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Blaine Luetkemeyer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Blaine Luetkemeyer has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • "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." (
  • "In Congress, Blaine is a strong supporter of pro-life causes, supported legislation to cut off taxpayer funding for organizations that provide abortions, and introduced legislation to stop the Obama Administration from forcing organizations with moral or religious objections from being mandated to provide certain services that run contrary to their beliefs." (
  • Rated 100% By National Right to Life Committee. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act continues to fuel economic growth & job creation. In June, our nation saw incredible growth in wages -- 2018's strongest so far. We must keep pushing forward with this momentum for American families, workers, and small businesses!" (
  • "First and foremost, this legislation finally brings simplicity and fairness in the tax code by eliminating costly deductions that drive up tax rates and add frustration when it comes to doing your taxes. With passage of this legislation, the vast majority of individuals and families will be able to file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard." (
  • Rated 83% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "First, please know that my priority is to preserve Medicare and Social Security for current beneficiaries and future generations. 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. Otherwise, these programs will not be there for future generations of Americans." (
  • "So what is driving the debt? The key drivers of the debt are the mandatory programs, which are on auto-pilot. Social Security and Medicare are the two biggest mandatory programs, followed by Medicaid. This type of auto-pilot spending has grown from one-third of all spending 50 years ago to two-thirds today and is on pace to consume an ever larger share of the budget. If we don't change the trajectory of mandatory spending, by 2034, all federal revenues will be consumed by Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, Social Security, and interest on the debt, leaving no funding for core Constitutional responsibilities such as national defense. Both Social Security and Medicare are lifelines for many individuals across our nation and for these programs to remain sustainable, solvent, and available for current and future beneficiaries -- they must be put on a different path." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "As such, Congress must ensure that our troops have all the resources and state-of-the-art equipment they need to complete their missions and return home safely to a grateful nation." (
  • "Our nation must be ever-vigilant, and we must ensure that our intelligence and military capabilities remain the best in the world. We must ensure our military has the tools to deal with threats to our national security, and we must make sure we offer the utmost support to our troops." (
  • "We must ensure our military has the tools to deal with threats to our national security, and we must make sure we offer the utmost support to our troops." (
  • "@POTUS’s new EO is aimed at decreasing gov’t waste. Good move to rein in out-of-control spending & federal excess." (
  • "I just voted to: Fully fund a 2.4% pay raise for the military Fund rural infrastructure, including rural broadband expansion Boost our response to the opioid crisis Increase funding for our nation's transportation infrastructure." (
  • "In order to provide certainty and make the much-needed investments in our nation's roads and bridges, it's time for Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill. The short-term extensions have created an atmosphere of uncertainty that has prevented progress on important infrastructure projects." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "This bill encourages corporations to invest in the United States and to bring foreign earnings back to U.S. soil. Furthermore, it reduces the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, bringing U.S. corporations in line with foreign competitors by reducing the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. This will allow companies to invest in jobs and factories here at home unleashing the U.S. economy. " (
  • Rated 83% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "MO businesses like our favorite restaurants, barber shops & florists have been devastated by COVID-19's economic impact & need help weathering this storm. Congress has passed a bill to provide more funding to the PPP & our incredible medical community." (
  • "The CARES Act provides badly-needed resources for our medical community who is working around the clock to keep us safe, relief for families who need help to make ends meet, & help for businesses so they can stay afloat & keep providing paychecks." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (
  • "Parents and local educators know what is best for our nation's children; parents are the ones who are raising their children to become well-rounded individuals and educators are with the children day in and day out and they know how to best operate a classroom. I believe that entrusting education decisions with those closest to the students, rather than bureaucrats in Washington, creates the most effective and sustainable education programs." (
  • "Blaine supports an all of the above energy plan to harness all of our own resources and capabilities, whether oil, coal, nuclear, biofuels, solar, or wind." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • 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" (
  • "He staunchly opposes cap and trade and has fought to rein in the out of control EPA, which has proposed numerous regulations that will drive up the cost of energy and will further damage our economy if allowed to go unchecked." (
  • "The #EPA continuously oversteps its authority. I'll continue to fight back against its misguided efforts." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (
  • "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." (
  • "Proud to be named co-chair on @realDonaldTrump's #2ndAmendment Coalition.Go vote in support of gun rights today!" (
  • "While serving as a State Representative in Missouri, Blaine was also a supporter of the ballot measure supported by the majority of Missourians that allows law-abiding citizens to carry weapons for protection against those that would threaten individuals and their families and has supported numerous bills important to sportsmen, hunters, gun owners, and enthusiasts." (
  • 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" (
  • "Blaine strongly opposes Obamacare and is currently working to repeal it and de-fund it, because Obamacare destroys jobs, raids Medicare, raises taxes, tramples on religious freedom, and empowers the government rather than doctors and patients to make medical decisions among other reasons." (
  • "It is my belief that the Obama administration's current health-care law sets onerous rules and regulations empowering the federal government, rather than the American people. I will continue to fight for a full repeal of the law, which is brimming with poorly conceived, wildly expensive and intrusive provisions that will slow job creation, increase debt and make it tougher for families and small business owners to make ends meet." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "The Democrats are busy fighting President Trump in court over border wall funding while the crisis gets worse every day. We need protection measures now, our border is turning into a powder keg, American lives are in danger!" (
  • "The Pentagon just approved money for 80 new miles of border wall, all without impact on force readiness. Thanks President Trump for putting the safety of our citizens above politics!" (
  • "Any serious immigration proposal must ensure that all who wish to come into our country adhere to the rule of law, which is why Blaine has openly opposed amnesty bills considered by Congress." (
  • "Glad to see a Federal Judge has blocked President Obama's #amnesty executive action." (
  • ""For too long, Iran has been supporting terrorism and suppression across the Middle East. Qassem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops, thousands of innocent people around the world, and was behind potential future Iranian attack plans. I'm grateful our Commander in Chief has shown the leadership needed to eliminate this threat to the world and for the bravery of our nation's military who executed this mission and continue to keep us safe." (
  • "Even after the JCPOA was signed, Iran continued to threaten the stability of the Middle East and our allies around the world. I support President Trump's action to withdraw from the Iran deal and make clear that the U.S. will not stand for their actions. We must continue to stand with Israel and work alongside the international community to hold Iran accountable and deny all paths to nuclear activities." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "As the leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi was one of the most ruthless, evil people on the planet. His death is a victory for the entire world. Thanks to the leadership of @realDonaldTrump & the bravery of our military, we now live in a safer place." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "With a projected impact of 176,000 new jobs and over $68 billion in new economic growth, I continue to push House leadership to vote USMCA into law right away." (
  • "Free and fair trade is a no-cost economic stimulus package for agriculture and our entire economy. I will continue to support efforts that level the playing field and are beneficial to American agriculture, manufacturing and the economy at large." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
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.

X a) 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.
X f) 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.State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Maintain Funding Status a) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Funding b) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decrease Funding c) Environment
Greatly Increase Funding d) Health care
Slightly Increase Funding e) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Status f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Status g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Eliminate b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decrease d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decrease f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminate h) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status i) Property taxes
Maintain Status j) Sales taxes
Maintain Status k) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
No m) Do you support providing tax dollars to fund construction of new sports complexes?
No n) Do you support providing tax credits for the renovation of sports complexes?
No o) Should Missouri repeal the gambling loss limit to generate additional revenue for education?
No p) Should Missouri raise casino taxes to generate additional revenue for education?
No q) Do you support spending a portion of the "rainy day" fund to help balance the state budget?
No r) Do you support increasing sales and fuel taxes to improve highways?
Undecided s) Should Internet sales be taxed?
t) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes a) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Missouri governors?
Yes b) Do you support the current limit of four, two-year terms for Missouri state representatives?
Yes c) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Missouri state senators?
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) PAC
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 4) Political Parties
Yes e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
No f) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
No g) Do you support voting on-line?
Yes h) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yes i) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Missouri are closed?
No j) Should Missouri recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yes k) 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.

X a) 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.
X c) Support the use of the death penalty in Missouri.
X d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X e) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
X f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
X h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
X i) 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.
X l) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
X m) 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.

X a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
X b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
X c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
X d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Lower the school bonds passage requirement to a simple majority.
X f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X g) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
X h) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
i) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
X j) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
X k) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
X l) 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.
X n) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
o) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

X a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
X d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
X e) 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
No a) College and university admissions
No b) Public employment
No c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) 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.
No c) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
No d) 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.
X d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X e) 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.

X a) 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.
X c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
X d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
X e) 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.
X h) 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.

X a) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
X c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
X d) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
X e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
X g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
X h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
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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