Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Gun Control Won't Stop Radical Islamic Terrorism

2016/06/27

More gun control is not going to stop radical Islamic terrorism.

Absolutely no one who loves this country and values human life wants to see what happened in Orlando last week happen ever again. It was terrible and tragic and disgusting. Our prayers are with everyone affected by the attack, especially the families of the victims.

The terrorist attack in Orlando was everything we associate with radical, hateful groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

But more gun control isn’t going to stop this evil. And new laws that impact the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans are not going to end radical Islamic terrorism.

We need to find new ways to weaken groups like ISIS. We have to cut off their finances and stop them from coming into this country. And we must do more to prevent people from being radicalized by foreign terrorist organizations.

But the spectacle that took place in the nation’s capital last week would do none of those things.

The so-called “No Fly, No Buy” bill would not have prevented Omar Mateen from doing what he did in Orlando. He was not on the No-Fly List when he purchased the firearms he used in the attack, and every single person “sitting in” at the U.S. Capitol knew that.

Anti-gun liberals treat every crisis or national tragedy as an opportunity to push their agenda on the American people. This is no different. And no scare tactic will make me support the unconstitutional gun laws they want us to live under.

Radical Islamic terrorism is the root of the problem we’re facing. Everyone in the federal government has to do a better job of finding ways to contain and destroy the groups that promote this evil. But nothing anti-gun liberals are proposing would stop it. And they know that.

Sincerely,

 
Sam Graves

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Graves' Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Block Obama’s Amnesty Executive Order

2016/06/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Supreme Court today ruled that President Obama’s 2014 executive order on amnesty is unconstitutional. The ruling confirms that the Obama administration does not have the authority to prevent four million illegal immigrants from being deported.

“This ruling is a win for the Constitution and the rule of law,” Rep. Graves said. “But it’s also a win for American workers and everyone who earned their citizenship in this country the right way. These are the people who are most affected by amnesty and illegal immigration, and I’m glad the President’s push to hand out citizenship to four million illegal immigrants was blocked by the Supreme Court.”

 

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Congratulations to This Year's U.S. Military Academy Appointees

2016/06/20

One of the responsibilities I look forward to most every year is the opportunity to recommend deserving young men and women for nominations to the United States Service Academies. 

These impressive Americans are among the brightest and most dedicated students in the nation. Although my recommendation is not the final step in their application process, I always feel confident that our candidates can compete with any group in this country.

I am proud to announce the following nominees have accepted appointments to the United States Service Academies:

Austin Ahern - US Air Force Academy (Lee’s Summit North HS)

John Barry - US Naval Academy (Liberty North HS)

Alexander Dye - US Air Force Academy (Blue Springs HS)

Cody Hankins - US Air Force Academy (Smithville HS)

Cullen O’Dear - US Naval Academy (Rockhurst HS)

Jacob Phillips - US Military Academy (Savannah HS)

The United States Service Academies include the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy. These prestigious programs offer a unique and rewarding experience for the brave young Americans who are accepted to attend. Please join me in congratulating this year’s Academy appointees. 

The top responsibility of the federal government is ensuring our military remains the strongest on earth. It's the only way to ensure America remains a global force for good and our homeland is secure. But that is all impossible without some of the bravest and brightest young men and women volunteering to serve this country. I am so grateful for all of their sacrifice and selflessness, and I will continue to protect and provide for them and all of our Armed Service members at every turn in Congress. 

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Sam Graves Leads Roundtable Focused on New Technologies for America's Infrastructure

2016/06/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves, Chairman of the Highway and Transit Subcommittee, today led a roundtable discussion focused on innovation in the FAST Act. The newest federal Highway Bill, which Graves helped pass into law last year, established competitive grant programs to promote technologies that increase efficiency, improve safety, and reduce congestion on our nation’s roadways.

“The average American spends 42 hours per year in traffic,” Rep. Graves said. “That’s unacceptable. And while we can’t always build or spend our way out of congestion, technology can help us use what we have more efficiently and plan a better path going forward. Today’s roundtable was a step toward modernizing our infrastructure and taking advantage of the innovations the private sector is developing every day, and I look forward to continuing those conversations with my colleagues on the House Transportation Committee.”

 

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Graves Urges Air Force to Select Whiteman for F-35 Squadron

2016/06/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today sent a letter to the United States Air Force outlining the case for Whiteman AFB as the choice for the first Reserve-led F-35 fighter squadron. Graves, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Senator Roy Blunt and other representatives from the Missouri Delegation to set Whiteman apart from the other four sites the Air Force is considering for placement of the F-35.

“For over 50 years, Whiteman Air Force Base has provided critical support to the Air Force in its mission to protect Americans and defend the skies around the world,” Rep. Graves said. “And since Whiteman opened for operation, the Airmen of the 442nd Fighter Wing have shown the elite ability to navigate a host of specialized aircraft, from the A-10 to the B-2. This, along with the infrastructure already in place at Whiteman, make it the ideal choice for the home of the F-35.”

The Air Force is expected to announce its preferred and alternative location selections for the F-35 later this year. The full letter, which will be sent to Air Force Chief of State General Mark A. Welsh III, is attached to this release.

 

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Too Good to be True

2016/06/06

When the federal government - or someone elected to serve in it - promises something that sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Health insurance for everyone? Some have gained coverage over the last few years. And that’s a good thing. But for others, “universal healthcare” has meant cancelled plans, more expensive premiums, and slower care.

Free college? As we all know, nothing is free. Education is the basis of any strong, successful democracy, and we should all aim to make a college degree accessible to anyone who wants it. But giving the federal government more control over higher education is not the answer. It adds bureaucracy, reduces competition, and limits the incentive for universities to provide services efficiently and at a low cost. “Free” is not the answer.

Now, in his final months in office, President Obama is working to push through a rule that will make more American workers eligible for overtime. On the surface, this sounds like a good thing. And in a perfect world, it would be. But, as it always does, more government means more problems, and this rule will end up hurting the same people it claims to help.

The Obama Administration is working to impose a mandatory 50% wage increase for any individual making about $50,000 per year. This is a dramatic increase from the current $23,660 annual overtime cutoff.

The proposed rule will hurt individuals and industries across the country. Most notably, nonprofits, colleges, startups and tech companies would all be forced to scale back. And young Americans - the group with the highest unemployment rate - would feel the impact the hardest. 

It will mean employers struggle to meet higher salary costs, forcing businesses to choose between hiring fewer workers or cutting hours for their current employees. And if the rule is implemented all at once, it could send ripples across the economy that will hurt everyone.

The House will meet this week to plan a course of action against the President’s latest federal overreach. I promise to fight for the belief that more federal involvement in the economy slows hiring, hurts workers, and lowers wages for everyone. And I will continue to push against a President who refuses to acknowledge that.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Pushes Water Resources Bill Through Transportation Committee

2016/05/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Sam Graves today helped advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) through the House Transportation Committee. Graves, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, worked to preserve critical funding for Missouri River levees and the Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan in the bill.

“Two of America’s major rivers run through North Missouri and the district I represent in Congress,” Rep. Graves said. “These rivers help support thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in agriculture exports, but flooding and outdated waterway infrastructure could jeopardize all of that. I’m glad to see the WRDA bill clear the Transportation Committee with specific policies to fund levee projects, protect homes and businesses, and support Missouri’s agriculture industry.”

Earlier this year, Graves sent a letter to House leadership urging them to include funding for projects specific to North Missouri in this year’s WRDA bill. H.R. 5303 passed the committee unanimously and will come before the House for a vote in the coming weeks.

 

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Graves Issues Statement on VA Secretary’s Disneyland Comparison

2016/05/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement in response to Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald’s comparison of wait times at VA hospitals to those at Disneyland. Graves, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, responded after Secretary McDonald today refused to apologize for his original comments.

“Comparing people waiting in line at a theme park to veterans being forced to wait for medical care shows how out of touch Secretary McDonald is,” Rep. Graves said. “It also unfortunately shows that he’s still not taking the situation seriously. These wait times are a matter of life and death for people who’ve risked their lives to serve this country, and the lack of respect for veterans coming out of this administration is disgraceful.”

In 2014, a whistleblower at a Phoenix, Arizona VA facility sparked a national controversy when he claimed that up to 40 veterans died while waiting for medical appointments. In response, Congress passed a law allowing veterans to seek medical care outside of the VA network if they faced appointment delays.

 

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Our Soldiers Deserve a Raise - Now They'll Get One

2016/05/23

After hundreds of people were slaughtered in the streets of Paris last December, President Obama sent 50 special operations forces to the Middle East to combat ISIS - those responsible for the brutal attacks.

At around the same time, the United Nations hosted an international Climate Change Conference in France, where a group of bureaucrats from all around the world got together to talk about how to fight global warming.

President Obama sent more Americans there than he did to fight ISIS.

This White House has been comfortable taking a backseat in the war on Islamic extremism. And without real American leadership, ISIS and other terrorist groups have expanded their influence across the world.

That's why House Republicans are once again acting to prioritize national defense and take care of our military men and women. This week we passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017.

Aside from providing a framework for containing and defeating ISIS, the bill fully funds a 2.1% pay raise for our troops and continues to prohibit Obama from closing Gitmo and moving terrorists to American prisons.

Obama has weakened our military during his presidency. Our bill reverses that, preserving the active-duty Army at 480,000 and adding 3,000 Marines and 4,000 Airmen. For three straight years, he’s denied our troops a raise. Our bill changes that, preventing this President from blocking that raise any longer. And under Obama’s leadership, we’ve abandoned the belief that a strong U.S. military makes the rest of the world safer. Our bill ends that, providing $2.5 billion to modernize training for Soldiers and Marines.

A fundamental responsibility of the federal government is to ensure our military remains the strongest on earth. And part of that is doing everything possible to support the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country. I’m proud to say this bill does all of that, and I look forward to seeing it become law in the next few weeks.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Votes to Give Troops a Raise, Keep Terrorists at Gitmo

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after voting last night to pass

H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Graves helped draft the bill and push it through committee earlier this month.

“Thousands of Americans risk their lives every day to serve and protect this country. The best way we can show our appreciation is by giving them everything they need to do their jobs,” Rep. Graves said. “But we also have a responsibility to look after their families the same way our troops look after us. I’m grateful that this bill invests in cutting-edge equipment and modernized training systems, but I’m most proud that it includes a fully-funded, fully-offset raise for every single American soldier.”

For three straight years, President Obama has denied service members the pay raise that they not only deserve, but are legally entitled to receive. The bill the House passed last tonight reverses widespread cuts and divestments the military has faced under the Obama Administration. H.R. 4909 preserves active duty Army numbers at 480,000, while adding 3,000 Marines and 4,000 Airmen in FY17.

The bill also addressed the troubling and highly publicized shortfalls in our troops’ ability to execute missions. The situation has gotten so bad that Air Force pilots have been force to go to museums in order to find discontinued spare parts.

Lastly, it continues to block the Obama administration from closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and transferring terrorists to American prisons.

 

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Bearing the Burden: Over-regulation’s Impact on Small Banks and Rural Communities

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2016-05-26 15:34:46


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2016-05-24 16:40:46


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2016-05-19 17:32:41


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2016-05-11 18:14:34


The New Faces of American Manufacturing

2016-05-12 17:29:37


Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Learning from the Experts

2016-05-11 17:24:38


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2016-05-02 15:31:24


Chabot talks Small Business Tax & Regulatory Burden on Fox News Radio

2016-04-29 14:23:43


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2016-04-27 20:37:29


S is for Savings: Pro-Growth Benefits of Employee-Owned S Corporations

2016-04-27 17:47:16


Small Business and the Federal Government: How Cyber Attacks Threaten Both

2016-04-20 16:40:14


Chabot Questions IRS Commissioner on Taxpayer Data Security

2016-04-13 20:51:03


Regulation: The Hidden Small Business Tax

2016-04-14 15:57:22


Keep It Simple: Small Business Tax Simplification and Reform, the Commissioner Responds

2016-04-13 20:08:17


Keep It Simple: Small Business Tax Simplification and Reform, Main Street Speaks

2016-04-13 17:45:48


Markup: H.R. 4783 and H.R. 207

2016-03-23 15:01:12


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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Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Billy Long

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MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

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