Roy Blunt http://news.stlpublicradio.org en For Republicans, Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Akin's Book http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/republicans-silence-golden-when-it-comes-akins-book <p><em><strong>(Updated 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15)</strong></em></p><p>Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, is continuing this week to make the rounds of the national news outlets as he promotes his new book, “Firing Back.”</p><p>But most Republicans, nationally and in Missouri, are continuing to ignore his book – and him.</p><p>In the book, Akin generally defends his controversial 2012 contention that in cases of “legitimate rape,’’ women rarely get pregnant because “their bodies have ways of shutting the whole thing down.”</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:15:31 +0000 Jo Mannies 38051 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Republicans, Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Akin's Book Ronnie White's Nomination Recalls Past Battles — And Hard Feelings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ronnie-whites-nomination-recalls-past-battles-and-hard-feelings <p><b>Updated 12:22 p.m., Thurs., June 19: </b>On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/executive-business-meeting-2014-06-19">advanced Ronnie White's nomination to the U.S. Senate floor.&nbsp;</a>The <a href="http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Results%20of%20Executive%20Business%20Meeting%20-%2006-19-14.pdf" target="_blank">committee's 10-7 affirmative vote</a> makes it highly likely that White's nomination to the federal bench will be approved.</p><p><b>Here's the original story about White's nomination from April:</b></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 35012 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ronnie White's Nomination Recalls Past Battles — And Hard Feelings Blunt Blames Iraq Violence On U.S. Failure To Keep Some Troops There http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-blames-iraq-violence-us-failure-keep-some-troops-there <p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., contends that a residual U.S. force left in Iraq could have prevented the sectarian violence now ripping the country apart, and he says the blame is shared by Iraqi leaders and President Barack Obama.</p><p>“We would have made a big impact if we’d left some people there,’’ Blunt said during a conference call Wednesday with Missouri reporters.</p><p>“I firmly believe, as I said at the time, that not leaving some sort of stabilizing force in Iraq would lead to exactly the kind of religious breakdown and infighting that’s occurred.”</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:54:32 +0000 Jo Mannies 37299 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Blames Iraq Violence On U.S. Failure To Keep Some Troops There McCaskill Blames Iraqi Leaders For Violence, Cautious About U.S. Help http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-blames-iraqi-leaders-violence-cautious-about-us-help <p>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says the Iraqi government bears most of the blame for the violence now engulfing the country and is urging caution as the U.S. government decides how to respond.</p><p>“The mess that is in Iraq right now is Iraq’s doing,” McCaskill said in a conference call Tuesday with Missouri journalists. “The U.S. put them on a path of free and fair elections, and to have a military that could enforce the rule of law...I’m sick to my stomach that what we have done in that country has been so carelessly and casually abandoned in favor of sectarian dominance.”</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:31:29 +0000 Jo Mannies 37286 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Blames Iraqi Leaders For Violence, Cautious About U.S. Help Blunt Calls For Swift Refocus In GOP-led House After Cantor's Surprise Defeat http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-calls-swift-refocus-gop-led-house-after-cantors-surprise-defeat <p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. – a former leader in the U.S House of Representatives – suggests that House Republican leaders move quickly to renew their focus on their issues. His advice comes in the wake of the unexpected defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in Tuesday’s primary.</p><p>“Whatever they decide to do for the remainder of this year, decide it quickly and move on,’’ said Blunt in a conference call Wednesday with Missouri reporters.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:40:22 +0000 Jo Mannies 36902 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Calls For Swift Refocus In GOP-led House After Cantor's Surprise Defeat Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-rancor-fear-display-debate-over-epas-coal-proposals <p><em><strong>(Updated 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 3)</strong></em></p><p>Within minutes after the Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt blasted the decision as a “unprecedented power grab.”</p><p>Blunt followed through on Tuesday by co-sponsoring a bill, called the “Coal Country Protection Act,’’ that would allow carbon-emissions limits to go into effect only if other federal agencies could guarantee that no jobs would be lost, electricity rates wouldn’t go up, and the nation’s economy wouldn’t be hurt.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:55:27 +0000 Jo Mannies 36673 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political Rancor, Fear On Display In Debate Over EPA's Coal Proposals Wagner, Luetkemeyer Call For Shinseki To Step Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wagner-luetkemeyer-call-shinseki-step-down <p>The two Republican members of Congress who represent the St. Louis area – Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer – are calling for the resignation of&nbsp; U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.</p><p>Their declarations come as several of the nation’s VA facilities, including Cochran Medical Center in St. Louis, have been accused of improper or delayed care to military veterans.</p><p>Wagner, R-Ballwin, said that Shinseki – in office since 2009 -- had “failed to provide timely services and care for our veterans.&nbsp; Secretary Shinseki has failed to fulfill his mission at the VA.”</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:26:55 +0000 Jo Mannies 36373 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wagner, Luetkemeyer Call For Shinseki To Step Down McCaskill, Blunt Demand Better Care For Military Veterans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-blunt-demand-better-care-military-veterans <p>On Friday, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is releasing the latest results of a survey of Missouri military veterans who have received care at Veterans Administration’s facilities around the state, including Cochran and Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.</p><p>While not disclosing any details, McCaskill told reporters Tuesday that “every year we’ve done it, the VA has done a little better. I’m particularly pleased this year because we’ve had even more responses this year than we had last year.”</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:41:20 +0000 Jo Mannies 36308 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill, Blunt Demand Better Care For Military Veterans Missouri Senators Question VA Over St. Louis Mental Health Services http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senators-question-va-over-st-louis-mental-health-services <p>Missouri’s U.S. Senators are seeking answers from the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veterans Affairs &nbsp;about reports of lax mental health services in St. Louis’s VA hospital system.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The inquiry stems from allegations by the system’s former Chief of Psychiatry, Dr. Jose Mathews, regarding an “artificial backlog” of patient care created by staff who treat veterans for only a fraction of the workday.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:51:23 +0000 Joseph Leahy 36125 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senators Question VA Over St. Louis Mental Health Services Blunt Claims Carbon Tax Would 'Devastate' Missouri Jobs, Drive Up Energy Costs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-claims-carbon-tax-would-devastate-missouri-jobs-drive-energy-costs <p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is stepping up his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/notes/senator-roy-blunt/senator-roy-blunt-introduces-gas-act/169347859784892">longstanding focus on energy</a> — and his opposition to a federal carbon tax that he believes will increase energy and fuel costs for Missourians.</p><p>“The carbon tax would have a huge impact on our state,’’ Blunt said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters. “We’re very coal dependent. It would have a devastating impact on our utility bills.”</p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 18:59:39 +0000 Jo Mannies 35933 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Claims Carbon Tax Would 'Devastate' Missouri Jobs, Drive Up Energy Costs