Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Blaine Luetkemeyer
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jackie; 3 Children: Trevor, Brandy, Nikki
Birth Date: 05/07/1952
Birth Place: Saint Elizabeth
Home City: Saint Elizabeth, MO
Religion: Catholic
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Issue Positions

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  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Blaine Luetkemeyer in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Stands Up for Unborn, Supports Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "The gift of life is an inherent right bestowed on each and every one of us at the moment of conception. The act of abortion is a serious violation of this natural right targeting our most vulnerable population--unborn children," said Luetkemeyer, a cosponsor of the legislation. "It is impossible to comprehend the number of lives that were never given a chance to flourish because they were destroyed. I will continue to fight to end such practices and to stand up for the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Keeps Commitment to Unborn, Supports No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "I have spent my career fighting to protect the rights of the unborn, and I will continue to do so. No taxpayer dollars should be used to pay for abortions, and this legislation seeks to ensure that taxpayers' dollars are not used to help end a life.All life, including the unborn, must be treated with dignity and respect." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Fights for the Dignity of All Human Life 38 Years After Roe v. Wade. 21 January 2011. "I firmly believe that all human life is precious and deserves to be treated with the highest dignity and respect. It begins at conception and should be protected at all stages of life. I can assure you I will continue to support legislation that protects the unborn and will vigorously oppose measures that expand abortion or allow taxpayer dollars to be used for abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Continues Support for Life, Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood. 14 April 2011. "Life is a precious gift that deserves to be treated with the highest dignity and respect, and that is why I have spent my career fighting to protect the rights of the unborn. I firmly believe that few things violate the sanctity of human life more than the practice of abortion. Rest assured, I will continue to fight for the rights of the unborn and will support pro-life policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Blaine's Bulletin – 01/20/2012. 20 January 2012. “Without a doubt, these are troubling facts, and as a member of Congress I remain as committed as ever to pro-life policies. It is my belief that the gift of life is a God-given right bestowed upon each and every one of us at the moment of conception, and that the act of abortion is a serious violation of this inherent right that targets our most vulnerable population--unborn children.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Stands Up for Troops, Votes Yes on Critical Funding Bill. 27 July 2010. "We are fighting two deadly wars, and it is my belief that we must provide our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to carry out their duties and succeed in their efforts. We must remain resolved and determined in our fight against terrorism, and not become complacent, or else we risk another attack on the homeland. […] The supplemental appropriation provides $33.4 billion for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these funds are for the 30,000-troop surge in Afghanistan, including $20 billion for combat operations.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Votes For Pay Increases For Troops, Funding For Operations In Afghanistan. 8 October 2009. "We must support our military men and women who are putting their lives on the line to defend our nation and our freedoms, and we must remain committed to the fight against terrorist regimes that seek to destroy our way of life. Despite political games by the Majority that includes a divisive non-defense related measure tacked onto the bill, I supported this legislation because our men and women in uniform are my top priority.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer: At Last, Troops Finally Get Much-Needed Support For Critical Mission In Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "After much delay, it is good to see that the president and the administration have finally decided to give our troops critical resources that they need to move forward with our mission in Afghanistan. I look forward to working with my colleagues and military commanders to ensure that our troops have the resources they need to complete their mission and return home safely. We must never waver in our support for our men and women in uniform as they stand on the front lines of freedom and fearlessly fight to protect our nation and families." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 27 Augut 2010. “Over the last few months, many of you have made it clear how concerned you are about national security, terrorism, homeland security and, specifically, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Providing for the common defense is a fundamental duty that our Constitution requires, and it is a responsibility I take very seriously. […] We must deny the Taliban a safe haven to plan future attacks against America, and achieving this mission successfully must be the goal of coalition forces in Afghanistan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 31 July 2009. “In Afghanistan, our brave men and women continue to fight a fanatical group of religious zealots who seek to destroy all our great country stands for: freedom and liberty. I, like all Americans, hope to see Osama Bin Laden and his cohorts brought to justice for their cowardly acts of terrorism on innocent men, women and children that began in earnest on September 11, 2001. I believe our generals on the ground, not politicians in Washington, need to make strategic military decisions, such as how many troops are necessary to complete a mission and what kind of equipment they need. And when those requests are made, they certainly need to be supported.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Stands Up for Troops, Votes Yes on Critical Funding Bill. 27 July 2011. “As part of his commitment to providing troops with the resources they need while they put their lives on the line for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) today voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2010 Supplemental Appropriations Act that provides critical funding for our ongoing military efforts.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Opposes Damaging Resolution Undercutting Troops Mission in Afghanistan. 10 March 2010. "At this critical time, Congress should be devoting our time and resources to more concrete and constructive ways of supporting our troops' efforts to complete their mission successfully. […] I am mindful that these troops and their families will be watching this debate and I remain committed to working towards swift and clean action when the resources impacting their military readiness, operational needs, and family support is debated and passed this spring. We cannot fail them as we cannot fail our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Seeks Transparency from Obama on Cuts to Defense Spending. 18 July 2012. "Since the president has failed to offer a specific proposal to replace the sequester, it is vital that he detail how he will implement these cuts. The American people deserve to know this and he needs to be transparent about his decisions impacting the lives of all Americans," Luetkemeyer said. "Simply put, we need more transparency from this administration. The American taxpayers and the men and women fighting for our country deserve to know and understand the effects of sequestration in a timely manner." […] "The Constitution requires us to provide for the common defense and the president owes the American people an explanation of where these defense cuts are going to come from and what impact they will have on our national security. It is clear to me that we should replace the sequester with sensible spending cuts to less important programs," (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Votes For Pay Increases For Troops, Funding For Operations In Afghanistan. 8 October 2009. "We must support our military men and women who are putting their lives on the line to defend our nation and our freedoms, and we must remain committed to the fight against terrorist regimes that seek to destroy our way of life. Despite political games by the Majority that includes a divisive non-defense related measure tacked onto the bill, I supported this legislation because our men and women in uniform are my top priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News For The Ninth. 25 September 2009. “I do not believe that making concessions to Russia, downgrading the serious threat of Iran, cutting the defense budget, and terminating an important missile defense program will make our country safer. On the contrary, it will only serve to embolden our adversaries. These are troubling times, and I will remain a vigilant voice in Congress on behalf of our national security and those who risk their lives every day to protect our nation.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blaine Luetkemeyer signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, Blaine Luetkemeyer, pledge to the taxpayers of the 3rd district of the state of Missouri and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 87 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Statement on the President's Deficit Reduction Plan. 19 September 2011. “It is time for real solutions, and the House has offered them. I will also continue to reject any calls for tax increases at a time when Americans are facing historic economic hardships." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Video: Blaine Buzz 72. 30 November 2010. “The extension of the tax cuts is something that is high on our agenda as Republicans. […] I think the key point to remember here is that these are an extension of existing tax laws. They are not cuts, they are existing laws that are going to be extended and not raised, so instead of a tax increase, we are going to keep taxes at the same level they're at.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Video: Blaine Buzz 73. 9 December 2010. “I just want to bring you up to date real quickly on where we are with the extension of the tax cuts from 2001 and 2003, to keep them from running out to the year and becoming the largest tax hike in history. At this point it looks like the President and a number of folks in the Senate have cut a deal so that we will be able to pass all the tax cuts as they were passed over the last several years, and extend them for another two years.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Hearing of the House Small Business Committee - IRS Oversight: Are Tax Compliance Costs Slowing the Economic Recovery? 1 April 2009. “To follow up further, I noticed -- one of the things I think is important -- we're talking about small businesses today, and many of them own partnerships, S-Corps, who often times run those dollars through their personal income taxes. And I'm just kind of curious if you have some thoughts or some -- I know that the administration is -- the tax policy in the new budget is indicating they're going to try and tax those individuals over $250,000, which would put a lot of these partnerships and S-Corp folks directly into the category of being taxed. Do you have an idea of how many businesses that would be or how many individuals file partnerships and S-Corps as a percentage of the small businesses in this country?” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Saint Louis Post-Dispatch - Showdown In the 9th: Luetkemeyer (R) Wants to Limit Government. 26 October 2008. “Luetkemeyer, who defeated four primary opponents, also is employing many familiar social and financial issues Republicans have used to win in outstate Missouri over the past decade. Among them: opposition to abortion, gun restrictions and same-sex marriage; and support for tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Blaine Luetkemeyer a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Backs $6 Billion in Spending Cuts. 15 March 2011. “This bill continues to cut federal spending and reduces spending by $6.1 billion, the equivalent, on a pro-rated basis, to the spending reduction level in H.R. 1, a bill I also supported. Additionally, this bill would reduce or eliminate 25 federal programs. At a time when American families are doing more with less, I firmly believe the government should too. Moreover, I firmly believe our long-term fiscal health depends on Congress's willingness to make hard choices right now and that we cannot spend our way to prosperity. By cutting spending now, we are illustrating a commitment to live within our means, which is an essential step to creating a favorable atmosphere for job creation in the private sector." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Votes to Cut Out-of-Control Government Spending. 19 February 2011. "After years of out-of-control and unsustainable spending in Washington, I was extremely proud to cast my vote in favor of this CR. Many federal programs have received funding increases over the last several years that far outpaced both inflation and the growth of the American family budget, while many other programs do not deliver on their missions and are fraught with waste, fraud and duplication. Even if we all agree a program is efficient and needed, we can't spend money we don't have, especially when we have to borrow almost 40 cents on the dollar to pay for it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 11 March 2011. “I find it extremely troubling that liberals in Washington today are vigorously opposing efforts to cut federal spending. Our current fiscal path is simply unsustainable, and any plan that advocates staying the current course will only cause a further crisis for our children and grandchildren to solve. […] We cannot tax, spend, and borrow our way to prosperity. Where the president has fallen short, conservatives will work to chart a new course, advancing a path to prosperity by cutting spending, keeping taxes low, and reforming government at all levels. In order to help create jobs and ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren, the time has come to cut up the nation's credit card. The bottom line is that we must stop spending money we don't have. It is past time for a renewed commitment to common sense in Washington when it comes to living within our means.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 26 August 2011. “Although the number of unemployed Americans declined slightly, down to 13.9 million in July, in the two years since the "stimulus" spending bill was enacted, more than 1.3 million jobs have been lost and the unemployment rate has averaged 9.5 percent -- despite projections by White House economists that the "stimulus" would keep unemployment below eight percent. […] Adherence to the same failed economic policies will not foster economic growth and job creation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 5 February 2010. “Since 2009, my fellow Republicans and I have consistently sought to bring fresh ideas to the table in order to improve the lives of hard-working Americans struggling to make ends meet, and we have presented the President with a copy of Better Solutions, our comprehensive solutions to address the nation's challenges. It includes our no-cost jobs plan, our strategy to achieve energy independence, a common sense approach to lowering health care costs and our plan on national security and financial regulatory reform. I am hopeful that you will take the time to take a look at the plan and offer feedback. Any productive discussion to improve the lives of Americans during these tough times must be built on a two-way street and result in meaningful action. I will urge the President to consider our ideas so we can begin working to rein in runaway federal spending and advance policies that will put folks like you back to work.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Seeking To Stop Rising Debt, Luetkemeyer Opposes Raising Government Credit Limit. 16 December 2009. “The majority continues to resist any effort to control runaway federal spending, and the American people have had enough of record borrowing and spending. Luetkemeyer last week supported the Republican motion to recommit to H.R. 4173, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009, which, if passed, would have repealed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and directed returned TARP money to be used for deficit reduction. The motion to recommit would have lowered the national debt limit to correspond to TARP repayments.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 26 August 2011. “For example, the Obama administration has issued hundreds of new regulations in the past few years. All of these new and proposed regulations are de facto tax increases, and they are contributing to the fear and uncertainty that is holding back small businesses from hiring new workers and making new investments. […] Adherence to the same failed economic policies will not foster economic growth and job creation. In answer to what policies will create jobs and stimulate the economy, there was an overwhelming support for streamlining the tax code, passing trade agreements to increase competitiveness for American products, and reducing government debt.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Praises "Freeze and Cut" Proposal. 8 September 2010. "While our small business owners have always provided the spark for economic growth and job creation, they are now fearful to make investments and hire new people thanks to a litany of government regulations that have shut the door on innovation and job creation. Under Leader Boehner's bold proposal to freeze tax rates and cut spending, our hard-working small business owners will have the stability and a sense of certainty they need to grow. The last thing these folks need or want right now is to be force-fed multi-billion-dollar tax hikes, billion-dollar bailouts and another round of stimulus spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 15 October 2010. “It is time to right the ship, which is why I support: Permanently stopping all job-killing tax hikes--to protect entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses who are critical for job creation, leaving more money in the hands of all Americans during this time of economic distress; Allowing small business owners a 20 percent tax deduction against income, to allow capital formation and investment, which will stimulate business expansion and new hiring.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for the Ninth – 06/17/2011. 17 June 2011. “The Tax Code Termination Act states that any new tax code should be a simple and fair system that applies a low rate to all Americans; provides tax relief for working Americans; protects the rights of taxpayers; reduces tax collection abuses; eliminates the bias against savings and investment; promotes economic growth and job creation; and does not penalize marriage or families.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for the Ninth. 8 April 2011. “There are five basic tenets of Chairman Ryan's proposal. The proposed budget fosters a better environment for private-sector job creation by lifting debt-fueled uncertainty and advancing pro-growth tax reforms. […] The president's budget spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much, stifling job growth today and leaving our children with fewer opportunities tomorrow. In this critical test of leadership, the president has failed to tackle the urgent fiscal and economic threats facing our nation. Where the president has fallen short, my Republican colleagues and I will work to chart a new course, and we must start with Chairman Ryan's budget proposal for 2012.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Statement on the President's Deficit Reduction Plan. 19 September 2011. "The American people know that if you tax job creators more, you get less job creation. Similarly, if you tax investment more, you get less investment. Time and again, the House has passed solid proposals to create jobs and boost our economy, but the president and Senate Democrats have instead continued to pursue a tax-and-spend mentality that will not help us grow our way out of these difficult economic times.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Video: Ninth District Debate: Part 4. 15 October 2008. “One of the problems, I think, with the Federal Government being involved in education is the fact that the Federal Government wants to be involved in education. The framers of our Constitution didn't have anything in there about the Federal Government being in education. They said that's a state and local issue, and I think that's where it needs to stay. Let the states and the local people who have control of the boards, who know what they want for their children, and how to finance their children's education, let them make those decisions.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 30 July 2010. “I believe education is a state and local issue, and it is important that we keep the long-arm of the federal government from dictating what education our children receive. The federal government can play a supporting role in education, but the issue is best left to state and local officials.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Seeks Waiver to Federal Regulation Impacting State Career Centers. 4 November 2011. "This regulation is another example of Washington trying to impose a one-size-fits-all approach. This administration is not taking into account the vast differences in school districts throughout the country and even of states and their financial reporting requirements for their school districts. I believe we need to be providing states and school districts more flexibility in the use of federal funds, not severely limiting career centers' ability to apply federal funds by mandating that they take on a whole new accounting system." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. BP Oil Spill. 21 June 2010. “It has always been my position that we continue to support an "all of the above" energy policy that offers increased energy independence, good jobs and a cleaner environment through greater efficiency and increased development of nuclear, renewable, and alternative energies, along with the expanded, environmentally-responsible development of America's own natural energy resources. We must continue to seek energy independence for our nation while implementing appropriate safeguards to ensure that there isn't a second BP disaster in the future. It is my hope that hard-working Americans up and down the Gulf Coast get the answers they deserve from BP and the federal government as soon as possible. As long as this crisis continues, and as long as the moratorium on offshore drilling is in place, the people of the Gulf Coast will continue to face economic hardship and job loss. The last thing the President should be focused on is trying to revive and pass a costly, job-killing national energy tax.” (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Saint Louis Post-Dispatch - Showdown In the 9th: Luetkemeyer (R) Wants to Limit Government. 26 October 2008. “Luetkemeyer emphasizes his support for drilling for oil offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, along with looking for alternative fuel sources.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 18 March 2011. “There are some immediate steps that our country can take to help alleviate the pain at the pump. First, we need to end the de facto drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico that has been in place since the Deepwater Horizon explosion last year. Just a few weeks ago, the Obama Administration issued its first offshore drilling permit in more than a year. According to the administration's own estimates, the self imposed moratorium has resulted in 12,000 lost jobs. Rigs are actively leaving the Gulf of Mexico for foreign countries like Cuba, Brazil, and Mexico, and production in the Gulf has declined by nearly 300,000 barrels a day since last April. Until the de facto moratorium is fully lifted and permits are properly reviewed and fairly granted, we will continue to see rising energy costs and our dependence on foreign sources will continue.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Continues Efforts to Increase Production of American Energy Resources. 12 May 2011. "Our economy is weak, and the threat of even higher gas prices will only add to the hardships facing American families and small businesses. I will continue to support efforts that increase the exploration and production of our nation's natural resources in an effort to lower gasoline prices, create American jobs, generate revenue to help reduce the debt and deficit, and strengthen our national security. […] The Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act will lift the president's ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the administration to move forward on American energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Backs Bill Boosting American Energy Resources to Combat Rising Gas Prices. 5 May 2011. "During the summer of 2008, gas prices rose to well over $4 per gallon. This should have been a wake up call for our nation to put in place a sustainable energy policy, one that developed our own abundant supplies of oil, coal and natural gas. Instead, we allowed the environmental groups to continue to block our efforts, furthering our dependence on foreign energy sources and endangering our national security. This legislation is one of many steps we are taking to increase American energy production and help alleviate the pain at the pump." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Columbia Missourian - Congressional Candidates Differ On Energy Emphases. 1 November 2008. "I think that the short-term as well as the long-term thing to do is to drill. […] If we have the national will and national policy to drill, it takes the speculative part of this market out of play and gets (prices) back down to where the actual supply-and-demand factors kick in.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. For Second Time, Luetkemeyer Backs A Measure To Halt Backdoor National Energy Tax. 2 March 2010. “Showing once again his strong and consistent opposition to the EPA's attempts at a backdoor national energy tax and making carbon dioxide a regulated pollutant, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) is co-sponsoring a House Resolution of Disapproval of EPA Action preventing the implementation of such job-killing regulations proposed by the President and the Majority in Congress. Luetkemeyer is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 391, legislation introduced by Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07) that would legislatively prohibit EPA from regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. He also voted against the job-killing cap and trade legislation currently pending in the Senate that would create a national energy tax.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Highlights Concerns of EPA's Ongoing Assault on Rural America. 29 September 2010. “The EPA and Majority party should take the time to speak to the folks in rural America and address the inconsistencies between their support for disastrous cap-and-tax legislation and increased regulations, and the stated goal of job creation and economic growth. […] Beyond the cap-and-tax plan, the Obama Administration and Majority party in Congress have proposed numerous job-killing regulations targeting rural America.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 11 February 2011. “In fiscal year 2010 alone, the Obama Administration unleashed regulations that will cost more than $26.5 billion annually, and many more are on the way. […] Ten others came from the Environmental Protection Agency, including the first mandatory reporting of "greenhouse gas" emissions and $10.8 billion in new automotive fuel economy standards. […] The REINS Act is a good first step to reversing the regulatory tide in America. Congress should not only look at preventing bad regulations from being promulgated, but should also repeal costly and unnecessary rules already on the books. I look forward to working in Congress to do that and, as always, look forward to hearing from you on this important issue to Missouri families.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 8 October 2010. “In this tough economy, this administration should do everything possible to help our farmers. Basing its decisions and processes on science, rather than the agenda of radical environmentalists, would be a good start. Recently at a Rural America Solutions Group forum on EPA over-regulation, a colleague of mine said the EPA is now short for Eliminate Private Agriculture. The EPA and Majority party should take the time to speak to the folks in rural America and address the inconsistencies between their support for disastrous cap-and-tax legislation and increased regulations, and the stated goal of job creation and economic growth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 9 April 2010. “To combat the aggressive overreach of the EPA, I have cosponsored legislation introduced by Representatives Ike Skelton (D-MO), Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) that would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the authority of the Clean Air Act, as well as change federal law to strengthen America's renewable fuels industry.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Seeking to End Economic Uncertainty, Luetkemeyer Backs Legislation to Rein in EPA. 7 April 2011. “Continuing his efforts to reduce costly regulatory burdens forced on hard-working Americans by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) today voted to strip the EPA of its new-found authority under the Clean Air Act to limit the emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases from power plants, oil refineries and other sources.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Missouri State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 3 February 2012. “Blaine is a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights. His support on Second Amendment issues has resulted in past endorsements from the National Rifle Association. Blaine was also a supporter of the ballot measure supported by the majority Missourians that allows law-abiding citizens to carry weapons for protection against those that would threaten individuals and their families. Blaine is also a strong supporter of hunters' rights and believes Congress should stay out of the way of those who enjoy Missouri's wildlife and take advantage of their Second Amendment rights.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Ad Touts Commitment to Fixing Congress, Conservative Credentials. 24 June 2008. "Blaine is committed to fixing Congress by fighting for issues that are important to the people of the 9th Congressional District, and this ad certainly reflects that commitment as well as Blaine's success in defending traditional marriage and our Second Amendment rights. The ad also shows that Blaine's experience and success as a small farmer, businessman and lawmaker make him to most experienced and knowledgeable candidate in the 9th Congressional District race." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Lauds Supreme Court Ruling Protecting Second Amendment Rights. 3 February 2012. "The Supreme Court's decision is a major victory for our rights as Americans and further increases my resolve to ensure that Congress stays out of the way of those who lawfully enjoy those rights. The people of the 9th District can be sure that as a member of Congress I will be a vocal and active opponent against those that would seek to take our Second Amendment rights away." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Statement on Second Amendment Restrictions. 26 February 2009. "I am extremely disappointed by Attorney General Holder's comments in support of renewing the Assault Weapons Ban. Restricting the Constitutional Rights of law-abiding citizens is not the way to make our country safer. In Congress, I will always vote to protect the rights of my constituents, including the right to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Supports Reciprocity Bill Protecting Licensed Conceal and Carry. 16 November 2011. "I have always been committed to ensuring that our constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights are protected and this important bill is a continuation of that commitment. Just as one state recognizes the driver's license from another state, this legislation will simply require a state with a concealed carry gun law to accept a concealed carry permit from another state." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Blaine Luetkemeyer in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Blaine Luetkemeyer a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Statement on First Anniversary of Disastrous Health-Care Law. 22 March 2011. "All American families deserve access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, but Obamacare fails to do any of this. It raises premiums, suffocates economic growth that costs jobs, makes damaging cuts to Medicare while also paving the way for federally funded abortions. When I voted against this bill a year ago, I vowed to continue seeking ways to defund this legislation, and I have not wavered from that commitment. The job-killing health-care law is simply the wrong prescription for dealing with the health-care challenges facing our country, and 71 percent of Missourians made it clear they felt the same way when they went to the polls in August 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Votes to Defund Obamacare. 14 April 2011. "The majority of the people who hired me as their representative have made it loud and clear that they opposed having the bitter pill known as government-controlled health-care forced down their throats. Our economic recovery has been erratic, at best, and will remain stalled until we tackle the flood of regulations that are hidden in the health-care bill. People continue to send a loud message to Washington that they want the job-killing government takeover of health-care repealed, and that's exactly what we are doing in the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Votes to Slash Two Additional Costly Obamacare Slush Funds. 4 May 2011. “Continuing his efforts to repeal the administration's health-care law, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) voted to eliminate two additional slush funds included in the law. The health-care law in its current form will increase job-killing taxes and have a devastating impact on the quality of Americans' health care.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Video: Blaine Buzz 42. 10 March 2010. “As you well know, the President is going to press hard on this issue, he is going to try to ram it through the House, or the Senate, or both bodies at the same time. […] As I've been around the district, you've all made me very well aware that you are not supporting this issue, this bill at least. You're aware that this bill is going to hurt our people, our economy, is going to cost us jobs, is going to raise healthcare costs, and is probably going to impact quality of care as well. […] We don't want to take a broad-brush approach to take one-sixth of the economy and turn it over to the government.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Video: Blaine Buzz 43. 18 March 2010. “Thank all of you for contacting my office, the district offices, with what you feel is an important issue to you. The results of all the contacts are overwhelming. You as the people in my district do not want me to support this, and I do not intend to support this [the healthcare bill]. […] We recognize healthcare needs to be fixed, but this is not the way to fix it.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Video: Blaine Buzz 76. 12 January 2011. “Over the Summer the Republican group here in D.C. was listening to the people. We put together the Pledge to America of which this repeal of healthcare was a part. We anticipate that next week we're going to, by overwhelming majority, be able to repeal this bill.” (www.youtube.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. “Over the last several years, with the support of the American public, Congress has consistently defeated amnesty proposals for illegal aliens. This recent effort appears to be nothing more than an attempt to avoid public review and unilaterally impose amnesty by picking and choosing which laws to enforce; or in this case, not to enforce, thereby enabling illegal aliens to remain in the country. […] This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Letter to the Honorable President Obama Regarding Immigration. 13 May 2011. “Amnesty, in any form, does nothing to solve our illegal immigration problems. In fact, it exacerbates it by sending a clear signal that it is okay to violate our immigration laws because eventually that violation will be rewarded with an amnesty-pass. A right as valued as citizenship should not be obtained by an illegal act. Furthermore, it is inherently unfair and insults legal immigrants who have spent years playing by the rules to come to the United States. Worse yet, however, is the trust that is lost with the American public. Poll after poll has shown the American public's opposition to amnesty.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Pledge to People of 9th District: I Will Fight Illegal Immigration. 3 February 2012. "I am a strong supporter of border security and any serious immigration proposal must ensure that all those who wish to come into this country adhere to the rule of law, which is why I am opposed to both the amnesty bills which have come up in Congress. For far too long, Congress has failed us with their inaction in the battle against illegal immigration. We, as a nation, deserve better than empty promises and as member of Congress, I promise to make real border security an issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Signs Bipartisan Measure To Battle Illegal Immigration. 21 January 2010. "Our government has a duty and responsibility to enforce our existing immigration laws by ensuring that illegal behavior is punished, not rewarded. We are a nation of immigrants but we also are a nation of laws and immigration reform must start with both an acknowledgement of the historical and contemporary importance of immigration to our nation and a renewed commitment to the rule of law." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Supports Rule of Law in Vote on Immigration Bill. 8 December 2010. "As a nation of laws, we have a legal process in place for accepting immigrants into our country which is why I could not support a measure that is nothing more than backdoor amnesty. We should not be in the habit of rewarding those who commit the crime of entering our country illegally. At a time when our families are struggling to make ends meet, we should not be subsidizing education for illegal immigrants and encouraging even more illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. While Luetkemeyer to Fight Illegal Immigration, Baker Openly Supports It. 30 September 2008. “As a strong supporter of the rule of law, Blaine Luetkemeyer opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and backs securing our borders against illegal immigrants while Judy Baker has tried to hide the fact that she supports allowing immigrants into the country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Blaine Luetkemeyer in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Blaine Luetkemeyer in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. “As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law. […] This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Ad Touts Commitment to Fixing Congress, Conservative Credentials. 24 June 2008. "Blaine is committed to fixing Congress by fighting for issues that are important to the people of the 9th Congressional District, and this ad certainly reflects that commitment as well as Blaine's success in defending traditional marriage and our Second Amendment rights. The ad also shows that Blaine's experience and success as a small farmer, businessman and lawmaker make him to most experienced and knowledgeable candidate in the 9th Congressional District race." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Plans Aggressive General Election Campaign to Fix Congress. 6 February 2012. “In a show of Republican unity, Luetkemeyer asked his former Republican opponents to join him in fighting against a liberal Democrat Congress that has failed to address our country's domestic energy needs, wants to raise taxes and supports a radical East Coast social agenda that includes abortion on demand and gay marriage.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Saint Louis Post-Dispatch - Showdown In the 9th: Luetkemeyer (R) Wants to Limit Government. 26 October 2008. “Luetkemeyer, who defeated four primary opponents, also is employing many familiar social and financial issues Republicans have used to win in outstate Missouri over the past decade. Among them: opposition to abortion, gun restrictions and same-sex marriage; and support for tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Traditional Family Values Under Seige. 6 February 2012. "As a strong supporter of Missouri family values, I am extremely concerned about the news yesterday that the California Supreme Court overruled a ban on gay marriage. […] I believe, as most Missourians do, that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. But little by little, liberals are chipping away at that notion." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Blaine Luetkemeyer voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Blaine Luetkemeyer supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Blaine Luetkemeyer in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for Ninth. 15 January 2010. “The attempted terrorist attack on a commercial airline on Christmas Day should serve as a wakeup call for the President, his Administration and all Americans that we are still at war with individuals bent on destroying our nation and our people. […] Whether it is the Ft. Hood attack perpetrated by a radicalized commissioned officer in the United States Army, radicalized Afghan-American and Pakistan-American university students traveling to Pakistan, or a young Nigerian radicalized and directed to travel to the United States, all are associated with the broader terrorist threat against our homeland. […] We must remain vigilant when it comes to fighting terrorism and avoid becoming complacent, or else we risk another deadly attack on our people right here at home. I will do everything I can to make sure that America does not drop her guard, including letting this Administration and my congressional colleagues know that we can no longer afford to weaken our resolve in this deadly war.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. News for the Ninth – 05/05/2011. 5 May 2011. “Our war against al Qaeda and its allies is far from over and our resolve will again be tested. In the end, we must continue to hunt down these terrorists and bring them to justice. As these efforts continue, let us not forget that many of the same folks who have been fighting this war for more than a decade continue to do so in order for each of us to sleep more soundly and safely at night.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Op-Ed: News For The Ninth. 25 November 2009. “We must learn from history. And we dare not forget that today's terrorists, like the Imperial Japanese before them, declared war on our nation in the form of a secret and unprovoked attack against our homeland. Today's terrorists must be tried as enemy combatants because this remains a real War on Terror that we are continuing to fight in other lands.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Video: Blaine Buzz 87. 5 May 2011. “There are a lot of other terrorist groups around the world […] we have many, many enemies that we're going to have to protect ourselves from, not only now, but for many years in the future. […] We need to continue to be vigilant. This war on terrorism is not over because their war on us is not over.” (www.youtube.com)

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  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Issue Position: Jobs & Security Now Plan for Missouri. 6 February 2012. “Blaine Luetkemeyer will protect Social Security. Blaine opposes privatization and will make sure we keep our promise to Seniors.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Columbia Missourian - Social Security, Abortion Divide Congressional Candidates. 1 November 2008. “On Social Security, Luetkemeyer said he would consider a plan similar to the one proposed by President George W. Bush that would allow workers younger than 55 to voluntarily invest a small portion of their Social Security payments into the Federal Thrift Savings Program used by federally elected officials. Baker and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have released television ads criticizing Luetkemeyer for this plan, which they say is tantamount to privatizing Social Security. Luetkemeyer has repeatedly rejected that argument, emphasizing that his plan would be voluntary and wouldn't affect the retirements of seniors who already receive benefits.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Luetkemeyer Pledges to Fight For Health Care Solutions for 9th District. 6 February 2012. “In another example of his leadership on issues important to the 9th Congressional District, Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer has signed a pledge to fight in Congress for affordable health care and committing to protect the long-term financial security of his constituents. Luetkemeyer signed the DividedWeFail.org pledge stating that he will work across party lines to support legislation that seeks to provide people with access to quality, affordable health care; strengthen Social Security; provide greater access to retirement plans; and develop policies that ensure all workers, regardless of age, can continue to work and contribute to society.” (votesmart.org)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer. Video: Ninth District Debate: Part 3. 15 October 2008. “With regards to the privatization of Social Security, let's be clear on this, I have never said I will take all the Social Security dollars and privatize those. […] The only thing I've ever said is I would look at the privatization of 10% that was proposed years ago for people under 55, and it's an option, it's voluntary. It's not forcing anybody to do anything like that.” (www.youtube.com)

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Missouri State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decrease Fundingc) Environment
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusk) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Nom) Do you support providing tax dollars to fund construction of new sports complexes?
Non) Do you support providing tax credits for the renovation of sports complexes?
Noo) Should Missouri repeal the gambling loss limit to generate additional revenue for education?
Nop) Should Missouri raise casino taxes to generate additional revenue for education?
Noq) Do you support spending a portion of the "rainy day" fund to help balance the state budget?
Nor) Do you support increasing sales and fuel taxes to improve highways?
Undecideds) Should Internet sales be taxed?
t) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Missouri governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit of four, two-year terms for Missouri state representatives?
Yesc) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Missouri state senators?

d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesi) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Missouri are closed?
Noj) Should Missouri recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesk) Should Missouri restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) Support the use of the death penalty in Missouri.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
k) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xl) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xm) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xc) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xd) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Lower the school bonds passage requirement to a simple majority.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Xh) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xj) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xk) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
Xl) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
m) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xn) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
o) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Missouri's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Noc) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nod) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Missouri.
Xh) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xe) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xg) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xh) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

One of my main priorities is to restructure the budget process. The present process does not lend itself to oversight by the legislature; therefore there are excess funds, waste, and mismanagement in some areas while in other areas there is a shortage of needed funds. The second area I want to work on is our transportation problem. We must regain the trust of the people in MoDOT before we can begin any significant funding changes.