Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Blaine's Bulletin: Protecting the Safety of Americans

2016/07/29

National security and issues related to the safety of Americans have been at the forefront of many discussions I’ve had with our fellow Missourians lately. Whether it is regarding the terrorist attacks happening across the world, the recent anniversary of the troubling and poorly crafted Iran Nuclear deal, or events that have happened here in Missouri –  the level of concern about our nation’s security seems to be increasing by the day.

Recently, I had the distinct honor to participate in the annual Westminster Institute for National Security. The program is a week-long seminar for high school students and I was invited to be a speaker one evening and answer questions regarding national security from the students that were participating in the event. We discussed the need to make sure our military has the resources and equipment it needs to meet the modern challenges that it faces. We also talked about the fact that many countries around the world hunger for America to be a leader on the world stage again. And, as mentioned above, we talked about terrorism and the need to fight it at home and abroad. It is encouraging to know there are students who are well informed and care deeply about America’s national security interests. It was a great discussion and I hope the students that attended will continue to take an interest in our country’s security.

Illegal immigration is another issue that comes up a lot when I’m meeting with constituents. Earlier this year in Kansas City, Kansas and Montgomery County, Missouri five people were murdered, allegedly at the hands of Pablo Serrano-Vitorino. Not only is Serrano-Vitorino an illegal alien, but he had been deported previously for a felony conviction, re-entered the country, and was in police custody multiple times in the month prior to perpetrating these heinous murders.

After the news broke, I contacted officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to discuss what happened in this specific case. Clearly, the system is completely broken if an illegal alien who has a felony record and has already been deported once is released from custody. It’s clear that the Obama Administration is either unable or unwilling to carry out our current immigration laws in place in order to protect our citizens. After being left unsatisfied with the answers provided by ICE, I recently introduced the Empowering Local Law Enforcement Act, which would give local law enforcement the necessary authority to get dangerous illegal aliens off our streets.

This legislation would force the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train willing local law enforcement officers to carry out federal immigration actions such as arresting and detaining illegal aliens. This program is already in place, but is unused by DHS. It would also provide local law enforcement with information on the most dangerous illegal aliens and provide with them with authority to detain these individuals. At the end of the day, it is of the utmost importance to provide local law enforcement the authority to protect our communities from these dangerous individuals.

Our national security doesn’t just depend on what happens overseas, what happens here at home matters, too. I will continue to update you regarding the status of this piece of legislation and any issues regarding national security and immigration. More needs to be done to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws and I remain committed to protecting the safety of Americans.

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A Better Way: Part VI

2016/07/20

For the last five weeks, the bulletin has focused on the Better Way agenda which is six different bold ideas for a confident America. This week’s topic is the last section of the Better Way agenda, but it’s one that I hear about all the time: fixing our broken tax code.

Not only does our nation’s tax code need to be simpler and fairer but we must also ensure that it promotes economic growth and opportunity. The basis of the Better Way tax plan is very simple: simplification, growth, and IRS reform.

As I have discussed in past articles, the current tax code runs approximately 2,600 pages. Our tax reform plan simplifies the code so that the majority of Americans will be able to file their taxes on a form the size of a postcard. In addition, at 35 percent, our nation’s corporate tax rate is the highest in the developed world. This makes it harder for American workers and businesses to compete in the global economy. In 1960, 17 of the 20 largest global companies were headquartered in the United States. Today, that number has dropped to only six. This plan lowers the corporate tax rate to a more globally competitive level of 20 percent. Along with helping American companies, this tax reform plan helps American families and individuals. The individual income tax rate currently has seven tax brackets. Our plan reduces it to three simple brackets. This will make the individual system simpler, flatter, and fairer.

While simplifying the tax code is a great start, none of this is possible without an IRS that works in the best interest of taxpayers. The IRS has failed in its mission and is in desperate need of reform. That is why we need a new, customer-service first IRS will, led by a commissioner limited to just six years in office. A streamlined taxpayer service agency would be divided into just three components: families and individuals; businesses; and an independent “small claims court” unit. That way, each unit will have an efficient and accountable workforce that is trained to handle matters that are relevant to taxpayers in need of assistance.

We need a tax code that works for the 21st century. By reforming the tax code, that means families, individuals, and small businesses will have more time to spend on growing the economy rather than tackling the tax code. It should help make the United States the number one place in the world to hire and invest.

Tackling poverty, national security, growing the economy, upholding the Constitution, reforming health-care, and tax reform. Those are the six components of the Better Way agenda. As a whole, this comprehensive slate of ideas addresses the challenges that face our nation. I hope you enjoyed this series and you see the vision for a more confident America.  

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Luetkemeyer Invites 3rd District Students to Consider U.S. Military Service Academies

2016/07/20

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) is encouraging high school students from the 3rd Congressional District to consider applying for a nomination to the nation’s military academies.

The four armed service academies are: United States Military Academy in New York (United States Army); United States Naval Academy in Maryland (United States Navy and Marine Corps); United States Air Force Academy in Colorado (United States Air Force), and the Merchant Marine Academy in New York (Merchant Marine). The United States Coast Guard in Connecticut is also available and it does not require a nomination.

“If any young men and women are interested in learning about the military academy admissions process, I strongly encourage you to contact my Jefferson City office for more information and details,” Luetkemeyer said. “This is an incredible opportunity from a very competitive field of qualified students across the country and I am always proud to see those from the 3rd District of Missouri get selected.”

The acceptance process includes a formal application to a panel of community volunteers from the 3rd District, applicant interviews, and formal applicant nominations to the academies of the student’s choice. Nominations are forwarded to the respective academies which notify students if they have been selected.

For more information, go to Luetkemeyer.house.gov or contact the Jefferson City office at 573-635-7232.

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Luetkemeyer Introduces Bill to Empower Local Law Enforcement in Communities

2016/07/18

 In response to the tragic murders earlier this year in Montgomery City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced legislation to empower law enforcement to crack down on illegal immigration.

The legislation, H.R 5853, the Empowering Local Law Enforcement Act, would force the Director of Homeland Security (DHS) to train willing local law enforcement officers to carry out federal immigration actions such as arresting and detaining illegal aliens, and it would provide local law enforcement with information on the most dangerous illegal aliens and provide them with the authority to detain these individuals.

“After the horrendous murders that took place earlier this year, I had to take action to try and prevent this from happening in our communities again,” Luetkemeyer said. “This legislation aims to solve two specific problems that were evident when I questioned DHS and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials about these murders. First, by forcing DHS to train local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration actions, this legislation would allow appropriately trained law enforcement officers the ability to actively seek out these dangerous individuals who are in our communities illegally. Second, by providing all local law enforcement with information on the most dangerous illegal aliens and giving them the authority to detain these individuals, we would eliminate any clerical errors and loopholes between local law enforcement agencies and ICE that would allow dangerous illegal aliens to remain on our streets. Since it is evident that this administration is not taking the necessary steps to secure our borders to keep these individuals out of our country and off our streets, I believe it is necessary to provide local law enforcement the authority to protect our communities from these dangerous individuals.” 

On March 8, 2016, Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was captured by police after killing four individuals in Kansas City, Kansas and one individual in New Florence, MO. Serrano-Vitorino is an illegal immigrant who was deported from the United States for conviction of a felony, re-entered, and committed these acts. He was in police custody on multiple occasions in the months prior to this crime and he was not deported. 

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Senate Passes Luetkemeyer Bill to Reform Housing Policies in America

2016/07/15

Today, the United States Senate passed U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) legislation that would reform housing policies in America for the first time in decades.

“I am incredibly pleased the Senate came together and passed this comprehensive legislation which represents real reforms to our nation’s housing programs and policies,” Luetkemeyer said. “I would like to thank Senators Roy Blunt, Bob Menendez, Tim Scott and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver for their unwavering support in seeing this legislation through the House and Senate. Now that both chambers have unanimously supported this legislation, it is my hope that the President will make this bill a law without delay. It is time to take the first meaningful step to changing our nation’s housing policies.”

The House passed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act on February 2, 2016, by a vote of 427-0.

This legislation includes provisions to:
- Ensure that veterans have fair access to housing and homeless assistance programs.
- Authorize the Rural Housing Service single family housing guaranteed loan program to delegate approval authority to preferred lenders.
- Extend the period for which a family could use a family unification housing voucher and increase the ceiling for the Family Unification Program voucher age requirement.
- Provide a thoughtful limitation on public housing tenancy for over-income residents.

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A Better Way: Part V

2016/07/15

48. 3,775. $1.058 trillion. These aren’t random numbers: they represent different directions for our health-care system. The first number represents what our health-care system could be. The other two are the crushing costs of Obamacare.

In this week’s series of the Better Way agenda, we discuss the future of our nation’s health system. In this plan, there are 48 ideas for health reform and it is a step-by-step approach to give every American access to quality care for themselves and their families.

President Obama and his administration promised his health-care law would lower premiums for families by approximately $2,500. Instead, average premiums have skyrocketed and increased by $3,775. In addition, the president’s health-care law imposes roughly $1.058 trillion in tax hikes on the American people. This is completely unacceptable.

Those numbers depict the reality that we live in today. However, there is a better way. We can and must do better for the health and livelihood of Americans.  

Our plan is comprised of four main ideas, which are: provide individuals more choices and lowers costs; real protections and peace of mind; cutting-edge cures and treatments; and a stronger Medicare. Americans needs more choices, not more mandates. We must get back to the school of thought of putting patients and doctors in charge of health-care decisions, not federal bureaucrats.

Our plan also protects patients with pre-existing conditions and individuals struggling with complex medical needs. We are so fortunate to have the brightest, most intelligent scientists and researchers in our country. We need to get the United States back to the forefront of medical discoveries by getting rid of taxes on medical devices and swiftly moving developments of new and innovative products that could help cure patients in need.

The Better Way offers a roadmap to do all of these things plus more. Obamacare must be fully repealed so we can start fresh and take a brand new approach. I encourage you to read more information about this fifth section in the Better Way agenda. There is a lot of information included and my staff would be happy to answer any questions. 

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Luetkemeyer Questions HUD Secretary Regarding Policies That Leave Taxpayers at Risk

2016/07/13

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following release after Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro discussed major changes to the treatment of nonperforming loans during his testimony before the House Financial Services Committee.

“The content of HUD’s changes to nonperforming loans raises legitimate questions about whether Secretary Castro has been swayed by political pressure to make changes to the Federal Housing Administration and the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program that help special interests at the expense of American taxpayers,” Luetkemeyer said. “Let me be clear: the changes outlined by Secretary Castro pose a threat not just to American taxpayers, but to first time and low income borrowers who depend on a strong FHA and Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.  That’s the same fund that taxpayers bailed out just a few years ago, and that has only recently inched above its statutory capital ratio and still well below its reserve requirement. Eliminating an open process that allows these loans to be sold in a competitive marketplace means that taxpayers will likely be the ones left holding the bag.”

Recently, HUD announced a new plan to require investors to offer principal reduction for all occupied loans and created a new requirement that loan modifications be fixed for a minimum of five years with a limitation on subsequent increases to one percent per year. The plan could allow nonperforming loans to be offered at below-market rates and based not on an entity’s bid but rather on a purported mission.  

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Luetkemeyer Supports Conscience Protecion Bill on House Floor

2016/07/13

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted in support of the Conscience Protection Act, to protect health-care providers from being forced by the government into providing abortions.

“I’m proud to stand up for the rights of pro-life health-care professionals by supporting this bill,” Luetkemeyer said. “With passage of this bill, two important amendments are codified into law which will prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used for abortions and protect employees of health plans that decline to be involved in the provision of abortions. Simply put, the government should never force health-care professionals to violate their consciences by requiring them to participate in abortions.”

Under current federal law, conscientious objections to abortions can only be addressed through complaints submitted to the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services. However, the Office has refused to uphold the law.

Luetkemeyer is a cosponsor of this legislation. 

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Luetkemeyer Votes to Restore Separation of Powers in Government

2016/07/12

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and the House of Representatives passed legislation that would restore the separation of powers among the nation’s three branches of government.

The bill, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, would require courts to take a fresh look at what Congress intended in statute in cases where parties are challenging whether an agency has rightly or wrongly interpreted the will of Congress in regulations. As it stands now, courts defer to agency interpretation.

“With passage of today’s bill, the House takes another step in restoring the separation of powers within our nation’s three branches of government,” Luetkemeyer said. “With the reforms laid out in this legislation, it will assure that the judiciary branch will once again provide a vigorous check and balance against overreaching federal regulatory agencies. Further, this bill should deter agencies from unlawfully interpreting statutes and proposing onerous regulations. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I was proud to join my colleagues in supporting this vital legislation on the House floor.”

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Luetkemeyer Announces Constituent Service Days for July

2016/07/08

Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and staff announced the dates and locations for the next round of Constituent Service Days.

“From July 18 through July 21, my staff will be available across the 3rd District at various locations to assist and talk with individuals who may have any questions,” Luetkemeyer said. “I highly encourage everyone to visit a site near you so you have the opportunity to have a personalized conversation with my staff that is here to serve you. If you have any questions about directions or times, please do not hesitate to give any of my offices a call.” 

Monday, July 18 
St. Charles County
9:30 A.M. -10:30 A.M.
St. Charles City Hall
200 N. Second Street, St. Charles
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

 Maries County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Belle City Hall          
200 E. 3rd Street, Belle
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison 

 Warren County
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Villages of Innsbrook Village Hall
1835 Highway F, Village of Innsbrook
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

 Osage County
12:30 P.M – 1:30 P.M.
Osage County Admin. Building
205 E. Main Street, Linn
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison 

 Lincoln County
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Winfield City Hall
51 Harrys Way, Winfield
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

 Tuesday, July 19 
Cole County
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Office of Congressman Luetkemeyer
2117 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Dir of Constituent Affairs

 Callaway County
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Fulton City Hall        
18 E 4th Street, Fulton
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Dir of Constituent Affairs

 Wednesday, July 20
Miller County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Miller County Courthouse
2001 Highway 52, Tuscumbia
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

 Camden County
12:30 P.M.-1:30 P.M.
Camdenton City Hall
437 W. US Hwy 54, Camdenton
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

 Jefferson County
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A. M
Crystal City Hall
130 Mississippi Avenue, Crystal City
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Christa Montgomery, District Office Director

 Franklin County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Gerald City Hall
106 E. Fitzgerald, Gerald
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Christa Montgomery, District Office Director

 Thursday, July 21
Gasconade County
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Hermann City Hall    
1902 Jefferson Street, Hermann
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

 Montgomery County
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Montgomery City Hall          
723 N. Sturgeon Street, Montgomery City
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

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Contact Information

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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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