ENG:Blaine Luetkemeyer (born May 7, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 3rd congressional district. He represented Missouri's 9th congressional district from 2009 to 2013, until that district was eliminated as a result of the 2010 Census. The district contains most of Northeastern Missouri. Luetkemeyer is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and pre-political career
Luetkemeyer was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on May 7, 1952. He attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and with a minor in business administration. He has a 98% party unity. A lifelong farmer who is the fourth generation of his family to own their farm, Luetkemeyer has also owned several small businesses, as well as ...
With an increasing number of servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) is urging spouses of those coming home to take advantage of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) telephone support program designed to ease the transition for returning troops and their families.
“This telephone support program is an invaluable resource for our military families and veterans during the transition from service overseas to life back here at home,” Luetkemeyer said. “I urge folks to take advantage of this program as a way to deal with the ...
Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked aggressively to provide more certainty to American taxpayers by supporting tax policies that foster economic growth. Our tax code is too complicated, too cumbersome, and stands in the way of job growth. To address the long-term economic issues facing our nation, I believe our tax code should be flatter, fairer and simpler.
It would be irresponsible to raise taxes on hard-working Americans, especially during a time of great economic uncertainty and high levels of unemployment. Under a lower tax burden, Americans would have a greater incentive to ...
In July, as the Mamtek project in Moberly was on the brink of collapse, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer met with a top immigration official to push along the company’s application for an investor visa program.
When the meeting took place, there were no outward signs of trouble. Construction was still under way, and plans were being made for the time when some of the promised 600 factory jobs would be filled.
On July 14 in Washington, D.C., Luetkemeyer, a Republican from St. Elizabeth, met with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director Lori Scialabba to get the EB-5 ...
Blaine's Bulletin: We Can and Must Do Better “We are looking for ways to provide the same great service while at the same time looking at more ways to cut our costs. We are running out of ideas to cut costs because this bad economy has been going on for five years now. We continue to work longer hours instead of hiring new workers.” – constituent from Jefferson City
That is just one story that I have heard out of hundreds of examples that constituents have shared with me. Thoughtless regulations, including those stemming from Obamacare, have hurt our nation’s small business owners and employees so severely that many don’t see a way out. This is a very critical issue for our state, because over 1.1 million of our fellow Missourians are employed by small businesses. With a new administration in office, we have an opportunity to get the government out of the way so that our small businesses can once again serve as the economic engines of our local communities. As a result, a key ingredient for growing our economy and crea
Luetkemeyer Votes to Prohibit Federal Overreach in Classrooms Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) supported two Congressional Rule Acts that would overturn the Department of Education’s teacher preparation and accountability rules.
“One-size-fits-all federal policies have proven plenty of times that they simply do not work,” Luetkemeyer said. “Over the last several years, the federal government has continued to increase its role in our students’ classrooms. Knowing these decisions are best left to parents and state and local education leaders, Congress recently passed the Every Student Succeeds Act to put an end to failed education policies and prohibit such federal overreach. Today the House voted to uphold the intent of this law and place states back into the driver’s seat for education standards. We must provide our local education leaders the flexibility they need to ensure that every child receives a high quality education.”
The Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in 2015, placed restrictions on the
Blaine's Bulletin: Reining in Regulations A little recent history to start this week. In 1996, as part of the Contract with America, Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This little known tool gives Congress the power to invalidate a rule or regulation from the executive branch within 60 days of it being issued. You may be thinking, can’t Congress pass a law to overturn a rule already? The answer is yes, but the CRA allows Congress to expedite the disapproval of regulations and also requires only a simple majority vote in the Senate.
In it’s 20 year history, the CRA has only been used once successfully: to overturn a Department of Labor rule on ergonomics in 2001. We’ve used it many more times than that, but, the CRA still requires a president who is willing to sign a disapproval or a Congress that can muster a two-thirds vote. Both have proven to be elusive.
That’s about to change. We have a Congress and now a president committed to making commonsense changes to
Luetkemeyer Statement on Delay of Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced this morning the U.S. Department of Labor fiduciary rule will be delayed for 180 days.
“Today’s announcement is a victory for the countless individuals and families across Missouri that would have been priced out of professional financial advice under the DOL’s fiduciary rule,” Luetkemeyer said. “I heard from constituents across the 3rd District who told me that if the fiduciary rule is implemented as currently drafted, their ability to get timely and important investment advice could make it more difficult to reach their retirement goals and provide for their later years in life. I applaud President Trump for making the decision to press pause on this this harmful rule. We should be encouraging more Americans to save for retirement, not restricting access to the tools that will help our fellow citizens achieve financial independence and security.”