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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 »


Blunt-Backed SFC Heath Robinson PACT Act Headed to President’s Desk

August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) voted in favor of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, which passed the Senate by a vote of 86-11, and is now headed to the president’s desk.“We know the damaging impact of toxic burn pits, and we know that toxic-exposed veterans may not develop an illness for several years after their time in the service. Today, the Senate took action to ensure these brave men and... Continue Reading »


Blunt Announces Resource Page for Missouri Farmers and Ranchers Impacted By Drought

August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, announced the launch of a resources page, www.blunt.senate.gov/drought, to provide information on the programs available to aid Missourians impacted by damaging drought conditions.“Areas across Missouri are experiencing significant, sustained, and damaging drought conditions,” said Blunt. “This webpage... Continue Reading »


Blunt Highlights Missouri Priorities in Senate-Passed Water Resources Bill

July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) commended Senate passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA), legislation authorizing critical investments in water infrastructure projects. Blunt voted in favor of the legislation, which passed by a vote of 93-1.“As a national transportation hub, Missouri’s waterways play an important role in moving goods around the country,” said Blunt. “Making sure our waterways and surrounding infrastructure are maintained... Continue Reading »


Blunt-Backed Provisions to Strengthen U.S. Leadership in Manufacturing, R&D Included in Senate-Passed CHIPS Bill

July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that several measures he introduced to help ensure America’s continued leadership in manufacturing and emerging technologies were included in the Senate-passed CHIPS-Plus Act.“Maintaining America’s competitive edge against China is critical to our economic and national security,” said Blunt. “This bill includes targeted investments in technological development... Continue Reading »


Blunt Applauds Buck O’Neil’s Official Induction Into National Baseball Hall of Fame

July 24, 2022

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on Buck O’Neil’s official induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame:  “Buck O’Neil’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is a great day, long overdue. He was not only an incredible athlete on the field, he was a Kansas City icon who made sure the history of Negro Leagues Baseball was preserved and shared with future generations. Everyone who met him was better for the time they spent together.... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Lankford & Colleagues Move to Stop Flawed Social Cost of Carbon Metric from Driving Energy Regulations

July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator James Lankford (Okla.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined 11 of their Republican colleagues in introducing the Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act, a bill to prohibit the federal government from using the flawed social cost of carbon, social cost of methane, social cost of nitrous... Continue Reading »


Missouri Delegation Makes the Case for ARPA-H Headquarters to Be Located in Missouri

July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – This week, the entire Missouri congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and signed by Senator Josh Hawley, and U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Billy Long, Ann Wagner, Jason Smith, Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, and Cori Bush, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Increase Biodiesel Volumes, Provide Certainty to Producers

July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Patty Murray (Wash.), and John Thune (S.D.), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to increase the proposed biodiesel volumes in the upcoming Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2023 and 2024 to provide certainty to farmers and producers. The senators highlighted how American biodiesel moderates fuel prices and... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the Passing of North Kansas City Police Officer Daniel Vasquez

July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the death of North Kansas City Police Officer Daniel Vasquez: “Today, North Kansas City Police Officer Daniel Vasquez was tragically killed in the line of duty. Chief of Police Kevin Freeman described Officer Vasquez as a phenomenal person and a friend to everybody. It is a sobering reminder of the dangers our brave law enforcement officers face every day. It takes exceptional courage, character, and selflessness to... Continue Reading »


Blunt Welcomes Launch of New 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone Number

July 15, 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, welcomed the launch of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s new, three digit 988 number. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of more than 200 local- and state-funded crisis centers. The new number, which will be available starting tomorrow, July 16, will allow individuals experiencing a... Continue Reading »


Blunt Welcomes FAA’s $5.2 Million Investment to Improve Airport Terminals Across Missouri

July 7, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, commended the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement that it is investing $5.2 million to improve terminals in three airports across Missouri: Waynesville-Saint Robert Regional Airport, Rosecrans Memorial Airport, and Hannibal Regional Airport.“This announcement is great news for our state,” said Blunt. “The... Continue Reading »