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Senator Blunt Honored With Key to the City of St. Joseph

Speaks at Farm City Breakfast on Missouri’s ongoing leadership in agriculture

March 11, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) accepted a key to the City of St. Joseph, Missouri from Mayor Bill Falkner at the 12th annual Farm City Breakfast. Mayor Falkner noted that Blunt has been to St. Joseph 45 times since 2011 and thanked him for his service and friendship to the city.

“I am surprised and honored to receive the key to the City of St. Joseph from Mayor Falkner,” said Blunt. “I have thoroughly enjoyed all forty-five visits to St. Joseph and I plan to keep coming back as long as the city will have me. Although now that I have the key, I can just let myself in anytime.”

At the breakfast, Blunt discussed critical steps to advance Missouri’s agriculture leadership in the 21st Century, including reining in excessive regulations, investing in agriculture research and technology, and harnessing American energy to drive economic growth.

Blunt continued, “Whether it’s providing good-paying jobs, putting healthy food on our tables, educating our children, or developing the next generation of technology, agriculture is at the heart of who we are as Missourians, and will continue playing a critical role in our communities. As the son of dairy farmers, I have a profound respect for the hard work our farmers and producers do, and I could not be more honored to receive a key to the City of St. Joseph, one of the nation’s leading agriculture communities. I will continue working to advance solutions that will allow our agriculture industry to grow and thrive for decades to come.”

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(Senator Blunt delivers remarks during Farm City Breakfast)

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(Key to the City of St. Joseph, Missouri)

As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Blunt successfully fought to include a number of critical priorities in the last year’s omnibus appropriations bill.

Blunt has also cosponsored several measures to roll back burdensome red tape on farmers and producers. In September 2015, Blunt cosponsored a resolution that would have overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping re-write of the Clean Water Act, known as the Waters of the United States rule. Under this rule, the EPA will have authority over 99.7 percent of Missouri, creating more permitting requirements for Missourians and stifling economic and job growth. 

Blunt has also cosponsored two Senate-passed measures to stop the EPA’s final regulations for new and modified power plants, and for existing power plants. A study by Energy Venture Analysis on the effects of the Clean Power Plan, as proposed, combined with several other EPA power plant regulations, found that Missourians’ annual electric and gas utility bills would cost around $1,000 more in 2020 as compared to 2012 – almost a 50 percent increase.

Click here for more information on Blunt’s efforts to advance Missouri’s agriculture priorities.

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