Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Luetkemeyer Announces Dates for September Constituent Service Days

2017/09/20

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and staff have announced dates, locations, and times for September’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.”

 Monday, September 25
Maries County
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Vienna - City Hall
424 8th Street, Vienna

Gasconade County
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Bland - City Hall
209 W Kansas Street, Bland

Osage County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Linn City Hall
1200 E. Main Street, Linn

Tuesday, September 26

Jefferson County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Herculaneum City Hall
One Parkwood Court, Herculaneum

Franklin County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Pacific City Hall
300 Hoven Drive, Pacific

Wednesday, September 27
Lincoln County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Moscow Mills - City Hall
995 Main Street, Moscow Mills

St. Charles County
10:30 A.M. –11:30 A.M.
Lake St. Louis - City Hall
200 Civic Center Drive, Lake St. Louis

Warren County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Truesdale - City Hall
109 Pinckney Road, Truesdale

Montgomery County
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
New Florence City Hall
217 South Main Street, New Florence

Thursday, September 28
Miller County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Tuscumbia – Miller County Courthouse
2001 Highway 52, Tuscumbia

Camden County
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Linn Creek - City Hall
102 East Valley Drive, Linn Creek

Cole County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Jefferson City – City Hall
320 E. McCarty Street, Jefferson City

Callaway County
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
New Bloomfield - City Hall
501 Glenwood Drive, New Bloomfield

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Blaine's Bulletin: Conservative Wins in Comprehensive Appropriations Bill

2017/09/15

This week, the House of Representatives passed 12 individual appropriation bills that addressed opioid abuse, reduces regulatory burdens, protects the sanctity of life, and preserves Second Amendment rights.

In addition this bill, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, appropriately reins in the overspending out of our nation’s capital by cutting several programs and agencies like the IRS and EPA.  

I am incredibly pleased that several pieces of my legislation have been included in the package. In the Labor, HHS and Education title of the bill is a provision I authored to provide protections for the unborn by mandating that no funding will be provided for research on fetal tissue that was obtained from an induced abortion. Specifically, it ensures that taxpayer dollars will not be spent on trafficking infant body parts and, instead, will be directed toward projects and priorities that better our country and reflect the will of the people.

Additionally, the State, Foreign Operations title contains language that will eliminate the funding for the Green Climate Fund and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This language was taken from a bill I introduced, the No Tax Dollars for the United Nations’ Climate Agenda Act, to prevent any taxpayer dollars from going to foreign bureaucratic bodies that are engaged in dubious science, such as these global warming programs.

Lastly, in the Financial Services Appropriations title is my legislation, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, which will end Operation Choke Point. Just a couple of weeks ago I updated you on the Department of Justice’s decision to terminate this program. While I am incredibly pleased the Trump Administration has made the right decision, it is still my goal to see this piece of legislation get passed through Congress and signed into law so future administrations will have guard rails on them and not have the opportunity to negatively impact individuals and legal businesses. Also included in this particular funding bill are portions of my Community Lending Enhancement and Regulatory Relief (CLEARR) Act. This legislation eases the burdens facing local financial institutions by providing them with targeted regulatory relief from an onslaught of federal red-tape that has made it increasingly difficult for them to serve their customers and communities.    

Ultimately, this bill responsibly funds the government and prioritizes our most essential functions such as border security, national defense, law enforcement, infrastructure, the National Institutes of Health, and critical response and preparedness for disasters. This is the first time since 2006 that the House of Representatives has passed all 12 appropriations bills and fully exercised the power of the purse.

This week’s work focused on helping hard-working Americans get ahead by building a stronger, more competitive economy and nation. If you have any questions about anything that is included in this comprehensive appropriations bill, please do not hesitate to give any of my offices a call. 

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Luetkemeyer Legislation to Dedicate Post Office After 3rd District Soldier Passes Out of Committee

2017/09/14

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (MO-03) legislation to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service in Pacific as the “Specialist Jeffrey L. White, Jr. Post Office.”

This legislation, H.R. 452,  now heads to the House floor for consideration.

“Specialist White dedicated his life to protecting our great nation,” Luetkemeyer said. “It is my great honor to work to dedicate the Pacific Post Office in memory of Specialist White. I am pleased this legislation has completed its first hurdle by passing out of committee and I hope it comes before the House of Representatives for final approval soon.”

The entire Missouri delegation in the House of Representatives has cosponsored Luetkemeyer’s bill.

U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey L. White Jr. grew up in Catawissa and graduated from Pacific High School in 2008. In October 2009, White joined the U.S. Army and graduated from basic training, advanced training and the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, GA. White was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Decision, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK, where he deployed in December, 2011 for Afghanistan. White passed away on April 3, 2012 from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his unit in the Khost province of Afghanistan.

White’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge; and the Overseas Service Bar.

 

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Chairmen Luetkemeyer and Barr Hold Joint Hearing on Monetary Policy at the Federal Reserve

2017/09/12

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee and the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommmittee joint hearing entitled “Examining the Relationship Between Prudential Regulation and Monetary Policy at the Federal Reserve.”

“Since it became law in 2010, Dodd-Frank has rewarded the Federal Reserve with sweeping regulatory powers despite the Fed’s contributions to the last financial crisis,” Luetkemeyer said. “Financial institutions operate in a world of ambiguous guidance and aggressive enforcement. There is a near unanimous feeling that document productions fall into a black hole, with the Fed providing little to no meaningful feedback on supervisory issues. It is past time to take the power out of Washington and demand a reasonable financial regulatory structure. Thank you to the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Andy Barr for his continued efforts to ensure the Fed’s monetary policy decisions that impact the daily lives of Americans are made in a sound, unbiased manner.”   

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Blaine's Bulletin: This Week's Committee Work

2017/09/08

Some of the most important work I conduct in Washington is in the two committees on which I serve. It is in these committees where ideas become legislation and where that legislation is fine-tuned before it goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

I am honored to serve as the Chairman on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee on the House Financial Services Committee. Equally as important, I also serve, for the second term, as Vice Chair of the House Small Business Committee.

Recently, the House Small Business Committee convened a hearing entitled “How Streamlining Federal Permitting Can Cut Red Tape for Small Businesses.” As many of you know, before a business can begin a construction project it is required to obtain a myriad of permits from the federal government. The federal permitting system is a complex and costly regulatory network, particularly in the construction industry. The National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are just a few examples of legislation that place undue burdens on small businesses through the permitting process. Often times these laws produce unnecessary and duplicative regulations with multiple government agencies regulating the same actions.

One of the individuals who testified before the committee was Louis Griesemer, a small business owner from Springfield, Missouri. In his testimony, he stated that the ESA permitting process can delay or kill projects. Mr. Griesemer said, “A ‘regulated until proven otherwise’ approach is very costly and difficult for any business, particularly a small company like mine, without the resources for dedicated compliance staff that larger corporations employ. This is not an efficient use of resources for either the company or the agencies, and punishes the businesses who are trying to comply and care deeply about safety and the environment.”

ESA is outdated, complex, and has long been a burden on Missourians. Earlier this year, I introduced the legislation that would reform ESA to make it more transparent and accountable. This legislation is just one step that Congress can take in the right direction to ease the burdens off of small businesses.

In addition to the House Small Business Committee this week, I convened a hearing in my Financial Institutions Subcommittee entitled “Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime.” My colleagues and I discussed several bills that would allow financial companies to better serve their customers. One of the pieces of legislation discussed was my bipartisan bill, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act.  This bill will improve the manner in which financial institutions are regulated by more closely tying the designation of ‘systemically important financial institution’, or SIFI, to actual risk posed to the financial system, as opposed to current law which only measures risk by arbitrary thresholds that in no way reflect the stability of individual institutions.

In order to preserve consumer choice and financial independence, Congress must tackle regulatory reform and simplify rules. All of the bills debated in my Subcommittee achieve those goals and start to break down those barriers.

As your 3rd District representative, I look forward to taking on more tough issues and making sure the topics that are important to you are considered fairly, honestly, and transparently in Congress.

 

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Luetkemeyer Holds Legislative Hearing on Regulatory Reform and SIFI Legislation

2017/09/07

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement upon conclusion of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime.”

“The legislation discussed in the Subcommittee today will better allow financial companies to serve their customers,” Luetkemeyer said. “From banks and credit unions to attorneys, we’ve seen an impeded ability for businesses across the nation to offer financial services and guidance. In order to preserve consumer choice and financial independence, Congress must tackle regulatory reform and simplify rules. The policies outlined in today’s  legislation start to break down those barriers.”

Included in the hearing was H.R. 3312, Luetkemeyer’s bipartisan Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act. This legislation aims to improve the manner in which financial institutions are regulated by more closely tying the safeguards intended in the designations of systemically important financial institutions, or SIFIs, with actual risk posed to the financial system. More specifically, the legislation replaces the inflexible, arbitrary $50 billion threshold for designation with a series of standards that more accurately measure systemic importance. This legislation requires that the Federal Reserve review an institution’s size, interconnectedness, substitutability, global cross-jurisdictional activity, and complexity.

Similar legislation introduced by Luetkemeyer was passed by the House of Representatives in the 114th Congress. 

 

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Blaine's Bulletin: A Visit from the President

2017/09/01

Now that children are back in school and August is officially over, we are now looking ahead to what will undoubtedly be a busy fall here in Missouri and in Washington.

Throughout the last few weeks of traveling around the 3rd District and visiting with people at roundtables, meetings, events, or on my recent telephone town hall, it is been made loud and clear to me that Missourians desperately want comprehensive tax reform. So, it was fitting that President Trump traveled to Missouri this week to discuss his vision for America’s tax system.

I was incredibly encouraged by the President’s speech and I know the 3rd District agrees. We must lower our nation’s corporate tax rate and make the tax code for individuals and families simpler, flatter, and fairer. To illustrate just how complex the tax code is, since 2001 the tax code has been changed roughly 6,000 times. That’s more the once a day. How are we as citizens supposed to keep up with that? How are our businesses supposed to grow and create more jobs when so much time and money is wrapped up in satisfying the IRS? It’s no surprise that nearly 90 percent of taxpayers need help filing their taxes.

The President is right to call for such aggressive, meaningful changes. The U.S. has massive economic potential just waiting to be unleashed, and our families and businesses deserve a tax system that is easy to negotiate and allows them to keep more of their hard-earned money. I and many of my colleagues in the House are looking forward to working with the administration to see these changes through.

It was a pleasure having President Trump visit our great state to share his goals for our nation and see how hard-working Missourians live. I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and each of you have a safe and fun Labor Day with friends and family. 

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Blaine's Bulletin: An End to Operation Choke Point

2017/08/25

For several years, I have discussed an Obama Administration program called Operation Choke Point in this bulletin. Today, I am incredibly pleased to report that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has informed me that this program will come to an end once and for all.

You may recall that Operation Choke Point was an attempt by the former administration, specifically the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the DOJ, to intimidate financial institutions from offering services to certain licensed, legally-operating industries the Obama Administration did not ideologically like in an attempt to choke off those industries from our country’s banking system and run them out of business.

After learning of this unprecedented program, I sprang into action. The last four years, I have sent letters to and held meetings with FDIC and DOJ officials, engaged in conversations with other federal financial regulators and my colleagues in Congress, introduced legislation to end the program, and continuously kept the pressure on the Obama Administration here in the House of Representatives.

In early August, I joined several of my House colleagues, including House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Federal Reserve Board of Governors Chair Janet Yellen, and Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika calling on the Department of Justice to abandon this program. Days later, my colleagues and I received a response stating that the DOJ will end this ill-advised program.

I am incredibly pleased the DOJ finally made the right decision in terminating this unconscionable program, and it is my hope the federal banking regulators will immediately follow suit. Additionally, while this administration has made the right decision, it does not mean future administrations will continue to do so. Therefore, I will continue my efforts to ensure my legislation, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, is signed into law. My legislation dictates that agencies such as the FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, among others, could not request or order a financial institution to terminate a banking relationship unless the regulator has material reason.

Operation Choke Point, while devastating to too many businesses, does demonstrate the importance of working together. Several years ago, I established an email address so people could share their stories of Operation Choke Point. Without input from consumers, small businesses and financial institutions, we would not have uncovered this initiative nor shut it down. This announcement is a true victory. It is reassuring to see that the Trump Administration’s Department of Justice understands its job is to pursue lawbreakers, not legally-operating businesses.

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Blaine's Bulletin: A Once in a Generation Event

2017/08/18

On Monday, August 21, the continental United States will see a solar eclipse. However, Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District is one of few areas across the country that will witness a total blackout of the sun, leaving only the sun’s atmosphere, called the corona, visable.

Many Missourians, including me, are very excited to witness this incredible experience. The total eclipse will stretch all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, covering 14 states inbetween. The longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be approximately two minutes and 40 seconds. In Jefferson City, the moon will first start crossing in front of the sun at 11:46, and the total eclipse will begin at 1:13:07.

The last time the United States saw a total eclipse was in 1979, so an entire generation of Americans have not experienced this phenomenon. This is an excellent opportunity for our region to display our natural beauty, quality way of life, wonderful restaurants and, of course, great baseball teams to the thousands of tourists coming from around the country and globe.  From our state capital, to the Lake of the Ozarks, to the St. Louis area, we are proud of our home state and look forward to welcoming so many to Missouri. 

Just as important as the economic value to our local economy, is the safe observation of the eclipse. I urge you to read how to safely view the sun during this event. While some of these tips may be obvious, they must be followed. Please visit eclipse2017.nasa.gov for safety instruction and historical facts.

Lastly, please be sure to share your stories with me via email or Facebook. I would love to hear how the 3rd District celebrates this once in a generation event. 

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Department of Justice Announces it Will End Operation Choke Point Program

2017/08/18

Following a letter sent by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), along with House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairmen Tom Marino and Darrel Issa, sent to multiple federal agencies, the Department of Justice announced it will end Operation Choke Point.

“After years of fighting against the Obama Administration’s Operation Choke Point initiative, I applaud President Trump’s Department of Justice for ending this ill-advised program,” Luetkemeyer said. “I want to thank Chairmen Hensarling and Goodlatte and Reps. Marino and Issa for their support. While I am pleased the Department of Justice has stood up and made the right decision, it is my hope the federal banking regulators follow suit without delay. I will continue my efforts in the House of Representatives to ensure my bill, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, will be signed into law so that future administration’s will not have the opportunity to negatively impact individuals and legal businesses through this unprecedented initiative.”

Operation Choke Point was an Obama Administration initiative led by the Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that destroyed legitimate businesses to which the Administration was ideologically opposed by intimidating financial institutions into denying banking services to those businesses.

H.R. 2706, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act would dictate that agencies such as the FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, among others, could not request or order a financial institution to terminate a banking relationship unless the regulator has material reason. Any account termination requests or orders would be required to be made in writing and rely on information other than reputational risk. In addition, the legislation strikes the word “affecting” in the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), replacing it with “by” or “against.” This is to ensure that the Department of Justice’s once broad interpretation of the law is limited and the original intent of the statute is restored. 

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Contact Information

2440 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2956
Fax 202-225-5712
luetkemeyer.house.gov

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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