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Missouri Congressman Luetkemeyer raising concerns about inflation

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) represents 13 counties in central and eastern Missouri (2020 file photo courtesy of Congressman Luetkemeyer’s office)

An east-central Missouri congressman who’s the top Republican on the U.S. House Small Business Committee is blasting the Biden administration over inflation.

CNBC reports consumer prices rose 8.5 percent in March, the fastest annual gain since 1981. U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (R-St. Elizabeth) district includes Jefferson City and Fulton.

“Inflation continues to hammer away at our small business folks and our individuals who are trying to make ends meet,” Luetkemeyer says.

Congressman Luetkemeyer also describes energy prices as a disaster.

“And it can all be fixed tomorrow if this administration would just open up the pipelines and continue to build them and open up drilling. I mean we can be self-sufficient again,” says Luetkemeyer.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) sees the energy issue differently. She tweeted last week that the Biden administration has taken new action on energy prices which “builds on bold steps in recent weeks to bring down gas prices, including by ordering a historic release from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve and working with our allies to secure releases from strategic reserves around the world.”

Congressman Luetkemeyer also expresses frustration with the Missouri Legislature for not approving a congressional redistricting map yet. He spoke to 939 the Eagle during a recent interview.

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