The four senators from North Dakota and Missouri have formed a “Missouri River Working Group” to “improve flood control along the Missouri River and address the impact for local communities.”
According to a press release, Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, and John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, launched the group to:
The group comes after Missouri River flooding caused havoc for numerous states in the Midwest and beyond.
“This group will assess the factors that led to this year’s floods, evaluate ideas for improving flood control along the Missouri River and collaborate on efforts to prioritize flood control measures in the future. Improving flood control will require cooperation from one end of the Missouri River to the other,” the four senators wrote in a statement.
The group is expected to meet during the week of July 11.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt announced Tuesday he has cosponsored a resolution to authorize “the limited use of U.S. Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya.”
“President Obama is not exempt from the War Powers Act, and our military’s continued engagement in Libya clearly requires congressional authorization,” said Blunt in a statement. “While I disagree with President Obama’s disregard for congressional authorization, we must ensure our military has the ability to succeed in Libya.”
The resolution is cosponsored by a number of senators, including Sens. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and Mark Kirk, R-Illinois. The measure would expire one year after it is enacted.
Blunt went on to say that President Barack Obama has the “responsibility to clearly outline our mission in Libya, and I believe that mission must include the removal of Muammar Qadaffi and his regime from power and America’s full support for the freedom-seeking Libyan people.”
“After months of engagement, President Obama has failed to clearly outline America’s mission in Libya, which has created confusion for both our armed forces and our nation’s allies,” Blunt said.
Here’s another clip from Sen. Roy Blunt’s conference call with Missouri reporters.
The above clip features the Republican senator responding to a question about a plan floated by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to restructure Medicare.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was asked today about whether he would change his social media policies in light of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s troubles in that arena.
Blunt’s office utilizes social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. You can listen to Blunt’s response to the question in the above audio clip.