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3:39 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Sen. Blunt plans mental health tour in Missouri

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt from Missouri.
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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.

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8:33 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ronnie White's Nomination Recalls Past Battles — And Hard Feelings

Judge Ronnie White

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 12:24 pm

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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6:01 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Sen. Blunt hopes "Excellence in Mental Health Act" gets ride on 'doc fix' bill

Sen. Roy Blunt
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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.

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Arts and Culture
9:13 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Sen. Blunt proposes bill to honor "Monuments Men"

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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.

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3:32 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

US Senators tout Missouri to Boeing for 777X

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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5:28 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Sen. Blunt seeks more input on food rules

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri.
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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.

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10:06 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Blunt: Website Problems Not Really What's Wrong With Affordable Care Act

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.
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Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:06 pm

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the federal government's difficulty launching 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.

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9:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Sen. Blunt visits local officials in Moberly

Roy Blunt
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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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8:44 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Missouri Senators voted to reopen federal government

Senator Roy Blunt
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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.

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9:05 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Sen. Blunt asks corps to halt fish habitat project

A view of the Missouri River
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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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3:49 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Rep. Hartzler wants salary withheld until government shutdown ends

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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.

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5:14 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Missouri officials speak out on the Syria situation

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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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8:29 am
Fri August 30, 2013

On Syria, Sen. Blunt says US has already failed

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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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7:20 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Sen. Blunt touts student loan reform

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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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7:39 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Mizzou prepares to send off Class of 2013

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
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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.

1:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Army plan would cut as many as 4,000 Ft. Leonard Wood troops

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

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8:51 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill In Agreement On Internet Sales Tax

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Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 7:35 pm

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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8:44 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Republican leaders set out key issues at Boone County Lincoln Days Banquet

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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.

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5:46 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

McCaskill and Blunt to split votes on Hagel as Secretary of Defense

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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.

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PM Newscasts
7:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Newscast for January 24, 2013

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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7:00 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Blunt calls lifting of combat ban 'inevitable'

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
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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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3:32 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Sen McCaskill calls for closure in levee gap

Sen. McCaskill has teamed up with two Republicans to push for the closure of a levee gap.
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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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8:49 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Blunt, McCaskill take opposing views on Senate rule changes

U.S. Capitol

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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5:15 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

McCaskill urges NRA to help stop future mass shootings

Claire McCaskill
Kristofor Husted KBIA

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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8:06 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Missouri's two US Senators divided on 'fiscal cliff'

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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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5:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

McCaskill, Blunt take opposing stances on taxes

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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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9:44 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion

The capitol building, Jefferson city
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, upholding the federal health law, has provided more clarity to the region and country. 

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4:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

U.S. Senate passes farm bill, Missouri senators both on board

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The U.S. Senate passed a new half-trillion dollar farm bill today, funding programs from farm subsidies to food stamps for the next five years. Both of Missouri's senators voted yes on the bipartisan bill.

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12:54 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

US Senate upholds limits on power plant air pollution

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:57 pm

Updated at 5:50 p.m. to add comments from Senator Roy Blunt.

The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill that would have done away with new federal limits on mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants.

The resolution introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe would have eliminated the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in December.

Missouri’s senators were divided on the issue.

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9:14 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Blunt to inspect Missouri River management system

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) will inspect the Missouri River management system.

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt and North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven plan to make their own inspections of dams and levees along the Missouri River.

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