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Blunt, Burr Demand Oversight of Health, Education, and Labor Spending in American Rescue Plan

March 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Richard Burr (N.C.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, sent letters to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and Department of Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh requesting... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Hirono, Collins, Klobuchar, Murkowski, Duckworth Introduce Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021

March 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Mazie K. Hirono (Hawaii), Susan Collins (Maine), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) announced that they have introduced the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021. The bipartisan bill would close a loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA), which has prevented internationally-adopted children, who are now adults, from receiving U.S. citizenship despite being raised by American parents.“Adults who were... Continue Reading »

Senators Blunt & Van Hollen, Congresswoman Norton Introduce Legislation to Prohibit Permanent Fencing Around Capitol Complex

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (Md.) introduced the No Fencing at the United States Capitol Complex Act. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) previously introduced the legislation in the House. Their bipartisan, bicameral bill prohibits funding for permanent fencing around the U.S. Capitol complex.   “The U.S. Capitol is the most iconic symbol of democracy in... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Study Impact of Technology and Media on Children

March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Edward J. Markey (Mass.), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Susan Collins (Maine), and Michael Bennet (Colo.), along with U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin (Md.), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), and Lori Trahan (Mass.), introduced the Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act. The legislation authorizes the National Institutes of Health to lead a research program on technology and media’s effects on infants, children, and adolescents... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Warner Introduce Legislation to Protect Hundreds of Rural Health Clinics From Added Financial Strain During COVID-19

March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mark Warner (Va.) introduced legislation to prevent further financial instability for rural health clinics and safeguard the care they provide to underserved communities. The bipartisan Strengthening Rural Health Clinics Act of 2021 would make a technical fix to protect existing rural health clinics from a sudden and unexpected Medicare payment rate change that was erroneously brought on by the December 2020 COVID-19 relief bill. “Many... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Urge Administration to End Proposal that Threatens to Eliminate Metro Area Status

March 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senators John Boozman (Ark.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), and 22 other colleagues in sending a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Rob Fairweather urging the agency to abandon plans to change the current definition of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). OMB has proposed doubling the minimum requirement for a MSA from 50,000 to 100,000. This recommendation would eliminate MSA status for more than 140... Continue Reading »

Rules Committee Republicans Press Democrats on Unfair, Last-Minute Changes to S. 1 Hearing

March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, led Republican Rules Committee members in sending a letter to Rules Committee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) pushing back on last minute changes to next week’s hearing that could limit witness testimony challenging the legislation.Earlier this week, committee Democrats agreed to three majority witnesses and two minority witnesses. Last night, the minority was notified that... Continue Reading »

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Timely Mental Health for Foster Youth Act

March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Bob Casey (Pa.), and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), along with U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (Mich.), introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve access to mental health services for children in the foster care system. Their Timely Mental Health for Foster Youth Act would require states to provide an initial mental health screening to foster children within 30 days of entry into care. If a mental health issue... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Capito & Republican Colleagues: President Biden Escalating Border Crisis by Unlawfully Freezing Border Wall Funding

March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – Amid the rapidly escalating crisis along the southern border, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and dozens of his colleagues joined U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, in sending a letter to Government Accountability Office Comptroller Gene L. Dodaro highlighting President Joe Biden’s suspension of border wall funding and construction in violation of the Impoundment Control Act.“On January 20th, in one of the... Continue Reading »

Lawmakers Applaud USCIS Decision to Restore 500 Positions Following Push From Missouri, Kansas Delegations

March 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.), along with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo.), Sam Graves (Mo.), and Sharice Davids (Kan.), applauded the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) announcement that it would restore 500 positions that had been eliminated due to financial constraints and the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes after a year-long bipartisan effort from lawmakers to protect jobs and ensure continuity of operations... Continue Reading »

Missouri Receives Nearly $39 Million in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Aid from Blunt-Led Funding Bill

March 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today announced that Missouri will receive a total of $38.8 million in funding from the Mental Health Block Grant ($13.9 million) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant ($24.9 million) programs. As the Republican leader on the Labor/HHS appropriations committee, Blunt has led efforts to... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Permanently Repeal the Death Tax

March 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, joined U.S. Senator John Thune (S.D.) and 24 other senators to reintroduce legislation permanently eliminating the devastating federal death tax on family farms, ranches, and small businesses.“The death tax disproportionately hurts states like Missouri, where agriculture is a top driver of economic growth,”... Continue Reading »

Blunt Votes Against Massive, Partisan Spending Package

March 6, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after voting against Democrats’ nearly $2 trillion budget reconciliation bill. The legislation passed the Senate on a party-line vote of 50-49.“This massive spending bill, and the partisan process by which it was passed, fails the American people. Last year, we worked together – Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate – to pass five bipartisan COVID-19 relief packages to fund the economic and health response to... Continue Reading »

Blunt Backs Bill to Require Congressional Approval before any Iran Sanctions Relief Is Granted

March 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, announced that he is an original cosponsor of the Iran Sanctions Relief Review Act of 2021. The bill, introduced by U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), would enable Congress to approve - or block - any administration effort to suspend or terminate U.S. sanctions against the Iranian regime.“Easing sanctions on the world’s number-one state sponsor of terrorism would be a dangerous mistake,”... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Cardin Urge Permanent Reauthorization for Tax Credit that has Promoted Growth in Underserved Communities

March 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) have introduced a measure to permanently extend the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), which has created jobs and driven investment in neighborhoods with high poverty and unemployment rates. The New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act (S.456) will permanently authorize a 39 percent federal tax credit for businesses or economic development projects in areas with poverty rates of at least 20 percent, or median incomes at or below 80 percent... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Moran, Fischer Reintroduce Kelsey Smith Act to Aid Law Enforcement in Locating Kidnap Victims

February 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senators 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 experienced a terrible tragedy that was made even more... Continue Reading »

Blunt Backs Resolution Opposing Lifting of Iran Sanctions

February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (Ark.), U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher (Wis.), and 43 other members of Congress in introducing a resolution opposing the lifting of sanctions on Iran. The members released the following statement after introduction: "The U.S. must maintain sanctions on the Iranian regime until it abandons its nuclear ambitions and ends its support for violence... Continue Reading »

Blunt Helps Introduce Bill to Provide Disabled Veterans Full Military Benefits

February 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) helped introduce the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits.“It’s long overdue that these heroes – who could no longer continue serving due to injuries they sustained in combat – get the benefits they earned,” said Blunt. “This bill will help us honor these men and women for the significant sacrifices they made in their service to our... Continue Reading »

Blunt, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Support Travel & Tourism Recovery Efforts

February 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), co-chairs of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus, introduced legislation that will help improve the tourism industry across the country by studying the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry and identifying policy recommendations to assist struggling businesses. Companion legislation is led in the House by U.S. Representatives Kathy Castor (Fla.) and Fred Upton (Mich.).“The coronavirus... Continue Reading »

Blunt Leads Missouri Delegation Letter Urging FERC to Review & Address Natural Gas Supply Issues

February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) led a letter from members of the Missouri congressional delegation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging the commission to quickly review and address concerns regarding the nation’s natural gas supply as weather-related energy demand spikes in Missouri and several other states.“Due to the surge in energy demand across the state, residents have been experiencing electricity outages, rolling blackouts, and controlled service... Continue Reading »