Blunt, speaking at the dais in the chamber of the Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday morning, said he believes the federal government should offer "more flexibility on things like Medicaid" for states.
Speaking with reporters after his remarks, Blunt said state spending on major issues "is not going to continue to work" unless "we have some significant reforms."
"I think the states would be much better off if they have a specific and known ammount of money to help with their Medicaid programs," Blunt said.
Blunt said as Republicans in Washington seek to localize more aspects of the federal government, lawmakers in Jefferson City should do the same with state government when dealing with county and local issues.
Blunt said lawmakers in Jefferson City should push back when they believe the federal government is overeaching.
"You have to fight overtime you see something the federal government is doing that you think you can do better," he said.