Blunt “pleased” to lead Labor, Health, Human Services Subcommittee

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) was selected as the chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on Tuesday.

The subcommittee oversees the use of funds related to the federal Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education, and 14 additional agencies that fall under that umbrella. With nearly one-third of all non-defense discretionary spending falling into this category, the senator realizes that it is a huge opportunity to address many concerns with President Barack Obama’s health care mandates.

“I’m pleased to lead this subcommittee,” Blunt said. “Almost all of the president’s health care law is paid for by mandatory spending, and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of the Senate Finance Committee. However, this subcommittee will have a chance to directly address some of the most pressing issues brought forth by ObamaCare, including the administration’s proposed cuts to cancer screenings and immunization programs.”

Blunt said the committee’s top domestic priority should be creating more jobs. 

“This subcommittee will address ways to improve workforce training, veterans’ training, access to higher education and other ways to help more people succeed,” Blunt said. “I also hope to put more focus on strengthening mental health care and increasing NIH research to ensure people have better access to the high-quality cures they need.”

Blunt concluded by saying that even with this new task, he expects to remain on both the agriculture and defense appropriations subcommittees.