MO Senator Blunt visits Southeast MO State to highlight NIH funding, talks flood

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt visited the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center on Wednesday, Jan 6.

Blunt toured the school as a way to highlight increased funding to the National Institutes of Health.

In December, the Senate announced the agency would receive $32 billion, a $2 billion increase over last year's funding level.

Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center is one of the centers that will benefit from the increase in funding.

The center provides diagnostic evaluations, assessments, therapies, and interventions. It also hosts a number of support groups, camps, and activities to provide additional therapy, training, and support.

He says research has improved outcomes, but more is needed.

"Now that we know so much more about what makes everybody uniquely individual than we did a dozen years ago, we ought to figure out how to take advantage of that," Blunt said. "Is there a unique way for an individual to attack cancer more effectively and more quickly and less costly than there would be in other ways."

Blunt also talked about learning from the New Year Flood.

"I think we ought to look down and see how do we deal with this situation where Interstate 44, Interstate, 55, Interstate 70 all closed for significant periods of times during this flood," Blunt said. "In all three of these cases, how did that happen and what would it take not to happen again."

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