Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Blaine’s Bulletin: We Will Never Forget

2019/09/13

This week, our nation honored the 2,977 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Eighteen years later, the death toll is still rising. It is expected that deaths resulting from 9/11-related illnesses will soon exceed those who perished on that fateful day in 2001. More than 10 times the number of NYPD officers who died on September 11th have passed away in the 18 years since. Just last month, President Donald Trump signed into law legislation to permanently authorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. I was proud to co-sponsor this legislation and support families from coast to coast who are still reliving the horror of that day as their loved ones succumb to illnesses nearly two decades after the attacks.

FBI Special Agent Melissa Morrow was raised in mid-Missouri and attended the University of Missouri where she graduated Magna Cum Laude before earning her law school juris doctorate in 1994. After graduation, she began a distinguished career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was assigned to the Washington D.C. Field Office where she worked until 2010.

As a member of the FBI Evidence Response Team in Washington D.C., Melissa served at the Pentagon in the months following the September 11th terrorist attacks. She spent ten weeks at the Pentagon crash site and at an evidence warehouse where she later learned she was exposed to hazardous contaminants.

In July 2016, Special Agent Morrow was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of glioblastoma brain cancer, attributed to her service at the Pentagon. On March 22, 2018, Special Agent Morrow passed away. I had the honor of attending her funeral in Kansas City where she was honored for her service and dedication to the nation and remembered as a fiercely loyal friend and colleague with an infectious laugh.

First responders and ordinary citizens selflessly putting their lives on the line for their fellow Americans revealed the best of our nation on that fateful day. September 11, 2001 would forever change the America we know and love. Terrorism was no longer a theoretical problem on the other side of the world, but an evil reality on American soil.

Eighteen years later, young adults, high school students, and children across this nation have only ever lived in a post-September 11th world where they learned of the events of that fateful day from second-hand recollections. It is our responsibility as a nation to continue to instill the significance of this day and ensure future generations continue to honor the stories of heroism and remember the bravery that forever changed our nation.

We often hear about what divides our country, but as another anniversary of September 11th comes and goes, I hope we can all embody what it truly means to be an American. We are a resilient nation and together we will never forget the courage and strength of our fellow Americans on September 11, 2001.

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Blaine’s Bulletin: August District Work Period

2019/09/06

With Congress out of session in August, I had the opportunity to travel throughout Missouri’s Third District to meet with constituents and visit hospitals, first responders, farms, and small businesses, just to name a few. There is a misconception that while not in Washington DC, Congress is not working – that “recess” equates to nothing getting done.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. District work periods are the most meaningful and rewarding aspects of representative government. This time allows me to stay connected to our communities by speaking directly with the families who are affected by the actions of Washington. The information I learned and people I met over the last month will be invaluable as I head back to Washington to work on your behalf.

For far too many months, historic flooding has been the talk of the town in communities across the great state of Missouri. The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers remain susceptible to flooding, and last month I met with various stakeholders to discuss ways avoid repeated disasters for those who live near the rivers. Without better river management and cooperation between state and local officials, we will be facing the same realities for years to come. I can assure you I will continue to advocate for my constituents to ensure they receive the resources they need today and the promise of better flood plans for the future.

I had the opportunity to meet with farmers from across the Third District of Missouri to discuss the resources they need to grow. Throughout my meetings, the highest priority for our farmers was ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA). I understand how hard our farmers work day in and day out to provide for their families and put food on tables around the world. That’s why we need a 21st century trade agreement to serve their interests. Americans across the nation deserve a more balanced trade agreement that works for our 21st century economy, and I hope we will have the opportunity to ratify the agreement soon.

As your Congressman ensuring the health and safety of Missourians is one of biggest responsibilities, and it is always a great honor to meet with the people who are working hard to help our communities. I spent an afternoon with the Wentzville Fire Department at their training facility, learning more about the many things these hardworking heroes are doing to keep our community safe. I also had the opportunity to visit the Siteman Cancer Center on the campus of Barnes-Jewish St. Peter’s Hospital, where I was blown away by the dedication and expertise of their staff. They emphasized the importance of continued funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is something I have continually fought for as the NIH’s research directly impacts my district and American’s who are suffering from diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Successful local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and it’s always a pleasure to meet with the hardworking men and women behind their successes. In August, I had the opportunity to tour a Menards Distribution Center and have a discussion with employees from the Third Congressional District. It was a pleasure to see the investment this company has made in Sullivan. I also visited Jahabow Industries in Owensville. It is important to see what federal programs work here in Missouri, and success stories like Jahabow Industries help me understand how the federal government can best support our rural communities as they grow.

After a busy August district work period, I am heading back to Washington D.C. armed with important knowledge from my constituents. Representing the Third Congressional District of Missouri is one of the greatest honors of my life, and I will continue to advocate on your behalf as I return to our nation’s capital to tackle critical issues this month.  

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Blaine's Bulletin: Celebrating Hardworking Americans

2019/08/30

Throughout our nation’s history, American workers have been the driving force behind its growth and success. Our country is built on American grit and the pride of a hard day’s work. Without the notion of hard work, innovation, and motivation of our workforce, America would not be the country it is today.

As we head into Labor Day weekend, I hope we can all celebrate the successes of our fellow Americans. Just a few years ago, I lamented the economic struggle that was facing our middle class, including an unemployment rate of more than 7% and sluggish economic growth. Fast forward to today and our workforce is doing better than ever, with the July jobs report painting a very healthy picture of the economy. We saw 164,000 jobs added in July, a record low 3.7% unemployment rate, and wages rose more than 3%. All of this good news is in addition to the 6,373,000 jobs added since President Trump was elected.

From strong economic growth to increasing confidence across the nation, optimism is high and the future of the American economy is bright. Now is the time for America’s leaders to recognize the opportunity laid before us and work together to make the coming years even more prosperous for families, workers, and the businesses upon which they rely to build and maintain successful communities.

Congress must continue to support pro-growth policies that advance our economy. This includes a strong 21st century trade agreement to ensure the continued flow of goods and services between the United States and our North American trading partners. The United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), will serve the modern interests of American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses while supporting our 21st century economy. The USMCA is a major win for the American worker, stimulating American auto manufacturing jobs and requiring all countries to adopt International Labor Organization standards. It would add $2.2 billion to our economy, increase the GDP by $68.2 billion, and create more than 175,000 jobs.

Supporting our workforce is of the utmost importance to our nation’s continued economic growth. Unfortunately, House Democrats have voted for misguided legislation that would potentially cost 3.7 million Americans their jobs. The so-called Raise the Wage Act would affect the national minimum wage, implementing a drastic 107% increase.  However, the bill would actually hurt most the people it claims to be helping. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget office, not only could we lose 3.7 million American jobs due to this legislation, but we would expect 62% of job losses to overwhelmingly hurt women. We would also expect more than 35% of job losses to hit Americans without a college degree, devastating entry level employees as they try to join the workforce.

American Farmers, teachers, small business owners, and all workers deserve the opportunity to work hard and provide for their families. We can’t lose sight of the road ahead for our workers and the families who depend on them, and that is why I will continue to support pro-growth economic policies that will unleash our nation’s economic potential. I hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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Blaine’s Bulletin: Back to School

2019/08/23

As summer begins to wind down, students across the Third Congressional District of Missouri are heading back-to-school for an exciting year filled with learning and growth. Our students are the future of this great nation, and I am constantly blown away by their accomplishments.

This spring, I had the honor of congratulating more than 9,000 graduates from high schools across the district. There are few prouder moments in a young person’s life than graduation, and I wish them all the best as they begin the rest of their lives. Many of those graduates are extending their education at colleges and universities, but for some, a four-year school is not the right choice. Thankfully, last year President Trump signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which provides students and workers across the nation the opportunity to choose the educational path that gives them the best chance to succeed and help our communities grow. We all have different professional aspirations and it’s time for our education system to recognize and support all options.

We also had five high school students who accepted offers of appointment to the United States military Academies and are starting this fall. Max Greener and Sarah Murray accepted offers of appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point. Trevor Kelly and Emma Westerhold accepted their offers of appointment to the United States Naval Academy, and Levi Mertens accepted his offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. These young people are making an important commitment by agreeing to put their fellow Americans before themselves. We are all grateful for their choice to serve our country. 

Each year, the Congressional Art Competition provides an opportunity for high school artists from the third district of Missouri to demonstrate their talents. This year, my office received spectacular entries from nearly 20 students with the winner being named as Gabrielle Miller, a senior at Fort Zumwalt North High School. Gabrielle’s artwork is a wonderful representation of one of Missouri’s most iconic landmarks and is currently hanging in the United States Capitol. To the thousands of Americans who walk by it every day, it serves as a reminder of the incredible talent and promise our students hold.

Not only do our students showcase their immense artistic talents, but their scientific talents as well. This year, the Owensville STEM team won the national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, creating an inventive door-lock prototype designed to keep students and teachers safe at school. With amazing high school students like Owensville’s Paige, Jonah and Trey, the future of STEM is bright and classrooms across Missouri can provide a safer learning environment.

It is an honor to represent such bright and talented students. Of course, their dreams cannot be realized without the dedication of Missouri’s educators. They put countless hours into preparing their classrooms and curriculum to ensure our children get the best education possible.  As the school season begins please join me in thanking the teachers and educators in our communities and wishing our students a wonderful school year!

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Blaine’s Bulletin: Resources for Rebuilding and Planning for the Future

2019/08/16

For far too many months, historic flooding has been the talk of the town in communities across the great state of Missouri. As Missourians continue to showcase their resilience in the aftermath of these disasters, I am doing everything in my power to ensure my constituents have the resources they need to continue rebuilding.

In July, President Donald Trump swiftly approved disaster assistance for Missouri’s hardest hit counties, with the support of the entire Missouri Congressional delegation. The approved disaster declaration made Federal funding available for numerous counties in Missouri’s Third Congressional District including Cole, Lincoln, Miller, Osage and St. Charles. As of last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved an expansion of the disaster declaration to include Callaway and Jefferson Counties.

For many families in Missouri, this assistance is a critical lifeline. Thankfully, FEMA has already approved 1,058 households for Individual Assistance Grants, providing more than $5 million directly to homeowners in Missouri. The National Flood Insurance Program has received more than 1,500 claims since March, paying out more than $30 million to Missouri policyholder. Additionally, 94% of home inspections have been completed for homeowners and renters who registered with FEMA and reported damage. For anyone who has not yet registered, I urge you to visit DisasterAssistance.gov where you can register and report damage or unmet needs.

While many of our communities are receiving the assistance and resources they need, some Missouri counties have been denied assistance, including Gasconade county. Last week, I joined the entire Missouri Congressional delegation on a letter to President Donald Trump urging support for these forgotten counties. “The extensive damage to communities across our state in a short time period has strained the capacity of volunteer organizations and local governments to assist individuals and families,” we wrote. “We respectfully request that FEMA reconsider the extent of damage caused by the flooding…Many of our constituents have endured hardships in the wake of these destructive weather events which will only be prolonged in the absence of federal individual assistance.” I am hopeful that FEMA will reconsider their denial and provide these counties with the critical assistance they deserve.

Looking to the future, we must have better flood plans to avoid repeated disasters for those who live near the rivers. This week, I met with various stakeholders to discuss how to deal with the risks facing Missouri’s Third Congressional District. The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers remain susceptible to flooding and without better river management and cooperation between state and local officials, we will be facing the same realities for years to come. I can assure you I will continue to advocate for my constituents to ensure they receive the resources they need today and the promise of better flood plans for the future.

For more information, please call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362).

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Blaine’s Bulletin: An Opportunity to Serve

2019/08/09

America’s future generations are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. Depending upon whether you’re asking a child or a teenager, answers will vary from “a princess” to “a firefighter” to “a lawyer” or even “the President.” However, as we prepare America’s children for the future, when is the last time someone asked them, “how will you serve your country?” From volunteering in your local community to running for elected office to serving in the armed forces, service can embody a different meaning for everyone.

As students in our district begin to dream about where their individual paths will take them, I urge them to consider applying to one of the United States Service Academies. The opportunity to nominate exemplary students to the United States Services Academies is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. The four academies accepting Congressional nominations are West Point in New York (Army), the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland (Navy and Marine Corps), the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado (Air Force), and the Merchant Marine Academy in New York (Merchant Marine). The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not accept Congressional nominations, but my office is happy to provide additional information.

Each year my office receives many applications from outstanding young men and women who seek to serve their nation. An appointment to a United States Military Academy can be a positively life-changing experience, and I am happy to play a small part in supporting the next generation of military leaders. For students who may be interested in the application process and nomination timeline, please contact my office in Jefferson City at 573-635-7232. The application process for Congressional nominations for the class of 2024 is open through October 31, 2019.

An appointment to one of our military academies guarantees the opportunity to gain a first-class education while answering the call to serve our nation. These young people are making an important commitment by agreeing to put their fellow Americans before themselves. They are the future heroes of the United States and a point of exceptional pride for our district and the great state of Missouri.

 

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Blaine's Bulletin: Certainty for 9/11 First Responders

2019/08/02

On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people lost their lives in the most devastating terrorist attack in our nation’s history. In the immediate aftermath, thousands of first responders scoured the scene for survivors, spending days or weeks inhaling dangerous carcinogens. More than eighteen years later, the lasting effects have continued to claim the lives of the brave men and women across the nation.

FBI Special Agent Melissa Morrow was raised in mid-Missouri and attended the University of Missouri where she graduated Magna Cum Laude before earning her law school juris doctorate in 1994. After graduation, she began a distinguished career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was assigned to the Washington D.C. Field Office where she worked until 2010.

As a member of the FBI Evidence Response Team in Washington D.C., Melissa served at the Pentagon in the months following the September 11th terrorist attacks. She spent ten weeks at the Pentagon crash site and at an evidence warehouse where she later learned she was exposed to hazardous contaminants.

In 2010, Special Agent Morrow moved back to her home state, serving in the Kansas City Field Office. She earned numerous recognitions and awards for her work in the Kansas City Field Office. Unfortunately, in July 2016, she was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of glioblastoma brain cancer, attributed to her service at the Pentagon. On March 22, 2018, Special Agent Morrow passed away. I had the honor of attending her funeral in Kansas City where she was honored for her service and dedication to the nation and remembered as a fiercely loyal friend and colleague, with an infectious laugh.

Special Agent Morrow’s death is a sobering reminder of the lasting effects of September 11th which span the entire nation and touch each and every one of us. This week, President Donald Trump signed into law legislation to permanently authorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. “Today, we come together as one nation to support our September 11th heroes, to care for their families, and to renew our eternal vow: Never, Ever Forget,” said President Trump in the Rose Garden signing ceremony.

On one of the worst days in our nation’s history, thousands of men and women put their lives on the line to save their fellow Americans. They are the best among us and deserve our full and unwavering support. With President Trump’s signature, our first responders now have certainty that their families will be taken care of – no matter what. 

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Luetkemeyer Urges Local Farmers to Sign Up for USDA Trade Support Program

2019/07/30

On Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced additional information regarding the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). As the Trump Administration continues to work on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals, agricultural producers can receive assistance through the MFP by signing up through Friday, December 6, 2019.

“As farmers across Missouri face undue hardship due to trade tensions, I thank President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for prioritizing efforts to provide relief. The MFP will ensure our farmers are provided with the support they need to continue the important work of feeding and clothing our great nation,” said Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03).

As of this week, farmers can submit the MFP application by dropping it off at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office, or by fax, mail, or email. Additional information on what commodities are covered, who is eligible, and how payments work can be found at www.Farmers.gov/manage/mfp. Please feel free to contact the office of Congressman Luetkemeyer at 573-635-7232 with any additional questions.

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Blaine’s Bulletin: Bipartisan Budget Agreement

2019/07/26

From a first job, to saving for a car, to starting a family, to planning for retirement, throughout our lives we are taught the importance of budgeting and reminded of the consequences of missed deadlines or unrestrained spending. Year after year, it is apparent that some in Washington D.C. need a refresher on this lesson as yet another budget deadline passes by. Let us remember, these are not inconsequential deadlines. Along with each missed deadline comes the threat of a million-dollar government shutdown putting our troops and the government services so many Missourians depend on squarely in the crosshairs.

This week, I supported the Bipartisan Budget Agreement negotiated by the Trump administration and Congressional leaders. Although compromise is often unheard of in Washington D.C., the Bipartisan Budget Agreement provides budgetary certainty through Fiscal Year 2021 in addition to supporting border security and our troops.

After continued threats of sequestration, years of uncertainty and imprudent cuts to defense spending, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement is a major victory for the Department of Defense and our troops. Without a budget agreement, defense spending would be cut by more than $70 billion dollars due to sequestration. By establishing new budget caps to properly fund our national defense, the budget compromise will maintain our competitive edge, while supporting our troops and closing the critical readiness gap. In particular, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement provides a much-needed increase for VA MISSION, ensuring we are supporting those who dedicated their lives to defending our nation.

Not only will the budget deal provide for our military, it strongly supports the President’s efforts to secure our border. Despite the constant fight by some in Congress to withhold border security funding, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement makes available up to $7 billion for the wall.  It also provides additional resources for the ongoing humanitarian crises at the southern border. The federal government’s biggest responsibility is the safety of our nation and this bill is certainly focused on that priority.

With a divided government, every bill that becomes law requires compromise, and this bill is no exception. There are several changes I would have made had I written the bill on my own.  However, the reality is Americans, and their representatives in Congress, have different priorities and conflicting visions for the country. The negotiations led by the President and Speaker Pelosi were long and, at times, contentious. Ultimately, the President succeeded in producing a bill that represents the priorities of Missouri, including strong pro-life protections, and I was proud to stand with him in support. The Bipartisan Budget Agreement is a welcome deviation from the normal cycle of partisanship and an encouraging indication of what can be accomplished when political theater is put aside for the betterment of the country.

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Luetkemeyer & Blunt Introduce Legislation to Provide Certainty to Pension Beneficiaries

2019/07/25

Today Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and Senator Roy Blunt (MO) introduced the Vested Employee Pension Benefit Protection Act. This legislation will codify decades of precedent into law, ensuring pension beneficiaries can take early retirement and return to, or remain in, covered employment.

“More than 20,000 hardworking families in Missouri and Illinois rely upon the St. Louis Carpenters’ Pension Plan as an integral part of their long-term financial planning. Many expected to take advantage of early retirement benefits until the IRS abruptly reversed course in 2009, instituting a major policy shift which no longer allowed early retirees to continue working,” said Luetkemeyer. “The Vested Employee Pension Benefit Protection Act will provide certainty to Missouri families by codifying this longstanding practice into law and ensuring the pension benefits they earned will be there when they need it most.”

“These men and women have worked hard to earn the benefits they were promised when they were hired,” said Blunt. “This bill will ensure early retirees who choose to supplement their income by going back to work or continuing their career won’t have to sacrifice their pension because of an unfair policy change by the IRS. It’s the right thing to do for the thousands of workers who have every right to depend on their benefits being there when they need them. I’ll continue working with my colleagues to move the bill forward.”

Vested Employee Pension Benefit Protection Act

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The Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine Luetkemeyer is committed to representing the interests of his constituents as 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 where he 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.

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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