Senator Blunt introduces pro-growth, pro-jobs amendments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) introduced two pro-growth, pro-jobs amendments to S. 2569 today in order to help hire more American veterans and protect low and middle-class families from a costly and job-destroying carbon tax.
“These amendments would help create more good-paying jobs and economic opportunities for American veterans, as well as low and middle-class families in Missouri and nationwide,” Blunt said. “If Democrats were really serious about helping the Americans who are struggling to find work and make ends meet, they would join Republicans in taking action on these common-sense, job-creating measures.” Wednesday, Blunt spoke at the Republican Leadership Stakeout and called on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) to allow an open debate and amendment process on bipartisan bills that are currently stalled in the U.S. Senate. Click here to watch his remarks.In April 2014, Blunt filed the “Hire More Heroes Act” as a standalone bill and as an amendment to the unemployment insurance bill. In May 2014, Blunt introduced an amendment to protect families from skyrocketing energy costs that would result from a carbon tax. Blunt introduced similar amendments to prevent a carbon tax in April 2014 to the unemployment insurance bill, and in March 2013 to the FY2014 budget.
Background on Blunt’s Amendments:
Hire More Heroes Amendment: The “Hire More Heroes Act” would encourage companies to hire more American veterans, while providing relief from the burdensome ObamaCare employer mandate. Blunt serves as a member of the bipartisan Congressional Veterans Job Caucus. Click here to view the “Hire More Heroes” amendment that Blunt introduced Thursday.
Carbon Tax Amendment: Missouri relies on coal for more than 80 percent of the state’s electricity needs, and Blunt has long-fought against the Obama Administration’s burdensome energy policies. He recently joined his colleagues in a letter urging President Barack Obama to withdraw the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) devastating rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, and co-sponsored the “Coal Country Protection Act,” which would block the proposed EPA rule unless appropriate agencies can prove it will not eliminate jobs, cost our economy, increase electricity prices, or reduce electricity reliability. Click here to view the carbon tax amendment that Blunt introduced Thursday.