Mar 22 2017

WASHINGTON – During a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Defense, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) questioned Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford regarding his Military Family Stability Act. The measure would provide more geographic stability for military families by allowing them to either stay at their current station or move early.

After the hearing, Blunt said, “The military has evolved over the past decades, and the policies affecting their families should as well. The Military Family Stability Act is a bipartisan, commonsense step we can take to help military families better manage an ill-timed move that cuts into a school year or professional obligation. I was encouraged to hear Secretary Mattis and General Dunford support our efforts to provide more flexibility to military families. I look forward to working with the Department of Defense, and my colleagues in the Senate, to get this bill to the president’s desk this Congress.”

Blunt also questioned the panel regarding Super Hornets and aerial preparedness.

Mar 15 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, today delivered opening remarks during a hearing on the value of STEM education. Blunt underscored STEM education’s critical role in preparing students for good-paying jobs in 21st century career fields, such as biomedical research and cybersecurity.

Mar 10 2017

VIDEO: “There’s Nothing Affordable About the Affordable Care Act”

Blunt Shares Stories from Missourians to Underscore Harmful Impact of Obamacare

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) yesterday joined U.S. Senator John Barrasso (Wyo.) on the Senate floor to address the disastrous impact Obamacare is having in Missouri and across the nation. In his remarks, Blunt underscored several of the law’s failures, including:

  • Fewer Options: Contrary to President Obama’s repeated promises that this law would expand choice and allow Americans to keep the plans and doctors they liked and could afford, Blunt noted that 97 out of Missouri’s 114 counties and the City of St. Louis will have only one insurer option this year. [VIDEO]
  • Skyrocketing Deductibles: “There’s nothing affordable about the Affordable Care Act,” says Mark from Blue Springs, MO. As Blunt noted, Mark’s out of pocket costs have skyrocketed under Obamacare, especially when it comes to the $8,000 deductible he has to meet before he’s even able to use his insurance. Blunt shared Mark’s story, along with the stories of several other Missourians who are struggling under the law. [VIDEO]
  • Higher Taxes: Blunt highlighted the numerous tax hikes that were included in Obamacare and would be repealed under the American Health Care Act that is currently moving through Congress. Blunt also reiterated several solutions he’s supported that would provide better access to quality, affordable health care, including expanding HSAs, allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance longer, and ensuring coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. [VIDEO]

Mar 08 2017

Blunt-Led Hearing Highlights Importance of Investing in Medical Research

Features Testimony from Dr. Timothy Eberlein of St. Louis’ Siteman Cancer Center

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, today questioned a panel of expert medical researchers, including Dr. Timothy Eberlein, Director of the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, about the importance of medical research at the National Institutes of Health. Last year, Blunt secured the largest funding increase in the Labor/HHS appropriations bill NIH had received in over a decade.

As chairman, Blunt delivered opening remarks highlighting the benefits of medical research at the National Institutes of Health, and reaffirmed that federal funding is an essential component of the progress that has advanced the understanding of disease, raised life expectancy, and improved the quality of life for patients and their families.

Blunt questioned Dr. Eberlein regarding the accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Blunt also questioned Dr. Thomas Grabowski, Director of the University of Washington Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center, regarding the projected costs of treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Blunt’s opening remarks can be seen here.