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On Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren, Blunt Talks Court-Packing Commission, Biden Spending Plan and Infrastructure

April 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren to talk about President Biden’s court-packing commission, the president’s nearly $1.6 trillion spending plan, and the potential for a bipartisan infrastructure bill.On President Biden’s Nearly $1.6 Trillion Spending Plan:“Well I hope it’s a wish list, and somebody needs to begin to think about where we’re getting the money. We did five bipartisan bills last year to deal with the pandemic crisis,... Continue Reading »


Blunt Speaks Out Against S.1, Sets Record Straight on State-Level Election Bills

March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON – At the Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, spoke out against S. 1, Democrats’ 800+ page bill that would amount to a federal takeover of the election system. Blunt also set the record straight on election-related bills that have been introduced in state legislatures. As Blunt noted, Democrat state legislators have filed around 700 election-related bills, compared to just... Continue Reading »


Blunt on Meet the Press

March 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press to discuss the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, his decision to not run for reelection, and S.1 - Democrats’ partisan election legislation.Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Interview:On the Need to Focus on Security Issues in the January 6th Investigation:“The Rules Committee that I've chaired, that now I'm the top Republican on, and... Continue Reading »


Blunt Slams Massive, Partisan Election Legislation

March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, spoke on the Senate floor today to outline several of the significant problems with the massive, 800-page election legislation, S. 1, Senate Democrats have just introduced.  Blunt, who previously served as a state and local election official for 20 years, said the bill would impose a one-size-fits-all federal takeover of elections that would make elections more chaotic and... Continue Reading »


Blunt Encourages Americans to Consider Getting Vaccinated

March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON - At the Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) encouraged all Americans to consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible. Blunt emphasized the safety and efficacy of the FDA-approved vaccines, and said that getting Americans vaccinated is critical to reopening the economy and returning to normal life.Following Are Excerpts of Blunt’s Remarks:“Well, I want to join Dr. Barrasso in encouraging people who are willing to have a vaccine to... Continue Reading »


Blunt Announcement on 2022 Election

March 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following video announcing his plans for the upcoming election:Transcript:“My mom and dad used to milk cows in this dairy barn. It’s a long way from here to the United States Capitol, but the things I learned here continue to shape how I work for our country and for our state.“One of the main lessons was to always finish the work that could get done that day. You also understood that you had to use the tools and resources you had, not... Continue Reading »


Blunt: Every Parent, Grandparent Knows That Kids Need to be in School

March 4, 2021

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) participated in a press conference to call for the reopening of schools and to discuss his opposition to Senate Democrats’ $1.9 trillion package. Blunt highlighted comments shared to him by Knob Noster School District Superintendent Dr. Jerrod Wheeler, who oversaw the successful reopening of local schools for in-person learning. Although Congress has provided schools with $67.5 billion to help them respond to the coronavirus and reopen safely,... Continue Reading »


Blunt Continues Push to Reopen Schools

March 2, 2021

WASHINGTON - At the Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) highlighted the importance of students returning to in-person learning. Congress has provided $67.5 billion for K-12 schools to reopen safely, and much of that funding has not been spent.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“We spent some time at lunch today talking about the importance of getting kids back to school. There's a McKinsey report out that says the average student, at the end of the nine-month... Continue Reading »


Blunt: It’s Time for Students to Go Back to School

February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the U.S. Senate floor to urge the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats to support Republicans’ calls to get students back in school. Despite Democrats’ claims that additional funding is needed, Congress has already provided $67.5 billion to help get students back in the classroom. So far, states have only spent about $5 billion of that money.As Blunt noted, numerous studies show that prolonged remote learning puts kids at... Continue Reading »


Blunt Slams Senate Democrats for Rushing Partisan $1.9 Trillion COVID Bill

February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the U.S. Senate floor to criticize Senate Democrats for rushing a partisan, $1.9 trillion COVID package through Congress just weeks after the latest $900 billion relief package was signed into law. As Blunt noted, much of that funding has not been spent and the Biden administration has failed to work in a bipartisan way to explain what unmet needs remain.   Following Are Excerpts of Blunt’s Remarks:“Mr. President, this week the Senate... Continue Reading »


Blunt Celebrates 48th Annual March for Life

January 29, 2021

WASHINGTON - Ahead of today's March for Life, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor this week to underscore the importance of creating a culture where every human life is valued and protected.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“This week is the 48th annual March for Life. It's an event where thousands of Americans come together to advocate for the value and protection of unborn human life. They'll be coming together this year differently than they have for almost 50 years. But for... Continue Reading »


Blunt Urges Biden Administration to Speed Up Distribution of Vaccine Funding to States

January 26, 2021

WASHINGTON - At the Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), urged the Biden administration to speed up the distribution of vaccine funding to states. In December, Blunt helped lead efforts to secure $8.75 billion in funding for vaccine distribution, less than half of which has been distributed.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“On the pandemic and vaccines, I've had a chance to visit with the new director of the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control... Continue Reading »


Blunt Questions DOT Secretary Nominee Buttigieg About Transportation Programs & Policies Important to Missouri

January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON - During a U.S. Senate Commerce hearing today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) questioned Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary nominee, about policies and programs that are important to Missouri’s economy and transportation network, including the Essential Air Service (EAS) and contract tower programs.There are five airports in the state that depend on the contract tower program, including Joplin, Columbia, Branson, Jefferson City, and St. Joseph. The EAS... Continue Reading »


Blunt on CBS’s Face the Nation

January 10, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan to discuss the attack on the U.S. Capitol, praising the heroic efforts of the U.S. Capitol Police. Blunt also discussed Democrats’ plans to pursue impeachment, emphasizing the clear unlikelihood that any impeachment effort would remove the president from office before the end of his term. The full transcript of the interview is available here. Continue Reading »


Blunt Applauds FDA Authorization of First At-Home Coronavirus Test

December 15, 2020

WASHINGTON - At the weekly Senate Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of the first at-home coronavirus test, which was developed with the support of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) RADx initiative. Blunt and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) created the RADx... Continue Reading »


Blunt Touts Top Foreign Policy Accomplishments Under Trump Administration

December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke on the Senate floor to tout America’s foreign policy accomplishments under the Trump administration, like improving ties between U.S. allies in the Middle East, applying maximum pressure on the Iranian regime, and creating a more level playing field for U.S. trade.Following Are Excerpts of Blunt’s Remarks:“I want to talk today for a few minutes about something that I don't think... Continue Reading »


Blunt Urges Congress to Take Immediate Action on Coronavirus Relief

December 8, 2020

WASHINGTON - At the weekly Senate Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, urged Congress to move quickly to reach a bipartisan deal on a coronavirus relief package that provides funding for vaccines, and aid for families, schools, businesses, and health care providers.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“I would say on the issues that Senator... Continue Reading »


Blunt Touts Success of Operation Warp Speed, Talks Vaccine Rollout

December 4, 2020

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, highlighted Operation Warp Speed’s role in accelerating the development and manufacturing of coronavirus vaccines.  Blunt also urged Congress to reach an agreement on another COVID-19 relief bill to provide much-needed aid to Americans and ensure the federal government has the resources necessary to continue to... Continue Reading »


Blunt Discusses Support for Trump Administration’s Proposed U.S. Arms Sale to UAE

December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON - At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) discussed his support for the Trump administration’s proposed U.S. arms sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“The other topic I wanted to talk about today was the arms sale, the F-35 sale to the UAE. It appears sometime this month there'll be a congressional vote on that issue. My personal view is it would be a big mistake not... Continue Reading »


On CBS This Morning, Blunt Discusses Effort to Make Breast Cancer Diagnostic Tests More Accessible, Affordable

November 23, 2020

WASHINGTON - In an interview that aired today on CBS This Morning, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) discussed the bipartisan Access to Breast Cancer Diagnosis Act, legislation he introduced with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) to make breast cancer diagnostic tests more accessible and affordable. The bill would address the disparity between breast cancer screenings, which are fully covered, and diagnostic tests, which can leave patients with thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.Background on... Continue Reading »