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

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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.

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

Newscast for May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Senator Roy Blunt addresses Missouri House.
  • Missouri Senator Rob Schaaf attempts to block legislation authorizing government database to track prescription drugs.
  • Columbia College breaks ground on $14 million science building Thursday.
  • Missouri lawmakers unlikely to pass legislation making I-70 a toll raod in 2012.

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt briefly addressed the Missouri House Thursday.

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One year after the intentional breach of the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, Sen. Roy Blunt is criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers for the pace of efforts to rebuild the levee.

Newscast for May 02, 2012

May 2, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri Senate debates various opinions on state budget.
  • Federal money used to build five community health centers across Missouri.
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) calls for speedier rebuilding effort of Birds Point Levee.
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US Senator Claire McCaskill says President Barack Obama’s budget, which was released Monday, is a workable document.

Missouri's senators at odds on contraception coverage

Feb 13, 2012
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The Obama administration continues to come under fire for a rule that would make religious organizations cover contraceptives under employees' health care plans. A compromise announced on Friday has not placated the president's critics, including members of Missouri's congressional delegation.

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 Blunt's office said Friday that the 62-year-old Republican senator underwent "a routine and successful" outpatient medical procedure Thursday at George Washington University Hospital.


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

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