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Blunt Announces $10.4 Million BUILD Grant for City of Maryville

December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Maryville a $10.4 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant. The funding will be used for the South Main Corridor Improvement Project. Blunt sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao earlier this year urging funding for the project.“Strong infrastructure and strong... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Smith Announce $19.8 Million Grant for Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority

December 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Jason Smith today announced that the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority will receive a $19.8 million grant through the Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program. This funding will be used to finish the port loop track terminal, providing more efficient transfers between railroad unit trains and river barge transportation.“The Semo Port plays a critical... Continue Reading »


It’s Anchors Aweigh for the Delta Queen, Blunt, McCaskill Announce

December 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill today announced that their legislation to bring the historic 1920’s riverboat Delta Queen back to the Mississippi River was signed into law. The bill reinstates a decades-long exemption to allow the boat to operate from its new home port of Kimmswick, in Jefferson County - creating jobs and strengthening economic growth and tourism. “The return of the historic Delta Queen is great news for our state and the St. Louis... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush:“George H.W. Bush had the best qualities of his generation; stand up straight and take responsibility, share the credit and take the blame. He loved his country and served it with capacity, modesty and dignity. His mastery of foreign policy was most evident as the Soviet Union collapsed and Eastern Europe moved toward democracy. His example and service made a world... Continue Reading »


During National Adoption Month, Blunt & Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Support Adoptive Families

November 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – During National Adoption Month, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA), introduced legislation to support adoptive families. The senators reintroduced their bipartisan bill, the Supporting Adoptive Families Act, which would provide pre- and post-adoption support services, including mental health treatment, to help adoptive families stay strong.“Every child deserves a loving family and the stability of a... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Klobuchar Resolution Marking November as National Adoption Month Unanimously Passes Senate

November 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA), today announced that their resolution marking November as National Adoption Month and November 17 as National Adoption Day passed the Senate last night with unanimous support. As co-chairs of the bipartisan CCA, Blunt and Klobuchar work to engage Members of Congress on issues pertaining to children in need of permanent homes, children in the foster care system,... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on the Passing of Former Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington

November 21, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, released the following statement on the passing of Dr. James Billington, who served as the Librarian of Congress from 1987 to 2015:“Dr. James Billington brought a commitment to academic excellence to the Library of Congress. His decades of leadership brought a new focus on sharing our history and literary heritage with the American people, and especially with students at every level.  Dr. Billington was... Continue Reading »


Excerpts from Blunt’s Appearances on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures and ABC’s This Week

November 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) appeared on ABC’s This Week with Martha Raddatz and Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the Senate’s progress on confirming judicial nominees and strengthening the military, and the Mueller investigation. Following are excerpts from Blunt’s interviews:Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures:[WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE]On Senate Progress on Judicial Confirmations:“Well, I think in the new Congress one of our... Continue Reading »


Blunt-McCaskill Bill to Get Historic Delta Queen Back on the Mississippi Cruises Through Senate

November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill today announced that their legislation to bring the historic 1920’s riverboat Delta Queen back to the Mississippi River passed the Senate as part of the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill. The legislation reinstates a decades-long exemption to allow the boat to operate from its new home port of Kimmswick, in Jefferson County - creating jobs and strengthening economic growth and tourism. The Coast Guard Reauthorization bill now... Continue Reading »


Blunt Reelected to Senate Republican Leadership, Will Serve as Chairman of Republican Policy Committee

November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after being elected as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee:“It’s an honor to continue serving in the Republican leadership in the Senate and I thank my colleagues for their support. Working together and with the Trump administration, we have enacted policies to strengthen our economy, rebuild the military, keep our promises to veterans, and help hardworking families get ahead. I look forward... Continue Reading »


Blunt Commends Missouri HIRE Vets Award Recipients for Their Commitment to Veteran Employment

November 8, 2018

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 five Missouri employers were recognized by the Department of Labor (DOL) for their contributions to veteran employment. The program was created under Blunt’s bipartisan Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Act, which established a tiered recognition program within DOL to... Continue Reading »


Senator Blunt, Chief Jones Welcome Federal Grant for New Fire Hoses, Nozzles

October 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today commended the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding a $22,720 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Versailles Rural Fire Protection District. The AFG program is administered by FEMA in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. “I’m committed to making sure firefighters have the equipment and training they need to keep people safe,” said Blunt.... Continue Reading »


Blunt-Backed Program to Invest $1.1 Million to Spur Economic Growth, Improve Infrastructure in Rural Communities

October 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement welcoming the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) announcement that it has awarded $1.1 million to support new and existing manufacturing businesses, infrastructure improvements, and workforce training programs for students and displaced workers. “These investments will create and keep good-paying jobs, strengthen a number of our rural economies, and support local programs that prepare Missourians... Continue Reading »


Blunt Secures Missouri Wins in Water Infrastructure Bill Headed to the President’s Desk

October 10, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today announced that several Missouri priorities were included in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 99-1 and is headed to the president’s desk. “Strengthening Missouri’s water infrastructure will directly benefit our economy and improve the quality of life in communities across the state,” said Blunt. “By improving waterways infrastructure, the... Continue Reading »


Blunt Applauds Expected Trump Administration Move to Allow Year-Round E15 Sales

October 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement welcoming reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon move to allow 15 percent ethanol blends (E15) to be sold year round.“Year-round E15 sales will be a big win for Missouri farmers, families, and biofuels producers,” said Blunt. “Expanding markets will provide more stability for corn growers who have been hit hard by low commodity prices. Increasing demand for E15 will strengthen Missouri’s biofuels... Continue Reading »


Blunt Votes to Send Bipartisan, Bicameral Opioid Legislation to the President’s Desk

October 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), released the following statement after voting in favor of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 98-1. The bipartisan measure, which includes House and Senate proposals to address the opioid epidemic, is now headed to the White House.“The opioid epidemic claims more lives every year than... Continue Reading »


Blunt Secures Wins for Passengers, Airports & Manufacturers in FAA Reauthorization

October 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, today applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan House-Senate long-term agreement to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agreement also includes the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, a three-year reauthorization of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and a four-year reauthorization of the National Transportation Safety Board. The... Continue Reading »


Blunt Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Missouri, U.S. Battlefields

October 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Tim Kaine (Va.), and Roger Wicker (Miss.) have introduced 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... Continue Reading »


Blunt Statement on U.S.–Mexico–Canada Trade Deal

October 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the United States–Mexico–Canada (USMCA) trade agreement: “Congratulations to President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the USMCA trade agreement. I hope this leads to quick action by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on eliminating steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico.” Continue Reading »


Blunt Commends Appointment of Brent Hampy to Serve as USDA Missouri Farm Service Agency Director

September 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today released the following statement commending the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement that Brent Hampy has been selected to serve as USDA Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA) Director: “Brent Hampy has an extensive background in agriculture, including decades of experience with row crops and cattle operations in Missouri,” said Blunt. “Having served as Pettis County Commissioner and chair of the Pioneer Trails... Continue Reading »