Op-Eds

Luetkemeyer & Former FDIC Chairman William Isaac Op-Ed: How Congress Can Prevent a Post-Pandemic Financial Crisis

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following op-ed by Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and former Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman William Isaac can be found on AmericanBanker.com. “Everyone is convinced that accounting standards are simply too boring and too intricate for anyone to pay attention to.” Those were the opening remarks of Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., during a House Fina... Read more »

A Lot Can Be Accomplished in 50 Years

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This year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) turns 50. And after 50 years, it couldn’t be said even more plainly that HUD, and many of the programs that fall under HUD’s jurisdiction, including but far from limited to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), are broken. Read more »

BP Oil Spill

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The BP oil spill is an ongoing tragedy for the Gulf Coast region, its economy and the environment. Our first priority must be to stop the leak and do everything possible to preserve the livelihoods of those in the area. I feel strongly that BP must bear the financial burden for this disaster because hard-working people like you shouldn't have to pay a dime. Read more »

Why "Wall Street" Reform Hurts Main Street Banks

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For more than 60 years, my late father Bill spent every day looking into the faces of family farmers and ranchers hoping to realize their dreams as they walked into his bank in St. Elizabeth, Missouri. My father understood the importance of community banking the first day he started in 1940, and he passed that understanding to me when I later joined him in the family business. In a town of 300 that lacks both a stoplight and significant financial resources, the community always came first in the role of our small bank. Read more »

Balanced Budget

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As our economy continues to struggle, hard-working families across our state have faced tough choices by simply working to balance their household budgets. The basic notion of not spending more than you take in is what keeps many families financial heads above water. It's unfortunate that Congress doesn't seem to understand that and is drowning in debt. Read more »

Health Care: An Open Letter to the People of the 9th District

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As you know, in the next few weeks, there will be a lot of talk in Washington about reforming our system of health care. As the American people struggle to make ends meet, too many also live with the challenge of affording basic health care for themselves and their families. Read more »

Taxes

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Millions of Americans will file their taxes on April 15. On a day when countless Americans are protesting high taxes at Tea Parties, it is a startling reminder of just how much of their hard-earned money the government takes out of their paychecks. Read more »

Budget Debate

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Families and small businesses all across our country are making sacrifices, yet our government continues to spend like a drunken sailor. In the 9th Congressional District, people understand the importance of living within their means and want to know if Washington understands the concept. Read more »