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Blunt Helps Introduce Bill to Uphold Navigable Waters Protection Rule

August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he has joined U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and 31 of their Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to protect Missouri’s farmers, small businesses, and property owners by codifying the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR).Under the Biden administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are... Continue Reading »

Missouri Congressional Delegation Members Introduce Resolution Celebrating State’s Bicentennial

July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, along with Missouri Representatives Jason Smith, Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Ann Wagner, and Blaine Luetkemeyer, announced that they have introduced a resolution celebrating August 10, 2021, as Missouri’s bicentennial.“You can’t talk about American history without talking about Missouri history,” said Blunt. “From literary giants like Mark Twain and Maya Angelou to political leaders like Harry S. Truman, sports greats... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Send Letter Urging Biden Administration to Drop Proposed Tax Hike on Farm Families

July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with the entire Senate Republican caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead to job losses, liquidation, or outright closure“These [proposed] changes are a significant tax increase that would hit... Continue Reading »

Blunt Statement on the Passing of Dr. Henry Givens, Jr.

July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the passing of former Harris-Stowe State University President Dr. Henry Givens, Jr.: “Henry Givens had a unique understanding of how education could dramatically impact people’s lives. He worked tirelessly to expand the reach and reputation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I announced my first run for the Senate at Harris-Stowe State University and was on the campus with Dr. Givens many times... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Cyber Reporting Bill Following SolarWinds and Colonial Hacks

July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, helped introduce bipartisan legislation requiring federal agencies, government contractors, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to report cyber intrusions within 24 hours of their discovery. The bill is led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Va.) and, in addition to Blunt, is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (Fla.), Susan Collins (Maine), Richard Burr (N.C.), Martin... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Martin Heinrich (N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021 to invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and Tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America.“Missouri is home to some of the best hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation our country has to offer,” said Blunt. “We can better protect our land, waterways, and... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Blumenthal, Peters, Allred, & Mann Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Expand Successful Peer Specialist Program to All VA Medical Centers

July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), along with U.S. Representatives Scott Peters (Calif.), Colin Allred (Texas), and Tracey Mann (Kan.), introduced the Veteran Peer Specialist Act. This bicameral, bipartisan legislation would expand the highly successful peer specialist support program to all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers over the next five years, prioritizing expansion to rural areas, areas not near an active military... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Intelligence Community Workforce Agility Protection Act

July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, helped introduce the Intelligence Community Workforce Agility Protection Act of 2021.Currently, active duty members of the military can deduct certain moving expenses from their federal taxes, but that benefit does not extend to intelligence community professionals. The bipartisan bill would expand the treatment of moving expenses to employees and new appointees in the intelligence... Continue Reading »

Blunt Discusses Workforce Training Programs, Efforts to Help Military Spouses & Veterans Find Good-Paying Jobs

July 14, 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), questioned Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh about the department’s FY2022 budget.In his opening remarks, Blunt underscored the challenges small businesses are facing due to federal unemployment insurance policies and outlined areas where the committee and administration can work together to help... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Send Bipartisan Letter to Ambassador Tai Highlighting Importance of Reconvening Trade Talks with Taiwan

June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Katherine Tai, regarding the importance of reconvening trade agreement talks with Taiwan. “We respectfully request that you prioritize these talks and take steps to begin laying the groundwork for negotiation of a free trade agreement (FTA), or other preliminary agreement, with Taiwan,” the senators wrote.“Taiwan is the tenth largest trading... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Call for Civil Rights Icon Curt Flood’s Induction into Baseball Hall of Fame after COVID Postponed Last Year’s Vote

June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.), along with U.S. Representatives David Trone (Md.), Cori Bush (Mo.), Ann Wagner (Mo.), and Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo.), sent a letter to the Chair of the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame urging the induction of All-Star baseball player Curt Flood into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Flood is well known for transforming professional sports when he challenged Major League Baseball’s (MLB) reserve system and helped create... Continue Reading »

Blunt Congratulates Missourians Accepted To Service Academies

June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) congratulated Missourians who accepted appointments to attend U.S. military service academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy.The following 16 individuals were nominated by Blunt: Aubrey Nicole Boatwright of Aurora; Jackson Wesley Brawner of Springfield; Jayden Grace Browning of Goodman; Garrett Nathaniel Burton of Independence; Owen Charles... Continue Reading »

Blunt: Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Catholic Social Services, Foster Parents “A Victory for Religious Liberty and for Every Child in the Foster Care System”

June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) commended the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling in favor of faith-based foster care organizations in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. “With more than 400,000 kids in foster care, we should be doing everything we can to support organizations that connect children in need with loving families,” said Blunt. “Discriminating against faith-based foster care providers because of their beliefs is not only unconstitutional, it makes it harder to get more... Continue Reading »

Sens. Blunt, Brown, Durbin & Reps. Beatty, Wagner Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Housing Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking

June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Dick Durbin (Ill.), as well as U.S. Representatives Joyce Beatty (Ohio) and Ann Wagner (Mo.), introduced legislation that would commission a study reviewing current homelessness and housing services for survivors of trafficking.“We can help survivors of human trafficking rebuild their lives by making sure they have access to safe,... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Stabenow Announce New Bill to Expand Community Mental Health and Addiction Services Nationwide

June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) today announced their new bipartisan bill, the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act of 2021. The legislation will expand high-quality mental health and addiction services nationwide by giving every state the opportunity to fully fund the creation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in their communities as part of health care. Blunt and... Continue Reading »

Provisions from Blunt, Klobuchar Legislation to Protect Adopted Children Pass HELP Committee, Head to Senate Floor

June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, announced that provisions from their legislation to protect adopted children have passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee as part of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act.“Rehoming is an unacceptable practice that puts children at increased risk of abuse and exploitation,” said Blunt. “By classifying rehoming as... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Make Summer Meal Programs More Flexible

June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senators John Boozman (Ark.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), and 11 other colleagues to introduce the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act. The bill would add flexibility to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program, which offers children free lunch and snacks in the summer. “The federal government’s rigid, one-size-fits-all approach to child hunger simply isn’t doing enough to solve the problem,” said Blunt. “Too... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Coons Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Scientific Community for the Development of Lifesaving COVID-19 Vaccines

June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Coons (Del.) introduced a bipartisan bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor the contributions of all of those whose efforts led to the successful development of lifesaving vaccines to combat COVID-19.The bill commends these professionals for their tireless efforts, which beat typical vaccine development timeframes, and for their broader impact on the health and well-being of society and for the benefit of people... Continue Reading »

Blunt-Backed Provisions to Strengthen America’s Competitive Edge in Manufacturing, R&D Included in Senate-Passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act

June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that two measures he introduced to help ensure America remains a leader in manufacturing and the development of new technologies were included in the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act.“I’m committed to making sure we have policies in place that will ensure the U.S. can continue to lead the way in a global economy,” said Blunt. “These measures will strengthen American manufacturing and bolster federal research and... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Klobuchar Announce U.S. Capitol Police Oversight Hearing Following the January 6th Attack on the Capitol

June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Ranking Member and Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced a hearing titled “Oversight of the U.S. Capitol Police following the January 6th Attack on the Capitol,” with Michael Bolton, Inspector General for the U.S. Capitol Police, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. This week, the Rules and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees released a joint report on the security,... Continue Reading »