Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Blaine's Bulletin: A Life-Saving Bill, Tele-Town Hall, and Constituent Service Days

2016/12/02

This week in Congress, the House took a big step and passed a life-saving bill that has one core goal in mind – to get cures and treatments to patients faster.

The bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, is full of real changes to help Americans across the country. This bill provides research dollars to the National Institutes of Health,  provides grants to states to continue the fight to combat opioid abuse, and includes funds to the Food and Drug Administration to approve drugs and medical devices more quickly. In addition, included in this bill is the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act which helps individuals and their families in mental health crisis and addresses needs of Americans with a substance abuse disorder.

I look forward to hearing about progress and updates from medical professionals throughout the next several months and years about what they have been able to accomplish as a result of this legislation being signed into law.

For more information on bills like the 21st Century Cures Act or anything else that is going on in Congress, I wanted to let you know of an upcoming Tele-Town Hall I am hosting to provide you the opportunity to ask any questions. As many of you know, I host Tele-Town Halls throughout the year which are outlets for you to ask questions yourself or hear friends and neighbors from your communities speak about what is on their minds. If you are not currently signed up to receive emails about when the next one is, please visit my website or call any of my offices to do so. In addition, I encourage you to leave your email address so you never have to worry about receiving the latest information about what is happening in the 3rd District. There will be a Tele-Town Hall in December and I want to make sure 3rd District residents have advanced notice so you can plan accordingly. A staff member will send out an email a few days in advance of the evening of the call. The 60 minute call is your time to ask me questions about what is on your mind and I look forward to hearing from you.

In addition, the end of the year is nearing and I wanted to ensure 3rd District residents have another opportunity to meet my staff to go over any questions you may have. With an incoming Administration, we can expect changes at various agencies and with an extensive priority list for the new year, there will be a lot going on in Washington. Please know that I will keep you updated with all of the latest news so you are not left in the dark and you have correct information. Constituent Service Days have proved to be informative and helpful for 3rd District residents so please be sure to stay on the look out for more dates and locations in 2017.

As you may know, right now is open enrollment in Medicare and my staff can assist you in navigating that process. They can also help with any help you may need at the VA, IRS, or answer questions that are on your mind. If you would like additional information for this round of Constituent Service Days, or anything else you are looking for assistance with, please feel free to call any of my offices for details. 

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Luetkemeyer Statement on Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

2016/12/02

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after passage of the National Defense Authorization Act in the House of Representatives:

“This must-pass piece of legislation provides critical funding for core defense requirements such as personnel, training, and maintenance that ensures our service men and women have the necessary support to fulfill their missions,” Luetkemeyer said. “I am pleased this legislation provides a 2.1 percent pay raise for our troops as well as increases the end strength of our Armed Forces, both of which go beyond the President’s request. Furthermore, this bill contains the longstanding provision to prohibit the closure of Guantanamo Bay and the transfer of its detainees to the United States. Providing for the common defense is a top priority and I will continue to support legislation, like the NDAA, that keeps our nation and Americans safe.”

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Luetkemeyer Applauds Passage of Legislation to Promote Risk-Based Regulation for Banks

2016/12/01

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives that sends the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act to the Senate for consideration.

“Today, the House passed legislation that would protect U.S. taxpayers from actual risk posed to the financial system. Decisions on what institutions are deemed systemically important should be based not on size alone, but also on activity and other factors that actually demonstrate systemic risk,” Luetkemeyer said. “The bottom line is that the current SIFI designation process is arbitrary and subjects banks with $50 billion or more in assets to the same standards as trillion dollar global SIFIs. This should not be a one-size-fits-all mold. My bill will ensure the Financial Stability Oversight Council will use an indicator-based approach that restores transparency and financial security to the system, and creates financial independence and upward mobility for American consumers. I want to thank my colleagues in the House of Representatives for their strong support of this bill. I look forward to working with the incoming Administration, the new Congress, and key stakeholders in finding ways to hold regulators accountable and take another step to reform our broken financial regulatory system.”

                                                            

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Luetkemeyer Supports Bill to Advance Development of Medical Treatments and Cures

2016/11/30

In a major bipartisan vote, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) supported legislation that advances the discovery, development and delivery of treatments and cures in the biomedical field. 

“There are 10,000 known diseases in the world yet we only have cures and treatments for 500 of them,” Luetkemeyer said. “This bill streamlines the review of life-saving drugs, provides money to continue to research cures for diseases, and provides grants for states to supplement opioid abuse prevention and treatment. The 21st Century Cures Act is a true life-saving bill and I look forward to hearing about progress from our medical professionals in Missouri and across the country as they get to work finding and developing new cures and treatments.”

Also included in this bill is the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act. This legislation, which Luetkemeyer is a cosponsor of, helps individuals and their families in mental health crisis and addresses needs of Americans with a substance abuse disorder. 

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Luetkemeyer Announces Dates for December Constituent Service Days

2016/11/28

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and staff have announced the final dates and locations of the final round of Constituent Service Days for 2016.

“With 2016 drawing to a close, I wanted to give 3rd District residents another opportunity to come out and meet my staff to go over any questions you may have regarding open enrollment in Medicare, assistance with the VA, or any agency or issue that is on your mind,” Luetkemeyer said. “I encourage you to take advantage of my staff being in each county in the 3rd District over the next couple of weeks. They stand by ready and willing to assist you.”

Monday, December 5

Maries County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Belle City Hall
104 E 3rd Street, Belle
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Gasconade County
11:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Owensville City Hall
107 W Sears Ave
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Montgomery County
2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
New Florence City Hall
217 East Main St, New Florence
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Tuesday, December 6
Warren County
9:30 A.M. -10:30 A.M.          
Foristell City Hall
121 Mulberry, Foristell
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Lincoln County                                  
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Hawk Point City Hall
121 West Lincoln, Hawk Point
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

St. Charles County                
1:30 P.M. -2:30 P.M.
Dardenne Prairie City Hall
2032 Hanley Rd., Dardenne Prairie
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

 Wednesday, December 7
Cole County
8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.
Congressional District Office
2117 Missouri Boulevard, Jefferson City
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison

Osage County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Osage County Library
1014D E. Main Street, Linn
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Laura Hardecke, Office Manager

Camden County
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M
Linn Creek City Hall
102 East Valley Drive, Linn Creek
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison

Miller County
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M
Eldon City Hall
101 South Oak Street
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison

Callaway County
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
New Bloomfield City Hall
501 Glenwood, New Bloomfield
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison

Thursday, December 8
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Jefferson County
Festus City Hall
711 West Main Street, Festus
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Franklin County
Congressional District Office
516 Jefferson Street, Washington
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

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Blaine's Bulletin: Small Business Saturday

2016/11/25

The holiday season is officially here which means Christmas trees are being decorated with lights and ornaments, lots of friends and family gatherings, and the shopping season has arrived.

When you and your family set out to do your holiday shopping, I want you to consider another option to find the perfect gift for that special someone – your local small businesses. However, no matter the time of the year, it is always great to shop local.

You may not think about it at the time but when you shop at your local small businesses, you are helping your community grow. We all know that small businesses and their employees are the lifeblood of our towns and the nation’s economy. By shopping at these small businesses, you will be supporting 36 percent of retail trade employees in Missouri.

In Congress, I am a proud cosponsor of a resolution that will recognize the Saturday after Thanksgiving officially as “Small Business Saturday.” This resolution is for the 28 million small businesses in the United States that represents 99.7 percent of all businesses with employees.

In addition, I am proud to serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Small Business Committee. This role has given me the opportunity to hear so many testimonials from individuals all across the country, and even from Jefferson City, about their importance in their respective communities. I am proud to serve as a voice in Washington and fight on behalf of our innovators, job creators, and entrepreneurs.

We now have a unique opportunity to reverse the one-size-fits-all approach that we have all witnessed over the last several years and ensure that small businesses will no longer carry the burden of much of the regulatory load. To ensure this, House Republicans will work to enact the Better Way agenda. In this agenda, there are numerous measures to reduce regulations and makes the rules for efficient and effective for everyone.

I will continue to work to protect the livelihoods of small business owners and its employees and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to increase the voice of a small business and return our economy to robust growth.

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Luetkemeyer Introduces Legislation to Dedicate Post Office After 3rd District Soldier

2016/11/21

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced legislation to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service in Pacific as the “Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office.”

“Specialist White dedicated his life to protecting our country,” Luetkemeyer said. “It is my great honor to work to dedicate a Post Office where he grew up in memory of him. I would like to thank my colleagues in the Missouri delegation for lending their support of this legislation and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House so we can bring this bill to the floor in the coming months.”

U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. grew up in Catawissa and attended Pacific High School and graduated in 2008. In October, 2009, White joined the U.S. Army and graduated from basic training, advanced training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, GA. White was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK, where he deployed in December, 2011 for Afghanistan. White passed away on April 3, 2012, from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his unit in the Khost province of Afghanistan.

White’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge; and the Overseas Service Bar. 

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Blaine's Bulletin: The Spirit of Thanksgiving

2016/11/18

There is always something for which to be thankful. With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas right around the corner, please take a moment to reflect on the past year. While each and everyone of us has likely had tough days, weeks, and even months – at the end of the day – we have so much for which to be thankful.

When I look back from the last Thanksgiving to this one, it’s hard for me to believe another year has gone by since our family sat around the table eating turkey and stuffing and trying to persuade the grandchildren to eat their green beans before their pumpkin pie.

Being near family and friends for the holidays is the highlight of this time of the year for me. It seems with each passing year, more traditions are established. Whether that is making hundreds of sugar cookies and having the kids help frost and decorate them or playing board games with three generations of family, or everyone gathering around to watch the football game on television. Being together is the most important thing.

I believe that traditions should be cherished. Growing up, I always looked forward to holidays with my family. It was exciting for us to watch our own children enjoy the holidays, and now we have the joy of seeing our grandchildren enjoy them, too. With each generation, old traditions are passed on and new ones established.

The stories that I often hear from my friends, neighbors, and constituents around the holidays are also always encouraging. This time of year seems to bring out the best in folks. I hear stories of complete strangers helping one another during their greatest time of need and it reminds me of all of the tremendous good in this world that does exist. When families and friends stand together to help someone in need – it fills me with hope. At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is also about celebrating the gratitude we have for God’s many blessings.

I ask you to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings and freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. For those who are going through hard times, remember this simple yet effective passage from Romans 8:18, “It gets better.” God’s gifts are constant and plentiful. On behalf of myself, my family, and my staff, I hope everyone has a safe, joyous, and blessed Thanksgiving. 

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Luetkemeyer Supports Bill to Ensure Congress Can Stop Midnight Regulations

2016/11/17

In an effort to reduce extreme, last minute regulations, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted in support of H.R. 5982, the Midnight Rules Relief Act.

“For the last eight years, the current administration has issued a total of 43 major regulations that total more than $100 billion in cost,” Luetkemeyer said. “That means we have every reason to believe that in the last few days of the president’s term, our nation’s small businesses could expect to see an avalanche of additional regulations. Today’s bill ensures that any onerous regulations pushed through in the middle of the night can be repealed in a timely and efficient manner in order to ease the regulatory burden. As our country moves forward under new leadership, this legislation allows Congress to swiftly eliminate costly burdens and immediately begin work to stimulate the economy and grow jobs that are no longer stymied by Washington red tape.”

H.R. 5982 permits a new Congress to use the procedures under the Congressional Review Act to disapprove, as a group, multiple regulations issued by a president in his final year of office, rather than just a single regulation at a time for rules issued during the final 60 days of the previous Congress. 

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Luetkemeyer, Subcommittee Discuss Modernizing Appraisals to Benefit American Consumers

2016/11/16

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement upon conclusion of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing titled “Modernizing Appraisals: A Regulatory Review and the Future of the Industry.”

“Today’s hearing focused on a topic that isn’t often on television or in the newspapers yet is an important issue that impacts Americans across the country who are buying or selling homes. The last meaningful update of the appraisal structure was in 1989, and while the marketplace has evolved, the regulatory regime remains stuck in the past. Ultimately, our nation’s appraisal system is unnecessarily complicated and outdated. That complexity impacts homeowners and is, in part, responsible for delayed closings and increased consumer costs. Today’s hearing gave this Subcommittee an opportunity to examine the past and, more importantly, look to the future of appraisal standards in America. We can and will find a better way that increases consumer choice and maintains market confidence.” 

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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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Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

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Sam Graves

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Billy Long

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