Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Sam Graves Votes to Lower Energy Costs and Create More American Jobs

2014/09/18

Sam Graves Votes to Lower Energy Costs and Create More American Jobs   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06), House Small Business Committee Chairman, released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act and H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act.  Since earning the majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans have pursued policies to take advantage of United States’ energy resources and to improve conditions necessary for economic growth by providing certainty to small businesses. They have passed dozens of bills to expand safe and responsible energy production, ensure all Americans have access to affordable and reliable electricity, and promote efficient new technologies.  “The people of Missouri’s 6th District are feeling the effects of this Administration’s failed economic policies and continued war on energy,” said Rep. Graves.  “Instead of being held captive by unstable and often hostile nations, the U.S. should take advantage of our resources here at home,” he continued.  “Right now, an overbearing federal government is making energy more expensive and stifling economic growth.  Whether it is to address rising energy costs or an economy that continues to be burdened by regulations, common sense solutions are needed to ease the squeeze on middle class Missourians and that is exactly what we did by passing these bills.  I call on Harry Reid and the Senate to quickly do the same so the President can sign them into law and give hardworking Americans some much needed relief.”     ### Read More

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Graves Mobile Office Hours

2014/09/17

Graves Mobile Office Hours   WASHINGTON – A member of U.S. Congressman Sam Graves’ staff is holding Mobile Office stops.  Graves’ Mobile Office will tour the district giving constituents the opportunity to speak with a member of his staff.  “I have always believed you learn more by listening than talking.  My priority in Congress is constituent service and the Mobile Office is an additional opportunity for me to stay in contact with the people of the Sixth District.  I encourage everyone to come by these informal sessions to discuss their views or receive assistance with federal agencies,” said Graves.  The Mobile Office provides regular contact for communities and individuals who have a question or problem with federal government agencies. The Mobile Office schedule for September 2014 is as follows: Friday, September 26 Milan City Hall, Milan, MO – 9:00 AM Unionville City Hall, Unionville, MO – 11:00 AM Schuyler County Courthouse, Lancaster, MO – 2:00 PM Monday, September 29 Brookfield City Hall, Brookfield, MO – 8:00 AM Chariton County Courthouse, Keytesville, MO – 11:00 AM Carrollton City Hall, Carrollton, MO – 1:30 PM Tuesday, September 30 Macon City Hall, Macon, MO – 2:00 PM   ### Read More

Broken Promises, Real Consequences

2014/09/15

Growing up in a small north Missouri town like Tarkio, we learned from an early age the importance of doing what you say you will do and always keeping your word.  Unfortunately for millions of Americans, President Obama has fallen short on keeping his word.  We all remember President Obama’s promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”  This has turned out to be yet another in a long line of empty promises at best and an outright falsehood at worst.  Obamacare has become nothing more than a series of delays and broken promises.  Since its passage, without a single Republican vote in the House or Senate, Obamacare has proven harmful to all – from small businesses to family farmers to individuals. It threatens middle-class jobs and it hurts our economy. But now, despite what the president repeatedly promised, millions of Americans are losing their health plans because they don’t comply with Obamacare. Recently, it has been projected that roughly 50 million hardworking Americans could face cancellations or disruptions to their care.  This is simply unacceptable.   I am proud to say the House of Representatives took action to ensure that the promise of access to a quality health care plan of your choosing is kept, and passed the Keep Your Health Plan Act. At the end of the day, this is just another reason why the ill-conceived and unworkable law must be repealed. If President Obama and Democrats in Congress were serious about keeping their promise to the American people, they would join with us to address these issues immediately. Sincerely, [[{"fid":"343","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Sam Graves","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Sam Graves","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Sam Graves Read More

Sam Graves Votes to Protect 6th District Missourians Access to Quality Health Plans

2014/09/11

Sam Graves Votes to Protect 6th District Missourians Access to Quality Health Plans   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06), House Small Business Committee Chairman, released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3522, the Employee Healthcare Protection Act, to ensure that 6th District Missourians can keep the health plan of their choice. “We all remember President Obama’s promise that if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.  Unfortunately for the American people, this has turned out to be yet another in a long line of empty promises at best,” said Rep. Graves.  “Obamacare has become nothing more than a series of delays and broken promises.  Recently, it has been projected that roughly 50 million hardworking Americans could face cancellations or disruptions to their care.  This is unacceptable and I am glad that the House of Representatives took action today to ensure that the promise of access to a quality health care plan of your choosing is kept,” Rep. Graves Continued. “At the end of the day, this is yet another reason why the ill-conceived and unworkable law must be repealed. If President Obama and Democrats in Congress were serious about keeping their promise to the American people, they would join with us to address these issues immediately.”    Background In a statement before the American Medical Association, the President stated “we will keep this promise to the American people: if you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”  Yet, last fall, millions of Americans all across the nation had their health care plans cancelled despite repeated promises from the president and others that if they liked their plan, Americans would be able to keep it.  While the cancellations last fall impacted primarily those in the individual market, the employer-sponsored market is not insulated from the Affordable Care Act.  Starting this fall, millions of Americans who have employer-sponsored health care insurance are expected to lose their current coverage. Insurance experts before the Energy and Commerce Committee testified that approximately 50 million American workers with fully-insured health coverage could face plan cancellations or disruptions due to Affordable Care Act requirements. H.R. 3522 would allow those individuals to keep their current plans. Actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have also estimated that approximately 65% of small businesses face a premium increase under the Affordable Care Act. In addition to  preserving these health care plans for those enrolled in non-ACA compliant plans, H.R. 3522 would also allow other small businesses and their workers to choose from non-ACA compliant plans offered in 2013. This option would provide relief for workers who stand to see a premium increase based the Administration’s own analysis.   ### Read More

ICYMI: The Hill: Rep. Sam Graves Op-Ed: Small businesses are skeptical of the EPA’s ‘trust us’ message

2014/09/10

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT   Small businesses are skeptical of the EPA’s ‘trust us’ message September 9, 2014 Rep. Sam Graves The Hill http://tinyurl.com/prpkrnn The Environmental Protection Agency is in full Washington-style spin mode, complete with a hashtag campaign, to deny the serious objections raised by farmers and small businesses about the latest EPA power grab – a revision of the “Waters of the United States” rule within the Clean Water Act that expands the reach of government at the expense of small businesses. Unfortunately, the EPA has a credibility problem, and a series of public relations tweets won’t erase it. The agency has a long track record of overreach, and farmers and small business owners are rightly concerned. In this case, the EPA’s arguments boil down to “trust us.” The agency tells us, don’t worry; they mostly won’t bother about small streams and ponds and ditches, despite the rule’s open-ended wording. This assurance rings hollow from an administration that has produced record levels of red tape. It also doesn’t match up with a common-sense reading of how their proposed rule could be abused by bureaucrats. When it comes to trusting the EPA, no thanks – we’d like those protections in writing, clearly understood and legally binding. As Missouri homebuilder Tom Woods testified before the Small Business Committee, “I am a businessman. I need to know the rules. I can’t play a guessing game of ‘is it federally jurisdictional?’ But that’s just what this proposal would force me to do.  Builders would face new, costly delays just waiting for the agencies to determine if a road ditch is a ‘Water of the United States.’ The only winners are the lawyers, as this rule will certainly lead to increased litigation.” Alan Parks of the Memphis Stone and Gravel Company also testified that “The proposed rule has no clear line on what is ‘in’ and what is ‘out,’ making it very difficult for our industry and other businesses to plan new projects and make hiring decisions. If it is determined development of a site will take too long or cost too much in permitting or mitigation, we won’t move forward. That means a whole host of economic activity in a community will not occur – all of this in the name of protecting a ditch or farm pond.” The EPA cannot credibly argue that the rule is not an expansion. It simply is. The rule’s vagueness and broadness opens the door to bureaucratic intervention in countless ways. Regardless of the EPA’s statements or even the agency’s current plans, the fact is there’s nothing in the rule they’ve crafted that would prevent bureaucratic interventions that impose new costs, delays, obstructions and permits. Jack Field, a rancher from Yakima, Washington, testified that “I can tell you that after reading the proposal rule it has the potential to impact every aspect of my operation and others like it by dictating land use activities in Washington state from 2,687 miles away… If the agencies’ goal was actually to provide clarity than they have missed the mark completely, making the status quo worse, not better.” I’ve urged the EPA and Corps of Engineers to withdraw this rule and comply fully with Regulatory Flexibility Act obligations that Congress put in place to protect small businesses. That would cause the EPA to be more transparent about their actions and more inclusive of the small business community.  But, the reality is that the EPA is a bigger problem than just one rule. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation requiring the EPA to review all regulations before proposing any more, and requiring the approval of Congress on rules that are expensive. Small businesses are not interested in the EPA’s promises to behave with the new power they’ve claimed. Instead, let’s put our trust in the small business owners, farmers and ranchers who have every reason to protect and care for the resources on their property and who are best positioned to do so without the government’s micromanagement. This time the EPA must be stopped. Graves has represented Missouri's 6th Congressional District since 2001. He is chairman of the Small Business Committee and sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.   ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement on Vote to Protect 6th District Missourians from Overreaching Federal Agency

2014/09/09

Sam Graves Statement on Vote to Protect 6th District Missourians from Overreaching Federal Agency WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06), House Small Business Committee Chairman, released the following statement after voting to protect the American people from an overreaching EPA water rule. “The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment.  With overreaching and unnecessary rules like the Waters of the U.S., the EPA has clearly ventured well beyond this mission.  Its recent rulemakings are an unprecedented power grab that are infringing on the rights of both the individual and small businesses,” said Rep. Graves.  “Rules, such as the Waters of the U.S. and countless others, have real and direct consequences.  The American public deserves to have a complete picture of the costs and benefits of these rules.” “I am glad that the House has taken action to stop this harmful rule, but we must have the same check and balance on all rules being forced upon the people of Missouri’s 6th District.  That is why we must pass my bill, the Stop the EPA Act, without delay.”   Background Today’s vote is yet another in a long line of actions taken by Rep. Graves to rein in the EPA, bring accountability to the agency, and ensure that the regulations they impose do not harm small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy.  May 19: Tours Platte County Farm, Highlighting EPA’s  Aggressive Rulemaking On May 19, Rep. Graves toured a local farm in Platte County to highlight the attempts by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to undercut property owners through burdensome regulations. “This land grab is an infringement on our property rights, and the consequences will be fewer jobs, more permitting, higher costs, lengthy litigation, and more delay and disruption for property owners.  It’s not just property rights that are at risk like we see in Parkville.  Any industry that relies on land use, such as farming and home building, will fall victim to the mandates of Washington bureaucrats," – Rep. Sam Graves. Full Release HERE   May 29: Holds Hearing On EPA’s Proposed Water Rule On May 29, Rep. Graves, as chair of the Small Business Committee, conducted a hearing on the EPA water rule, which if implemented would greatly expand the EPA’s jurisdiction under the clean water act, giving greater access to private property, and increasing costs on small businesses and family farmers.  Mr. Graves’ common sense position of withdrawing the rule received support from members of both parties. “Administrator McCarthy and the EPA will soon find out that Washington bureaucrats are becoming far too aggressive in attacking our way of life.  My legislation will give the American people a voice in the regulator’s room when the President and the EPA try and go around Congress.” – Rep. Sam Graves Full Release HERE   July 9: Introduces the Stop the EPA Act On July 9, Rep. Graves introduced the Stop the EPA Act, to give the people’s duly elected representatives a say in EPA rulemaking.  “We do not want unelected bureaucrats making our laws.  Stop the EPA Act gives Congress a say in EPA regulations by requiring an up or down vote on any regulation that has an economic impact over $50 million.  Statutory authority is needed for major regulations that have the effect of law.” – Rep. Sam Graves Full Release HERE   ### Read More

Across the 6th District

2014/09/08

During the August district work period, I held a number of townhall meetings to hear from you on the important issues facing our nation.  From St. Joseph to Hannibal, and everywhere in between, the concerns raised were largely the same – the federal government is spending too much, regulating too much, and stifling economic growth. The federal government is too big and spends too much of your hard earned money. President Obama and Liberals in Washington think more taxes are the solution to finance their big government agenda. I have long held the view that the government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.  The House has done its part to rein in the out of control spending by passing targeted legislation that funds our government, while cutting wasteful programs. The Senate, unfortunately, failed to fulfill their duty of responsibly overseeing our nation’s finances, by not passing a single spending measure. There is no clearer example of the federal government overregulating than what we have seen from the EPA.  People across Missouri’s 6thDistrict are being affected by this agency’s liberal agenda, which they are imposing without the consent of your elected representatives in Congress.   During a visit to the Platte-Clay Electric Co-op in Kearney, it was made clear that rising energy costs are a direct result of the EPA’s attack on clean coal energy.  The unnecessary and often duplicative regulations being forced on hardworking Americans by this agency must be stopped, and that is why I have introduced the Stop the EPA Act. We must get our fiscal house in order and serve as a strong check and balance to an overreaching federal government, along with using a little commonsense in the rulemaking process, if we are to get this economy back on track. I look forward to seeing you at our next townhall meeting and hearing from you on these most important issues. Sincerely, [[{"fid":"343","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Sam Graves","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Sam Graves","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Sam Graves Read More

Missourians Understand, Why Can’t Washington?

2014/09/02

During a recent town hall meeting I held at Hannibal-LaGrange University, one thing was very clear: the people of Missouri’s 6th District are rightfully upset by government bureaucrats who are becoming increasingly aggressive in attacking our way of life.  The biggest bully of the bunch, by far, is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA acts as though everything under the sun must be regulated.  First they tried to regulate farm dust and targeted every ditch and pond in our fields.  Now they’re going after carbon emissions from existing coal power plants.  You and I know there are already too many regulations, but the EPA has more coming every day with no end in sight. It’s time to rein in this out-of-control government. That is why I introduced the Stop the EPA Act.  My bill allows Congress to be a roadblock for any of their senseless regulations.  It requires the EPA to take a second look at regulations already on the books, deals with regulations currently coming down the pipe, and prevents further harmful regulations in the future.  The bill also gives Congress, the voice of the people, a say in all EPA regulations by requiring an up or down vote on any regulation that has an economic impact over $50 million. When it comes down to it, you elected me to represent you – not unaccountable bureaucrats at the EPA or any other federal agency.  A government "of the people" only works if the elected officials who are accountable to the voters have a say in the regulatory process.  We must close the flood gates on this Administration’s radical liberal agenda that is harming our way of life. Sincerely, [[{"fid":"343","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Sam Graves","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Sam Graves","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Sam Graves Read More

ICYMI: Maryville Daily Forum: Graves strikes familiar themes at Q&A

2014/08/29

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT   Graves strikes familiar themes at Q&A August 27, 2014 Tony Brown, Maryville Daily Forum http://tinyurl.com/pfdetmk   MARYVILLE, MO. — It’s August, and for members of the U.S. Congress that means it’s time to leave Washington for a few weeks and check in with the folks back home. So it was no surprise when Republican Rep. Sam Graves, whose geographically massive 6th District includes virtually all of Missouri north of Interstate 70, showed up at the Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the Northwest Missouri State University campus Tuesday for a constituent Q&A. About 30 people showed up for the event, during which Graves traveled what, for him, has become very familiar legislative ground. He sharply criticized what he called a “plethora of regulations” being issued by government entities —particularly the Environmental Protection Agency — and said the rules amounted to law enacted by executive decree rather than congressional authority. “It’s the worst kind of law, in my opinion,” said Graves of new Obama administration rules covering everything from carbon emissions at coal-fired plants to wetlands to wood-burning stoves.  “All of these are a real problem,” he said. Graves added that the White House’s eagerness to implement policy without benefit of legislative action is what has led to a lawsuit against President Barack Obama filed by Republican lawmakers who say they are incensed at Obama’s use of executive orders to sidestep a deeply partisan Congress. Regulations issued to improve environmental conditions and wildlife habitat along the Missouri River have always been especially irksome to Graves, a professional farmer from Tarkio. He repeated those concerns in Maryville this week, stating that the “EPA has moved the goal posts too many times.” He also said he was working to promote legislation that would require any regulatory measures imposed by the agency costing more than $50 million to be ratified by Congress. Another proposal, he said, would contain a similar restriction on regulations instituted by any federal agency that cost more than $100 million. Comfortable and smiling before an obviously friendly crowd, Graves responded to a series of questions that more or less boiled down to a single query: What can you do to get the government off our backs and away from our schools, farms and small businesses? It was a concern to which Graves, chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, was more than happy to respond by posing objections to administration policy on issues as varied as school lunch nutrition and the Endangered Species Act. Acknowledging a thank-you from an audience member for his work in securing passage this year of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, usually referred to as WRRDA, Graves said he was pleased that the measure gained bi-partisan support in both houses of Congress. The bill, seen as crucial by many farmers along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, gives a higher priority to such U.S. Army Corps of Engineers missions as flood prevention and navigation. On other fronts, Graves appeared to depart a couple of times, if ever so slightly, from conservative Republican orthodoxy. The most notable instance was in his response to a question from a Northwest Missouri State student reporter about the possibility of legalizing the agricultural production of hemp and marijuana. Graves said he strongly opposed legislation proposing that the U.S. government refrain from enforcing its own drug laws in states where growing hemp or marijuana is legal. But he also said he had no special objection to a congressional debate with regard to existing federal prohibitions against hemp production. On the issue of equipping police departments with military-style weapons and equipment, a practice that has come under scrutiny in the wake of the Ferguson riots, Graves staked out what appeared to be middle ground. He said that police departments have long been able to seek grants to fund the acquisition of military-surplus body armor and other gear, and that the issuance of such equipment to officers is usually appropriate. “But what about a tank?” Graves asked. “In my opinion they probably don’t need that.”   ### However, the congressman added that he wasn’t sure if deciding what kind of equipment local police use on the street is a function of the federal government. He said that if citizens believe officers are too aggressive or military in outlook, they should elect local officials capable of organizing police departments in ways that better serve their communities. Graves in currently serving his seventh two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He will face Democratic challenger Bill Hedge of St. Joseph in the November general election. Read More

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Graves to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Maryville

2014/08/25

* Media Advisory * Graves To Hold Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow   Kansas City, MO – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves will be continuing his listening tour with another in a series of town hall meetings, tomorrow, August 26, in Maryville. Graves will be discussing his recent efforts to protect family farmers and small businesses by reining in the EPA and burdensome rules that the agency has announced.  Topics like immigration, government spending and the economy will also be discussed during the August listening tour. As representative of the people of Missouri’s 6th District, Graves knows the importance of hearing directly from them on the important issues facing north Missourians.  Those interested in attending are asked to please RSVP to Josh.Hurlbert@mail.house.gov or (816) 792-3976. Tuesday, August 26 Maryville What:  Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Sam Graves When:  Tuesday, August 26, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Where: Northwest Missouri State’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), 1402 N. College Drive, Maryville, MO  Read More

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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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