Columns

Blaine’s Bulletin: Commitment to America

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2020 has been a trying year. The coronavirus has taken American lives, shuttered businesses, caused children to fall behind in school and forced hardworking Americans who have lost their jobs to wonder how they will pay the rent and put food on the table. But we are a resilient nation, and despite the difficulties we have faced this year I have faith we will come back stronger than ever. House Rep... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: National Recovery Month

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Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of American families nationwide, and unfortunately, Missouri is no exception. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2018 data, 128 Americans pass away each day from an opioid overdose, and we lose another 123 Americans to suicide each day. As shocking as these statistics are, the numbers are projected to be even worse due to th... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Remembering the Heroes of 9/11

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Nineteen years ago today at 8:46 A.M., terrorists flew a highjacked plane of Americans into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. By 10:03 that morning, three more planes had crashed into the South Tower, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA. This was not only the most deadly terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil, but one of the most deadly terrorist attacks to... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: Labor Day

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For most of us, Labor Day Weekend means the end of the summer. We use the long weekend to spend time with our families and cook hotdogs and hamburgers in the backyard before the leaves start to turn and we settle into another school year. But the origin of Labor Day has a deeper meaning. The first Monday of September was officially declared “Labor Day” by President Grover Cleveland in 1894 to cele... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: Back to School

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This was the first week back to school for many students in the Third District. Since our state’s schools closed in April parents, students, and teachers have all stepped up to adapt to distance learning and ensure our kids don’t fall behind. While learning from home was an acceptable alternative as we began understanding the virus and preparing our response, Missouri’s numbers have dramatically i... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: The Postal Service

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Of the numerous services the federal government provides, the United States Post Office (USPS) is one of the very few actually named in the Constitution. Our founders fully understood the importance of a national postal service and left no doubt that it should be a priority. Throughout my time in Congress, I have supported the Postal Service and continue to be especially supportive of helping our ... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: Supporting Missouri Meat Producers

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It only takes a couple minutes of watching TV or listening to the radio to be reminded of the many challenges COVID-19 presents. Depending on where in Missouri you live, we’ve had to make major changes in our day to day lives. What we don’t hear enough about are the various ways people are rising to the challenge. Here in the Third District, our local meat processors and butchers are extremely bus... Read more »

Blaine’s Bulletin: The Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis

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Earlier this year, I was honored to be one of five Republicans selected to serve on the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. My committee colleagues and I attend hearings weekly with experts from across the nation to find solutions and see where improvements can be made in areas like school re-openings, America’s economic damage, and unemployment as we deal with the virus and our nation’s r... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: Safeguarding the Second Amendment

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“[T]he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In 1791, our Founding Fathers saw it necessary to amend the United States Constitution with the Second Amendment in order to give the citizens of this country the right to bear arms and defend themselves. American families have the right to feel safe and secure in their own homes, and exercising Second Amendment rights is a... Read more »

Blaine's Bulletin: The Need to Reopen Missouri Schools

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, life has looked much different for most adults. Some have worked from home, some have unfortunately lost their jobs and essential workers have worked harder than ever. And while the adults have been trying their best to navigate the difficulty of the past couple of months, students have been at home trying to cope with their new normal: distance learning. This ha... Read more »