Press Releases

December 16, 2019

Blunt Applauds Rules Committee Approval of Brett Blanton’s Nomination to Serve as Architect of the Capitol

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the following statement today after the committee approved the nomination of Brett Blanton to serve as Architect of the Capitol: “Brett Blanton has the right background and credentials to serve as Architect of the Capitol. The leadership experience he gained over more than two decades in the U.S. Navy, combined with his significant background in facilities operations and … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Senate Rules and House Administration Committees Congratulate Architect of the Capitol Nominee

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Chairman Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), along with Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) and Ranking Member Rodney Davis (Ill.), released the following statements congratulating J. Brett Blanton upon receiving the nomination to become the new Architect of the Capitol (AOC). Mr. Blanton has over 25 years of experience in the public sector, retiring from the Navy as a Commander in … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Rules Committee Approves Nomination of Hugh Halpern to Serve as Government Publishing Office Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the following statement today after the committee voted to approve the nomination of Hugh Halpern to serve as Director of the Government Publishing Office:“Hugh Halpern is widely known and respected on both sides of the aisle. During his more than 30 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, he had extensive experience working with the Government Publishing Office and … Continue Reading


September 30, 2019

Blunt, Klobuchar, Hyde-Smith Announce New Senate Leave Policy for Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, and Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), a member of the committee, announced a new Senate leave policy for wounded warriors. The policy was authorized under H.R. 6160, the House companion measure to a bill introduced by Hyde-Smith, that passed the Senate by unanimous consent and was signed into law in December 2018. The legislation amended the Wounded Warriors … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Blunt, Klobuchar, Brown Bill Giving Senate Cafeteria Workers the Full Retirement Benefits They Have Earned Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, and Senators Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) announced that their bill to restore full retirement benefits for certain Senate dining employees has been signed into law. Blunt, Klobuchar, and Brown have worked on this effort for over a year.In 2008, the Senate privatized its dining operations, which changed the employment status of 45 Senate … Continue Reading


May 28, 2019

Blunt Congratulates Lonnie G. Bunch III on Selection to Lead Smithsonian Institution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, commended the Smithsonian Institution’s announcement that Lonnie G. Bunch III has been elected as the next Secretary of the Smithsonian:“Lonnie Bunch has dedicated his career to preserving and sharing our nation’s history, and it’s fitting that he will now be making history as the first African American to lead the Smithsonian Institution. The millions of visitors who experience the Smithsonian each year … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Senators Blunt, Lankford Resolution to Reduce Needless Delays for Senate-Confirmed Nominees Passes Rules Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and Senator James Lankford's (Okla.) resolution (S. Res. 50) to update the Senate rules for most Senate-confirmed nominees passed out of the committee in a vote of 10 to 9. The resolution will reduce the 30 hours of post-cloture debate time to two hours for most nominees, including many Executive Branch nominees and district court judges, while maintaining 30 hours for high-level … Continue Reading


February 06, 2019

Chairman Blunt, Senator Lankford Introduce Resolution to Reduce Needless Delays for Senate-Confirmed Nominees

WASHINGTON - Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Senator James Lankford (Okla.) today introduced a resolution to update the Senate rules for most Senate-confirmed nominees. The resolution would reduce the 30 hours of post-cloture debate time to two hours for most nominees, including many Executive Branch nominees and district court judges, while maintaining 30 hours for high-level nominees, including Supreme Court Justices and Cabinet-level officials. The … Continue Reading


February 06, 2019

Chairman Blunt, Senator Lankford Introduce Resolution to Reduce Needless Delays for Senate-Confirmed Nominees

WASHINGTON - Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Senator James Lankford (Okla.) today introduced a resolution to update the Senate rules for most Senate-confirmed nominees. The resolution would reduce the 30 hours of post-cloture debate time to two hours for most nominees, including many Executive Branch nominees and district court judges, while maintaining 30 hours for high-level nominees, including Supreme Court Justices and Cabinet-level officials. The … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Blunt Selected as Senate Rules Committee Chair for 116th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after he was selected to continue serving as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.“The Rules Committee has a big job to do when it comes to upholding the integrity of the legislative process in the Senate,” said Blunt. “Every day brings a new challenge, and a new opportunity to make this institution even stronger. I look forward to continuing to lead those efforts and work with my colleagues … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

VIDEO: Blunt Chairs Second Rules Committee Hearing on Election Security

Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, held a hearing focused on steps federal officials and election vendors are taking to secure election infrastructure, guarantee robust information sharing, and ensure confidence in our elections. During the hearing, Blunt questioned KNOWiNK CEO Scott Leiendecker about the security of the election-related software his St. Louis-based company developed for voting systems. The committee previously … Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

VIDEO: Blunt Chairs Rules Committee Hearing on State and Local Election Security

Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and a former Missouri Secretary of State, held a hearing focused on state and local election security preparations. Blunt questioned state and county election officials, including Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller, regarding steps they are taking to secure election infrastructure and ensure confidence in our … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Rules Committee to Hold Hearing on Election Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, will hold a hearing titled, "Election Security Preparations: A State and Local Perspective" at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Room 301 of the Russell Senate Office Building. The committee will hear from state and local election officials about the steps they are taking to secure election infrastructure and ensure confidence in our … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Blunt Applauds Rules Committee Passage of Resolution to Improve the Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today applauded committee passage of S. Res. 355, legislation introduced by Senator James Lankford (Okla.) to expedite the confirmation process for executive and judicial nominees. "Senate Democrats' needless delays in the confirmation process are wasting hours of time we should be using to focus on the big issues facing our nation," said Blunt. "President Trump's nominees have faced … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Senate Rules and Appropriations Committees Release OOC Harassment Settlement Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, on behalf of Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (R-Minn.), and the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, on behalf of Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), today released information provided by the Office of Compliance (OOC) regarding the statistical breakdown of awards and settlements involving Senate employing offices from 1997-2017. "Harassment in … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

Chairman Shelby Holds Hearing to Improve Senate Nominations Procedure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today conducted a full committee hearing to review Senator James Lankford's (R-Okla.) resolution, S. Res. 355, "Improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate." The hearing included testimony from Lankford regarding his proposal to reinstate the 2013 Harry Reid rule that reduced Senate post-cloture debate time on certain nominations. The … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Rules Committee Members Praise Senate Passage of Anti-Harassment Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced the passage of the "Anti-Harassment Training Resolution." This resolution was introduced by the Ranking Member and cosponsored by the remaining 18 members of the Senate Rules Committee and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). "Making harassment training mandatory in the Senate sends a clear message: harassment of any kind is not and will not … Continue Reading


June 09, 2016

Rules Committee Approves Nomination of Dr. Carla D. Hayden to Serve as Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the following statement today after the committee voted to approve the nomination of Dr. Carla D. Hayden to serve as Librarian of Congress: "Leading the Library of Congress requires multitasking on a scale rarely seen in other government organizations," Blunt said. "I am confident Dr. Hayden will bring a great background and skill set to the job." Dr. Hayden was nominated in … Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Senator Roberts: The First Amendment Must Itself be Preserved

WASHINGTON, DC - Taking to the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator Pat Roberts today defended the First Amendment against Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid's attempts to silence opposition. Audio and video here. Senator Roberts is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration which has jurisdiction over federal election law. "Our founding fathers knew that those in power would be inclined to retain it and, unless constrained, would use their power to punish those who … Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Senate Rules Committee Holds Hearing on the Disclose Act of 2014

WASHINGTON, DC-- The Senate Committee on Rules andAdministration convened a hearing today on S.2516, the Democracy IsStrengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2014 or theDISCLOSE Act of 2014. The hearing featured remarks by U.S. Senator SheldonWhitehouse, the sponsor of the 2014 DISCLOSE Act. The committee also heardtestimony from two campaign finance experts. "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously stated"Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants," … Continue Reading

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