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Blunt, Wyden Introduce Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

February 7, 2019

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) introduced legislation to help ensure the continued growth of America’s craft beverage industry. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would permanently establish reduced taxes and modernized regulations for brewers, cider makers, vintners and distillers to further promote job creation in each industry.Missouri’s wine industry supports nearly 30,000 jobs and contributes $3.2 billion each year to the state’s... Continue Reading »


Following Blunt Advocacy, Department of Transportation to Award Nearly $2.6 Million Grant for Rail Safety Improvements in Southwest Missouri

February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award a $2.58 million grant to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) for safety improvements along the 19-mile corridor through Aurora, Marionville, Billings, and Republic, Missouri. “You can’t have a strong railway network if you don’t address safety issues first and foremost,” said Blunt. “Unsafe railways and crossings compromise reliability and, most importantly, put lives at... Continue Reading »


Blunt Announces $7.1 Million Grant for MacArthur Bridge Truss Replacement

February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a $7.17 million grant to replace the MacArthur Bridge truss over Broadway Street in St. Louis. “The MacArthur Bridge provides a vital route over the Mississippi for millions of tons of freight each year,” said Blunt. “This grant will not only increase the safety and longevity of the bridge, it will also increase capacity to accommodate even more interstate commerce. That’s great news... Continue Reading »


Blunt-Backed Program Invests Nearly $1 Million to Improve Ten School-Based Health Centers in Missouri

February 5, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), commended the Health Resources and Services Administration’s announcement that it has awarded $918,184 to increase access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services at ten school-based health centers in Missouri. The grant funding, which Blunt secured, will be used to improve existing health... Continue Reading »


Blunt-Backed Grant Program Awards $12 Million to Four Missouri Community Health Centers

February 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), commended the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) announcement that it will award more than $12 million in grant funding to four Missouri community health centers. Health Centers Service Area Competition grants are administered through HRSA and help ensure access to affordable, quality health care... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Families Relocate to Greater Opportunity Areas

February 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Todd Young (Ind.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), and Maggie Hassan (N.H.) introduced legislation to incentivize greater choice and mobility in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher Program. Evidence shows that Housing Choice Vouchers currently fail to meet their mobility goals. The Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act authorizes a demonstration to help... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Startup Act

February 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Mark Warner (Va.), and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) reintroduced the Startup Act – bipartisan, cutting-edge legislation to encourage job creation, grow entrepreneurial activity, increase innovation and advance economic development. The Startup Act would accelerate the commercialization of university research and creative inquiry that can lead to new ventures, review and improve the regulatory processes at the federal, state and... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on NCAA Penalties Against University of Missouri

February 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today regarding the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) penalties imposed on the University of Missouri’s athletics program:“I completely disagree with the sanctions announced by the NCAA against the University of Missouri. From the NCAA’s own report, it was clear that the university was transparent and did the right thing by reporting both the tutor’s actions and the involvement of a small number of... Continue Reading »


Blunt Announces HIRE Vets Program Now Accepting Applications from Local Businesses

January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, today announced that business owners can start submitting applications to participate in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program. The program was created under Blunt’s bipartisan Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Act, which established a tiered... Continue Reading »


Blunt Backs Kelsey Smith Act to Expedite Search Efforts for Kidnapping Victims

January 30, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (Kan.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), and Deb Fischer (Neb.) in introducing the Kelsey Smith Act. The bill, named for 18-year-old Kelsey Smith who was abducted and murdered in 2007, would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to lawfully and quickly access cell phone location information, or ping information, when a person is abducted and their life is threatened. “The Smith family endured a horrific tragedy that was made... Continue Reading »


Blunt Backs Legislation to Permanently Repeal the Death Tax

January 29, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he has cosponsored legislation to permanently eliminate the devastating federal estate tax on family farms, ranches, and small businesses.“The death tax disproportionately hurts states like Missouri where agriculture is a top economic driver,” said Blunt. “By repealing the death tax altogether, this bill will help family farms and businesses plan for the future and prevent them from being penalized as they transition from one... Continue Reading »


Blunt Backs Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Technology Threats from China

January 29, 2019

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors like China. The legislation, which was introduced by Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (Va.) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.), would create an Office of Critical Technologies & Security at the White House responsible for coordinating across... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on President Trump’s Plan to Re-Open Government

January 25, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt released the following statement on President Trump’s plan to re-open the government: “Shutdowns are bad politics and even worse government. Democrats say they’re for stronger border security. It’s time for them to get to the table. And then this process should be done through the normal structure. The president has a clear responsibility to secure the border and if Democrats cooperate we won’t end up in a place where this is done through declaring an... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve America’s Battlefields

January 25, 2019

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), and Tim Kaine (Va.) reintroduced the Preserving America’s Battlefields Act to ensure our nation’s living memorials honoring those who fought for our freedoms are protected for current and future generations. The bipartisan legislation would provide for the restoration of battlefield sites across the country, helping transform them into historic tourism destinations. Specifically, it would help foster partnerships... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Grassley, 20 Senate Colleagues Demand Answers on Changes to National Liver Distribution Policy

January 23, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, led 20 of their Senate colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demanding answers to a recent change in the national liver distribution policy made by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on President Trump's Proposal to End Shutdown, Secure the Border

January 19, 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on President Trump's proposal to increase border security and end the government shutdown:“Today the president celebrated the process of legal immigration with our newest citizens. He also showed flexibility in how to secure the border and offered new ways to respond to humanitarian concerns we need to deal with now. It’s time for Democrats to get to the negotiating table.” Continue Reading »


Blunt, Cotton, and Boozman Introduce the Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act

January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Tom Cotton (Ark.) and John Boozman (Ark.) introduced the Estate Tax Rate Reduction Act, which would reduce the estate tax to 20 percent, the same as the current capital gains tax rate. “The current estate tax is often a crushing blow to family businesses and farmers who are trying to plan for the future,” said Blunt. “This legislation will bring relief to family farms and businesses as they transition from one generation to the... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Senators Introduce Protect Funding for Women’s Health Care Act

January 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa), and 30 of their Senate colleagues, reintroduced legislation to prevent any taxpayer dollars from going to the nation’s single largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood.  “No American taxpayer should be forced to fund abortions or abortion providers,” said Blunt. “A majority of Americans agree that abortion is not the right place to spend federal tax dollars. This bill will ensure that every dollar taken away... Continue Reading »


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... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Extend Community Health Center Funding

January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) today introduced the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for five years. In addition, the bipartisan bill provides annual increases for the CHCF and NHSC beginning in FY 2020.“Community health centers serve more than half a million Missourians, including many veterans and individuals... Continue Reading »