U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer is always pleased to hear from his constituents and welcomes the opportunity to respond to their concerns. Wendy Hofmann’s March 11 letter to the editor about Blaine’s record on government spending is misinformed and merits a response in the Missourian where her letter originally was published. Blaine agrees that spending in Washington was and still is out of control. However, since he recently completed his first year in Congress, it is not plausible to blame him for the past decade’s worth of federal budget decisions. Since being sworn into office in 2009, Blaine has consistently opposed President Barack Obama’s budget busting proposals. Perhaps some of the blame for the deficits and debt resulting from these proposals is more appropriately directed at President Obama, of whom Ms. Hofmann identified herself as a supporter in a Jan. 27, 2008, article published in the Missourian.
From 1999 to 2005, Blaine served in the Missouri House of Representatives in Jefferson City. During that time period, the state balanced its budget. Since he has been in Washington, Blaine has refused to accept a single earmark, co-sponsored legislation to block automatic pay raises for Congress, voted against numerous increases to the nation’s debt, voted against the nearly $1 trillion stimulus package, opposes the $1 trillion health care bill and supports a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. Blaine has been listening and responding to the people of the 9th District — Democrats, Republicans and Independents — because that’s what he was hired to do.
Paul Sloca is the communications director for Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer.