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Blunt, Hawley Introduce Resolution Honoring Missouri Service Members Who Lost Their Lives in Afghanistan

September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) introduced a resolution honoring fallen Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz and all of the Missouri service members who made the ultimate sacrifice as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.“Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz and the 12 other service members who were killed in the attack at the Kabul airport did what only the bravest and most extraordinary Americans do: risked their lives to... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement ahead of tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:“It has been 20 years since America suffered its worst attack on U.S. soil in history. For the families of the victims, it has been two decades of birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and weddings without their loved ones. For the first responders who rushed into danger to save lives, it has been two decades of painful memories of the... Continue Reading »


Blunt, McConnell, Burr, Crapo, Shelby Press Biden Administration to Quickly Distribute Unspent Aid to Hospitals and Providers Amid COVID Surge

September 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education & Related Agencies, along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), U.S. Senators Richard Burr (N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Richard Shelby (Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today... Continue Reading »


MO-Based Groups Receive $365 Million from Blunt-Backed New Markets Tax Credit Program

September 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today commended the U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement that seven Missouri-based organizations have been selected to receive a total of $365 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 Program has... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the Attacks Outside of the Kabul Airport

August 26, 2021

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after the Department of Defense confirmed that multiple U.S. service members have been killed in the attacks outside of the Kabul airport:“Today, the United States tragically lost a number of U.S. service members in the attacks outside of the Kabul airport. I am praying for their families, for those who were injured, and for the safety of all of our troops, allies, and Afghan partners who are in harm’s way. “What we are... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on Afghanistan

August 16, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), who has served on the Intelligence Committee in both the House and Senate, released the following statement on Afghanistan:“The catastrophe that has unfolded in Afghanistan was an unforced error. We are now faced with a devastating collapse of our intelligence gathering capabilities while terrorists regain a foothold to launch attacks against the United States and our allies. The U.S. could have maintained a limited presence that provided... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Veterans from Predatory Practices

August 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he has joined U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rick Scott (Fla.), and Todd Young (Ind.) in reintroducing the Protect Our Disabled Heroes Act of 2021. The bill would protect our nation’s disabled veterans from unethical and unfair practices when applying for Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims. Specifically, it would protect disabled veterans from unethical fees charged by third party organizations in preparing and... Continue Reading »


Blunt Votes in Favor of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

August 10, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill: “As a national transportation hub, Missouri is among the states that will benefit the most from the targeted investments in this bipartisan infrastructure bill. The bill authorizes more than $8 billion to help our state improve the safety and reliability of our roads and highways. It includes much-needed funding for ports and waterways. And, it focuses... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Risch, Menendez, Durbin Introduce Senate Resolution Commemorating 70th Anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty

August 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he has joined U.S. Senators Jim Risch (Idaho), Bob Menendez (N.J.), and Dick Durbin (Ill.) in introducing a Senate resolution to honor the 70th anniversary (September 1) of the signing of the Security Treaty between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, known as the ANZUS Treaty. In addition to celebrating the countries’ history of cooperation rooted in shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, and adherence to... Continue Reading »


Blunt Touts Missouri Priorities in FY2022 Agriculture, Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bills

August 6, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that several Missouri priories were included in the FY2022 Agriculture and Energy and Water Development funding bills. The bills were approved by the Appropriations Committee by a vote of 25 to 5. “I’m pleased the committee worked together to prioritize support for programs and policies that significantly benefit farmers, businesses, and communities – especially in rural areas,” said... Continue Reading »


President Biden Signs Into Law Blunt-Klobuchar Legislation Awarding Congressional Gold Medals to Law Enforcement Who Defended Capitol on January 6th

August 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – 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 that President Biden signed into law a bill (H.R. 3325) to issue Congressional Gold Medals recognizing the service and sacrifice of the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol on January 6.  “The Congressional Gold Medal is a fitting honor for all of the law enforcement officers,... Continue Reading »


Blunt Secures Missouri Priorities in FY2022 Military Construction & VA Funding Bill

August 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced key Missouri priorities that were included in the FY2022 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill. The bill was approved by the Appropriations Committee by a vote of 25-5.“Missouri is home to more than 400,000 veterans,” said Blunt. “One of our most important jobs in Congress is to ensure they have access to the care and benefits they’ve earned. The groundbreaking for the... Continue Reading »


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 »