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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 get the education, training, and skills they need for the jobs available today and in the years to come. I’ll remain a strong advocate for maintaining a pattern of sustained investments in National Institutes of Health medical research, which has raised life expectancy, touched the lives of all Americans, and lowered health care costs. I stand ready to work alongside my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and in both chambers of Congress, to address some of the biggest challenges facing our nation.”

Blunt served as Labor/HHS chair in the 114th and 115th Congress. As chairman, Blunt has led efforts to increase funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health. He has restored eligibility for year-round Pell Grants, focused resources on workforce training programs, like the Apprenticeship Program, and secured increases for elementary and secondary education. Under Blunt’s chairmanship, the Labor/HHS Committee has worked to responsibly invest resources by combining or eliminating dozens of programs that were not needed or not working.

The subcommittee oversees funding related to the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and 14 Related Agencies. To read more about the subcommittee’s specific areas of jurisdiction, click here.   

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