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

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 facing small businesses and the broader community. Amid record-high inflation and threats to available capital for loans, their concerns echoed what I’ve been saying to regulators and my colleagues on the Financial Services Committee. I often wish the bureaucrats in D.C. would join me back in Missouri to meet the people who have to deal with the fallout of their rulemaking.  

I also visited DaVita Kidney Care and met with both patients and providers. Across the United States, approximately 30 million adults suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD). In Missouri, we’re fortunate to have dedicated experts like the staff of DaVita who combat kidney illnesses and work toward lowering the rate of organ failure across the state.

Knowing how important both privacy and security are to all of you, I sat down with an FBI Special Agent in Charge to discuss FISA 702. This law dates back to 2008 and permits the surveillance of non-U.S. citizens who are reasonably believed to be located outside the United States. In recent months and years, there have been significant concerns about the program going beyond its intended purpose. We must ensure that all federal agencies – even those responsible for the safety of our citizens – strictly adhere to the boundaries of its jurisdiction.

Like every district work period, some of my favorite interactions are those spontaneous conversations we have at restaurants or gas stations while I’m on the road. I had some very interesting conversations about everything from immigration to education, the economy, and of course, the presidential primary, which is in full swing. I often tell people I wish I could take them to the House floor with me to talk some sense into some of my colleagues.

If I didn’t get a chance to speak with you this time around, I hope to catch up next time I’m back. In the meantime, you’re always welcome to visit my office in Washington, D.C., or if you have any issues with which you need assistance, stop by to see my district staff in either Cottleville or Jefferson City.

It is always a pleasure to visit with those I serve. Thank you for placing your trust in me, and I look forward to continuing the fight on behalf of Missouri’s Third District when I return to D.C. 

CONTACT US: I encourage you to visit my official website or call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) or Cottleville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, and Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram.