Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Sam Graves Statement on the Announcement of a Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri

2014/10/31

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves released the following statement on the announcement of a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Missouri.  The Declaration was requested by Rep. Graves and others for the citizens of Missouri that were affected by severe storms including tornadoes and flooding in September.    “Following the September storms that affected many of our fellow Missourians, I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to issue a federal major disaster declaration for these areas,” Rep. Graves said.  “These storms destroyed homes, businesses, and vital infrastructure.  The devastation left in its wake is still being dealt with by the residents that live there,” he continued. “I am glad to report that the Major Disaster Declaration has been made, which will allow for necessary federal dollars to be used in rebuilding our communities.”       ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement On Protecting 6th District Municipalities From Undue Costs

2014/10/28

Sam Graves Statement On Protecting 6th District Municipalities From Undue Costs  WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves,  House Small Business Committee Chairman, made the following statement after sending a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, regarding the length of the permit cycle for water and wastewater plants, under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.  Local governments are required to apply to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for permits every five years as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, but generally finance the cost of these permits with bonds over a 20 year period or longer. This means that at any given time, municipalities may be paying off loans for four or more permits, at great cost to taxpayers.  “As I traveled Missouri’s 6th District recently, it was brought to my attention by more than a few of our local officials and municipal workers, that the EPA’s water and wastewater permitting process is placing great financial stress on the utility customers of these areas,” Rep. Graves said.   “The EPA’s current system requires that municipalities apply for permits every five years.  However, to pay for the cost of these permits, local governments often use loans that are financed over a 20 year period.  By having a permitting process in place that does not match the financing for them, residents of these areas face higher costs,” Graves continued.  “I have asked Administrator McCarthy to reevaluate the timing of these permits, so that they are brought in line with the reality of financial obligations that municipalities in the 6th District and across the country are facing.  Allowing for a 20 year permitting cycle prevents cities like Saint Joseph and Hannibal, from being burdened by insurmountable debt as they do the important work of improving our water quality.”    ### Read More

The Time for A Balanced Budget Amendment Is Now

2014/10/27

In a 1982 speech, Ronald Reagan said, “We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”  That was more than three decades ago, and unfortunately, it’s still the case.  In Washington, basic budgeting is all too often ignored in order to leave the tough decisions for future generations to solve.  This is unacceptable. A budget is a fiscal blueprint for the future.  It is an outline of one’s priorities based on the resources available to them.  Families all across America routinely sit down at the kitchen table, look at the money coming in, money that needs to be paid out, and then make the difficult decisions needed to balance their budget.  There is no reason why Washington shouldn’t be expected to do the same.  That is why I support a constitutional amendment that would require the federal government to balance its budget.  In this day and age of out-of-control government spending, we need a stronger mechanism to force fiscal accountability from our elected officials.  With annual deficits between half a trillion and a trillion dollars, we must take action to rein in the growth in federal spending and pay down the debt.  A constitutional amendment would do just that. As the national debt nears $18 trillion dollars, it is far past time to address the out of control spending in Washington.  I will continue to take the fight to big-government liberals in Washington so that we can reduce the national debt, and keep politician’s hands out of your pockets once and for all.   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

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Graves Mobile Office Hours

2014/10/22

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 October Mobile Office schedule for Clay County is as follows: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Lawson City Hall 103 S Pennsylvania Avenue Lawson, MO 64062 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Excelsior Chamber of Commerce 461 S Thompson Avenue Excelsior Springs, MO 64024  1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Kearney City Hall 100 E Washington Street Kearney, MO 64060 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Smithville City Hall 107 W Main Street Smithville, MO 64089 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Mid-Continent Public Library: Program Room 1000 Kent Street Liberty, MO 64068 ### Read More

Obama’s War on Affordable Energy

2014/10/20

Missouri has a long and proud history of producing coal.  In fact, the Show Me state was the first state West of the Mississippi to produce coal for commercial use.  When it comes to the generation of electricity in the United States, about half of that power is provided by coal. The coal industry is booming and the United States is one of the world’s largest exporters of coal.  According to the Energy Information Administration, there is enough coal to last for the next 200 years. Most of that coal, however, is headed to Asia.  American demand for coal has been slowed down by costly regulations from the federal government.  Missouri sits on large reserves of coal, which is a cheap and abundant source of energy. The current administration has said they want to make building a coal plant so expensive that it will bankrupt the company.  Recently, President Obama and the EPA announced that they will seek to force a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions on coal power plants by 2030.  With a flurry of new regulations, they are moving toward that goal. I believe we need to be pursuing an all-the-above strategy regarding energy.  Coal is a part of the solution, along with natural gas, renewable fuels, nuclear, conservation and increased oil exploration.  Instead of trying to bankrupt energy companies, we need to embrace all of the options. When it comes to easing our energy crunch, there are no easy gimmicks.  We must continue to increase the amount of American energy by using our own natural resources.   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

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Graves Mobile Office Hours

2014/10/20

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 October 2014 is as follows:   MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 Macon County 9:30 AM County Courthouse 101 E. Washington Street Macon, MO 63552   TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 Sullivan County 9:00 AM County Courthouse 109 N. Main Street, #20 Milan, MO 63556   Putnam County 11:00 AM PC Café and Resource Center 116 S. 17th Street Unionville, MO 63565   Schuyler County 1:30 PM City Hall 109 W. Washington Street Lancaster, MO 63548   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 Linn County 8:00 AM City Hall 116 N Main Street Marceline, MO 64658   Chariton County 11:00 AM City Hall 115 W Broadway Street Brunswick, MO 65236   Carroll County 2:00 PM Public Library 1 N. Folger Street Carrollton, MO 64633       ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement Following Small Business Listening Session

2014/10/16

Sam Graves Statement Following Small Business Listening Session    WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves,  House Small Business Committee Chairman, made the following statement after holding a small business listening session at Miller’s Custom Cabinets in Excelsior Springs, MO.  This was another in a series of meetings that Rep. Graves has held with small business owners and their employees across the 6th District.    “I would like to thank everyone at Miller’s Custom Cabinets for participating in our small business listening session,” Rep. Graves said.  “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating 7 out of every 10 new jobs,” he continued. “I have always said, government doesn’t create jobs.  What government can do is enact policies that set the table for economic growth and provide certainty to small businesses like Miller’s Custom Cabinets.  Whether it is addressing rising energy costs, simplifying the tax code, or removing burdensome regulations – we must implement common sense solutions that allow small businesses to grow and create jobs.”       ### Read More

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Sam Graves to Hold Small Business Listening Session

2014/10/14

Sam Graves to Hold Small Business Listening Session   WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves will be holding a small business listening session at Miller’s Custom Cabinets in Excelsior Springs, MO.  This is another in a series of meetings that Rep. Graves has held with small business owners and their employees across the 6th District.  Graves will be discussing his efforts to protect small businesses by reducing crushing regulations, simplifying the tax code, and enacting policies that give certainty to businesses allowing them to expand and create jobs.  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.   Wednesday, October 15 Clay County What: Small Business Listening Session When: Wednesday, October 15, 2:30PM – 3:30PM Where: Miller’s Custom Cabinets, 1403 N Jesse James Rd, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024   ### Read More

More Bad News from Obamacare

2014/10/13

Famed economist Milton Friedman once said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.”  What we have today, is a federal government that has put itself in charge of our healthcare system through Obamacare.  The effects of this law are just now starting to be felt and it is sure to get worse.  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.  The shortage of full-time hours and jobs due to costly and confusing regulations being forced on small businesses is unacceptable.  Our economy relies greatly on small businesses, which are responsible for creating 7 out of every 10 jobs. The complex rules and regulations resulting from the President’s healthcare law will only stifle that job growth. Recently, the IRS released a number of new forms and instructions that small businesses must fill out in order to comply with Obamacare.  These forms are lengthy, confusing, and very costly to small businesses.  Ultimately, these forms will result in small business owners spending more money on attorneys and tax preparers – and less money investing in new jobs and expanding their business. It’s no coincidence that during Obama’s presidency the industries that have seen the largest growth are those dealing directly with taxes and regulations.  I have written IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and made him aware of the concerns I hear repeatedly from small businesses in the 6th District and across the country.  I look forward to his response and ensuring that this matter is resolved.  I remain committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, but until then I will continue to look for ways to give small businesses and all hardworking Americans some much needed relief from this disastrous law.   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

A Flawed Economic Policy

2014/10/06

President Ronald Reagan summed up the federal government’s flawed idea of an economic policy best when he said, “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  That is exactly what we are seeing today.  We have a tax code that is unworkable and an endless stream of unnecessary regulations coming out of bureaucracies in Washington.  There is no better example of over-regulation and job killing policies than what we see from the EPA.  The EPA released a rule that would dramatically expand its authority to regulate ponds, ditches, and gullies released under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  This unprecedented move employs illogical and confusing terms to expand the size and scope of the EPA’s authority on private lands.  This power grab will lead to fewer jobs, higher costs, more permitting, and more delay and disruption for property owners.  Any industry that relies on land use, such as farming and home building, will fall victim to the mandates of Washington bureaucrats.  These concerns were reinforced by the Small Business Administration recently when they said it will have a “direct and potentially costly impact on small businesses.” That is why I introduced the Stop the EPA Act. My bill allows Congress to be a roadblock for any of their senseless regulations.  When it comes down to it, you elected me to represent you – not the EPA – and I want to 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

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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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