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Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri greets Obama KC visit, speech skeptically

07/30/2014 9:23 AM

07/30/2014 5:46 PM

Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, criticized President Barack Obama in a news release Wednesday morning for not reaching out to critics in his visit to Kansas City.

“While Missourians welcome Mr. Obama back to our state, I wonder if he will take time to meet with people who are not benefiting from his policies?” Blunt said in the statement. “If that’s the case, I certainly have some letters to share, and he may need to extend his stay.”

Blunt said he’d heard from “thousands of Missourians who are worried about everything from lost wages thanks to ObamaCare to the real impact of executive overreach.”

He went on to cite numbers of people who have been out of work for extended periods or struggling to get by with part-time work.

“Obama’s costly and burdensome domestic policies are still hurting the poorest families who are working several part-time jobs to feed their families and pay their bills,” Blunt’s statement said. “So instead of delivering another political ‘pivot’ in Kansas City today, I hope the president will talk to these people and explain what he will do to work with Congress in order to jump-start the creation of good-paying, full-time jobs.”

He called on the president to clear the way for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and to clear the way for the use of more energy from coal, two things that draw loud criticism from environmentalists.

Blunt pounded the president as well to do more for veterans.

And he criticized the Affordable Care Act and its implementation.

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