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Blunt, Local Officials Discuss Efforts to Better Protect Chariton County from Costly, Dangerous Flooding

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) speaks with members of the L-246 Levee Board at St. John Lutheran Church in Chariton County on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

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WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited the L-246 Brunswick Levee in Chariton County. Blunt joined Brunswick Mayor Cindy Collier and the L-246 Levee Board to discuss efforts to reduce flood risk and improve flood protection along the Missouri River.

“The families, farmers, and business owners who live and work along Missouri’s inland waterways have faced costly and dangerous flooding for far too long,” said Blunt. “It was good to speak with Mayor Collier and the levee board about how I can ensure they have support at the federal, state, and local level to repair critical flood infrastructure and prevent future damage.”

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt secured resources in the FY22 Energy and Water Development funding bill for flood control feasibility studies in Chariton County, Holt County and Jefferson City, which will provide recommendations for potential projects to decrease flood risk and remediate environmental issues. Specifically, the bill included $500,000 for a flood control feasibility study for the L-246 Brunswick Levee   







Blunt Tours Northwest Missouri State University Agricultural Learning Center

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) arrives for a tour of the Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) Agricultural Learning Center in Maryville, Mo., on Monday, August 16, 2021. Pictured from left to right: NWMSU President Dr. John Jasinski, Missouri State Representative Allen Andrews, NWMSU Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), and NWMSU School of Agricultural Sciences Director Dr. Rod Barr.

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WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) was in Maryville, Mo., to tour the Northwest Missouri State University Agricultural Learning Center. The Agricultural Learning Center is a new facility where producers, consumers, and students work together to find solutions to meet growing demand in the agricultural industry.

“Northwest Missouri State University is doing a great job preparing the next generation of ag leaders,” said Blunt. “With global food demand expected to double in the next 30-40 years, this new ag center will help farmers and ranchers meet that demand and benefit from the economic opportunities that come with it. I’m grateful for the opportunity to tour this great new facility, and appreciate all that Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski and faculty are doing to provide students with the quality education they need to get ahead.”

Blunt, the son of dairy farmers, has worked to ensure Missouri farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to feed and fuel the world. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt helped secure $3.6 billion in the most recent agriculture funding bill for research, education, and extension activities at institutions across the nation, including Northwest Missouri State University.

Blunt Tours Little Otter Creek Lake Project

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) arrives for a tour of the Little Otter Creek Lake Project site in Caldwell County on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

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WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited the Little Otter Creek Lake Project site in Caldwell County. Blunt joined local leaders for a tour of the site and received an update on the project’s construction.

“The Little Otter Creek Lake Project has been a long-sought priority for the people of Caldwell County,” said Blunt. “With a reliable water source in the region, communities will have a stronger foundation to attract businesses. And, the lake will benefit farmers and ranchers who have faced challenges from droughts and water shortages. This project is a great example of how federal, state, and local partners can work together to create something that has a positive impact for decades to come. I’ll continue working to ensure local officials have the support they need at the federal level to finish this important project.”

In August 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced it would provide an additional $5.6 million for construction of the Little Otter Creek Reservoir. When completed, the 344-acre lake in Caldwell County will provide a reliable water supply for about 10,000 people, along with flood control and recreational opportunities. Blunt secured a total of $16 million for the project over the last several years.



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.