Summary

Roy Blunt was born in 1950 and is currently serving as the senior United States Senator from Missouri. Senator Blunt’s seat will be up for election in 2022.

Roy Blunt was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. After serving as Missouri Secretary of State from 1985 until 1993, Blunt was elected in 1996 to represent Missouri’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representative. He served in the House until 2011, being also the Republican Whip from 2003 until 2009. Senator Blunt is the dean of Missouri’s congressional delegation and in 2018 was elected Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, which is responsible for the creation of new policy proposals for the Republicans.

Senator Blunt is currently the Chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Below is Senator Blunt’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community..

Senator Blunt opposed the Iran Nuclear Deal, opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity, and supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. He supported the Taylor Force Act, which stated that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families.  

In 2018, Senator Blunt cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding. He opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two bills that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.

In 2019, he voted for the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthened Israel’s security and allowed a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.

Senator Blunt is a cosponsor of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019, which aims to provide for the consideration of a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities. 

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Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.blunt.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-blunts-statement-on-the-iran-deal

Voted For the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act of 2019 https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00016

Cosponsored the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/852/cosponsors

Supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/support-president-trumps-decision-recognize-jerusalem-israels-capital/

Cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors

Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors

Supported the Taylor Force Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1697/cosponsors

Cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/cosponsors

Cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/cosponsors

Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120

Cosponsored the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/852/cosponsors