Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Not Above the Law

2014/11/24

“The notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order – that’s just not the case. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws.” These are President Obama's own words on immigration in March of 2011. However, the President recently announced that he will disregard the limits on executive authority that he himself outlined in 2011, and bypass Congress in issuing an executive order shielding 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. By refusing to follow the law and further expanding his authority, President Obama has effectively granted amnesty to millions of people who entered our country illegally. Not only is this action potentially unconstitutional, it does nothing to fix the long-term immigration problems we face as a country. It sends the wrong message to all those who went through the extensive process of becoming citizens the legal way, and more importantly, it sends the message to future generations of immigrants that there are no consequences for breaking our laws. Amnesty rewards those who have cheated the system and punishes those who played by the rules. I strongly oppose this amnesty order and Obama’s attempt to bypass the legislative process. We are a nation of laws and no one is above the rule of law – not this or any President.   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 President’s Executive Order on Immigration

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, House Small Business Committee Chairman, made the following statement after President Obama unilaterally issued an executive order to effectively grant amnesty to an estimated four million illegal immigrants. “The actions outlined by the President tonight are another display of his blatant disregard for our constitutional system, the American people, and all those who went through the extensive process of becoming citizens the correct way,” said Graves.  “Amnesty rewards those who have cheated the system and punishes those who played by the rules and went through the legal immigration process.  I strongly oppose this amnesty order and the President’s attempt to not only bypass the legislative process, but the American people,” he continued. “We are a nation of laws and no one is above the rule of law – not this President or any President,”    ### Read More

The People Have Spoken

2014/11/17

As your representative, job creation and affordable energy are two of my top priorities in Congress. The Keystone XL pipeline promotes both of these priorities, and I believe that we must authorize this truly "shovel-ready" project as soon as possible. As you may know, Keystone XL is a proposed pipeline that would run 1,600 miles from oil supply fields in Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. If you ask me, I would rather obtain our oil from Canada than from Iran or Venezuela. These two bad actors consistently undermine the United States on the world stage and threaten our interests abroad, while Canada has been a reliably strong ally and trading partner for centuries. The Keystone XL pipeline will create good-paying American jobs. Republicans were elected across the nation this fall because we understand that job creation must be the top priority. The Keystone project has been sitting on the shelf and ready for approval for six years. America has spoken and it’s time that the President listens. With my support, the House of Representatives passed a bill recently to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. You sent me to Congress to promote job creation and affordable energy, and that is exactly what I will continue to do.   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 In Favor Of Keystone XL Pipeline

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, House Small Business Committee Chairman, made the following statement after voting in favor of legislation to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.  “I am proud to have once again voted in favor of building the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Rep. Graves.  “The Keystone XL Pipeline will create good-paying American jobs and lower energy prices,” he continued. “The Keystone project has been sitting on the shelf and ready for approval for nearly six years.  The American people have spoken and it’s time that the Senate and President Obama listen.  I hope that they will follow the House’s lead and allow for construction to begin, so that hard working men and women in north Missouri and across the country can have some much needed relief.”      ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement On GAO Report: Obamacare Small Business Exchange Enrollment ‘Significantly Lower’ Than Expected

2014/11/13

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, House Small Business Committee Chairman, made the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report showing enrollment for the state-operated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), created by the Affordable Care Act, fell significantly short of expectations.  No data was released for the federally-operated SHOP, but the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) told GAO it anticipates similarly low enrollment numbers. This report’s release comes just days after the Obama administration predicted that overall enrollment for next year is anticipated to be 30% lower than expected. “Obamacare’s SHOPs have been fraught with errors and high costs from the very beginning,” said Chairman Graves. “The administration touted the SHOP as a way for small businesses and their employees to benefit from more health insurance competition and choice, and ultimately lower prices. Instead, we have seen that costs are increasing for nearly two-thirds of small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees and the majority of small business owners paid more per employee for health insurance in 2013 than in 2012.” “The lack of specific federal SHOP enrollment data confirms that CMS initially created no mechanism to monitor or measure its performance after enrollment began. It is apparent that the Obama administration didn’t prioritize the SHOP exchange in the law. Small businesses and taxpayers deserve better.”   GAO Report Highlights: As of June 1, 2014, enrollment for the SHOPs was significantly lower than expected, and, at its current pace, is unlikely to reach expectations by the end of 2014. State SHOPs – 76,000 individuals through 12,000 employers. Federal SHOP – data will not be available from CMS until next year, but CMS does not expect major differences between federal and state SHOP numbers. In April 2014, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 2 million employees would enroll in coverage through the SHOPs in 2014, with the number of enrollees rising to 3 million in 2015 and leveling off at 4 million enrollees by 2017. Most state SHOPs had multiple plans available, but some states had counties with no plans. For example, in Washington state, SHOP plans were only available in a few counties, and the state had only 8 employers enrolled. The average number of employees per business enrolled in SHOPs is 3.7 employees. Many state SHOP features were delayed and enrollment was low as of June 2014.  Key SHOP features, such as online enrollment and employee choice, were delayed for all federal SHOPs and some state SHOPS. The primary incentive for many small businesses to enroll in SHOPS was to utilize the small business health care tax credit.  But the credit is so narrow, complex and temporary that it has been an insufficient incentive to enroll. Although the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and stakeholder groups initially estimated over 4 million small businesses would be eligible for the credit, a 2012 GAO report showed only a small fraction (170,300) actually claimed it.   ### Read More

Thanking our Veterans

2014/11/10

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers,” President John F. Kennedy once said.  This Veteran’s Day, we once again reveal the character of this great nation by pausing to honor and remember the tremendous courage and sacrifice of those who have served in our armed forces. The freedoms we enjoy here at home are made possible by the men and women who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way to defend liberty. They have kept their commitment to us; I believe we must keep our commitment to them. Those individuals who selflessly serve our country in the military have earned the right to quality care, and their families deserve the peace of mind in knowing they will get it. We must ensure that caring for our veterans is a top priority. I am proud to have voted for the Veterans' Access to Care Act, earlier this year. This legislation, which the president signed into law, allows veterans who live over 40 miles from a VA facility or have experienced extensive wait times to choose a non-VA hospital. This means it will be easier for veterans living in northern Missouri to access quality care from a hospital or clinic in their area in a timely manner. The free market reforms in this bill give veterans the ability to choose private hospitals if needed. As Americans we have a duty to remember and care for all of those who have served this country and carried the banner of freedom. I hope that you will join me in pausing to remember all of those that have served and sacrificed for this great country.   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

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

2014/11/03

Great American inventor and businessman Thomas Edison once said, “Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure.”  While the economy has made modest gains, in spite of the job-killing policies of this administration, I don’t believe we can be satisfied with where we are. Unemployment remains unacceptably high and the national debt is over $18 trillion. This is not what recovery looks like. In 2008, we were promised a hope-filled future of economic growth based on an $800 billion stimulus plan full of shovel-ready jobs.  Those of us who understand that government doesn’t create jobs, small businesses do, know that the policies of the last six years simply aren’t working. The administration's current course of increasing taxes, spending trillions on big government programs, and saddling small businesses and farmers with more and more regulations is the wrong prescription for what ails our economy.  While government does not create jobs, it does have a role to play. Every policy should be evaluated with one question in mind: will it help create jobs? I have worked with my colleagues in the House this year to aid small businesses and get employers hiring again. We have passed 46 jobs bills that cut taxes, remove burdensome regulations, repeal Obamacare, and reduce our dependence on foreign energy by taking advantage of our domestic resources here at home. I will not be satisfied until every American that wants a job, can find one.   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 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

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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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