Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Reversing Obama's Attacks on Gun Owners & Sportsmen

2017/02/13

During their last days in power, the Obama administration desperately issued a flurry of rules, regulations, and executive actions. Their intentions were obvious – get as much done as quickly as possible – with no time for congressional oversight or opportunity to evaluate those decisions.

One of those moves directly impacts northern Missouri – changing the name of a local wildlife refuge that’s been in place for over 80 years because the administration considered it “offensive.” Another focused on a constitutional right that Obama attacked again and again over the past eight years – our gun rights.

On January 19, 2017, his last full day as President, Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) issued an order to ban the use of traditional lead-based ammunition and tackle on federal lands.

Lead-based ammunition and tackle are a preferred choice of both sportsmen and fishermen across this country – primarily because of their low cost. And every sportsman in America knows how important public lands are in providing safe, affordable places for all of us to hunt and fish.

Blocking public lands to only those who can afford non lead-based ammunition drives up the cost to hunt, and it ultimately restricts the ability for law-abiding Americans to safely and freely exercise their Second Amendment rights. This is just another example of anti-gun liberals using creative, round-about ways to keep guns out of the hands of everyday Americans.

Over the past few years, various local governments have floated ammunition taxes as a way to impose unconstitutional gun restrictions on American citizens. I fought that initiative, writing the Stop Taxing the Second Amendment Act in order to prevent local lawmakers from using taxes or fees to limit our gun rights.

And to stop FWS’ ammunition ban, I recently joined about 60 of my Congressional colleagues to ask President Trump to reverse this misguided decision.

When I took office, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That includes preserving the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase, own, and use firearms for legitimate purposes. I will continue doing everything possible to protect that right for Missourians and American citizens across this country.

Sincerely,

Sam Graves

 
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Standing with Israel

2017/02/06

The United States has no stronger ally in this world than Israel. I strongly believe that global security – particularly that of the United States and our closest allies – depends on the presence of democracy and stability in the Middle East.

Israel is a pillar of that stability. And it’s why I’ve always supported every means necessary to protect and support Israel during my time in the House of Representatives.

America was the first country to recognize Israel as a state in 1948. Since then, our nation’s relationship with Israel has not wavered, anchored by strong and mutually beneficial military, cultural and financial partnerships.

Last Congress, I co-sponsored the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which passed the House and was signed into law late in 2016. The bill expands a number of critical partnerships with Israel, including enabling the transfer of military equipment between our two countries, offering assistance for the Iron Dome missile defense system, and promoting cooperation in energy, water, science, homeland security and agricultural interests between the U.S. and Israel.

I believe that it is imperative to continue strengthening our relationship with Israel, particularly in the face of new and significant security threats across the globe. By confronting those challenges in the Middle East together, we can help ensure the safety of the American people as well as that of our allies around the world.

As your representative, I will continue to push for more serious actions that support Israel. That includes always protecting them against acts of aggression coming from the Iranian regime or any other unstable Middle East actor, and doing whatever possible to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The fate of freedom and democracy everywhere in the world depends on it.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

 

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WINNING WORKS OF ART: Sam Graves Congratulates Congressional Art Contest Winners

2017/02/06

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today congratulated the winners of the Congressional Art Competition. Three young artists were recognized for their accomplishments, while two students also received honorable mentions for their entries in the contest.

The following works were selected for awards:

         First place: “Grandfather Hector” by Madelyne Hartleroad, senior at Platte County High School

         Second place: “A Touch of Elegance” by Kaylee Thompson, junior at Lathrop R-II High School

         Third place: “Creative Juice” by Rylie Lawver, senior at Platte County High School

         Honorable Mentions:  Charity Smith, Winnetonka High School

                                              Harper Ross, Winnetonka High School

“I’m always amazed by the artistic talent that some young people in Missouri – and across this country – have,” Rep. Graves said. “The paintings, drawings, and photographs that were submitted by all of our young artists this year reaffirm that, and it was again a pleasure to view all of them and be involved in this process. I congratulate all of our participants for their excellent work, and want to extend special recognition for those who were chosen to receive awards.”

Congressman Graves’ office has partnered with Northwest Missouri State University in recent years to participate in the competition. The first place piece will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex with artwork from other Congressional districts throughout the country. The second and third place pieces will hang in Congressman Graves’ Kansas City and St. Joseph offices, respectively, for the next year. 

 

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Sam Graves Introduces Bill to Restore the Name of Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge

2017/02/03

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced legislation to restore the name of Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge, outside of Mound City, Missouri. The area was renamed by the Obama White House in the final days of its administration last month.

“Despite clear and overwhelming objections from the people who live around Squaw Creek, President Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Services went ahead and changed the name of the refuge anyway,” Rep. Graves said. “Their reasons were flawed, their process was flawed, and their priorities during their final days in power were flawed. The bill I introduced today will restore the Squaw Creek that all of us in northwest Missouri have known for the past 80 years.”

In December, the Obama administration announced its intention to change the name of wildlife refuges that they considered “offensive.” Their push for political correctness included a target on Squaw Creek, a name established by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935. The administration’s plans, however, were developed without considering input from anyone who lives around Squaw Creek, as those affected most by this decision were left out of the process entirely.

H.R. 847 will ensure that Squaw Creek is referred to by its original name, Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge, in all official, related documents issued by the United States government going forward. A copy of the legislation is attached to this release.

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Graves Helps Lead T&I’s First Hearing of 2017

2017/02/01

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves this morning participated in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s first hearing of the 115th Congress. The discussion explored challenges facing America’s infrastructure and a vision for building a 21st century transportation network. Among those testifying at the hearing were CEOs from FedEx, Cargill, and BMW.

“This Committee, working alongside the Trump administration, has a tremendous opportunity to modernize and reinvent the way people and goods move throughout this country over the next two years,” Rep. Graves said. “It’s more than just rebuilding our roads and filling potholes – although that is a critical step. We must also work to bring America’s transportation network into the 21st century so Missouri’s farmers, businesses, and manufacturers have every possible advantage when competing in the global economy. These are things that can directly impact and improve the lives of people across our state.”

The long-term Highway Bill passed at the end of 2015 gave Missouri $5 billion in transportation funds to spend on rural bridges, crumbling highways, and outdated infrastructure over the following five years. It helped facilitate construction on our 35,000 highway miles and 10,000 roadway bridges, ensuring potholes get filled and road construction projects get done faster. Rapidly evolving transportation technologies, however, will change the way Missouri’s businesses operate within America’s infrastructure network in the not-so-distant future.

“But it is also our job to resist any push to overregulate or over legislate here,” Graves continued. “Instead, we have to focus on encouraging private sector innovation that can bring us to the next revolution in transportation – driverless cars, drones, and other cutting edge technologies. Regulations should be designed to ensure the safety of the public, but also to allow the business community to unleash the ingenuity needed to get us to this point.”

 

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Renewed Hope in the Fight for Life

2017/01/30

After the inauguration of President Trump earlier this month, our pro-life cause has new hope, with allies across all parts of government in Washington.

It is estimated that there are more than 900,000 abortions performed in the United States every year. That is devastating, and something we should all be truly ashamed of.

But it is also a reminder that we must do more to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. And it’s something that Congress has already begun working to change with a pro-life White House on our side.

Last week, I helped pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2017, through the House of Representatives. This bipartisan bill creates a permanent, government-wide prohibition against using federal dollars to pay for abortions.

Additionally, I've been working to introduce a few other pieces of legislation that will help advance the pro-life cause.

The first is the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017. In the last reported year alone, Planned Parenthood performed over 323,000 abortions and received over $550 million dollars in taxpayer funding - all according to their own math. Our bill will make sure that stops.

The second is the Conscience Protection Act, which prevents any federal, state, or local government from penalizing a health care provider that chooses not to offer or perform abortions.

In the 115th Congress, with a pro-life administration, Senate, and House of Representatives all united in the cause for life, we have an opportunity to make real, tangible differences in the lives of the unborn. I pledge to make the most of that opportunity, and will keep working to ensure these and other pro-life bills are signed into law by President Trump.

Sincerely,

 
Sam Graves

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First 100 Days

2017/01/23


What do you want to see in President Trump's First 100 Days?

2017/01/23

On the day he was inaugurated America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln addressed the nation during one of the most trying times in its history.

"We must not be enemies,” he said on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. “Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

The worst times were still ahead for President Lincoln and the country he was tasked to lead in 1861, but even 150 years later, those words are worth repeating.

On Friday, I was fortunate to take part in the inauguration of President Donald Trump. More than anything, the inauguration represented the best in American democracy - the peaceful transition of power.

It was not a celebration of one man or one political party, but instead a celebration of the system of representative democracy that must be cherished and preserved in this country. The belief in self-governance that allowed our country to flourish into the most free and prosperous nation the world has ever known.

But now, with the inauguration over, the Trump White House and Republican-led Congress must get to work on some of the most pressing problems we face in this country. From national security and healthcare reform, to economic growth and balanced budgets, there is certainly a lot that lies ahead. And I need your help to do that. Please take a minute to fill out this survey and tell me your priorities for President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

I look forward to working with a Republican Senate and White House as we set out to Make America Great Again. Please visit www.graves.house.gov/first100days to tell me what that means to you.     

Sincerely,

Sam Graves

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Sam Graves Retains Chairmanship of Highways and Transit Subcommittee

2017/01/23

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) today announced its subcommittee chairmen for the 115th Congress. Graves, who helped pass into law the first long-term federal Highway Bill in a decade in 2015, will retain his chairmanship of T&I’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

“The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee has given me the opportunity to focus on priorities that really matter to people in this country – from giving each state the certainty to repair crumbling roads and bridges, to rethinking policies that affect our rapidly evolving transit systems,” Rep. Graves said. “Missouri sits at the crossroads of America’s transportation network, and the opportunities we have for modernization in the industry figure to transform all of our lives in the coming years.”

In addition to his role leading the Highway Subcommittee, Graves is seen as a national leader on federal aviation policy and has worked tirelessly to protect Midwestern communities from flooding threats on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Graves’ Sixth District borders each of the nation’s two longest rivers, with approximately 284 miles of the Missouri River on its western and southern boundaries, and more than 100 miles of the Upper Mississippi River on its eastern edge.

Speaker Paul Ryan: “From his work passing long-term highway legislation to his leadership on river and aviation issues, no one has fought harder for our nation’s transportation infrastructure than Sam. He has earned the reputation as a leader on transportation issues, and I look forward to working with him as we continue these important conversations in the 115th Congress.”

In the Highway Subcommittee, Graves figures to focus on proper implementation of the Highway Bill, developing new and innovative solutions to long-term funding challenges facing the Highway Trust Fund, and anticipating new technologies set to impact America’s highway system in the coming decade. The subcommittee will also play a leading role in crafting a national infrastructure plan with the Trump administration.

“I am humbled to retain the Chairmanship of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and will continue focusing its work on ensuring we have the safest and most efficient roads, bridges, and transit systems in the world, and to leading the critically important discussion on a long-term fix to our Highway Trust Fund. We have a tremendous opportunity to modernize and rethink the way people and goods move throughout this country, and I look forward to being at the forefront of those discussions,” Graves concluded.

 

 

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PTSD is a Real Problem Facing America's Veterans - I'm Working to Stop It

2017/01/17

It's no secret that the priorities of the new presidential administration will be significantly different than they’ve been over the past eight years.

The military has been dangerously disrespected and underappreciated by President Obama's White House, and our veterans, active duty service members, and military families have felt the consequences the hardest.

Right now, I’m working to jump start the process President-Elect Trump will continue throughout his time in office. Last week, I introduced a resolution in the House that will help combat high rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among U.S. veterans.

Our armed service members face so many challenges when they come home from the front lines and work to readjust to life in America. From physical injuries and trauma to conditions like PTSD, the federal government has an obligation to provide veterans the very best care possible throughout their lives.

PTSD is characterized by recurring nightmares and disrupted sleep, and has affected more and more U.S. soldiers and veterans over recent years. Those suffering from PTSD also have a high occurrence of sleep apnea. 

According to studies, 54% of patients with PTSD were diagnosed with sleep apnea, compared to only 20% of the general population. And when left untreated, sleep apnea can worsen the symptoms of PTSD.

With this resolution, I hope we can find solutions to this very real problem and begin providing our veterans with the resources needed to curb the effects of PTSD. One proven treatment for the condition is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system. Soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD have experienced fewer nightmares when gives access to CPAP systems, and my resolution will work to bring this and other proven treatments for PTSD to our veterans.

Our soldiers sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms, the least we can do is give them everything they need to lead healthy, successful lives once they come home. My resolution is just one step toward that, and I look forward to working on behalf of America's veterans with our new President in the coming months.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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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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