Sen. Blunt promotes government transparency bill, discusses DHS funding in visit to state Capitol
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Sen. Blunt promotes government transparency bill, discusses DHS funding in visit to state Capitol

Date: February 17, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Senator Roy Blunt promoted a bill aimed a letting taxpayers know when their money is being used to pay for an agency's advertisement in a visit to the state Capitol Tuesday
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Wrap: Blunt introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that is similar to one state Representative Paul Curtman has introduced in the Missouri legislature.

Both bills would require departments to disclose when they're using taxpayer money for an advertisement in the media.

Blunt said his and Curtman's bills are a step in the right direction.

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Description: "It's what people would expect to have happen. There's so much disclosure on so many other kinds of communications now that what would be wrong with government just saying clearly who's paying for this?"

Blunt's bill has been blocked from coming up in the past when the Democrats held the Senate.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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Senator Roy Blunt addressed a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown just 10 days before the department runs out of money during a visit to the state Capitol Tuesday.
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Wrap: Senate Democrats last week blocked a measure from being debated on the Senate floor that would provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security, but not President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Blunt said the bill the House passed is the one the Senate should pass.

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Description: "I agree with what the House did in terms of their desire and what should be the desire of the Congress to hold the president accountable for something he said 22 times on 22 different occasions he couldn't do."

Funding for the department is scheduled to run out next Friday if Congress cannot reach an agreement.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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