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  • Blaine’s Bulletin: The Farm Bill is Headed to the President’s Desk
    Posted in Columns on December 14, 2018 | Preview rr

    This holiday season, families across America will gather around the table to enjoy wonderful holiday meals with their loved ones. As Americans, we are very fortunate to enjoy access to the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. During this season of reflection and thankfulness we must remember the hardworking farmers who work day in and day out to put food on our tables and in our grocery stores. Over the last few years, Missouri’s nearly 100,000 farms have faced drought conditions a... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Honoring the Life and Legacy of President George H.W. Bush
    Posted in Columns on December 7, 2018 | Preview rr

    With temperatures near freezing in Washington D.C., thousands of Americans waited in hours-long lines for the opportunity to pay their final respects to President George Herbert Walker Bush this week. Lying in state in the United States Capitol rotunda is a rare honor afforded to a select few Americans who served our nation. President Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, earned the honor at least eight times over. His son, President George W. Bush said it best, “Dad taught us th... Read more

  • Blaine’s Bulletin: Full Steam Ahead
    Posted in Columns on November 30, 2018 | Preview rr

    In 1927, the most lavish and expensive river steamboats of their time, the Delta King and Delta Queen entered service. After many years on the rivers in California, the Delta Queen was utilized to ferry troops in the waters around San Francisco during World War II. The Delta Queen even transported some of the wounded from the attack on Pearl Harbor to onshore hospitals in San Francisco. Following the war, the Delta Queen was a mainstay of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers for more than 60 years, e... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Thanksgiving Traditions
    Posted in Columns on November 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    From Memorial Day barbecues to Fourth of July Fireworks to Thanksgiving meals, Americans across the nation cherish the tradition of togetherness. With 2018 winding down and the holiday season upon us, I hope Americans from coast to coast will focus on the tremendous good in the world and the true blessings in our lives. This time of year always seems to bring out the best in folks. It is always so encouraging for me to hear stories from my friends, neighbors, and constituents who stand together ... Read more

  • Blaine’s Bulletin: National Diabetes Awareness Month
    Posted in Columns on November 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    Do you know what disease affects 13.4% of the adult population in Missouri, costs our state $6.7 billion dollars and increases the risk of death by 50%? Approximately 689,000 Missourians have diabetes, joining the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from the disease. Diabetes is taking a toll on healthcare resources in Missouri and across the nation. More importantly, if not properly treated it can be life-threatening. November is recognized as National Diabetes Awareness Month, an opportu... Read more

  • Blaine’s Bulletin: National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
    Posted in Columns on October 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    I am proud to work alongside my colleagues and the Trump Administration in our effort to fight the opioid crisis, but as I sat down to write this week’s column I reflected on just how hard our country has fought. Each day, one hundred Americans lose their lives to opioid addiction, ripping them from their loved ones. With one in three Missouri families affected by the opioid crisis, this is the fourth time this year that I have shared important news with you regarding the crisis sweeping our nat... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Posted in Columns on October 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Too many Americans know firsthand how devastating breast cancer can be. Whether it is your mother, sister, wife, aunt, cousin, daughter or friend, everyone can name someone who has courageously fought against this horrifying disease. Since 1985, October has been recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the disease while educating women across the nation on the importance of early detection. Breast cancer is the second leadi... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: A Modern Trade Agreement for North America
    Posted in Columns on October 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    For nearly a decade, I’ve been proud to serve Missouri’s third district. Over the past ten years, I’ve sponsored hundreds of bills, and one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that no bill is perfect. Whether the bill is sponsored by a Republican or Democrat, all legislation must be reassessed as time goes on to ensure it is still doing its intended job for Missourians. This week, President Trump’s renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) finished with the U.S. ... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Tax Reform 2.0
    Posted in Columns on September 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    Just before Christmas, President Trump signed into law the first comprehensive tax reform in three decades. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act delivered lower individual tax rates for families across America and is supporting small business owners and Main Street job creators. Families in Missouri and across the nation are better off now. Nearly 1.7 million new jobs were created since tax reform was signed into law; middle-class income hit an all-time high last year; wages are rising at their fastest rat... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Missouri Real ID Updates
    Posted in Columns on September 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    It’s a simple request from the TSA agent standing at airport security, “boarding pass and ID please.” Whether you travel weekly for business or save up all year to take a nice family vacation, the ability to travel around the country with only a driver’s license is a freedom that many Americans take for granted. That being said, what would you do if your Missouri-issued identification was not accepted at American airports? For many Missourians this question is all too real. In the wake of the Se... Read more

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