Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

ICYMI: St. Joseph News-Press: Graves reflects on tenure as committee chair

2014/12/18

  IN CASE YOU MISSED IT   Graves reflects on tenure as committee chair December 17, 2014 Ken Newton St. Joseph News-Press http://tinyurl.com/luz4r4u   A fundamental problem exists for small businesses trying to abide by federal regulations, Congressman Sam Graves believes. Because of their lack of personnel, the companies might not even realize they’re out of compliance. “They don’t have the resources to have a division or department that’s devoted to regulatory compliance,” the North Missouri lawmaker said Tuesday. “They have to depend on themselves to figure out what has to be done.” Mr. Graves, a Tarkio Republican, made the remark while discussing his four-year tenure as chairman of the U.S. House Small Business Committee. Because of party rules, he has term-limited out of that leadership position. But he looks back on the time as productive in terms of legislation passed and raising the level of awareness in Congress about issues dealing with small businesses. “Even where it might not be a primary area of jurisdiction for the Small Business Committee, we pushed other committees of relevance into the argument,” Mr. Graves told the News-Press in an interview. Regulation by federal agencies proved a particular area of interest during his chairmanship, and Mr. Graves would describe many of the executive edicts as “onerous” and “over the top.” In January 2013, his committee launched a website called “Small Biz Reg Watch,” where business owners could follow changes in federal regulations. This served as a complement to the committee’s “Open Mic,” through which people could share their experiences in dealing with the federal government. “We hear about things that small businesses are facing that either don’t make sense or rise to the level of ridiculous,” the chairman said. “It’s been eye-opening just to see what small businesses are going through, in some cases that we don’t even know about.” Small businesses also feel the pinch of uncertain tax policy, Mr. Graves said. He noted that making permanent a reasonable threshold for Section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation provisions would allow companies to expand, improve their equipment and strengthen their inventory. Instead, small businesses look from year to year without knowing about future levels in these tax areas, he said. “With this short-term extension process we continue to go through, it makes it very tough for them to be able to plan,” the lawmaker said. Mr. Graves said his chairmanship also gave him a fresh perspective on the way legislation gets passed. The Republican worked closely with Democratic Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, his counterpart in the Senate, in guiding the reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research Program. In addition, the representative from a largely rural area said he had a good working relationship with the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, who represents a district in New York City. “Nydia and I couldn’t be farther apart in terms of demographics of our districts and, obviously, political philosophies,” he said, “but I listened to what she had to say and she listened to me, and we were able to come up with good legislation.” Mr. Graves, going into his eighth House term, will serve on the House Armed Services Committee during the next session and awaits an official announcement on a chairmanship on a subcommittee on another panel. Read More

The Arrogance of Obamacare

2014/12/15

“We have to pass the bill, so that you can find out what’s in it.” In 2010, this baffling comment from then Speaker Nancy Pelosi about Obamacare was a rare moment of transparency when it came to the process of forcing through the government takeover of our healthcare system.  Now that we have learned what's in the bill, it seems that confusion and a lack of transparency may have actually been the strategy of liberals in Congress all along. Just last week, MIT professor and former healthcare advisor to President Obama, Jonathan Gruber, was called to Capitol Hill to testify about his 2013 comments that the “stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency” were critical to getting Obamacare passed into law. Gruber currently denies his role as an architect of the bill, but video from 2010 shows Gruber telling an audience that he helped write the legislation. In the tape, he also describes Obamacare as “the single most important piece of legislation since World War II.”  Additionally, President Obama cited comments made by Gruber as reasons why Obamacare should be passed. These words from Pelosi and Gruber – two of those most responsible for Washington’s takeover of our healthcare system – continue to serve as a reminder of everything that makes Obamacare the unworkable law that it is, from the arrogance of elitist politicians and bureaucrats behind it to the deceptive process that saw it become law. Since being passed, without a single Republican vote in the House or Senate, Obamacare has proven harmful to individuals, farmers, small businesses, and our nation’s economy as a whole. Shortages in hours and full-time jobs caused by added regulations are unacceptable, and stifle the job growth our country still desperately needs. Please know that as your Congressman I remain committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, but until then I will continue to look for ways to give small businesses and all hardworking Americans some much needed relief from this disastrous 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 Statement on Passage of Government Funding Bill

2014/12/12

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves made the following statement after voting to fund the government through fiscal year 2015. “By passing today’s spending measure, we have averted a government shutdown, while also allowing for action to be taken to address the President’s executive amnesty early next year when we will finally have a working partner in the U.S. Senate,” said Rep. Graves.  “This legislation contains many positive provisions for the people of North Missouri, such as reining in the EPA’s ability to infringe on private property rights of farmers and ranchers, prioritizing the Army Corps of Engineers funding for navigation and flood control, and increasing pay for our military service members,” he continued.   Background: The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, provides $1.013 trillion for the federal government. This is consistent with the Ryan-Murray Agreement’s caps of $521 billion for defense and $492 billion for non-defense spending. H.R. 83 fully funds 11 of the 12 regular Appropriations bills through September 30, 2015, and funds the Department of Homeland Security under a Continuing Resolution (CR) until February 27, 2015.   Highlights: No new funding for ObamaCare Requires HHS and Treasury to report to Congress on improper payments of ObamaCare tax subsidies Obamacare transparency – requires ObamaCare healthcare plans to tell customers if they provide abortion services Cuts EPA $60 million (fifth consecutive year of cuts, totaling a 21% reduction since FY10, and a decrease in 2,000 positions – 1989 levels) Prohibits regulation of farm ponds and irrigation ditches Fully funds our troops’ pay raise Includes $94 billion for new equipment and upgrades of attack submarines including EA-18G Growlers, which are manufactured in Missouri Protects Second Amendment rights and prohibits EPA to regulations of lead content in ammunition or fishing tackle Prohibits IRS targeting organizations based on their ideological beliefs or for exercising their First Amendment rights Provides $2.5 billion for processing VA disability claims to end the backlog and rescinds $41 million in performance bonuses at the VA   ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement on Being Appointed to Serve on the House Armed Services Committee

2014/12/10

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves made the following statement after being appointed to serve on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).  “It is an honor to have the support of my colleagues in being appointed to the House Armed Services Committee.  Missouri has a substantial military footprint including Whiteman’s Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood Army Base.  Additionally, I have the honor of representing the Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph, as well as the largest provider of small-arms ammunition to our Armed Forces, ATK Manufacturing.” “I look forward to joining my colleagues on the committee as we work to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, address the impact of the President’s sequester on our military, and advance needed reforms in the coming year.  My commitment to the people of north Missouri is to continue to advocate on behalf of our nation’s military and the well-being of those who so bravely serve.”   ABOUT HASC The House Committee on Armed Services is responsible for overseeing the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, defense policy generally, as well as military resources, and military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.   ### Read More

Stopping Obama's Executive Amnesty

2014/12/08

Our country is great because of legal immigration, not in spite of it.  America is a nation of immigrants, and we are enriched and strengthened as a nation by our diversity.  However, we are also a nation of laws and have a duty to uphold those laws.  Amnesty rewards those who have cheated the system and punishes those who played by the rules in seeking the freedoms we are all fortunate to enjoy.      Recently, President Obama announced his plan to allow as many as 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the United States.  By refusing to uphold the law, President Obama’s actions amount to nothing more than amnesty by executive order.  The President has disregarded our Constitution and the will of the American people by acting on his own, rather than with Congress. To address this issue, the House of Representatives passed the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act.  This bill reinforces that the President does not have the authority to exempt or delay the removal of immigrants who are illegally present in the U.S. – whether by executive order, regulation, or any other means. We are a nation of laws and no one is above the rule of law – not this President or any President.  The President should enforce the laws currently on the books and work with Congress to strengthen the defense of our borders.    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 House Action To Stop The President's Executive Order On Immigration

2014/12/04

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves made the following statement after voting for H.R. 5759, the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act.  This legislation upholds that, except within strict constitutional limits, the President does not have the authority to exempt or defer removal of persons unlawfully present in the United States.  “The President’s recent actions regarding immigration amount to nothing more than amnesty by executive order,” said Rep. Graves.  “Amnesty rewards those who have cheated the system and punishes those who played by the rules and went through the legal immigration process,” he continued.  “The President does not have this authority under our constitution and this legislation makes that clear.” “I stand firm in my opposition to this amnesty order and call on the Senate to pass this bill to protect our constitutional separation of powers.”   ### Read More

Simplify the Tax Code

2014/12/01

Death and taxes.  Benjamin Franklin told us that these are the only two certainties in life.  Taxes may be a certainty, but paying taxes doesn’t need to be nearly as complex and difficult as it is today.  I believe that we need a tax code that is simple, fair and promotes economic growth.  Right now, our tax code does none of those things.  With over 54,000 pages and 2.8 million words in our tax code, there is a lot of confusion.  I believe that we need fewer rules, loopholes and alternative minimums.  We shouldn’t have different rules for different groups. The best way to reform the tax code is to rip up the current one and start over with a blank piece of paper.  There is no shortage of ideas on how to create a better code.  Currently, there are bills in Congress for a Fair Tax and a Flat Tax.  These, among others, are the type of bold actions worth considering as we work to simplify the tax code. The fair tax would effectively eliminate the need for the IRS.  There would no longer be a federal income tax or taxes on social security, capital gains, gifts or the much maligned alternative minimum tax.  Instead taxpayers would be charged a single rate on new goods when they are purchased. For example, if the tax rate were twenty percent, then any purchase at the store would include a federal tax of twenty percent.  Your paycheck would no longer have taxes deducted from it by the federal government.  April 15th would become just another day as the yearly ritual of trying to get your taxes filed on time would end.  While we need a robust debate on the best way to reform the tax code, one thing is clear – almost no one thinks that what we have now makes sense.  It is time to create a tax code that is simple, fair and encourages economic growth.   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

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

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7041
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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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