Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Graves named to National Defense Authorization Act Conference Committee

2017/10/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced today that he has selected Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) to serve on the National Defense Authorization Act Conference Committee that is tasked with working out differences between the House and Senate versions of National Defense legislation. 

Graves released the following statement:

“Providing the resources for a strong military is a critical responsibility of the federal government and it’s always been a top priority of mine in Congress.  I’m happy to continue the good work we have done in the House that strengthens our military and ensures our troops get the treatment, equipment, and pay they deserve,” Graves said.

“Additionally, I’ll be in a unique position to see that my request to secure further modernization of the Air National Guard’s C-130H fleet stays in the final bill.  The C-130H is such an important aircraft to our military, and serves as a force multiplier to active duty, reserve and guard units across the world. It is often on the front lines of combat, protecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and it also serves vital global humanitarian purposes as seen most recently in the 139th Airlift Wing’s response to the hurricanes that ripped through Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.”

The Conference Committee is expected to convene until a final conference report is produced and voted on in each chamber, then signed into law by the President.

Background:

Congressman Graves serves as a member of the Armed Services Committee which covers all operations within the Department of Defense including those at the 139th Airlift Wing.  On July 14th, the House passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, by a vote of 344-81.

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The War on Coal is Over

2017/10/11

In 2008, then Presidential candidate Obama declared war on coal, stating that his regulations would "bankrupt the coal industry." As President, he did exactly as promised.  

Excessive, burdensome regulations came pouring out of the Environmental Protection Agency and when it came to coal-fired power plants, the final blow was called the "Clean Power Plan."

The "Clean Power Plan" was implemented by President Obama in 2015 requiring coal-fired power plants to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The benchmarks were so drastic that it would have shut many coal burning power plants down, drastically increasing rates, and hampering our economy for years to come.

While some coastal elites felt it was noble to enact more stringent regulations on power generators, the reality was that the "Clean Power Plan" placed the crushing weight of regulation squarely on the backs of those who use electricity - you and I.

Because of this, I and many of my colleagues in Congress came together to pass a bill disapproving of the "Clean Power Plan." Not surprisingly, President Obama vetoed it.

Thankfully, implementation of the Clean Power Plan was halted by the Supreme Court in 2016 and has been on hold since that time.

Earlier this year, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt paid a visit to Missouri's Thomas Hill Energy Center, a low sulfur coal-fired power plant that is responsible for providing energy for many of our electric co-ops in North Missouri. That particular plant has already been doing its part to reduce emissions. While there, Pruitt declared on behalf of the Trump Administration that "the war on coal is over!"

Yesterday, after significant review, Administrator Pruitt made good on that promise by announcing that President Trump's EPA is proposing to repeal the "Clean Power Plan" rule.

This is yet another step in undoing the harm done during the last Administration and ensuring we have a thriving economy moving forward.

As a farmer, and representative of a largely agricultural district, I understand that we must be good stewards of the land. However, we cannot stand for politicians who overstep their authority by regulating industries vital to rural Missouri out of existence. 

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves                                    

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Graves chairs hearing on "Building a 21st Century Infrastructure"

2017/10/11

ABOVE: Mr. McCarty, Congressman Graves, and Director McKenna.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sam Graves led a hearing of the House Sub-Committee on Highways and Transit focused on “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Highways and Transit Stakeholders’ Perspectives.” The hearing was designed to get stakeholder input on what the current and future highways and transit needs are around the country and what can be done to make sure the Highway Trust Fund is sustainable so those needs can be met.

"A modern infrastructure means a strong America – an America that competes globally while supporting local and regional economic development, and creates jobs. Funding certainty is vital to planning and building infrastructure for the 21st Century," said Graves.

"Today's hearing was instructive, both in the innovative ideas being implemented around the country and the need to sustainably fund the Highway Trust Fund.  Enacting a long-term solution for the Highway Trust Fund is a critical component to ensuring that we can address our infrastructure needs both in rural and urban communities.

Multiple stakeholders from Missouri testified including Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna who testified on behalf of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

"I want to thank Congressman Graves, for the opportunity to provide the Missouri and all State DOT perspective on transportation investment needs. His Sub Committee will play a vital role building a 21st century infrastructure system in America and it is an honor to represent the Missouri Department of Transportation and AASHTO at the hearing," said Director McKenna.

McKenna noted that any new infrastructure plan should focus on the needs of rural areas. He also said that the Highway Trust Fund must be secured through long term sustainable revenue solutions.

Associated Industries of Missouri President and CEO Ray McCarty also testified on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers.

"Manufacturers believe federal leadership and funding are needed to address bottlenecks in both rural and metropolitan areas that will improve the system-wide movement of freight throughout this country. Addressing the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund should be a pillar of a 21st Century Infrastructure Proposal," said McCarty.

McCarty went on to call for a reliable, user-based long term funding stream and noted that manufacturers rely on transit systems in rural Missouri just as much as they do in metropolitan areas.

Others testifying included representatives of the North America's Building Trades Unions, the Transportation Construction Coalition and Sound Transit.

You can watch the entire hearing here.

Watch Congressman Graves opening statement here.

Watch MODOT Director Patrick McKenna's testimony here.

Watch Associated Industries Executive Director Ray McCarty testimony here.

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Graves Votes to Balance Budget

2017/10/05

WASHINGTON, D.C. – US Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Building a Better America budget - H. Con. Res. 71- which passed the House today and sets the federal budget for fiscal year 2018. The budget achieves important savings and reforms over the next 10 years. 

“North Missourians know how to live within their means; the federal government should be no different.  Spending money we do not have is simply irresponsible.  Today’s budget vote, which I supported, balances the budget within 10 years by cutting spending, reforming government, and growing the economy.  Additionally, this vote strengthens our national defense, tightens border security, and increases accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs – important measures to further support our military, citizens, and veterans.  Finally, this budget sets up the process for tax reform which, among other things, will reduce tax rates and simplify the tax code, ultimately putting more money in your pocket.” 

The Building a Better America budget (H. Con. Res. 71) will reduce the deficit by $6.5 trillion over 10 years and produce a $9 billion by fiscal year 2027. The budget sets discretionary spending at $1.132 trillion for fiscal year 2018. The budget also gives reconciliation instructions to 11 House Committees to achieve at least $203 billion in mandatory savings and reforms. Additionally, the budget aims to reduce improper government payments by $700 billion.

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Protecting the Unborn

2017/10/05

Earlier this year, I became a grandfather for the first time. What a joy and blessing that has been. Holding my new grandson, just as I did my own kids several years ago, reminds me of what a precious gift life truly is.

Unfortunately, not all folks recognize the value of life, and that is why I’m taking every step I can to protect it.

We know that babies in the womb feel intense pain after 20 weeks. Research from Doctors, court testimony from experts, even the Defense Attorney in the case of gruesome abortionist Kermit Gosnell - say a 20 week old baby in the womb can feel intense pain. In spite of what we know, we continue to allow abortions to occur past that 20 week mark. This puts America in the same category with China and North Korea as one of only 7 countries that allows this horror.

That's why I was proud to vote this week for Micah's Law - or the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act (H.R. 36) - and I'm pleased to say that it passed the House! This important law makes it illegal to perform an abortion - except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother -  after that important 20 week mark when a baby in the womb can feel intense pain.

The law is named after Micah Pickering who was born prematurely at 20 weeks. He received excellent medical care and is now a thriving healthy 5 year old! Can you imagine if his parents hadn't chosen life?

It is estimated that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act will save 2750 lives every year, possibly even more. It doesn't just save lives though; it keeps those unborn children from suffering an agonizing death. We don't allow a baby outside the womb to be tortured so why should it be any different for a baby still in the womb?

For years, pro-life legislators, myself included, have committed to taking every opportunity to protect the unborn. With a supportive President, this is the best chance we've had in years to do just that. The House has done its part; the Senate must now do theirs. Together, we can ensure that the right to life is more protected than it has been in a very long time. 

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Graves applauds Transportation Grant for Missouri

2017/10/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after being notified that Missouri will receive a $2,772,500 grant to study alternative funding mechanisms to maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

“I have long viewed infrastructure investments as vital to Missouri’s economy. We are the crossroads of America. Unfortunately, our roads, bridges, airports, and waterways are in desperate need of upgrade and repair," Graves said.

"I was proud to write a modern infrastructure bill in 2015 that, among other things, would bring much needed money back to Missouri to help address these shortcomings.  This grant will help put Missouri at the forefront of studying ways to improve our transportation funding and ensure we have the resources needed to make these much needed repairs in the future."

Graves is a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

Background:

The FAST Act established the Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives Program to provide grants to States or groups of States to demonstrate user-based alternative revenue mechanisms that utilize a user fee structure to maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. The Missouri Department of Transportation received $250,000 during last year's round of funding. 

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Respecting our Flag

2017/09/25

As I travel North Missouri, I catch a glimpse of the American flag almost everywhere I go. It's not just at government buildings; it's prominently displayed at many homes, farms and businesses. It's a constant reminder that we live in the greatest country on earth.

One overly large flag was on display during an important battle in our nation's history and inspired a song we sing to this day.

During the War of 1812, British forces unleashed a brutal attack on Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore. The Generals at the Fort had requested to fly what was then the largest American battle flag ever flown. Francis Scott Key, an American lawyer, was being held on a British ship and watched the battle from afar. Awaking the day after the bombardment, Key saw the large American flag still flying high above the fort. He knew that the battle had been won, inspiring him to pen a poem which we know today as "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Eventually, the United States Navy began using the song and, in 1931, Congress officially recognized it as our National Anthem.

Today, whether at meetings, sporting events, or other events, we stand, face the flag, remove our hats and place our hand over our heart while the National Anthem is played.

It's not just a tradition; we do it out of reverence for our flag, our country and those who have selflessly served or are currently serving our nation.

Our flag is a representation of the valor, perseverance and strength of our nation and the freedoms that we are blessed to enjoy. Those freedoms wouldn't exist without the men and women of our Armed Forces. Showing respect for our flag is showing respect for our family, friends and neighbors who have served or are currently serving. We do well to show them that honor every time we get the opportunity. 

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Congressman Graves Applauds Decision to End DACA

2017/09/05

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the President today announced his decision to end the Obama-era executive amnesty known as DACA. The President called on Congress to replace DACA with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018.

“DACA was passed without the consent of Congress or the will of the American people. We are a nation of laws, and an unconstitutional executive order granting amnesty to illegal immigrants has no place in our legal system,” Rep. Graves said.

“President Obama himself acknowledged that he did not have the power to grant amnesty to entire groups of illegal immigrants before announcing DACA in 2012,” Rep. Graves continued. “I’m glad to see President Trump make the decision to end DACA today, to stop amnesty and restore the rule of law to our nation’s immigration system. Congress writes laws, not the President, and I look forward to helping shape a bill that addresses the problems caused by executive amnesty and illegal immigration in the coming months.”

 

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Sam Graves Joins the President in Springfield

2017/08/30

SPRINGFIELD, MO – U.S. Representative Sam Graves this afternoon joined President Donald Trump and other members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation in Springfield, Missouri. The President addressed a crowd at the Loren Cook Company in Springfield to discuss Republican plans to simplify the tax code and lower rates for Americans.

“It’s always good to have President Trump in our neck of the woods, especially to talk about something as important as tax reform,” Rep. Graves said. “Our tax code is up to 2.4 million words. That’s astounding – three times as long as the King James bible. Tax simplification will help businesses create jobs and grow this economy, rather than spending hours complying with the tax code or having their decisions distorted by it.

“But most importantly, it will give all Missourians a raise, letting people and families keep more of their money rather than sending it to Washington,” Rep, Graves concluded. “We desperately need tax reform, and now is the time to get it done.”

The President began promoting his proposals for tax reform today in Springfield, the birthplace of Route 66 – the “Main Street of America.” He’ll hold events around the country this fall to promote a tax code overhaul as Congress begins the process of passing comprehensive tax reform when it returns to Washington next week.

 

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Three Times Longer than the Bible

2017/08/21

America’s tax code is now more than 2.4 million words long. To put that into perspective, the King James Bible is roughly 783,137 words – or less than one third as long as our tax code.

When the House returns to Washington in September, we will begin the process of passing comprehensive tax reform.

In just a few words, what that means for Missourians is lower taxes and a simpler filing process.

A streamlined process and lower rates for individuals and businesses means more time spent growing the economy and more money in the pockets of everyday Americans.

Need proof? A few recent studies have shown that Americans spend $99 billion each year complying with income tax requirements. That’s really outrageous. And it’s got to change.

At the end of the day, I'm a firm believer that the American people should decide how to spend their money – not the federal government. And federal regulations also shouldn’t be allowed to distract our focus away from growth and prosperity

Right now, with both Congress and the White House controlled by Republicans, we have a chance to pass the first comprehensive tax reform in 31 years.

What that means is pro-growth tax reform that will grow jobs and paychecks, make the tax code flatter and fairer for all Americans, and help middle-class families – not Washington special interests.

But again, the first priority here is simplification. And as a proponent of the Fair Tax system for years now, I’ve always felt that this is the most important part of any tax reform discussions. Simplification will continue to be my priority during discussions on tax reform, but with the opportunity to do something about as rare as a solar eclipse, I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to pass commonsense, comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform. 

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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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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