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Missouri’s congressional delegation was divided Wednesday on the historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

It’s only the third time in American history that members of the House impeached a president. But it’s unlikely the Republican-controlled Senate will remove Trump from office.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 7, 2009 - As the debate over health care heats up, the Beacon asked area members of the House and Senate where they stand at this time. Specifically, the Beacon asked:

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Democrats and Republicans who make up the St. Louis area’s congressional delegation say they support President Donald Trump’s decision to use missiles against a Syrian airbase after this week’s chemical weapons attack that killed dozens.

 

Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told St. Louis radio station KTRS that the action shows “the president listens … learns” and is “willing to look at new circumstances in a new way.” Missouri U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner chided the Obama administration on Friday for allowing the Syrian crisis to become “the largest war in this century,” adding, “the United States can no longer sit idly by.”

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For those who see nothing but divisiveness in Congress, Tuesday’s vote backing the most significant changes in public housing policy in decades may be a refreshing surprise.

The bill, HR 3700, sponsored Missouri Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth and Emanuel Cleaver, D-Kansas City, reforms “19 areas and 65 to 70 provisions” of existing law, under the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Housing Service.

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Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, is sponsoring what he calls the biggest “reform” to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in more than 50 years.

 

The legislation addresses long-standing issues in public housing across the U.S.

 

“What we’ve done with this bill is open up 19 different sections of the law, somewhere between 65 and 70 provisions that we believe make some significant changes in the way HUD operates,” Luetkemeyer told St. Louis Public Radio.

 

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President Barack Obama ended his State of the Union address with a sweeping call for "better," less divisive politics, but the reaction to the speech fell along the usual partisan lines.

What fellow Democrats such as U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-University City, called “a smart, energetic agenda,’’  Republicans like U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, labeled “the same old, tired, Washington-based ideas.”

Area Lawmakers Ready For New 114th Congress

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From naming local post offices for fallen service members to changing the president’s signature health-care law, area lawmakers are beginning the 114th Congress ready to introduce a wide array of legislative proposals.

Every session of Congress sees far more bills introduced than could ever be considered, and most legislative proposals last only about as long as it takes a lawmaker to issue a news release announcing the bill’s introduction.

Senate Democrats return to Washington Wednesday morning knowing that their time in the majority will expire in just a few weeks. 

The lame duck session starts Wednesday and ends before Christmas, with a Thanksgiving holiday in between. The new Congress, with its Senate Republican majority of 52 seats, starts shortly after the New Year. The House remains firmly in Republican hands.

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Missouri voters will make decisions this fall on who will fill all eight of the state’s congressional districts.

But as it stands, there’s little debate over who likely will win.

All eight of the state’s incumbents in the U.S. House are in seats that – thanks to the 2011 redistricting – heavily favor one party or the other. As a result, none of them faces well-funded challengers this fall.

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This week, the Politically Speaking podcast  brings prominent GOP consultant Jeff Roe to the show. He joins St. Louis Public Radio reporters Jo Mannies, Chris McDaniel and Jason Rosenbaum.

Based in Kansas City, Roe is among the top Republican consultants in the Midwest – and is headed toward a national reputation.  Only in his early 40s, he operates the fourth-largest GOP direct-mail firm in the country. He's expected to land at least one Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

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The two Republican members of Congress who represent the St. Louis area – Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer – are calling for the resignation of  U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Their declarations come as several of the nation’s VA facilities, including Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis, have been accused of improper or delayed care to military veterans.

Wagner, R-Ballwin, said that Shinseki – in office since 2009 -- had “failed to provide timely services and care for our veterans.  Secretary Shinseki has failed to fulfill his mission at the VA.”

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Missouri’s Republican field for governor in 2016 may be about to get more crowded, as some party activists are urging U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, to enter the race.

If he were to jump in, Luetkemeyer would face former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, a Republican from west St. Louis County who already has declared her candidacy, and possibly state Auditor Tom Schweich, a St. Louis native who is running for re-election this fall with no major opposition.

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This week the Politically Speaking crew (minus Chris McDaniel) welcomes U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer to the show. The St. Elizabeth Republican’s sprawling district extends into St. Charles, Franklin, Lincoln and Jefferson counties, as well as mid-Missouri outposts, such as Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks.

Boeing CEO W. James McNerney, Jr., left, and U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, met earlier in December in Washington, D.C. Luetkemeyer is part of a bipartisan contingent of federal lawmakers who are using the bully pulpit to steer Boeing's 77
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When U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer met with Boeing CEO James McNerney in his Washington office earlier this month, his message wasn’t subtle. 

Luetkemeyer was there to make the case that Missouri was the right place to steer production of Boeing's 777X civilian aircraft. He said he told McNerney he was “excited about the opportunity for the state of Missouri to bid on it.”

“Whatever help we could be at the federal level, we would more than willing to do that,” Luetkemeyer , R-St. Elizabeth, said.  

The U.S. Department of Defense has included an order of 16 F/A 18 Super Hornets in their budget for the next two years.
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Boeing has been on the minds of the Show-Me State's political figures lately, thanks to the effort to lure the manufacturing of the 777X airplane to Missouri.  Now, the company is planning to bring several hundred research and development jobs to the St. Louis region. 

The U.S. Department of Defense has included an order of 16 F/A 18 Super Hornets in their budget for the next two years.
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With the effort to lure Boeing’s 777X on the minds of the Show Me State’s political figures, the company is planning to bring several hundred research and development jobs to the St. Louis region. 

    

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A group of protesters Tuesday afternoon called on Missouri U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) to vote to end the federal government shutdown that began October first.

The 40 demonstrators picketed outside Luetkemeyer's Jefferson City office and also delivered a so-called "cease and desist order" to members of his staff.    Allison Dreith is with the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, the group that sponsored the demonstration.

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Missouri U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) is blasting the Obama Administration for the way it's handled the crisis in Syria.

Luetkemeyer spoke Monday before a small group of business leaders in Jefferson City.  He told them that Syrian officials used chemical weapons against their own people because they fear no repercussions from the U.S.

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The Missouri branch of Organizing For Action, a nonprofit policy organization working to enact President Obama's agenda, held two rallies at the offices of U.S. Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer and Ann Wagner today in support of immigration reform.

The rallies are part of OFA’s “Action August” initiative, which is focused on raising attention around controversial issues while members are back in their district for recess.

Bayer says glyphosate is a key tool for farmers as they try to control weeds and produce enough corn and other crops to help feed the world.
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Members of Missouri and Illinois' Congressional delegations are weighing in on the U.S. House version of the Farm Bill, which could be voted on before week's end.

Illinois Republican Rodney Davis told reporters today via conference call that the bill is a big improvement over the version passed by the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 7, 2013 - During the waning days of April, reports surfaced that a defeated Missouri Republican was seriously considering an electoral comeback after time away from public life.

No, it wasn't former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. It was Bob Onder, a former state representative from Lake St. Louis who fell short nearly five years ago in the hotly contested 9th congressional district Republican primary.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 9, 2013 - U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, says he’s prepared to shut down the federal government and block a debt-ceiling deal, if that’s what it takes to force President Barack Obama to accept dramatic budget cuts – especially in the entitlement programs.

“The debt limit (fight) is going to be about reforming Medicare,’’ Luetkemeyer said Tuesday, as he addressed members of the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.

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Missouri officials are both praising and condemning President Obama’s executive order today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 8, 2012 - WASHINGTON – Back in the days when he was raising hogs on his grandpa’s farm, or selling insurance in St. Elizabeth or examining banks in Missouri, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer learned to mix Show-Me pragmatism with Main Street conservatism.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 1, 2012 - WASHINGTON — When the Labor Department did a turnaround last week and announced that it had scuttled new rules limiting child labor on farms, members of Missouri’s congressional delegation hailed the step as a victory for common sense.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., denounced the proposed rules as “ridiculous government overreach,” while Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said their demise meant that “Missouri farm families will have one less thing to worry about.” Both lawmakers had backed a bill to block the planned rules, which Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, also opposed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 11, 2011 - The last of three American students to arrive home after a "scary" police detention in Egypt, Derrik Sweeney of Jefferson City was greeted by family and friends late Saturday at Lambert Airport and told journalists that he had been hit and threatened after being taken into custody in the midst of Cairo demonstrations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 17, 2011 - For almost two hours, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer engaged in a typical August recess event for a member of Congress. He held court at a forum -- this one at the Wentzville City Hall -- and fielded questions from about two dozen businesspeople who largely shared his views about no tax hikes, less federal spending and fewer regulations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 19, 2011 - WASHINGTON - In the wake of this summer's severe flooding, members of Congress from Missouri have been mounting what appears to be a systematic effort to slash studies and efforts that aim to restore the ecosystems along the now-swollen Missouri River -- even though many analysts feel that such restoration can help lessen future flooding.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 4, 2011 - Jefferson and St. Charles county officials might be a bit happier with the initial Senate version of congressional redistricting, reflected in a map approved today by the Senate panel in charge.

The Senate map puts most of Jefferson County into a refashioned 2nd District, with just a smidge assigned to the 8th District, which otherwise covers all of southeastern Missouri. The House map split Jefferson County into three different districts. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 21, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Stunned by a late-night amendment by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, some leading scientists are hoping to block his effort to stop federal funding of the Nobel Prize-winning international climate-change panel.

Contending that the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced "corrupt findings" that have been used by "climate alarmists" to push for cap-and-trade legislation, Luetkemeyer got the U.S. House to adopt, in a 244-179 vote, an amendment to the stopgap spending bill that would ban U.S. funds for the panel.

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