Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) sent a letter, with the support of the entire Missouri delegation, to President Trump urging that he approve Governor Eric Greitens’ request for a major disaster declaration after the State suffered severe flooding earlier this year.
“We write asking that you approve Governor Eric Greitens’ request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Missouri. The Governor’s request is a result of a series of three severe storms that generated tornadoes, straight-line winds, heavy rain, hail, flooding, and flash flooding that caused significant damages during the period of April 28, 2017 to May 11, 2017,” Luetkemeyer and the delegation wrote in the letter to the president.
The counties in the 3rd District for which Governor Greitens requested Public Assistance are: Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Maries, Miller and Osage. Individual Assistance has been requested for: Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Maries, and Osage. The Governor has also requested Small Business Administration disaster loans for: Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Maries, and Osage.Read More
This week, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) hosted Sue Engelage of Lohman for the annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day.
“It was a pleasure meeting and spending time with Sue while she was in Washington for National Youth Foster Shadow Day,” Luetkemeyer said. “Sue is a bright, young individual who is passionate about advocating for foster kids, not only in Missouri, but across America. As a member of Congress, I remain committed to ensuring that every child has a safe, supportive, and permanent family.”
Engelage is the Program Coordinator for Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association.
The bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth unites over 140 Members of Congress to examine the challenges facing all foster youth and develop bipartisan policy initiatives. Shadow Day allows foster youth to share their experiences in foster care directly with Congress to help inform and improve child welfare policy.Read More
Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) filed legislation to restore the balance between financial institutions and regulators and protect private industry from the organized bureaucratic intimidation that originated under the Obama Administration.
The legislation, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, passed the House of Representatives in the 114th Congress.
“Last Congress, the House of Representatives took the first step in putting an end, once and for all, to Operation Choke Point by passing my legislation,” Luetkemeyer said. “Although there is a new Administration and Department of Justice in place, this legislation is necessary to ensure that no future Administration will have the opportunity to negatively impact individuals and legal businesses through this unprecedented initiative. We must continue to demand greater transparency and end the practice of allowing government bureaucrats to use personal and political motivations to block financial services to licensed, legally-operating businesses.”
The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act would dictate that agencies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, among others, could not request or order a financial institution to terminate a banking relationship unless the regulator has material reason. Any account termination requests or orders would be required to be made in writing and rely on information other than reputational risk. In addition, the legislation strikes the word “affecting” in the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), replacing it with “by” or “against.” This is to ensure that the Department of Justice’s once broad interpretation of the law is limited and the original intent of the statute is restored.
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after President Trump and his administration released the Fiscal Year 2018 budget titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness.”
“Unlike any budget proposed by the previous administration, President Trump’s budget will balance within the 10-year budget window and start to pay off our national debt,” Luetkemeyer said. “President Trump clearly recognizes that we must reverse course and get our nation’s fiscal house in order, and I look forward to working with the President, Director Mulvaney, and my colleagues as the House begins consideration of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.”Read More
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced legislation that would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to look at properties on an individual basis and incorporate a structure’s actual replacement cost in National Flood Insurance Program policies.
“The current National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fails to do what private insurance policies do: price for risk,” Luetkemeyer said. “Instead, the NFIP relies on a pricing system in which policyholders in less expensive homes subsidize those in more expensive ones. Insurance policies from private carriers take into account for pricing and underwriting purposes the cost to completely replace a structure. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses an average replacement cost calculation instead of a property-specific one. My legislation would ensure that FEMA would use a property-by-property approach when it comes to pricing for premiums, helping to end the subsidization by everyday Missourians of America’s wealthier homeowners. This legislation is the next step in getting the federal government to adhere to policies and procedures that have been in place in the private sector for decades. This legislation combined with my recently introduced Taxpayer Exposure Mitigation Act, which takes the first steps in reforming the NFIP by returning power to homeowners and local communities, will help lead our country to a more fair and equitable flood insurance program.”Read More
Earlier this week, thousands of police officers came to the United States Capitol to be recognized and honored by President Trump for all that they do on a daily basis to serve our country at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. This year, we honored 394 individuals who join the over 20,000 men and women who gave up their lives in the line of duty. It was a wonderful gathering that reminds Americans from one corner of our nation to another that the men and women in blue put their lives on the line to save others without any hesitation.
This week, May 15-19, is recognized as National Police Week. This is a time for our nation to work together to move forward from recent tragedies and unite as a community. Last year, Officer Blake Snyder from St. Louis was tragically killed in the line of duty. His name is now added to the National Law Enforcement Monument. We must remember that each and every day, law enforcement officers across the United States leave their homes, their spouses, and their children to keep our streets safe.
The House of Representatives is acting to ensure that we honor their sacrifices and guarantee those who harm law enforcement officers are brought to justice. We are also working to ensure that these dedicated men and women have the tools needed to do their job and keep the public safe.
My colleagues and I devoted this week on the House floor to honor the men and women who serve our nation each day. There were two bills, in particular, that I wanted to highlight that passed with bipartisan support. The Thin Blue Line Act would add the murder of a state or local police officer as an aggravating factor for a jury to consider in deciding whether to impose the death penalty in federal capital cases. The murder of a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor under current law. This bill sends a message that the stalking and killing of law enforcement officers must not and will not be tolerated. Another bill the House passed this week was the Probation Officer Protection Act which would protect public safety by giving probation officers the authority, while in the performance of their official duties, to arrest a person if there is probable cause to believe that the person has forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, or interfered with the probation officer in the performance of his or her duties.
I encourage everyone to stand with the millions of Americans in praying for the the law enforcement, citizens, and families who have fallen victim to violence.Read More
Health-care is a very personal issue: it impacts each of us directly, as well as our families, friends, neighbors, and communities. So, most Americans have probably heard a lot in the last few weeks about the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the House of Representatives. The overall principles of this legislation are to put patients and their doctors back in charge of medical care, make higher quality coverage more affordable, and provide the American people with relief from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates.
There are a few specific components of the American Health Care Act that need to be better understood. First, are the refundable tax credits. These tax credits will equalize the tax treatment of health-care regardless of where it is purchased. In addition, the tax credits are designed to give individuals who don’t receive health-care coverage through their employers the same tax benefits as those who do so they can purchase what is best for them. Another important component is the expansion of Health Savings Accounts. HSAs allow Americans to deposit funds, pre-tax, into designated accounts to pay for out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles and the AHCA nearly doubles the amount that Americans may contribute to them. This bill also contains numerous protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The law is very clear: under no circumstance can an individual be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Lastly, for states that expanded Medicaid, this bill phases out the expansion and puts the program on a more fiscally sound path that should help preserve it for current and future beneficiaries. However, Missouri did not expand Medicaid, so Missourians who qualify for Medicaid will not be impacted. In fact, Medicaid will be reformed and will ultimately save taxpayers $880 billion.
Since Obamacare has been a law, a third of the country, including a vast majority of Missouri counties, are left with one provider from which to sign up for coverage. That is not leaving any room for choice for Americans. Over the last few years, more Americans may have purchased health insurance, but the fact remains that for many middle and low-income families the deductibles to use the health insurance are simply unaffordable which has led to higher out-of-pocket costs. This year, in Missouri, premiums rose 18 percent – about $300 more than last year. This is not sustainable for Missourians and, after all, Missourians know better than Washington what kind of coverage works best for their care.
With the recent vote to repeal Obamacare, Congress has taken the first step in this multi-step process. The House has repealed and replaced Obamacare and we have fulfilled our promise of offering real, conservative solutions for Americans. As debate in the Senate proceeds, I will be continue to be engaged and monitor the process. If you would like more information about the House-passed bill, please go to readthebill.gop for the full text and summaries of the American Health Care Act. More work lies ahead to rebuild our health-care system and stabilize the insurance markets and passing the American Health Care Act was a critical first step in that effort.Read More
After dozens of pieces of artwork were submitted to U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) office, Heather Mote of Iberia has been named the winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.
Heather, a freshman at Iberia High School, used charcoal to create the winning artwork titled “Courageous.” Heather will have her work displayed along with other winners from congressional districts across the country in the Cannon Tunnel in the United States Capitol. In addition, Heather will receive airfare to attend a ceremony and reception in Washington, D.C. this summer.
“Having the opportunity to call Heather and tell her that it was her artwork that ultimately won this year’s Congressional Art Competition is a conversation I will not forget,” Luetkemeyer said. “She was surprised and genuinely overcome with excitement about the opportunity that she has received. I look forward to meeting her when she comes to Washington this summer and she can proudly show off her artwork to everyone who walks the halls of the United States Capitol each and every day. I want to thank all of the participants for another successful year of the art competition.”
The first runner-up was Kate Williams, a senior from Washington High School with the artwork entitled “Love Always, Your Jack.” Ashley Jones, a sophomore at North Callaway High School, was the second runner-up with the artwork entitled “Sunrise in D.C.” The third runner-up was Alexis Martin, a senior at Warrenton High School. Her artwork is entitled “Aesthete.”
The winning entries were selected by Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin.Read More
Over the last week, our state has seen record-breaking rainfall. Our rivers and creeks are swollen and backroads and interstates alike have either been closed or become impassible. Many Missourians have had to make emergency preparations to protect their property and some have had to evacuate their homes and shutter their businesses.
Our state’s first responders cannot be thanked enough. During the worst of the rain and flooding, these men and women never stopped working. And thank you to all of the volunteers who have been helping alongside the first responders. Please stay alert over the next few days as you drive and pay attention to your surroundings. Once the floodwaters recede, it will be time to determine both the extent of the damage and what resources might be available to those impacted by the storms. My staff and I have been in constant contact with officials at the local, state, and federal levels, so if there is anything that we can do to assist you in the days and weeks to come, please do not hesitate to let us know.
As a senior member and former Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, I’ve met with constituents and stakeholders from across Missouri about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) over the last several years. It’s a topic that’s not on the front burner for many Members of Congress, but it will always be a top priority for me, because of our district’s geography: the Mississippi River is the eastern border of the 3rd District, the Missouri River runs through the middle of it, and the Lake of the Ozarks sits in its southwestern corner. Storms like this demonstrate the need for us to reform and reauthorize the NFIP, which expires at the end of September. I recently introduced the Taxpayer Exposure Mitigation Act, which would require FEMA to purchase more reinsurance or seek other options in the capital markets in order to put the NFIP on sounder financial footing. In addition, it contains an important provision that would provide for more local involvement in flood mapping. This is critical, because inaccurate federal flood maps have been a major source of problems for many of our communities.
I also have an update on the Financial CHOICE Act, which I covered in-depth in a recent article. This past week, the House Financial Services Committee successfully took the first step and passed this legislation, the alternative to the failed Dodd-Frank law, out of the committee. Its next stop will be the House floor. The CHOICE Act makes common-sense reforms and delivers more accountability for both Washington and Wall Street, something that the American people have long sought.. It is time to look to the future and a new model of financial opportunity. One that empowers Americans and our community banks and financial institutions. More information on the CHOICE Act can be found by going to www.financialchoice.gop.
Lastly, my district office recently wrapped up the Congressional Art Competition for 2017. We had over 30 entries, including some from high schools that had not participated before, and really great entries were submitted. Be sure to check my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as I highlight the winner and the runners-up in the coming days!Read More
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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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