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Don't expect Sen. Roy Blunt to be voting for any more of President Biden's plans

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Close-up of US Sen Roy Blunt seated during a Senate committee meeting. He is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and silver patterned tie with a microphone and his nameplate in front of him.
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is in his last term representing the state of Missouri.

Blunt was the sole Missouri Republican to vote for the infrastructure bill, but has objections to other ideas Biden is proposing.

Big news came over the weekend as President Biden’s infrastructure bill passed in Congress, with Sen. Roy Blunt voting for the package.

According to Blunt, Congress has been "working for about 12 years now to do something beyond the bare minimum for infrastructure."

When it comes to what Missouri could gain from the bill, the senator says, "we need to make the most of that and this bill ensures not only that the normal spending and infrastructure will happen, but added some important additions to that and we'll benefit from lots of those additions like any other big piece of legislation."

Now Blunt will turn his attention to the president's Build Back Better initiative. It includes money for child care, climate change, affordable housing, and reducing prescription drug prices.

Blunt's take is that "it will drive inflation and slow down our economy" and he vows, "I'm going to be working hard to see that that bill doesn't pass."

When it comes to Democrats' efforts to pass voting rights legislation, Blunt believes the local control of elections has worked well.

"This is a system that doesn't need to be fixed," he says. "The federal government is not the best government to handle something as personal and local and as important as people getting to the polls on election day and before and feeling that their ballots were fairly counted."

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