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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 16, 2011

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Nixon wants Mo. universities to consider tapping into reserves to plug hole in budget

Gov. Jay Nixon wants five Missouri universities to consider tapping their reserves  and provide funding to the state's higher education system. Nixon's proposal would call for the universities to provide the state $107 million from their reserves. The state would use that money to help avoid deep funding cuts to Missouri's public colleges and universities. The state would repay the schools over seven years with money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.

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Roy Blunt
3:59 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Blunt blames Democrats for failed balanced budget amendments

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(via Flickr/Senator Blunt)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the failure of two balanced-budget amendments today shows Senate Democrats aren’t serious about dealing with the deficit.

The defeat of both bills – one from Democrats, one from Republicans – ends the current push to force a yearly balanced budget from Congress.  Blunt, who voted for the Republican-backed bill, says the fact that neither party could pass their amendment speaks to the heart of the Senate’s disfunction. 

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Roy Blunt / US Senate
2:17 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Blunt wins No. 5 Senate GOP leadership post

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)

Updated 6:10 p.m. with reporting from the St. Louis Beacon's Rob Koenig.

Overcoming a late surge of tea party backing for his opponent, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was elected to the No. 5 Senate leadership post Tuesday in a close vote that pitted an experienced GOP leader against an "outsider" businessman.

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Amending the Arch
3:55 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

$20 million awarded for Arch grounds upgrade

Daffodils in full bloom near the Gateway Arch in Luther Ely Smith Park in St. Louis as temperatures neared 70 degrees on a clear spring day in St. Louis on April 12, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The effort to upgrade the grounds of the Gateway Arch is getting a boost from the federal government - a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The agency planning the project, CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, announced Monday that the grant will pay for roadway improvements along Interstate 70 near the site of the Arch, including a pedestrian land bridge over I-70 connecting the Old Courthouse, Luther Ely Smith Square and the Arch grounds.

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Roy Blunt
1:07 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Blunt explains vote to lift ban on funding horse meat inspections

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

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says he voted to lift a ban on funding horse meat inspections.

Congress cut off funding for horse meat inspections in 2006, but lifted the ban earlier this month (November) after a federal report found more horses had been neglected and abandoned since the economic downturn began.

Blunt says the elimination of the potential for horse slaughter has ruined the horse market.

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McCaskill & Blunt
12:29 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

McCaskill and Blunt give updates on veterans issues

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo (l) and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Combined photos - both by UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo.) says she’s cautiously optimistic that management problems at Arlington National Cemetery have been solved.

The democratic senator visited the cemetery on Friday to assess changes made there following the revelation that thousands of graves were mislabeled or unmarked.

McCaskill co-sponsored a law that requires congressional oversight of the burial grounds, and requires cemetery officials to submit a grave site analysis. She says that report will be delivered December 22nd and so far, is 86 percent complete.

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Senator Roy Blunt
1:07 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Blunt speaks out against Obama's transportation measure

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., takes to the Senate floor today to speak against President Barack Obama's $50 million transportation measure.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt took to the Senate floor today to speak out against President Barack Obama’s proposed transportation measure.

Obama has been pressing Congress to pass the transportation part of his stalled jobs bill that provides $50 million for roads and bridges.

The Senate is expected to vote today on whether to take up the measure. Blunt says the bill is a waste of time and will not pass.

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MO Statehouse
2:04 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Candidates file for Mo. presidential primary that "won't count"

The James C. Kirkpatrick Building in Jefferson City, which houses the Mo. Sec. of State's office.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Presidential candidates can now register to run in Missouri’s primary next year – and even though the Republican primary won’t count, representatives for GOP presidential hopefuls showed up in Jefferson City Tuesday to register.  Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt filed on behalf of Mitt Romney.

“The campaign decided properly and rightly so that Missouri is an important state, " Blunt said. "The primary is going to happen relatively early in the process, but several states will have voted before us…I think the primary will help set the stage for the caucus.”

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:45 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

McCaskill: Republicans most concerned about denying Obama a victory on jobs

Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., is accusing Senate Republicans of playing politics when they blocked President Obama's jobs bill. Forty-six Republicans and two Democrats voted against it.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., is accusing Senate Republicans of playing politics when they blocked President Obama’s jobs bill.

The president’s plan died yesterday when all 46 Republicans and two Democrats voted against it. Republicans opposed its stimulus-style spending and the tax surcharge for the very wealthy.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, McCaskill said it’s important that Congress try to set aside the election next year and focus on improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says the Senate killed Obama's jobs plan because it doesn't make economic sense.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Sen. Blunt: Obama's plan failed because it doesn't make economic sense

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says the Senate killed President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan because it "doesn’t make economic sense to raise taxes on job creators while Americans are looking for work and our nation is facing record debt."

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