Roy Blunt

Morning round-up
9:16 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama stresses a point while speaking about his health care reform package at St.Charles High School in St. Charles, Missouri on March 10, 2010.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Obama to visit St. Louis today

Following a speech in Dallas promoting his jobs bill, President Obama will attend two private fundraisers in St. Louis , one at a downtown hotel on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, and the other at the home of Tom Carnahan, the brother of Congressman Russ Carnahan and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Not everyone is pleased with the President's plans. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says the President seems to be more focused on campaigning than on solving the nation's problem.

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Kit Bond
1:53 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

New Mo. federal courthouse named for former Sen. Bond

Former Mo. Gov. and U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, cuts the ribbon at a new federal courthouse in Jefferson City named after him. Joining him (l-r), his wife Linda, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey, and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

 The ribbon was cut today on a $68 million federal courthouse in Jefferson City, named for former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator Kit Bond (R).

 It replaces an older building, which shares space with a post office, and where judges, jurors, lawyers and criminal defendants all shared the same elevator.  Bond says the new facility is sorely needed.

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Blunt and McCaskill
12:47 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Blunt and McCaskill push for crack down on illegal trade practices

Mo. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill are pushing legislation to crack down on unfair trade policy.

This week, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced legislation aimed at cracking down on unfair trade practices and boosting manufacturing jobs in the state.

McCaskill says many Missouri companies have expressed frustration that an increasing number of foreign shippers are using unscrupulous and illegal tactics to avoid paying penalties they owe for illegal trade practices.

She says the legislation will help in pursuing and successfully collecting duties.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A key MO. House member says the special legislative session on job-creation may end unless a consensus can be found in the next two days.

Special legislative session may end unless consensus found in 2 days

Supporters and opponents of the scaled-down tax credit bill spent more than six hours Monday trying to make their respective cases to a Missouri House committee.  Senate leaders slashed $300 million  from the Aerotropolis proposal before passing it, and say that the Compete Missouri provision in the bill can more than make up for the deleted warehouse incentives. 

David Kerr, who heads the state's Economic Development department, testified in favor of the bill.

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Roy Blunt / Disaster Relief
1:20 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Blunt pushing importance of disaster relief bill in U.S. Senate

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 4:31 p.m. with bill passing in the Senate

The Senate has approved a $7 billion bill to replenish nearly empty federal disaster aid accounts. The vote was 62-37.

The legislation still faces opposition from Republicans controlling the House. They promise action on a competing plan in the House next week that would provide $3.7 billion in disaster aid.

The House measure is attached to a bill needed to avert a government shutdown, and that may give Republicans an edge in the partisan dispute.

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Blunt and McCaskill
12:14 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Mo. senators weigh in on President’s upcoming jobs speech

President Barack Obama in 2008. Obama will deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress Sept. 8 to present a jobs plan expected to toal about $300 billion in tax cuts and spending.
St. Louis Public Radio

President Barack Obama will be in a challenging position Thurs. night as he presents his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress, according to Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

In a conference call with reporters Wed., McCaskill said most Missourians want Congress to cut spending, but it will be difficult for the federal government to embark on a giant jobs programs without spending money.

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Birds Point Levee
2:08 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Blunt meets with Corps to talk restoration of Birds Point floodway

Mo. Sen. Roy Blunt.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from KRCU's Jacob McCleland was used in this report.

Army Corps of Engineers officials and Mississippi County farmers met with Senator Roy Blunt Thursday to discuss the restoration of the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway.

The Corps is currently building a temporary levee to 51 feet - more than eleven feet lower than the original levee that was detonated in May to relieve massive flooding on the Mississippi River.

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River management issues
5:38 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Gov. Nixon, Mo. congressional delegates, want levees rebuilt

(l-r) Mo. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R), Mo. Congressman Todd Akin (R), Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D), Mo. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R); they talked about the need to make flood control the top priority along the Missouri River.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) and nearly half of Missouri’s congressional delegation are pledging to rebuild levees and pursue policies that will make massive water releases from dams unnecessary in the future.

They addressed this issue at a meeting of Missouri Farm Bureau members at the State Fair in Sedalia today.

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Missouri River Flooding
4:07 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Senators want to know Mo. River flood plan

Aerial views of the Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota area June 8, 2011. The upstream Garrison Dam was releasing water into the Missouri River at a flow of 140,000 cubic feet per second.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/Photo by Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk)

Senators from states lining the Missouri River are asking the Army Corps of Engineers to outline plans for next year's flood preparations.

The senators say in a letter sent to top Corps officials on Monday that the agency must learn from this year's devastating flood season and apply those lessons to next year's plan.

The delegation is also asking what authority the Corps has to make changes to its annual operating plan for the river, and whether any additional authority will be needed.

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Senators support debt deal
5:06 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Missouri's senators back controversial debt measure

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
(St. Louis Public Radio/UPI)

 Both of Missouri’s U.S. senators today supported the emergency bill that averts a first-ever government default. The measure, which was the source of months of contentious and partisan debate, raises the nation’s debt ceiling. Republican Senator Roy Blunt says he voted for the bill because it’s a good first step to rein in federal spending.

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