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Blaine’s Bulletin: The Guidance Clarity Act

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The federal government produces hundreds of rules, regulations, and laws every year. Each of them can contain thousands of pages of legal and legislative language that could take days to read, let alone comprehend. Without the help of legal teams and consultants, individuals and small businesses cannot possibly keep up with everything coming out of Washington, D.C. In order to assist small busines...

Blaine's Bulletin: Protecting Our Children

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America’s students were some of the most heavily impacted people by the pandemic and subsequent restrictions. Schools across the country, including here in Missouri for a period of time, shut down and parents were forced to step in to help their children learn from home. While this posed the obvious challenges like limited interaction with teachers and major developmental and social setbacks, it a...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

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Every October, America comes together to observe National Breast Cancer Awareness month to bring light to prevention and show our support for the families this disease has touched. Unfortunately, the chances are high that we all know someone or a family who has been affected by breast cancer. Every two minutes in this country, a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed. Studies show that breast canc...

Blaine’s Bulletin: The $600 IRS Reporting Requirement

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What if I told you that every time you write a check, swipe your credit card, or deposit money into your bank account you had to report it to government? If I said you are no longer allowed to buy your children clothes, order a meal, or loan a loved one money without notifying the IRS? If you’re like me, you’d say something like, “this is America. It’s none of the government’s business. We don’t d...

Blaine’s Bulletin: 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

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This week, the House worked on reauthorizing the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA sets policies and funding levels for our military and national defense on an annual basis. Ensuring America’s military has every possible resource they need to carry out their mission is one of Congress’s most important jobs and one that both sides of the aisle have historically come together...

Blaine’s Bulletin: National Small Business Week

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This week, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled, “National Small Business Week: Celebrating our Main Street Champions” where we heard from business owners from all over the country. Representing Missouri’s Third District was Jan Haviland, owner of the Haviland Corporation in Linn whose in-laws started this family business in 1946. They manufacture squeegees and, as small b...

Luetkemeyer Hosts Roundtable in Celebration of National Small Business Week

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Small Business hosted a roundtable with NFIB members and Missouri business owners in observance of National Small Business Week. Congressman Luetkemeyer meets with Third District business owners to discuss the current state of the small business economy. “This week, National Small Business We...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Remembering September 11th, 20 Years Later

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September 11th, 2001 was one of the most consequential days in American memory. Just about everyone remembers where they were and how they felt watching the World Trade Center collapse, the crash site at the Pentagon burn, and hearing about the American heroism on United Flight 93 that was rumored to be headed for another landmark in Washington, D.C. It was one of the most difficult moments in our...

Blaine's Bulletin: District Work Period

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Last week I shared my views on the disastrous and heartbreaking situation in Afghanistan. Only moments after the bulletin was sent, we learned that a family here in the Third District lost their son in the attacks at the Kabul airport. Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz lost his life in his pursuit to get as many people to safety as possible. Because of him and his fellow soldiers, thousands of American...

Blaine’s Bulletin: Afghanistan

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Yesterday, our worst fears came true. After weeks of watching Americans and our allies in Afghanistan scramble to get out while the Taliban effortlessly took control of the country, terrorist attacks killed and injured American servicemembers and dozens of others at the Kabul airport. We are all sickened and angered by the footage we’ve seen, but I can only imagine the pain the families of our sol...