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Blaine's Bulletin: This Week in the House of Representatives

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Washington, March 24, 2017 | comments
This was another jam packed week in the House of Representatives. Important bills on the House floor, three Committee hearings, and lots of informative constituent meetings were on the agenda for the past week.
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This was another jam packed week in the House of Representatives. Important bills on the House floor, three Committee hearings, and lots of informative constituent meetings were on the agenda for the past week.

First up, I was honored to receive the Spirit of Enterprise award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for my voting record of supporting small businesses and growing the economy. As a former small business owner, receiving this award has always been special. I know all of the hard-work that goes into owning a business and, at the end of the day, you want government out of the way so you can do your job well. I will continue to support our nation’s small businesses as I firmly believe that with their success, our nation grows, and we all succeed.

On the same note of small businesses, the House Small Business Committee held two important hearings this week. The first hearing was entitiled “Making Washington Work for America’s Small Businesses.” According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses accounted for 63.3 percent of net new jobs created between 1993-2013. Several small business owners testified before the committee and underscored the fact that the government needs to reform the tax code, roll back regulations, and get the government out of health-care.

This week we also celebrated National Agriculture Day and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade held a hearing entitled “The Future of America’s Small Family Farms.” The trend of this hearing was very similar to what was said the day before – tax reform, repeal of Obamacare, and the repeal of regulations such as WOTUS are of the upmost importance for their day-to-day lives. 

Lastly, I had the pleasure of speaking to members from the Missouri Farm Bureau. I updated the group on what Washington is working on and what we are trying to accomplish to allow our Missouri farmers, ranchers, producers to grow. Since the beginning of the 115th Congress, the House has tackled a number of bills to rein in the ability of federal bureaucrats who are trying to circumvent Congress and impose harmful regulations on agriculture production. Agriculture is vital to our state’s economy and I am committed to working with my colleagues to ensure a strong and stable future for our farmers.

I predict that productive weeks will be the norm in the coming months with lots of activity in the House of Representatives. It is important to stay informed and my staff and I will do my best to ensure you are. Again, if you have any questions, call any of my offices. My staff stands by ready and willing to help. 

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