Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Higher Taxes, More Spending, No Solutions

2016/02/09

This morning, President Obama released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017. The budget spends a record $4.1 trillion, and increases taxes on Americans by $2.6 trillion over the next decade. Thankfully, it's the last budget Obama will propose from the White House.

The President clearly had no intention of offering realistic solutions to this country’s fiscal problems. Record levels of spending and trillions of dollars in new taxes is not a serious plan for America’s future. It's more government and more of the same job killing policies we've seen from the White House over the past 7 years.

One of the most outrageous new taxes in the President's budget is a $10 tax on each barrel of oil. Experts predict the tax would translate into an increase of 25 cents per gallon at the pump. 

The tax is a not-so-subtle move by the President to promote his radical energy policy. We need more than oil to fulfill this country's energy needs. But for now, gasoline is the best we have in many respects, and we cannot afford a President who refuses to accept that.

What's worse, despite massive tax increases, the President's budget never balances. Ever. Instead, it ensures that the national debt would double during his presidency. With annual deficits skyrocketing, we must take action to rein in federal spending and pay down the debt. That is why I support a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will require fiscal restraint and accountability from everyone in Washington, D.C.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Sam Graves Responds to President’s FY17 Budget

2016/02/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement in response to the President’s FY17 budget proposal, which was released this morning. The budget spends a record $4.1 trillion, and would increase taxes on Americans by $2.6 trillion over the next decade.

“The President clearly had no interest in offering realistic solutions to this country’s fiscal problems,” Rep. Graves said. “Record levels of spending and trillions of dollars in new taxes is not a serious plan for America’s future, and I’m glad this is President Obama’s last budget proposal.”

The budget never balances and would more than double the national debt from when the president took office, despite massive tax increases. The proposed $10 per barrel tax is expected to translate into a 25 cent per gallon increase in gas prices.

 

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Sam Graves' Statement after Rejection of Newest KCI Renovation Proposal

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the latest KCI renovation plan was rejected at today’s City Council Airport Committee meeting. The $335 million alternative was proposed by KC firm Crawford Architects and Councilwoman Teresa Loar on January 19.

“The bureaucracy at the Kansas City Aviation Department continues to overlook the fact that KCI’s customers are overwhelmingly satisfied with the way the airport currently works,” Rep. Graves said. “They disregard convenience and push for the more expensive and complicated options, and have shown no interest in seriously considering alternatives to their original billion dollar plan.”

“Much like the city’s claim that renovating current terminals would cost more than rebuilding the airport entirely, it’s also hard to believe the estimated increases in airport traffic used to justify today’s decision,” Rep. Graves continued. “A project with this kind of price tag has to be done honestly and transparently, and I’m afraid that is not what we’re getting with renovations at KCI.”

 

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Capitalizing on Highway Funding

2016/02/01

I was fortunate to be asked to give the keynote address to the Missouri Conference on Transportation last week in Jefferson City. The conversation focused on a variety of issues facing Missouri's transportation system, most importantly the funding we need to repair roads across the state.

As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highway and Transit, I helped write and pass a federal Highway Bill at the end of 2015. It was the first long-term bill agreed to by Congress in 10 years, and it will give Missouri about $1 billion dollars per year to spend on transportation projects through 2021. Money that will be used to expand lanes, fill potholes, and rebuild bridges.

But repairing our state's roads is no simple task, and the Missouri Department of Transportation needs all the support it can get. Missouri has the seventh largest highway system in the country, and MoDOT is responsible for maintaining about 34,000 roadway miles and 10,000 bridges across our state.

The Highway Trust Fund is one of the only true trust funds we have in this country. For decades, state and local governments have relied on income from the gas tax to maintain roads that get us to work, our kids to school, and food to our grocery stores. However, gasoline use has declined as cars have become more fuel efficient. This change is good in a lot of ways, but it means our policies have to change too.

A few options are on the table, including eliminating the gas tax entirely in place of a vehicle miles tax, but there are a lot of issues that need to be ironed out first. And more proposals are sure to develop before the next Highway Bill reauthorization.

For now, the Highway Bill gives Missouri confidence and certainty to plan construction projects on highways across the state. But it is so critical for us to be able to take full advantage of the law. Please know I will continue doing everything possible to give Missouri the resources it needs to maintain our roads, bridges and highways.

If you would like to view the full video of my address to the conference, you can find it here.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Gives Keynote Address at the Missouri Transportation Conference

2016/01/28

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – U.S. Representative Sam Graves spoke to the Missouri Conference on Transportation this afternoon in Jefferson City. Graves, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highway and Transit, delivered the keynote address. The conference was organized by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and focused on various issues facing Missouri’s transportation system.

“The Missouri Department of Transportation faces a daunting task, and I want to be sure they have the support they need to maintain one of the largest statewide highway systems in the country,” Rep. Graves said following his address. “Congress passed a long-term federal Highway Bill that will give Missouri the resources to improve roads, fill potholes, and rebuild bridges, but it is important that we are able to take full advantage of the law. I am glad we are having this important conversation, and I am thankful for the opportunity to speak to the conference today.”

MoDOT is tasked with maintaining over 34,000 roadway miles – the seventh largest infrastructure system of any state in the U.S. In addition to addressing concerns over funding, the Conference also focused on measures to improve safety on our state’s roads, something Graves emphasized while developing the new Highway Bill.

A video of the full speech can be found here.

 

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Graves Issues Statement on Newest KCI Renovation Proposal

2016/01/20

KANSAS CITY, MO – U.S. Representative Sam Graves gave the following statement in response to the KCI renovation proposal released this morning. A team led by a Kansas City architecture firm and backed by members of the City Council offered an alternative to the KC Aviation Department’s original proposal to restructure Kansas City International Airport into a single terminal at a cost of over $1 billion.

“I am encouraged to see a new proposal for KCI, but it’s hard to believe that any alternative will get a fair shake from the Kansas City Aviation Department,” Rep. Graves said. “Department leadership has made its agenda to replace KCI with a new, billion dollar terminal clear, despite objections from people across the Kansas City area. Regardless, this shows that there are other options, and it is progress to see a plan that is more cost effective and that also takes steps to maintain the convenience that KCI’s customers value.”

 

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Graves Introduces Bill Protecting Second Amendment

2016/01/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced a bill blocking funding for the executive orders announced by President Obama last week. H.R. 4379, the Defending Gun Rights against Executive Overreach Act, also ensures the President receives no federal funds to enforce additional executive actions on gun control introduced during his remaining time in office.

“Expanding background checks isn’t going to stop radical Islamic terrorism, and none of the measures President Obama announced last week would have prevented the horrible string of mass shootings in this country over the past few years,” Rep. Graves said. “That is why I am introducing a bill that blocks funding for any of the President’s executive orders affecting our gun rights during the remainder of his time in office.”

“I encourage the President to follow the rule of law and work with Congress to develop strategies that limit gun violence by addressing mental illness in this country,” Rep. Graves said. “Determining the causes of this problem, whether they be societal, economic, genetic, or some combination of the three, will be critical toward preventing many of the tragedies we’ve seen too often in America.”

In a published report, the Associated Press found that none of the measures the President announced on January 5 would have prevented the mass shootings he mentioned in his press conference. You can read about the findings from that report here.

 

 

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The Case for Ending the Oil Export Ban

2016/01/11

A few weeks ago, Congress agreed to end a 40-year ban on U.S. oil exports

Lifting the outdated policy adds jobs and increases American revenues. It also sets the stage for America to be the leader in global energy markets.

But most importantly, while all major economies in the world still rely on oil, the decision ensures energy markets can remain stable when oil producing nations in Africa and the Middle East are not.

The ban was first put in place after the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which was designed to punish the U.S. for its support for Israel. But over the last decade, the U.S. has experienced a renaissance of domestic energy production, driven by revolutionary advances in U.S. shale oil production.

In fact, we already export more refined oil than we import every year. Ending the oil export ban will allow us to take advantage of our domestic crude oil as well.

The price difference between oil produced in the U.S. and the Middle East is very small, so it is unlikely that a significant amount of U.S. oil would be shipped overseas anytime soon. But what is important is that America now has the ability to take the lead in stabilizing global economies and energy markets should oil production in other countries be disrupted by violence, terrorism or natural disaster.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, we produce about 9.2 million barrels per day, which is nearly 10% of the world’s oil supply. Domestic oil production has almost doubled in the past five years, up from about 5,000 barrels per day in mid-2010.

Right now, Iraq, Syria and Libya are some of the biggest oil producers on earth. But all three have oil fields that are either threatened by or under control of terrorist organizations, including ISIS.

It is critical for the U.S. to have this ability to protect global economies by fulfilling our allies' energy needs, should that time come. I am proud that Congress acted to fix this misguided and outdated policy.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Announces Nominations to U.S. Military Academies

2016/01/06

KANSAS CITY, MO – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06) announced United States Military Service Academy nominations for students in Missouri’s Sixth Congressional District. Each year, members of Congress are tasked with selecting qualified students from their respective districts to attend one of America’s prestigious military academies. 

"North Missouri year in and year out has produced impressive candidates for our nation’s military academies,” Rep. Graves said. “This year is no exception. I am proud of all the young men and women who have seeked out and recieved nominations, and I thank all of them for their willingness to serve this country. I know that each of the individuals who recieved a nomination will make North Missouri proud at their respective acaedmies. 

The following students from across north Missouri received nominations from Congressman Graves:

 

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

John Barry – US Naval Academy (Liberty North HS)

Alexander Dye – US Air Force and US Naval Academies (Blue Springs HS)

Lukas Erickson –US Military Academy (Maryville HS)

Cody Hankins – US Air Force Academy (Smithville HS)

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

Jacob Phillips – US Military Academy (Savannah HS)

Eric Siemens – US Air Force Academy (Central HS)

 

The nomination system is a very competitive process. Various military academies hold extremely selective admission standards. To help in the nomination process, Rep. Graves created an Academy Nominations Review Board. The board, made up of service academy graduates and citizens of the Sixth District, interviewed and reviewed all applicants before making final recommendations to Rep. Graves.

Rep. Graves, who notified each student by phone of their nomination, commented on the competitiveness of this year’s nomination process. Students interested in being appointed to a service academy in the future can find out more information by contacting Graves’ district office in Kansas City or by visiting www.graves.house.gov.

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The President's Gun Control Obsession

2016/01/04

President Obama is beginning his final year in office pushing for more gun control. It’s a battle the President has fought again and again, and one that Congress has rejected each time.

The President wants to make it harder for law-abiding Americans to buy and own guns. He wants to create a federal registry for gun ownership even though his Vice President admitted the federal government cannot effectively manage such a database. And he wants to ban the sale of firearms that hundreds of thousands of Americans already own.

But, in reality, all these executive actions would do is make it easier for criminals and the mentally ill to kill helpless, innocent Americans. 

Prohibitions on the sale of new semi-automatic firearms are not going to prevent criminals from illegally obtaining guns that have already flooded the market. Expanding background checks isn’t going to stop radical Islamic terrorism. And, as we’ve seen too many times across this country, strengthening gun laws in public spaces only leaves good people vulnerable and unarmed.

All but two mass public shootings in this country in the past 65 years has taken place in areas where people are not legally allowed to carry guns. Whether it is a school, a shopping mall, or a city run by anti-gun politicians, gun free zones only help attract violent, crazy people to unarmed victims.

The President will sit down with CNN for a town hall this week, where he will repeat his case for more gun control and threaten to use executive action wherever he can. As your representative, please know that I will aggressively oppose the President as he seeks to limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American people.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

 

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Oversight of the Office of Advocacy and the Office of the National Ombudsman at the SBA

2016-02-10 19:33:13


Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part I)

2016-02-10 18:54:07


Markup of Views and Estimates on the President's FY2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

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SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development

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SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Offices

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Mark Up: H.R. 4341: “Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016

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Oversight of the Office of Investment and Innovation at the SBA

2016-01-12 21:07:00


SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Access to Capital Offices

2016-01-12 16:02:19


SBA’s Office of International Trade: Good for Business?

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Attention Needed: Mismanagement at the SBA – The Administrator Responds

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Chairman Chabot on MSNBC's "Your Business with JJ Ramberg"

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Chairman Chabot Backs Customs Reauthorization for Small Businesses

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Supporting Success: Empowering Small Business Advocates

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Improving Size Standards for Small Farmers and Ranchers

2015-11-19 17:17:29


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.


Serving With

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Billy Long

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Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

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