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Blaine's Bulletin: The Dangers of TikTok

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On February 18, 2022 Chase Nasca was a 16-year-old high school student. That morning his parents Dean and Michelle saw their child off to school expecting, like all parents do, to see their son later that afternoon. On his way home from school Chase stopped next to a train track, texted a friend “I can’t do it anymore”, then stepped in front of a train taking his own life. I have…

Blaine’s Bulletin: State Of The Union

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Three years ago, at President Biden’s inauguration, he told the country his goal was “Bringing America together, uniting our people, and uniting our nation”. Unfortunately, like many of the President’s claims last night, the facts don’t align with the words. Instead of working with Congress and state governors to unite around common goals of countering our adversaries like China, securing…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Demanding Due Diligence on New Debit Card Rules

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You’ve likely heard the term swipe fees or interchange fees regarding the use of debit cards and credit cards. In short, interchange fees are small fees merchants pay to card companies or banks for the ability to accept card payments and use their network. The fees cover everything from data security to points programs. For example, if you’ve ever had a fraudulent purchase show up on your…

Blaine's Bulletin: Calling All High School Artists!

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso Congress could use a good soul-cleansing, which is why I’m thrilled to announce the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. My offices in Jefferson City and Cottleville are now accepting submissions from high school students until 5 p.m. on April 18.  The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Holding Mayorkas Accountable

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If you fail your basic responsibilities, lie to everyone, and actively put others in harm's way, would you lose your job? For most Americans, the answer is, “yes.” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is yet another Biden administration official who has avoided accountability after egregious malpractice. The president seems to think people in his circle should be…

Blaine’s Bulletin: A Chinese Company with Ties to Slave Labor Has a Super Bowl Ad

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Our Chiefs are back in the big game! I’m sure you’re as excited as I am to watch the next milestone in what has become a true dynasty. The Super Bowl commercials have become a spectacle of their own— who gets featured, what it costs, which ones are the most entertaining— but there’s one ad in particular we should all heed. The Chinese company Temu is planning to run a commercial. Now, I…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Providing Much Needed Tax Relief

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Taxes. Everyone’s favorite subject, right? I hope you can sense my sarcasm loud and clear. Still, while Congress has struggled to make much movement on anything lately, we took on tax relief this week, and I’m happy to report significant progress. On Wednesday night, House Republicans took a massive step toward extending President Trump’s tax plan from 2017. The Tax Relief for American…

Blaine’s Bulletin: This Week’s Visit to the District

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This week was the first district work period of the 2024 session for the House of Representatives. As I always do, I spent it working across the Third District, meeting with many of you to address concerns and take them back to Washington. Here are just a few highlights from the week: I met with the Economic Development Council (EDC) of St. Charles County to discuss the challenges…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Fighting Against Human Trafficking

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January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Of all the issues we face as a nation and society, the kidnapping and enslaving of our fellow Americans is the gravest. Like the fentanyl crisis, it’s a phantom evil assaulting our communities. We might not notice it, but heinous crimes could be underway around us at any time. St. Louis often comes up in the news related to human trafficking…

Blaine’s Bulletin: The Year Ahead

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Last week, I announced my retirement from Congress. I’ll turn 72 years old this year, and believe it or not, I have an identity outside the halls of power. I might be “Congressman” in D.C., but back in St. Elizabeth, Missouri, I’m simply “Grandpa.” It’s one of the best titles I’ve ever had next to “Dad” and the litany of labels my wife Jackie has invented over the years.   I…