Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer


Blaine’s Bulletin: President Trump Visits Missouri


Over the past three months, millions of employees across the country have received bonuses and higher wages thanks to tax reform. This week, President Donald Trump visited Missouri to sit down with some of our state’s business leaders and discuss how tax reform has affected their employees, companies and communities.

Wednesday’s roundtable took place at Boeing’s facility in St. Louis, which employees 14,000 people. Boeing has announced $300 million of improvements in the wake of the new tax law. They have pledged to provide $100 million in employee-matching charitable giving, $100 million for workforce development, training and education, and $100 million towards improvements in the workplace. These investments will certainly help the 14,000 employees and their families in Missouri and across the country.

Many Missouri business leaders had the opportunity to attend President Trump’s event, including David Turner, CEO and President of Hawthorn Bank in Jefferson City, and Bryan Cook, Chairman and CEO of Central Bancompany also based in Jefferson City. It was great to see two well-respected leaders representing Missouri’s third Congressional district. President Trump heard from both Mr. Turner and Mr. Cook, who shared recent announcements benefitting their employees. According to Mr. Turner of Hawthorn Bank, “As a result of the tax relief, we were able to give $1,000 bonus to all of our employees. A $500 bonus to our part-time employees." Mr. Cook announced that they were also able to provide their employees with bonuses, and thanked the President for his strong leadership on tax reform.

These announcements are exactly what we want to see. Not only have hundreds of businesses across the nation announced major investments due to tax reform, but right here in Missouri’s third district we are seeing the positive outcome of tax reform. My office has heard from many companies in Mid-Missouri who were unable to attend the roundtable but are also reinvesting in their people, business, and community thanks to the new law. Their commitment to the success of our area cannot be overlooked. I was proud to see business leaders from our district participating in this exciting event and being recognized for their support of their employees and our local community.

In addition to the many recent announcements, Americans across the country are feeling increasingly positive about the state of America’s economy. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index is at its highest level since 2000, and Small Business Confidence is at a record high.

As President Trump said on Wednesday, “Six months ago, I promised that we would cut taxes to bring Main Street roaring all the way back, and we did." Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, tax reform is a reality. I’m thankful that he chose to visit the great state of Missouri, yet again, and we hope to have him back soon!

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram.                                                                    


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Luetkemeyer Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Bill


Today, the Senate passed S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-03), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, released the following statement upon Senate passage of S. 2155:

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have fought to ensure our financial system is responsibly regulated in order to best support our local businesses, consumers, and communities,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “Congratulations to Chairman Crapo and the Senate Banking Committee on their great work. This bipartisan legislation is a critical first step to reversing the burdensome financial regulations that have stifled our economy.”

“While I am encouraged by Senate passage of this legislation, there are additional bipartisan bills that deserve consideration. It is a breath of fresh air to see bipartisan cooperation, and I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues to provide much-needed regulatory relief to financial institutions and consumers across the nation.”


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Blaine's Bulletin: How Tax Reform Affects Women Owned Businesses


This month we celebrate women’s history month, another great reason to honor the women in our communities and in our lives. Women from across America have played an integral part in the legacy of our great nation and continue to make history each and every day. In the Missouri congressional delegation, I am joined by two great female colleagues. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is only the second woman ever elected to represent Missouri in the United States House of Representatives and is a staunch advocate for our state, pro-life policies, and our military. Congresswoman Ann Wagner joins me as a member of the House Financial Services Committee, where she serves as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Throughout Missouri and the country there has been a lot of talk about the recent passage of comprehensive tax reform. In November, I held a number of women-owned small business roundtables where many business owners from the third district sat down with me to discuss how tax reform would affect their workers and businesses.  Their enthusiasm for the opportunity to reinvest in their people and their companies was an excellent preview of the pay raises, bonuses, and massive reinvestment we’ve seen on an almost daily basis since the law passed.

Across America, more than 9.4 million businesses are owned by women, employing almost 8 million people. That means that women-owned businesses account for 31% of all privately held businesses and contribute 14% of all American employment. With two daughters and two granddaughters, it’s exciting to see so many women-owned businesses succeeding in our nation.

The women I met with in November described their frustration with the sheer complexity of our tax code. Not only were these business owners burdened by our overwhelming tax code, but many of them lamented the fact that they simply weren’t able to invest in their businesses or in their employees, causing their business growth to halt.  The roundtables were invaluable to me as I worked with my colleagues to pass the best legislation possible, and it was one of the reasons that I was proud to support the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In the months since tax reform passed, one particular conversation from the women’s roundtables continues to play in my mind. She told me that if tax reform passed, she would be able to expand her business and hire more employees. This was music to my ears.

As a member of the House Financial Services Committee I focus a great deal of my time on passing legislation meant to unleash economic potential and help our small businesses grow. Thanks to tax reform, we are expecting the creation of nearly 20,000 more jobs in Missouri and an additional $2,000 dollars in the pocket of middle class families across our state. Thanks to tax reform and a growing American economy, I hope to see even more female CEOs, Congresswomen and small business owners continuing to make history and realizing their American dream.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram.                                                                    


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Luetkemeyer Holds Legislative Hearing on Data Security & Breach Notification Regulations


Today, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) held a hearing to examine data security and breach notification regulations. Chairman Luetkemeyer released the following statement:

“Consumers must be front and center throughout the conversation surrounding data protection. Today’s hearing explored a new set of standards that will protect and empower consumers across the nation.” said Chairman Luetkemeyer. “This is a challenging issue, one that has been seriously debated in Congress for well over a decade.  How many more millions of Americans need to be the victim of financial fraud or identity theft? The time to act is now. It’s essential that industry groups look at the bigger picture here and realize the immeasurable benefits data security safeguards and a responsible notification process will have on their customers and businesses. We are facing a national problem that requires an immediate national solution, which is why my legislation, developed with my colleague from New York, Congresswoman Maloney is both timely and necessary.”


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Blaine's Bulletin: The Fight Against Online Sex Trafficking


As parents we are constantly trying to protect our children. When they’re young we teach them to look both ways before crossing the street and not to talk to strangers.  As they get older the lessons change, but they never end. As time goes on, the threats also evolve.  So, with technology constantly growing how do we keep our children safe from the evolving online dangers?

Unfortunately, this isn’t just a question that parents across America face, but a problem the United States government has failed to solve. Congress has been woefully behind in modernizing laws to better reflect new technology, specifically as it relates to the dark web. In 2000, Congress explicitly recognized sex trafficking as a federal crime, yet online sex trafficking is still rapidly expanding.

Online trafficking is ever-evolving with new methods of recruitment and sale of sex trafficking victims. Unfortunately, while these traffickers continue to exploit new technology for their crimes, our laws have remained stagnant.

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives took a huge step in the fight against online sex trafficking. I was proud to cosponsor and vote for the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act sponsored by fellow Missourian, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, when it passed the House with strong bipartisan support.

First and foremost, this important legislation will enhance criminal enforcement for websites that facilitate sex trafficking. Many websites have gotten away with facilitating this criminal behavior by claiming immunity due to a broad interpretation of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Under this new legislation, prosecutors will finally be given the necessary tools to enforce current law. The bill also creates a new law to prosecute websites that have an intent to promote or facilitate illegal prostitution. This includes websites that act with reckless disregard for the fact that sex trafficking occurs on their website, making them more accountable.

Not only does this legislation enhance criminal penalties and give prosecutors the tools they need to fight these horrendous crimes, but it also provides sex trafficking victims a pathway to sue bad actor websites. Our justice system owes survivors the ability to seek restitution from the websites that failed them, and thankfully justice will no longer be out of reach for these victims.

The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act will be transformative in the fight against online sex trafficking, and I was proud to join Congresswoman Ann Wagner on this critical legislation. I now urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly take up this bill to protect our children and children around the world.  We can and must work together to fight these terrible crimes and the monsters who facilitate them.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram.                                                                    


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Luetkemeyer Remembers William H.T. “Bucky” Bush


Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) released the following statement in honor of William H.T. “Bucky” Bush:

“I am truly saddened to hear the news of Bucky Bush’s passing. He was an honorable man who will be remembered as a champion of many causes in the community and the great state of Missouri. Over the years, I have counted him as a great friend and while his legacy will live on, he will be sorely missed.”


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House Passes Luetkemeyer Bill to Address Misguided Capital Standards


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4296, sponsored by Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03). Chairman Luetkemeyer released the following statement:

“I’m happy to see the House pass yet another common sense financial reform to improve the efficiency of our financial system and remove misguided regulations,” said Chairman Luetkemeyer. “The implementation of the Basel Committee’s operational risk requirements has forced American banks to hold billions of dollars in reserve to account for activities they no longer practice. That means billions of dollars are currently sitting in banks across the nation instead of being lent to help businesses grow and create jobs in their communities.  My bill takes a different approach, calculating reserve capital based on an organization’s current risk and business model. With this common sense change, banks will continue to hold enough capital to manage risk while unshackling billions of dollars and injecting it into the  U.S. economy.”

Background: H.R. 4296  will replace misguided capital standards imposed by the international standard setters at the Basel Committee by amending the method by which reserve capital is calculated. The methods-based approach proposed in H.R. 4296 properly calibrates operational capital requirements by focusing on current risk.                                                                        


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Blaine's Bulletin: Small Business Relief


Representing the Third District of Missouri has given me the opportunity to meet with businesses across our region on a daily basis. Whether it is a lawn care service near the Lake of the Ozarks, a defense contractor in St. Charles, or a restaurant owner in High Ridge, every business I have met with during my tenure in Congress has had one thing in common: concern over burdensome regulations from the federal government.

As the Vice Chairman of the Small Business Committee and small business owner myself, it is not lost on me that regulations disproportionately affect small business. Large corporations have the benefit of compliance experts, lawyers, HR teams, and money to help them comply with the rules coming out of Washington. However, small business owners often wear multiple hats and must become a regulatory expert while trying to grow their business. When small business owners are spending more time trying to satisfy the countless demands of government than growing their business, their workers, the local community, and the US economy will ultimately suffer.  

Fortunately, the tide of overregulation has begun to turn. The Federal Register, which holds all existing federal regulations, was an astounding 95,984 pages long at the end of 2016, the last year of the Obama Administration. This is the highest total ever and an increase of 15,000 pages over the year before. However, in one year under President Trump, the regulatory regime has been severely downsized and the federal register cut to 61,960 pages, the lowest count since 1993.

This deregulation has greatly increased small business confidence in the economy and has small business owners invested in growing. This sentiment has been reflected in numerous surveys across the country which show that small businesses have more confidence in the economy than they did just a year ago and anticipate economic expansion in the next year. For example, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) conducts a monthly optimism index of small businesses, and in January the rating was one of the strongest in the 45-year history of NFIB Surveys.

The importance of small businesses to the U.S. economy cannot be understated. Nearly two thirds of all new hires and 48 percent of all private sector employees come from small business. I can tell you first hand that when I now meet with small business owners I hear a completely different tone, one of optimism and excitement for what the future holds. As your representative in Congress, I look forward to meeting more small business workers and owners throughout Missouri and will continue our efforts to curb the regulatory overreach from Washington.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram.

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Luetkemeyer Holds Hearing on Opportunities and Challenges in the Financial Technology Marketplace


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the hearing entitled “Examining Opportunities and Challenges in the Financial Technology (“Fintech”) Marketplace.”

“From online lending and payment companies to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, advances in financial technology are changing the way financial markets work and how consumers access credit.  With greater understanding of Fintech’s capabilities, the Financial Services Committee and Congress can better create an environment that fosters certainty and responsible innovation while maintaining consumer protections.”

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Luetkemeyer Statement on State of the Union


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), issue the following statement after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Every day I talk to people throughout Missouri who share the same priorities: job opportunities and keeping our loved ones safe.  Tonight, just as he has throughout his presidency, President Trump continued focusing on these core values.  Building on the success of tax reform that has seen pay raises, better benefits, more opportunity, and massive investments in communities across the U.S., the President laid out his vision for more economic growth through smarter regulation and a bold infrastructure proposal.  Families in Missouri certainly welcome more job growth and much-needed improvements to our infrastructure system, including our roads, bridges, rivers, ports, and expanded broadband in rural areas.

It was also very encouraging to hear the President continue his support for our military, homeland security personnel, and law enforcement. He understands there is nothing more important to us than keeping our families and loved ones safe. Our powerful military, a strengthened border, and the law enforcement officers who patrol our streets everyday are the keys to making that happen.  Like the President I am dedicated to protecting the homeland from threats abroad and here at home.

The state of our union is strong and the future is bright. By working together, the President and Congress can put in place policies that will create even more opportunities for communities across Missouri and America. I look forward to doing just that in 2018.” 

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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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