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  • Blaine's Bulletin: Recognizing Presidents' Day
    Posted in Columns on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    America’s rich history not only includes events such as the Civil War or when Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis on the great expedition to explore the West – but it also includes the individuals who were our leaders during these times. Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: We Can and Must Do Better
    Posted in Columns on February 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health-Care, Small Business

    “We are looking for ways to provide the same great service while at the same time looking at more ways to cut our costs. We are running out of ideas to cut costs because this bad economy has been going on for five years now. We continue to work longer hours instead of hiring new workers.” – constituent from Jefferson City Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Reining in Regulations
    Posted in Columns on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    A little recent history to start this week. In 1996, as part of the Contract with America, Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This little known tool gives Congress the power to invalidate a rule or regulation from the executive branch within 60 days of it being issued. You may be thinking, can’t Congress pass a law to overturn a rule already? The answer is yes, but the CRA allows Congress to expedite the disapproval of regulations and also requires only a simple majority vote in the Senate. Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: March for Life
    Posted in Columns on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Pro-Life/Family

    “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: 58th Presidential Inauguration
    Posted in Columns on January 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    In 1789, President George Washington was sworn into office as the first President of the United States. In March of that year, the United States Constitution took effect and in April, Congress made it official that Washington had won the presidency. For that first inauguration, the ceremony was held on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. President Washington read his inaugural address to Congress, and in the evening, cannons and skyrockets were shot into the sky. Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Valentines for Veterans, Honoring a Soldier, and a Missouri River Update
    Posted in Columns on January 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    The second week of the 115th Congress proved to be just as busy as the first one and I expect this pace and momentum to increase when President Trump is inaugured in a few days and we start to tackle the priorities of the American people and have a partner in the White House, instead of a roadblock. I’m very much looking forward to working with the new administration from day one. Below are a few items of note for this week. Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Kicking off the 115th Congress
    Posted in Columns on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    The first week in January was not only the start to a new year, but it also was the start of the the 115th Congress – and House Republicans were ready to hit the ground running. Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Looking Ahead to 2017
    Posted in Columns on December 30, 2016 | Preview rr

    2017 not only means the start of a new year but it also means the start of a new Congress. On January 3, the 115th Congress officially kicks off. I am ready to get to work with my colleagues and the Trump Administration to start passing an agenda that Americans want to see implemented and the next few months are going to be extremely busy doing just that. Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Looking Back on 2016
    Posted in Columns on December 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    This time of year it is normal to sit down and reflect on what 2016 has brought us. Through good times and bad times, we have many reasons to be thankful for what we were able to achieve or experience over the last 12 months. Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Spirit of the Season
    Posted in Columns on December 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    “Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money…Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives.” – Pope Benedict XVI Read more

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