Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer


Blaine's Bulletin: Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Many of us have been affected, one way or another, by cancer. Whether you are battling some form of the disease, or it is afflicting a loved one, friend, colleague, or neighbor – unfortunately, we are all bound to know someone who is fighting cancer. Both of my parents battled different forms of the disease.

I have been a proud supporter of funding for the National Institutes of Health during my time in Congress. This agency researches and finds cures for all types of cancer. However, with the month of October recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to spend a little more time discussing my efforts in Congress to help individuals have access to the preventative care that is so critical to combating this disease.  

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. The numbers are staggering. In Missouri, an estimated 5,030 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among women this year and 88 women will die of the disease. In the United States, an estimated 249,260 new cases are expected to occur in 2016, and over 40,000 individuals will die of breast cancer.

I firmly believe that early detection is the key in combating breast cancer. You may not be aware, but mobile blood banks do not pay federal excise taxes on the fuel they use. However, mobile mammography units, where individuals can get mammograms without having to travel to a hospital or doctor’s office, pay the full tax. This added cost means that units can visit fewer patients in fewer places. That’s why I introduced the Mobile Mammography Promotion Act. This commonsense bill would put mobile mammography units on par with mobile blood banks by providing them with the exact same relief on the federal fuel excise tax. These vehicles are designed to exclusively provide mobile mammography services that travel to underserved and rural areas around the country, including eastern and central Missouri.

In many parts of the 3rd District of Missouri, individuals do not have access to a clinic that is less than a 30 minute drive away. The goal of this legislation is to make mammograms more accessible in these areas. While there will be a small loss of revenue to the government in fuel taxes, added screening will undoubtedly save federal dollars spent on health care. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Too many of us have lost a loved one due to a form of cancer. Not only this month, but year round, let’s remind our friends, family members, and neighbors to get screened to protect their lives. It is important that we all take an active role so we can fight breast cancer, once and for all.  

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Blaine's Bulletin: First Step Back Home


I’m always struck by the extraordinary individuals I meet as I travel throughout Missouri’s 3rd District. From St. Charles to Camdenton and every point in between, it’s the spirit of our people that makes Missouri such a special place to live.

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting First Step Back Home, a faith-based, non-profit charity serving the homeless in St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren Counties. The organization was founded in 2005 and has been serving the needy on a daily basis each and every day since by providing temporary housing, transportation, counseling, job skills and distributing hot meals provided by local congregations. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down with some of the individuals being served by First Step Back Home. We discussed what the organization has done for them to get them prepared for and entered into the workforce and up on their feet. First Step Back Home focuses on helping those truly interested in becoming self-supporting, and it’s really making a positive impact on our communities. To date, the organization has helped more than 5,000 of our fellow citizens in the 3rd District.

First Step Back Home is just one of countless organizations throughout our country that strive to empower individuals to lift themselves up. It’s something that my colleagues and I in Congress are focused on as part of our Better Way agenda. For far too long, Americans have been told that if we spend more money on government programs to combat poverty, we can alleviate it. This logic is flawed and has failed taxpayers, as well as those in need.  

In the Better Way plan’s section on poverty, opportunity, and upward mobility there are five key ideas: reward work, tailor benefits to people’s needs, improve schools and skills, plan and save for the future, and demand results. What I found out when I visited with First Step Back Home is that its philosophy aligns with much of the Better Way’s. First Step Back Home requires individuals to work and sets them up with the necessary tools to make it happen.

Along with the Better Way agenda, the House Republican Study Committee, of which I am a member, recently rolled out the America Without Faith Project, to demonstrate the value that faith-based organizations provide to our country and the negative consequences on our society that would occur if they did not exist. Like First Step Back Home, these organizations often fill in gaps in government programs and help people in a smarter, more efficient, and cost-effective way.

It isn’t often when the federal government and a private organization have the same vision, but I couldn’t think of a better example than this. By working together and implementing the vision in the Better Way agenda, the America Without Faith project, and using what works from those who know  best, we can help those in need and help them lift themselves out of poverty. It is important to learn from organizations like First Step Back Home: if we work together, we can make a real difference across the nation. 

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Luetkemeyer Demands VA Improve Veterans Crisis Line


With bipartisan support from the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) led a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs demanding improvements to the Veterans Crisis Line.

“Helping veterans, especially at their most critical hour, is one of my highest priorities in Congress,” Luetkemeyer said. “It is unacceptable that veterans have been placed on hold when calling the Veterans Crisis Line and even sometimes disconnected. This letter demands that the VA do a better job of helping our veterans and asks the agency to update Congress as to the status of improvements recommended by the VA Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) to the Veterans Crisis Line.”

Luetkemeyer led the bipartisan letter with 39 additional members of Congress. 

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Helping Veterans, a President Veto Override, and So Much More


It seems like September came and went in the blink of an eye. Fall has officially begun and even though the weather has cooled off in central and eastern Missouri, there was plenty of heated debate in Congress. 

One difficult topic that we shed some light on is suicide prevention. September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month and, each day, 20 of our nation’s veterans commit suicide. This is a tragedy. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a crisis line to counsel veterans in distress, but, I soon learned from a number of constituents that veterans have been placed on hold for long periods of time or even disconnected when attempting to get help. This is unacceptable. There are some commonsense improvements to the crisis line that have been recommended by the VA’s Office of Inspector General, but it sure doesn’t seem like they have been implemented. So, this week, I spearheaded a letter with several of my House colleagues to the VA to ensure these updates and improvements are made being made, so that veterans seeking assistance get the help they need in their most critical hour. I will make sure to update you with the Secretary of the Veterans Affairs response to my questions that were asked in the letter. 

On the House floor, there was a historical vote held. The House and Senate overwhelmingly overturned the president’s veto of a bill that ensures 9/11 victims' family members and survivors have the opportunity to pursue justice against the Saudi Arabian government for its alleged role in the Sept. 11 attacks. With a very strong supermajority, bipartisan vote in Congress, this bill became law, despite the president’s attempts to stop it. The survivors of 9/11 and the family members of the victims who perished that day deserve the opportunity to have their day in court and present a case against the Saudi government. 

The House also passed another bill that is meaningful to many Missourians: the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act. Earlier this year, the Department of Labor finalized a rule that would double the salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility. This rule hurts not only small businesses but also schools, non-profits, local governments, and their employees. In meetings that I have had with many constituents, I have heard the consequences that this bill will have on their business and day-to-day work life: employees will be moved from salary to hourly, hours will be reduced, and in some cases, positions will be eliminated altogether. I was proud to support this legislation that delays this rule. It’s a misguided proposal and bureaucrats in the Labor Department are trying to rush it through before the Obama Administration leaves office. 

Lastly, I want to make sure everyone knows about the upcoming October Constituent Service Days hosted by my office. My staff will be in each of the 13 counties of the 3rd Congressional District throughout the next several days and are ready and willing to meet with you to assist with any questions you may have regarding various agencies like the IRS, VA, Labor Department or questions about Medicare. Please visit my website for the full list of locations, dates, and times or call any of my offices for the information. 
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Luetkemeyer Supports Bill to Delay Department of Labor Overtime Rule


Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) supported legislation to help keep more money in Americans’ pockets and voted to delay the Department of Labor’s overtime rule.

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor finalized a rule that would double the salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility to $47,476 per year.

“While increasing overtime eligibility for workers may sound like a good idea, the reality of this executive action is far worse as it does more harm than good,” Luetkemeyer said. “This is the latest in a long line of regulations from the Administration that have negatively affected small businesses, schools, non-profits, local governments, and their employees. Increasing the overtime threshold by such a drastic amount and in such a short period of time will force employers to decrease hours, move workers from salary to hourly pay, and in some cases, eliminate positions altogether. It’s yet another example of bureaucrats failing to understand the unintended consequences of their actions.”

H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act delays the effective date of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule for six months.

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Luetkemeyer, Subcommittee Discuss Transparency in U.S.-EU Dialogues


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement upon conclusion of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee titled “The Impact of U.S. – EU Dialogues on U.S. Insurance Markets.”

“This subcommittee has spent a great deal of time focused on international factors that affect our domestic insurance markets,” Luetkemeyer said. “Today, we continued to conduct oversight of the evolving international regulatory environment and the direct impact on American policyholders. Insurance companies across the nation are receiving letters from foreign regulators mandating compliance with Solvency II in exchange for continued business opportunities.  The number of closed-door meetings at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors should send a chill down every American’s spine.  There are real consequences to these issues, and this committee will continue to press for meaningful oversight of them.”

Earlier this year, Luetkemeyer introduced H.R. 5143, the Transparent Insurance Standards Act, in an effort to create more transparency into IAIS proceedings and covered agreement negotiations. This legislation will codify a stronger role for state governments and the U.S. Congress to conduct oversight of these international conversations. 

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Luetkemeyer Supports Veto Override of Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act


In an effort to ensure that 9/11 family members and survivors have the opportunity to pursue justice against the Saudi Arabian government for its alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted to override the president’s veto of this important bill.

“With his veto of a measure that passed the House and Senate unanimously earlier this month, the president chose to deny the families and survivors of the 9/11 attacks the opportunity to have their day in court and present a case against the Saudi government for its role in supporting the 9/11 hijackers,” Luetkemeyer said. “I’m proud that a strong, bipartisan supermajority in Congress voted to stand with the victims of 9/11 by overriding the president’s veto and enacting this important bill into law.”

The final vote in the House was 348-77.

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Luetkemeyer Announces Dates for October Constituent Service Days


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and staff have announced dates, locations, and times for October’s Constituent Service Days.

“Serving as your liaison to the federal government, it is incredibly important to me that 3rd District residents have access to help with any federal agencies like the IRS or the VA,” Luetkemeyer said. “My staff is ready and willing to assist you with any questions you may have and I highly encourage residents to take advantage of these meetings that take place all around the 3rd District.”

 Tuesday, October 4
Maries County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Vienna City Hall
424 8th Street, Vienna
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Gasconade County
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Bland City Hall
209 West Kansas City Street, Bland
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Montgomery County
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Jonesburg City Hall
106 W Booneslick Road, Jonesburg
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Wednesday, October 5
Cole County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Russellville City Hall
13203 Railroad Avenue, Russellville
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Jefferson County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Jefferson County Library – Northwest Branch
5680 State Road PP, High Ridge
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Christa Montgomery, District Office Director

Camden County
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Lake Ozark City Hall
3162 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Franklin County
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Saint Clair City Hall
1 Paul Parks Drive, Saint Clair
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Christa Montgomery, District Office Director

Miller County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Iberia City Hall
803 Highway 42, Iberia
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Callaway County
3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Holts Summit Municipal Building
245 South Summit Drive, Holts Summit
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Thursday, October 6
Lincoln County
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Troy City Hall
800 Cap Au Gris, Troy
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

Osage County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Osage County Court House
205 E. Main Street, Linn
Host: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Warren County
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Marthasville City Hall
402 East Main Street, Marthasville
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director

St. Charles County
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Augusta Library
198 Jackson Street, Augusta
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Jim McNichols, District Office Director 

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Luetkemeyer Responds to Today’s Federal Reserve Announcement


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after Daniel Tarullo, a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, announced regulatory relief for regional banks under $250 billion in assets:

“I appreciate Governor Tarullo's acknowledgement of the problem that financial institutions are being smothered by one-size-fits-all regulation, which is harming borrowers and lenders in communities across America,” Luetkemeyer said. “However, size alone is not the best way to evaluate risk or apply regulation. Earlier this year, the House Financial Services Committee passed my bill which would more closely base the regulation of financial institutions on risk rather than arbitrary asset thresholds. While today’s announcement represents a step forward, a risk-based approach is a better way to both protect consumers and promote economic growth.”

H.R. 1309, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act, would enhance the criteria used to make Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI) designations by requiring federal financial to examine not only an institution’s size, but also its complexity, interconnectedness, global activity and substitutability.  

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Luetkemeyer Hosts South Korea Ambassador at Westminster College


At an event at Westminster College, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young spoke about the importance of the U.S. –South Korea strategic security alliance.

Luetkemeyer and Ambassador Ahn were at the Korea Economic Institute event held in Fulton on the Westminster College campus. The focus of the event was to discuss national security and the relationship between the U.S. and South Korea.

“It was truly an honor to address the attendees at the event and to speak with Ambassador Ahn about the shared priorities of our two countries,” Luetkemeyer said. “This year marks the 63rd anniversary of the U.S. – Republic of Korea Mutual Defense Treaty which is evident that the security alliance counts as one of our nation’s most important international relationships. I hope Ambassador Ahn enjoys his time in the city of Fulton and I look forward to further developing Missouri’s relationship with him and the Republic of Korea.”

Ambassador Ahn is the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the United States, currently serving his third posting. 

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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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