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Blunt Statement on House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

November 22, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement in response to today’s Washington Post editorial on House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (Md.) decision not to seek re-election to House leadership in the next Congress:   “An editorial in today’s Washington Post referred to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as a ‘beloved, admired giant on Capitol Hill.’ I couldn’t agree more. During the almost 10 years we served together as the Republican and Democratic Whips in the... Continue Reading »


Blunt Backs Respect for Marriage Act with Religious Liberty Amendment

November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today on the bipartisan religious liberty amendment to the Respect for Marriage Act: “This bill is now designed to accomplish two things. People who are legally married in one state have the same protections and responsibilities in any other state that are offered to and required of marriages. And, this legislation enhances the religious freedom for all Americans by protecting religious organizations from retaliation by... Continue Reading »


Missouri-Based Groups Receive $290 Million from Blunt-Backed New Markets Tax Credit Program

October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today commended the U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement that six Missouri-based organizations have been selected to receive a total of $290 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations. The NMTC program provides a 39 percent federal tax credit for businesses or economic development projects in areas with poverty rates of at least 20 percent, or median incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median.“The New Markets Tax Credit... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the Passing of Honey Alexander

October 30, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the passing of Honey Alexander, the wife of former U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.):   “Honey Alexander was a great person who brought life to every conversation. One of the reasons she was able to do that was she was clearly a full partner in the incredible life she and Lamar lived together.” Continue Reading »


Missouri Receives More than $58 Million to Expand Rural Broadband Through Blunt-Backed Infrastructure Legislation

October 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that Missouri will receive more than $58 million through the ReConnect Pilot Program to expand rural broadband across the state. A large portion of this funding is from the Blunt-backed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).“This investment marks another important step toward ending the digital divide in our state,” said Blunt. “Nearly one-third of Missourians in rural... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the Passing of Judge Kenneth Romines

October 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the passing of Judge Kenneth Romines:“Judge Romines loved our state, his family, and his work. We were well served by his time as a judge, an active citizen, and a man who lived his faith. Judge Romines will be missed and remembered by many.” Continue Reading »


Senators Blunt & Stabenow, Secretary Becerra Announce Nationwide Expansion of Mental Health and Addiction Services

October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), along with U.S. Department of Health And Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and senior HHS officials, today announced that states across the country will now be able to apply to be a part of Blunt and Stabenow’s successful initiative to fully fund high-quality mental health and addiction services through Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.In 2014, Blunt and Stabenow worked together to get the Excellence... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Condemn Iran for Persecution of Women and Peaceful Protestors

October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) helped introduce a resolution condemning the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman whose killing by Iran’s “morality police” sparked nationwide protests, and calling on the government of Iran to end its systemic persecution of women. The resolution also celebrates the bravery of the Iranian people protesting Amini’s death despite a violent crackdown by the Iranian government.“The United States stands with the people of Iran who are... Continue Reading »


Missouri Schools Set to Receive More Than $15 Million from Blunt-Backed Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

October 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – 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), today announced that Missouri will receive more than $15 million in school safety funding from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. “As a parent and grandparent, I know that school safety is a top priority for every student, everyone who has a child in school, and all of the teachers, administrators, and staff... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Peters Introduce Resolution Honoring 100th Anniversary of the Reserve Officers Association

October 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Gary Peters (Mich.) introduced a resolution to honor the 100th anniversary of the Reserve Officers Association, now known as the Reserve Organization of America.“I commend the Reserve Organization of America for all the work they do to support the men and women who have done so much to keep our country safe, strong, and free,” said Senator Blunt. “I’m proud to join Senator Peters to introduce this resolution honoring the first 100 years... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar Statements on Rules Committee Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Update the Electoral Count Act

September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), the top Republican and Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight over federal elections, released the statements below after the Rules Committee voted 14-1 to advance S. 4573, the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to reform the Electoral Count Act. At the markup, the committee adopted Blunt and Klobuchar’s bipartisan manager’s... Continue Reading »


Missouri to Receive $34.8 Million in Grants to Combat Opioids, Funded By Blunt-Led Bill

September 23, 2022

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), announced that Missouri will receive $34.8 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help communities throughout Missouri combat the opioid epidemic.“More than 1,500 Missourians lost their lives to an opioid-related overdose last year,” said Blunt. “It... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Capito & Colleagues Introduce Comprehensive Regulatory and Permitting Reform Legislation

September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and 37 of their Republican colleagues introduced the Simplify Timelines and Assure Regulatory Transparency (START) Act, comprehensive federal regulatory permitting and project review reform legislation.“Across the country,... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Cleaver, Missouri Congressional Delegation & Truman Library Institute Announce September 29th Unveiling of Harry S. Truman Statue in the U.S. Capitol

September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo.), along with the Missouri congressional delegation, including U.S. Senator Josh Hawley and U.S. Representatives Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ann Wagner, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves, Jason Smith, and Cori Bush, joined the Truman Library Institute in announcing that the congressional dedication ceremony for the Harry S. Truman statue is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 29,... Continue Reading »


Blunt: Biden Student Loan Proposal “A One-Two Punch for Hardworking Americans”

August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the Biden administration’s plan to extend the student loan repayment pause and forgive loan debt for high-income Americans.“The administration’s student loan plan is a one-two punch for hardworking Americans,” said Blunt. “It’s a handout for high-income college and advanced degree graduates paid for by taxpayers who had no part in taking out these loans. And, it will drive inflation up even further when families... Continue Reading »


Blunt Congratulates Missourians Accepted to U.S. Service Academies

August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) congratulated the new class of 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 14 individuals were nominated by Blunt: Douglas Michael Moloney of Barnhart; Meghan DeClue of Imperial; Jack Getman of Independence; Nathaniel Lane Rice of Linn; Wyatt Satterlee of... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar, Graham, Coons, Murkowski, and Blumenthal Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Allowing Afghan Allies in the United States to Apply for Permanent Legal Status

August 9, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chris Coons (Del.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) introduced the Afghan Adjustment Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation allowing Afghans with temporary status that undergo additional vetting to apply for permanent legal residency. Currently, Afghans who were admitted on temporary humanitarian status can only gain permanent legal status through the asylum system or Special... Continue Reading »


Blunt Votes Against Democrats’ Reckless Tax-and-Spend Bill

August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after voting against Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spend bill: “Last year, Democrats passed a massive, partisan spending bill despite warnings it would fuel historic inflation. Now, families are facing the highest level of inflation in 41 years, straining budgets to the breaking point. This latest round of massive spending, passed once again without a single Republican vote, will only make matters worse. The bill... Continue Reading »


Missouri Delegation Urges President Biden to Support Disaster Declaration for Areas Impacted by Severe Weather

August 5, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, the entire Missouri congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, and U.S. Representatives Cori Bush, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ann Wagner, Vicky Hartzler, Emanuel Cleaver, II, Sam Graves, Billy Long, and Jason Smith, sent a letter calling on President Biden to support Governor Mike Parson’s request for a disaster declaration in the city of St. Louis as well as St. Louis, St. Charles, and Montgomery counties due to severe weather.... Continue Reading »


Blunt Demands Answers from HHS on Monkeypox Response Plan

August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, released a letter he sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra demanding answers about the administration’s monkeypox response plans. Blunt criticized the administration’s partisan approach and lack of transparency with regard to the information that has been shared with... Continue Reading »