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Blunt Stepping Down As Minority Whip in US House

Congressman Roy Blunt of Southwest Missouri says he’s stepping down as minority whip in the US House of Representatives. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

The minority whip is the number two Republican post in the House, and Blunt has held that position since 2003.
Blunt told reporters in a conference call Thursday morning he feels Congress is entering a new period with the significant victories of Democrats this week. He added that he decided long ago that he would step down from the post if Republicans did not gain the majority in the House.

Blunt attributed the numerous victories of Democrats in Congress partly to the economy, and partly to low approval ratings for the current Republican president, George W. Bush.

The 58-year-old Congressman said he’s looking forward to having a more flexible schedule, becoming more active on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and spending more time in southwest Missouri.For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.