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

January 16, 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 11, 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 28, 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 10, 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 5, 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

August 31, 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 16, 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

July 31, 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 24, 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 19, 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 »

Blunt Op-Ed in Joplin Globe: Putting Higher Education Within Reach of More Missouri Students

June 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – In a Joplin Globe op-ed, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Education, highlights how year-round Pell Grants, restored in Blunt’s Labor/HHS Appropriations bill in FY2017, and other programs are enhancing college access, completion, and affordability for students in Missouri and across the nation. Following is Blunt’s op-ed: College graduation season is an exciting time for thousands of... Continue Reading »

KMOX: Sen. Roy Blunt Talks Tax Reform on Hometown Tour

May 29, 2018

Senator Roy Blunt tours his home state, touting the tax reform plan that was signed into law late last year. Nine out of ten Americans are receiving more take-home pay following last year's passage of the Tax Cuts and Reform Act -- that's according to Senator Blunt. He tells KMOX's Mark Reardon that he's seeing a reflection of that now that he's back in his home state holding public forums about tax reform.  “What I’m hearing is more confidence in the economy, regulators appear... Continue Reading »

KTTN: Senator Roy Blunt addresses Pell Grants during visit to North Central Missouri College

May 1, 2018

United States Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri visited North Central Missouri College Tuesday afternoon to discuss Pell Grants and college affordability with students, educators, administrators, and community members. Blunt is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Education. He talked about the rise in the maximum Pell Grant award in the Fiscal Year 2018 government funding bill as well as the reinstatement of eligibility for year-round Pell Grants in... Continue Reading »

Kirksville Daily Express: Sen. Roy Blunt touts Pell Grant during visit to Truman

May 1, 2018

by Danielle Brown

One goal Truman State University sophomore Jake Hammond has for himself is to get through college without taking out any loans. For a moment last summer, that goal was almost broken due to issues with financial aid. “You know, it’s funny because I didn’t know the summer Pell Grant was going to be a thing last year or this past summer,” Hammond said. “My goal is to graduate Truman without taking out a loan. I want to do it debt free. I’m working and doing all... Continue Reading »

Columbia Tribune: Blunt promises to push for Pell grant funding

May 1, 2018

by Rudi Keller

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt promised to push for annual increases in Pell grants Wednesday during a meeting with regional higher education officials and students at Moberly Area Community College’s satellite location in Columbia. Blunt, R-Mo., chairs the appropriations subcommittee that funds federal higher education programs. Most federal student aid programs, including the Pell grant program for lower-income students, are due for votes this year as part of reauthorization of the Higher Education... Continue Reading »

KQ2: US Senator Recognizes Local Volunteers

April 30, 2018

by Sydnie Holzfaster

United States Senator Roy Blunt has been touring the state to promote changes to federal Pell Grants. On Tuesday, Blunt made a stop at Missouri Western State University to present awards for the 27th annual Literacy Luncheon. The Roy Blunt Literacy Citation was created by the senator in 1991 to promote literacy and adult education. The luncheon honored volunteers like Tracy Angold, for her time working with adult literacy programs. Officers from the St. Joseph Police Department were also honored... Continue Reading »

KCUR: Senator Roy Blunt Recognized In Kansas City For Work To Fund AmeriCorps

April 29, 2018

by Andrea Tudhope

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, paid a visit to the Ewing Marion Kauffman School Monday to check in on the AmeriCorps members serving with City Year at the charter school. City Year Kansas City representatives presented Blunt with the  Voices for National Service Congressional Award for the work he's done to keep AmeriCorps and other national service programs alive. "These are programs that are working," Blunt said Monday after the tour. Last month, Blunt and Congress rejected President... Continue Reading »

West Plains Daily Quill: Blunt announces $2.55 billion more for health programs targeting opioid epidemic

March 28, 2018

by Abby Hess

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), recently announced the Fiscal Year 2018 government funding bill includes an additional $2.55 billion in Labor/HHS funding for programs targeting the opioid epidemic. As chairman, Blunt has led efforts to increase opioid-related funding and repeatedly called for increased resources to combat the epidemic. “The opioid epidemic is a... Continue Reading »

Joplin Globe: Sen. Blunt visits Neosho hatchery

March 25, 2018

by Ines kagubare

NEOSHO, Mo. — Sen. Roy Blunt, who has been traveling across the region, stopped Monday at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery with his son, Charlie, to learn more about the hatchery’s programs and events. They were greeted by the director of the hatchery, Roderick May, and several volunteers who gave their guests a tour of the visitors center, the ponds, the hatchery and the raceway. “The more Sen. Blunt knows and is informed about the programs, the more inclined he is when he... Continue Reading »

The Hill: Funding bill gives $3 billion boost for NIH medical research

March 20, 2018

The government funding bill unveiled Wednesday night boosts funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $3 billion, an investment touted by both parties. The increase, which brings total funding for the fiscal year to $37 billion, is a reflection of the bipartisan support for the NIH. In the past three years, the office of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the chairman of the Senate health appropriations subcommittee, says NIH funding has increased by 23 percent. The new... Continue Reading »