Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Missourians Understand, Why Can’t Washington?

2014/09/02

During a recent town hall meeting I held at Hannibal-LaGrange University, one thing was very clear: the people of Missouri’s 6th District are rightfully upset by government bureaucrats who are becoming increasingly aggressive in attacking our way of life.  The biggest bully of the bunch, by far, is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA acts as though everything under the sun must be regulated.  First they tried to regulate farm dust and targeted every ditch and pond in our fields.  Now they’re going after carbon emissions from existing coal power plants.  You and I know there are already too many regulations, but the EPA has more coming every day with no end in sight. It’s time to rein in this out-of-control government. That is why I introduced the Stop the EPA Act.  My bill allows Congress to be a roadblock for any of their senseless regulations.  It requires the EPA to take a second look at regulations already on the books, deals with regulations currently coming down the pipe, and prevents further harmful regulations in the future.  The bill also gives Congress, the voice of the people, a say in all EPA regulations by requiring an up or down vote on any regulation that has an economic impact over $50 million. When it comes down to it, you elected me to represent you – not unaccountable bureaucrats at the EPA or any other federal agency.  A government "of the people" only works if the elected officials who are accountable to the voters have a say in the regulatory process.  We must close the flood gates on this Administration’s radical liberal agenda that is harming our way of life. 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

ICYMI: Maryville Daily Forum: Graves strikes familiar themes at Q&A

2014/08/29

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT   Graves strikes familiar themes at Q&A August 27, 2014 Tony Brown, Maryville Daily Forum http://tinyurl.com/pfdetmk   MARYVILLE, MO. — It’s August, and for members of the U.S. Congress that means it’s time to leave Washington for a few weeks and check in with the folks back home. So it was no surprise when Republican Rep. Sam Graves, whose geographically massive 6th District includes virtually all of Missouri north of Interstate 70, showed up at the Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the Northwest Missouri State University campus Tuesday for a constituent Q&A. About 30 people showed up for the event, during which Graves traveled what, for him, has become very familiar legislative ground. He sharply criticized what he called a “plethora of regulations” being issued by government entities —particularly the Environmental Protection Agency — and said the rules amounted to law enacted by executive decree rather than congressional authority. “It’s the worst kind of law, in my opinion,” said Graves of new Obama administration rules covering everything from carbon emissions at coal-fired plants to wetlands to wood-burning stoves.  “All of these are a real problem,” he said. Graves added that the White House’s eagerness to implement policy without benefit of legislative action is what has led to a lawsuit against President Barack Obama filed by Republican lawmakers who say they are incensed at Obama’s use of executive orders to sidestep a deeply partisan Congress. Regulations issued to improve environmental conditions and wildlife habitat along the Missouri River have always been especially irksome to Graves, a professional farmer from Tarkio. He repeated those concerns in Maryville this week, stating that the “EPA has moved the goal posts too many times.” He also said he was working to promote legislation that would require any regulatory measures imposed by the agency costing more than $50 million to be ratified by Congress. Another proposal, he said, would contain a similar restriction on regulations instituted by any federal agency that cost more than $100 million. Comfortable and smiling before an obviously friendly crowd, Graves responded to a series of questions that more or less boiled down to a single query: What can you do to get the government off our backs and away from our schools, farms and small businesses? It was a concern to which Graves, chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, was more than happy to respond by posing objections to administration policy on issues as varied as school lunch nutrition and the Endangered Species Act. Acknowledging a thank-you from an audience member for his work in securing passage this year of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, usually referred to as WRRDA, Graves said he was pleased that the measure gained bi-partisan support in both houses of Congress. The bill, seen as crucial by many farmers along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, gives a higher priority to such U.S. Army Corps of Engineers missions as flood prevention and navigation. On other fronts, Graves appeared to depart a couple of times, if ever so slightly, from conservative Republican orthodoxy. The most notable instance was in his response to a question from a Northwest Missouri State student reporter about the possibility of legalizing the agricultural production of hemp and marijuana. Graves said he strongly opposed legislation proposing that the U.S. government refrain from enforcing its own drug laws in states where growing hemp or marijuana is legal. But he also said he had no special objection to a congressional debate with regard to existing federal prohibitions against hemp production. On the issue of equipping police departments with military-style weapons and equipment, a practice that has come under scrutiny in the wake of the Ferguson riots, Graves staked out what appeared to be middle ground. He said that police departments have long been able to seek grants to fund the acquisition of military-surplus body armor and other gear, and that the issuance of such equipment to officers is usually appropriate. “But what about a tank?” Graves asked. “In my opinion they probably don’t need that.”   ### However, the congressman added that he wasn’t sure if deciding what kind of equipment local police use on the street is a function of the federal government. He said that if citizens believe officers are too aggressive or military in outlook, they should elect local officials capable of organizing police departments in ways that better serve their communities. Graves in currently serving his seventh two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He will face Democratic challenger Bill Hedge of St. Joseph in the November general election. Read More

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Graves to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Maryville

2014/08/25

* Media Advisory * Graves To Hold Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow   Kansas City, MO – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves will be continuing his listening tour with another in a series of town hall meetings, tomorrow, August 26, in Maryville. Graves will be discussing his recent efforts to protect family farmers and small businesses by reining in the EPA and burdensome rules that the agency has announced.  Topics like immigration, government spending and the economy will also be discussed during the August listening tour. As representative of the people of Missouri’s 6th District, Graves knows the importance of hearing directly from them on the important issues facing north Missourians.  Those interested in attending are asked to please RSVP to Josh.Hurlbert@mail.house.gov or (816) 792-3976. Tuesday, August 26 Maryville What:  Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Sam Graves When:  Tuesday, August 26, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Where: Northwest Missouri State’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), 1402 N. College Drive, Maryville, MO  Read More

Putting a Stop to Common Core

2014/08/25

These days, it has become clearer than ever that Washington is out of touch with the rest of America. This could not be more evident than with the new Common Core education standards. These Common Core standards started as just an idea when they were adopted by Missouri in 2010, but they have evolved into much more.  Originally promoted as state-based education standards, Common Core is nothing of the sort. The standards will replace state-based standardized testing with national-based ones. Full implementation of these standards are expected this school year, including a single set of educational standards for kindergarten through 12th. As a parent of three children – my youngest in her last year at Tarkio high school – I understand the last thing we need is more one-size-fits all education standards. Yet Common Core standards are just what we have come to expect from Washington: failed policies from elites and bureaucrats. I have long held the belief that state officials and local school districts are much better suited to handle the individual needs of students and their parents than bureaucrats in Washington.  I expressed my concerns to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. I also told him that the federal government needs to stop forcing states to adopt Common Core through what amounts to bullying tactics. The ability to opt-out of the Common Core standards lies with the State of Missouri. But that won’t stop me from doing what I can to change things here in Washington. I’m pushing the Secretary of Education to work with elected representatives in Congress, in order to reform education standards in a meaningful way. The last thing we need is more failed policies from Washington being forced on Missourians. 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

Holding the IRS Accountable

2014/08/18

With all of the scandals we have seen out of the current White House, it feels more like we are living in 1974 than 2014 in many ways.  I can think of no better example of this than the discovery that law-abiding Americans were being targeted by the IRS for their political beliefs. No one—be they conservative, liberal, or any other political affiliation—should be silenced through government agency bullying tactics. Since news broke of this scandal, Congress has led rigorous investigations to find out who was behind this scandal. The Obama Administration has stonewalled these efforts at every turn by refusing to answer to the American people and hand over necessary information requested by Congress. Worse yet, Lois Lerner, the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, plead the Fifth and refused to respond to questions before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  With my support, the House of Representatives held Lerner in contempt of Congress. As you may know, the IRS announced it had “lost” several years’ worth of Lerner’s e-mails requested by Congress and we will likely never be able to recover them. The IRS claimed that this was a mishap due to a computer crash, and e-mails from six other individuals being investigated were completely “lost” as well. This simply doesn’t pass the common sense test.  It’s becoming more and more apparent that the American people and Congress have been misled by the Obama Administration.  Missourians will not stand for a bureaucracy that abuses power to punish political opponents at the expense of our constitutional rights. It is un-American, and it has no place in our government. Please know that as your representative, I will continue to support investigations into this Administration’s abuses of power.   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

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Graves to Hold Town Hall Meetings

2014/08/16

*Media Advisory * Graves To Hold Town Hall Meetings Next Week   Kansas City, MO – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves will be holding a series of town hall meetings next week, August 18 through August 21, in Bethany, Maysville, Unionville, Kirksville, Canton, Hannibal, and Monroe City. Graves will be discussing his recent efforts to protect family farmers and small businesses by reining in the EPA and burdensome rules that the agency has announced.  Topics like immigration, government spending and the economy will also be discussed during the August listening tour. As representative of the people of Missouri’s 6th District, Graves knows the importance of hearing directly from them on the important issues facing north Missourians. Those interested in attending are asked to please RSVP to Josh.Hurlbert@mail.house.gov or (816) 792-3976.   Monday, August 18 Bethany What:  Town Hall with Congressman Sam Graves When:  Monday, August 18, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Where: Toot toot Restaurant, 2905 W. Jackson Street, Bethany, MO Maysville What:  Town Hall with Congressman Sam Graves When:  Monday, August 18, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Where:  DeKalb County Courthouse, 109 W. Main Street, Maysville, MO   Tuesday, August 19 Unionville What:  Town Hall with Congressman Sam Graves When:  Tuesday, August 19, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Where:  First Christian Church, 2608 Garfield Street, Unionville, MO Kirksville What:  Town Hall with Congressman Sam Graves When:  Tuesday, August 19, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Where: Truman State University, Baldwin Hall Room 176, 100 Normal Street, Kirksville, MO   Wednesday, August 20 Canton What:  Town Hall with Congressman Sam Graves When:  Wednesday, August 20, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Where: Culver-Stockton College, Johann Building Room 118, 1 College Hill, Canton, MO Hannibal What:  Town Hall with Congressman Sam Graves When:  Wednesday, August 20, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Where:  Hannibal-LaGrange University, Burt Admin Building Room 129, 2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal, MO   Thursday, August 21 Monroe City What: Town Hall with Congressman Sam Graves When: Thursday, August 21, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Where:  Potterfield Trucking, 404 US 24, Monroe City, MO     ### Read More

Keeping the Promise to Our Veterans

2014/08/11

When Thomas Jefferson wrote our Declaration of Independence he wrote of our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He was talking about freedom. We enjoy freedoms in this country that are found nowhere else on earth. It is important to remember that the freedoms we are so blessed to enjoy are because of the brave men and women in uniform, who defend it every day. The men and women 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. For too long, our veterans have encountered obstacle after obstacle in navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for their health care. The VA has become a maze of bureaucratic red tape and government mandated hoops for our returning heroes to jump through. This is unacceptable and our veterans certainly deserve better. These men and women fought for us and now we must fight for them by keeping the promises made. I am proud to have voted for the Veterans' Access to Care Act.  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. Should you ever need help navigating the VA or any other federal agency, please contact my office.  I believe that we have a duty to take care of those who have fought for our freedom. Because they fought for us, I will continue to fight for their needs in Congress. 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

Stop the Federal Government's Land Grab

2014/08/04

Most people know that when you have dug yourself into a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging.  Unfortunately, this kind of common sense has escaped many in Washington.  Currently, the federal government owns over a quarter of all land in the United States. This is far more land than it is able to maintain; the National Park Service alone has a maintenance backlog over $12 billion. Despite this staggering maintenance backlog, the federal government continues to dig a deeper hole.  Over the years, we have seen federal agencies buy up more and more private property, often times using it for wasteful, pet projects, like those we’ve seen along the Missouri River for so many years.  This is why I introduced the No More Land Act.  This bill prevents the federal government from acquiring any more land, changes its focus to reducing the maintenance backlog for land it has already acquired, and brings accountability to the agencies responsible.  By structurally changing the priorities of these agencies from acquiring more land to maintaining the land it already holds, they can focus efforts on clearing the backlog, rather than continuing to purchase private land at an alarming rate.  This is just another in a long list of instances where we see a federal government that has grown too big and is trying to do too much.  My bill goes a long way in setting new priorities for these federal agencies and stopping the blatant power grab we have seen from them for too long now.   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

Graves Introduces Legislation to Stop the Federal Government’s Land Grab

2014/07/29

Measure Focuses on Maintenance Backlog WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06) today introduced the No More Land Act aimed at slowing the rate at which the federal is acquiring land.  The federal government owns over a quarter of all United States land. This is more land than it is able to maintain; the National Park Service alone has a maintenance backlog over $12 billion. Yet, the federal government continues to acquire more land at an alarming rate.  “Over the years, we’ve seen these agencies buying up more and more private property,” said Graves.  “A lot of times it’s for environmental projects, like those we’ve seen along the Missouri River for so many years.”  Despite a staggering maintenance backlog, it continues to acquire more land.  The No More Land Act would prevent the federal government from acquiring any more land under the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  Specifically, it changes the language and meaning of the LWCF from acquiring land to maintaining it. The bill also eliminates the entire maintenance backlog within 25 years. “We have a federal government that has grown too big and is trying to do too much.  This is just the latest example,” said Graves.  “My bill goes a long way in setting new priorities for these federal agencies and stopping the blatant power grab we have seen from them for too long now.” No More Land Act Changes the purpose of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) from acquiring land to maintaining it. Requires each agency that administers these lands to provide a report to Congress that prioritizes their land, based on success of programs carried out, within four years of the bill’s enactment. Requires each agency that administers these lands to reduce their backlog by 20 percent every five years until the backlog is eliminated. Along with this five-year requirement, each agency must also report to Congress the progress made, a list of prioritized projects, and a plan to reduce the backlog over the next five years. Requires each agency that administers these lands to issue a final report once backlogged maintenance is complete, detailing a prioritized list of land based on the agencies’ success at accomplishing their respective stated goals and describing a system of regular land maintenance   ### Read More

The Insanity of a Failed Immigration Policy

2014/07/28

A wise person once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.”  Well, if you look at the current approach of not enforcing our laws, not securing our borders, and ignoring the will of the people, it is nothing short of insanity.  Unfortunately, this is the approach we have come to expect out of the Obama Administration and liberals in Washington. Illegal immigration remains a pressing issue facing America today and one that I hear most when I’m traveling around the 6th District. It is estimated that over 11 million people are currently here illegally, and thousands more continue to enter our country each week. Our primary goal in any immigration plan should be to control and defend our borders. This is an important responsibility of the federal government and for too long, people in Washington have attempted to use the issue of illegal immigration to score political points, instead of fixing it.   It is time we take a different approach and begin actually addressing the issues we face when it comes to illegal immigration.  That is why I have introduced the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. My bill takes a three-pronged approach to combat illegal immigration through increased border security, improved interior enforcement, and mandatory worker verification. The SAVE Act would increase the number of border patrol agents by 8,000 and secure the border with new infrastructure and technology.  It would give employers a workable E-Verify system so that they have the tools they need to ensure they are hiring people here legally.  Lastly, it would increase the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) and give local and state officials more training in dealing with the issue.  It is time to stop the insanity when it comes to our broken immigration enforcement and chart a new course to address the issue.  The SAVE Act is the first step towards doing so.   Sincerely, [[{"fid":"337","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
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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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