"He was more than a journalist or commentator. He was the indisputable leader of the conservative movement that laid the groundwork for the Reagan Revolution. Every Republican owes him a debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts on behalf of our party and nation," Blunt said.
- The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a measure that repeals tax breaks for oil producers and encourages renewable fuels. But Blunt noted it was mostly a symbolic measure, because it appears Senate Republicans have enough votes to block it. "This is the Congress that never gets tired of foregone conclusions. We're voting for the fourth time on a bill that everybody knows couldn't become law," Blunt said.
- Meanwhile, House Democrats say they are planning floor action next week on a new version of contentious electronic surveillance legislation, but it remains unclear what the bill will contain. “We don’t have agreement but ... I am very hopeful that we will have legislation on the floor next week, “ House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer , D-Md., said on the floor Thursday in a colloquy with Rep. Blunt.