Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

First 100 Days

2017/01/23


What do you want to see in President Trump's First 100 Days?

2017/01/23

On the day he was inaugurated America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln addressed the nation during one of the most trying times in its history.

"We must not be enemies,” he said on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. “Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

The worst times were still ahead for President Lincoln and the country he was tasked to lead in 1861, but even 150 years later, those words are worth repeating.

On Friday, I was fortunate to take part in the inauguration of President Donald Trump. More than anything, the inauguration represented the best in American democracy - the peaceful transition of power.

It was not a celebration of one man or one political party, but instead a celebration of the system of representative democracy that must be cherished and preserved in this country. The belief in self-governance that allowed our country to flourish into the most free and prosperous nation the world has ever known.

But now, with the inauguration over, the Trump White House and Republican-led Congress must get to work on some of the most pressing problems we face in this country. From national security and healthcare reform, to economic growth and balanced budgets, there is certainly a lot that lies ahead. And I need your help to do that. Please take a minute to fill out this survey and tell me your priorities for President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

I look forward to working with a Republican Senate and White House as we set out to Make America Great Again. Please visit www.graves.house.gov/first100days to tell me what that means to you.     

Sincerely,

Sam Graves

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Sam Graves Retains Chairmanship of Highways and Transit Subcommittee

2017/01/23

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) today announced its subcommittee chairmen for the 115th Congress. Graves, who helped pass into law the first long-term federal Highway Bill in a decade in 2015, will retain his chairmanship of T&I’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

“The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee has given me the opportunity to focus on priorities that really matter to people in this country – from giving each state the certainty to repair crumbling roads and bridges, to rethinking policies that affect our rapidly evolving transit systems,” Rep. Graves said. “Missouri sits at the crossroads of America’s transportation network, and the opportunities we have for modernization in the industry figure to transform all of our lives in the coming years.”

In addition to his role leading the Highway Subcommittee, Graves is seen as a national leader on federal aviation policy and has worked tirelessly to protect Midwestern communities from flooding threats on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Graves’ Sixth District borders each of the nation’s two longest rivers, with approximately 284 miles of the Missouri River on its western and southern boundaries, and more than 100 miles of the Upper Mississippi River on its eastern edge.

Speaker Paul Ryan: “From his work passing long-term highway legislation to his leadership on river and aviation issues, no one has fought harder for our nation’s transportation infrastructure than Sam. He has earned the reputation as a leader on transportation issues, and I look forward to working with him as we continue these important conversations in the 115th Congress.”

In the Highway Subcommittee, Graves figures to focus on proper implementation of the Highway Bill, developing new and innovative solutions to long-term funding challenges facing the Highway Trust Fund, and anticipating new technologies set to impact America’s highway system in the coming decade. The subcommittee will also play a leading role in crafting a national infrastructure plan with the Trump administration.

“I am humbled to retain the Chairmanship of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and will continue focusing its work on ensuring we have the safest and most efficient roads, bridges, and transit systems in the world, and to leading the critically important discussion on a long-term fix to our Highway Trust Fund. We have a tremendous opportunity to modernize and rethink the way people and goods move throughout this country, and I look forward to being at the forefront of those discussions,” Graves concluded.

 

 

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PTSD is a Real Problem Facing America's Veterans - I'm Working to Stop It

2017/01/17

It's no secret that the priorities of the new presidential administration will be significantly different than they’ve been over the past eight years.

The military has been dangerously disrespected and underappreciated by President Obama's White House, and our veterans, active duty service members, and military families have felt the consequences the hardest.

Right now, I’m working to jump start the process President-Elect Trump will continue throughout his time in office. Last week, I introduced a resolution in the House that will help combat high rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among U.S. veterans.

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, the federal government has an obligation to provide veterans the very best care possible throughout their lives.

PTSD is characterized by recurring nightmares and disrupted sleep, and has affected more and more U.S. soldiers and veterans over recent years. 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. And when left untreated, sleep apnea can worsen the symptoms of 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. 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 gives access to CPAP systems, and my resolution will work to bring this and other proven treatments for PTSD to our veterans.

Our soldiers 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. My resolution is just one step toward that, and I look forward to working on behalf of America's veterans with our new President in the coming months.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Offers Support for Veterans Suffering from PTSD

2017/01/12

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. 46 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, the federal government has an obligation to provide veterans the very best care possible throughout their lives,” 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.

“Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic disease that is common among soldiers, and post-traumatic stress disorder is a disturbing mental health problem experienced by many combat veterans. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) commends Rep. Graves and Rep. Walz for sponsoring this resolution, which emphasizes the importance of treating sleep apnea and PTSD, especially as soldiers are returning from active duty,” said AASM President Dr. Ronald D. Chervin.

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.

The resolution is a reintroduction of similar text offered by Representative Graves in 2016. With the incoming presidential administration expected to focus heavily on approaches toward improving the quality of life for America’s veterans, Rep. Graves and Rep. Tim Walz (MN-1), decided to file the resolution again in the 115th Congress.

 

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Sam Graves Takes Action Against Sanctuary Cities

2017/01/11

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today helped introduce a bill targeting cities that knowingly harbor illegal immigrants and protect them from being deported. The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act would block grant funding from any locality that ignores federal law and withholds information on illegal immigrants from the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“I am proud to introduce a bill in the House of Representatives that will help strengthen illegal immigration laws,” Rep. Graves said. “About 300 localities in the United States are considered sanctuary cities. My bill will make sure that every city protecting illegal immigrants from deportation will face consequences.”

Rep. Graves joined Congresswoman Diane Black (TN), among other Representatives, in introducing the bill today.

“Across this country, sanctuary cities are thumbing their nose at Congress, flouting our laws, and endangering the lives of their citizens – all while relying on federal funding from American taxpayers. Why on earth would we continue to pay cities for neglecting their most basic duties? It defies logic and demands action. With our bill, sanctuary cities will finally incur real penalties for playing politics with public safety and for willfully ignoring federal immigration laws,” said Congresswoman Diane Black.

The legislation defines a ‘Sanctuary City’ as any locality that forbids its law enforcement from sharing information with federal immigration officials, or refuses the request to hold an illegal immigrant until ICE has time to take the individual into custody. These extreme policies make it nearly impossible for ICE to deport immigrants who are found to be living in the United States illegally.

The Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act will block multiple critical grant programs from cities that continue this practice. These include the Community Development Block Grant, certain Economic Development Administration grants and grants for public works, among others.

“I believe wholeheartedly that illegal immigration is a national security issue,” Graves continued. “Open borders give anyone intent on harming American citizens the ability to get into this country. And the failure to deport immigrants who we know are living here illegally only encourages others to follow their lead. Sanctuary cities are a huge part of that problem.”

Last December, Chicago Mayor - and former adviser to President Obama - Rahm Emanuel established a one million dollar “Legal Protection Fund” for undocumented immigrants living in Chicago. The money will be given to lawyers who represent the 3,000 immigrants living there illegally. A few days later, Los Angeles did the same thing, creating a $10 million fund to protect illegal immigrants facing deportation in L.A.

“It makes me we wonder what these people are thinking. And it makes me angry,” Rep. Graves said. “Illegal immigration is just that – illegal. It’s time for those protecting illegal immigrants to recognize that as well.”

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Sam Graves Statement on FAA Issuance of 3rd Class Medical Rule

2017/01/10

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday announced final issuance of Third Class Medical Reform. The policy was included in last year’s FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. Specifically, in section 2307 of H.R. 636, which was signed into law on July 15, 2016.

“Today is a great day for pilots all across the country, said Rep. Graves, co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus. “Many of us have been fighting for third class medical reform for well over five years, hoping to streamline and simplify the medical certification requirements for pilots. To have accomplished that goal today – after half a decade of work – is truly a testament to the grassroots support for third class medical reform from our community, and to the continual advocacy of the House General Aviation Caucus and our GA industry leaders." 

H.R. 636 gave the FAA 180 days to issue final Third Class Medical Reform guidelines. The final rule announced today codifies the exact language of section 2307, and will become effective on May 1, 2017.

“Third class medical reform is the best thing to happen to general aviation in decades,” said AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker. “Thanks to the hard work of Congressman Sam Graves and others, pilots across America will have a safer and more efficient system for medical certification, and AOPA’s new Fit to Fly resources, including the free online medical education course, will inform doctors and pilots how the new process will work.”

 

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What I'm Doing to Stop Illegal Immigration

2017/01/09

There are a few things that I want to prioritize as Congress begins its work alongside President-Elect Donald Trump this year.

One is the full repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Another is the development of infrastructure and tax reform bills that can jump start the economy, bring certainty to markets, and set our country on the path toward a balanced budget. Third, and perhaps most important, is reversing all the damage done to our military and national security interests under President Obama.

I believe wholeheartedly that illegal immigration is a national security issue. Open borders give anyone intent on harming American citizens the ability to get into this country. And the failure to deport immigrants who we know are living here illegally only encourages others to come here in the future.

Sanctuary cities are a huge part of that problem. And as one of my first moves of the 115th session of Congress, I’m working to stop them.

Last December, Chicago Mayor - and former Obama adviser - Rahm Emanuel established a one million dollar “Legal Protection Fund” for undocumented immigrants living in Chicago. The money will be given to lawyers who represent the 3,000 immigrants living there illegally.

A few days later, Los Angeles did the same thing, creating a $10 million fund to protect illegal immigrants facing deportation in LA.

It makes me we wonder what these people are thinking. And it makes me angry. It’s one thing for big cities on the coast to pass liberal laws that inflate their budgets and expand local governments. But when their radical agenda - like giving blanket protections to illegal immigrants - affects everyone in this country, it becomes a problem.

Tomorrow, I am helping introduce a bill in the House of Representatives that will hold cities responsible for their refusal to comply with federal immigration laws. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about 300 localities in the United States are considered sanctuary cities. My bill will stop all of them from shielding illegal immigrants against deportation.

Point No. 4 in President-Elect Trump’s 10-Point Plan to Put America Firstcalls for an end to sanctuary cities. And with a Republican Senate and White House both on our side, I look forward to helping push this bill into law this year.

There is nothing ambiguous about illegal immigration. It’s time that those harboring illegal immigrants recognize that as well.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Sam Graves Touts Passage of Water Resources Bill, Highlights Improvements to Missouri's River Infrastructure

2016/12/08

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today celebrated the House passing the Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. The bill strengthens flood protection programs across Missouri and prioritizes improvements to inland waterway systems. S.612 passed today by a vote of 360-61, and is expected to be signed into law by the President before the end of 2016.

“Northern Missouri has the unique advantage of being surrounded by the two longest rivers in the United States,” Rep. Graves said. “It gives us some of the most fertile agricultural land in the country, and an opportunity for local farmers, manufacturers and small businesses to ship their goods across the world. But it also means our safety and economic wellbeing depend on effective river management.

"I am thrilled that this bill includes authorizations for critical flood protection programs across north Missouri, and I look forward to seeing it signed into law in the coming weeks.”

Graves is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over this bill, and is the Chairman of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

“With the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers surrounding his district, no one has fought harder for this country’s water infrastructure than Sam Graves,” Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said. “He’s worked to ensure life-saving flood protection for Missouri communities, and he's pushed to improve the maintenance of inland waterways that are critical to farmers and manufacturers across the Midwest. Chairman Graves has earned the reputation as a national leader on river issues, and I thank him for everything he did to help pass this important bill.”

Graves’ district is bordered by approximately 284 miles of the Missouri River on its western and southern boundaries, and more than 100 miles of the Upper Mississippi River on its eastern edge. In addition to providing the resources needed to protect against flooding, this bill invests in port and inland harbor infrastructure that allows Missouri farmers, manufacturers and small businesses to transport goods around the globe.
 

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Sam Graves Congratulates Hurst on Reelection as MO Farm Bureau President4

2016/12/08

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement congratulating Atchison County native Blake Hurst on his reelection as President of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. Hurst was selected by Farm Bureau delegates on Tuesday to serve his fourth two-year term leading the organization.

“I’ve known Blake my whole life, and I mean it sincerely when I say there is no one better for this position,” Rep. Graves said. “He has done an excellent job the past six years working on behalf of Missouri farmers and our entire ag community, and I know that he has a lot more to accomplish in the job. I congratulate Blake on this excellent honor and wish him continued success over the next two years.”

 

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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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