Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 3, Republican
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Blaine Luetkemeyer has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "While this president has demonstrated time and again that he will not stand with the unborn, that will not deter me. I am a proud cosponsor of numerous pro-life bills that my colleagues have introduced, and I will continue to support those pro-life bills as they come to the House floor." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1086389/blaines-bulletin-standing-up-for-the-nations-most-vulnerable-population (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Due to the federal government’s out-of-control spending, I have supported numerous measures to freeze funding for, and often cut, federal programs. I still remain firm in the belief that the nation's fiscal crisis cannot be left for the next generation to solve and that a Balanced Budget Amendment is the only real solution to reining in our ballooning deficits, living within our means and paying down the national debt." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=47881 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)
  • "First, please know that I oppose raising taxes." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=56731 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This bill also does not contain any earmarks. Rather than focusing spending on special pet projects, the highway bill focuses on devolving decision-making power to local officials, so they can better address the priorities and needs of their communities. By converting the Surface Transportation Program, one of the largest federal-aid highway programs, into a block grant, states would also be able to further prioritize important projects such as the new I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051664/blaines-bulletin-investing-our-nations-transportation-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/595926/#.VZ1SVvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Due to the federal government’s out-of-control spending, I have supported numerous measures to freeze funding for, and often cut, federal programs. I still remain firm in the belief that the nation's fiscal crisis cannot be left for the next generation to solve and that a Balanced Budget Amendment is the only real solution to reining in our ballooning deficits, living within our means and paying down the national debt." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=47881 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZxA7vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "That’s why I have worked aggressively to change our system by supporting tax policies that foster economic growth and tax simplification. For example, I have signed on to H.R. 462, the Tax Code Termination Act, which would terminate the Internal Revenue Code of 1986." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=56731 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)
  • "To be sure, my preference would have been to make all of the Bush tax cuts permanent, reform entitlements, and achieve real spending cuts--things I have consistently voted for in Congress--but this was not the choice put before the House on January 1, 2013." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/760603/luetkemeyer-column-protecting-taxpayers-and-jobs/ (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is my firm belief that we must reduce the size and scope of the federal role in education and return more of the decisions about education back to states and local boards." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=56733 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)
  • "Around the nation, parents and teachers are joining together to oppose the implementation of the top-down, 'one-size-fits-all' approach to education through Common Core State Standards. Movements in states from Pennsylvania to Georgia have gained momentum and forced lawmakers to examine the value of Common Core and in some cases halt its implementation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/820092/blaines-bulletin-common-core-remains-a-concern#.VZ6kyHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZw4lPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZw68flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the House once again passed legislation that would make the Keystone XL pipeline a reality. Construction of the pipeline would bring much needed jobs to our nation and the reduction of our dependence on foreign oil would jump-start our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/946015/luetkemeyer-statement-on-passage-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.ViEdYGwViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/523577/bp-oil-spill/?search=renewable#.ViEhgWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support an all-of-the-above energy plan that develops our own domestic resources, including oil from Alaska and the Gulf, natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and alternative sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849231/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In short, the heavy handed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the finalized rule to regulate power plant emissions, mandating that power plants would have to cut an average of 32 percent of their carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. This would devastate the citizens of our great state as more than 85 percent of Missouri's electricity is generated by burning coal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051703/blaines-bulletin-finding-solutions-that-restore-a-confident-america/ (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/487324/ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/20400/blaine-luetkemeyer/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "All Americans are granted freedoms and rights that are guaranteed to us by the Constitution, including the Second Amendment. And when those guaranteed rights get trampled on by the administration, I will not back down." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963339/blaines-bulletin-protecting-the-second-amendment#.VZ6nUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZw_g_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition to trying to repeal the entire health-care law, the House has passed other pieces of legislation repealing or replacing some of the most expensive, unworkable and burdensome segments of the new health-care law." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=48444 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)
  • "People are hurting under Obamacare with premiums only rising -- not going down contrary to what was promised. By putting this reconciliation bill on the president's desk, he has to answer to the millions of Americans about his decision whether or not to veto this legislation or he could allow his cohorts in the Senate to tie it up and defeat it as they have done dozens of time in the past." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051684/blaines-bulletin-on-the-presidents-desk-a-bill-to-repeal-obamacare/ (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am strongly opposed to amnesty and believe it is inherently unfair and insults legal immigrants who have spent years playing by the rules to come to the United States." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=56723 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)
  • "Today, the House acted to combat the president’s unconstitutional power grab. After the president unilaterally granted amnesty to millions of undocumented illegal immigrants in November, Americans were loud and clear they did not support this executive order." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398521 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/20400/blaine-luetkemeyer/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/354674/#.VZ1XnvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the sanctity of life and marriage, and the importance of family. I believe in the Constitution of the United States. I believe that we are a nation of laws built on Judeo-Christian principles." http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=333178 (luetkemeyer.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If a terrorist group poses a threat to our nation's homeland or our allies, America must step up and lead, not sit on the sideline" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/924537/newsletter-blaines-bulletin-the-threat-that-isil-poses-to-america-must-be-defeated/ (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Blaine Luetkemeyer will protect Social Security. Blaine opposes privatization and will make sure we keep our promise to Seniors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/391293/#.VZ1YcvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not support making changes that would affect any current beneficiaries or those nearing retirement; however, in order for the next generation of beneficiaries to receive full benefits and quality care, we must take action to save these programs for the future by ensuring their solvency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849244/issue-position-seniors#.VZ6pPHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/397329/#.VZ1X6_lViko (votesmart.org)

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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.

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