Sean at Fired Up Missouri takes up where I left off in Roy Blunt’s legislative history:
In April, for instance, Blunt managed to have a provision inserted into a Senate bill, without debate, on behalf of United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. The two companies were seeking to block the expansion of a foreign rival’s U.S. operations. Blunt’s son Andrew also represents UPS in Missouri, as the Wall Street Journal first reported, and the two companies have contributed a total of $120,000 to Blunt since 2001, according to Federal Election Commission data.
Also this spring, Blunt brokered a deal with Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R-Ky.) to fight for a vote on legislation that could open the door to Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco, a top priority for Philip Morris, a senior House GOP leader said. Philip Morris would benefit because it is far ahead of its competitors in designing and selling “safer” cigarettes that could be permitted if the FDA gains regulatory power, lawmakers and industry experts said.
Roy Blunt has a history of tacking provisions into unrelated legislation with a huge conflict of interest for him, or helping his political allies do the same. You can read about that and a lot more on the vaccine liability issue I wrote on here.