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Blaine’s Bulletin: America Knows the Pandemic Is Over

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Here in Missouri, we are fortunate to live in a place where Missourians and our elected officials alike knew the pandemic was over long before the federal government. Life in our state went back to normal relatively quickly compared to other states. Now, the rest of the country has caught on and people are moving on with their lives. Kids are attending school in person, people are going…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Life Begins at Conception

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Every January since 1979, Americans across the country have come together to advocate for the sanctity of human life. The tragic Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, quickly made it clear that giving a voice to the voiceless was vital, and our nation’s pro-life community has continued to grow and spread the word that life begins at conception ever since. Last Friday tens of thousands…

Blaine’s Bulletin: 2023 Economic Outlook

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Tags: Energy, Taxes

The 118th Congress is now fully underway, and the change of control of the House of Representatives is on full display. As I discussed in last week’s bulletin, the first bill the House passed was the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act, which prevents the 87,000 person increase in IRS agents. That was followed quickly by the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act that…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Tax Season 2023

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Tags: Taxes

I think most of America would agree the IRS could use some lessons in efficiency. As with most government agencies, it’s riddled with red tape and bureaucracy. The pandemic put a spotlight on its shortcomings with field offices closing down for months while Missourians waited for their tax returns that went untouched for far too long. Many people are still having issues with their taxes…

Blaine’s Bulletin: The 118th Congress

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“Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder…” – Plato  To say it was a chaotic week in the House of Representatives would be quite an understatement. I’m sure it has been frustrating to watch, and I assure you it has been very frustrating to be a part of. The last time the House held multiple Speaker votes was 100 years ago in 1923. In 1856 it…

Blaine's Bulletin: 2022 in Review

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As we head into a new year, I find it’s always productive to reflect on what worked, and what could be done differently moving forward for the next twelve months. 2022 had its fair share of ups and downs, but a new year brings a new beginning and a clean slate.  Next year, with a House Republican majority, I’m optimistic that we can do some good. Of course, Democrats are still in…

Blaine's Bulletin: Christmas 2022

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Luke 2:10-14: “And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the…

Blaine’s Bulletin: 2023 NDAA

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Last week, the House passed the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This is one of Congress’ most important jobs each year, as this bill funds our nation’s military. America’s warfighters and military members sacrifice so much for this country, the least we can do in return is make sure they have everything they need to do their jobs. This year, the NDAA included one of the…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Biden Administration Student Loan Update

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I’m sure you remember President Biden’s summer announcement that he plans to cancel student debt for thousands of Americans. While student loan forgiveness had been discussed for several months, the announcement was somewhat of a surprise because it was widely believed that doing so was not constitutional. In my September 2nd bulletin, I highlighted the fact that both Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

Blaine’s Bulletin: 75th Anniversary of Toys for Tots

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If you take a look around, there’s no doubt that Christmas time is here. Trees, wreaths and lights are going up all across Missouri and people’s moods are noticeably cheerier now that the holiday season is upon us. This is the season of giving, which can come in many different forms. Maybe that means contributing to the Salvation Army when you walk by one of their red buckets with a bell…