Luke Messer

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

POTUS Budget Includes Messer’s Proposal to Close Loophole Allowing Billions in Tax Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

2017/05/23

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, May 23, 2017) — President Donald Trump’s budget request released today includes Rep. Luke Messer’s (IN-06) proposal to close a loophole that allows billions of dollars in Child Tax Credits to be claimed by illegal immigrants.

“Hoosiers are tired of our broken tax and immigration systems that reward people who come here illegally,” Messer said. “Federal tax benefits should go to low and middle-income American families who work hard and play by the rules, not to those who break them. I applaud President Trump’s efforts to protect U.S. taxpayers by stopping this fraud.”

President Trump’s budget would ensure that only taxpayers with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) can claim the Child Tax Credit, which allows families to claim a $1,000 tax credit per child.

Currently, illegal immigrants can claim this benefit without a SSN by using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which is issued to individuals regardless of immigration status.

A 2014 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report estimated that between $5.9 and $7.1 billion was being paid out a year to illegal immigrants and individuals illegally claiming children. A 2011 report estimated that $4.2 billion was going just to illegal immigrants.

Messer filed legislation in January to target this fraud and also urged President Trump to take Executive Action to protect U.S. taxpayers.

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.

 

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Speaker Ryan Appoints Rep. Messer to Commission on Reigning in Federal Government, Empowering States 

2017/05/22

WASHINGTON (Monday, May 22, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) was appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on the recently created bipartisan Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs, which is charged with working to restore the proper balance of power between federal, state and local governments.

Messer is among seven Republican House members appointed to the 13-member Task Force.

“Indiana has proven time and again that the best government is closest to the people it serves,” Messer said. “Our states, cities and counties are the true engine for innovation in government. I’m excited to work on this Task Force to combat federal overreach and return power to states.”

The Task Force will partner with state and local governments to determine where the federal government has overstepped, and come up with solutions to return control to states and local entities. The Task Force will also provide a forum for states, cities, and counties to showcase innovation and creativity in solving public policy problems.

 “Federalism is not a Republican or Democrat principle, but an American principle—and one that is integral to a thriving culture and economy,” Speaker Ryan said. “But in recent years, the principle of federalism has been slowly chipped away at by an overzealous federal government. Under Chairman Bishop’s leadership, the Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs will study ways to restore the proper balance of power between the federal government and states, tribal, and local governments, and eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens facing communities across the nation.”

MEMBERSHIP
CHAIRMAN:  Speaker’s Designee Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)

REPUBLICANS:
Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN)
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL)
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC)
Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Rep. Jenniffer Gonzáles-Colón (R-PR)

DEMOCRATS:
Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD)
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL)

ADVISORY COUNCIL TO THE TASK FORCE

National Association of Counties (NACo)

National Governors Association (NGA)

Council of State Governments (CSG)

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

National League of Cities (NLC)

U.S. Conference of Mayors

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

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Rep. Messer Votes for Legislation to Support Law Enforcement Officers During National Police Week

2017/05/19

WASHINGTON (Friday, May 19, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) voted for several pieces of legislation this week to support law enforcement officers, honor their sacrifices, and give local police additional tools to keep our communities safe.

This week, May 14-20, is National Police Week.

“Our law enforcement officers and first responders are on the front lines, protecting our communities and keeping us safe each day,” Messer said. “We owe them a great debt, and should stand up for them the way they stand up for all of us. These bills will help honor the service and sacrifice of our police men and women, and ensure those who harm our officers are brought to justice.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed several measures this week to support and assist law enforcement officers, including:

  • H.R. 115, Thin Blue Line Act, to make the murder or attempted murder of a state or local police officer, firefighter or other first responder an “aggravating” factor in death penalty determinations. The murder of a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor under current law.
  • H.R. 1892, the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act, to honor law enforcement by permitting the American flag to be flown at half-staff when a police officer, firefighter, or first responder is killed in the line of duty.  
  • H.R. 1616, Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017, to establish a program within the Department of Homeland Security to train state and local law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges on emerging cyber and electronic crimes.
  • H.R. 1428, the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017, to prioritize the hiring of veterans by awardees of grants under the COPS Hiring program.
  • H.R. 510, the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, to help identify the guilty and free the innocent by allowing Rapid DNA analysis machines to be used at local police stations.
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Messer Announces Winner of 6th District Congressional Art Competition

2017/05/16

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, May 16, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today announced the 6th District’s winning entry for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. This year’s winner, Jaylei Osting, is in 11th grade at Winchester Community High School and is a student of art teacher Dale Hardacre.

Jaylei’s drawing, Ribbon Symphony, received the highest overall score among a panel of judges including local artists, community leaders and representatives from Rep. Messer’s office.  Her piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building throughout the next year, alongside other contest winners nationwide.



“Talented young Hoosiers from all across the 6th District submitted artwork this year, and each piece was outstanding,” Messer said. “I’m excited to see Jaylei’s piece hang in the U.S. Capitol, where visitors from all over the world will be able to see and enjoy it. It will represent our community well.”

High school students across the 6th Congressional District were invited to submit entries for this year’s Congressional Art Competition, which is held each spring to recognize young artists nationwide.

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Rep. Messer Hosts Congressional Leadership Academy for 6th District Students

2017/05/11

WASHINGTON (Thursday, May 11, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) hosted the 4th Annual Congressional Leadership Academy this week for high school students in the 6th District. 
 
Civic-minded students from each high school in the 6th Congressional District were selected to participate in the half-day event held at the Commons in Columbus on Tuesday, May 9. 
 
“The Leadership Academy is about inspiring future Hoosier leaders, connecting them with mentors and encouraging them to dream big,” Messer said. “We had another great group of student leaders participate this year, and I’m sure we’ll see more from them as they graduate and continue to make their mark.” 
 

Students participated in a Leadership Speaker Series, where they got the chance to hear from Rep. Messer about government and civic leadership. Other speakers included Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Indiana National Guard Commander General Corey Carr, President of ClusterTruck Chris Baggott, and Director of International Government Relations at Cummins Inc. Shannon Kiely-Heider.
 
“Leadership is the most important ingredient for any successful endeavor,” Mayor Lienhoop said. “Columbus was pleased to help Congressman Messer focus on our next generation.”
 
Messer congratulated the following students for participating in this year’s Congressional Leadership Academy. 


PHOTOS of Messer and students from each county are available for download HERE. https://flic.kr/s/aHskUSKebp

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Rep. Messer Statement on Firing of FBI Director Comey

2017/05/10

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, May 10, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the below statement following the firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“While it is fair to ask questions about the sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey, it would be unfair to ignore the broad consensus criticizing Comey’s poor performance in his job. In today’s world, we all need to hit the pause button and make sure we get the facts before jumping to any conclusions.”

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Rep. Messer Votes to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2017/05/04

WASHINGTON (Thursday, May 4, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) voted today for the American Health Care Act – the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

“Today is an exciting day for those of us who have been working and fighting to end Obamacare’s reign over this country,” Messer said. “After six years of promises to Hoosiers, we are moving forward to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better. This is a step away from more government control of our healthcare and our day-to-day lives, and a return to freedom for all Americans.”

Messer said the American Health Care Act aims to drive down health care costs and increase options for Hoosiers, while keeping protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

“This bill will make a big difference in the lives of countless Hoosiers who have faced skyrocketing premiums, fewer choices and worse coverage under Obamacare,” Messer said. “Despite the rhetoric, this bill keeps protections for those with pre-existing conditions, which is exactly what we promised we would do.”

Under the American Health Care Act, insurance companies are prohibited from denying coverage or rescinding coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, and are prevented from raising premiums on individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage.

Messer spoke on the House Floor this morning to urge his support for the bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a 217-213 vote.

VIDEO of his floor speech is available here.

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Rep. Messer Speaks on House Floor Before Vote to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2017/05/04

WASHINGTON (Thursday, May 4, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) spoke on the House Floor this morning to urge his support for the American Health Care Act – the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“Today is an exciting day for those of us who have been working and fighting to end Obamacare’s reign over this country,” Messer said. “Today the House will vote to move legislation forward that will repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better.”

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act today.

“I’ve heard from countless Hoosiers who tell me the story of their premiums going from $500 to $1,500, and their deductible going through the roof – $10,000 or more a month,” Messer said. “They have to spend $30,000 out-of-pocket before they even get to their insurance. And for a middle-class family, that means they have no meaningful insurance at all. We can do better, and we will. That starts today.”

After the speech, Messer noted, “This is a step away from more government control of our healthcare and our day-to-day lives, and a return to freedom for all Americans."

VIDEO of Rep. Messer’s speech is available here

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Rep. Messer Co-Sponsors Bill to Ensure Members of Congress Are Not Exempt from Health Care Changes

2017/05/01

WASHINGTON (Monday, May 1, 2017) – Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today co-sponsored legislation that would ensure members of Congress are not exempt from any changes to health care law.

“Members of Congress should not be exempt from the laws they pass. Period. And that should, of course, be the case with any changes Congress makes to health care law,” Messer said. “This brief two-page legislation will ensure lawmakers are treated the same under our healthcare laws as everyone else.  The bill should be noncontroversial and enjoy broad bipartisan support."

Introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02), H.R. 2192 will clarify that Members of Congress and their staff will be subject to the same waivers as everyone else if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law.  

On Friday, Messer called for his colleagues in the House of Representatives to take a vote this week on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – the proposed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“It’s past time to take a vote on the bill and keep our promise,” Messer said. “We need to get the bill to the House floor this week.”

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Rep. Messer Calls Again for Vote on Obamacare Repeal

2017/04/28

WASHINGTON (Friday, April 28, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) again called for his colleagues in the House of Representatives to take a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – the proposed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“The time is now to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better,” Messer said. “While Congress delays, Hoosiers continue to suffer with sky-high health care costs and worsening coverage. This legislation drives down costs, while giving states more flexibility and protecting people with pre-existing conditions. It’s past time to take a vote on the bill and keep our promise.  We need to get the bill to the House floor next week.”

This past week, an amendment to the AHCA was proposed that ensures individuals with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage while giving states more flexibility to bring down premiums.

Messer also called on the House of Representatives to vote on the AHCA before the recent two-week Easter break. 

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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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