In the middle of October, annual Tax Day is about the last thing on most people’s minds.
But every time we bring home a paycheck and look at the pay stub, we’re reminded of just how much U.S. tax policy impacts our bottom line.
Everyone in this country knows that our tax code is time consuming, confusing, and burdensome. But small business owners and their employees feel the brunt of this confusion the most. It doesn’t have to be tax day for them to be reminded of that. As a farmer, I can’t even begin to count the hours my family has spent on compliance. I wish we had that time back to work on the farm and expand our business.
Last week marked 30 years since the last comprehensive tax reform was passed into law. It's been way too long, and it's something we have to start prioritizing as a country.
To give entrepreneurs time to run their businesses and create jobs instead of complying with the tax code we need a simplified system that’s easy for everyone to understand. I am a supporter of various policies and proposals that would do just that. Specifically, this Congress I am a cosponsor of the Fair Tax Act.
The Fair Tax would eliminate the IRS and our tax code as we know it, replacing it with a simple and straightforward national consumption tax.
In the House of Representatives, we also created a task force to deal exclusively with tax reform. We will focus on making the tax code simpler, fairer, and flatter, while adding pro-growth reforms and removing the incentive for businesses to shift jobs overseas.
Throughout my time in office, I’ve pushed to lower taxes on American individuals, small businesses and families. If we want real economic growth in this county, I’ve always believed that allowing Americans to keep more of their own money and spend it how they prefer is the best way to do that. I will continue to fight to make that happen.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves joined Senator Roy Blunt to publicly call on the Air Force to fix funding issues facing the 139th Airlift Wing. Specifically, funding gaps for the Weapon Instructor Course and the Advance Airlift Tactics Training Center put training programs for the C-130H fleet in serious jeopardy.
“We know how important the C-130H is towards providing support to U.S. soldiers across the globe,” Rep. Graves said. “But if we don’t invest in tactical and operational training for the aircraft, fleets at Rosecrans and other Air National Guard bases across the country will quickly become very expensive artifacts. The 139th plays a critical role in preparing Air National Guard units to take advantage of these powerful airplanes, and I hope the Air Force and the Department of Defense will act quickly to preserve our base’s ability to continue doing just that.”
The Weapon Instructor Course was added to the program of the Advance Airlift Tactics Training Center at the 139th in 2014. Since then, St. Joe has hosted pilots and other support personnel from around the world for state of the art training on operation of the C-130H.
“The 139th Airlift Wing plays a critical role in sustaining the readiness of the C-130H fleet through its Weapon Instructor Course and Advance Airlift Tactics Training Center,” Blunt said. “It is imperative that the 139th has stable, dedicated, annual resources to support its mission. I’ve been proud to support the 139th and its outstanding personnel, and will continue working to ensure they have what they need to keep Americans safe.”
Graves and Blunt sent a letter to Air National Guard Director, Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice outlining the importance of these courses and making the case for Rosecrans to continue housing the training operations.
Our state borders the two longest rivers in the United States. To our east is the Mighty Mississippi. To the west and through the heart of the state is the Missouri River
In my district alone, we touch approximately 284 miles of the Missouri, and more than 100 miles of the Upper Mississippi River.
That is one of the main reasons I serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives. During my time there, I have made water infrastructure issues one of my top priorities.
A few weeks ago, the House passed a bill that I helped write as a member of that Committee. This bill prioritizes flood protection and invests in river infrastructure, including ports and inland harbors, allowing our farmers and small businesses to continue shipping goods produced right here in Missouri to places all over the world. And all these investments are offset with cuts to current spending.
Specifically, the 2016 Water Resources Development Act contains provisions to shore up levees that protect businesses in the Kansas City metropolitan area and across our state.
Kansas City has become one of the major economic hubs of the Midwest, especially in Missouri. But without reliable levees along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers, businesses and infrastructure in the area would always be vulnerable to the next major flooding event.
Fortunately, the flood and river management priorities in this bill provide protections for Missourians, and give piece of mind to farmers, home owners, and businesses throughout the state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Sam Graves this evening voted to support the 2016 Water Resources Development Act of 2016. The bill cleared the House by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 399-25.
"America's water resources infrastructure provides protections to businesses and peace of mind to farmers," said Rep. Graves, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over this issue. "But more importantly, it ensures we can remain competitive in the global economy. More than a quarter of our annual GDP comes from international trade, but without our ports, dams, and inland harbors, U.S. businesses would not be able to get their products to foreign markets."
There are over 600 million tons of cargo, worth over $230 billion, that move through America’s inland waterways every year. The 2016 Water Resources Development Act of 2016 makes investments in America's water resources infrastructure – all of which is offset with cuts to previous spending – preserving the movement of cargo and America’s export economy.
"I was proud tonight to support a bill that focuses on a true American priority, investing in infrastructure that is absolutely essential to our economy," Rep. Graves continued. "The bill guarantees that products manufactured anywhere in the United States can be shipped across oceans, that our crops can feed people in every corner of the world, and that export opportunities for American small businesses can continue to grow."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Sam Graves last night voted for the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which passed the House and took a significant step toward becoming law. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over river issues in Congress, Graves has had a hand in crafting policies in the bill since the beginning of 2016.
Among the provisions Graves worked to secure is funding for four major flood control projects in the area; the Kansas City Levees, Turkey Creek Basin, Dodson Industrial District, and Swope Park Industrial Area.
"Kansas City has become the economic hub of the Midwest. But without reliable levees along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers, businesses and infrastructure in the KC area would always be vulnerable to the next major flooding event,” Rep. Graves said. “The bill we passed last night takes a huge step towards ensuring our local stakeholders and the Army Corps of Engineers have the resources they need to shore up flood protection, preserve our local economy, and protect the lives of people across the Kansas City region.”
Graves’ district is bordered by approximately 284 miles of the Missouri River on its western and southern boundaries, and more than 100 miles of the Upper Mississippi River on its eastern edge. In addition to providing the resources needed to protect against flooding, this WRDA bill invests in port and inland harbor infrastructure that allows American farmers and businesses to transport goods around the globe.
"This bill also focuses on investing in infrastructure that is absolutely essential to our economy," Rep. Graves continued. "It guarantees that goods manufactured or grown in Missouri can be shipped across oceans and used to feed people in every corner of the world, and that export opportunities for American small businesses can continue to grow."
These local projects, which protect billions of dollars of economic activity for the region, receive targeted improvements with the bill that passed last night:
Kansas City Levees – Placing both phase 1 and phase 2 under one authorization will improve management efficiency and treat the projects as one levee system. These levees along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers provide critical flood protection to the economic heart of Kansas City, protecting over $20 billion in investments.
Authorization for the final phases of the Turkey Creek Basin Flood Project – To widen the channel, relocate bridges, and include tunnel modifications to finish the project. Turkey Creek flows 15 miles through the Kansas City metro area, and its frequent flooding poses serious risks to residential and commercial areas.
The Blue River Basin Project in the Dodson Industrial District – Includes a 6,800-foot levee floodwall along the north bank of the Blue River, protecting over $380 million in property investment and the 1,500 people who work in the area. Authorization for the final phase would complete this project.
Safe emergency access road to the Swope Park Industrial Area – Only one access road into the business park currently exists. The project will provide flooding relief and a safe passage for nearly 400 workers in the industrial area.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today led a roundtable policy discussion focused on the impact of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act on our freight industry. Graves, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, helped pass into law the first long-term Highway Bill in nearly a decade late last year.
“The U.S. economy stops without the freight and trucking industries,” Rep. Graves said. “With three major interstates running through my district in North Missouri, we sit at the crossroad of that major economic engine. But in order to keep up with our nation’s evolving transportation infrastructure network, the industry will need to adapt in order to survive.
“The new Highway Bill included provisions that prioritize modernization and the efficiency of freight movement across all methods of transportation, including a new formula for highway freight projects. I am glad we had a chance to focus on the implementation of these policies at today’s roundtable, and I look forward to continuing that discussion as we progress further in the process.”
A constituent of Rep. Graves, Brad Bowman of Smithfield Foods, was among the list of stakeholders and industry leaders invited to participate in the panel. Specifically, the group provided feedback on the impact of the new freight provisions in the FAST Act, as well as the trends in freight distribution on infrastructure needs and freight flows.
The movement of freight and related industries are significant contributors to the U.S. economy. Trucks carry about 70 percent of all freight tonnage, and the Federal Highway Administration estimates that nearly 25 percent of all traffic on interstate highways will be from trucks by 2040. Without an increase in traffic capacity, this poses a serious threat to safety and congestion on America’s roads.
Over the past year, we’ve seen all the dangerous unintended consequences of out of control refugee programs in Europe. We can’t let the same thing happen here.
Unfortunately, the White House announced last week that it’s pushing to significantly increase the number of refugees brought to the U.S. in 2017.
The White House’s plan would increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States from 85,000 in 2016 to 110,000 in 2017. This represents a 57% rise in refugee arrivals in the United States over the past few years, and could place an undue burden on local communities and national security officials across the country.
I refuse to allow this administration to jeopardize the safety of Americans everywhere by passing along a potential refugee crisis to the next President. That’s why I wrote and introduced a bill that will block funding for the White House’s newest refugee proposal.
H.R. 6044 withholds the money Obama needs to implement this plan or any other refugee increase extending into the next Presidential administration.
The administration has failed to develop an appropriate vetting process to protect the American people. It’s unfortunate that extremists have used situations in Syria and across the Middle East to breed a new generation of terrorists, but we cannot let people into the U.S. without guaranteeing they pose no threat to our security.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced legislation to block funding for the White House’s newest refugee proposal. The Obama administration announced this week that it would significantly increase the number of refugees brought to the U.S. in 2017. Graves’ bill, H.R. 6044, would deny Obama the funds needed to implement this plan or any other refugee increase extending into the next Presidential administration.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen all the dangerous unintended consequences of uncapped refugee programs in Europe,” Rep. Sam Graves. “We can’t let the same thing happen here. The administration has failed to develop an appropriate vetting process to protect the American people, and this bill will prevent them from passing along a potential refugee crisis to the next President.”
The White House’s plan would increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States from 85,000 in 2016 to 110,000 in 2017. This represents a 57% rise in refugee arrivals in the United States since 2015, and could place an undue burden on local communities and national security officials across the country.
On March 8, 2016, Pablo Serrano-Vitorino spread terror across Missouri, allegedly murdering four people in the Kansas City area and another outside of Columbia.
It was later found out that Serrano-Vitorino was previously deported from the U.S. for a felony conviction, only to re-enter the country illegally. What’s worse, Serrano-Vitorino was in police custody multiple times as an illegal immigrant, but was released each time. Not deported.
Illegal immigration is just that- illegal. One of the things that frustrates me most about Washington D.C. is that people seem to forget that. It's only gotten worse under the Obama administration.
There are lawmakers and police officers across the country who want to enforce our laws and deport those here illegally. But significant gaps exist between what happens at the local level and at federal immigration offices in Washington, D.C.
That’s why, this week, I cosponsored H.R. 5853, the Empowering Local Law Enforcement Act. This commonsense legislation will give law enforcement officers the authority to protect our communities from dangerous illegal aliens, forcing DHS to train local police on ways to carry out immigration policies like arresting or detaining illegal aliens.
This administration has created an environment where dangerous people like Pablo Serrano-Vitorino can enter our country and avoid deportation. H.R. 5853 stops that, helping police officers enforce immigration laws and keeping people like Serrano-Vitorino out of our communities.
There is nothing ambiguous about illegal immigration. It’s time we give local law enforcement the tools to enforce the laws this administration refuses to.
American small businesses create 7 out of every 10 new jobs in this country. That fact always reminds me that our economy can’t grow if we have a government that works against small businesses, instead of with them.
First, it starts with fewer regulations and less government intervention. Unfortunately, too many people in Washington believe that Americans are not capable of making their own decisions.
The government does not create jobs or spur economic growth. No bureaucrat has ever done either of those things.
What government can do, however, is help set the table for prosperity. Small business owners should be worried about creating jobs and providing for their families, not complying with unnecessary federal regulations.
Right now, we have a serious problem with the government overstepping its power in this country. We see it come to life in the form of Obamacare mandates, broad EPA regulations, and now orders on who can use the restroom with our children at school.
And we see Washington creeping further into our Second Amendment rights as well. That’s why I introduced a bill that prohibits liberal lawmakers across the country from using taxes or fees as a way to restrict gun ownership.
But the problems we have with an overextended government go beyond any of these individual issues. A government that is too powerful, too large, and spends too much threatens all of our freedoms and long-term security.
As your Representative, I will continue working to shrink the size of the federal government and limit the power of overextended bureaucrats in Washington. Because as Washington grows, everyone's chance at prosperity shrinks with it.
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Congressman Sam Graves is a life long resident of Missouri’s Sixth Congressional District. As a small businessman and a sixth-generation, full-time family farmer, Sam spent his life working to make Missouri a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
In Congress, Sam serves as the Chairman of the Small Business Committee. Small businesses create 7 out of every 10 jobs in this country. It is important that our policies encourage innovators and entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and create jobs. Sam also serves on the Transportation Committee where he continues to fight for Missouri roads, rivers, bridges, rail lines and airports.
Congressman Graves was born in Tarkio, Missouri on November 7, 1963. He graduated from Tarkio High School in 1982 and attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received his degree in Agronomy from the School of Agriculture.
In 1992, Sam won his first race for State Representative. In 1994, Sam was elected as State Senator for the 12th Senatorial District and was subsequently re-elected in 1998. Sam’s leadership has not only been recognized by his constituents, but from organizations like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Corporation, and the Missouri State Medical Association.
As a father, farmer, businessman, and former State legislator, Sam knows first hand the values, hopes, and beliefs of the hard-working families of the Sixth District, and will continue to work tirelessly for them in theUnited States House of Representatives. As your Congressman, Sam will continue to fight for Missouri families.
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