Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Sam Graves Leads Freight-Focused Roundtable Discussion for the House Transportation Committee

2016/09/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today led a roundtable policy discussion focused on the impact of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act on our freight industry. Graves, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, helped pass into law the first long-term Highway Bill in nearly a decade late last year.

“The U.S. economy stops without the freight and trucking industries,” Rep. Graves said. “With three major interstates running through my district in North Missouri, we sit at the crossroad of that major economic engine. But in order to keep up with our nation’s evolving transportation infrastructure network, the industry will need to adapt in order to survive.

“The new Highway Bill included provisions that prioritize modernization and the efficiency of freight movement across all methods of transportation, including a new formula for highway freight projects. I am glad we had a chance to focus on the implementation of these policies at today’s roundtable, and I look forward to continuing that discussion as we progress further in the process.”

A constituent of Rep. Graves, Brad Bowman of Smithfield Foods, was among the list of stakeholders and industry leaders invited to participate in the panel. Specifically, the group provided feedback on the impact of the new freight provisions in the FAST Act, as well as the trends in freight distribution on infrastructure needs and freight flows.

The movement of freight and related industries are significant contributors to the U.S. economy.  Trucks carry about 70 percent of all freight tonnage, and the Federal Highway Administration estimates that nearly 25 percent of all traffic on interstate highways will be from trucks by 2040. Without an increase in traffic capacity, this poses a serious threat to safety and congestion on America’s roads.  

 

 

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Stopping Obama's Refugee Plan

2016/09/19

Over the past year, we’ve seen all the dangerous unintended consequences of out of control refugee programs in Europe. We can’t let the same thing happen here.

Unfortunately, the White House announced last week that it’s pushing to significantly increase the number of refugees brought to the U.S. in 2017.

The White House’s plan would increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States from 85,000 in 2016 to 110,000 in 2017. This represents a 57% rise in refugee arrivals in the United States over the past few years, and could place an undue burden on local communities and national security officials across the country.

I refuse to allow this administration to jeopardize the safety of Americans everywhere by passing along a potential refugee crisis to the next President. That’s why I wrote and introduced a bill that will block funding for the White House’s newest refugee proposal. 

H.R. 6044 withholds the money Obama needs to implement this plan or any other refugee increase extending into the next Presidential administration.

The administration has failed to develop an appropriate vetting process to protect the American people. It’s unfortunate that extremists have used situations in Syria and across the Middle East to breed a new generation of terrorists, but we cannot let people into the U.S. without guaranteeing they pose no threat to our security.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Authors Bill Blocking Obama Refugee Plan

2016/09/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced legislation to block funding for the White House’s newest refugee proposal. The Obama administration announced this week that it would significantly increase the number of refugees brought to the U.S. in 2017. Graves’ bill, H.R. 6044, would deny Obama the funds needed to implement this plan or any other refugee increase extending into the next Presidential administration.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen all the dangerous unintended consequences of uncapped refugee programs in Europe,” Rep. Sam Graves. “We can’t let the same thing happen here. The administration has failed to develop an appropriate vetting process to protect the American people, and this bill will prevent them from passing along a potential refugee crisis to the next President.”

The White House’s plan would increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States from 85,000 in 2016 to 110,000 in 2017. This represents a 57% rise in refugee arrivals in the United States since 2015, and could place an undue burden on local communities and national security officials across the country.

 

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Illegal Immigration is Still Illegal

2016/09/12

On March 8, 2016, Pablo Serrano-Vitorino spread terror across Missouri, allegedly murdering four people in the Kansas City area and another outside of Columbia.

It was later found out that Serrano-Vitorino was previously deported from the U.S. for a felony conviction, only to re-enter the country illegally. What’s worse, Serrano-Vitorino was in police custody multiple times as an illegal immigrant, but was released each time. Not deported.

Illegal immigration is just that- illegal. One of the things that frustrates me most about Washington D.C. is that people seem to forget that. It's only gotten worse under the Obama administration.

There are lawmakers and police officers across the country who want to enforce our laws and deport those here illegally. But significant gaps exist between what happens at the local level and at federal immigration offices in Washington, D.C.

That’s why, this week, I cosponsored H.R. 5853, the Empowering Local Law Enforcement Act. This commonsense legislation will give law enforcement officers the authority to protect our communities from dangerous illegal aliens, forcing DHS to train local police on ways to carry out immigration policies like arresting or detaining illegal aliens.

This administration has created an environment where dangerous people like Pablo Serrano-Vitorino can enter our country and avoid deportation. H.R. 5853 stops that, helping police officers enforce immigration laws and keeping people like Serrano-Vitorino out of our communities.

There is nothing ambiguous about illegal immigration. It’s time we give local law enforcement the tools to enforce the laws this administration refuses to. 

Sincerely,

Sam Graves

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Shrinking Washington, Growing American Business

2016/09/06

American small businesses create 7 out of every 10 new jobs in this country. That fact always reminds me that our economy can’t grow if we have a government that works against small businesses, instead of with them.

First, it starts with fewer regulations and less government intervention. Unfortunately, too many people in Washington believe that Americans are not capable of making their own decisions.

The government does not create jobs or spur economic growth. No bureaucrat has ever done either of those things.

What government can do, however, is help set the table for prosperity. Small business owners should be worried about creating jobs and providing for their families, not complying with unnecessary federal regulations.

Right now, we have a serious problem with the government overstepping its power in this country. We see it come to life in the form of Obamacare mandates, broad EPA regulations, and now orders on who can use the restroom with our children at school.

And we see Washington creeping further into our Second Amendment rights as well. That’s why I introduced a bill that prohibits liberal lawmakers across the country from using taxes or fees as a way to restrict gun ownership.

But the problems we have with an overextended government go beyond any of these individual issues. A government that is too powerful, too large, and spends too much threatens all of our freedoms and long-term security.

As your Representative, I will continue working to shrink the size of the federal government and limit the power of overextended bureaucrats in Washington. Because as Washington grows, everyone's chance at prosperity shrinks with it.

Sincerely,

Sam Graves

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We Can't Negotiate with Terrorists (or their Sponsors)

2016/08/22

Last month, reports surfaced that the Obama Administration paid a ransom of $400 million in exchange for the release of American hostages from Iran.

The administration claims this was not a ransom, but instead a repayment from a decades old weapons deal America had with Iran. They say the coincidence was just “bad timing.” I don’t buy it.

State Department spokesman John Kirby even confirmed the $400 million was withheld until the prisoners left Iran.

The world has grown increasingly unsafe under President Obama. Part of the reason why is this Administration’s belief that we can negotiate with hostile, unstable nations and known sponsors of terrorism.

Iran’s regime can be weakened, its threat neutralized, and the well-being of Israel protected through stricter sanctions and support of our military. But a deal that bribes Iran with hundreds of millions of dollars, and allows them to eventually become a nuclear power, is not the way to do that.

Preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb should take priority over everything in our foreign policy relations in the Middle East. As we move forward, we have to work to ensure the deal is altered to prevent Iran from ever becoming a nuclear power, and I will continue to push to do just that.

Last year, President Obama said that those of us who oppose his Iran deal are "crazies." What’s actually crazy is that our President trusts Iran with a nuclear weapon.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Upcoming Town Hall Schedule

2016/08/08

Town halls are a great opportunity to have a face to face discussion with people about things that really matter to this country

They are truly one of the most helpful things I do for my job. They allow me to get across northern Missouri and interact with people on a more personal level.

But for them to be as helpful as possible, high participation at each event is key.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be hosting town halls across my district, from Clay to Clark County. I’m really looking forward to each of these, and I hope everyone will come by and take part in the conversation in their area.

I'll also be at the State Fair on Thursday, August 18, so if you're in Sedalia stop by and say hi.

Information for each town hall is listed below. If you have any questions about them or any other issue, please feel free to give my office at call at (202) 225-7041 or (816) 792-3972.

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

Linn County Town Hall

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Apex Plastics

570 South Main St.

Brookfield, MO 64628

 

 

Chariton County Town Hall

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Salisbury High School

1000 South Maple Ave

Salisbury, MO 65281

 

Carroll County Town Hall

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Carroll County Memorial Hospital

1502 North Jefferson St.

Carrollton, MO 64633

 

Grundy County Town Hall

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

NCMC Barton Farm Campus

96 SE 8th Ave.

Trenton, MO 64683

 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

Kearney Town Hall

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Reece & Nichols

307 South Jefferson St.

Kearney, MO 64060

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23

Schuyler County Town Hall

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Western’s Smokehouse

1978 Western Dr.

Greentop, MO 63546

 

Scotland County Town Hall

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Wiggins Family Museum

432 E Grand (Hwy 136)

Memphis, MO 6355

 

Clark County Town Hall

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Reed’s Bar & Grill

104 Des Moines St.

Wayland, MO 63472

 

Lewis County Town Hall

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Culver-Stockton College

Mabee Wellness and Recreation Center – Pepsi Hall

1 College Hill

Canton, MO 63435

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

Pike County Town Hall

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Eastern Missouri Commission Company (Sale Barn)

16367 Business Highway 61

Bowling Green, MO 63334

 

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

 

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Helping our Veterans Fight PTSD

2016/07/25

Our armed service members face so many challenges when they return home from combat and work to readjust to life in America. But from physical injuries to trauma and everything in between, we have an obligation to do everything possible to provide them with the care they need to overcome those challenges.

One of the biggest trials for far too many vets and activity duty servicemen is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Usually associated with recurring nightmares, disrupted sleep and anxiety, PTSD is increasingly prevalent among soldiers and veterans. Those suffering from PTSD also face much higher instances of sleep apnea than the general population. And when it’s left untreated, sleep apnea can make the symptoms of PTSD even worse.

This month I introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives that will help combat high rates of PTSD and other complications facing U.S. veterans. H.Res. 825 seeks to reduce the connection between PTSD and sleep apnea, provide access to care for soldiers and veterans suffering from the condition, and further explore viable treatment options for PTSD.

With this resolution, I hope we can find solutions to this very real problem and begin providing our veterans with the resources needed to curb the effects of PTSD. Our soldiers bravely sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms, the least we can do is give them everything they need to lead healthy, successful lives once they come home.

Sincerely,


Sam Graves

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Keeping Gun Rights in Reach

2016/07/18

Anti-gun politicians aren't shy about using a crisis to push their agenda down all of our throats.

We see it over and over again in Washington. After every terrorist attack or national tragedy, they are there to jump on the opportunity.

But from Chicago to Los Angeles and Seattle, local lawmakers are also working to trample on the constitutional rights of law-following American citizens. And they are finding creative ways to do it.

Over the last few years, all of these cities have threatened new taxes on ammo and other firearm accessories as a way to prevent people from buying and owning guns.

That's why I introduced the Stop Taxing the Second Amendment Act earlier this month. My bill will end the threat we see creeping into communities across the country. It blocks all local lawmakers from using taxes or fees as a way to put gun ownership out of financial reach in Missouri.

These taxes are designed solely to prevent people from buying and owning guns in this country. That’s unacceptable. And I will not stand by and watch people trample on our gun rights and the Constitution.

 Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Offers Support for Veterans Suffering from PTSD

2016/07/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced a resolution designed to help combat high rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other complications facing U.S. veterans. H.Res. 825 addresses the connection between PTSD and sleep apnea, which can lead to a host of other health issues for returning military men and women.

“Our armed service members face so many challenges when they come home from the front lines and work to readjust to life in America. From physical injuries and trauma to conditions like PTSD, we have an obligation to provide them the very best care possible,” Rep. Graves said.

PTSD is increasingly prevalent among United States soldiers and veterans, characterized by recurring nightmares and disrupted sleep. Those suffering from PTSD also have a high occurrence of sleep apnea. According to studies, 54% of patients with PTSD were diagnosed with sleep apnea, compared to only 20% of the general population. When untreated, sleep apnea can worsen the symptoms of PTSD.

“Sleep apnea can be brought on by the PTSD that far too many military men and women face after serving in combat,” Rep. Graves continued. “With this resolution, I hope we can find solutions to this very real problem and begin providing our veterans with the resources needed to curb the effects of PTSD. Our soldiers bravely sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms, the least we can do is give them everything they need to lead healthy, successful lives once they come home.”

In 2007, Congress asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay closer attention to sleep apnea among veterans, and greater awareness has prompted more veterans to seek treatment for the disorder. One proven treatment for the condition is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system. Soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD have experienced fewer nightmares when exposed to the therapy.

Graves’ resolution supports public awareness of sleep apnea, seeks to provide access to care for soldiers and veterans suffering from the condition, and further explores CPAP as a viable treatment for PTSD. 

 

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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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