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  • Blaine's Bulletin: Independence Day
    Posted in Columns on July 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    For the last 243 years, Independence Day has been celebrated by proud Americans both at home and abroad. Each year, I look forward to attending various celebrations across Missouri’s 3rd District where food, fireworks, and fun are in abundant supply. Whether it’s a day on the Lake of the Ozarks, a backyard barbecue, or a local parade, the 4th of July is an opportunity to reflect on the uniquely American freedoms we enjoy in the greatest nation on Earth. Freedom has always been the driving force ... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Appropriations Season
    Posted in Columns on June 28, 2019 | Preview rr

    Each year as spring turns to summer we can always count on a few things: temperatures – and humidity – are going up, kids are enjoying their summer break, the MLB All Star game is right around the corner, and weekends include a trip to the lake. In DC this is “Appropriations Season.” Temperatures outside and inside the Capitol are also on the rise as Congress debates federal spending levels for the next year. With a divided Congress there was little doubt this years’ debates would be contentious... Read more

  • Blaine’s Bulletin: A 21st Century Trade Agreement for all Missourians
    Posted in Columns on June 21, 2019 | Preview rr

    A strong 21st century trade agreement is critical to ensure the continued flow of goods and services between the United States and our North American trading partners. Last fall, President Trump set out to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) more than two decades after it was first agreed upon. The resulting agreement, known as the United-States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), will serve the modern interests of American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses while sup... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Happy Father's Day
    Posted in Columns on June 14, 2019 | Preview rr

    Throughout my life I’ve held many titles from student, to farmer, to small businessman, to banker, to Congressman. However, none of these titles will ever mean as much or sound as great as being called “dad” and “grandpa.” My wife Jackie and I raised three amazing children who are now grown with families of their own, and they have blessed us with six grandchildren. Heading home to celebrate Father’s Day with my family this weekend, my mind has consistently been with the hundreds of families acr... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
    Posted in Columns on June 7, 2019 | Preview rr

    A lot has changed since 2000. America has had five Presidential elections, the iPhone was invented, we’ve faced a financial crisis, and social media has become a mainstay in American life. In that same timeframe, we’ve seen incredible breakthroughs in cancer treatments, and thanks to medical advancements, deaths from heart disease have decreased nearly 10%. Unfortunately, since 2000, the death rate for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease has increased a staggering 145%. June represents Alzh... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Rebuilding Together
    Posted in Columns on May 31, 2019 | Preview rr

    Last week, Americans across the nation awoke to terrifying images of destruction after tornadoes ripped through Mid-Missouri. Our community suffered massive damage including the destruction of more than seventy-five buildings and hundreds of other homes and businesses across the Jefferson City and Eldon areas. In the aftermath of Wednesday’s storm, our neighbors have shown immense kindness and resilience. After witnessing the power of mother nature, we’ve seen the best of humanity. Our first res... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Memorial Day
    Posted in Columns on May 24, 2019 | Preview rr

    Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with firing up the grill and hitting the water, serving as the unofficial start of summer. As our family, friends and neighbors gather to enjoy this long weekend, I hope everyone will take the time to reflect on the blessings of freedom and liberty that come with living in this great nation and the people who make it possible. Memorial Day is a time to remember that these freedoms come at a great cost. On Monday, we will honor the brave men and women whose love... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: National Police Week
    Posted in Columns on May 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    Nearly one million men and women across the nation go to work each and every day willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow Americans. From our hometowns, to universities, to airports, to the United States Capitol, brave law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to protecting us. They leave their homes and their families without the certainty of return. They put their lives on the line to protect our communities and we will never forget their heroism. President John F. Kennedy d... Read more

  • Blaine’s Bulletin: National Small Business Week
    Posted in Columns on May 10, 2019 | Preview rr

    Whether it’s the local coffee shop where they know your order by heart, the antique store with the best treasures, the local ice cream shop where the kids head after a little league game, or the family-owned restaurant where you gather with your loved ones; small businesses across the nation serve as the lifeblood of our communities. This week we celebrate National Small Business week, an opportunity to honor the successes of our friends and neighbors who work hard to support our communities and... Read more

  • Blaine's Bulletin: Community Banking Month
    Posted in Columns on April 26, 2019 | Preview rr

    Throughout my time serving Missouri’s Third Congressional District, I’ve consistently fought for the rights of our local communities to make decisions for themselves. Unfortunately, many in D.C. have a “Washington knows best” mentality about everything from healthcare to banking. It seems like politicians from across the nation are constantly attempting to establish additional government control in our everyday lives. This has been particularly obvious in the banking sector with notoriously anti... Read more

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