Blunt Criticizes Obama’s Immigration Order With Senate Speech Thursday Afternoon
November 21, 2014

Blunt Gives GOP Response to President’s Radio Speech, Claims Obama’s Tax Hike Won’t Solve the Debt Problem
December 30, 2012

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on the top two percent of taxpayers won’t work.
Blunt delivered the Republican response to the President’s weekly weekend radio address.
Blunt’s remarks came just two days before a series of big, automatic tax increases and budget cuts are set to take effect.
He says the plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest “won’t pay one third of the annual interest that is now owed on this massive $16 trillion debt.”
Blunt says the President’s plan will only pay for government operations for eight days.
Blunt’s remarks echoed some of the ideas he has been repeating for weeks.
Blunt often says, “the President will never have more political capital than he does right now, and the next few days will begin to define his second term.”
“He was elected to lead,” Blunt declared.
Blunt says it is up to the President and the Democratic-controlled Senate to work with the GOP to solve the crisis surrounding the fiscal cliff, “and solve it now”.

Blunt Says Intell Committee Has Lots of Petraeus Questions
November 14, 2012

WASHINGTON • Sen. Roy Blunt on Tuesday added his voice to others on Capitol Hill questioning why Congress didn’t know about the FBI investigation into the sex scandal of former CIA director David Petraeus.
Blunt, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that at the least, ranking members from both parties on the Senate and House Intelligence committees should have been kept abreast of the FBI’s inquiry into the scandal involving Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
“They should have been told, and my guess is that at some point the committee should have been told,” Blunt said, speaking in an interview before a hastily called Intelligence Committee session.
Blunt has other questions he wants answered this week as his committee delves behind closed doors into the widening scandal.
“I’m surprised by how long the FBI investigation seems to have gone on,” he said, referring to the five-month inquiry.
“I’m interested in where they got the authorization … I’m interested in how they even decided that this was an FBI issue as opposed to a local law enforcement issue. None of those questions have been answered yet. You’ve got a private citizen who launches a complaint that suddenly has the FBI involved and, before you know it, they’re viewing the correspondence of the CIA director. That doesn’t just automatically link up here,” Blunt said.
Blunt is especially interested in a report his Intelligence Committee has yet to see written by Petraeus after a visit to the site of the terrorist attack in Libya that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The committee planned to take up that issue in a closed hearing today.
Blunt has been among those contending that the attack on the Benghazi consulate represented a significant intelligence failure.
Blunt said he wants to know if the timing of Petraeus’ resignation had anything to do with the retired general’s scheduled testimony this week on Capitol Hill.
“I’d like to be confident that the timing of his resignation had nothing to do with his personal testimony this week,” Blunt said.

Roberts Praises Farm Bill Now on Hill, Blunt & McCaskill Join In
June 13, 2012

St. Joseph News press via
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is praising the new Farm Bill now churning through Congress as the kid of reform Congress always talks about but rarely delivers.
The St. Joseph News press reports, ““This is a reform bill,” Mr. Roberts said on the Senate floor last week. “No other committee, in the House or Senate, has voluntarily undertaken programmatic and funding reforms at this level in this budget climate.”
Mr. Roberts said the legislation rolls four commodity programs into one, streamlines 23 conservation programs into 13, eliminates five forestry programs and squeezes out 16 different line items in rural development programs.
Karla Thieman, who grew up on a Lafayette County cattle farm before going to Washington for three years to serve as a staff member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said the initial directive in crafting the bill was to ferret out program redundancies, find resource savings and keep the farm safety net in place.
“We didn’t want to lose the tools in the toolbox,” said Ms. Thieman, back in Missouri to direct the Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. “We created a more user-friendly Farm Bill.”
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said the reforms extend to the way agricultural producers get federal assistance.
“We’re going to stop paying farmers direct payments when prices are high,” the Democratic senator said Tuesday. “We’re going to make sure that there is an important safety net under our producers. We’re going to limit the amount of payments that farmers can receive.”
Not every observer celebrated the reforms and acknowledged the savings. Christine Harbin, a policy analyst for Americans for Prosperity, said Farm Bill spending almost doubled between 2008 and 2011, up to $98 billion a year, including a steep increase in the federal food stamp program.
“Lawmakers are now patting themselves on the back for locking in those huge increases and then cutting a little bit around the edges,” she wrote in The Hill.
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt said if the new Farm Bill goes into effect on Oct. 1, savings will begin to be realized and agricultural interests will have more certainty about federal programs.
“Every day the Farm Bill is extended, you’re extending a Farm Bill that spends a couple of billion more dollars annually,” the Republican senator said in a conference call last week.
He remains cautiously optimistic the measure will be approved.
“We’ll just see,” Mr. Blunt said. “This is not a Congress that’s shown a lot of ability to get things done.”

KC Area Members of Congress Demand Levees Get Fixed First
December 4, 2011

(Levee break near Hamburg, Iowa in Rep. Steve King’s district)

Several Members of Congress from the Kansas City region are supporting a move to make levee repair along the Missouri River the highest priority for the Army Corps of Engineers.
They’re joining a call from southwest Iowa Congressman Steve King. King wrote the letter calling for the funding change to the House Appropriation Committee.
“Over the last decade, we have watched as the Corps’ spending environmental concerns has exploded, while at the same time its spending of flood preservation has dwindled”, King states in the letter.
Federal records show in FY 2011, the Corps spent more than $70 in wildlife habitat programs along the Missouri River. At the same time, the flood control budget was under $7 million.
King’s letter says the “the highest priority” for federal spending on Missouri River should be changed so the levees damaged in the 2011 flood are repaired.
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is also pushing for a River spending change. He is proposing $50 million be moved to flood control from the Corps’ wildlife preservation and habitat budget.
The letter was co-signed by northwest Missouri Congressman, Sam Graves. Graves chairs the House Small Business Committee. King is a member of that panel.
Also signing the letter are Missouri Reps. Todd Akin; Vicky Hartzler; and Blaine Luetkemeyer. Northwest Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins also signed the letter.
Last week several Missourians testified in Washington before another Congressional Committee. (see previous posts).
Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association President Tom Waters, and Holt County, Missouri County Clerk Kathy Kunkel also called for the Corps to fix the levees damaged by the 2011 flood before next spring.
Brig. General John McMahon of the Corps told the hearing last week that not all levees would be repaired before the River starts to rise again in the spring.
The Corps, however, says they’re trying to drain as much excess water as they can from the rivers upstream reservoirs.