U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) spent Friday visiting with women business owners.
After a stop in St. Charles, the congressman made his way to Washington to meet with area business owners. At Exit 11 Workspace, Luetkemeyer chatted with five business owners about the ongoing plans to cut taxes, the economy and President Donald Trump.
In a 90-minute conversation Luetkemeyer took questions and offered insight into things happening in Washington, D.C. The business owners in attendance were Angela Garland, Exit 11; Sandi Stegemann, P.S. Enterprises; Charleen Presley, Presley Glass; Tyann Marcink, owner of several small businesses; and Sandi Hillermann McDonald, Hillermann Nursery & Florist.
After hearing from the women about their backgrounds, Luetkemeyer began discussing Republicans’ ongoing efforts to implement a new tax reform plan. Luetkemeyer said the House recently passed its version of a proposed bill, which he supported.
He said the plan was for the Senate to hopefully pass their own version soon and have a working cut in place by the end of 2017.
Luetkemeyer said the plans voted on by the House had a “lot of good stuff.” He said the proposed cut would generate growth.
Luetkemeyer said cuts have been tried in the past and worked until Congress attempts to spend the excess revenue. The plan this time would be to cut tax and expenses in order to get the deficit under control, he said.
“I’m personally very excited,” he said. “It’s going to jumpstart the economy.”
If passed, Luetkemeyer touted the ability to file taxes on a postcard size piece of paper for the majority of Americans. For business owners, like those in attendance he said the plan was to make things easier for small business owners as well.
Presley said if the cuts help her save more money, she’ll be able to invest and grow her business. Luetkemeyer smiled and told her that was exactly the plan. He said he wished he had a video camera to record her because that’s the message Republicans want to spread about the plan.
Luetkemeyer also answered questions about proposed cuts and tried to address other issues that have been raised about the plan by Democrats.
After talking about the tax plan, Luetkemeyer was asked about the president. Luetkemeyer lamented the president’s habit of tweeting and said it’s hurt more than it’s helped.
The Twitter distraction has obscured some of Trump’s accomplishments, Luetkemeyer said. He said the president has raised the standing of the U.S. around the world.
Praising his business mind, Luetkemeyer said Trump is working hard on deals and delivering on his campaign promises.