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Blunt, Long Introduce Bill to Add Elements of Newtonia Battlefield to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and U.S. Representative Billy Long (Mo.) introduced legislation to add elements of Newtonia Battlefield to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, a unit of the National Park Service (NPS). The bill would expand the boundaries of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield to include acres that are relevant to the Newtonia Battlefield site. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (Mo.) is an original cosponsor of the bill. “Newtonia Battlefield would be a valuable... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar Introduce Children in Family Security Act

December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, announced that they have reintroduced the Children in Family Security Act. The measure would help children living in institutional care by enhancing diplomatic efforts to keep children in families. “Every child deserves a permanent, safe, loving home no matter where they are born,” said Blunt. “Unfortunately, there are millions of children across the world who are... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Hawley Press VA for Plan to Protect Veterans in Long-Term Care Facilities from Impact of Federal Vaccine Mandate

November 23, 2021

WASHINGTON – Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley today sent a letter to the Veterans Administration demanding answers on how veterans in long-term care facilities will be impacted by the COVID-19 federal vaccination mandate and what is being done to protect them.“We are concerned that implementation of these federal vaccine mandates will cause Missouri’s long-term care facilities to lose their status as federal contractors with the VA and jeopardize the well-being of our veterans,” the... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Marking National Adoption Month

November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, announced that they have introduced a resolution marking November as National Adoption Month and November 20 as National Adoption Day. This is the seventh consecutive year that Blunt and Klobuchar have led legislation to recognize National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day. “Every child deserves a stable, loving home and the foundation for a successful future... Continue Reading »


Blunt: Missouri to Receive $17 Million in DOT Grant Funding for New Bridge over Grand River Near Brunswick

November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, commended the Department of Transportation for awarding the Missouri Department of Transportation and Norfolk Southern a $17 million grant to replace the main channel crossing of the Grand River Bridge near Brunswick.“Missouri’s railways are an integral part of our transportation network, generating more than $50 billion in direct economic output each year,” said... Continue Reading »


Blunt-Backed Projects in St. Louis Area Receive More Than $33 Million in RAISE Grant Funding

November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today welcomed the Department of Transportation’s announcement that projects in the St. Louis area have received a total of more than $33 million in RAISE grant funding, including $18.2 million for the West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project and $15 million for the Brickline Greenway Project. Blunt advocated for funding for both projects.“Investing in transportation infrastructure is one of the most important things we can do to create a stronger... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on Leahy Retirement Announcement

November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement after U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (Vt.) announced that he will retire from the Senate at the end of his term: “Senator Leahy has been a highly successful legislator who understands that to get things done in a democracy you almost always have to find people on the other side to work with.” Continue Reading »


Blunt, Colleagues Press Federal Agencies to Return Employees to In-Person Work

November 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (Miss.) and 40 of their colleagues in sending a letter to the heads of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to request immediate action to transition federal workers back to in-person operations. In the letter, the senators cite the “widespread lack of responsiveness and accessibility across the federal government... Continue Reading »


Blunt Backs Resolution to Block Biden Vaccine Mandate on Private-Sector Employers

November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) cosponsored a resolution of disapproval filed by U.S. Senator Mike Braun (Ind.) to stop President Biden’s vaccine mandate on private-sector employers.“I have been vaccinated and I have encouraged everyone who is eligible to receive a vaccine to consider doing so,” said Blunt. “However, I also believe it is an individual choice and I am opposed to President Biden’s vaccine mandate. I have heard from private-sector employers all around our state who... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the Passing of Former U.S. Representative Dennis Moore

November 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Representative Dennis Moore (Kan.):   “During the decade we served together in the House, Dennis Moore was always looking for ways to work together. I also saw him many times when he would come by and visit in the Senate office as he and his family talked about the challenges of Alzheimer’s. Watching their courage as they dealt with this challenge was inspirational.” Continue Reading »


Blunt, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Democrats’ IRS Snooping Proposal

October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), and their Republican colleagues introduced the Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act, a bill to prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing Democrats’ plan to give the agency access to transaction information of virtually every American. “Democrats’ proposal to vastly expand the reach of the IRS to help pay for their misguided tax-and-spend spree is a terrible idea,” said Blunt. “Not only is this plan... Continue Reading »


Increasing Military Families’ Access to Counseling Services is Goal of New Blunt-Sinema Bill

October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) introduced the bipartisan COMFORT Act to solve the current shortage of Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) and increase access to counseling services on military installations. The senators’ bill allows for license portability for MFLCs, so counselors can work outside of the state in which they are licensed.“Families are the backbone of our military,” said Blunt. “We need to do everything we can to ensure... Continue Reading »


Blunt & Heinrich’s Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Gains Significant Bipartisan Momentum

October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 introduced by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) is gaining bipartisan momentum. The bill now has 29 cosponsors who are calling for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The landmark bipartisan bill will be among the largest, most significant investments in wildlife and habitat conservation.“The broad, bipartisan support for this bill demonstrates how important wildlife and... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on Debt Limit Vote

October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after voting against an increase in the debt limit:“Democrats walked the nation up to the brink of economic disaster with their refusal to act on the debt limit for the past several months. The agreement reached to avert a default did two important things. For the first time in nearly a decade, it raised the debt limit by a specific amount instead of just suspending the debt ceiling and allowing Democrats to spend as much... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins

October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, released following the statement on National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins’ announcement that he will step down by the end of the year: “Dr. Collins is the only presidentially appointed NIH Director to serve more than one administration – a testament to the confidence and respect he garnered... Continue Reading »


Blunt Recognizes 25th Anniversary of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

October 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, announced that the Senate unanimously passed his resolution with U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Va.) recognizing the 25th anniversary of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).“Over the last 25 years, the NGA and its dedicated team of intelligence professionals have quietly and diligently worked to keep our country safe,” said Blunt. “The vital, timely information they provide... Continue Reading »


Blunt: Missouri Community Mental Health Centers Awarded $25 Million in Grant Funding

September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), released the following statement on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s announcement that it has awarded $25 million in grant funding to seven Missouri Community Mental Health Centers:“As a longtime advocate for improving mental health care in our nation, I’m very concerned with... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar Legislation to Revive Brand USA Passes Committee

September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus, announced that their bill to provide support for Brand USA, a public-private partnership that promotes international travel to the United States, has passed the Senate Commerce Committee. Their legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Jacky Rosen (Nev.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Shelley Moore... Continue Reading »


Blunt Appointed Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia

September 24, 2021

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) appointed Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Pictured from left to right: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), and Australian Ambassador to the U.S. Arthur Sinodinos. Click here for VideoClick here for AudioClick here for Hi-Res Photos WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia. The Order... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Hawley Resolution Honoring Lance Corporal Schmitz and Fallen Missourians Passes Senate

September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that his resolution with U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (Mo.) to honor Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz of Wentzville, Mo., and each of the 56 Missourians who gave their lives during the war in Afghanistan, passed the Senate last night. U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.) introduced a companion resolution in the House.“I join all Americans in mourning the loss of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz and all of the Missouri service... Continue Reading »