Luke Messer

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Messer responds to SCOTUS decision to delay the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

2016/02/10

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after the Supreme Court blocked the enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan while litigation continues:

“I voted in December to reject the EPA’s proposed regulations on coal, and I’m glad to see the Supreme Court has stopped their implementation while litigation continues.  Those of us from Indiana know that coal means jobs and low-cost reliable energy; therefore we have to keep coal part of our nation’s energy mix. 

“We all want a clean environment, and it is absolutely possible to protect the environment while keeping energy costs low.  But, the EPA’s radical attempt to completely change our energy sector at the cost of thousands of jobs is the wrong approach. These arbitrary regulations would cripple our state’s economy while having little, if any, impact on the air we breathe.  That’s why I will continue to fight the President’s lawless executive actions and look forward to seeing this case play out in court.”

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Congressman Luke Messer calls President’s FY 2017 budget proposal a ‘liberal wish list’

2016/02/09

WASHINGTON--Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after the President released his FY 2017 budget proposal that will increase spending by $2.5 trillion:

“This President’s proposal is a liberal wish list, not a real effort at governing.  It’s irresponsible, it never balances, and it does nothing to meet our fiscal and national security challenges.  Its only serious proposal is a $3.4 trillion tax increase that would cripple our economy.

“Think of it in these terms, if the President’s budget were actually enacted, in six years what we spend on interest on our national debt would surpass our spending on national defense.   How can anyone take that kind of proposal seriously?

“The writing is on the wall. If we do not rein in frivolous government spending our national debt will become a national security threat.  We will see fewer jobs, lower wages and a vulnerable economy. 

“The American people deserve better.  Every year I’ve been in Congress, I’ve voted for a balanced budget—one that lowers taxes, grows our economy and puts money back where it belongs, in the hands of those who earned it.  I will continue that work. Our future depends on it.”

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Congressman Messer votes to protect 2nd Amendment, end Operation Choke Point

2016/02/04

Congressman Luke Messer votes to protect 2nd Amendment, end Operation Choke Point

WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016)—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) voted for, and the House passed, the Financial Institution Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 766).  This bill will protect Hoosiers’ 2nd Amendment rights and end the Obama Administration’s attempted executive overreach through Operation Choke Point. 

Under the guise of consumer protection, Operation Choke Point has targeted payment companies to choke off credit for certain businesses the Department of Justice deems high-risk.  Instead of protecting consumers, Choke Point has done little more than restrict consumer choice and cripple law-abiding businesses like firearms and ammunition dealers.

H.R. 766 does the following:

  • Forbids regulators from using their subpoena powers to coerce banks into closing their customers’ accounts.
  • When the Department of Justice or Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) orders a financial institution to terminate a relationship with a customer, they must communicate any request via a written document to the financial institution, wherein they cite a well-supported legal rationale for such action.
  • Any subpoena for the purpose of civil action must be issued pursuant to a court order, from the Attorney General personally or an Assistant Attorney General personally.
  • Requires federal agencies to provide to Congress an annual report, where they cite the number of termination requests made to financial institutions, and the legal basis for each request.

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Messer advocated for H.R. 766 on the House Floor.  The text of the speech is below, and video of the speech can be found by clicking this link.

The H.R. 766 passed the House 250 to 169.

Text of Congressman Messer’s speech:

“The Constitution is clear: The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

“Yet, time and time again, the Administration has attempted to circumvent the constitutional rights of Americans to further their political agenda.

“Today, under the guise of protecting consumers, the Department of Justice and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are targeting payment companies to choke off credit for certain businesses they deem high-risk, including ammunition and firearm stores, lending institutions and other lawful businesses as well.

“Instead of protecting consumers, this initiative is restricting consumer choice and crippling legitimate businesses. This policy makes financial service providers responsible for policing their customers.

“That’s not fair to either banks or their consumers.

“This common-sense legislation we are considering today will protect customer access to banking services and restrict the Administration from using the highly subjective notion of reputational risk to undercut constitutional rights and terminate the accounts of law-abiding businesses.

“I strongly urge my colleagues to support this legislation.”

 

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Congressman Messer advocates for school choice during House Ed & Workforce hearing on the topic

2016/02/04

WASHINGTON—This week, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a full committee hearing on school choice entitled, “Expanding Educational Opportunity through School Choice.”  As Chairman and founder of the Congressional School Choice Caucus, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) has long-advocated for a Congressional hearing on this topic.

“There are several reasons that I’m so passionate about school choice,” Congressman Messer said during his opening remarks at the hearing. “Part of it is I believe it’s the civil rights issue of our time.  It [school choice] gets to the essence of the idea in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence that ‘we are all endowed by our Creator’ with the right to pursue happiness.  In modern life, we take that to be your opportunity to live the American Dream.  To make that dream a reality in modern America, it all starts with an education.”

To view Congressman Messer’s opening remarks in their entirety click on this link.

 “I want to thank Chairman Kline for his commitment to improving K-12 education in our country and for delivering on his promise to hold this hearing today,” said Congressman Messer.  “There is still a lot of work to do in the choice arena, and I will continue to advocate for school choice until every child in America has the opportunity to go to a great school.”

Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Messer served as the President and CEO of School Choice Indiana. His leadership in that organization resulted in major school choice reform in Indiana and helped position the state as a national school choice leader.  Currently, nearly 200,000 kids utilize alternative educational options in Indiana including more than 35,000 who participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship program—a voucher program that Indiana students can use to offset tuition costs at participating schools.  

Congressman Messer built on his education reform agenda by forming the Congressional School Choice Caucus two years ago.  Since that time, he has introduced sweeping school choice legislation called the Enhancing Educational Opportunities for all Students Act.  The bill would allow Title I funds to follow low-income students to any public or private school of their choice, let parents use 529 education savings accounts on pre-K to 12 education expenses, and eliminate caps on contributions to Coverdell education savings accounts.

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Messer votes to override President’s veto of bill that defunds Obamacare and Planned Parenthood

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) voted to override the President’s veto of the bicameral budget bill that repeals Obamacare, defunds Planned Parenthood and saves tax payers $516 billion.

In December, the House and Senate both passed the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762).  The passage of this bill marked the first time both the House and Senate voted to defund both Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.  On January 8, 2016, the President vetoed that bill.

“I’m disappointed with the outcome of today’s vote to override the President’s veto,” said Congressman Messer. “House Democrats had the opportunity to stand on the side of the American people and instead chose to stay in lock-step with the President’s failed policies.  We can fix our broken health care system and end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.  I am committed to getting those things done despite today’s setback.”   

Overriding a presidential veto requires a two-thirds majority vote in the House.  

The vote to override the President’s veto of H.R. 3762 failed 241 to 186.

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House passes Messer-Maloney bill to encourage investment in local communities

2016/02/01

WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) that encourages investment in local infrastructure projects by rolling back a burdensome federal banking restriction.

In the wake of the 2008 economic downturn, federal regulators adopted international banking standards that require banks to have enough 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, municipal bonds are not considered liquid assets and therefore cannot be included under the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR).

Most state and local governments rely on municipal bonds to finance infrastructure projects.  But, this regulatory misstep has discouraged financial institutions from holding municipal debt.  That means cash-strapped municipalities and school districts could be forced to reduce or even stop projects that are financed with municipal bonds.

The Messer-Maloney bill, H.R. 2209, fixes that by requiring federal banking regulators to include municipal bonds under the LCR. 

“If our local leaders decide it’s important to build a new school, hospital, bridge or road for their residents, a federal regulatory misstep shouldn’t stand in their way,” said Congressman Messer. “This bill helps ensure cash-strapped school districts and municipalities will continue to have access to bonds to finance projects they think are best for their communities."

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, who is a long-time supporter of H.R. 2209, said this about the bill’s passage: “H.R. 2209 allows banks to keep the costs of borrowing low to our communities which strengthens local governments’ ability to complete essential projects throughout our state. I would like to thank Congressman Messer for his dedication and leadership on this important issue.”

H.R. 2209 passed the House with unanimous bipartisan support.  

“Democrats and Republicans understand that this bill is a big win for states and cities across the country and our economy,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Without this fix, critical local infrastructure and other projects could lack the financing they need to go forward, costing us jobs and hurting local communities. The decision to exclude investment grade municipal bonds from the liquidity buffer was senseless, and municipalities across the country were being hurt as a result. The Federal Reserve has concluded a fix is necessary and there is strong bipartisan consensus in support of correcting this problem.”

Congressman Messer expects a companion bill to be introduced in the Senate this year.

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Why School Choice Helps All Kids (Not Just a Few)

2016/01/29

No child should be placed on a wait list to their future. Yet today, more than a million kids in cities across America languish on wait lists for the charter school of their choice. Many more can’t attend the private school of their choice, because their family simply cannot afford it.

The truth is: most families in America have the opportunity to send their child to a great school, but most is not enough. Millions of kids are getting left behind. Millions of children have their futures dictated by zip code rather than their God-given abilities. Millions of families are trapped in poorly performing schools, and they can’t afford to do anything about it.

Ask yourself this question: if you can’t afford to move and you can’t afford to send your child to a different school, what real options do you have if your local school is not working?

This is why school choice matters. Educational choice allows parents to choose the best environment for their child regardless of income or geographic location. The freedom provided by school choice levels the playing field and helps ensure all children have a chance to achieve success.

As a former president of School Choice Indiana, I am proud of Indiana’s efforts to make sure every Hoosier child has the chance to learn. Nearly 200,000 kids utilize alternative educational options in my state. These programs empower parents, improve the lives of Indiana children, and change the trajectory of their families. It can work in other communities across America.

That is why I am championing school choice here in Washington, D.C., too, and it’s why we formed the Congressional School Choice Caucus, a group dedicated to ensuring every child in America has the opportunity to attend a great school. Members of the caucus are working to expand educational freedom and promote policies that increase high-quality educational options for all children.

To help ensure all kids have access to a great education, I introduced the Enhancing Educational Opportunities for All Students Act. This legislation will strengthen existing school choice programs and authorize parents of the most disadvantaged students to use Title I dollars for the school of their choice. The bill also expands Coverdell Education Savings Accounts so parents can better save for their child’s future.

For me, school choice is the civil rights issue of our time. Every child, not just most, deserves access to a quality education. In America, we believe in opportunity for all. We believe that every American is entitled to a God-given right to pursue happiness and build their own version of the American Dream. In today’s globally competitive world, that pursuit begins with access–for all–to a high-quality school.

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Congressman Messer commemorates National School Choice Week

2016/01/28

WASHINGTON—This week, parents, students and educators across the country are celebrating the 5th annual National School Choice Week (NSCW).  It’s one week each year dedicated to shining a spotlight on all types of education options for children and the need to create high quality educational opportunities for every child in America.  This year alone, more than 16,000 school choice events are scheduled to take place from coast to coast between January 24th  and January 30th.

“Those of us in the school choice movement want to give all parents, regardless of income or zip code, the options and the resources needed to choose the best learning environment for their child,” said Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06).  “And, that’s an exciting effort to be part of.   Sure, lots of families in this country can send their kids to great schools, but we can’t rest as a nation until every family has that opportunity.  That’s why school choice matters. Right now, too many kids are trapped in poorly performing classrooms, and their parents can’t afford to do anything about it.”

In his home state of Indiana, Congressman Messer built a reputation as an education reformer in the private sector as President and CEO of School Choice Indiana. His leadership in that organization resulted in major school choice reform in Indiana and helped position the state as a national school choice leader.  Currently, nearly 200,000 kids utilize alternative educational options in Indiana including more than 35,000 who participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship program—a voucher program that Indiana students can use to offset tuition costs at participating schools.  

Congressman Messer built on his education reform agenda by forming the Congressional School Choice Caucus two years ago.  Since that time, he has introduced sweeping school choice legislation called the Enhancing Educational Opportunities for all Students Act.  The bill would allow Title I funds to follow low-income students to any public or private school of their choice, let parents use 529 education savings accounts on pre-K to 12 education expenses, and eliminate caps on contributions to Coverdell education savings accounts.

“School choice is the civil rights issue of our time,” said Congressman Messer. “Every child, not just some of them, deserves access to a high-quality education.  We can make that happen.  But, we have to stop settling for the federal education bureaucracy status quo: throw more money at the problem and hope things get better.  Instead, let’s put those federal education dollars back in the hands of the people we trust to make the best education decisions for our nation’s children—their parents, teachers and local administrators.”

Next week, Congressman Messer will participate in the House Education and Workforce Committee hearing on education choice.  The hearing will be focused on examining how states and communities are working to expand educational opportunity through school choice.  The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, in HVC-210. 

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Congressman Messer announces first leg of 2016 ‘Coffee with the Congressman’ tour

2016/01/27

WASHINGTON (January 27, 2016)—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced the first leg of his 2016 “Coffee with the Congressman” tour.  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, February 5, 2016

Greensburg

Storie’s Restaurant

109 E Main St.

Greensburg, IN 47240

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

 

Rushville

Corner Restaurant

250 N Main St.

Rushville, IN 46173

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

Connersville

Brian’s Bookstore & Coffee

408 N Central Ave.

Connersville, IN 47331

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Liberty

Liberty Bell

216 S Main St.

Liberty, IN 47353

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Richmond

5th Street Coffee & Bagels

211 S 5th St.

Richmond, IN 47374

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Messer marks 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade

2016/01/22

WASHINGTON--Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.  Since that decision to legalize abortion in 1973, nearly 58 million children have been aborted and denied their right to life.

“That’s a devastating statistic,” said Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06).  “As we mark this somber anniversary, we should all take a moment to think about those children and the God-given potential each and every one of them had.”

Congressman Messer is a longtime defender of pro-life policies and has worked tirelessly to ensure that no taxpayer dollars are ever used to carry out abortions.  Some of the pro-life bills he has supported and/or voted for during the 114th Congress are listed below:

Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134)—This bill prohibits any Federal funds from being funneled to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. 

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)—This legislation prohibits abortions after the 20 weeks fetal age—the time at which it has been scientifically proven that an unborn child can feel pain.  It would also punish abortionists who knowingly perform an abortion 20 weeks post-fertilization with up to five years in jail.

Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504)—This bill provides legal protection for babies born alive during an attempted abortion.  It requires these children receive the same medical care as any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

“Every human life is precious,” said Rep. Messer.  “And, each year, this anniversary is a reminder to recommit ourselves to defending every child’s right to life.   I am committed to that fight and will continue to work to protect those who cannot protect themselves.” 

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Messer debates bill to end Operation Choke Point

2016-02-04 15:57:11


Rep. Messer advocates for school choice during House Ed & Workforce hearing

2016-02-03 20:42:34


Messer rallies at SCOTUS to defend workplace freedom #istandwithrebecca

2016-01-11 16:41:37


Rep. Messer defends 2nd Amendment Rights on CNN

2016-01-08 14:38:17


Rep. Luke Messer: "Travel documents can be weapons of terror"

2015-12-07 22:28:33


Congressman Messer supports the Every Student Succeeds Act

2015-12-02 22:07:15


Messer on FOX News: "Refugees should be vetted by FBI and Homeland Security"

2015-11-21 19:16:17


Congressman Messer on Varney & Co. discussing #SyrianRefugees

2015-11-18 15:38:32


Congressman Messer condemns Paris terror attacks

2015-11-17 21:16:56


Rep. Messer works to ensure Americans have access to affordable financial planning advice

2015-10-27 21:49:24


Rep. Messer continues to fight for all children to have access to a high-quality education

2015-10-21 21:04:00


Rep. Messer tells Chuck Todd #HouseSpeaker race is less about “who” and more about “how”

2015-10-08 22:07:25


Rep. Messer questions witnesses at Ed & Workforce hearing on NLRB "joint employer" ruling effects

2015-09-29 19:54:48


Rep. Messer discusses Speaker Boehner's resignation on Fox News

2015-09-27 18:45:43


Rep. Messer talks with Tamron Hall about Speaker Boehner's decision to resign

2015-09-25 21:27:22


Rep. Messer on CNN with Wolf Blitzer discussing Speaker Boehner's decision to resign

2015-09-25 21:24:45


Rep. Messer urges colleagues to defund Planned Parenthood

2015-09-18 16:29:13


Congressman Messer urges colleagues to vote against Iran nuclear deal

2015-09-10 23:07:16


Spending the day with Congressman Messer

2015-08-27 15:40:40


Rep. Messer questions Secretary Burwell about Obamacare Employer Mandate

2015-07-29 18:11:00


Contact Information

508 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3021
Fax 202-225-3382
messer.house.gov

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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