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Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt was re-elected to his leadership post this week. KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with him about that and the rule change House Republicans approved this week that would allow Rep. Tom DeLay to remain Majority Floor Leader even if he's indicted on campaign finance violations in Texas.
HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP ROY BLUNT SAYS HE SUPPORTS CHANGING THE RULES.
HE SAYS SINCE AN INDICTMENT DOESN'T INDICATE GUILT, REPRESENTATIVES SHOULDN'T BE FORCED TO RESIGN AUTOMATICALLY FROM A LEADERSHIP POST BECAUSE OF AN INDICTMENT.
PARTY RULES WEREN'T THE ONLY ITEMS UP FOR CONSIDERATION THIS WEEK.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS ALSO SELECTED LEADERS.
ROY BLUNT WAS ONCE AGAIN CHOSEN BY HIS COLLEAGUES TO SERVE AS THE MAJORITY WHIP.
THAT MEANS HE'S RESPONSIBLE FOR CORALLING AND COUNTING VOTES FOR THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP'S AGENDA...IT ALSO MEANS HE'S PART OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM.
BLUNT SAYS HE'S HONORED TO HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN THE LEADERSHIP.
BLUNT SAYS BY HAVING A SEAT AT THE LEADERSHIP TABLE, HE'S ABLE TO MAKE SURE THE VIEWS OF SOUTHWEST MISSOURIANS ARE REFLECTED IN THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA.