Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Sam Graves Statement on President's Veto of Bipartisan Keystone Pipeline Bill

2015/02/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves released the following statement after President Obama vetoed legislation that would allow for construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support in recent weeks.       “Today, President Obama vetoed as many as 42,000 American jobs,” said Rep. Graves.  “It is disappointing, but not surprising that he has once again ignored the will of the people,” he continued.  “This President has chosen time and again to place the agenda of liberal special interests ahead of the needs of hardworking Americans.  It’s time for President Obama to stop playing politics with our energy policy and work with us on behalf of the American people.”    ### Read More

ICYMI: St. Joseph News-Press: Soldiers Recognized for Their Gallantry

2015/02/24

  IN CASE YOU MISSED IT “We need to recognize and support our veterans past and present,” said Graves. “We wouldn’t have the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today without our veterans.” Soldiers Recognized for Their Gallantry February 20, 2015 Marshall White St. Joseph News-Press   Rep. Sam Graves R-Mo., is able to use his office to help veterans. “We need to recognize and support our veterans past and present,” said Graves. “We wouldn’t have the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today without our veterans.” Often veterans don’t know or simply didn’t receive medals and decorations they earned. On Thursday, Mr. Graves recognized three veterans for their service to the country. First Sgt. Maurice Hughes arrived in the European Theater of Operations in 1943 with members of the 35th Division. He said he entered France on D-Day. Mr. Graves presented the combat veteran with a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and five other World War II campaign medals as well as a Combat Infantry Badge. The decorated soldier served in an advanced unit on a reconnaissance patrol crossing the Rhine Rive. “Something hit me in the back and down I went,” Mr. Hughes said. Asked how he survived, Mr. Hughes said: “I don’t know, lucky I guess. My grandkids always ask what I liked best about the war. And I say those five or six weeks in the hospital. Then I knew nobody was after me.” The congressman also had the Department of Defense correct the veteran’s official record to reflect the medals Mr. Hughes earned. With a new record in hand, Mr. Hughes said he was pleased to show his buddies at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1668 on Fourth Street. He’s been a member for 70 years. The family of Army Pfc. Glenn Dale Dozier contacted Mr. Graves. On Oct. 14, 1952, near Kumwha, North Korea, units of the 8th Army began a battle on Triangle Hill and Shiper Ridge with elements of the Chinese army. Mr. Dozier was killed during fighting on Oct. 18. The congressman presented the soldier’s brother Howard Dozier with a Combat Infantry Badge and the National Defense Service Medal in the presence of other family members and airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing. Former Staff Sgt. Joseph “Joe” Proctor drove up Thursday from Liberty, Mo. For meritorious service in the Central Highlands of Vietnam between 1968 and 1970, he received a Bronze Star medal. Mr. Proctor’s eyes teared as he thanked the congressman. The soldier had earned the Bronze Star, an Air Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge. “I knew they had to be or the Army wouldn’t have sent it to my mother’s house,” Mr. Proctor said. “But my DD-214 (a service member’s official record) didn’t reflect the awards.” Mr. Graves gave Mr. Proctor an amended record that now reflects the decorations he earned while serving his country. Mr. Proctor said it was a proud day to stand tall.   ### Read More

Confronting the Threat of ISIS

2015/02/23

Every day that the threat posed by Islamic militants goes unchecked, the world becomes a more dangerous place.  It is imperative that we use every tool at our disposal to protect our people, defend the homeland, and preserve our interests abroad. The rise of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa is cause for great alarm.  The acquisition of land, resources, and manpower by various terrorist organizations presents a serious threat to our allies and our national interests.  Most recently, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has acquired vast amounts of land in the Middle East and are recruiting jihadi militants from all over the world to join their cause.  They are quickly marching towards establishing an Islamic caliphate. ISIS poses a clear and present danger to international stability, as it aims to establish an Islamic state that would serve as a breeding ground for training terrorists to carry out attacks.  This cannot be allowed to happen.  ISIS is slaughtering innocent Christians, Jews, and Muslims who do not ascribe to their radical views of the world, and they will continue to do so until they are stopped. We must be vigilant in our efforts to degrade their ability to recruit followers, execute attacks, and ultimately destroy this threat.  We have seen first-hand the repercussions of not directly confronting terrorism abroad.  I take this issue very seriously and will continue to do everything within my power to protect our country and its citizens.   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

Awaiting the President's Signature

2015/02/16

As your representative, job creation and affordable energy have always been my top priorities.  The Keystone XL pipeline advances both of these.  It is a vital part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy and will create thousands of good-paying American jobs.  This week, Congress sent bipartisan legislation that approves the pipeline to the President’s desk for his signature. The Keystone XL is a proposed pipeline that would run 1,600 miles from oil supply fields in Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast and is estimated to create over 42,000 jobs.  Unfortunately, President Obama has decided to put politics first and promised to veto this jobs legislation.  This is one of the most analyzed, debated, and studied projects in history.  It is supported by both Republicans and Democrats.  It is far past the time for the President to stop playing politics with our energy policy and allow construction to move forward. The people of north Missouri and across America sent a clear message this past November in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The House has acted numerous times to approve this project and it is a welcome change to now have a working partner in the Senate that is willing to take similar action.  Now, the President must also act on behalf of the American people by signing this common sense, bipartisan legislation into 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

Sam Graves Votes to Send Keystone Pipeline to President for Signature

2015/02/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves released the following statement after the House passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.  The bill will now go to the President for approval.    “After six years of Senate inaction and delays from this Administration, legislation to begin construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline will finally be sent to the President’s desk for signature,” said Rep. Graves.  “President Obama must stop playing politics with our nation’s energy policy and sign this bipartisan bill into law immediately.” “The people of north Missouri and across America sent a clear message this past November in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The House has acted numerous times to pass this common sense legislation and it is a welcome change to now have a working partner in the Senate that is willing to take similar action.”   ### Read More

Transportation Committee Hearing Sets the Stage for Long Term Highway Bill

2015/02/11

Transportation Committee Hearing Sets the Stage for Long Term Highway Bill WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, released the following statement after Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appeared before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  This was the Committees first hearing of the year on the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill, also referred to as the Highway Bill. “As representative for the people of north Missouri, a state with over 130,000 highway miles and over 24,000 bridges to maintain, a long-term highway bill is top priority,” said Rep. Graves.  “I appreciate Secretary Foxx testifying before our committee and am confident that meeting America’s transportation needs is a place where the Administration and Congress can find common ground,” he continued. “There is no such thing as Republican roads or Democrat roads – transportation is a bipartisan issue with many needs that must be addressed.  We have a tremendous opportunity to do so by securing a long-term highway bill that improves our nation’s highway system, allows U.S. businesses to remain competitive, and creates jobs in Missouri and across the country.”    For a full transcript of today’s remarks click HERE   ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement for the Record - Hearing with DOT Secretary Foxx on Highway Bill Reauthorization

2015/02/11

[[{"fid":"355","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Official Letterhead","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Official Letterhead"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Official Letterhead","title":"Official Letterhead","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Congressman Sam Graves Opening Statement Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure “Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation Part I” February 11, 2015  _________________________________________________________________________________________________   I appreciate Chairman Shuster’s leadership on this issue and want to echo his commitment to passing a long term highway bill. We hope to accomplish that in a bipartisan way. There are no republican roads or democrat roads.  In my home state of Missouri we have over 131,000 highway miles and 24,350 bridges to maintain. Infrastructure is an issue where the Administration and Congress can find common ground. Secretary Foxx has been vocal in his support for working with Congress and all stakeholders to accomplish what we all have set out to do. As a former mayor, Secretary Foxx brings a unique, on-the-ground perspective, as he dealt with some of these issues first-hand in North Carolina. One such issue is getting through the federal bureaucracy and red tape involved with executing a project. I am pleased the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will be pursuing common-sense, bipartisan reforms to streamline project delivery. I look forward to working with the Secretary to identify some of the ways his agency can be helpful in that effort. I believe the Secretary agrees that the federal-state partnership is vital to maintaining our robust system. In addition, I hope this committee takes a hard look at some of the proposals for regulatory reform. Companies big and small across the transportation community are being hit with an onslaught of regulations. I have heard first-hand, from the people I represent in north Missouri and as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, how small businesses are being saddled with layer upon layer of unnecessary regulations. We must find a way to bring some relief to the regulatory process by giving all stakeholders a greater voice. At the end of the day, a highway bill is about jobs – whether it’s those in the construction industry, contractors resurfacing some of the worst roads across our states, small businesses hoping to rely on the system to conduct their business, or just the vast network needed to move commodities efficiently across the country. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, it is my highest priority to see a highway bill signed into law this year.   Read More

Balance the Budget

2015/02/10

Americans are fed up with the wasteful spending in Washington and they once again made that very clear this past November.  Families across north Missouri and America routinely sit down at the kitchen table to set priorities for their spending and make the difficult decisions necessary in order to balance their budgets – Washington should do the same. I had hoped that the President would show leadership with his latest spending proposal and finally make the same difficult decisions needed to balance the federal budget.  Rather than making these decisions, the President’s recent budget proposal continues the reckless practice of borrowing billions from China to pay for more wasteful, big government spending.  His priorities remain both higher taxes and bigger government in the form of new spending – while our children and grandchildren foot the bill. With annual deficits skyrocketing, we must take action to rein in the growth in federal spending and pay down the debt.  That is why I support a constitutional amendment that requires the federal government to balance its budget.  If Washington cannot be trusted to not spend more than it takes in, then we need a stronger mechanism to force fiscal accountability from our elected officials.  A constitutional amendment would do just that. At the end of the day, the president’s budget is more of the same - more taxes, more spending, more borrowing, more debt, and more government.  It is not a serious plan for our nation’s future.   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 Statement on Bipartisan Hearing to Protect North Missourians from Overreaching Federal Agency

2015/02/04

Sam Graves Statement on Bipartisan Hearing to Protect North Missourians from Overreaching Federal Agency   WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves released the following statement after participating in a joint hearing by the House and Senate on the impact of the Administration’s proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ rule to further expand federal regulations onto private property under the Clean Water Act. “The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment.  Yet, time and again we see them expanding this mission and overstepping their authority,” said Graves.  “Ensuring that our land and water resources are properly cared for is a sensitive issue and one that is intentionally left to those who are best equipped to maintain them – the states and localities,” he continued. “By expanding this rule and adding all the bureaucratic red-tape that comes with it, the EPA will only serve to bring confusion to the situation and stunt economic growth.” For a full transcript of today’s remarks click HERE   Background Today’s hearing is 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, 2014: 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, 2014: 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, 2014: 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 September 9, 2014: Votes in favor of House passed H.R. 5078 the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act This legislation prohibits the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing expanded regulations. Full Release HERE   ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement for the Record - Joint Waters of the U.S. Hearing

2015/02/04

[[{"fid":"355","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Official Letterhead","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Official Letterhead"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Official Letterhead","title":"Official Letterhead","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Congressman Sam Graves Opening Statement Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure “Impacts of the Proposed Waters of the United States Rule on State and Local Governments”   February 4, 2015                                                                                                         I would like to thank Chairman Shuster and Chairman Gibbs for working with our Senate colleagues to hold this important hearing today. It is not often we have a bicameral hearing, but given the importance of this issue and the dramatic impact this rule will have on all of our constituents, I could not think of a more timely and pressing topic to examine in coordination with our Senate counterparts on the Environment and Public Works Committee. I hope the leadership at EPA and the White House take note of the serious concerns raised in this hearing and reconsider their proposal. From Atchison County, Missouri, where I live, to Marion County clear across my home state, I hear from people who are rightly worried about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The Clean Water Act was designed in a manner that ensured the primary responsibility of land and water resources belong to States and local governments for the precise reason that a government closest to such a sensitive issue, is best equipped to handle it. However, the “Waters of the United States” rule fundamentally changes this standing and is indicative of many of the problems we see with the federal government inserting itself in local matters.  By applying a Washington-knows-best mentality and an additional level of bureaucracy to an already complex issue with many variables at the local level, it creates confusion and stifles action. Under this expansive proposed rule, all tributaries, including small streams and ponds that only flow irregularly or when it rains, fall under the definition of federally-controlled waters and would be subject to the Clean Water Act’s permitting and other onerous regulatory requirements. During my time as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I led multiple hearings to examine the effects of the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. It was evident that if finalized, “Waters of the United States” would have a negative economic impact on small businesses, States, and local governments. Tom Woods, a constituent from Blue Springs, Missouri, and owner of Woods Custom Homes, testified before my Committee regarding the many ways in which the “Waters of the United States” rule is going to hurt home builders. Mr. Woods, who is the former mayor of Blue Springs, fears the significant impact the proposed rule will have on small businesses nationwide – an important notion that both the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) choose to ignore. With this in mind, I called on the EPA and Corps to withdraw the “Waters of the United States” rule. Last year, the House of Representatives passed the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which would have prevented implementation of the rule and required the EPA and Corps to work with State and local governments in the development of any future rulemaking. If the EPA does not withdraw this proposal Congress will be forced to again pursue legislative action to protect family farms and small businesses from this gross overreach by the Administration. Again, thank you to the committee leadership and our Senate colleagues for holding this important hearing today. My hope is that the concerns raised by Members of Congress and stakeholders across the country do not fall on deaf ears in the Administration. 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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