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Blaine’s Bulletin: America Knows the Pandemic Is Over

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Here in Missouri, we are fortunate to live in a place where Missourians and our elected officials alike knew the pandemic was over long before the federal government. Life in our state went back to normal relatively quickly compared to other states. Now, the rest of the country has caught on and people are moving on with their lives. Kids are attending school in person, people are going to their u...

Luetkemeyer Sends Letter to Treasury on World Bank’s Evolution Roadmap

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today on his first day as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financial Institutions, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) sent a letter to the Treasury Department’s Assistant Secretary for International Trade and Development, Alexia Latortue regarding the World Bank’s recently released Evolution Roadmap. In the letter the Cong...

Luetkemeyer Sends Letter to DOJ on BSA Data

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today on his first day as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financial Institutions, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the usefulness of Bank Secrecy Act data. Section 6201 of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act placed a statuary requirement on the DOJ to i...

Luetkemeyer Introduces Chinese CBDC Prohibition Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on his first day as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financial Institutions, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced the Chinese CBDC Prohibition Act to prohibit the use of the Chinese Central Bank Digital Currency, also known as the Digital Yuan, by U.S. licensed money service businesses. “The Chinese Communi...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Life Begins at Conception

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Every January since 1979, Americans across the country have come together to advocate for the sanctity of human life. The tragic Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, quickly made it clear that giving a voice to the voiceless was vital, and our nation’s pro-life community has continued to grow and spread the word that life begins at conception ever since. Last Friday tens of thousands of Ameri...

Luetkemeyer to Serve on Select Committee on China

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement regarding his appointment from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party. Congressman Luetkemeyer is also the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financ...

Blaine’s Bulletin: 2023 Economic Outlook

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The 118th Congress is now fully underway, and the change of control of the House of Representatives is on full display. As I discussed in last week’s bulletin, the first bill the House passed was the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act, which prevents the 87,000 person increase in IRS agents. That was followed quickly by the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act that protects ...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Tax Season 2023

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I think most of America would agree the IRS could use some lessons in efficiency. As with most government agencies, it’s riddled with red tape and bureaucracy. The pandemic put a spotlight on its shortcomings with field offices closing down for months while Missourians waited for their tax returns that went untouched for far too long. Many people are still having issues with their taxes from the l...

Luetkemeyer Announces Seventh Annual ‘Valentines for Veterans’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) announced the seventh annual “Valentines for Veterans” program, asking Third District residents to send a kind note thanking our nation’s veterans for their service. “The Valentines for Veterans program is a wonderful way to let Third District veterans know our community is thinking of them each year. Our servicemembers sacrifice so ...

Luetkemeyer to Serve as Chairman of Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financial Institutions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement after he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financial Institutions on the House Financial Services Committee. Congressman Luetkemeyer served as the Ranking Member of the Consumer Protection & Financial Institutions Subcommitt...

Luetkemeyer on the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement regarding House passage of the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act. This legislation will take away the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) ability to target law-abiding Americans and remove funding for the Biden Administration’s proposed army of 87,000 IRS agents. “The Biden Administration...

Blaine’s Bulletin: The 118th Congress

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“Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder…” – Plato To say it was a chaotic week in the House of Representatives would be quite an understatement. I’m sure it has been frustrating to watch, and I assure you it has been very frustrating to be a part of. The last time the House held multiple Speaker votes was 100 years ago in 1923. In 1856 it took two months and 13...

Blaine's Bulletin: 2022 in Review

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As we head into a new year, I find it’s always productive to reflect on what worked, and what could be done differently moving forward for the next twelve months. 2022 had its fair share of ups and downs, but a new year brings a new beginning and a clean slate. Next year, with a House Republican majority, I’m optimistic that we can do some good. Of course, Democrats are still in control of the Whi...

Blaine's Bulletin: Christmas 2022

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Luke 2:10-14: “And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host p...

Blaine’s Bulletin: 2023 NDAA

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Last week, the House passed the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This is one of Congress’ most important jobs each year, as this bill funds our nation’s military. America’s warfighters and military members sacrifice so much for this country, the least we can do in return is make sure they have everything they need to do their jobs. This year, the NDAA included one of the most notabl...