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Blunt Visits Monroe City Small Business to Discuss Economy, Infrastructure, Broadband

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) delivers remarks during an event at Lakeside Casting Solutions on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

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WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited Lakeside Casting Solutions in Monroe City, Mo. Blunt toured the facility and met with Lakeside Casting Solutions President Chuck Mudd to discuss the challenges facing small businesses.

“It was great to be back in Monroe City to tour Lakeside Casting Solutions and meet with the company’s employees,” said Blunt. “From rising inflation to labor shortages to an outdated transportation system, there are many challenges facing small businesses across our nation as they work hard to rebuild from the pandemic. I will continue advocating for programs and policies that will strengthen our state and nation’s infrastructure and get our economy back on track.”

Blunt also discussed the importance of expanding rural broadband. As a member of both the Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees, Blunt has helped lead efforts to end the digital divide that has left nearly one-third of rural Missourians without access to broadband services. 

Blunt Meets with Missouri Veterans

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with members of Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met with Charlie Dickinson and members of Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars to discuss their legislative priorities. Blunt released the following statement after the meeting: 

“My meetings with Charlie Dickinson and members of the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars are always extremely valuable. Their knowledge and input on issues affecting veterans helps direct my work at the federal level to support them. I’m proud of the work we’ve done in the Senate to deliver on our promises to veterans, from ensuring they receive quality medical care through the VA Mission Act to expanding education benefits with the Forever GI Bill. We will continue our efforts to make sure every veteran has the care and benefits they’ve earned.”

As Chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds jobs-related programs, Blunt has prioritized helping veterans transition to the civilian workforce. The FY2020 funding bill provided $311.3 million, an $11.3 million increase, for Veterans Employment and Training (VETS), which provides intensive employment services to veterans, transitioning service members, and disabled veterans.

Blunt Meets with Kirksville Public Works Director

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with Glenn Balliew, Kirksville Public Works Director

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WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met with Glenn Balliew, the Director of Public Works for the City of Kirksville and Director of the Kirksville Regional Airport:

“It was great to receive an update from Glenn about the exciting infrastructure projects happening in Kirksville,” said Blunt. “From replacing damaged roads across the city to supporting the Kirksville Regional Airport, it’s clear that Glenn and other local leaders are looking at new ways to make Kirksville an even better place to live, work, and visit. Our meeting was helpful in discussing how I can support their efforts on a federal level.”

Blunt Tours Workforce Development Programs

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with students and faculty at East Central College

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with students and faculty at Ranken Technical College

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WASHINGTON – On Friday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited East Central College in St. Louis, Mo., and Ranken Technical College in Union, Mo., to meet with students and faculty about their job training and apprenticeship programs. Blunt toured the schools to get a first-hand look at how they are preparing workers with the skills they need to get ahead. 

“Apprenticeships create opportunities for Missourians to gain the skills they need to successfully enter, or re-enter, the workforce,” said Blunt. “East Central College’s Business and Industry Center and Ranken Technical College are opening doors for students by giving them hands-on experience in high-demand career fields. The students I met with are well-prepared to take advantage of our robust economy thanks to the strong foundation they’ve built at these institutions.”

As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), Blunt has prioritized resources for programs geared toward preparing and training workers for in-demand careers. The FY2020 Senate Labor/HHS appropriations bill included several key workforce development priorities, providing a $15 million increase for the Apprenticeship program. Additionally, Missouri received $38.2 million in training and employment services grants in 2019.

PHOTO: Blunt Inducted into Voices for National Service's Inaugural Hall of Fame

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) delivers remarks after being inducted into inaugural Hall of Fame
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) was honored for his strong support of national service programs by being inducted into Voices for National Service’s inaugural Hall of Fame.
“From supporting teachers in the classroom and providing additional one-on-one help for students, to responding at a moment’s notice to natural disasters and remaining to aid in recovery efforts, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps change the lives of the people they serve,” said Blunt. “And many times, these experiences positively impact the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members themselves, inspiring them to continue serving as educators, policymakers, and community leaders. I’ve seen firsthand what a positive impact service programs have not only in Missouri but across the nation. Investing in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps is one of the best investments we can make in our country’s future.”
“Senator Blunt understands the transformative impact that national service programs can have on the ground, stretching the federal dollar to cultivate matching support, maximize impact and place citizens at the center of solving local challenges,” said AnnMaura Connolly, President of Voices for National Service. “As a leader in the Senate, he has worked to ensure the national service remains a priority and he has increased funding for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. In recognition of his leadership and significant contributions, Voices for National Service is honored to induct him into our inaugural National Service Hall of Fame.”

As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), Blunt increased resources for the Corporation for National and Community Service, including $428.5 million for AmeriCorps grants and $221 million for Senior Corps.