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Fifteen months before the 2016 election, Missouri’s major candidates for the U.S. Senate – Republican incumbent Roy Blunt and Democrat Jason Kander – are ensnared in two familiar issues:

  • The use of private planes;
  • Accusations that each is too tied to special interests.

A key difference is that, for the most part, the attacks aren’t coming from the candidates or their campaigns. Rather, they’re being launched by party surrogates on their behalf.

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Missouri's Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is one step closer to gaining ramped up national status.

Missouri's U.S. senators are asking Gov. Jay Nixon to seek federal help for businesses damaged during violent protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old.

In a letter to Nixon Friday, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt say businesses in Ferguson have "suffered significant physical damage" during days of civil unrest following the death of Michael Brown. They say many of those businesses are struggling to recover.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the passage of federal legislation should provide assistance to Missouri centers that aid child victims of violent crimes.

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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt plans to emphasize mental health issues while traveling across Missouri next week.

Blunt plans to visit nine hospitals and behavioral health centers, including the Veterans Affairs medical center in St. Louis.

Updated 12:22 p.m., Thurs., June 19: On June 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Ronnie White's nomination to the U.S. Senate floor. The committee's 10-7 affirmative vote makes it highly likely that White's nomination to the federal bench will be approved.

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US Senator Roy Blunt hopes Missouri could be one of 8 states to try to make significant changes to how mental health issues are treated in clinical settings as part of a 2-year pilot program. But that program still needs to be approved by Congress, and it’s been lumped into a bill seeking to address looming cuts to Medicare payments to doctors.

Sen. Blunt proposes bill to honor "Monuments Men"

Feb 21, 2014
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt spoke at the State Historical Society on the University of Missouri campus Thursday about a bill he is sponsoring to honor the real-life "Monuments Men."

Blunt introduced the bipartisan bill in December.

The bill would award the Congressional Gold Medal to the three-hundred forty-five men and women who rescued and protected millions of artworks and cultural artifacts during World War II. Blunt said the Monuments Men retrieved several well-known art pieces.

US Senators tout Missouri to Boeing for 777X

Dec 3, 2013

Missouri's two U.S. senators say their home state is the right place for Boeing Co. to build its new 777X commercial airplane.

In a letter Tuesday to Boeing executives, Republican Roy Blunt and Democratic Claire McCaskill noted that the company already has more than 15,000 employees in Missouri.

Blunt and McCaskill also cited Missouri's transportation network — including rail, highways and rivers — and what they called the state's "track record of success in building airplanes."

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Seventy-five members of Congress, including Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, are asking the Food and Drug Administration to allow further comment on sweeping food safety rules that farmers say could drive them out of business.

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.

Sen. Blunt visits local officials in Moberly

Oct 29, 2013
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. visited local officials and employers in Moberly on Saturday afternoon.

About 20 people gathered at the Bank of Cairo and Moberly to listen to the senator speak about issues facing the economy. Although Blunt covered a number of issues, the majority of his visit revolved around health care and job creation.

Blunt said it is important to keep employers updated with changes made in health care coverage. He also stressed the importance of job creation.

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Both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators voted in favor of the bill Wednesday night that reopened the federal government and raised the country’s debt ceiling.

Sen. Blunt asks corps to halt fish habitat project

Oct 10, 2013
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has added his voice to those urging the Army Corps of Engineers to halt a Missouri River project intended to create a habitat for endangered fish.

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Some of Missouri's House members, including Republicans Vicky Hartzler of the 4th District and Jason Smith of the 8th District have requested that their salaries be withheld until the government shutdown ends.

Missouri officials speak out on the Syria situation

Sep 10, 2013
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Discussion over the situation in Syria continues as more Missouri officials are speaking out.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced he will not support President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria, worried about the message it sends.

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Amidst reports that the White House is considering military action in Syria, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact at the early stages of that country's conflict.

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The White House says the average Missouri student borrower will save just over $1,500 this school year under bipartisan legislation approved last week in the Senate, which would undo a rate hike that took effect for subsidized Stafford loans on July 1.

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More than 5,000 diplomas are expected to be handed out this weekend at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Spring graduation ceremonies begin Friday and continue through Sunday. Commencement speakers include U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who will address the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane, speaking at the ceremony of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts could significantly affect Fort Leonard Wood and the economy in the surrounding area.

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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U.S Senator Roy Blunt said as long as there is Republican House of Representatives there will be no more tax increases passed by Congress. The Senator from Missouri said spending caps will help ease the federal budget in the next 10 years.

Blunt made the remarks in Columbia Friday, at the annual Boone County Lincoln Days Banquet, where Blunt and Missourian Republican leaders set out some of the issues that might be key to their 2014 election campaigns.

U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt will split their differences on former Senator Chuck Hagel’s prospects to be the next Secretary of Defense.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, incuding:

  • Blunt calls lifting of combat ban 'inevitable'
  • Nixon pledges to boost funding for all levels of education
  • Airplane concerns stalls Mo. cabinet nomination
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The pentagon announced Thursday the lifting of a ban on women serving in combat. With the policy reversal, women will have the opportunity to serve in combat if they meet certain "gender-neutral standards."

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is joining two Republican colleagues in calling for federal agencies to move ahead with plans to close a 1,500-foot gap in a southeast Missouri levee, a project long delayed over environmental concerns.

McCaskill sent a letter in mid-December to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, calling uncertainty and delays in the project "unacceptable."

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Averting big, abrupt tax increases and spending cuts isn’t the only issue pressing in Washington this week.

The U.S. Senate may soon move to fundamentally change the way it does business, and Missouri’s two senators are on opposing sides of that debate.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is circulating an online petition urging the National Rifle Association to "make their voice a part of the solution" to prevent future mass killings like the one last week in Newtown, Connecticut.

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With a looming so-called fiscal cliff and a split of control in Congress, President Barack Obama and federal legislators are under pressure to come to a quick solution. But Missouri’s senators have taken sides over a tax hike in the President’s plan.

When it comes to solving the fiscal cliff problem, the biggest disagreement between Republicans and Democrats in Congress deals with raising the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans. Missouri’s two senators have fallen in line with their parties and sit in opposite corners on the issue.

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Missouri's two U.S. senators are taking opposite positions on whether to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff facing the economy.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday that she supports President Barack Obama's insistence that top income-earners should face higher tax rates. But Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said he opposes increasing the tax rates for anyone.

The divide between Missouri's senators is emblematic of the stalemate in Washington.

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