Do you know what disease affects 13.4% of the adult population in Missouri, costs our state $6.7 billion dollars and increases the risk of death by 50%? Approximately 689,000 Missourians have diabetes, joining the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from the disease. Diabetes is taking a toll on healthcare resources in Missouri and across the nation. More importantly, if not properly treated it can be life-threatening.
November is recognized as National Diabetes Awareness Month, an opportunity to educate the public on prevention and management of the disease. More than 30 million Americans have the three major types of diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. In addition, there are also 84.1 million Americans affected by prediabetes, a condition where someone has elevated blood sugar levels, but not high enough to qualify as type 2 diabetes. This is an enormous threat to the health of our friends, families, and communities.
Since coming to Congress I have been a member of the Congressional Caucus on Diabetes. The Caucus is the biggest advocate in the House for people suffering with diabetes and leads the support for legislative action to improve diabetes research, education, and treatment. This includes additional funding for agencies like the National Institutions of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to invest in medical research to prevent and treat diseases such as diabetes. The research performed at NIH and CDC has led to unbelievable medical breakthroughs and saved the lives of millions of Americans.
Over the last 20 years, the number of adults with diabetes has more than tripled in the United States. Diabetes is an everyday reality for millions of Americans, including our family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues. In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, I hope you will reach out to your loved ones and urge them to learn more about the disease and take preventative measures to stay healthy. Please visit The Centers for Disease Control, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, and the American Diabetes Association websites, where you can find resources regarding diabetes prevention and management.
Today the House Financial Services Committee welcomed Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles to testify. Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) delivered the following opening statement:
Welcome Vice Chairman Quarles, thank you for joining us today and for the steps you’ve taken to right-size regulation.
As we’ve discussed, it’s imperative we take a more practical approach to supervision, one that extends from the top down to each member of your staff in D.C. and to every examiner in the field.
On the topic of enhanced prudential standards, the Federal Reserve had a strong system in place with the systemic risk indicator scores. Your latest proposal goes in a different direction, but I’m glad to see you taking a more risk-based approach to regulation.
More should be done, and I encourage you to remain flexible going forward; to revisit arbitrary thresholds and drive Federal Reserve supervision to an even more risk-based approach taken on an institution-by-institution basis. That should include tailoring for U.S. intermediate holding companies of foreign banks, and more accommodations for smaller institutions that do not pose any systemic risk.
I thank you for taking on this responsibility and yield back to the Chair.
Yesterday, the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released proposals to change the bank supervisory regime. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee released the following statement:
“For years I’ve urged federal financial regulators to reassess the current supervisory regime, which is predominantly based on asset size and fails to adequately account for actual risk. It is refreshing to see regulators finally propose a more reasonable and responsible supervisory framework. I’m thankful to Chairman Powell and Vice Chairman Quarles for their leadership on this issue, but there is still more work to be done. We will continue working with the administration on a responsible regulatory environment that supports the American economy.”Read More
I am proud to work alongside my colleagues and the Trump Administration in our effort to fight the opioid crisis, but as I sat down to write this week’s column I reflected on just how hard our country has fought. Each day, one hundred Americans lose their lives to opioid addiction, ripping them from their loved ones. With one in three Missouri families affected by the opioid crisis, this is the fourth time this year that I have shared important news with you regarding the crisis sweeping our nation.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. This law is the latest in a string of comprehensive solutions constituting the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.
The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act fights back by providing for expanded access to treatment and recovery services. It also establishes comprehensive opioid recovery centers. The law gives our local law enforcement officials tools to protect us by intercepting opioids and getting them out of our communities. Additionally, it provides grants for local communities to combat the ever-growing dangers of synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl. Finally, this law enhances prescription drug monitoring programs to end high prescribing rates.
Through hard work and cooperation, Congress and the Trump Administration have advanced many solutions to help combat the opioid crisis, but our work is not done. This month marks the seventh annual National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.
During the month of October, please do your part to talk to friends, family and loved ones about ways to prevent substance abuse. Studies show that the majority of those 6.2 million Americans obtained drugs from family and friends, or even their home medicine cabinet.
This Saturday, October 27th the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold National Drug Takeback Day, providing an opportunity for you to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs before they become a danger for friends or family. Last year, nearly one million pounds of prescription drugs were collected from more than 5,321 collection sites.
I urge you to check your medicine cabinet for unused opioids such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, Opana, tramadol, Kadian or Avinza, just to name a few. If you don’t need it, please safely dispose of your left-over drugs for the safety of your friends and loved ones.
Thankfully, we are on the path to combatting the opioid crisis. With each law we pass, we are one step closer to ending it altogether, but Congress cannot do it alone. I urge everyone in our district to be vigilant. Talk to your family about the dangers of opioid abuse and keep your loved ones safe.
For more information on collection sites near you visit takebackday.dea.gov.
Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, sent letters to Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randy Quarles, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, and National Credit Union Administration Chairman Mark McWatters urging them to restore confidence and investigate any actions related to Operation Choke Point. Chairman Luetkemeyer released the following statement:
“I am still astonished by the sheer amount of evidence proving that senior officials in the American government have allowed their personal beliefs to govern their decisions. I fear that, given the evidence that has recently come to light, Operation Choke Point and the de-risking seen throughout the banking sector are systemic problems and not isolated to one or two regulatory agencies,” said Chairman Luetkemeyer. “For years, the OCC and other regulators denied any knowledge of, or involvement in Operation Choke Point, but we now know the OCC was lying to Congress. Such blatant abuses of power are intolerable, and it is essential for each of these agencies to investigate and reconfirm they had no role in this despicable initiative.”
Today, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) de-designated Prudential Financial Inc. as a Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI). Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, released the following statement:
“I applaud FSOC’s unanimous decision to remove Prudential’s SIFI designation and I am thankful for Secretary Mnuchin’s leadership,” said Chairman Luetkemeyer. “While it is refreshing to see a return to more reasonable regulation, the process for designating both banks and nonbanks as SIFIs continues to be far too arbitrary and lacks any semblance of transparency or logic. It’s my hope that FSOC reconsiders the designation processes across the board.”
For the last five years, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, has led the charge against the aptly named “Operation Choke Point.” On Friday, newly-unsealed court documents revealed additional information exposing the blatant intimidation and bias employed by Obama Administration bureaucrats.
Today, Chairman Luetkemeyer sent letters to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Jelena McWilliams and Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting, calling on them to investigate this matter and take immediate and firm action against any member of their staff who has abused their power. Chairman Luetkemeyer released the following statement:
“As a former examiner, I find it appalling that senior regulators would not only allow but encourage this type of irresponsible behavior. The intimidation tactics and implicit bias employed by these unelected bureaucrats stands in direct opposition to the important missions of the agencies,” said Chairman Luetkemeyer. “The abuse of power is truly astounding, but I hope that Chairman McWilliams and Comptroller Otting will do what their predecessors consistently declined to do and restore the integrity of their agencies.”
For many years, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee has led the charge against the Obama Justice Department’s aptly named “Operation Choke Point.” Today, newly-unsealed court documents revealed additional information about the unconscionable breadth of this initiative. Chairman Luetkemeyer released the following statement:
“For the last five years I have fought to end the Obama Administration’s ideologically driven initiative against individuals and legal businesses. Today, we learned of additional compelling evidence exposing the vindictive bureaucrats who crusaded against legitimate businesses by starving them of access to financial services. Our worst fears were realized, despite the previous administration’s attempts to defend its actions,” said Chairman Luetkemeyer. “I am appalled by the blatant intimidation and bias employed by unelected bureaucrats to play partisan politics with the livelihood of our citizens. No matter your ideological leanings, the American government should not be able to destroy all that you have worked for.”
Background: On December 11, 2017 the House passed H.R. 2706, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act by a vote of 395-2. This legislation, sponsored by Congressman Luetkemeyer, would end Operation Choke Point.
Too many Americans know firsthand how devastating breast cancer can be. Whether it is your mother, sister, wife, aunt, cousin, daughter or friend, everyone can name someone who has courageously fought against this horrifying disease. Since 1985, October has been recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the disease while educating women across the nation on the importance of early detection.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. Sadly, according to the American Cancer Society, 40,920 American women will die from breast cancer in 2018. This year we expect 5,160 new breast cancer diagnoses in Missouri, alone.The key to defeating breast cancer is early detection and treatment. The most reliable way to find breast cancer early, when it is small and has not spread, is by getting regular screening tests. For women with an average risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends women aged 45 to 54 get mammograms every year, with the option to start screening every year beginning at age 40. Regular screening remains the most important strategy to prevent death from breast cancer, yet only 70% of Missouri women aged 40 and older got a mammogram in 2016. A large reason for that is due to the lack of access to prevention and screening services, particularly in rural America. This healthcare disparity creates a huge challenge for women in our district and across the country as we fight breast cancer. Last year, I introduced the Mobile Mammography Promotion Act. My bill expands access to preventative care in rural communities by supporting mobile mammography units, often called “mammovans.” Specifically, this legislation would allow mammovans, many of which are supported by non-profit organizations and private donations, to provide vital services in underserved areas tax-free. A similar exemption is already provided to blood collection centers under current law. Mobile mammography units travel thousands of miles each year to provide mammograms and other services that help prevent and treat medical challenges facing women, so we must do everything we can to ensure they stay in service. We have 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and if we continue to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment, millions more will successfully fight the disease. This October, I hope you will urge your loved ones, your mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, cousins, daughters, and friends to educate themselves on the importance of regular breast cancer screenings as we continue on the path toward eliminating cancer for good.
Today the United States Senate Confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement:
“I’m proud of my Senate colleagues for adhering to the American ideals of fairness and due process throughout this nomination. Congratulations to Justice Brett Kavanaugh on his confirmation to United States Supreme Court,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “Based on his exemplary background and qualifications, Justice Kavanaugh will uphold our conservative American values for years to come.”
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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.