As the oldest military force in our nation’s history, the National Guard dates back to the pre-Revolutionary War militias in the colonies. This year actually marks its 385th birthday. The National Guard seal features a Minuteman as a tribute to how quickly and effectively the National Guard can mobilize and respond to threats.
Our state’s National Guard is over 11,000 troops strong with Missourians who serve both our community and country. If there is a national emergency or their service is necessary somewhere around the world during wartime or on a peacekeeping mission, the President can ask these civilian soldiers to deploy. And when Missouri faces a statewide emergency like a major flood or tornado, they are some of the first people to respond and help get our communities back on their feet.
Over the past year, the men and women of the National Guard have assisted both our state and our nation in some extraordinary circumstances. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the National Guard has played an integral role in assisting our state and local governments with various tasks from building temporary hospital facilities, providing logistical support for the Missouri Food Bank, and helping administer and distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible. And following the events at the Capitol on January 6th, Governor Parson deployed the Missouri National Guard to Washington, D.C. They have helped with security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics and safety alongside district and federal agencies.
Last week, I met with the Missouri National Guard and discussed all the great work the Guard has been doing, especially dealing with the unusual situations our nation has found itself in over the past year. Our state could not have gotten through the pandemic without the help of the National Guard. From their early response to their continued service today as vaccines are being distributed and life gets back to normal, I cannot overstate the critical role they have played in all of our lives. Missouri is so fortunate to have these brave men and women who put our state and the nation before themselves at a moments’ notice. I am forever grateful for their service and hope you’ll join me in thanking them for their unwavering bravery and selflessness.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and Congressman Jared Golden (D-ME) introduced two regulatory reform bills, the Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act and Guidance Clarity Act.
“Guidance and rulemaking each have important but separate roles at agencies across the federal government. By law, guidance is merely a suggestion that is in no way enforceable. However, for over a decade, regulators have continually taken punitive actions against the American people who do not comply with their guidance. While the Trump Administration took very important steps to end that practice, it still threatens our job creators and economy today. These bills would clearly define the purpose and legal use of guidance and provide the utmost transparency between the federal government and the American people.”
The Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act requires each government agency, in providing notice of a rule making, to include a link to a 100-word plain language summary of the proposed rule. Under this bill, plain language summaries must be made publicly available online to ensure all Americans have access and understanding of the regulations imposed on them.
The Guidance Clarity Act requires all federal agencies to include a guidance clarity statement that states the guidance is not issued in accordance with the rule-making process and therefore is not legally binding.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has written a letter of support for both bills stating, “enacting these commonsense proposals would help small businesses with their regulatory compliance and help to prevent regulatory overreach.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted against Democrats’ $1.9 trillion partisan power play disguised as a coronavirus “rescue package.”
“The bipartisan Covid relief bill Congress passed in December was a rescue package that included provisions and funding for actual pandemic recovery efforts. Between that bill and funding from the CARES Act, there is still $1 trillion in relief funding yet to be spent. While not perfect, both bills were earnest rescue efforts with targeted relief to help our nation recover from a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer.
“By contrast, only 9% of this latest proposal from the Democrats is related to Covid relief. At one of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history, the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats are using this opportunity to advance their partisan agenda and sell it to the American people as a rescue effort. Right now, our nation needs a direct path to in-person learning, funding for vaccine distribution, and a fully reopened economy.”
Harmful Democrat priorities include:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) amendment to create equal distribution of federal funding for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund was blocked by House Democrats. Congressman Luetkemeyer proposed this amendment in an effort to ensure all school districts have the necessary funding to safely return to full time, in-person learning.
“Under the current funding formula, the federal government is providing $163.17 for the health and safety of a student in Wentzville while Seymore is receiving $6,387.72 per child. Blair Oaks gets $77.47 per child but Kansas City gets $1,924.39. The formula being used was not developed to distribute covid relief and using it in this way is showing unacceptable disparities that value the safety of one child at a fraction of another. If this is actually about student and teacher health, safely reopening schools, and finally putting the pandemic behind us, we wouldn’t be favoring certain children over others.”Read More
With 2/3 of our state covered in farmland and being home to the second highest number of farms in the nation, Missouri knows a little something about the agricultural business. Our state is home to generations of skilled ag producers who play a critical role in our local economies, job market and food supply chain. And with an $88 billion agriculture industry, Missouri is not only a major supplier for the nation but the entire world. This week is Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week and with over 25,000 active Missouri FFA members, I am extremely encouraged that our state’s strong agricultural tradition will continue and grow with the next generation of Missourians.
The FFA was started in 1928 by a group of young farmers with the mission to “prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.” This still remains a major pillar of the FFA’s mission, but the organization has evolved over the years as agricultural opportunities have expanded and the industry has become more comprehensive. While planting and harvesting of course will remain the priority, FFA also helps high school students explore other areas of the industry and potential careers in agricultural biology, engineering, chemistry, veterinary care and business ownership. Through classroom education and hands-on, real world experience to help develop skills in areas of interest, FFA is helping keep Missouri’s agriculture industry alive and well. And with the members of our state’s organization achieving the highest number of American FFA Degrees – the highest achievable honor in FFA – of any state in the country, it looks like Missouri will continue to be a national industry leader.
Not only does Missouri continue to be one of the biggest contributors to our nation’s traditional agricultural industry, but we have become a global leader in agricultural technology. Organizations like FFA are helping the next generation of agricultural enthusiasts learn about the technological advancements in the industry. Every day, researchers are figuring out ways things like drones, satellites and robots can be used to make life in one of the world’s most unpredictable industries a little bit easier. Our state has such a high concentration of researchers, innovators, and producers that we are now home to the “Ag Coast” of America, have become a major hub for agricultural science, and are helping set the “AgTech” tone for the rest of world.
Farming and ranching are quintessentially Missourian and I’m grateful that organizations like FFA are helping keep our agricultural tradition going by providing education and experience to our state’s students. This industry has fed and supported families in our state for generations, my own being no exception. I helped pay my way through college raising hogs and cattle and my wife and I still run our family farm in St. Elizabeth. It can be one of the most challenging jobs there is, but also one of the most rewarding. Farmers and ranchers are tasked with feeding the world, and as the Representative of one of the top producing states in America, I will continue to do everything in my power to help Missouri farmers in Congress.Read More
Every February since 1976, America has come together to celebrate Black History Month and the contributions of African Americans to our nation and its history. It was originally just a one-week celebration during the second week of February to celebrate the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist who spoke about his first-hand experience as a former slave, and Abraham Lincoln who changed our nation forever by ending slavery with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. However, it became clear that more than a week was necessary to celebrate this rich history, and every president since 1976 has signed a declaration designating February “Black History Month.”
Missouri has been home to some incredible African Americans who have made lasting impacts on this country. One of the most famous Missourians was Dred Scott of the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sanford decision, a case that students across America learn about in their history books. Dred Scott was a slave who was taken from the then slave state of Missouri into the free state of Illinois and as a result, believed – rightly so – that he was a free man. Despite taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court, he was unfortunately before his time and they ruled against him in his request for freedom. While the Court did not rule in Dred Scott’s favor, this was a landmark court case and one of the most important moments in abolitionist history.
As a baseball lover, I’m very proud that Missouri was home to the Kansas City Monarchs, the longest-running franchise in National Negro League history. Formed in 1920 at an exceedingly contentious time for race relations in America, this team overcame the obstacles and adversity and became one of the National Negro Leagues’ most winning teams with just one losing season and two trips to the leagues’ World Series. The Monarchs franchise was also home to some of the most famous Americans to ever play the game like Satchel Paige and Jesse Williams. If you’re ever headed west, I would highly recommend a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. To get there, you might cross the Missouri River on the Buck O’Neil Bridge, named after an absolute legend of baseball. After his incredible career with the Kansas City Monarchs, Buck O’Neil defied the odds to become the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. Because of his impact on the game and society as a whole, in 2008 the National Baseball Hall of Fame created the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, which is only awarded once every three years to people who have achieved extraordinary impacts on baseball and American society. While I admittedly would prefer to visit Busch stadium to watch my Cardinals, I’ve made a few trips to Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City over the years. I will always remember watching young children and grown men visit Buck’s seat behind the third baseline to get their gloves signed or shake hands with the hero of so many.
The achievements of Black history in Missouri can be seen today in the many black owned businesses across our state. Like all small businesses across Missouri, they have suffered a tough year losing business due to shutdowns and some unfortunately having to close their doors for good. As our state continues to recover, please try to shop and dine local to help support our state’s small businesses whenever you can. The last year has been especially difficult one for our nation. Not only did we face a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, but we saw strained race relations in many cities across the country. This Black History Month is a great time to embrace our differences and celebrate the African Americans who have contributed and continue to contribute so much to our state and this country.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and the Missouri delegation sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the critical energy situation caused by weather events across the Midwest. Excerpts and the link to the full letter can be found below.
“Due to the surge in energy demand across the state, residents have been experiencing electricity outages, rolling blackouts, and controlled service interruptions during an incredibly precarious time as temperatures continue to drop. Our offices have also received information suggesting that limited supplies of natural gas are also exacerbating the situation and are forcing utility providers to find alternative sources of energy during this time of emergency…”
“We respectfully request FERC to expeditiously review the circumstances of this situation as it relates to natural gas supplies, the rates of interstate transmission of natural gas, and take the necessary steps needed to address this crisis. In light of these challenges, we need to ensure there is an adequate supply of affordable energy and natural gas for families, farmers, and businesses in Missouri and the Midwest.”
The full letter can be found HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Last week, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and the Missouri Republican delegation sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging protections for workers with disabilities who participate in Section 14(c) subminimum wage programs in any upcoming COVID relief legislation. Excerpts and the link to thefull lettercan be found below.
“Since the announcement of President Biden’s plan to increase minimum wage to $15 and eliminate separate subminimum wages for workers with disabilities, we have had hundreds of constituents reach out with their concerns for their loved ones currently benefiting from 14(c) programs in Missouri. While we should not assume that all parents are fully speaking on the behalf of their child, they are the closest advocate for these individuals with disabilities. If we are to work to better these individual’s lives by federal action, we should first give them a voice and opportunity to express how this effort should be carried out.”
“In 2020, Missouri workshops produced more than $189.5 million in total revenues and accounted for nearly $65.7 million going into their local economies.These businesses are also home and family to many Missourians with disabilities that would not otherwise have the opportunity to earn any wages in the competitive market… We sincerely appreciate your attention to this important matter and stand ready to work with you to protect workers with disabilities in any upcoming coronavirus-relief package.”
The full letter can be found HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced the Modernizing America’s Apprenticeships Act which would codify the Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) rule issued by the Trump Administration. IRAPs are high-quality apprenticeship programs that fall under the Department of Labor’s Standards Recognition Entity which provide individuals with opportunities to obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and progressively advancing skills. This comes in response to yesterday’s executive order issued by President Biden to eliminate IRAP and in turn, kill even more American jobs.
“Missouri continues to be a national leader in apprenticeships ranking second in the nation for completed apprenticeships for the second year in a row, largely thanks to IRAP. Within the next decade, IRAPs were projected to produce over 2 million new apprenticeships across the nation. At a time when some Americans are unable to return to work and local economies are still recovering, eliminating IRAP will only make matters worse.”
Presidents’ Day was originally created to observe the birthdays of two of our nation’s greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. And while it is now more of a holiday to celebrate all Americans who have served as President, it is also a good excuse to honor the memories and contributions of these great Americans who left such lasting impacts on this country.
To say that President George Washington is an American hero would be an understatement. Often referred to as the “Father of America,” he led our nation to independence during the Revolutionary War and played a critical role in creating our country’s government system. Not only did he help draft the Constitution, he took a young nation made up of just eleven colonies and appointed a cabinet, nominated a Supreme Court justice, established a national bank, and served two terms as President. Five more colonies joined the nation under his Presidency and after serving two terms, he stepped down to allow someone else to serve which set the precedent for Presidents throughout history.
President Abraham Lincoln is another American figure who left a lasting legacy and played an integral role in the shaping of our nation. Serving as President during the Civil War, he was tasked with leading our country during the biggest moral dilemma America has ever been faced with. By issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves and abolishing slavery for good, he ultimately brought the Union and Confederacy together and created one unified nation. President Lincoln’s life was cut short, but his years as President are some of the most consequential in our nation’s history.
One of my favorite Presidents, Ronald Reagan, was also born in February. He was an optimist who wholeheartedly believed in this country and it showed in his policies. President Reagan is best known for putting an end to the Cold War, tearing down the Berlin Wall, historic tax reform, and the War on Drugs. Presidents’ Day is a good time to look back at our history and the many ways different Presidents have changed it and honor all 46 Presidents who have served our nation in this incredibly important position. But it is also a national holiday and a good excuse to spend time with family and children who have the day off school, perhaps in the snow after all the weather we’ve had lately. I wish you all a safe and relaxing Presidents’ Day!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.
Representing the 13 counties that make up the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is a native of St. Elizabeth, Mo. He 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, Blaine was also a small businessman, having been in the banking and insurance business. He has also served as a bank regulator for the state of Missouri earlier in his career.
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, he was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as the Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism.
Blaine was first elected to Congress in November 2008, and was re-elected in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.
In the 115th Congress, Blaine serves as a member of the House Financial Services Committee and as Chairman of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee. In addition, Blaine serves as vice chairman of the House Small Business Committee.
In the 113th Congress, Blaine was ranked Missouri’s most effective lawmaker. The Legislative Effectiveness Project, run by professors at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, measures how successful a given representative is at getting things done. The average score for any given member in the 113th Congress was 1.0. Blaine received a 2.344.
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. He 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 and six grandchildren.
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