He cites his top legislative achievements as his work to help pass a new federal transportation-funding bill after years of congressional inaction; bipartisan bills expanding mental health coverage and federal health research funding; a strengthened federal response to child abuse; and the work he and other members of the
Kander, 35, is an
He is traditionally liberal on cornerstone issues such as Obamacare, abortion rights and pay equity, but he sometimes strays from the Obama administration on key topics such as the
Here are their positions on some major issues:
Kander favors abortion rights; Blunt opposes abortion with exceptions to save the life of the woman or in the case of rape or incest. Both men, however, favor retention of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal dollars funding abortions.
The position could put Kander at odds with Democratic nominee
Balancing the budget
Both men support a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. Blunt is a co-sponsor of legislation requiring a two-thirds vote of both chambers of
Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations
Blunt opposes President
Kander also opposes the Obama administration's Waters of the
Campaign finance reform
Kander is a critic of the
Blunt has voted against congressional measures requiring disclosure of donors giving large amounts to independent campaign committees, and in 2014 he voted to block a constitutional amendment to reverse the high court's 2010
Blunt supports bipartisan efforts to expand Pell Grant availability to students year-round, which he says would help lower-income students. Kander says that's not enough, and he is proposing allowing student loan holders to renegotiate to lower interest rates. He also wants to expand the Pell Grant program beyond what Blunt supports.
Blunt has been an outspoken critic of Obama's move to normalize relations with
Kander opposes the closing of the
Kander says he favors the "Every Child Achieves Act," a 2015 rewrite of the controversial "No Child Left Behind" originally act passed under former President
Kander opposes Obama's use of an executive order to ease the pathway to citizenship for millions in America illegally. Blunt is a critic of both the plan and Obama's use of executive orders, and he joined unsuccessful efforts to cut funding for that order.
Blunt points to past Kander statements saying that
Kander says he would have supported a bipartisan plan to reform immigration that would have eased the pathway to citizenship and was supported by leading
Both men oppose the deal cut by Obama aimed at slowing the Iranian regime's nuclear ambitions. Blunt was also among the early critics of what he said was the administration's ransom payment in a
Kander says that if subsequent investigations prove that is what happened, he opposes it, too.
Judges and other presidential appointments
Kander has criticized Blunt for not even meeting with Obama's
Blunt supports a Republican position to push the selection of
Kander supports raising the
Blunt has been a leading critic of the 2010 overhaul of the federal health insurance system and speaks often on the
Kander says he would have pushed for changes before voting yes, and is disappointed that
Kander has supported Democratic efforts to pass legislation pushing equal pay between men and women, and he has criticized Blunt for opposing legislation on this front. Blunt has opposed those initiatives but says he believes in equal pay for equal work, and points out that women fill many of the top positions on both his
This is one area where Blunt may be making a significant shift, narrowing the distance between the two men -- and inviting Democratic attacks that Blunt is flip-flopping.
Kander opposes the
Zika virus response
Blunt was a lead negotiator in a compromise bill to spend about
But that legislation remains stalled after
Kander favored the Obama administration's
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