Luke Messer

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Messer Issues Statement on Health Care Legislation

2017/03/24

WASHINGTON (Friday, March 24, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement today on the health care legislation:

“This is a bad day for the American people. Today’s defeat means health care costs will continue to rise, coverage will get worse and millions of families will continue to be shackled to Obamacare’s suffocating mandates and taxes.  That said, our work continues. I will always fight for the Hoosiers who sent me here and strive to repeal this failed law.”

Messer spoke on the House Floor earlier this week to share stories from Hoosiers who have been hurt by Obamacare. A video of his remarks can be found here.

 

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Rep. Messer Shares Hoosier Health Care Stories on House Floor

2017/03/22

 

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, March 21, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today spoke on the House floor to share stories from Hoosiers in the 6th District who have been negatively impacted by Obamacare.

The House is set to vote this Thursday on the American Healthcare Act – the first phase in the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

“Obamacare is failing Hoosiers. Health care costs continue to rise, and people have less coverage and less choice today than ever before. No doubt, some have benefited from the law, but it left a majority of folks worse off today than before the law was passed,” Messer said. “I have heard from countless Hoosiers in the 6th District of Indiana who are hurting under Obamacare, and who have sent me here to repeal this disastrous law.”

“This week, Congress will vote on the American Health Care Act – a transformational change that will do away with Obamacare’s costly mandates, provide much-needed relief to Hoosiers and create a healthcare system that actually lowers costs and increases choice. We are going to keep our promise, come together and get this done.”

A video of Messer’s full remarks can be found here, and the Hoosier stories he shared are highlighted below:

A constituent from Greenfield who says, “I am a perfectly healthy human being, and I used to pay $230 a month with a $500 deductible for my health care. Since Obamacare, my premiums have risen to over $1,480 a month with a $10,000 deductible.”

A dad in Shelbyville who lost the health plan he liked when Obamacare took effect, and whose prescription costs for his daughters have now doubled and tripled under Obamacare.

The owner of a small telecom company in rural Indiana who tells me he and his employees have faced higher health insurance rates every year since Obamacare, with out-of-pocket costs increasing as well… Not to mention the endless paperwork and red tape. “Obamacare, he says, “has been an absolute disaster for small businesses and our employees.”

The cancer survivor from Vevay whose plan went from $199 a month to over $800 a month, and who couldn’t keep her plan or her doctor. “I am a cancer survivor and the old policy has taken me through three surgeries and worked well for me,” she says. “Now, we’re paying over $1,300 a month with a $5,000 deductible, and the policy paid nothing the entire year. Then, we received a notice that, in 2017, the premium would raise again.”

The family physician from Muncie who told me his patients have “more limited options, longer wait times for approval of vital procedures and medications, and – through the confusing nature of the health insurance marketplace – have ended up with plans they didn't understand and couldn't afford.”

The hardworking mom and wife in Shelbyville whose husband lost hours at work because of Obamacare’s full-time employee mandates and whose own health insurance increased in cost with less coverage. “We work hard for our benefits, and now the benefits are terrible,” she says. “I am paying more for worse coverage, and we lost income. It was a double whammy.”

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Messer Files Bill to Encourage Infrastructure Investment in Local Communities

2017/03/20

WASHINGTON (Monday, March 20, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN-06) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12) today introduced bipartisan legislation that encourages investment in local communities by rolling back a burdensome federal banking regulation.

This Obama-era regulation discourages financial institutions from holding municipal bonds, which many state and local governments – including in Indiana – rely on to help finance infrastructure projects. The regulation makes it more difficult and costly for municipalities to borrow money, which is ultimately passed on to Hoosier taxpayers. 

Messer’s bill would revise this regulation to encourage banks to hold municipal bonds, making it more affordable for cities and towns to invest in infrastructure projects.

“This senseless federal regulation is hurting Hoosiers by making it more difficult and costly to build new schools, hospitals, bridges and roads,” Messer said. “This bipartisan bill will ensure the federal government isn’t standing in the way of local investment and growth.”

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell said Messer’s bill will help support needed infrastructure improvements in Indiana.

“This bill allows banks to keep the costs of borrowing low for our communities which strengthens local governments’ ability to complete essential projects throughout our state,” Mitchell said. “I would like to thank Congressman Messer for his dedication and leadership on this important issue.”

H.R. 1624 would require banking regulators to classify municipal bonds as high quality liquid assets so that financial institutions may hold them as part of their liquidity set-asides. 

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Rep. Messer Statement on Dan Coats Confirmation

2017/03/15

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, March 15, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement following former Indiana Senator Dan Coats’ confirmation as Director of National Intelligence.

“Congratulations to Senator Coats for his confirmation as the Director of National Intelligence. President Trump could not have picked a better person for the job.  Dan Coats is an extraordinary Hoosier, a man of integrity with sound judgment, a level head and an expert in the field.”

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Rep. Messer Authors Bill Modeled After IU Program to Reduce Student Loan Debt

2017/03/09

WASHINGTON (Thursday, March 9, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today introduced legislation modeled after an Indiana University program to help reduce student loan debt.

Messer’s bill, the Letter of Estimated Annual Debt for Students (LEADS) Act, would require higher education institutions that accept federal aid to send an annual letter to every student estimating their total loan debt and future monthly payments.

“Student loan debt has tripled over the last two decades, handcuffing our young people as they try to make it in today’s economy,” Messer said. “Often, students don’t realize the true burden of their debt. We want to empower students with information so they can make better-informed decisions about their education, finances and future.”

According to a 2014 Brookings Institute study, about half of all first-year undergraduate students in the U.S. seriously underestimate how much student debt they have. Worse yet, 14 percent of students who have student loans think that they do not have any student debt at all.

The LEADS Act, H.R. 1429, is modeled after a program started at IU to better educate students about their loans and prevent over-borrowing.

In 2012, IU began sending annual letters to every student estimating their total loan debt and future monthly payments. Four years later, officials at the University reported undergraduate borrowing had dropped 23 percent.

Inspired by the results of the program, the Indiana General Assembly enacted bipartisan legislation in 2015 that required all colleges that accept state aid to send similar letters. 

“Through an extensive financial literacy program, a focus in financial aid on student loan debt and more incentives to get students to graduate on-time, Indiana University has reduced student loan debt by over $100 million over the past four years,” said Jim Kennedy Associate Vice President for University Student Services and Systems at IU. “The annual student loan debt letter implemented by IU has played a major role in overall student awareness about student loans and responsible borrowing, and we are proud that it is serving as a model for other institutions committed to ensuring the affordability and accessibility of quality higher education.”

The LEADS Act is among the policy recommendations supported by the Republican Policy Committee’s Millennial Task Force, a group dedicated to empowering millennials through sensible policies, limited government, and free market opportunities.  Learn more about the Millennial Task Force’s policy recommendations and the Millennial Report here.

Messer is chair of the Republican Policy Committee and co-chair of the Millennial Task Force. 

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Rep. Messer Statement on Plan to Repeal, Replace Obamacare

2017/03/08

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, March 7, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement today on the House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Messer attended the House Republicans’ Deputy Whip Team meeting with President Trump and Vice President Pence this afternoon to discuss the recently announced plan – the American Healthcare Act.

“Obamacare failed Hoosiers. Health care costs sky rocketed, plans got worse and people have less coverage and less choice today than ever before,” Messer said. “We promised Americans we would repeal this disastrous law and replace it with a system that actually lowers cost, expands choice and puts people back in charge of their care. That’s exactly what we’re going to do. Today President Trump signaled that he is all in to help us pass this plan for the American people. After years of promises, now is the time to get this done.”

According to the Indiana Department of Insurance, premiums in the Indiana individual market have gone up by almost 70 percent since Obamacare was implemented.  Premiums are expected to spike 20 percent for Indiana families this year. Only four health insurers remain on the Indiana marketplace. Several Hoosier counties only have access to two of these insurers.

Hoosiers can learn more about the House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and track its progress at ReadTheBill.GOP.

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Rep. Messer Works to Help Veterans Harmed by ITT Tech Shut Down, Other School Closures

2017/03/02

WASHINGTON (Thursday, March 2, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) is working to restore GI Bill educational benefits to veterans harmed by school closures, like the recent closure of Indiana-based ITT Technical Institute.

ITT Tech closed its doors in September of 2016, impacting 130 campuses nationwide and an estimated 40,000 students, including more than 7,000 veterans. While many students have been able to discharge loans in the wake of ITT Tech’s closure, veterans have not received any relief or reinstatement of their earned GI Bill benefits.

Messer reintroduced his bill, Protecting Veterans from School Closures Act, to allow veterans to recover their GI Bill educational benefits if they used their benefits to attend a college or university that closes, like ITT Tech.

“Our veterans count on their GI Bill education benefits to earn a degree and find a good job after serving our country,” Messer said. “Through no fault of their own, veteran students at ITT Tech lost this opportunity. These vets deserve our support and a path forward to complete their education.”

Many veterans impacted by ITT Tech’s closure have struggled with transferring credits and, in some cases, have been forced to start their education over. Several veterans across the country shared their stories with Messer’s office.

  • “After two years at ITT Tech, I am starting my degree completely from scratch at Ivy Tech. None of my credits transferred. My GI Bill benefits will run out before I can finish my new degree, and I don’t know how I will pay for it out of pocket.  To spend two years of my life at a place with nothing to show for it is one of the biggest disappointments.” Jason from Indiana, served from 2003-2007 in the U.S. Navy  and served multiple tours in the Middle East
  • “Before ITT Tech closed, I was on track to graduate this June with a project management degree. I transferred to DeVry but it set me back, and now my GI Bill benefits will expire before I can get a degree. Without my benefits that enable me to attend school while supporting my wife and four kids, I’ll have to drop out.” Kevin from Arizona, served from 1990-2010 in the U.S. Navy
  •  “I’m looking at not having the benefits I thought I would have when I started my college journey. I’m worried about how I will afford it, especially after just getting married and with hopes of starting a family. A majority of people I went to school with at ITT were veterans, and I’m sure they’re all hurting pretty bad.” Shelby from Washington State, served in the Army National Guard and served tours in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan
  • “I’ve had to completely start my education over at Phoenix University. None of my credits transferred. This has been a waste of money and has been very frustrating.” Daniel from Nevada, served in the U.S. Army and served two tours in Afghanistan

Messer’s bill, H.R. 1216, has garnered support from veterans groups, including the American Legion, Student Veterans of America and Veterans Education Success.

“Veterans who attended failed institutions have had their GI Bill taken away from them through no fault of their own,” National Commander of the American Legion Charles Schmidt said in his letter of support. “They deserve more from us, and it is critical that we provide protections for the full benefits they earned while serving America honorably.”

“For student veterans who experienced the hardship of being left with no degree of value, lost GI Bill benefits, and a poor prospect for future employment, something must be done,” President and CEO of Student Veterans of America Jared Lyon said in his letter of support.  “We are very pleased that Rep. Messer has taken up the charge of this challenge.”

“[This] bill is very important in establishing a practical means to ensure veterans can successfully complete their program of study and realize their full potential, following service in our Armed Forces,” said President of Veterans Education Success Carrie Wofford, in her letter of support. “A grateful nation owes them no less.”

Messer previously led the charge to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students who were using the grants to attend ITT Technical Institute. At Messer’s urging, the Department of Education agreed to restore Pell Grants to an estimated 16,000 former ITT Tech students enabling them to finish their degrees elsewhere.

Hoosier veterans can share their stories with Rep. Messer’s Office by calling 202-225-3021. 

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Rep. Messer Issues Statement on POTUS Joint Address

2017/03/01

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement today following President Donald Trump’s Joint Address to Congress:

“Tonight, President Trump laid out a bold agenda focused on getting our economy moving again, repealing Obamaare and strengthening our national security. These are the issues that drove voters to the polls in November, and these are the issues that matter to Hoosiers. The American people demand action, and Congress is ready to deliver.

“I was particularly excited tonight by President Trump’s focus on improving education for our children. Empowering parents and students and teachers will help ensure every child gets a great opportunity.

“But, most importantly, I appreciated President Trump’s call to action and sense of urgency. It is great to see our nation dreaming big dreams again. These are exciting times, and we’re ready to get to work for the American people.”

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Rep. Messer Applauds President Trump’s Reversal of Obama School Bathroom Mandate

2017/02/23

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today applauded President Trump’s action to reverse the Obama mandate that forced local schools to adopt federal transgender bathroom policies.

Obama’s mandate, issued in May of 2016, required schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their gender identity, not their biological sex or face losing federal funding under Title IX.  Messer championed efforts in Congress to fight back against this Obama mandate when it was first issued by the Justice Department.

“The federal government has no business dictating bathroom policies in our local schools,” Messer said. “These decisions should be made by states, local educators and families, not federal bureaucrats on a partisan crusade. I’m relieved to see President Trump reversing yet another glaring Obama overreach and putting our kids ahead of political ideology.”

In 2016 after the Obama bathroom directive was issued, Messer authored the PUBLIC School Act to ensure that decisions regarding gender identity and the use of school bathrooms and locker rooms were made at the state and local level. If passed, the bill also would have prevented the Obama administration from withholding federal funds to schools that failed to comply with the directive. 

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Under Messer-Larsen Bill, Veterans Could Use Post 9/11 GI Benefits to Cover Higher Education Application Fees

2017/02/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017) — Reps. Luke Messer (R-IN-06) and Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) are seeking to reduce the financial burden on veterans pursuing higher education by making application fees eligible under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

While the Post 9/11 GI Bill provides important educational benefits, the cost of applications to colleges, graduate schools, and technical and vocational schools – which can run into the hundreds of dollars – are not covered.

Messer and Larsen’s bipartisan Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017 would allow the Post 9/11 GI Bill to cover up to $750 of applications to colleges, universities, graduate schools, as well as technical and vocational schools.

“College application fees can quickly add up and pose an unexpected financial barrier to education,” Messer said. “Our goal is to give veterans as much flexibility and as many options as possible to help them transition from serving our country to earning a degree. This is one small way to do that.”

According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, college application costs average close to $40, with some running as high as $90. Graduate school applications can be even more expensive, costing as much as $275.

“Veterans should not miss out on higher education because of the cost of application fees,” said Larsen, a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee. “This bill will ensure application fees do not prevent veterans from taking full advantage of educational opportunities made possible by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.”

The Post 9/11 GI Bill already covers the fees for professional certification, licensing and aptitude tests, like the ACT, LSAT, etc.  H.R. 1206 would add college application fees to the list of coverage options.

Messer and Larsen introduced the Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017, H.R. 1206, yesterday.

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Luke Messer is the Congressman for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, a 19 county region of east-central and southeastern Indiana comprised of manufacturing and agricultural communities. Elected President of the Freshman Class by his peers, Messer serves on the House Committees on Budget, Foreign Affairs, and Education & the Workforce.

Congressman Messer is a 6th-generation Hoosier and national advocate for limited government, fiscal discipline, a strong national defense, and traditional values. Messer opposes bailouts, government takeovers and runaway federal spending.

Prior to his service in Congress, Luke Messer gained experience as a lawyer and former two-term State Representative working with Governor Daniels on budget issues as a Member of the Indiana House Ways & Means Committee. Messer is an accomplished education reformer: authoring nationally recognized high school drop-out reform legislation in the Indiana Statehouse and serving in the private sector as the President and CEO of the Hoosiers for Economic Growth Network & School Choice Indiana.

Raised by a single-mom who still works at a factory in Greensburg Indiana, Luke Messer was taught the value of hard work at an early age.  He worked his way through school with jobs that included collecting garbage, mowing lawns, waiting tables, telemarketing and umpiring baseball games.  Eventually, Messer graduated summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa from Wabash College.  Luke earned his law degree at Vanderbilt University where he also served on the Law Review.

Luke and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, one son and three dogs.  Luke has also served as an elder at his church and is the author of a children’s book about Indiana entitled “Hoosier Heart.”


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