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Blunt Delivers Remarks at NGA West Groundbreaking

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) attends NGA West groundbreaking ceremony.

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after delivering remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) West headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.:

“It was an honor to join local, state, and federal officials at the NGA West headquarters groundbreaking ceremony. This event marked another important milestone in the years-long effort to keep the agency, as well as the thousands of job it supports, in St. Louis. For more than 70 years, the men and women at the NGA in St. Louis have played an important role in keeping America safe. I’ll keep working to ensure we have the resources needed to get this facility built as soon as possible.”

Blunt has helped lead efforts to ensure that the NGA West facility remains in Missouri. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt worked to secure $291 million in further funding for the construction of the New NGA West facility in North St. Louis as part of the FY2019 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

The 2018 government funding bill provided $200 million for the facility. The land transfer for the new NGA West facility was completed in December 2018.

Blunt Welcomes Belle High School Students to Washington

Friday, November 15, 2019

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WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) welcomed students from Belle High School to his office in Washington. Blunt discussed the history of the Capitol, including the Truman Room, where Harry S. Truman was working the day he became president:

“As a former history teacher, I always enjoy sharing the history of the Capitol with young Missourians when they visit Washington. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm these students had for learning more about government and advocacy up close. I’m confident their experiences here in the nation’s capital will be incredibly valuable as their future education and career plans take shape. Getting to meet and talk with these students from Belle was a highlight of my day.”

The students were visiting Washington, D.C. with their teacher, Rebecca Rose.   

Blunt Welcomes Angels in Adoption from Missouri

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Blunt Presents Justin and Kristin Akin with the Angels in Adoption Award Certificate

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA), met with Missouri families who are being recognized as Angels in Adoption for their significant contributions to adoption and foster care. The Akin family is from Chesterfield, the Holden family is from Joplin, and the Allen-Parker family is from Cape Girardeau. Blunt released the following statement after the visit:

“It was an honor to spend time with the Akin, Holden, and Allen-Parker families and hear about their experiences with adoption. As an adoptive dad myself, I know how much joy welcoming a child into your home can bring. These families not only opened their hearts to children who deserved a loving home, but they are passionate advocates for helping more children find their forever home. I’m proud to see their dedication will be recognized at the annual Angels in Adoption event.”

Blunt has championed legislation to make adoption more affordable, help ensure adoptive families have the support they need, and improve the intercountry adoption process. And, as chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Health and Human Services, Blunt worked to prioritize funding to states to incentivize improved performance in finding permanent homes for children in foster care through adoption or legal guardianship.

Blunt and CCA co-chair U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) have introduced legislation recognizing November as National Adoption Month and November 23 as National Adoption Day.

Each year, Members of Congress nominate families and individuals who have made a difference in improving the life of a child through adoption or foster care to be honored as Angels in Adoption. 

Blunt Welcomes Stanley Cup to Capitol Hill

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) welcomed the Stanley Cup to Capitol Hill. He released the following statement after visiting the iconic trophy:

“St. Louis waited a long time to bring the Stanley Cup home. It was a tremendous honor to get to see the Stanley Cup in person today. Last season was one for the story books – from last place in the NHL to Stanley Cup champions all in just a few months. This team embodies the heart and soul of St. Louis and our state with their grit and determination. Seeing the Blues hoisting the Stanley Cup in the air is a moment nobody in Missouri will ever forget. I look forward to seeing the Blues bring the Cup back to Missouri again next year.”

Blunt Meets with Missouri Special Olympics Athlete Colin Garrison

Friday, July 19, 2019

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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met with Colin Garrison, a Special Olympics athlete from Missouri, and his family. Colin represented Team USA this year at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Blunt released the following statement after the meeting:

“From Missouri Special Olympics to the World Games and the White House, Colin always has a big smile on his face. It was wonderful to see him and his family and catch up. Colin is a terrific person whose hard work and dedication has paid off. Earlier this year, he took home three medals - including a gold - in bocce events at the World Games and he told me today he got promoted at Goodwill. You make Missouri and our country proud, Colin."

Colin was the only athlete from the 15,000 Missourians who participate in Special Olympics to be chosen for the World Games. He returned to Kansas City with a silver medal in singles bocce, a gold medal in doubles bocce, and a bronze medal in four-person bocce. Colin and his family visited Washington to meet with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at an event honoring Team USA at the White House.

Senator Blunt and his family are longtime supporters of Special Olympics. As chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, Blunt has prioritized increasing resources for two programs that support Special Olympics – Healthy Athletes and Unified Champion Schools. He has nearly tripled funding from $10.1 million to $28.1 million for these vital programs during his four years as chair. He has attended many Special Olympics events, including the World Games in Abu Dhabi and the opening of the Training for Life Campus in Jefferson City.