Roy Blunt

Affordable Care Act
5:05 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Blunt: Website Problems Not Really What's Wrong With Affordable Care Act

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the federal government's difficulty launching Healthcare.gov this fall is not really what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama's administration has struggled to address a myriad of problems with the site since launching Oct. 1, including users being unable to create accounts and load web pages.

Blunt cautions residents not to consider the website as a measure of whether or not the President's signature health care plan is working.

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Government Shutdown
4:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown Doesn't Stop Missouri Veterans From Visiting WWII Memorial

National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Credit (Bernt Rostad)

On day two of the government shutdown, it continues to cause headaches, including for a group of Missouri and Kansas veterans that flew to Washington. 

The nonprofit Heartland Honor Flight organized the trip and the closed National World War II Memorial was the first stop Wednesday. The group was met by many Missouri and Kansas lawmakers, who helped them get inside the memorial where barriers had been set up. 

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Missouri State Fair
2:59 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Politicians Descend On Sedalia For Mo. State Fair

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) addresses the crowd at the annual Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Mo. State Fair on Aug. 15, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.

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Reporter Shield Bill
8:44 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Blunt Among Senators Proposing New Reporter Shield Law

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) is among the Senators proposing a new reporter shield law in Congress.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A bipartisan group of senators is pressing forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media.

The guidelines announced Friday would make it harder for prosecutors to obtain journalists’ phone records without advance notice. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says the new bill will make it much more difficult for political appointees to stop reporters from doing their job.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Roy Blunt Visits Mercy Hospital,Talks Healthcare

Senator Roy Blunt and Donn Sorensen of Mercy Hospital
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri visited Mercy Hospital in St. Louis Monday to speak with healthcare workers about the implications of federal healthcare changes. He also received a tour of the hospital's Telehealth Services, often used to serve rural communities that don't have access to specialty or intensive care. 

Mercy SafeWatch is an electronic Intensive Care Unit(e-ICU) that serves Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Blunt learned how Mercy is able to provide an extra set of eyes and ears for doctors that can't always be there in person.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill In Agreement On Internet Sales Tax

Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore; McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) is one of many co-sponsors of a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.

Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state.

As NPR's Planet Money puts it:

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Sequester
3:54 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Sequester Is Here To Stay, Blunt Says

(via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

The sequester’s across-the-board cuts to both entitlements and defense went into effect at the beginning of the month, and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says it's here to stay, at least for now.

The sequester was never meant to be a permanent change, just a threat so Congress would compromise on a plan. But Blunt wants to give the President more authority in deciding what is cut.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

McCaskill Pressures House To Quickly Pass Violence Against Women Act

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

Standing in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) called out House Republican leadership for failing to renew the Violence Against Women Act -- legislation meant to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Until recently, the act received bipartisan support since its inception in 1994.

House leadership didn't bring the Senate version to floor, allowing the VAWA to expire. Leadership cited problems with LGBT and Native American provisions in the bill. But McCaskill said she doesn’t buy the reasoning, and calls it a “fig leaf.”

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Roy Blunt at Mo. Capitol
2:54 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Blunt Addresses Missouri House

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R, Mo.) address the Missouri House on Feb. 20th, 2013.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R) addressed the Missouri House today during a visit to the State Capitol.

He told House members that state and local governments should play a bigger role in solving problems than the federal government.

“Everyone of you should fight everybody in Washington when it’s clear to you that Washington’s trying to take some responsibility from this Capitol that you can do better than people can do in Washington," Blunt said.

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Gun Policy
1:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. Senators Respond To Obama's Call For More Background Checks For Gun Purchases

A gun show in Houston, Texas in 2007.
(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

During his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama emphasized the need for more background checks for gun buyers, saying that that the majority of Americans favor the proposal as a way to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

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