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Blunt Questions U.S. Army Leaders at FY23 Budget Hearing

May 10, 2022

WASHINGTON – At a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) questioned Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth and Chief of Staff of the Army General James C. McConville about the need to quickly replenish U.S. weapons stockpiles, the impact of Army end strength cuts on military installations, including Fort Leonard Wood, and how lessons learned from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will inform future weapons systems.Following is a Transcript: BLUNT:... Continue Reading »


At HHS Budget Hearing, Blunt Criticizes Biden Administration for Continuing COVID-19 Mandates While Lifting Title 42 Order at the Southern Border

May 6, 2022

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS), delivered opening remarks at the subcommittee’s FY23 budget hearing with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. In his remarks, Blunt pressed Becerra on the administration’s continued efforts to impose COVID-19-related mandates while lifting the Title 42 public health emergency order... Continue Reading »


Blunt Questions HHS Secretary Becerra About Funding for ARPA-H, NIH, & Mental Health Programs

May 6, 2022

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), questioned Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra at a hearing on the agency’s FY23 budget request.At the hearing, Blunt asked Becerra for an update on ARPA-H, a new institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the flexibility to respond to the most daunting... Continue Reading »


Blunt Slams Biden Admin Blunders: Crisis at the Border, Skyrocketing Inflation & Gas Prices, & COVID Confusion

May 5, 2022

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) took the Biden administration to task for enacting policies that have fueled the crisis at the border, driven inflation to a 40-year high of 8.5%, and created confusion on where the nation stands with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Madam President, I want to continue to talk about some of the challenges the administration is facing and the country is facing. Let me talk for just a little bit about the border,... Continue Reading »


Blunt Questions Top U.S. Defense Officials About Inflation Impacting the Defense Budget, Aid to Ukraine, and Future Defense Challenges

May 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – During a Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) questioned Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley about the impact of inflation on President Biden’s proposed budget, which would turn the proposed funding increase for the Department of Defense into an effective budget cut. Blunt also emphasized the need for the United States to replenish its weapons stockpile and invest in... Continue Reading »


Blunt Warns of World Food “Disaster in the Making”

May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke about the looming threat to global food supply caused by Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. As Blunt noted, Ukraine produces a significant amount of the world's wheat, corn, and sunflower oil, and current disruptions to exports and planting are driving up costs and increasing food insecurity around the world.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Well, on the inflation front, American... Continue Reading »


Blunt Cries Foul Over Democrats’ Inflation Denial

April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) slammed Democrats for pushing through trillions of dollars in reckless spending that has fueled inflation and driven up prices for hard-working families. As Blunt noted, inflation under President Biden has soared to a 40-year high of 8.5%, far exceeding the 2.9% highest inflation rate under President Trump and 3.4% under President Obama.Following are Blunt’s Remarks:“Well, along with the border,... Continue Reading »


Blunt Delivers Remarks at Ulysses S. Grant Bicentennial Commemoration

April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) delivered remarks at a ceremony celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant. At the event, which was held by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Blunt highlighted Grant’s connections to Missouri and the significant contributions he made to our nation during the Civil War and later as president. In 2021, Blunt and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio) introduced the bipartisan Ulysses S. Grant Bicentennial Recognition Act... Continue Reading »


Blunt Joins CNN’s Pamela Brown to Discuss Latest on Ukraine

April 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, yesterday joined CNN’s Pamela Brown to share insights from his recent congressional delegation trip to Europe and the Ukrainian border. Blunt also spoke about the impact of the war on China's future territorial ambitions.Following is a transcript:BLUNT: Well, I think we need to be sure that we're sending the right thing. And it's getting there. It's... Continue Reading »


On Fox News, Blunt Shares Insights from Recent Trip to Ukrainian Border

April 19, 2022

WASHINGTON – In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier last night, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, shared insights from his congressional delegation trip to Europe and the Ukrainian border last week. Blunt outlined further steps the United States should be taking to support Ukraine and discussed the message Ukraine’s incredible resistance sends to other countries, including China.Following Are Excerpts From... Continue Reading »


Blunt Joins CNBC’s Squawk Box to Discuss Ukraine, the Crisis at the Southern Border, COVID Funding, & Inflation

April 6, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the top Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds health programs, joined CNBC's Squawk Box to discuss Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Biden administration policies that are fueling the crisis at the southern border, and the latest on COVID funding. Blunt also discussed President Biden’s misguided energy policies that are driving up costs for families. Continue Reading »


On ABC’s This Week, Blunt Announces SCOTUS Vote, Talks Inflation, Gas Prices, & Latest on Ukraine

April 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the upcoming Senate vote on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Blunt also talked about how Democrats’ reckless spending has fueled inflation, and discussed the latest developments in Ukraine’s incredible resistance against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Interview:On the Upcoming Supreme Court Confirmation Vote in the... Continue Reading »


Blunt on Ukraine Aid: “We Need to Give Them What They Need, When They Need It”

March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, acknowledged the incredibly strong resistance Ukraine has mounted against Vladimir Putin’s invasion and urged the Biden administration to get aid to Ukraine as soon as possible.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Well, more than one month after his assault on Ukraine, you have to wonder if Putin is more... Continue Reading »


Blunt, Stabenow Urge Nationwide Expansion of Successful Excellence in Mental Health Program

March 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) spoke on the Senate floor to urge support for their legislation to expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act. Missouri and Michigan are both part of the Excellence pilot program, which created the nation’s first Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). Blunt highlighted the success Missouri CCBHCs have had in improving access to care, reducing hospital and ER visits, and providing mental and behavioral health... Continue Reading »


Blunt Presses Biden Admin to Use Unspent Funds from $1.9 Trillion Bill to Meet Urgent COVID-19 Needs

March 22, 2022

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), pressed for details on how the Biden administration has spent funds from Democrats’ partisan $1.9 trillion spending bill passed last year. Blunt called for unspent funding from that bill to be used for current COVID-19-related priorities.Following... Continue Reading »


Blunt Questions Top U.S. Intelligence Officials About China-Russia Relations and Biodata Security

March 10, 2022

WASHINGTON – During a U.S Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) questioned Central Intelligence Agency Director William J. Burns, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, and National Intelligence Director Avril Haines about the China-Russia relationship and China’s effort to obtain biodata.Following is a transcript:BLUNT: Director Burns, another idea about the economy, do you think Putin overestimated what the Chinese might be able... Continue Reading »


Blunt Vows to Block Federal Trade Commission Nominee Over Policies that Threaten Rural Missouri Jobs

March 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – At a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee markup today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) announced that he will block expedited Senate consideration of Alvaro Bedoya’s nomination to serve on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Blunt cited the FTC’s obstruction of Tractor Supply’s deal to buy Orscheln Farm and Home, a Moberly, Missouri-based, family-owned business that has served Midwest rural communities for more than 55 years. Blunt previously asked Bedoya about the FTC’s delay in approving... Continue Reading »


Blunt Remarks on the Challenges Facing Americans Ahead of the State of the Union

March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) outlined several examples of how the Biden administration’s first year in office has left American families facing significant challenges, from high energy costs and soaring inflation to learning loss and the toll the pandemic has taken on students.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Well, the president tonight with the State of the Union comes to talk about the state of the Union really after his... Continue Reading »


Blunt Highlights Broadband, Infrastructure, and Mental Health in Speech to Missouri House of Representatives

February 23, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited the Missouri State Capitol to address the Missouri House of Representatives. In his remarks, Blunt discussed the significant progress that has been made in addressing some of the top issues in Missouri, like expanding rural broadband, improving access to mental health services, and modernizing the state’s infrastructure system. Continue Reading »


Blunt: Police Officer Staffing Shortage "Harming Communities Of All Sizes, All Across The Country"

February 10, 2022

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Co-Chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, spoke on the Senate floor to discuss the national staffing shortage of police officers. In his remarks, Blunt praised law enforcement for the difficult, dangerous, and demanding work they do to keep communities safe and criticized Democrats' calls to "defund the police."Following Are Blunt's Remarks:"Madam President, there are really few jobs in the country as difficult, as dangerous, as... Continue Reading »