered, and puts people back in charge of their care.
More information about the House Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare can be found here.
A video of Rep. Messer speaking on the House Floor about Obamacare’s failures and why it must be repealed and replaced is available here.Read More
WASHINGTON (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) announced today he has filed legislation that would close a tax loophole allowing billions of dollars in tax credits to be paid out to illegal immigrants.
Messer’s proposal, H.R. 363, would ensure that only taxpayers with a valid Social Security Number are able to claim the Child Tax Credit, which gives families $1,000 per child as a federal tax benefit.
A 2011 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report estimated that $4.2 billion was being paid out a year to illegal immigrants through the Child Tax Credit.
In 2012, WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis produced an investigative series that found undocumented workers were not only claiming this tax credit, but claiming it for kids that weren’t even living in the United States.
“Our broken tax and immigration systems continue to incentivize immigrants to come here illegally,” Messer said. “Closing this loophole will steer us back to rule of law, ensure tax benefits like this are reserved for American citizens and save us billions of dollars.”
H.R. 363 would amend the Internal Revenue Code and clarify eligibility for the Child Tax Credit. This legislation was previously authored by Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who retired at the end of last year.Read More
WASHINGTON (Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017) — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed an amendment authored by Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) that would rein in federal regulations.
Messer’s amendment would require every federal agency issuing a new rule to repeal or amend at least one existing rule, to offset any costs on the U.S. economy.
His amendment was considered as part of the REINS Act (H.R. 26), which would also require Congressional approval of any federal regulation with an economic impact of more than $100 million.
“The American economy and taxpayers are being crushed by endless and often unnecessary federal regulation,” Messer said. “We have got to get this under control and rein in the ever-growing federal bureaucracy. The collective weight of federal regulations puts a giant tax on the American people, and enough is enough.”
In 2016 alone, federal agencies issued 18 rules and regulations for every one law passed by Congress. That’s a grand total of 3,853 regulations. In 2015, federal regulations cost the American economy nearly $1.9 trillion in lost growth and productivity.
The House also passed legislation this week that would allow Congress to swiftly overturn federal regulations pushed through in the waning months of President Obama’s administration.
The Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21) amends the Congressional Review Act (CRA) allowing Congress to repeal multiple regulations at once if they were finalized within 60 legislative days of the end of a presidential term.
“President Obama has used his last year in office to churn out as many regulations as possible to push his agenda, leaving the American people to foot the bill,” Messer said. “This last-minute rulemaking is done with very little oversight or public scrutiny, and it should be stopped.”Read More
WASHINGTON (Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) released the below statement today following reports that former Senator Dan Coats has been nominated as Director of National Intelligence.
“Dan Coats is a fantastic choice to lead the intelligence community and assist President-elect Donald Trump as Director of National Intelligence. Senator Coats has extraordinary judgment, a level head and is an expert in the field. Throughout his career, he has always put his country first, and I have no doubt he will bring that approach to this new job.”Read More
WASHINGTON (Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today will vote to stand with Israel and disapprove of a recent UN Security Council resolution demonizing America’s ally.
Last month, the UN Security Council considered a resolution condemning Israel settlements in East Jerusalem. In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration chose not to veto the resolution, abandoning Israel and allowing the resolution to pass.
In response, the U.S. House of Representatives today will consider a resolution (H.Res. 11) objecting to this action by the UN.
Messer spoke in support of H.Res. 11 on the House floor today, and previously decried the Obama administration for not standing firm with Israel.
“Throughout my mostly rural district, with far more Christian churches than synagogues, Hoosiers are united in their support for the Jewish state,” Messer said in his remarks today.
“President Obama’s silence and defection from Israel was unconscionable,” Messer said. “It has made our ally less safe and peace in the region less likely. I am eager to vote today to send a strong signal to the world that the American people reject the one-sided, short-sighted UN Security Council resolution, and that the American people stand united with Israel.”
The House will take a vote on H.Res. 11 later this afternoon.Read More
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) was officially sworn in to serve as a member of the 115th Congress, which convened for the first time today.
Messer said he is eager to begin work driving conservative policy solutions and getting Washington back on the side of the American people.
“I’m confident 2017 will be a year of action,” Messer said. “We have an opportunity, and an obligation, to take bold action and get results for the American people. This starts with delivering on the promises made to Americans during election season, including repealing Obamacare, rolling back years of crushing federal regulation and getting tough on national security.”
Messer was sworn in to office today by House Speaker Paul Ryan, and was joined by his wife and children.Read More
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) is calling on Congress to overturn the recent Obama administration rule that would force states to distribute public tax dollars to abortion providers.
Federal law currently prohibits government funding for abortion, but it allows certain public dollars, like Title X “family planning” grants, to support abortion providers if the funds are directed to non-abortion related health services. The new rule, filed by the Department of Health and Human Services, would prevent states from withholding Title X grants to facilities that provide abortion.
Messer said the new rule is an attempt to block states from stopping the flow of public dollars to abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood.
Messer is sponsoring a resolution of disapproval that would overturn this new rule under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress 60 days to reject proposed federal agency rules.
“It’s no surprise the Obama administration is making last-ditch efforts to trample states’ rights and ignore the will of the people,” Messer said. “I’m confident the next Congress will stand up for states and quickly overturn this rule, alongside President-elect Trump’s efforts to roll back other Obama abuses of power.”
Messer plans to re-introduce the resolution in the 115th Congress and hopes it will come to a vote in early 2017.Read More
WASHINGTON (Dec. 7, 2016) — Reps. Luke Messer (R-IN) and Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives today that would help graduate students save for retirement.
The Graduate Student Savings Act would allow graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who are paid for their work to save a portion of their stipend in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Fellowship and stipend funding is currently taxed as income by federal and state governments, but it does not qualify as “compensation” and so it cannot be saved in an IRA.
“I appreciate working with Congressman Kennedy on this common sense bill to help graduate students start saving while they're still in school,” Messer said. “Grad students and researchers who are studying to improve all of our futures should have the chance to invest in their own.”
“Students pursuing advanced degrees should be allowed and encouraged to invest in their future without restrictions or roadblocks,” Kennedy said. “By reclassifying income that is already taxed, this legislation will allow young adults to save as they begin new careers and build families. Along with Congressman Messer, I look forward to passing this bill and supporting current and future graduate students around the country.”
The Graduate Student Savings Act was originally introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mike Lee (R-UT). It recently passed the Senate Finance Committee, as part of a larger retirement package.
Messer authored several bills in the 114th Congress aimed at helping Americans save for retirement. He serves on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee and the Education and Workforce Committee.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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