Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana

Economy and Jobs

If you work hard and play by the rules in America, you should have an opportunity to succeed. That is the promise of the American dream. Yet, in today’s economy, too many Americans feel they work hard with little opportunity to get ahead. Paychecks are shrinking, and many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to find good paying jobs. Congress can play a role in creating a healthy economy that encourages job growth. That means lowering taxes that stop employers from creating new jobs, reducing the number of inefficient and ineffective job-killing regulations and ensuring job-seekers have the skills they need for 21st Century jobs. It also means balancing the federal budget and reducing the cost of borrowing, so that our children and grandchildren will have an opportunity to succeed as well.

More on Economy and Jobs

Feb 11, 2016

Today, the House passed Congressman Luke Messer’s debt ceiling transparency amendment to The Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3442).

Currently, our nation’s debt sits at $19 trillion and counting.  Conflicts over the debt limit have led to destabilization, lower growth and more borrowing.  H.R. 3442 brings much needed transparency to the debt management process and will force the Administration to stop politicizing debt ceiling debates.  

Feb 10, 2016

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after the Supreme Court blocked the enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan while litigation continues:

“I voted in December to reject the EPA’s proposed regulations on coal, and I’m glad to see the Supreme Court has stopped their implementation while litigation continues.  Those of us from Indiana know that coal means jobs and low-cost reliable energy; therefore we have to keep coal part of our nation’s energy mix. 

Feb 9, 2016

WASHINGTON--Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after the President released his FY 2017 budget proposal that will increase spending by $2.5 trillion:

Feb 1, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) that encourages investment in local infrastructure projects by rolling back a burdensome federal banking restriction.

Jan 13, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) voted for and the House passed a resolution disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that attempts to redefine “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

The rule significantly expands the scope of Federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and undermines the role of states as partners and co-regulators of the nation’s waterways.

Jan 11, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) joined dozens of people to rally for workplace freedom as the Supreme Court heard opening arguments in the case Friedrichs v. California

This case centers on lead plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs.  She is among a group of California teachers suing the California Teachers Association for having to pay certain union dues even though they do not belong to the union.

Oct 9, 2015

WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed legislation to lift the American oil export ban which has stifled American energy production and economic growth for decades. 

Aug 28, 2015

WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Luke Messer released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided to overturn decades of settled labor policy in its ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries.  This ruling creates a new standard for determining which companies will now be considered “joint employers” of workers paid by another business such as a franchisee or contractor.

Jul 15, 2015

WASHINGTON--Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced he is hosting two job fairs in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District in August.

The first job fair is Tuesday, August 4, 2015, in Muncie at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena.  The second will be held in Lawrenceburg at Ivy Tech Community College on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.  Both job fairs will be open to the public from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Veterans can get in a half an hour early at 1 p.m.

Jun 18, 2015

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed in the House 218-208: