Thursday, September 22, 2022
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with Dr. Francis Collins, Acting Science
Advisor to the President of the United States; Dr. Sara Bandres Ciga, Staff
Scientist at the Roy Blunt Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related
Dementias; U.S. Representative Tom Cole (Okla.); Dr. Richard Hodes, Director of
the National Institute on Aging; Dr. Dawn Beraud, Director of the Office of
Legislation, Policy, and International Activities at the National Institute on
Aging; and Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Acting Director of the National Institutes of
Health, in Bethesda, Md. on Monday, September 19, 2022.
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WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.)
attended a dedication ceremony at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for
the Roy Blunt Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Building. As the
chairman and top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor,
Health and Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies, Blunt has secured
consecutive funding increases for NIH and brought much-needed attention and
resources to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, more than quintupling
the amount of funding available for research.
65 seconds, someone in our country develops Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects
not only the person who has it but their loved ones as well,” said Blunt.
“We know how essential research is to discovering new treatments and a cure to
end Alzheimer’s and NIH researchers are on the frontline in this important
fight. I know the lifesaving work conducted in this center will bring
breakthroughs and hope for those living with Alzheimer’s and those who care
about them. It’s been an honor to support their efforts during my time in
Roy Blunt Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias will drive
cutting-edge research to better understand, diagnose, and treat Alzheimer’s
disease. More information from NIH is available here.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
(Mo.) speaks with local leaders about tornado recovery efforts at Black River
Rural Electric Cooperative in Madison County on Wednesday, August 24, 2022
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– This week, U.S. Senator
Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited Black River Rural Electric Cooperative in Madison
River Rural Electric Cooperative had 80 percent of its service trucks destroyed
by severe weather last October,” said Blunt. “This week, I was in
Madison County meeting with local officials to get an update on the recovery
efforts. I was also glad to see that co-ops in nearby counties offered a
helping hand after the storm, providing equipment and crews to help Black River
restore power to customers within days.”
Friday, November 12, 2021
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) speaks with Ellett Memorial Hospital CEO Laura Smith and Dr. Jerad Widman in Appleton City, Missouri, on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
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WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited Ellett Memorial Hospital in St. Clair County. Blunt joined hospital CEO Laura Smith, St. Clair County Presiding Commissioner Robert Salmon, and other health care professionals to discuss rural health care and the hospital’s COVID-19 response.
“Many Missourians rely on rural health clinics for affordable, quality care close to home,” said Blunt. “It was good to speak with Laura Smith and Commissioner Salmon about how I can help ensure they have the federal support they need to continue keeping our communities safe and healthy.”
Blunt has helped lead efforts in the Senate to expand and improve health care in rural areas. In March, he introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent further financial instability for rural health clinics and safeguard the care they provide to underserved communities.
As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education and Related Agencies, Blunt helped secure a total of $178 million last year for the Provider Relief Fund, which supports hospitals and health care providers on the frontlines of the pandemic.
The Blunt-backed CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act together provided a total of $178 billion for hospitals and health care providers nationwide.
Blunt has spoken about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine and urged all eligible Americans to consider doing so. During his time as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education and Related Agencies, Blunt led efforts to provide more than $53 billion to develop and procure coronavirus vaccines and treatments, and $8.75 billion for vaccine distribution in the five bipartisan COVID-19 relief bills signed into law last year.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with Darrion
Cockrell and Misty Grandel on Thursday, October 21, 2021.
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WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.)
met with Darrion Cockrell, Missouri’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, and Misty
Grandel, Missouri’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. Blunt released the following
statement after their meeting:
“Darrion and Misty exemplify the best of their profession.
As a former high school teacher, I truly appreciate all they do to provide
their students with the best possible education. Darrion, who credits his own
interactions with teachers and coaches for changing his life, strives to do the
same for his students through mentorship. Misty, now a teacher at her former
high school, motivates her students to do their very best and take on new
challenges, like the Advanced Placement program she established. I enjoyed
meeting with them and discussing their work to help students build a strong
foundation for success in life. Congratulations, Darrion and Misty, on
achieving this honor and thank you for all you do for your students.”
Darrion Cockrell, a St. Louis native, teaches physical
education at Crestwood Elementary.
Misty Grandel is from Fordland and teaches English, Advanced
Placement Language and Composition, Spanish, Yearbook and Journalism, and dual
credit Speech and Leadership at Fordland High School.
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,
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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
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.”
a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt secured resources in the
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