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Blaine’s Bulletin: Updating America’s Infrastructure

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In 2015, the then Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster (R-PA) led negotiations with members of both parties in the House, Senate and White House on a 5-year, $300 billion infrastructure package. That bill, called the FAST Act, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers and was signed into law by President Obama that December. While there is... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Setting All Students Up for Success

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Missouri schools closed last April in an effort to slow the spread of the virus and keep teachers, students and their families safe in the early days of the pandemic and the unknowns it posed. While learning from home was an acceptable alternative while we figured out how to navigate Covid-19, it created major hurdles for everyone involved. Our teachers went above and beyond to help students throu... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Easter 2021

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Luke 24:6-7: "He is not here; he has risen!" Today is Good Friday, the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sins. It seems ironic that a day with such tragedy be referred to as “good,” but God sending his only son to die for us was incredibly good, and through Jesus’ death came his resurrection and the victory of good over evil leading to Easter - the holiest day of th... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Securing Our Border

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The American Dream and the various cultures we have here are a huge part of what makes this country great. We are a nation of people whose families were at all one point or another, immigrants looking to come to the United States for a better life and opportunities. We are a mixing bowl of cultures from all over the world who have come together to create one great country and pursue the best live... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: Women’s History Month

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On Tuesday, the House passed the first notable bipartisan piece of legislation of the year, and I was proud to be a part of it. Together, my colleagues, Congresswoman Young Kim, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux, the Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez, and I negotiated a bill to extend the Paycheck Protection Program beyond its current expiration date of March 31. Under the bill, wh... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: The Far-Left To-Do List

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Defunding the police, taxpayer-funded elections, restricting Second Amendment rights, and a massive partisan spending package disguised as coronavirus relief. These are the bills the House of Representatives have prioritized this year. The one thing they all have in common is throughout the drafting of the bills or debate on the floor, not a single Republican idea or amendment was allowed. What’s ... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: The National Guard

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As the oldest military force in our nation’s history, the National Guard dates back to the pre-Revolutionary War militias in the colonies. This year actually marks its 385th birthday. The National Guard seal features a Minuteman as a tribute to how quickly and effectively the National Guard can mobilize and respond to threats. Our state’s National Guard is over 11,000 troops strong with Missourian... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: FFA Week

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With 2/3 of our state covered in farmland and being home to the second highest number of farms in the nation, Missouri knows a little something about the agricultural business. Our state is home to generations of skilled ag producers who play a critical role in our local economies, job market and food supply chain. And with an $88 billion agriculture industry, Missouri is not only a major supplier... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Black History Month

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Every February since 1976, America has come together to celebrate Black History Month and the contributions of African Americans to our nation and its history. It was originally just a one-week celebration during the second week of February to celebrate the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist who spoke about his first-hand experience as a former slave, and Abraham Lincoln who changed ... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: Presidents’ Day

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Presidents’ Day was originally created to observe the birthdays of two of our nation’s greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. And while it is now more of a holiday to celebrate all Americans who have served as President, it is also a good excuse to honor the memories and contributions of these great Americans who left such lasting impacts on this country. To say that President... Read more »