WASHINGTON (Thursday, June 29, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) voted in support of two major pieces of legislation today to crack down on illegal immigration, restore rule of law and protect public safety.
Messer spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law, which both passed the House today.
“Most Americans get it. Frankly, it’s just common sense. We can’t continue to reward folks who come to our country illegally, while those who work hard and play by the rules struggle to get ahead,” Messer said in his remarks. “It’s way past time to fix our broken immigration policies in America. Today, the House is considering two commonsense reforms to combat illegal immigration, restore rule of law, and protect public safety.
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) strengthens current law to combat dangerous sanctuary city policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. The bill clarifies the authority of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and withholds certain federal grants from jurisdictions that violate federal law by prohibiting their officers from communicating with ICE.
Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) increases penalties for deported felons who continue to break the law by re-entering the country. The law was named after 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who was tragically gunned down by a 5-time, deported felon nearly two years ago.
Both bills must now be considered by the U.S. Senate and the President to become law.
A video of Messer’s remarks is available here and full text of his remarks is below:
“Most Americans get it. Frankly, it’s just common sense. We can’t continue to reward folks who come to our country illegally, while those who work hard and play by the rules struggle to get ahead.
It’s way past time to fix our broken immigration policies in America. Today, the House is considering two commonsense reforms to combat illegal immigration, restore rule of law, and protect public safety.
The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act defunds sanctuary cities. Kate’s Law increases penalties for deported felons who return to America and commit further crimes. Kate’s Law was named after a young woman who was tragically gunned down by a 5-time, deported felon nearly two years ago to this day.
It’s outrageous. The federal government’s first duty is to protect its citizens. I urge my colleagues to support these much-needed reforms, and then do more to stop illegal immigration in the United States.”
WASHINGTON (Thursday, June 29, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) is working with Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to help more students afford a college degree.
Messer introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) today to create a nationwide framework for an innovative higher education financing option called income share agreements (ISAs), pioneered at Purdue University by President Daniels.
Income share agreements allow organizations or entities to fund a student’s college degree in exchange for affordable, income-based payments after the student graduates. Unlike private student loans, ISAs do not accrue interest and a student only makes payments if they are employed and receiving an income above 150% of the Federal Poverty Line ($18,090 at present) after graduation.
“The old model to fund a college degree does not work for all students,” Messer said. “Indiana families are struggling to send their kids to college, and entire generations of young Hoosiers are entering the workforce handcuffed by student loan debt. President Mitch Daniels’ program at Purdue is changing the game. Income share agreements offer students a funding plan that will always be affordable, with payments that align with the income they earn after graduation.”
According to 2015 data from the Institute for College Access & Success, 61 percent of college students in Indiana graduate with student debt, with an average of about $30,000 per borrower. Indiana’s student loan default rate is among the highest in the country, with about 15 percent of Indiana students not able to pay back their loans.
Messer’s legislation, the Investing in Student Achievement (ISA) Act of 2017, is inspired by Purdue University’s ‘Back a Boiler’ program, which is the first major income share agreement program in the nation and last year offered 160 students ISA “contracts” funded by investors.
"Purdue is encouraged by the success of the ‘Back a Boiler’ ISA fund and that we’ve been able to extend it to an even greater number of Purdue students for the upcoming year,” said Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. “Interest in the program from universities across the country remains strong. It is our hope that the bipartisan legislation to clarify the framework for Income Share Agreements introduced by Reps. Messer and Polis will be given favorable consideration in Congress and result in widespread availability of ISAs to college students nationwide."
Messer’s legislation creates a legal framework so that higher education institutions and private investors can more easily facilitate income share agreements while establishing strong consumer protections to safeguard students, including caps on payments based on income and length of the contract.
“If we want the economy to grow, and people to prosper, education after high school must be accessible to everyone. The cost of college has skyrocketed. We can make college more affordable and accessible by thinking outside-the-box. Paying off student loan debt should not prohibit you from buying a home or saving for retirement,” Rep. Polis said.
Indiana Senator Todd Young and Florida Senator Marco Rubio have introduced similar legislation in the Senate.
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Thursday, June 29, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) will host the 6th Congressional District Job Fair on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg. The job fair is open to the public from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and will open 30 minutes early for veterans.
Open to the public
6th Congressional District Job Fair
Thursday, August 3, 2017, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. (1-1:30 is for veterans only)
Ivy Tech Community College
500 Industrial Dr.
WASHINGTON (Thursday, June 22, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) joined House Speaker Paul Ryan and a bipartisan group of 12 members of Congress today for the inaugural hearing of the Task Force on Intergovernmental Affairs. This group is tasked with reducing the size of the federal government and helping return power to the states.
Messer was appointed by Speaker Ryan to serve on the Task Force, alongside 12 other Congressional appointees.
“This is an exciting opportunity and an important mission,” Messer said after the hearing. “We can better empower the American people by bringing government down to the local level, and Indiana’s successes in this area will serve as a model for other states. The best government is closest to the people it serves.”
The Task Force will partner with state and local governments to help uncover federal abuses of power, and return control to state and local entities. The Task Force will also provide a forum for states, cities, and counties to showcase innovation and creativity in solving public policy problems.
“Federalism is a foundational principle of our Constitution, and Washington has so much to learn about how state and local leaders are driving innovation and responsive government,” Speaker Ryan said before today’s hearing. “There’s no question we can all work as better partners, and I want to thank Chairman Bishop and the bipartisan group of lawmakers who have stepped forward to join this effort.
Witnesses during today’s hearing included National Governors Association CEO & Executive Director Scott Pattison, National Association of Counties President & Leon County, FL Commissioner Bryan Desloge, Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and College Park, Maryland Mayor Patrick L. Wojahn.
Membership of the Task Force includes, Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL), Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Rep. Jenniffer Gonzáles-Colón (R-PR), Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA), Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL).
A full video of today’s hearing can be found here. Messer’s remarks begin at the 18:30 mark.Read More
WASHINGTON (Wednesday, June 21, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement today following announcements from Anthem and MDwise that the companies will no longer sell Obamacare insurance plans in Indiana.
“Today’s announcements confirm what most Hoosiers already knew: Obamacare is broken beyond repair. Now, tens of thousands of Hoosiers will be left with few options on the exchange, and some counties may be left with no options at all," Messer said. “Despite the rhetoric of Obamacare's supporters, we must act now to repeal this failed law and rescue Indiana's consumers. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to quickly send legislation back to the House so that we can finally provide relief.”
Messer has been a leader in urging Congress to quickly pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, after seven years of promises.
WASHINGTON (Thursday, June 15, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today introduced the You’re HIRED Act to encourage more apprenticeships and on-the-job-training programs.
The You’re HIRED (Helpful Incentives to Restore the Economic Dream) Act would allow employers to qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) if they hire workers through an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships are specialized training programs sponsored by employers in a given trade or sector.
“Apprenticeships are a win-win for American job creators and the modern American worker,” Messer said. “These specialized training programs can help match workers with in-demand jobs, bridge the skills gap plaguing many Hoosier communities, and provide an alternative to a traditional degree. This bill will help re-energize our workforce and increase our competitiveness in a 21st-century economy.”
According to the U.S. Labor Department as noted in the Wall Street Journal, nine out of ten Americans who complete apprenticeship programs get a job with an average starting annual salary of $60,000. Yet only five percent of young American workers participate in apprenticeships.
Messer’s legislation coincides with President Donald Trump’s effort announced today to expand apprenticeships in nontraditional industries – the Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow Initiatives. President Trump’s effort focuses on programs that allow American workers to “earn while they learn.” Messer thanked President Trump for his leadership on this issue.
Messer – who chairs the House Republican Policy Committee – launched the Task Force for the American Worker this year to help solve modern-day workforce issues and restore the American Dream.
BATESVILLE, Ind. (Thursday, June 15, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) honored 8th-grade students from the 6th District for outstanding academic achievement during the 2016-17 school year.
During the 6th District Scholars Ceremony, Messer presented top students from each middle school in the 6th District with the 8th Grade Scholar Award. Students were nominated by teachers at each school to receive the recognition.
“These students are some of the best and brightest young minds in Indiana, and they should be very proud of their accomplishments,” Messer said. “I hope this recognition encourages them to keep working hard, dream big and strive for excellence.”
The 8th Grade Scholars Dinner was sponsored by Hillenbrand and Ivy Tech Community College and took place at Batesville High School.
Batesville Community Schools Superintendent Paul Ketcham, Sr. VP of Strategy & Corporate Development at Hillenbrand Diane Bohman, and Sr. VP of Workforce Alignment at Ivy Tech Chris Lowery also spoke to students during the ceremony.
The following students received the 8th Grade Scholar Award. PHOTOS of each student who attended the ceremony are hyperlinked. All PHOTOS of the event are available here.
Central Middle School:
Hauser Jr/Sr High School:
St. Bartholomew School:
Northside Middle School:
Greendale Middle School:
South Dearborn Middle School:
St. Mary’s Aurora:
Sunman-Dearborn Middle School:
Greensburg Junior High School:
North Decatur Middle School:
South Decatur Jr/Sr High School:
Northside Middle School – Muncie:
Southside Middle School:
Daleville Jr/Sr High School:
Wes-Del Middle/High School:
Heritage Hall Christian School:
Burris Laboratory School:
Connersville Middle School:
Franklin, Ripley Counties
Batesville Middle School:
Jac-Cen-Del Middle School:
Milan Middle School:
Mt. Carmel School:
South Ripley Junior High School:
St. Louis School:
Hancock, Rush Counties
St. Michael Catholic School:
Eastern Hancock Middle School:
Greenfield Central Junior High School:
Mt. Vernon Middle School:
Shenandoah Middle School:
Madison Junior High School:
Shawe Memorial Jr/Sr High School:
Christian Academy of Madison:
Ohio County Middle School:
Shelbyville Middle School:
Triton Central Middle School:
Morristown Jr/Sr High School:
Switzerland County Middle School:
Union County Middle School:
Northeastern Middle School:
Hibberd Program Building:
*students did not attend ceremony.
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, June 13, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) voted today on landmark, bipartisan legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs and improve care for veterans, after years of poor performance and scandal.
S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, streamlines the process to remove, demote or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct, while protecting employees’ due process rights and expanding protections for whistleblowers.
Messer spoke on the House Floor in support of the bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today.
“The Veterans Accountability Act will hold bureaucrats accountable, make it easier to dismiss bad employees, and strengthen protections for whistleblowers. These are common sense reforms and long overdue,” Messer said in his remarks. “Our military men and women – our Hoosier heroes – fought to protect us, the least we can do is fight for them … to ensure they get quality care.”
This bipartisan legislation is Congress’ latest response to VA scandals over the past few years, including waitlists so long they’ve been attributed to veterans’ deaths, theft and wrongful prescription of opioids nationally and locally in Cincinnati, and calls to the VA suicide hotline going unanswered.
S. 1094 has already passed the U.S. Senate and now heads to the President’s desk.
VIDEO of Messer’s full remarks is available here.Read More
WASHINGTON (Thursday, June 8, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) voted today to repeal the Obama-era Dodd-Frank Act, providing desperately needed regulatory relief for community banks, small businesses and everyday Hoosiers.
H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act, repeals Dodd-Frank’s growth-strangling regulations that have crushed Hoosier financial institutions and community banks, and made it more difficult for Hoosiers to buy homes, save and borrow.
“The Dodd Frank Act has been great for federal regulators and big banks, but it has been very bad for Hoosier consumers,” Messer said. “The Financial Choice Act changes that by ending ‘too-big-to-fail’ and enabling Hoosier financial institutions to escape the one-size-fits-all regulatory regime of Dodd-Frank.”
Messer spoke on the House Floor today in support of the CHOICE Act, citing a decline in homeownership and a lack of affordable credit options as consequences of the Dodd-Frank regulatory regime.
“Since the Great Recession, home ownership is down to the lowest levels seen in over 20 years. A generation of Americans are being denied the dream of owning their own home and building equity over their working career,” Messer said. “The CHOICE Act aims to reverse this trend and help hardworking Hoosiers get more affordable loans.”
The Financial CHOICE Act also includes Rep. Messer’s bill, the RIGHTS at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Act, which adds oversight to the agency and ensures that anyone pursued by the CFPB will have their rights protected and get their day in court.
The Choice Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives today and must now pass the Senate. It was first considered by the House Financial Services Committee, of which Messer is a member.
VIDEO of Messer’s remarks on the Financial CHOICE Act can be found here.
WASHINGTON (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) voted today on legislation to streamline the hiring of U.S. border patrol agents in order to improve border security.
H.R. 2213, the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, would allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expedite the hiring of additional border agents if the candidates are former law enforcement officers, military members or recent veterans who have already been thoroughly vetted.
Currently, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is well below its congressionally mandated staffing levels by nearly 3,000 officers and agents.
“Our border patrol is critically understaffed, putting our national security at risk and contributing to illegal immigration,” Messer said. “This bill is a common-sense fix to streamline the hiring process for more agents, particularly for folks who have already served our country.”
H.R. 2213 passed the U.S. House of Representatives today and must now pass the Senate.
Messer is also working on other initiatives to crack down on illegal immigration and secure the border.
An early advocate of building a southern border wall, Messer has called on Congress to fund existing legislation, the Secure Fence Act of 2006, that already authorizes such construction.
Messer has also authored a proposal that President Trump included in his budget to close a loophole that allows billions of dollars in Child Tax Credits to be claimed by illegal immigrants.
“Hoosiers are tired of our broken tax and immigration systems that continue to reward people who come here illegally,” Messer said. “These common-sense efforts help steer us back to rule of law, secure our border and finally address illegal immigration in this country.”
More information about this effort can be found here.Read More
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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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