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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 1, 2012 - WASHINGTON - After then-U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt lost a key Republican leadership race in 2006 and gave up his House minority whip position two years later, the Missourian's future in the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill seemed to be over.

Indeed, Blunt concedes that even when he took the oath of office as a U.S. senator last January, "I actually didn't have any ambitions to try for [Senate] leadership -- ever -- over here. I thought I was done with that."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 29, 2012 - WASHINGTON - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett thinks he should pay more taxes. Ditto for billionaire Bill Gates. And so does millionaire President Barack Obama, as he made clear in his State of the Union address and speeches around the country last week.

Blunt on Mo. presidential primary, State of the Union

Jan 24, 2012
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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the race for the Republican presidential nomination could still be in play in March when Missouri holds its caucus. But before that, Missouri will hold a meaningless presidential primary on Feb. 7.

Blunt, a Republican, says at a time when the state is trying to save money, a primary that has no binding impact should have been eliminated.

"But we're going to have it," Blunt said. "And that February primary may give some guidance to people going to the March caucuses."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 18, 2012 - WASHINGTON - In the wake of internet "blackout" protests Wednesday, some key lawmakers -- including U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill. -- abruptly withdrew their support or came out against legislation that aims to shut down sites that share pirated content.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 13, 2012 - WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was recovering at home Friday after undergoing a coronary stent implant the previous day as an outpatient at George Washington University Hospital in the nation's capital. It was his first such procedure.

Blunt gets coronary stent

Jan 13, 2012
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
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Updated 10:30 a.m.

Updated 4 p.m. with comments from local cardiologist and correcting canceled to postponed.

Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says he's looking "forward to returning to [his] regular schedule very soon" after having a coronary stent implanted on Thursday.

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Missouri has received another $47 million in federal grants to help cover the costs of natural disasters that pounded the state over the summer.

The grants, announced today by Republican senator Roy Blunt, include:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 27, 2011 - WASHINGTON - The House blames the Senate, and vice versa. Republicans blame liberal Democrats, who point fingers at GOP "extremists." The White House blames a "dysfunctional Congress" -- a label that resonates with many on Capitol Hill.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 17, 2010 - WASHINGTON - As a former American history teacher, Missouri's U.S. senator-elect Roy Blunt appreciates the traditions of his Senate predecessors and has been getting plenty of advice about how best to emulate them.

Blunt has learned his own lessons in politics and legislative work during the long and winding road of his own career, which has taken him from teaching high school history to becoming a member of the nation's highest legislative body.

Morning headlines: Friday, December 16, 2011

Dec 16, 2011
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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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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. 

Blunt wins No. 5 Senate GOP leadership post

Dec 13, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 13, 2011 - WASHINGTON - 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.

Blunt wins No. 5 Senate GOP leadership post

Dec 13, 2011
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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.

$20 million awarded for Arch grounds upgrade

Dec 12, 2011
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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.

Blunt to run for Senate GOP leadership

Dec 6, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 6, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Next week, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will have what insiders describe as a good chance to be elected as a member of the Senate Republican leadership team after less than a year as a senator.

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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON - When physicist Richard A. Muller reported last month that global temperatures had warmed since the 1950s, his finding was met with a collective yawn among mainstream climate scientists who had reached the same conclusion years before.

But Muller's study made waves in the media because he had been a prominent climate-change skeptic, partly funded by a foundation linked to global-warming deniers, and his research focused on skeptics' objections to previous studies of warming.

McCaskill and Blunt give updates on veterans issues

Nov 9, 2011
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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 7, 2011 - WASHINGTON - The clock is ticking on the "super committee" set by Congress with the task of coming up with a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction plan by Thanksgiving.

Whether the panel's final days end in an alarming failure, a detonation of partisan countercharges or the wake-up call of a deal that Congress can pass by Christmas will be clear by the time turkeys are being carved later this month.

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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.

(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.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 14, 2011 - WASHINGTON - One is a savvy Capitol Hill player who's on a first-name basis with just about every congressional Republican and knows the whip tactics of lining up support. The other is a brainy policy wonk who likes to hone in on complex issues and explain them to the public and fellow politicians.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2011 - WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama asked a joint session of Congress last month to end the "political circus" and pass a bill he called the American Jobs Act, he set a new circus in motion.

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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.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oct 12, 2011
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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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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says that she wishes she could have attended President’s Barack Obama’s fundraisers in St. Louis Tuesday night, but she had a fundraiser of her own that had been scheduled long before the president’s visit.

Earlier this week, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and other Republican Party officials pointed out that McCaskill and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, both democrats, would not attend. Nixon did meet the President at the airport and appeared at the downtown fundraiser with Obama.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oct 4, 2011
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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 3, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Contending that Mitt Romney would be the strongest Republican presidential candidate in a general election, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Monday that he was organizing a meeting of Capitol Hill lawmakers to shore up congressional backing for Romney and perhaps attract new recruits.

Blunt to 'spearhead' Romney campaign

Oct 3, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 3, 2011 - WASHINGTON - GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney announced Tuesday that U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will be his campaign point man on Capitol Hill.

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 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.