Sunday, March 3, 2019
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt at Crader Distribution Company
WASHINGTON – On Friday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) toured Crader Distribution Company in Marble Hill. Blunt released the following statement after the visit:
“It was great to be back in Bollinger County to tour Crader Distribution Company and meet with Crader employees. After 100 consecutive months of positive job growth, we now have more job openings than jobseekers. In such a rapidly growing economy, it’s more important than ever to ensure Missourians can receive the education, training, and skills they need to successfully enter, or re-enter, the workforce.”
During the tour, Sen. Blunt underscored the critical role apprenticeships and workforce development programs play in maintaining U.S. competiveness in a 21st century economy. He also recently visited and met with job creators around Missouri to highlight how businesses are preparing students for in-demand, good-paying careers.
Crader Distribution Company was founded in 1944 and today employs 108 workers.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt with Madison County Opioid Task Force
WASHINGTON – On Friday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) attended a roundtable event with the Madison County Opioid Task Force. The task force talked to Senator Blunt about their efforts to address the opioid epidemic in Madison County and discussed innovative solutions to help more Missourians receive the help they need.
“Earlier this year, a study from the National Safety Council found that, for Missourians, the chances of dying from an opioid overdose are higher than the national average,” said Blunt. “As chair of the appropriations subcommittee that funds health-related programs, addressing this epidemic has been a top priority for me. I worked to ensure the Department of Health and Human Services funding bill for this year focused on expanding access to treatment and prevention programs.”
The Madison County Health Department created the task force to develop solutions to address the opioid epidemic in the county. They first met in October 2018 and hold monthly meetings. The Madison County Opioid Task Force works to identify best practices to address opioid and illicit drug prevention. The task force is comprised of county health officials and members of the community.
Blunt continued, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet with the Madison County Opioid Task Force and discuss what is working – and what is not working – so we can help more people receive the treatment they need. I remain committed to supporting their work in Washington and making sure we have the right resources in the right places to combat this epidemic.”
As chair of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds health-related programs, Sen. Blunt has advocated for funding increases for opioid treatment, prevention, and recovery programs for four consecutive years. In September 2018, Blunt announced that Missouri was awarded $31.5 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address the opioid epidemic.
Last week, Blunt chaired an appropriations subcommittee hearing on the opioid epidemic. Missouri Department of Mental Health Director Mark Stringer testified at the hearing.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt speaking at USS St. Louis Christening (Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin)
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) attended the christening of the future USS St. Louis in Wisconsin. Blunt released the following statement after the ceremony:
“It was an honor to be part of the future USS St. Louis christening ceremony. This is the seventh ship to carry the name of this great Missouri city - from the early years of the American expansion as a Sloop-of-War, through the Civil War as an ironclad gunboat, to supporting the Allies as a troop transport and protected cruiser during WWI and supporting the Pacific theater as a light cruiser during WWII, and finally as an amphibious cargo ship between 1969 and 1991. I have no doubt the future USS St. Louis will continue that long, proud history. It is a symbol of the enduring connection between St. Louisans and the United States Navy. It is also part of our commitment, as a nation, to strengthening our defense and keeping America safe. President Truman once said, ‘Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you.’ The addition of the future USS St. Louis will enable the Navy to do just that.”
Friday, December 7, 2018
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt with Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst
WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) attended the Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, where he received the Friend of Farm Bureau award for his work supporting Missouri farmers and the agriculture community. Blunt released the following statement after receiving the award:
“As the son of dairy farmers, I know firsthand how hard our farmers work to feed and fuel the world. Given our unique location as a hub for the nation’s highways, railways, and waterways, Missouri is well-positioned to continue expanding our role as a global ag leader. To take advantage of the opportunities ahead, we must have an effective and sustained federal farm policy. I always appreciate the input the Farm Bureau provides when it comes to making sure we have the right policies in place to support continued growth in the ag industry. I’m honored to receive this award, and grateful for the opportunity to represent Missouri’s farm families in the Senate.”
Thursday, September 27, 2018
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt with Ryan and Tarah Craft
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WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met with Ryan and Tarah Craft, who are the proud parents of an adopted daughter and dedicated advocates for adoption. Blunt released the following statement after the visit:
“As co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, and an adoptive dad myself, I know how much joy and happiness welcoming a child into your home can bring – and the obstacles many families face when they pursue adoption. With so many children looking for a place to call home, we should be making it easier, not harder, to adopt. Ryan and Tarah Craft are exemplary parents and were eager to bring their daughter, Jessica, from the Democratic Republic of Congo home to Missouri but faced an uphill battle. It was an honor to work with them on that process and to visit with them in Washington. I was especially glad to hear how Jessica is happy and thriving in her forever home.”