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Editorial: A New Worry: Protecting Your Face

March 25, 2019

by the Editorial Board

In the time it takes to read this, your phone will transmit a slew of information to Google, Apple and even third parties. Chances are you never consented to this, or were informed in a long-winded End User License Agreement.Most of us acquiesce to this intrusion for the convenience of maps services and better-targeted advertising on social media.One Missouri legislator is hoping to protect an important piece of data: our faces.U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is cosponsoring the Commercial Facial... Continue Reading »

Sen. Blunt Pushes Mental Health Program

March 15, 2019

by Chuck Raasch

WASHINGTON - Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors are pushing to extend a federal pilot program that mental health professionals say has transformed the way they deal with people suffering from behavioral health and addiction crises. “What we have been able to accomplish,” said Laura Heebner, executive vice president of Missouri’s Compass Health Network, “has been nothing short of astonishing.” But federal support for the “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction... Continue Reading »

Blunt makes stop at MNVM

March 8, 2019

by Robert Cox

Missouri’s National Veteran Memorial hosted a special guest Friday, when U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt scheduled a short stop at the Perryville landmark. “In our state, I don’t think anybody has made a greater community effort in this generation or a greater individual effort in the last 25 years or so than what we see right here,” Blunt said before touring the site. It was Blunt’s first visit to the site, which features a full-sized exact replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,... Continue Reading »

Hannibal Courier-Post: Blunt working for expansion of broadband service in rural Mo.

March 5, 2019

by Bev Darr

Sen. Roy Blunt spoke of his goal to increase broadband service to rural Missouri during his March 2 press conference at the Ralls County Electric Cooperative office in New London.Blunt said 51 percent of rural Missouri does not have broadband service, compared to 35 percent of rural areas nationwide.RCEC General Manager Lynn Hodges and the board members said RCEC provides broadband to all its members and works with Ralls County cities who are seeking to add it.…Hodges said many rural residents... Continue Reading »

Sen. Roy Blunt wants to speed confirmation of Trump nominees. Democrats should say yes

February 11, 2019

by Editorial Board

… Limbo-land. That’s where so many federal nominees find themselves these days. It’s a dilemma that virtually defines D.C. gridlock. St. Louis lawyer Stephen Clark can tell you all about it, too. He waited more than 300 days for confirmation to the federal bench before getting an affirmative committee vote on Thursday to move to full Senate consideration. The number of vacant positions in federal agencies and the courts has grown into the hundreds. The problem is so severe that the federal... Continue Reading »

Kansas City Star: With White House awash in vacancies, Blunt moves to cut debate time on Trump nominees

February 7, 2019

by Bryan Lowry

In an effort to fill some of the hundreds of vacancies in federal agencies and courts, Sen. Roy Blunt is sponsoring a measure to sharply reduce the time required for debate over for most of President Donald Trump’s nominees.Blunt, the Missouri Republican who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, introduced a resolution Wednesday to slash the required debate time for most of the president’s nominees, including federal district court judges, from 30 hours to two.Blunt contended that Senate Democrats... Continue Reading »

KFVS: Sen. Blunt backs bill to search for kidnapping victims by pinging phone

February 7, 2019

by James Long & Kelsey Anderson

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - Senator Roy Blunt is introducing a bill with fellow lawmakers that would strengthen law enforcement to quickly acesss cell phone location is a person is abducted and their life threatened.The Kelsey Smith Act is named for an 18-year-old who was abducted and murdered in 2007.U.S. Senators Pat Roberts of Kansas and Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas along with Deb Fisher of Nebraska also introduced the bill.The Kelsey Smith Act would create a uniform law across the country. Missouri... Continue Reading »

Associated Press: Missouri to Appeal What It Calls 'Unjust' NCAA Penalties

February 7, 2019

by Dave Skretta

Barry Odom had every reason to believe Missouri's football program was finally on the right track.The Tigers were coming off their second consecutive bowl appearance. He had just signed a contract extension to remain coach through 2024. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced he would finish his career with the Tigers, joining arguably their best recruiting class in years.Then came Thursday's report from the NCAA's infractions committee.As punishment for academic misconduct involving a tutor... Continue Reading »

Kansas City Star: Roy Blunt’s secret weapon in border security talks: Democrats love him

February 7, 2019

by Lindsay Wise & Bryan Lowry

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt once played Hearts on a plane for 11 straight hours with Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer.“Knowing who we are, we probably each contend we won most of the games,” Blunt joked this week in an interview with The Kansas City Star.The Missouri senator’s longstanding friendships with Democrats such as Hoyer — carefully cultivated for years over card games and conference tables — are reminiscent of an earlier era when working relationships across the aisle were more common than... Continue Reading »

Ozarks First: Senator Blunt Reintroduces Battlefield Preservation Legislation

February 7, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Roy Blunt, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, and Tim Kaine of Virginia reintroduced the preserving America's Battlefields ActThe act would reauthorize the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program, which is a matching grants program that promotes the preservation of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlegrounds. The grants are awarded by the American Battlefield Protection Program, and encourage state and private investment in battlefield preservation.Ted... Continue Reading »

Farmington Press: Blunt, Stabenow introduce bill extending community health center funding

January 17, 2019

U.S. senators Roy Blunt, R-MO, and Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, last week introduced the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for five years.In addition, the bipartisan bill provides annual increases for the CHCF and NHSC beginning in FY 2020.“Community health centers serve more than half a million Missourians, including many veterans and individuals who are... Continue Reading »

Sen. Roy Blunt secures Missouri $90 million in federal infrastructure grants

December 12, 2018

by Kyle Hinton

MISSOURI (KFVS) - Missouri Senator Roy Blunt has secured $90 million in federal infrastructure grants for several projects in the state. Five projects designed to increase safety,minimize congestion, support efficient freight movement and promote economic development in Missouri are now possible after grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grants were awarded through the department’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, which is... Continue Reading »

Blunt aims to boost services for adoptions

November 29, 2018

by Ken Newton

Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt and Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar stand far apart on the conservative-liberal spectrum. Their embrace of adoption issues, however, has nothing to do with partisanship. They have partnered for years on these issues, and the two co-chair the Congressional Coalition on Adoption whose large membership (42 percent of U.S. senators, 27 percent of U.S. representatives) advocates for policies that work toward all children having families. This week, Blunt and... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Heller Op-Ed in The Hill: Congress Must Act to Continue Attracting International Travelers to America

September 11, 2018

by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) & Dean Heller (Nev.)

As a melting pot, the United States offers one of the most diverse and culturally unique travel experiences in the world with something for every traveler – world-class food and shopping, endless museums, towns both small and large, and every type of scenic landscape imaginable. One day you can be in Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World known for its shows, shopping, and exceptional hospitality, and the next you can take a quick flight to amazing parks, outdoor concerts,... Continue Reading »

St. Joseph News-Press (Op-Ed): President, Senate working to shape courts for decades

September 6, 2018

by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

One of the most important legacies a president can leave is the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court issues decisions that have far-reaching impacts on everything from individual liberty to the economy. Last year the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and soon the Senate will put another well-qualified jurist, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on our nation’s highest court. During my meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, he and I had a good discussion about his judicial philosophy and how it would... Continue Reading »

Kansas City Star (Letter to the Editor): Blunt’s assistance

September 1, 2018

More than 110,000 people in Missouri are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 314,000 family members and friends serve as their caregivers. As the full-time caregiver for my mom living with Alzheimer’s, I know firsthand how stressful this job can be. It can be exhausting to provide around-the-clock care for someone who doesn’t always recognize me, but I do it out of love.I was delighted to learn that the U.S. Senate, thanks to Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s... Continue Reading »

Joplin Globe: Blunt visits Ozark Center to address opioid crisis

August 17, 2018

by Kimberly Barker

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., toured Ozark Center's Hope Spring on Friday and got an update on how the new clinic is helping local mental health professionals deal with the opioid epidemic. After touring the clinic, Blunt met with a team of health professionals and community leaders to talk about the two-year pilot program that aims to combine behavioral health with physical health care in an effort to expand access to mental health services. The conversation focused on the changes that have... Continue Reading »

Associated Press: Republican U.S. Sen. Blunt says he backs Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

August 1, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said he backs Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.Blunt announced his support Tuesday after meeting with the conservative judge. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.Blunt in a statement said his conversation with the judge and Kavanaugh’s “outstanding judicial record and legal background” influenced his... Continue Reading »

Hannibal Courier-Post: Missouri lawmakers work to ensure access to affordable energy at Fort Leonard Wood

July 25, 2018

Missouri U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, along with Missouri U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler and Jason Smith, sent a letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider the significant impact the natural gas service rate proposal filed by MoGas Pipeline would have on Fort Leonard Wood, and families and businesses in the surrounding communities.MoGas proposes to increase rates by 105 percent for Zone 1 customers and 177 percent for Zone 2 customers. Since all Zone 2... Continue Reading »

Missourinet: French colonial Missouri town commemorates National Park designation

July 20, 2018

The historic southeast Missouri town of St. Genevieve has gathered to commemorate its federal designation as a National Park. Congress and President Trump approved the designation this year after a National Park Service study declared dozens of area properties as historically significant.During a ceremony, Mayor Paul Hassler tells Missourinet affiliate KREI in Farmington the National Park Service will acquire about 13 acres of land in the town of 4,500, which is known for its French colonial... Continue Reading »