Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves, along with Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Collin Peterson (D-MN), today introduced the House companion to the Fairness for Pilots Act. A similar version of this legislation was introduced previously as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2. It builds on the original Pilot’s Bill of Rights, which was signed into law into 2012.
“As a pilot and Co-Chairman of the General Aviation Caucus, I have always felt the responsibility to be a voice for GA in the Capitol,” Representative Graves said. “Unnecessary regulations and bureaucratic barriers cost the industry jobs and prevent pilots from flying. I’m proud today to introduce a bill that improves upon the protections established under the original Pilots Bill of Rights, ensuring we can continue safely taking to the skies and operating as a valuable and vibrant component of the U.S. economy.”
This legislation specifically gives pilots additional protections when facing investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It increases due process protections for airmen by ensuring pilots can access flight record data maintained by contract towers, flight service stations, and controller training programs.
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement in response to last night’s American missile strikes in Syria. Earlier this week more than 80 people were killed in a chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. On Thursday night the United States launched a targeted strike on the airfield in Syria from where that chemical attack was launched.
“This week dozens of innocent people were murdered in a horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria. Our response makes clear that the United States is committed to preventing international war crimes and that we strongly condemn the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially against innocent civilians. I applaud President Trump for his decisive action and will continue to support any effort to ensure Assad is held accountable,” Rep. Graves said.
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves this morning led a hearing focused on local-level implementation of the FAST Act. Graves heard from representatives of local and state level entities responsible for completing infrastructure programs on some of this country’s most critical transportation arteries.
Rep. Graves is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee directing Highway and Transit policy. Asked to testify at his hearing this morning were Atlanta, Georgia Mayor Kasim Reed; President of the Dallas, Texas Area Rapid Transit system Gary Thomas; and Michael Patterson, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
“I was glad today to continue the discussion on implementation of the federal Highway Bill with those who understand these issues best,” Rep. Graves said. “But more importantly, we must use this opportunity to examine how we can begin reinventing America’s infrastructure for the 21st century. I was encouraged to see our witnesses highlight the importance of new, innovative funding models for our transportation systems, and I look forward to continue pursuing these solutions going forward.”
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It's hard to believe, but 2017 is already one quarter of the way over.
That means winter's gone (hopefully), baseball's here, and tax day is coming. With April 15 now less than two weeks away, I've been working to fulfill House Republicans' goal of reinventing our tax system by lowering rates, simplifying the tax code, and ensuring we have the money we need to invest in America's transportation infrastructure.
That is a cause I truly believe will help everyone in this country - keeping everyone and everything moving as safely and efficiently as possible - and ensuring our businesses can continue competing in a crowded global economy.
But this is just one of many priorities in Washington. In order to do my job effectively, I need to hear from you. Please take a minute to follow this link and fill out my official 2017 Survey.
I will continue working to repeal and replace Obamacare, to stop illegal immigration, roll back job-killing Obama-era EPA regulations, and ensure our military remains the strongest in the world. But I need to know what's important to everyone in north Missouri so I can represent our communities in the best way possible.
Please visit https://graves.house.gov/2017-official-federal-survey to share your opinions. Thank you in advance for taking the time to do just that.
On March 20, 1854, a group of former Whig Party loyalists came together in the small central Wisconsin town of Ripon. Their objective was to replace the failing Whig Party - plotting a new path forward during a perilous and uncertain time in American history.
What emerged from that meeting was the modern-day Republican Party.
Today, the party of small government, free market economics, personal responsibility, and military might is tasked with leading both the legislative and executive branches of government in Washington, D.C.
But with that power comes significant responsibility, and the understanding that we must hold true to the Republican ideals that resonated with Americans last November.
That means rewriting a tax code designed for growth and simplicity - not loopholes and mandates.
It means replacing Obamacare with policies that empower the free market, restore personal freedoms, and increase access to more diverse and affordable forms of coverage.
It means eliminating useless federal regulations that kill jobs and stifle private sector innovation.
And it means ensuring America’s military is the strongest, most envied body of national defense in the world. One so powerful that it would deter even the most aggressive or ambitious foreign actor from testing our military capabilities.
But, in the end, it's more than any one simple policy that defines our party.
Ultimately, our approach to governing comes down to this simple fact: we believe that individuals, families and God are better suited to make decisions about the lives of people than government.
That is what drives me in Congress. And it is what continues to drive the party founded 163 years ago today.
The federal government was never meant to control our nation’s healthcare system. To no one’s surprise, it’s completely failing at the job.
Plain and simple, Obamacare is collapsing. It’s a broken law built on broken promises, bad policies, and distorted realities.
Most agree that all Americans should be able to get affordable coverage without going bankrupt. But we can do that without destroying the healthcare system for everybody else. Unfortunately, destroying the system is exactly what Obamacare is doing.
Consider this: the average American’s premium is going up 25% in 2017. In Missouri it’s even worse, with premiums this year increasing by an average of 28%.
When healthcare costs go up, fewer and fewer healthy people buy coverage. And when fewer healthy people buy coverage, insurance companies that can't compete in the free market are forced to pull out of the marketplace entirely.
As a result, over 80% of counties in Missouri have just one provider offering healthcare coverage in their area. These monopolies allow costs to shoot up, and the cycle continues – a cycle that is quickly leading to the complete collapse of Obamacare.
Unfortunately, if Republicans don’t act, the worst is yet to come. There are multiple actions we will take with the White House in the coming weeks to get rid of Obamacare. But the process of repeal and replace must be executed through multiple avenues, including a comprehensive repeal bill, actions taken at the Department of Health & Human Services, and individual laws that replace specific failed policies within Obamacare.
Unlike Nancy Pelosi and her liberal allies, we’re not going to rush this process through Congress in the middle of the night. And we’re going to read and know what’s in each bill before we pass them – not the other way around.
Ultimately, our goal is to take power out of the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, returning healthcare decisions to Americans and their doctors – and eliminating the market distortions and monopolies that have made healthcare coverage unaffordable for too many Americans.
The Obamacare experiment failed. And the law is eroding. House Republicans will ensure there is a stable transition from one plan to the next, but it’s clear to everyone that the status quo is not working. A repeal bill is one step in this process, but with the law collapsing by the day, there is simply no other option than to fully repeal and replace Obamacare.
President Obama’s EPA had a radical agenda. And bureaucrats at the agency were willing to do whatever they could to force that agenda on the American people.
Fortunately for rural America, a new President means a new EPA. It also means we have the chance to wipe away some of the most outrageous regulations of the Obama era.
In February, I sent a letter to President Trump asking him to take aim at the worst examples of federal overreach from Obama's EPA. That EPA wrote anti-coal regulations that threatened to shut down power plants across the country, it raised energy costs for countless American families, and it forced a rule known as Waters of the U.S. down all of our throats.
Remember WOTUS? The EPA rule that allowed federal bureaucrats to come to our homes and take control over even the smallest bodies of water – including ponds and streams – on our private property. Fortunately, the President took a much needed step towards repealing that rule last week.
WOTUS was the best example of President Obama's out-of-control EPA. And like the rest of that EPA, we're glad to see it go out the door with the entire previous administration.
I truly believe that this planet is God's gift to us. And how we steward it is our gift back. The EPA has a legitimate role to play in ensuring our environmental concerns are balanced with the economic realities of our country. But we need people at the EPA who understand how rural America works. And we need people who understand that we need balance here. I'm looking forward to having just that under this new administration.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after President Trump today took a step towards permanently eliminating the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Trump instructed federal authorities to review and work towards repealing WOTUS, which gave the EPA the authority to regulate small bodies of water on private lands.
“One of the most outrageous regulations to come from the Obama Administration was its Waters of the U.S. rule,” Rep. Graves said. “It allowed federal bureaucrats to take control of small bodies of water on our family farms and private property, and it was written without input from anyone in rural America. I am thrilled to see the White House today push back against this assault on private property, and begin bringing common sense back to the EPA.”
Since WOTUS was finalized by the Obama EPA in 2015, Graves has drafted and voted for several pieces of legislation designed to repeal the rule. Today’s executive action is a significant step towards accomplishing that goal.
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During their last days in power, the Obama administration desperately issued a flurry of rules, regulations, and executive actions. Their intentions were obvious – get as much done as quickly as possible – with no time for congressional oversight or opportunity to evaluate those decisions.
One of those moves directly impacts northern Missouri – changing the name of a local wildlife refuge that’s been in place for over 80 years because the administration considered it “offensive.” Another focused on a constitutional right that Obama attacked again and again over the past eight years – our gun rights.
On January 19, 2017, his last full day as President, Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) issued an order to ban the use of traditional lead-based ammunition and tackle on federal lands.
Lead-based ammunition and tackle are a preferred choice of both sportsmen and fishermen across this country – primarily because of their low cost. And every sportsman in America knows how important public lands are in providing safe, affordable places for all of us to hunt and fish.
Blocking public lands to only those who can afford non lead-based ammunition drives up the cost to hunt, and it ultimately restricts the ability for law-abiding Americans to safely and freely exercise their Second Amendment rights. This is just another example of anti-gun liberals using creative, round-about ways to keep guns out of the hands of everyday Americans.
Over the past few years, various local governments have floated ammunition taxes as a way to impose unconstitutional gun restrictions on American citizens. I fought that initiative, writing the Stop Taxing the Second Amendment Act in order to prevent local lawmakers from using taxes or fees to limit our gun rights.
And to stop FWS’ ammunition ban, I recently joined about 60 of my Congressional colleagues to ask President Trump to reverse this misguided decision.
When I took office, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That includes preserving the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase, own, and use firearms for legitimate purposes. I will continue doing everything possible to protect that right for Missourians and American citizens across this country.
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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.