WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement regarding bicameral passage of the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
“From farmers to small businesses to manufactures, Americans across the country are going to benefit from greater productivity and more jobs. Under the USMCA, U.S. agricultural and food exports are expected to increase by more than $2 billion annually. Missouri’s 1.1 million small business employees will see a multitude of benefits from increased job opportunities, decreased government interference, and the level playing field USMCA will create. I look forward to seeing the positive impacts USMCA will bring to Missouri.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets at a hearing entitled “An Examination of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board,” members from both sides of the aisle expressed serious concern with FASB’s CECL accounting standard. During his questioning, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) raised concerns regarding access to credit for American families and the pro-cyclical nature of CECL which threatens to severely exacerbate a future economic slowdown.
“A simple accounting standard is going to decimate the people in my district’s ability to have home mortgages,” said Luetkemeyer. “My friends on the other side of the aisle are as upset about it as I am. This has got to stop. This can’t continue. You should stop and look at the damage you’re going to be doing to the citizens of this country. And in essence after that happens, it’s going to devastate our economy... And without a study, you can’t prove me wrong.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement regarding the signing of a trade agreement between the U.S. and China.
“The President’s trade deal with China is great news for American farmers, manufacturers and energy producers. With Missouri being made up of two-thirds farmland and home to a thriving auto industry, our already strong economy will continue to approve. I’m extremely grateful that we have a President willing to address China’s hostile trade policies head on and even the playing field for our workers and exporters.”
Background: In this historic trade agreement between the U.S. and China, China has agreed to increase its U.S. imports -- specifically agriculture, manufactured goods, services, and energy – by at least $200 billion over the next two years.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement regarding House Democrats’ articles of impeachment being sent to the Senate.
“Nearly a month after passing the articles of impeachment Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continually called ‘urgent’ and a ‘national security concern,’ they finally agreed to release the articles to the Senate. This on again off again strategy has, once again, shown the American people that this process has been nothing more than a political game,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “Just like the timing of the House vote was designed to distract the far left from the passage of President Trump’s historic USMCA trade deal, the Speaker’s delay in transmitting the articles is more about political expediency than Democrats’ false claims of wrongdoing by President Trump. I’m glad the House can finally put this sham investigation behind us and get back to work for the American people.”Read More
This week, President Trump took decisive action to eliminate a major threat to not only our country, but the rest of the world. General Qassem Soleimani was the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force and oversaw Iran’s military activity throughout the Middle East – specifically a campaign that killed hundreds of American troops. He had a history of terrorizing the entire region and specifically targeting Americans.
The vast majority of us can agree that military force should be a last resort, and no U.S. President that I know of relishes the duty of taking human lives. However, when American lives are threatened, we have no choice but to take decisive action. That is exactly what had to happen on January 3rd.
Just after Christmas, Quds Forces controlled by Soleimani killed an American contractor and injured four American soldiers stationed in Iraq. Four days later on December 31st, a pro-Iranian paramilitary group, also controlled by Soleimani, attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Finally, on January 2nd, the United States received information regarding another pending attack from the Iranians. As a result, our Commander in Chief showed the leadership needed for the situation and took the appropriate defensive action in order to protect American lives.
General Soleimani was not new to our military’s radar. Often referred to as the “architect” or “mastermind” behind Iranian military activity and strategy, Soleimani and the Revolutionary Guard were designated a Tier 1 terrorist by the State Department early last year. And since 2007, he has been designated multiple times by the U.S. and other countries as a terror threat, including by the Obama Administration.
In 1980, then-candidate Ronald Reagan outlined his “peace through strength” policy that he believed would restore “a defense capability that provides a margin of safety for America.” That policy and his leadership led to the dismantling of our biggest threat, the Soviet Union, and cemented the U.S. as the world’s sole superpower. President Trump’s targeting of Soleimani was directly in line with President Reagan’s doctrine. He has made clear to Iran and the world that while the U.S. does not want war, the consequences for attacking Americans are swift and severe.
Yesterday, House Democrats forced a vote on the House floor to limit President Trump’s ability to take action against terrorists. This vote wasn’t just a disingenuous effort to score political points – Nancy Pelosi and Democrats had no problem with President Obama using drone attacks over 500 times killing thousands of people including dozens of civilians – it was also extremely dangerous for the American people. When our soldiers are attacked and the United States is facing an imminent threat, the President not only has the right to defend our people, he has the constitutional duty to act. That is exactly what happened.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) announced the fifth annual “Valentines for Veterans” program, asking Third District residents to send a kind note thanking our nation’s veterans for their service.
“I’m excited to kick off our fifth annual ‘Valentines for Veterans’ initiative today. I look forward to this event every February and was extremely grateful that Missourians throughout our district sent over 12,000 valentines to my office last year, brightening the day for these brave men and women who have served our nation,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “These notes of gratitude are a small way for us to thank those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”
Valentines for Veterans can be dropped off or mailed to Congressman Luetkemeyer’s district offices until Wednesday, February 5th at 5:00 pm.
Please see below for guidelines:
Jefferson City District Office
2117 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Wentzville District Office
113 East Pearce Boulevard
Wentzville, MO 63385
Washington District Office
516 Jefferson Street
Washington, MO 63090
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer’s Jefferson City office is accepting internship applications for the spring! Daily tasks include but are not limited to: attending meetings, communicating with constituents and other Congressional offices, conducting research and performing administrative duties. Additionally, if your college or university offers credit hours, we are happy to complete any necessary evaluations. Please reach out to my office for additional information.
Jefferson City District Office
2117 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) released the following statement regarding the death of terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani:
“For too long, Iran has been supporting terrorism and suppression across the Middle East. Qassem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops, thousands of innocent people around the world, and was behind potential future Iranian attack plans. I’m grateful our Commander in Chief has shown the leadership needed to eliminate this threat to the world and for the bravery of our nation’s military who executed this mission and continue to keep us safe.”Read More
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed quality time with family and friends over the Christmas and holiday season. We were lucky enough to have our kids, grandkids and extended family come to the house for Christmas. It was a wonderful day full of faith, family, good food, a few gifts, and (to which grandparents of young kids can relate) one or two temper tantrums. The last two weeks were also a great opportunity to visit with people around the Third District. They shared their thoughts and concerns with me, and I shared what the upcoming year in Congress could hold.
While 2020 presents unlimited possibilities, unfortunately, the ongoing impeachment debacle will continue to take up valuable time and energy in Washington, D.C. This being only the third impeachment effort to make it through the House, combined with the Democrat majority’s departure from historical precedent, means there is not a clearly defined path forward. To muddy the waters even further, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Despite her rush to hold a full House vote on impeachment before Christmas – presumably to pander to her far-left base before members spent two weeks at home – she now appears to be having second thoughts. Now that the completely political process in the House is over, the Senate will hold a trial where facts, not feelings, will be reviewed and determine the outcome. The Speaker is clearly not overly eager for that to begin.
There has been some confusion about how the House’s vote to impeach President Trump in December affects his status as Commander in Chief or his ability to do the job. The short answer is: not at all. For a President to be removed from office the Senate must convict. A House vote alone does nothing. President Trump is still our President with the full powers of the office.
Assuming Speaker Pelosi does decide to send the impeachment articles to the Senate, they can get started with a trial. In this trial, members of the House, picked by the Speaker, will present and defend their case. Senators will serve as the jury and Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts will preside. The Senate trial is expected to take weeks followed by a vote where 67 votes are required to convict. I am confident the vote total will fall well short of that, leaving President Trump in office and hopefully putting this sad episode behind us for good.The missed opportunities caused by this years-long distraction are just as important as the direct effects it’s had. The rules of the Senate do not allow for floor debate of any matter while the impeachment trial is taking place. Meaning, the USMCA trade deal and important legislation to address the country’s infrastructure needs, drug prices, education, and maintaining our historic economic success are put on hold. The true needs of over 330 million Americans will continue to take a backseat while Democrats seek vengeance for President Trump’s inexcusable crime of winning the 2016 election. Read More
As we close out 2019, I always like to take a moment and reflect on the past year. With all of the headlines, endless news coverage, and last week’s vote it would be easy to assume impeachment and the months-long investigations in search of any evidence to support it was the only thing that took place in Congress. And, truth be told, for some of my colleagues it was the only thing they cared to accomplish. However, that last year was filled with many ups and downs for Missourians both in Washington and here at home.
One very positive note is the continued economic success our country and state are experiencing. Unemployment has stayed at all-time lows while the Bureau of Economic Analysis recently announced wages have gone up by 5.34% compared to last year. In the summer U.S. job openings outnumbered available workers by the widest gap in history. And, the passage of the USMCA is expected to create 176,000 new jobs and add $68.2 billion in economic activity across the country.
While rising tides lift all ships, the rising of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers earlier this year devastated communities across Missouri. The flooding decimated homes and farmland and prevented many farmers from planting their crops at all. In Mid-Missouri the floods came right on the heels of devastating tornados that injured our neighbors, flattened homes, and destroyed businesses. While Mother Nature reminded us that no economic momentum can stand in her way, the reaction to the disasters in the weeks and months that followed delivered the even more powerful message that at the worst of times we show the best of us. The outpouring of support, resources, and willingness to lend a hand was a testament to the true character of our community and one of my most heartwarming memories of the year.
In an extremely partisan and slow-moving Congress filled with frustrations, there were also several key victories for our area. Recently the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which financed over $300 million worth of Missouri exports in the last few years, was reauthorized for seven years, keeping foreign markets available to the numerous Missouri small businesses and workers who depend on that access. The House Financial Services Committee passed legislation to renew the National Flood Insurance Program that included several of my provisions to stop forcing Missourians to supplement coverage for wealthy coastal landowners and end taxpayer bailouts when the program’s mismanagement leads to shortfalls. Numerous bills to combat the opioid crisis that is wreaking havoc across the country have passed the House along with my bill to stop the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point, and the biggest pay raise for our troops in a decade.
While there were too many politically-motivated theatrics and several missed opportunities throughout the year, we were still able to do some important work. Now that the House is finished with its part in the impeachment process, I look forward to the clean slate the new year brings and getting back to the business that matters to Missouri. As always, I’m proud to be your Congressman and look forward to a productive year working for you and your families in Congress. Happy New Year!
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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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