Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Luetkemeyer Responds to Today’s Federal Reserve Announcement

2016/09/26

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after Daniel Tarullo, a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, announced regulatory relief for regional banks under $250 billion in assets:

“I appreciate Governor Tarullo's acknowledgement of the problem that financial institutions are being smothered by one-size-fits-all regulation, which is harming borrowers and lenders in communities across America,” Luetkemeyer said. “However, size alone is not the best way to evaluate risk or apply regulation. Earlier this year, the House Financial Services Committee passed my bill which would more closely base the regulation of financial institutions on risk rather than arbitrary asset thresholds. While today’s announcement represents a step forward, a risk-based approach is a better way to both protect consumers and promote economic growth.”

H.R. 1309, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act, would enhance the criteria used to make Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI) designations by requiring federal financial to examine not only an institution’s size, but also its complexity, interconnectedness, global activity and substitutability.  

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Luetkemeyer Announces Dates for October Constituent Service Days

2016/09/26

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and staff have announced dates, locations, and times for October’s Constituent Service Days.

“Serving as your liaison to the federal government, it is incredibly important to me that 3rd District residents have access to help with any federal agencies like the IRS or the VA,” Luetkemeyer said. “My staff is ready and willing to assist you with any questions you may have and I highly encourage residents to take advantage of these meetings that take place all around the 3rd District.”

 Tuesday, October 4
Maries County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Vienna City Hall
424 8th Street, Vienna
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Gasconade County
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Bland City Hall
209 West Kansas City Street, Bland
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Montgomery County
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Jonesburg City Hall
106 W Booneslick Road, Jonesburg
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Wednesday, October 5
Cole County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Russellville City Hall
13203 Railroad Avenue, Russellville
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Jefferson County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Jefferson County Library – Northwest Branch
5680 State Road PP, High Ridge
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Christa Montgomery, District Office Director

Camden County
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Lake Ozark City Hall
3162 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Franklin County
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Saint Clair City Hall
1 Paul Parks Drive, Saint Clair
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Christa Montgomery, District Office Director

Miller County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Iberia City Hall
803 Highway 42, Iberia
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Callaway County
3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Holts Summit Municipal Building
245 South Summit Drive, Holts Summit
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Thursday, October 6
Lincoln County
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Troy City Hall
800 Cap Au Gris, Troy
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

Osage County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Osage County Court House
205 E. Main Street, Linn
Host: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Warren County
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Marthasville City Hall
402 East Main Street, Marthasville
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

St. Charles County
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Augusta Library
198 Jackson Street, Augusta
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director 

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Luetkemeyer Hosts South Korea Ambassador at Westminster College

2016/09/20

At an event at Westminster College, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young spoke about the importance of the U.S. –South Korea strategic security alliance.

Luetkemeyer and Ambassador Ahn were at the Korea Economic Institute event held in Fulton on the Westminster College campus. The focus of the event was to discuss national security and the relationship between the U.S. and South Korea.

“It was truly an honor to address the attendees at the event and to speak with Ambassador Ahn about the shared priorities of our two countries,” Luetkemeyer said. “This year marks the 63rd anniversary of the U.S. – Republic of Korea Mutual Defense Treaty which is evident that the security alliance counts as one of our nation’s most important international relationships. I hope Ambassador Ahn enjoys his time in the city of Fulton and I look forward to further developing Missouri’s relationship with him and the Republic of Korea.”

Ambassador Ahn is the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the United States, currently serving his third posting. 

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Luetkemeyer Recognizes Angel in Adoption Honoree from Lake Saint Louis

2016/09/20

After nominating Brace for Impact 46 as an Angel in Adoption earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) was honored to host the organization during the trip to Washington.

Brace for Impact 46 is a non-profit organization located in Lake Saint Louis that raises money for orphaned children living in Haiti. Additionally, through partnerships with local churches and contractors, the organization’s newest project is focused on providing affordable housing and job training to Missouri families in need.

“Brace for Impact 46 is truly unique because the organization is helping children here in our backyards and also overseas,” Luetkemeyer said. “As the organization moves forward with plans to combat child and family homelessness in Missouri, I am confident their work will have a lasting impact on our local communities. Ensuring youth and families have access to the most fundamental of human needs was not a job anyone was asked to; rather felt compelled to complete – I’m honored to recognize Brace for Impact 46 with the title of a 2016 Angels in Adoption honoree.”

The Angels in Adoption program is the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children in the United States and abroad. 

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Blaine's Bulletin: This Week in the House

2016/09/16

 September is a busy time for families across Missouri. School is in full swing, sports practices, and other engagements keep families on the move. It isn’t any different for the House of Representatives – September means a full slate of committee work, meetings with constituents and organizations from Missouri, and voting on bills on the House floor.

I am fortunate to serve on two House committees: the Financial Services and Small Business Committees. Both committees are very engaged in their respective areas and this week was no different. First, I am very pleased to report that the Financial Services Committee passed the alternative to the failed Dodd-Frank Act called the Financial CHOICE Act. The current model is not working as consumers, community banks, and credit unions are being dramatically affected. For instance, before Dodd-Frank became law, 75 percent of banks offered free checking to their customers. But, by 2015, that number had fallen to a paltry 37 percent. The Financial CHOICE Act changes that. It also puts an end to taxpayer-funded bailouts so Americans will no longer be on the hook for risky behavior. Included in this comprehensive bill are a few pieces of my legislation and one in particular would end Operation Choke Point. As you may recall, Operation Choke Point is an organized attempt from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Department of Justice to intimidate financial institutions from offering financial services to certain licensed, legally-operating industries the government doesn’t like in an attempt to choke off those industries from our country’s banking system. I’m very pleased the committee took the first step in passing this legislation and I look forward to bringing it to the whole House of Representatives so we can make real change.

Next, in the House Small Business Committee, we held a hearing to discuss how the IRS has put small businesses through the audit wringer. Day in and day out, I hear from small businesses in Missouri that are struggling to stay afloat and the main driver is because of regulations coming out of Washington. What we heard from witnesses is that the IRS is becoming more aggressive and less responsive which is negatively impacting small businesses.

In addition to committee activity, I had a great meeting with members of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network who came from the 3rd District. We discussed the importance of continuing to support the National Institutes of Health funding and other pieces of legislation that are important to the association. I also had a great conversation discussing agriculture with members of the Missouri Pork Association and discussing the importance of the United States and Israel relationship with members from AIPAC.

Lastly, there were several important bills on the House floor this week. One important bill I proudly supported would halt detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay to the United States. I also supported legislation which ensures the Department of Veterans Affairs is held accountable to taxpayers and veterans. Simply, this bill helps fix one of the VA’s biggest problems which is lack of accountability for misbehaving employees. It is my hope both of these important bills are quickly brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

For even more information about what went on this week in the House of Representatives, make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To find information to those links, simply head to my website at Luetkemeyer.house.gov or give any of my offices a call and my staff will direct you. Over the next few days I have lots of events scheduled and I look forward to updating you on those as well. 

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Luetkemeyer Votes to Prohibit the Transfer of Guantanamo Bay Detainees

2016/09/15

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted to halt detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay until enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“With the 15 year anniversary of 9/11 just a few days ago, the pertinence of this bill is especially important as Congress needs to continue to protect our national security by blocking these Guantanamo Bay transfers,” Luetkemeyer said. “Approximately 30 percent of individuals released from Guantanamo Bay are suspected of, or confirmed to have re-engaged in terrorist activity. Providing for the common defense is one of the federal government’s constitutional responsibilities and I will continue to support legislation, like this, that is in our country’s best interest.”

In May, Luetkemeyer supported passage of the NDAA which authorizes critical funding for core defense requirements such as personnel, training, and maintenance that will ensure our service men and women have the necessary support to fulfill missions. Included in this legislation is a longstanding prohibition on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees in the United States. 

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Luetkemeyer Honored for Support of Small Businesses by National Federation of Independent Business

2016/09/14

Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) honored U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) with the group’s ‘Guardian of Small Business’ award for his commitment to creating and protecting  jobs for hard-working Missourians.

“I am honored to be recognized by the NFIB for my efforts in ensuring our nation’s small businesses are not impeded by regulations all across the board,” Luetkemeyer said. “I will continue to make it a top priority to help our small business employers and employees because they are the true drivers of economic growth and are the lifeblood of our local communities.”  

NFIB is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. A non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1943, NFIB represents the consensus views of its members in Washington and all 50 state capitals.

Luetkemeyer has also received this award in the 111th, 112, and 113th Congresses.

Luetkemeyer is the vice chairman on the House Small Business Committee and also serves on the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Health and Technology.

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Luetkemeyer Supports Legislation to Improve Accountability and Transparency for Missouri Veterans

2016/09/14

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) supported legislation which ensures the Department of Veterans Affairs is held accountable to America’s taxpayers and our nation’s veterans.

H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act strengthens protections for whistleblowers and help fix one of the VA’s biggest problems – lack of accountability for misbehaving employees.

“As a member of Congress, I am committed to doing everything I can to improve our nation’s VA system and ensure that veterans are receiving the highest quality of care available,” Luetkemeyer said. “Today’s bill holds VA employees accountable for their actions by authorizing the Secretary of the VA to fire or demote VA employees for performance or misconduct and recoup bonuses. It also streamlines the department’s broken disability benefits appeals process to improve the significant wait time that our disabled veterans are currently facing. With a strong bipartisan vote, I look forward to the Senate swiftly bringing this bill to the floor so we can take the next step in helping our nation’s veterans.”

Earlier this year, Luetkemeyer introduced the Providing Leadership and Improving Veterans Care Act. This legislation also provides increased oversight and accountability on VA employees by preventing any bonuses to a VA Senior Executive who is also involved in the rating, ranking, or selection process for VA Medical Facility Directors. The prohibition on bonuses would continue as long as the VA fails to hire a permanent Medical Director at any VA Medical Facility for 18 continuous months. 

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Luetkemeyer Supports Financial CHOICE Act to End Taxpayer-Funded Bailouts, Foster Financial Opportunity

2016/09/13

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and the House Financial Services Committee passed the alternative to the failed Dodd-Frank Act – the Financial CHOICE Act.

“When Dodd-Frank was signed into law, it was sold to the American people as the solution to our economic woes and the crisis that left so many Americans financially insecure,” Luetkemeyer said. “Since the enactment of Dodd-Frank, community banks and credit unions, which serve as the lifeblood of many towns in Missouri, find themselves faced with regulations designed for the world’s largest, most complex financial institutions. Regulations are raising the cost of services and limiting the access to credit for their customers and driving our community banks out of business. Today, my colleagues and I on the House Financial Services Committee took the next step in offering a new model for financial opportunity.”

Before Dodd-Frank became law, 75 percent of banks offered free checking to their customers. By 2015, that number had fallen to 37 percent. The median household income has fallen by three percent and the personal savings rate has declined from 6.1 percent to 5.2 percent. In addition, last year in Missouri, there were 44 banks with less than $50 million in assets. Of those 44 institutions, 26 of them lost money.

Also included in the Financial CHOICE Act is Luetkemeyer’s bill, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, which would bring an end to Operation Choke Point. Operation Choke Point is an organized attempt from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Department of Justice to intimidate financial institutions from offering financial services to certain licensed, legally-operating industries the government doesn’t like in an attempt to choke off those industries from our country’s banking system.

Luetkemeyer is a senior member on the House Financial Services Committee and serves as the chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee. He also sits on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee. 

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Blaine's Bulletin: 229th Anniversary of Our Constitution

2016/09/09

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

As our nation prepares to recognize the 229th anniversary of our Constitution, this is a good time to remind ourselves of the integrity and importance of this revered document.

Our Founding Fathers meticulously crafted the Constitution to prevent government encroachment upon the unalienable rights our Creator has endowed upon us. As stated in the Preamble, there are six guiding principles that outline the fundamental purpose of the supreme law of the land. When creating the Constitution, our Founding Fathers insisted on a separation of powers to protect the liberties governed by this document. However, in recent decades, the executive branch has continued to collect more power and is not held in check by the judiciary branch. It is up to Congress to continue to uphold what James Madison and the other Founding Fathers always envisioned – separation of powers between the three branches of government so that the government works for the people, not the other way around.

Earlier this year, House Republicans rolled out the Better Way agenda comprised of six specific sections, including upholding the Constitution. This comprehensive section lays a blueprint for how the House of Representatives can reinstate and preserve the Constitutional checks and balances in Washington. The Better Way highlights a number of bills House Republicans have introduced, passed, and will continue to pursue to restore the balance of power.

One bill included in the Better Way is the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which the House passed early in 2016. The idea behind this bill is simple: make Congress accountable for decisions to impose new major regulations, which hit the $100 million level, on Americans. Additionally, the agenda includes a bill I introduced and the House passed to prevent onerous federal regulations. The Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act would require each agency to publish an online, plain-language, 100-word summary of any proposed regulation – no matter how big or small. Lastly, my bill to end Operation Choke Point would also provide a check to the administration. You may recall that Operation Choke Point is the administration working with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Department of Justice to decide how to go after entire sectors of legal businesses to be choked off from the financial system.  

Another idea is to reform the Congressional Review Act to allow a single, up-or-down vote on any “midnight regulations” that are released from an outgoing Administration. Time after time, during the middle of the night, regulations are released during the end of a president’s term. Instead of continuing to allow that to happen, Congress should be able to take one vote on as many of the midnight, unlawful regulations as necessary.

In order to prevent government overreach, the Founders divided the governing body into distinct branches; each with its own equal, but separate, powers. And the supreme law of the land is clear: Congress, and only Congress, is vested with the power to write laws. A constitutional government listens to Americans and that is exactly what I will continue to do – listen to the will of the people and ensure that your government is working for you and upholding the living document that we live by each and every day. 

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Contact Information

2440 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2956
Fax 202-225-5712
luetkemeyer.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Small Business

As the Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is committed to representing the interests of the hard-working people by being a strong voice for them in Washington, D.C.

Blaine, 61, represents the 13 counties that make up the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri. Blaine, a native of St. Elizabeth, Mo., has lived in the district with his family for four generations and he operates a 160-acre farm there.

Along with his strong agriculture background, he was also a small businessman, having been in the banking and insurance business. Blaine has also served as a bank regulator for the state of Missouri earlier in his career. He was elected in November, 2008, succeeding fellow Republican Kenny Hulshof.

From 1999 to 2005, Blaine was a Missouri State Representative and served as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee and was elected by  his colleagues to serve as the House Republican Caucus Chairman. After leaving office, Blaine was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as the Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism.

Building on his experience as a bank examiner, small businessman and community banker, Blaine serves as vice chairman of the House Small Business Committee where he also serves on the House Small Business Subcommittees on Health and Technology and Agriculture, Energy and Trade. Blaine also serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he also serves on the panel’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee and is vice chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee.

Blaine is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eldon Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association and a lifelong member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Blaine is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he earned a degree with distinction in political science and a minor in business administration.

Blaine and his wife, Jackie, have three children, Trevor, Brandy and Nikki, and four grandchildren.


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