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Blunt, Colleagues Urge Administration to Promote U.S. Leadership on International Religious Freedom

May 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senator James Lankford (Okla.) and six other colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden on the pressing need for a nominee to the position of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. The Members emphasized the importance of America remaining a world leader in defending and promoting religious liberty for all people of any faith, especially in countries where people are violently targeted for their faith such... Continue Reading »


Blunt Opens Application Process for Missourians Seeking to Attend Service Academies

May 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he is accepting applications from Missourians interested in attending service academies. Nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy are available for qualified applicants. “Service academies play a critical role in educating and inspiring the next generation of servicemen and women,” said Blunt. “These institutions develop leadership skills, fortify... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Hawley Announce Senate Passage of Bill Designating May 1st, 2021 as Silver Star Service Banner Day

April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) announced that the Senate unanimously passed their resolution designating May 1, 2021, as Silver Star Service Banner Day. Silver Star Service Banner Day honors our nation’s wounded and ill service members and veterans, and their families.“The freedom and security that we enjoy every day as Americans would not be possible without the innumerable sacrifices of our military men and women,” said Blunt. “Those who suffered injury... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Telehealth Access, Make Permanent Telehealth Flexibilities Available During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and dozens of his colleagues joined U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Ben Cardin (Md.), John Thune (S.D.), Mark Warner (Va.), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.) to reintroduce the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021. The CONNECT for Health Act will expand coverage of telehealth services through Medicare, make permanent COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities,... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Address Dangerous and Costly At-Grade Crossing Delays

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (Wash.), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, introduced legislation that will provide $500 million a year for five years to improve safety and reduce congestion at railroad crossings in communities around the country.“As a state with the 10th largest number of railroad miles in the nation,... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Blumenthal Introduce Measure to Protect Forage Fish

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) introduced the Forage Fish Conservation Act to protect forage fish. These small fish serve as the primary food source for larger fish, other aquatic life, and birds in ecosystems like the Mississippi River, benefitting local environments and economies, and strengthening recreational industries.“Recreational fishing supports... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Warner Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Nation’s Infrastructure

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Va.) reintroduced the Reinventing Economic Partnerships and Infrastructure Redevelopment (REPAIR) Act to help close America’s widening infrastructure gap, create jobs, and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the 21st century by establishing an Infrastructure Financing Authority (IFA) to provide loans and loan guarantees, complement... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Casey Introduce Resolution Honoring Holocaust Hero Carl Lutz

April 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) introduced a resolution honoring Carl Lutz, a Swiss diplomat who saved more than 50,000 people – half of the surviving Jewish population of Budapest – from deportation to concentration camps during the Holocaust. While working in Nazi-occupied Hungary, Lutz obtained permission from Nazi leadership to issue 8,000 letters of diplomatic protection. Anyone holding these protective papers was considered to be under Swiss protection... Continue Reading »


Blunt & Hawley’s Resolution Congratulating NWMSU Bearcats Passes Senate

April 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) announced that the Senate unanimously approved a resolution honoring the Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) men's basketball team for winning its second-consecutive NCAA Division II national championship and third in the last five years.“Through hard work and determination, the Bearcats are once again national champions,” said Blunt. “They finished another incredible season with a blow-out win in the national... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on DOJ Pattern-or-Practice Review of Minneapolis Police Department

April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would undertake a pattern-or-practice review of the Minneapolis Police Department: “Pattern-or-practice reviews have a proven record of success in rooting out misconduct in local departments and leading to reforms where they are needed. In Missouri, a pattern-or-practice review of the Ferguson Police Department and subsequent... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Graves, Cleaver Lead Colleagues in Pressing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Quickly & Fully Implement Missouri River Flood Control Provisions Included in Water Resources Law

April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with U.S. Representatives Sam Graves (Mo.) and Emanuel Cleaver II (Mo.), led a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to quickly and fully utilize the tools and resources Congress provided in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 and the FY2020 Energy and Water appropriations bill to reduce flood risk and improve flood protection along the Lower Missouri River.In addition to Blunt, Graves,... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Van Hollen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen the United States’ Global Competitive Edge

April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Van Hollen (Md.) announced new bipartisan legislation to ensure U.S. leadership in discovery and innovation and to strengthen the United States’ competitive edge against China and across the global economy. Their legislation, the National Strategy to Ensure American Leadership (SEAL) Act, calls on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to identify the top emerging science and technology challenges and... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Expand AmeriCorps

April 16, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), joined U.S. Senators Chris Coons (Del.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.) in reintroducing the Cultivating Opportunity and Recovery from the Pandemic through Service (CORPS) Act. The legislation would increase the number of AmeriCorps positions available to support a variety of response and recovery efforts based on... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Portman, Lankford, Inhofe Introduce Legislation to Support U.S. Manufacturers

April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Rob Portman (Ohio), James Lankford (Okla.), and James Inhofe (Okla.) announced that they have introduced the Permanently Preserving America’s Investment in Manufacturing Act of 2021. The bill would ensure that American manufacturers can continue to make large investments, hire workers, and produce goods in the United States.“The strength of America’s economy has always been based on our ability to make things and grow things,” said Blunt. “We... Continue Reading »


Senators Blunt, Hawley Urge FEMA to Open Mass Vaccination Site in Kansas City

April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON - Missouri U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley sent a letter today to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urging the establishment of a mass vaccination site in Kansas City, Mo., through the Federal Pilot Community Vaccination Centers (CVC) program. The letter comes after recent requests to FEMA from Governor Mike Parson and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas."As the vaccine rollout continues, we are mindful that easy access to the vaccine close to home is one of the best... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution in Support of the A-10 Warthog

April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, joined U.S. Senators Mark Kelly (Ariz.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) to introduce a resolution recognizing the A-10 aircraft as a critical component of America’s national security and the most effective and cost-efficient Close Air Support attack aircraft in the Department of Defense inventory. The A-10 resolution builds upon last year’s legislative A-10 victories and seeks... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Shaheen Introduce Bill to Make Breast Cancer Diagnostic Tests More Accessible, Affordable

April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) announced that they have introduced the bipartisan Access to Breast Cancer Diagnosis Act. The legislation would make breast cancer diagnostic tests more accessible and affordable.“Early breast cancer detection saves lives,” said Blunt. “Unfortunately, many Americans had to postpone preventive care - including breast cancer screenings - because of the pandemic. With experts warning there could be a spike in demand for... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on Supreme Court Commission

April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on President Biden’s Executive Order creating a commission to study changes to the Supreme Court, including adding seats: “I share Justice Breyer and the late Justice Ginsburg’s view that nine is the right number of seats on the Supreme Court. If every new administration decides they can just pack the courts, there will be no limit to how many seats you could end up with. I think an Executive Branch commission that... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on President Biden’s Intent to Nominate Robin Carnahan to Serve as GSA Administrator

April 6, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement commending President Biden’s announcement that he intends to nominate Robin Carnahan to serve as Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA): “Robin Carnahan is smart, capable, and understands what they do at GSA. I look forward to supporting her nomination.” Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the Passing of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William F. Evans

April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and Co-Chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans, who was killed in the line of duty today:“Officer Evans lost his life bravely protecting others in and around the U.S. Capitol. My deepest condolences go to his family, colleagues, and loved ones. Every day, U.S. Capitol Police... Continue Reading »