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Blunt Tours Ellett Memorial Hospital in Appleton City

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.”

Background:

Rural Health:

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.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

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.

Blunt Meets with Missouri Teachers of the Year

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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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.

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.