Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Graves Pushes Water Resources Bill Through Transportation Committee

2016/05/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Sam Graves today helped advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) through the House Transportation Committee. Graves, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, worked to preserve critical funding for Missouri River levees and the Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan in the bill.

“Two of America’s major rivers run through North Missouri and the district I represent in Congress,” Rep. Graves said. “These rivers help support thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in agriculture exports, but flooding and outdated waterway infrastructure could jeopardize all of that. I’m glad to see the WRDA bill clear the Transportation Committee with specific policies to fund levee projects, protect homes and businesses, and support Missouri’s agriculture industry.”

Earlier this year, Graves sent a letter to House leadership urging them to include funding for projects specific to North Missouri in this year’s WRDA bill. H.R. 5303 passed the committee unanimously and will come before the House for a vote in the coming weeks.

 

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Graves Issues Statement on VA Secretary’s Disneyland Comparison

2016/05/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement in response to Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald’s comparison of wait times at VA hospitals to those at Disneyland. Graves, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, responded after Secretary McDonald today refused to apologize for his original comments.

“Comparing people waiting in line at a theme park to veterans being forced to wait for medical care shows how out of touch Secretary McDonald is,” Rep. Graves said. “It also unfortunately shows that he’s still not taking the situation seriously. These wait times are a matter of life and death for people who’ve risked their lives to serve this country, and the lack of respect for veterans coming out of this administration is disgraceful.”

In 2014, a whistleblower at a Phoenix, Arizona VA facility sparked a national controversy when he claimed that up to 40 veterans died while waiting for medical appointments. In response, Congress passed a law allowing veterans to seek medical care outside of the VA network if they faced appointment delays.

 

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Our Soldiers Deserve a Raise - Now They'll Get One

2016/05/23

After hundreds of people were slaughtered in the streets of Paris last December, President Obama sent 50 special operations forces to the Middle East to combat ISIS - those responsible for the brutal attacks.

At around the same time, the United Nations hosted an international Climate Change Conference in France, where a group of bureaucrats from all around the world got together to talk about how to fight global warming.

President Obama sent more Americans there than he did to fight ISIS.

This White House has been comfortable taking a backseat in the war on Islamic extremism. And without real American leadership, ISIS and other terrorist groups have expanded their influence across the world.

That's why House Republicans are once again acting to prioritize national defense and take care of our military men and women. This week we passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017.

Aside from providing a framework for containing and defeating ISIS, the bill fully funds a 2.1% pay raise for our troops and continues to prohibit Obama from closing Gitmo and moving terrorists to American prisons.

Obama has weakened our military during his presidency. Our bill reverses that, preserving the active-duty Army at 480,000 and adding 3,000 Marines and 4,000 Airmen. For three straight years, he’s denied our troops a raise. Our bill changes that, preventing this President from blocking that raise any longer. And under Obama’s leadership, we’ve abandoned the belief that a strong U.S. military makes the rest of the world safer. Our bill ends that, providing $2.5 billion to modernize training for Soldiers and Marines.

A fundamental responsibility of the federal government is to ensure our military remains the strongest on earth. And part of that is doing everything possible to support the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country. I’m proud to say this bill does all of that, and I look forward to seeing it become law in the next few weeks.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Votes to Give Troops a Raise, Keep Terrorists at Gitmo

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after voting last night to pass

H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Graves helped draft the bill and push it through committee earlier this month.

“Thousands of Americans risk their lives every day to serve and protect this country. The best way we can show our appreciation is by giving them everything they need to do their jobs,” Rep. Graves said. “But we also have a responsibility to look after their families the same way our troops look after us. I’m grateful that this bill invests in cutting-edge equipment and modernized training systems, but I’m most proud that it includes a fully-funded, fully-offset raise for every single American soldier.”

For three straight years, President Obama has denied service members the pay raise that they not only deserve, but are legally entitled to receive. The bill the House passed last tonight reverses widespread cuts and divestments the military has faced under the Obama Administration. H.R. 4909 preserves active duty Army numbers at 480,000, while adding 3,000 Marines and 4,000 Airmen in FY17.

The bill also addressed the troubling and highly publicized shortfalls in our troops’ ability to execute missions. The situation has gotten so bad that Air Force pilots have been force to go to museums in order to find discontinued spare parts.

Lastly, it continues to block the Obama administration from closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and transferring terrorists to American prisons.

 

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Graves Honored by the Global Business Travel Association

2016/05/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Graves was today honored by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) for his work in Congress supporting American business. Graves is the inaugural recipient of the GBTA Navigator Award, created to honor Senators and Representatives who have been strong champions for business travelers and the business travel industry.

“GBTA is pleased to recognize Representative Graves as a champion of business travel,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO. “GBTA especially appreciates his efforts to put an end to discriminatory taxes on rental cars, which often put an undue burden on business travelers and rarely are reinvested in the travel industry.”

GBTA is a business travel association with over 8,000 members, managing more than $345 billion of global business travel and meeting expenditures each year.

“We’re forced to pay taxes for just about everything we need in our lives,” Rep. Graves said. “The least we can expect in return is that our money is invested somewhere meaningful. But when American travelers are asked to fund local projects that have no benefit or relevance to them, it deters growth and hurts businesses across the country. I’m humbled to be recognized by the Global Business Travel Association, and look forward to continue working with my colleagues to promote policies that help businesses and encourage travel.”

This is the first time the GBTA has given out its Navigator Award, and only 11 Senators and Representatives were chosen as recipients this year. 

 

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Sam Graves Issues Statement on Obamacare Court Rulings

2016/05/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today issued the following statement after a federal judge found President Obama broke the law by handing out subsidies to fund Obamacare. The judge ruled the White House was illegally spending money that was not appropriated by Congress, as increased healthcare costs brought on by Obamacare left many Americans unable to afford coverage without government subsidies.

“Obamacare has been a never-ending string of lies, broken promises, and increased costs for middle class families,” Rep. Graves said. “Today’s ruling confirms what we already knew - the Obama Administration did not have the authority to hand out subsidies that people need to pay for Obamacare’s expensive premiums. This law is a disaster now just like it was a disaster 6 years ago, and we need to start over with something that can survive without gimmicks or illegal government handouts.”

 

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What's More Important in America Right Now?

2016/05/09

Last Wednesday, we celebrated national Teacher Appreciation Day.

Almost everyone has had a teacher leave a lasting impact on their life. And yet teachers are tremendously underappreciated in this country. That's a disgrace.

If teacher pay had risen in proportion to per-pupil spending since 1970, the average teacher would make more than $120,000 today. And studies have shown that an exceptional, high-performing teacher can impart a year and a half's worth of learning to a student in just one year. 

There is no magic fix to our nation’s education system, to finding a way to give every single kid in America the opportunity to become happy, productive and self-sufficient adults. But the best place to start is by reducing red tape and getting the federal government out of our schools.

The problem is that our education dollars are not going where they'd be most useful. This bureaucracy is what keeps teacher pay stagnant while education spending skyrockets.

It also helps force nearly half of all public school teachers out of the profession within five years.

I recently introduced a resolution honoring Teacher Appreciation Week in the Capitol, but we have to do much more from Washington to support our schools.

Late last year, the House passed a law to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act, which gives more control back to local governments.

In fact, the Wall Street Journal called it the “largest devolution of federal control” in 25 years. The law replaces No Child Left Behind, gives authority back to local school districts, and prevents the White House from forcing states to adopt Common Core standards. I’d say the Wall Street Journal was on to something.

This law will return decision-making to administrators, school districts and local governments, while limiting the influence of bureaucrats in Washington. It represents a shift back to the way things should be run, but there's still a long way to go. The national attitude on teachers and the importance of education has to change before we can really fix the problem. And it has to happen soon. 

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Sam Graves Honors America's Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week

2016/05/05

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves helped the country celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day from the U.S. Capitol this week. Congressman Graves recently wrote and introduced H.Res. 704, a resolution honoring Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs from May 2 to May 6.

“Almost everyone has had a teacher leave a lasting impact on their life,” Rep. Graves said. “So many teachers in this country work tirelessly to educate our kids and prepare them to be happy, productive and successful citizens, but many are asked to do even more. We remember that especially during Teacher Appreciation Week, but it’s something we have to really value every other day of the year too.” 

 

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Sam Graves Issues Statement as Next Phase of Champ Clark Bridge Project Announced

2016/04/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Missouri Department of Transportation announced today that the Environmental Assessment for the Champ Clark Bridge is complete. The move brings us one step closer to beginning construction for the replacement of Champ Clark Bridge.

“People from both sides of the Mississippi have been working for years to get Champ Clark Bridge replaced,” Rep. Graves said. “As one of only three bridges connecting Missouri and Illinois north of St. Louis, it is critical that we secure a safe and reliable alternative to the current bridge as soon as possible. I am pleased to see us get one step closer to that goal today, and I commend everyone involved for their persistence in making it happen.

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Sam Graves Issues Statement on City Council Hearing on the Future of KCI

2016/04/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the KC City Council today was presented with an official proposal for rebuilding Kansas City International Airport. Kansas City voters could be asked to weigh in on the proposal to replace KCI with a $1.25 billion, single-terminal airport at the ballot box as early as this August.

“Same story, different day. The KC City Council insists on pushing a plan that will ruin everything people like about KCI,” Rep. Graves said. “Distances to gates would double, the convenience of the current security process would be gone, and passengers would be on the hook for price increases if ambitious estimates for growth at KCI do not materialize. All in all, today’s proposal amounts to an expensive, complicated plan that I still cannot support.”

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2016-04-27 17:47:16


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Lip Service but Little Else: Failure of the Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit

2016-03-22 15:36:30


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Contact Information

1415 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7041
Fax 202-225-8221
graves.house.gov/

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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Ann Wagner

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