Health care

Luetkemeyer Introduces Bill to Stop Illicit Fentanyl Trafficking

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Illicit Fentanyl Trafficking Act to permanently schedule all illicit fentanyl. This legislation would permanently codify the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) emergency scheduling of illicit fentanyl which is set to expire in May 2021. It would create a long-term solution for scheduling of...

Luetkemeyer Introduces Bill to Increase Access to Rural Health Care

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced legislation to increase access to health care for rural and underserved communities by correcting reimbursement rates for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). “Rural Health Clinics play a vital role in providing quality, accessible healthcare in rural communities across America. Missouri is actually home to the highest number of r...

Blaine's Bulletin: The COVID-19 Vaccine

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We don’t often think of Polio anymore because no new cases have been diagnosed in the U.S. since 1979 – thanks to a vaccine. Researchers started work on the Polio vaccine in the 1930’s, but it wasn’t until 1954 that children began receiving it in the United States. A safe and effective measles vaccine took ten years to develop. And the influenza virus began affecting Americans in the 1930’s, while...

Blaine’s Bulletin: The Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis

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Earlier this year, I was honored to be one of five Republicans selected to serve on the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. My committee colleagues and I attend hearings weekly with experts from across the nation to find solutions and see where improvements can be made in areas like school re-openings, America’s economic damage, and unemployment as we deal with the virus and our nation’s r...

Luetkemeyer, Select Committee Hold Hearing on the Need to Get American Students Back to School this Fall

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in a briefing entitled “The Challenges to Safely Reopening K-12 Schools” in the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) delivered the following remarks to the committee and witnesses. Click HERE to watch. “This is a brand-new disease… Now over the last several months we continue to develop plans and strategies as new evidence come...

Luetkemeyer Sends Letters to CDC and HHS Regarding COVID-19 Fatality Misreporting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) sent letters to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Dr. Robert Redfield and Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir who have both agreed in the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis that hospitals could be reporting unrelated fatalities as COVID-19 deaths to receive more fu...

ICYMI: Luetkemeyer Discusses COVID-19 Fatality Misreporting on ‘Washington Watch’ with Tony Perkins

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) joined Tony Perkins on “Washington Watch” to discuss the issue of hospitals reporting unrelated fatalities as COVID-19 deaths to receive more funding. See below for highlights or click HERE for the full interview. “People were in automobile accidents and then they were listed as dying from COVID. People had heart attacks and they...

Luetkemeyer and Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis Hold Briefing with Mayors from Across America

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in a briefing entitled “Supporting America’s Cities: What Mayors Need to Safely Reopen” in the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) delivered the following remarks to the committee and witnesses. Click HERE to watch. “The average estimate of the loss of life over the next several months due to the economic shut down – we’re loo...

Blaine’s Bulletin: National Teacher Appreciation Week

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This week we celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Week – a week that has taken on a whole new meaning this year with Missouri schools closing due to coronavirus. This health crisis has posed many challenges, and our children’s education is no exception. To slow the spread of the virus, the Governor announced in April that our schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year, requi...

Luetkemeyer Named to Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) was selected by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) to serve on the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. “At a time when the country so badly needs leadership from Congress, this committee was, unfortunately, established by the Speaker to resurrect their failed attempts to attack the Pres...