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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 »


Blunt Urges Support for Critical Health, Education & Workforce Funding Bill

November 13, 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 (Labor/HHS), spoke on the Senate floor to urge House Democrats to support the FY2021 Labor/HHS bill. The legislation includes critical funding for medical research, workforce development initiatives, public health and preparedness programs, child care, and more. In addition, the bill eliminates unnecessary spending... Continue Reading »


Blunt Commemorates Veterans Day

November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – Ahead of Veterans Day tomorrow, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today released the following video honoring those who served our country.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Every year, on the eleventh day of November, we remember our veterans, we remember their heroism, we remember their service to this great country. Some of our veterans gave all, all gave some.“Veterans Day celebrations may look a little bit different this year, like so many other things in the last 11 months, but our... Continue Reading »


Blunt Talks Latest Breakthroughs on COVID-19 Vaccine

November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — At the 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 (Labor/HHS), talked about the latest developments in the progress toward a COVID-19 vaccine. As Labor/HHS chairman, Blunt highlighted Congress’ role in providing critical funding to accelerate vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Well,... Continue Reading »


On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Blunt Discusses 2020 Elections and Inauguration

November 8, 2020

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, joined ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the 2020 Elections and the Inaugural Ceremonies.Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Interview: On the 2020 Elections:“You know, where we are now, I think, George, is kind of like that movie ‘Analyze This’ where the key phrase is ‘it's a process.’ There is a process here that we need to go through. I think both Vice President Biden and President... Continue Reading »


On Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren, Blunt Discusses President Trump’s Accomplishments, COVID-19 Relief, & More

November 1, 2020

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) discussed President Trump’s accomplishments, election security, COVID-19 relief, and more on Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren.Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Interview:On President Trump’s accomplishments:“I think the President should be re-elected, the regulatory environment, the incredible economic successes that he’d had, what’s happened in the Middle East, but what we’ve done generally to hold our allies to account for doing their... Continue Reading »


Blunt: Supreme Court will Benefit From Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s “Humility and Brilliance”

October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to outline why he will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Mr. President, let me just follow right on with that important topic of the vote we'll have in a few days to send another justice to the United States Supreme Court. I had the opportunity this morning to meet with Judge Barrett. The conversation reminded me of exactly why she's the right choice to fill... Continue Reading »


Blunt Criticizes Democrats’ All-or-Nothing Approach on Coronavirus Relief

October 20, 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, faulted Democrats for their all-or-nothing approach that has stalled the latest round of coronavirus relief.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Well, the speaker knows how to get things done, if she wants to get things done. And she also knows the way to get things done is... Continue Reading »


On NBC’s Meet the Press, Blunt Discusses Supreme Court Nomination, Voting in the Upcoming Elections & More

September 27, 2020

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd to discuss Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, voting in the upcoming elections, COVID-19 relief, and more.Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Interview:On the Timeline for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Process:“This needs to take all the time it needs to take, but it doesn't need to take more time than it needs to take. I've talked to Senator Graham about this, trying to make... Continue Reading »


Blunt: The Election System Is as Secure as It's Ever Been

September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, discussed the steps the Congress has taken to increase election security. Congress has provided more than $1.2 billion to help states update antiquated systems, increase their cybersecurity, and respond to COVID-19 related challenges.Following Are Excerpts of Blunt’s Remarks:“Madam President, I want to talk for a few minutes about securing our... Continue Reading »


Blunt Urges Congress to Reach Deal on Coronavirus Relief Bill

September 22, 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, called on Congress to reach a bipartisan deal on a coronavirus relief package, which would provide much-needed aid for families, businesses, schools, and health care providers.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Another job we need to be focused on right now that seems to... Continue Reading »


On CBS’ Face the Nation, Blunt Reflects on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Discusses Supreme Court Vacancy

September 20, 2020

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan to discuss the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Senate process ahead for confirming a justice to the Supreme Court. Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Interview:On the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Well, first of all, I wish we did have more time to celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was amazing. Had an amazing life. Very smart, very... Continue Reading »


Blunt: “American Communities Are Safer Because of Operation LeGend”

September 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the success of Operation LeGend, a Justice Department initiative that is helping local law enforcement get violent criminals off the streets in St. Louis, Kansas City, and seven other cities. Under Operation LeGend, federal law enforcement officials are working alongside local law enforcement to solve crimes, make arrests, track down fugitives, and prepare cases for trial.By September 1st, the operation... Continue Reading »


Blunt Questions Top HHS Officials About Need For Additional Funding for Tests, Vaccine Development & Distribution

September 16, 2020

WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), held a hearing to review the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) coronavirus response efforts. Blunt questioned HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D. regarding the administration’s efforts to develop coronavirus tests that are accurate, affordable, and provide quick... Continue Reading »


Blunt Applauds Signing of Abraham Accords, Previews Tomorrow’s Hearing on COVID-19 Developments

September 15, 2020

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) discussed the importance of the Abraham Accords, which were signed at the White House today, that will pave the way for normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Blunt commended President Trump and his administration’s role in facilitating the agreements, which will improve diplomatic and economic ties between Israel and the two nations.Blunt, Chairman of the... Continue Reading »


Blunt: Senate’s Targeted COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Critical Funding for Testing, Vaccine Development & Distribution

September 9, 2020

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Senate Republican Leadership Press Conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) urged support for the targeted coronavirus relief bill the Senate will vote on tomorrow. The bill includes critical resources for the nation’s coronavirus response efforts like testing, and vaccine development and distribution. Blunt also announced that 16 coronavirus tests have advanced through the Shark Tank-like program at NIH, which he and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) created... Continue Reading »


Blunt Calls on Congress to Find Immediate Path Forward on COVID-19 Relief

August 12, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to urge Congress to work together to reach a compromise on the next coronavirus relief bill. Blunt outlined areas of bipartisan agreement and underscored the urgency of acting quickly to speed relief to families and provide additional support for health-related response efforts.Following are Excerpts of... Continue Reading »