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Blaine’s Bulletin: The National Baby Formula Shortage

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Last week, almost 43% of America’s baby formula supply was out of stock in grocery stores across our country leaving millions of families scrambling to figure out how to feed their babies. According to the CDC, nearly 20% of infants born in this country are supplemented with formula in their first two days of life. By the age of six months, only 25% of babies are being fed solely by breastfeeding....

Blaine’s Bulletin: National Police Week 2022

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Corporal Benjamin Cooper from Joplin dedicated his life to serving our country. Following his 8 years of service in the United States Army, he moved to Missouri and joined the Joplin Police Department. Corporal Cooper was shot and killed by an assailant in the line of duty on March 8 and is survived by his wife and two daughters. Officer Jake Reed joined the Joplin Police Department after graduati...

Blaine’s Bulletin: National Small Business Week

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Small businesses are the embodiment of the American Dream. There is something profound about entrepreneurs across the country betting on themselves and their communities to be their support systems, while simultaneously providing good jobs and economic growth. It is because of small business owners that Main Street America – including many of the smaller and more rural towns like here in the Third...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Title 42

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The crisis at our southern border unfortunately is nothing new. Since January 2021, illegal immigrants have been flooding our nation’s borders due to a new administration bringing new immigration policies. These open border policies led to record numbers of illegal border crossings last year that has only gotten worse in 2022. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Agents are encountering more than 7,000...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Easter District Work Period

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The Easter District Work Period has been a very productive one around the Third District. Being home in Missouri and getting to catch up with many of you is my favorite part of the job. While the bill writing gets done in Washington, D.C., talking to real people about real issues spurs the bill ideas we develop. Hearing from you directly helps me serve you and your families that much better, and I...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Easter 2022

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Mark 16: 5-6: “As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don't be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here…’” Today is Good Friday and the start of the holiest weekend of the year for Christians. As the Lenten season comes to a close, we are almost read...

Blaine’s Bulletin: The ENTRÉE Act

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When the pandemic began, restaurants were among the very first businesses to take a hit. We didn’t know much about the coronavirus as it spread across the world, and Americans were told to stay home as much as possible. This meant most people weren’t eating out or supporting their favorite local restaurants like they usually did. What started as “two weeks to slow the spread” turned into months an...

Blaine’s Bulletin: The 62nd Central Missouri Honor Flight

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Tags: Veterans

On Wednesday, we celebrated National Vietnam Veterans Day to honor the Americans who served our country in Vietnam. Many soldiers who served in Vietnam were drafted, taking them away from their families, school, and jobs for years. These servicemembers served honorably, and they returned home to a tumultuous country that was divided on our participation in the war. Many soldiers faced ridicule fro...

Blaine’s Bulletin: National Ag Week

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Farming and ranching are just about as Missouri as it gets. Our state’s fertile land has been farmed for hundreds of years and we are one of the nation’s top ag states, ranking second in the nation for number of farms. From soybeans, to corn, to hay, rice, cotton, cattle, hogs, and turkeys – Missouri farmers and ranchers are producing a variety of commodities the world needs. And they’re doing it ...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Preparing for Tax Day

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Tags: Taxes

Now that we are halfway through March, tax season is in full swing. At a time when inflation is at a 40-year high and gas prices are breaking records every week, families in Missouri and across America are hopeful of a timely tax return. Tax season has never been fun. It was frustrating for many families pre-pandemic, but now with the IRS delays and economic issues our country is facing there’s an...