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  • Blaine's Bulletin: Working for You
    Posted in Columns on April 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    Each and every day I strive to represent my constituents in the Third Congressional District of Missouri to the best of my ability. Whether I’m fighting for our Missouri values in Washington D.C. or working alongside our local communities, my constituents come first. Not only do I have the opportunity to work for all of you, but I am supported by a team of hardworking staff who serve our district as well. The week of April 22nd, my staff will be holding constituent service days across Missouri’s... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: 100 Days
    Posted in Columns on April 12, 2019 | Preview rr

    My Democratic colleagues have now controlled the U.S. House of Representatives for 100 days. After a decade in the minority, it is understandable that my colleagues may be slightly out of practice on the intricacies of governing. However, while they claim they’ve been working “for the people” for the last 100 days, the truth is that they’ve advocated for more government control of our individual lives, embraced radical socialism, ignored the crisis at our border, defended infanticide and propose... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: How is this partisan?
    Posted in Columns on April 5, 2019 | Preview rr

    At a time when protecting babies is, unfathomably, a partisan issue, I’m working hard to uphold our Missouri values and support one of our most vulnerable populations: the unborn. It is simply incomprehensible how many precious lives have been cut short by abortion, and now some politicians are taking it a step further and actually advocating for ending the lives of babies after birth. The Governor of Virginia, a pediatrician, recently advocated for abortion after delivery, “If a mother is in la... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: No Collusion
    Posted in Columns on March 29, 2019 | Preview rr

    Over the last two years, the U.S. has seen our economy outperform expectations, nearly 4 million jobs have been created, we’ve renewed our fight against the opioid crisis, and we’re finally taking meaningful action to secure our borders. In that same time, others have used partisan politics to continually attempt to undermine the President, downplay his many successes, and distract the American public with conspiracy theories. Gross Domestic Product grew at 3.1 percent for the last two years, a ... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Preparing for the Storm
    Posted in Columns on March 22, 2019 | Preview rr

    As many in our community face historic flooding, Congress is grappling with the best way forward for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the last fifty years, the NFIP is a critical program for many Missourians who live along the Mississippi, Missouri, and Osage Rivers and the Lake of the Ozarks. Unfortunately, the NFIP has faced systemic problems for years, keeping taxpayers on the hook for future losses as Congress provides... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: National Agriculture Week
    Posted in Columns on March 15, 2019 | Preview rr

    This week, Washington D.C. was abuzz with visitors from across the country. From school groups to credit unions to farmers, I met with dozens of Missourians to learn more about their missions and discuss their policy priorities. Missouri is home to nearly 100,000 farms totaling more than 28 million acres of farmland. Contributing $88 billion annually to Missouri’s economy, agriculture is the number one industry in our state and represents the livelihood of nearly half a million Missourians. This... Read more

  • Blaine’s Bulletin: Women’s History Month
    Posted in Columns on March 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    Women’s History Month is an opportunity to honor the trailblazing women presently in our lives and those who came before. For more than three decades, March has been designated as Women’s History Month, providing an annual reminder of the amazing contributions of women throughout American history. Nearly a century after women were guaranteed the right to vote, I am honored to serve alongside a historic number of women in Congress. This includes two fellow Missourians, Congresswoman Ann Wagner an... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Emergency Declaration
    Posted in Columns on March 1, 2019 | Preview rr

    Many of us remember the old Schoolhouse Rock cartoon that has taught so many children how “just a bill” can become a law: the House of Representatives and Senate pass a bill which then gets sent to the President’s desk where he either signs the bill into law or vetoes it. Thanks to our system of checks and balances, if the bill is vetoed, the legislative branch has the chance to override the Presidential veto with two thirds vote in both the House and Senate, which is extremely rare. Unfortunate... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: America's Future Agricultural Leaders
    Posted in Columns on February 22, 2019 | Preview rr

    One of the most common questions asked of children is “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Depending on the child and their age, you’ll hear a very different answers from “a princess” to “a doctor” to “a firefighter” to “the President” and even “a farmer.” In Missouri, we have a booming agricultural economy employing more than 400,000 people across the state and bringing in more than $88 billion dollars a year. Each and every day Americans across the nation enjoy a safe and abundant food s... Read more

  • Blaine’s Bulletin: President’s Day
    Posted in Columns on February 15, 2019 | Preview rr

    American history is often defined by who leads our country, and every four years we the people have an opportunity to choose new leadership for our nation. Once elected, the forty-five men who served as President of the United States no longer represented themselves but symbolized the strength and perseverance of America. This President’s Day, we recognize those who have cultivated the country we know today. Each President is known for his strengths and weaknesses, wins and losses, yet each inde... Read more

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