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Blunt to Serve as Chairman of Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee in 116th Congress

January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he was selected to continue serving as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS). “I look forward to leading this subcommittee, and continuing our work on policies and programs aimed at improving the quality of life and helping all Americans succeed,” said Blunt. “In a growing economy, it’s more important than ever to ensure Americans can... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Extend Community Health Center Funding

January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) today 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... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Whitehouse Introduce Bipartisan Budget Reform Bill

January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday to reform the congressional budget process, encourage working across the aisle, and create a path to sustainable debt levels. The bill continues the work the two senators did on the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform last Congress. “If there’s one thing nearly all Members of Congress can agree on, it’s that our budget process is broken,” said... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar Bipartisan Sexual Harassment Reform Measure Takes Effect with New Congress

January 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – In the 116th Congress, which began last week, all members of the Senate and House of Representatives will be held accountable under new sexual harassment reforms enacted in the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act. The new law which was sponsored by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, reforms the process to pursue claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination... Continue Reading »


Senator Blunt's St. Louis Office Relocated

January 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today announced that his St. Louis constituent services office has been relocated. All other contact information remains the same.The St. Louis office will continue to assist constituents who need help or have a problem dealing with a federal agency, have a question related to a specific bill, or are looking for information on how to fill out a grant application. All Missourians can also contact one of Senator Blunt's six office locations throughout... Continue Reading »


Blunt-Backed Program to Invest $1 Million to Expand Broadband Service in 8 Southeast Missouri Counties

December 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) applauded the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) announcement that it will invest $1 million to help build a fiber network in eight counties in Southeast Missouri. The broadband network will reach more than 11,000 residents and multiple businesses and farms in the region.“Having access to broadband is as important as the telephone was to jobs and education 70 years ago,” said Blunt. “These DRA investments recognize that the definition of community... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Coons Bill to Protect Victims of Child Abuse Passes House, Is on its Way to the President’s Desk

December 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Coons (Del.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, announced that their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA) passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support and is on its way to the president’s desk. The legislation provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable.“Every year, Children’s Advocacy... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on Alexander’s Announcement that He Will Not Seek Re-election

December 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) announced that he will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2020:“Sen. Alexander has a unique capacity to bring people together. He is a problem solver at a time when too many people in politics want to talk about a problem than solve a problem. I count him as a good friend and look forward to seeing how much we can get done with his leadership for another two years... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on NGA West Land Transfer Ceremony

December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the NGA West land transfer ceremony in St. Louis, Mo. earlier today:“Today is an important milestone in the years-long effort to ensure the NGA West facility and the thousands of jobs it supports remain in St. Louis,” said Blunt. “I’m grateful for the hard work of city and state officials, as well as the commitment by the... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar Bipartisan Sexual Harassment Bill is Headed to President’s Desk

December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, announced that their bipartisan legislation to reform the process to pursue claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination experienced on Capitol Hill is headed to the president’s desk. The final text of the bipartisan legislation was agreed upon yesterday by leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives and passed both chambers today... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Moran Challenge Flawed Changes to National Liver Distribution Policy

December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding their concerns over recent changes to the national liver distribution policy made by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). Under the new policy, midwestern and southern transplant hospitals, including hospitals located in St. Louis and the Kansas City area, could see patients from Missouri and Kansas waiting longer... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Coons Bill to Protect Victims of Child Abuse Unanimously Passes Senate

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Coons (Del.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, commended unanimous Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable.“Children’s Advocacy Centers support and protect thousands of our nation’s most vulnerable children every year,”... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar Reach Final Deal on Bipartisan Bill to Reform Process for Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Claims in Congress

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, announced that they have reached an agreement on legislation to reform the process to pursue claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination experienced on Capitol Hill. The final text of the bipartisan legislation was agreed upon by leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives today and would reform the dispute resolution process,... Continue Reading »


Blunt Backs Bipartisan Farm Bill Conference Report

December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after voting in favor of the farm bill conference report, which passed the Senate by a vote of 87 to 13.  “Passing a farm bill is one of the most important things we can do to give farm families the certainty they need to plan for the future,” said Blunt. “This isn’t a perfect bill, but it does represent a balanced, bipartisan approach to strengthening farm safety net programs and increasing flexibility to... Continue Reading »


Blunt Commends EPA’s Revised WOTUS Rule

December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) commended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to rein in federal bureaucrats’ jurisdiction over Missouri waters under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The new proposal provides a more clear and limited definition of which waterways are subject to federal regulation under the CWA and which ones are not. “Rolling back the previous administration’s blatant EPA power grab is an important victory for our... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on Barr Nomination to Serve as U.S. Attorney General

December 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that he will nominate William P. Barr to serve as United States Attorney General: “Bill Barr is exceptionally well-qualified. He understands the job and will have the confidence of the Congress as well as the president.” Continue Reading »


Blunt, Hartzler Announce Sedalia Rail Industrial Park Grant

December 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler announced the $10.09 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the City of Sedalia to extend its existing railroad tracks to the new Sedalia Rail Industrial Park.“This grant funding will help keep the Sedalia Rail Industrial Park on track to become the largest, exclusive rail-served industrial park in the Midwest,” said Blunt. “The new rail design and capacity will position the... Continue Reading »


Blunt Announces $25 Million Grant for Buck O’Neil Bridge Replacement

December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Appropriations Committee, today commended the U.S. Department of Transportation for awarding a $25 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant to replace the Buck O’Neil Bridge, which carries US 169 over the Missouri River in Kansas City. Blunt sent a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao earlier this year urging funding for the project.“Replacing the... Continue Reading »


Members of Missouri & Arkansas Congressional Delegations Announce $25 Million Grant for Critical Segment of I-49

December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.), along with U.S. Representatives Billy Long (Mo.) and Steve Womack (Ark.), announced that $25 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been awarded to complete work on a critical segment of Interstate 49 that will connect Arkansas and Missouri.The Arkansas/Missouri connector, often referred to as the Bella Vista Bypass, is the only portion of the more than 290-mile route... Continue Reading »


Blunt Announces $10.4 Million BUILD Grant for City of Maryville

December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Maryville a $10.4 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant. The funding will be used for the South Main Corridor Improvement Project. Blunt sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao earlier this year urging funding for the project.“Strong infrastructure and strong... Continue Reading »