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GOP Weekly Address: Senator Roy Blunt Discusses Progress on Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt highlighted the need for Republicans and Democrats to solve the fiscal cliff.

“Divided government is a good time to solve hard problems—and in the next few days, leaders in Washington have an important responsibility to work together and do just that,” Blunt states.

The fiscal cliff could possibly “lead to devastating job losses at a time when American families and small business owners are still struggling to get back on their feet,” according to Blunt.

Yet, Republicans in the House have specifically worked to pass “bills to protect all Americans from burdensome tax increases” and “passed legislation to replace damaging across-the-board spending cuts with responsible targeted ones, and to bring our nation’s record debt under control.”

It is now the Senate’s turn to move legislation forward.

Blunt concludes, “We still can avoid going over the fiscal cliff if the President and the Democrat-controlled Senate step forward this week and work with Republicans to solve this problem and solve it now.”

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Sen. Blunt: Todd Akin Could Still Win in Missouri

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Todd Akin’s comments on “legitimate rape” have caused some to question whether he is a legitimate candidate for Senate in Missouri where he is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill.  But several top Senate Republicans still believe that Akin can win in November.

“Todd may well yet win,” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Blunt at first said Akin should give up his run after the rape comments drew fire, but now he and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have expressed support for his campaign, although the NRSC is still holding back monetary contributions.

Republicans increase their overall chances of regaining control of the Senate if Akin defeats incumbent McCaskill.  Many other races for Republican-held Senate seats are tightening and the stakes are high, according to Blunt.

“The national issues are big enough that we need to have an discussion of those issues rather than the ones Todd managed to bring to the table,” Blunt said.  “I think at the end of the day, that race does largely become a debate about the majority in the Senate.”

If Republicans take control of the Senate in November that change-up would likely stall President Obama’s agenda, should he win re-election.  If Mitt Romney wins, controlling the Senate will be key to repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Blunt isn’t the only Republican to back Akin.

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee hasn’t stopped supporting Akin.  And Republican Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are hosting a fundraiser for Akin on Wednesday, according to an invitation obtained by Politico.

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GOP Address: Sen. Blunt Says Domestic Energy Is Shortest Path to Jobs

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt calls on the Obama administration and Senate Democrats to work together to pass "bipartisan solutions that would relieve pain at the pump and pressure on jobs."

Rather than focusing on what Blunt calls "common sense" steps to reduce gas prices and create jobs, the senator says the administration and Senate Democrats are "focused on the wrong things."

"The latest example was the Senate's vote this week on the so-called Buffett Tax -- a gimmick that would do nothing to jumpstart jobs or lower fuel prices for average Americans who are really struggling to make ends meet and has a lot of negative consequences," Blunt says in the address.

The Buffett Rule was named for billionaire entrepreneur Warren Buffett, who voiced support for increased income taxes for the wealthy after calling attention to his lower tax rate compared to that of his secretary.  Under the tax plan, proposed by President Obama last year, individuals making more than a million dollars in annual income would have to pay a minimum tax rate of 30 percent.

But Blunt says the government's number one priority should be the creation of jobs and relief of energy costs.  Blunt notes that a lead sponsor of the Buffet Rule "admitted on the Senate floor this week, that according to him, 'the aim of this bill is not to lower the unemployment rate or the price of gasoline.'"

Blunt uses this week's Republican address to respond to the statement: "Why would the Senate be talking about things that wouldn’t have impact on energy prices or our economy? Why would we have wasted the week on something like that? There’s really no excuse for not doing things that would lower gas prices and encourage private sector job creation," he says.

Citing a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce study, Blunt says small business owners' top concern was gas prices and, consequently, they are not hiring because they aren't "confident with the [economic] recovery."

By blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline, Blunt says the administration and Senate Democrats are blocking solutions for economic recovery.

The Keystone pipeline, according to Sen. Blunt, is "the nation's largest shovel-ready project, no taxpayer money involved, it would create thousands of American jobs and deliver more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day to our refineries from our best trading partner and our closest neighbor, Canada -- all without costing taxpayers."

Blunt criticizes Senate Democrats for blocking legislation that would produce more domestic energy, and says Keystone is "one common sense step in the right direction."

"Jobs, jobs, and jobs should be the number one, two and three domestic priorities of the federal government. The shortest path to more American jobs is more American energy," he says.

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Boehner on Two-Month Tax Cut Bill: 'Just Kicking Can Down the Road'

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A day after the Senate voted 89-10 to extend the payroll tax cut by two months, Republicans in the House are signaling their displeasure with the short-term fix, saying action should have been taken to resolve the issue for the whole year.

“I believe that two months is just kicking the can down the road.  The American people are tired of that, frankly I’m tired of it,” House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.

But it’s not just the speaker who has problems with supporting the temporary extension, which the House is expected to take up on Monday.  Sen. Roy Blunt, who was just elected to the Republican leadership in the Senate, said that even though he voted to pass the two-month extension, the House is right to want a year-long extension.

“I had a couple of calls from some of my buddies in the House in the morning saying we don’t want to do this, we’d like the one-year extension,” Blunt said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Still some, like President Obama’s lead economic adviser Gene Sperling, are optimistic that Congress will close the deal before Christmas.

“I think that it is very unlikely that the House would disrupt this compromise -- overwhelming compromise -- six days before Christmas,” Sperling said.

Failing to pass the tax cut would likely cost the average American family more than $1,000 over the course of the year.  Some economists say the tax cut will encourage spending and provide a vital boost to the economy, although other economists and several lawmakers dispute this.

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Missouri Senator: Obama Must Take First Step on Entitlement Reform

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says he believes when it comes to budget cuts, and specifically entitlements such as Social Security, President Obama has to take the first step.

"Look, you've got the biggest microphone," Blunt said of President Obama.  "You've got the biggest podium but we're ready to sign on before you go public."

In an interview with ABC News, Blunt made it clear that if the president isn't willing to "go there" -- "there" being entitlement reform -- the Republicans probably won't either.

"They've got to get serious and we got to get serious," Blunt told ABC News, while riding the underground subway inside the U.S. Capitol.  "It is foolish for us to go out there and get a bunch of Democrats saying there's no Social Security problem or there's no Medicare problem or no Medicaid problem."

He added, "I don't think we get a result if we do it on our own."

Blunt, who served in the House of Representatives for fourteen years before being elected to the U.S. Senate last year, criticized the President for ignoring the recommendations of his own Deficit Reduction Commission.

"He's the guy who appointed the Deficit Reduction Commission. Nobody made him do that," Blunt said. "He appointed the commission and a substantial majority of it wasn't even mentioned in State of the Union."

Recalling a lesson from his time in House when the Republicans last attempted entitlement reform, Blunt conceded that while cutting such programs has to be discussed, the American public isn't always on board.

Blunt talked about the reform effort of 2005: "It was about 100 days, every phone I had rang all the time and not one person called and said thanks for trying to reform these programs or thanks for trying to cut these programs.  Every single call…was 'Don't cut my program.'"

But with a deficit looming at the $14 trillion mark -- and a polls showing a majority of Americans want to see spending cut -- it seems this push might produce a different result.

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