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Blunt Votes To Block Ratification Of Disability Treaty

Dec 6, 2012
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
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Republicans in the Senate have blocked ratification of a United Nations treaty that would have helped countries protect the rights of disabled people.

Although it’s modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act - which was passed over twenty years ago - 38 Republicans voted against the treaty.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt voted against it, and told reporters Thursday that he objected to it being brought up during the lame duck session.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 6, 2012 - WASHINGTON – They are far apart on the political spectrum, but Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay said Thursday that they would push for bipartisan cooperation – and regular meetings – of the state’s delegation in Congress.

“We have a good delegation. We find the things we can work on together,” said Blunt, R-Mo., who will become the longest-serving member of Missouri’s delegation when the current “dean,” U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, departs in February.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 13, 2012 - WASHINGTON – In the wake of the scandal surrounding the sudden resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt – a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee – said he expects the panel to call Petraeus to testify.

“I join Chairman [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein in her concern that apparently [Petraeus] put together a report – based on his personal, on-site investigation” of the violence in Benghazi that led to the murder of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin is dismissing the controversy over his use of the word “ladylike” to describe his opponent, Claire McCaskill.

Referring to the first debate between the two candidates Akin said that McCaskill wasn’t behaving as “ladylike” as she did in her first campaign for Senate in 2006.

McCaskill rebuked Akin’s choice of words during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying that she is once again "at a loss" to describe Todd Akin.

Missouri's senators split on Veterans Jobs Corps vote

Sep 19, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 19, 2012 - WASHINGTON -- While they both acknowledge that unemployment among returning veterans is too high, Missouri's U.S. senators came down on opposing sides of the vote Wednesday when the Senate shelved President Barack Obama's proposal to establish a Veterans Jobs Corps program.

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Republican United States Senator Roy Blunt criticized President Obama's response to the attacks on embassies in Egypt and Libya. In the Libyan attacks, four embassy employees were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Allegedly, the attacks were in response to a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 11, 2012 - As has been the case for the past 11 years, there are no campaign activities planned in Missouri or the region today, in commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

One of the region’s tea party groups, K&N Patriots, is holding a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. at its usual meeting site in O’Fallon, Mo.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 27, 2012 - TAMPA – Missouri delegates got a pep talk from U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and a platform pitch from former Sen. Jim Talent on Monday. But the unspoken elephant in the room where the delegates gathered for breakfast was the controversy over GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 21, 2012 - U.S. Rep. Todd Akin said once again he would continue with his U.S. Senate candidacy — despite a growing chorus of influential Republicans demanding that he shut down his bid against U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill because of his remark about "legitimate rape."

Morning headlines- Thursday, August 2, 2012

Aug 2, 2012
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Jobless rate drops below 8 percent in St. Louis

The jobless rate in metropolitan St. Louis is going down, and has dipped below 8 percent for the first time in more than three years.

Blunt: drought highlights need for good farm policy

Jul 19, 2012
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
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Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s move to designate all of Missouri’s 114 counties a disaster area.

Speaking to reporters today, Blunt said the state’s ongoing drought highlights the need for good farm policy and he would like the House to pass a final farm bill by the end of September.

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Both of Missouri’s Senators have signed a letter asking agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack to declare almost all of the state a disaster area due to drought conditions.

The federal Farm Service Agency recently found that every county except St. Louis city met the requirements for that declaration. It would open up emergency loans and expand the places where ranchers can graze their cattle.

Morning headlines - Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jun 14, 2012
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Missouri's no-call list set to expand

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis today to sign legislation that allows people to add cellphones to the state’s Do Not Call list.

Nixon created the list when he was attorney general. Cellphone numbers added to the list would be off limits to most solicitations, including text messages.

Attorney General Chris Koster, whose office maintains the list, is expected to join Nixon. Koster says his office gets nearly 200 complaints a week from cellphone users about unwanted telemarketing calls.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 6, 2012 - WASHINGTON – Echoing other Senate cybersecurity experts, Sen. Roy Blunt argued Wednesday that alleged White House leaks about a U.S. cyber attack on Iran make this country “more vulnerable” to similar attacks on critical infrastructure such as utilities.

“It would seem to me that the president actually heightened our potential to have a cyber problem by pointing out to the world, through the administration, that ... we’re doing it,” Blunt, R-Mo., told reporters.

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The Paycheck Fairness Act, which proponents say would strengthen women's ability to get equal pay in the workplace, failed a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Just like yesterday's vote, Missouri's senators are sharply split along party lines.

Missouri's Republican senator Roy Bunt says the bill doesn't have much to do with "fair pay" and a whole lot to do with litigation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 20, 2012 - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., finally appears to be receiving substantial independent campaign-ad spending on her behalf.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent an email to allies on Sunday saying it had “just reserved $14.1 million of air time in the key battlegrounds of Missouri, Virginia and Montana.”

Blunt says student loan debate is red herring

May 9, 2012
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Missouri’s Republican Senator says he’ll continue his opposition to a plan put forth by Democrats to extend federal subsidies for student loans for another year.

Roy Blunt says an alternative plan would accomplish the same goal, without raising the deficit.  Blunt says he supports freezing student loan interest rates where they are now, at 3.4 percent, but says he would pay for the subsidy by taking the money from part of the President’s 2010 healthcare overhaul— which he claims is partially funded by interest payments from student loans.

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Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R) briefly addressed the Missouri House today.

Blunt spent most of his nine-minute speech criticizing government growth and overregulation.  He was especially critical of the federal government’s attempts to regulate family farms.

"We don’t need people in Washington DC deciding what farm kids can do on family farms," Blunt said to applause.  "We don’t need the EPA trying to spend all this time figuring out how you can farm without dust.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 24, 2012 - On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a reform of the U.S. Postal Service by 62 to 37. As the Washington Post reported, the bill made several sweeping changes. Among the major changes:

  • allowing Saturday mail service to end if it is shown to be financially necessary;
  • setting aside $111 billion for employee buy-outs and early retirements;
  • ending overnight delivery to more distant locations.

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Apr 19, 2012
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Court approves $1.5 million settlement with former US Fidelis employees

More than 550 former employees of the auto services contract giant US  Fidelis will share in a nearly one point five million dollar settlement reached in bankruptcycourt.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wednesday’s deal settles claims by the workers that they were not properly warned before being laid off.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 18, 2012 - WASHINGTON — Could last year’s severe flooding along the Missouri River have been prevented if the giant upstream reservoirs had more space available to hold back water?

Blunt sees end to Romney recruitment duties

Apr 6, 2012
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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says he expects most of his fellow Republican congressman will be lining up behind GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney by the end of the month. 

Senator Blunt was handpicked by Romney to garner endorsements for the former Massachusetts governor from his fellow Republican congressmen. He says his task is coming to a close.

With Romney’s primary sweep in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, DC this week, Blunt said he expects most GOP lawmakers to make up their minds in the next 30 days.  

Morning headlines: Friday, March 30, 2012

Mar 30, 2012
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Army Corps. seeks dismissal of lawsuit filed on behalf of southeast Mo. farmers

More than 140 southeast Missouri farmers are seeking damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.

The Southeast Missourian reports that government attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Oral arguments in the suit are scheduled to begin April 10 in Washington.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 29, 2012 - WASHINGTON — Gas prices, Big Oil subsidies, budget deficits and energy “tax hikes” were the politically charged themes Thursday as Senate Democrats and Republicans clashed with sharply contrasting views on an unsuccessful effort to rescind tax breaks for the largest oil firms.

Blunt talks gas prices, military spending

Mar 22, 2012
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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is one of the Republicans blaming President Obama for gas prices that have reached close to $4 per gallon, saying his rejection of the Keystone pipeline hurt the economy.

Obama is defending his energy policies in Oklahoma today, pointing to plans to fast-track an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas that emerged after he delayed the larger Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.

Even so, Blunt says the president continues to obstruct progress.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 8, 2012 - WASHINGTON – In a vote closely watched by industry and environmental groups, both of Missouri’s senators backed an unsuccessful amendment Thursday that would have allowed Congress to bypass the White House in approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says oil refineries continue to push back on his amendment to the highway bill. The so-called “Boutique Fuels Amendment,” introduced last month, would relax requirements on special blends of gas that are used in different states and cities.

Blunt says the amendment would lower gas prices.

During a conference call with reporters this morning, Blunt said the refineries that were not profit centers for the oil companies before the Clean Air Act now are.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 1, 2012 - WASHINGTON — Capping a divisive debate, the U.S. Senate voted 51-48 on Thursday to reject a “rights of conscience” amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., that opponents said would have allowed employers to opt out of providing no-cost coverage for contraceptives or other health care that violates their religious or moral beliefs.

The Senate has turned back an attempt to kill President Obama's new rules requiring most health insurance plans to provide contraceptives without additional cost.

The 51-48 vote against an amendment to an unrelated highway bill (Yes, that's just how the Senate works) was mostly along party lines.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 29, 2012 - WASHINGTON – Praised by allies as a defender of religious liberty and denounced by critics for “politics masquerading as morality,” U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt became the lightning rod at the center of the Senate’s fierce debate Wednesday on his “rights of conscience” amendment.

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