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Blunt, Cardin Continue Fight for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients’ Access to Treatments

June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) introduced an updated version of their Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act, which builds on previous success in increasing access to services for chronic kidney disease patients. The bill enhances care through new technologies; provides access to Medigap programs for all End-Stage Renal Disease patients, regardless of age; expands the Medicare Annual Wellness Benefit to include kidney disease... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Klobuchar, Peters, Portman Release Bipartisan Report Investigating January 6th Capitol Attack

June 8, 2021

Full text of the report and recommendations is available for download HEREWASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Ranking Member and Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration, and Gary Peters (Mich.) and Rob Portman (Ohio), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a bipartisan report on the security, planning, and response failures related to the violent and unprecedented attack on January... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Casey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Maintain Rural Bridges

June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Bob Casey (Pa.) announced that they have introduced the Support for Community Bridges Act. The bipartisan bill would allocate more dedicated funds for bridge repair to states with more off-system bridges in poor condition. Off-system bridges are not on the federal highway system and are often left out of federal support, putting further strain on local budgets. Approximately 58% of Missouri’s 24,500 bridges are off-system, and many of these... Continue Reading »

Blunt Condemns Recent Global Surge of Antisemitism, Calls on Leaders to Act

June 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) helped introduce a bipartisan resolution condemning recent antisemitic incidents in the U.S. and around the world. The resolution also calls on leaders to denounce antisemitism and take specific steps to address it and prevent it.“The recent rise in acts of hatred and violence against Jewish people, businesses, community centers, and places of worship in the U.S. and across the world is completely unacceptable,” said Blunt. “We all need... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Lankford, Scott Urge Biden Administration to Protect 1st Amendment Rights of Faith-Based Student Groups at Public Universities, Colleges

May 27, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), James Lankford (Okla.), and Tim Scott (S.C.) released a letter they sent to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging him to protect the First Amendment rights of faith-based student groups at public institutions of higher education. The letter follows a recent court filing that indicates the Department of Education is considering regulatory action related to the Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at... Continue Reading »

Blunt Cosponsors Don’t Weaponize the IRS Act

May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he is an original cosponsor of legislation to prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from being used as a political weapon against American citizens.“People across Missouri are rightly concerned about the kind of government overreach and political targeting we’ve seen from the IRS in the past,” said Blunt. “I’m proud to join dozens of my colleagues in this effort to prevent any administration from using the IRS to target... Continue Reading »

Blunt Statement on 10-Year Anniversary of the Joplin Tornado

May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement ahead of tomorrow’s 10-year anniversary of the 2011 Joplin tornado: “When the tornado struck Joplin on May 22, 2011, there were first responders who rushed to provide aid, volunteers who worked tirelessly to help their neighbors, and friends and family who were there for one another as they mourned the loss of life and destruction. The people of Joplin showed the country the power of faith and community. They... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Brown Push Bipartisan Effort to Help Improve Reporting of Child Abuse Deaths, Prevent Future Fatalities

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation to require states to report data on all child abuse-related deaths and develop recommendations to prevent child abuse deaths from occurring in the first place. The senators’ bill would provide policymakers and public health officials with a clearer picture of the number of child abuse fatalities and allow states to collect important information to better assess when and why child... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Van Hollen Announce Inclusion of National SEAL Act in Broader China Competition Bill

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Van Hollen (Md.) announced the inclusion of their bipartisan proposal to ensure U.S. leadership in discovery and innovation and to strengthen the United States’ competitive edge against China and across the global economy within the Endless Frontier Act. Their original legislation, the National Strategy to Ensure American Leadership (SEAL) Act, called on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to identify the top... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Protect Adopted Children

May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, announced that they have reintroduced the Safe Home Act to protect adopted children from unregulated custody transfers (UCT). This legislation would add UCTs to the federal definition of child abuse and neglect under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. UCTs occur when parents transfer custody of their adopted child outside of the child welfare system –... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Intercountry Adoption Process

May 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Adoption Caucus, announced that they have reintroduced legislation to improve the intercountry adoption process.“There are millions of children around the world without a safe, stable home,” said Blunt. “We can help connect these children with the families they deserve by making sure intercountry adoption remains a viable option. This bipartisan bill will give the Secretary of State a... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge State Department to Prioritize Resumption of Intercountry Adoptions

May 14, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, led a bipartisan letter urging U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to prioritize efforts to engage with the Chinese government to establish guidelines that allow American families to travel to China and unite with their adopted children.“Several hundred American families have been approved and matched with children in China, but the pandemic has indefinitely halted many... Continue Reading »

Key Senate Committee Passes Blunt, Brown Provision to Expand National Network of Manufacturing Hubs in Senate Commerce Committee Vote

May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) today announced that their bipartisan provision to expand the national network of manufacturing hubs passed the Senate Commerce Committee as a provision of the Endless Frontier Act. It will be part of the legislative package that comes to the Senate floor. Their provision would expand upon their 2014 legislation, which authorized the creation of a national network of manufacturing hubs. Their new provision would provide funding... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Urge Administration to Promote U.S. Leadership on International Religious Freedom

May 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senator James Lankford (Okla.) and six other colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden on the pressing need for a nominee to the position of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. The Members emphasized the importance of America remaining a world leader in defending and promoting religious liberty for all people of any faith, especially in countries where people are violently targeted for their faith such... Continue Reading »

Blunt Opens Application Process for Missourians Seeking to Attend Service Academies

May 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he is accepting applications from Missourians interested in attending service academies. Nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy are available for qualified applicants. “Service academies play a critical role in educating and inspiring the next generation of servicemen and women,” said Blunt. “These institutions develop leadership skills, fortify... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Hawley Announce Senate Passage of Bill Designating May 1st, 2021 as Silver Star Service Banner Day

April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) announced that the Senate unanimously passed their resolution designating May 1, 2021, as Silver Star Service Banner Day. Silver Star Service Banner Day honors our nation’s wounded and ill service members and veterans, and their families.“The freedom and security that we enjoy every day as Americans would not be possible without the innumerable sacrifices of our military men and women,” said Blunt. “Those who suffered injury... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Telehealth Access, Make Permanent Telehealth Flexibilities Available During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and dozens of his colleagues joined U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Ben Cardin (Md.), John Thune (S.D.), Mark Warner (Va.), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.) to reintroduce the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021. The CONNECT for Health Act will expand coverage of telehealth services through Medicare, make permanent COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities,... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Address Dangerous and Costly At-Grade Crossing Delays

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (Wash.), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, introduced legislation that will provide $500 million a year for five years to improve safety and reduce congestion at railroad crossings in communities around the country.“As a state with the 10th largest number of railroad miles in the nation,... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Blumenthal Introduce Measure to Protect Forage Fish

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) introduced the Forage Fish Conservation Act to protect forage fish. These small fish serve as the primary food source for larger fish, other aquatic life, and birds in ecosystems like the Mississippi River, benefitting local environments and economies, and strengthening recreational industries.“Recreational fishing supports... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Warner Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Nation’s Infrastructure

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and U.S. Senator Mark Warner (Va.) reintroduced the Reinventing Economic Partnerships and Infrastructure Redevelopment (REPAIR) Act to help close America’s widening infrastructure gap, create jobs, and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the 21st century by establishing an Infrastructure Financing Authority (IFA) to provide loans and loan guarantees, complement... Continue Reading »