Roy Blunt

Roy Blunt
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says “Nothing will be more innovative than treating behavioral health like all other health.”  

That’s the goal behind the Excellence in Mental Care Act, which the Missouri Republican introduced alongside Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2014. It puts community mental health centers on an equal footing with other health centers.

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In his speech inside a Springfield manufacturing plant Wednesday, President Donald Trump called on the crowd to vote out of office members of Congress who go against his suggestions to overhaul America’s tax code.

He told the audience that the countries that have low business tax rates have an advantage over the United States.

“They are taking us, frankly, to the cleaners.  So we must—we have no choice—we must lower our taxes. And your Senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you. And if she doesn’t do it for you, you have to vote her out of office,” Trump said.

Billy Long
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By a narrow margin, the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday approved a measure that would do away with many provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

The Republican-drafted bill passed 217-213, and now moves to the Senate.

Rep. Billy Long is one of those supporters. His vote Thursday comes just two days after the Republican from southwest Missouri said he was against the measure.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt for years wasn’t shy about his disdain for the Affordable Care Act, condemning it on the Senate floor, in town hall meetings and during interviews.

Then came Tuesday, when the Republican said fixing President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law doesn’t hinge on whether Congress takes action this week to do away with it entirely.

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Frustrated by the lack of opportunity to speak face to face with their senator, hundreds brought a town hall meeting to Republican Roy Blunt Saturday as the GOP’s annual Lincoln Days event kicked off in Springfield.

The “street town hall,” during which protestors lined John Q. Hammons Parkway for roughly two hours holding signs and chanting, was organized by Crystal Brigman Mahaney with Missouri Healthcare for All.

In a news release, the organization said about 300 people attended. But Sen. Blunt, who was said to be invited to the event, did not.

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