Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Graves Mobile Office Hours

2014/10/22

Graves Mobile Office Hours WASHINGTON – A member of U.S. Congressman Sam Graves’ staff is holding Mobile Office stops.  Graves’ Mobile Office will tour the district giving constituents the opportunity to speak with a member of his staff.  “I have always believed you learn more by listening than talking.  My priority in Congress is constituent service and the Mobile Office is an additional opportunity for me to stay in contact with the people of the Sixth District.  I encourage everyone to come by these informal sessions to discuss their views or receive assistance with federal agencies,” said Graves.  The Mobile Office provides regular contact for communities and individuals who have a question or problem with federal government agencies. The October Mobile Office schedule for Clay County is as follows: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Lawson City Hall 103 S Pennsylvania Avenue Lawson, MO 64062 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Excelsior Chamber of Commerce 461 S Thompson Avenue Excelsior Springs, MO 64024  1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Kearney City Hall 100 E Washington Street Kearney, MO 64060 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Smithville City Hall 107 W Main Street Smithville, MO 64089 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Mid-Continent Public Library: Program Room 1000 Kent Street Liberty, MO 64068 ### Read More

Obama’s War on Affordable Energy

2014/10/20

Missouri has a long and proud history of producing coal.  In fact, the Show Me state was the first state West of the Mississippi to produce coal for commercial use.  When it comes to the generation of electricity in the United States, about half of that power is provided by coal. The coal industry is booming and the United States is one of the world’s largest exporters of coal.  According to the Energy Information Administration, there is enough coal to last for the next 200 years. Most of that coal, however, is headed to Asia.  American demand for coal has been slowed down by costly regulations from the federal government.  Missouri sits on large reserves of coal, which is a cheap and abundant source of energy. The current administration has said they want to make building a coal plant so expensive that it will bankrupt the company.  Recently, President Obama and the EPA announced that they will seek to force a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions on coal power plants by 2030.  With a flurry of new regulations, they are moving toward that goal. I believe we need to be pursuing an all-the-above strategy regarding energy.  Coal is a part of the solution, along with natural gas, renewable fuels, nuclear, conservation and increased oil exploration.  Instead of trying to bankrupt energy companies, we need to embrace all of the options. When it comes to easing our energy crunch, there are no easy gimmicks.  We must continue to increase the amount of American energy by using our own natural resources.   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 Mobile Office Hours

2014/10/20

Graves Mobile Office Hours   WASHINGTON – A member of U.S. Congressman Sam Graves’ staff is holding Mobile Office stops.  Graves’ Mobile Office will tour the district giving constituents the opportunity to speak with a member of his staff.  “I have always believed you learn more by listening than talking.  My priority in Congress is constituent service and the Mobile Office is an additional opportunity for me to stay in contact with the people of the Sixth District.  I encourage everyone to come by these informal sessions to discuss their views or receive assistance with federal agencies,” said Graves.  The Mobile Office provides regular contact for communities and individuals who have a question or problem with federal government agencies. The Mobile Office schedule for October 2014 is as follows:   MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 Macon County 9:30 AM County Courthouse 101 E. Washington Street Macon, MO 63552   TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 Sullivan County 9:00 AM County Courthouse 109 N. Main Street, #20 Milan, MO 63556   Putnam County 11:00 AM PC Café and Resource Center 116 S. 17th Street Unionville, MO 63565   Schuyler County 1:30 PM City Hall 109 W. Washington Street Lancaster, MO 63548   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 Linn County 8:00 AM City Hall 116 N Main Street Marceline, MO 64658   Chariton County 11:00 AM City Hall 115 W Broadway Street Brunswick, MO 65236   Carroll County 2:00 PM Public Library 1 N. Folger Street Carrollton, MO 64633       ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement Following Small Business Listening Session

2014/10/16

Sam Graves Statement Following Small Business Listening Session    WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves,  House Small Business Committee Chairman, made the following statement after holding a small business listening session at Miller’s Custom Cabinets in Excelsior Springs, MO.  This was another in a series of meetings that Rep. Graves has held with small business owners and their employees across the 6th District.    “I would like to thank everyone at Miller’s Custom Cabinets for participating in our small business listening session,” Rep. Graves said.  “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating 7 out of every 10 new jobs,” he continued. “I have always said, government doesn’t create jobs.  What government can do is enact policies that set the table for economic growth and provide certainty to small businesses like Miller’s Custom Cabinets.  Whether it is addressing rising energy costs, simplifying the tax code, or removing burdensome regulations – we must implement common sense solutions that allow small businesses to grow and create jobs.”       ### Read More

*MEDIA ADVISORY* Sam Graves to Hold Small Business Listening Session

2014/10/14

Sam Graves to Hold Small Business Listening Session   WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves will be holding a small business listening session at Miller’s Custom Cabinets in Excelsior Springs, MO.  This is another in a series of meetings that Rep. Graves has held with small business owners and their employees across the 6th District.  Graves will be discussing his efforts to protect small businesses by reducing crushing regulations, simplifying the tax code, and enacting policies that give certainty to businesses allowing them to expand and create jobs.  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.   Wednesday, October 15 Clay County What: Small Business Listening Session When: Wednesday, October 15, 2:30PM – 3:30PM Where: Miller’s Custom Cabinets, 1403 N Jesse James Rd, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024   ### Read More

More Bad News from Obamacare

2014/10/13

Famed economist Milton Friedman once said, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.”  What we have today, is a federal government that has put itself in charge of our healthcare system through Obamacare.  The effects of this law are just now starting to be felt and it is sure to get worse.  Since its passage, without a single Republican vote in the House or Senate, Obamacare has proven harmful to all – from small businesses to family farmers to individuals.  The shortage of full-time hours and jobs due to costly and confusing regulations being forced on small businesses is unacceptable.  Our economy relies greatly on small businesses, which are responsible for creating 7 out of every 10 jobs. The complex rules and regulations resulting from the President’s healthcare law will only stifle that job growth. Recently, the IRS released a number of new forms and instructions that small businesses must fill out in order to comply with Obamacare.  These forms are lengthy, confusing, and very costly to small businesses.  Ultimately, these forms will result in small business owners spending more money on attorneys and tax preparers – and less money investing in new jobs and expanding their business. It’s no coincidence that during Obama’s presidency the industries that have seen the largest growth are those dealing directly with taxes and regulations.  I have written IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and made him aware of the concerns I hear repeatedly from small businesses in the 6th District and across the country.  I look forward to his response and ensuring that this matter is resolved.  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

A Flawed Economic Policy

2014/10/06

President Ronald Reagan summed up the federal government’s flawed idea of an economic policy best when he said, “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  That is exactly what we are seeing today.  We have a tax code that is unworkable and an endless stream of unnecessary regulations coming out of bureaucracies in Washington.  There is no better example of over-regulation and job killing policies than what we see from the EPA.  The EPA released a rule that would dramatically expand its authority to regulate ponds, ditches, and gullies released under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  This unprecedented move employs illogical and confusing terms to expand the size and scope of the EPA’s authority on private lands.  This power grab will lead to fewer jobs, higher costs, more permitting, and more delay and disruption for property owners.  Any industry that relies on land use, such as farming and home building, will fall victim to the mandates of Washington bureaucrats.  These concerns were reinforced by the Small Business Administration recently when they said it will have a “direct and potentially costly impact on small businesses.” That is why I introduced the Stop the EPA Act. My bill allows Congress to be a roadblock for any of their senseless regulations.  When it comes down to it, you elected me to represent you – not the EPA – and I want to 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

“Government is Not the Solution to our Problem, Government IS the Problem”

2014/09/29

President Reagan once famously stated that, "government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem." I couldn’t agree more. I’ve long said that government does not create jobs. What government can do is enact policies that set the table for economic growth and provide certainty to small businesses. For instance, we must have a tax structure that is competitive with the rest of the world. We need to streamline our tax code so that small businesses spend less time trying to calculate how much they owe the government, and more time trying to figure out how to grow their business so they can hire more people. We must also put a stop to the unnecessary and crushing regulations coming from unaccountable bureaucrats in federal agencies. Washington’s endless stream of rules and regulations has become an obstacle to growth. If we are serious about getting people back to work, we need to cut the red tape. That’s why I have introduced legislation to stop an out of control EPA and voted once again to fully repeal Obamacare and all of its job-killing costs and regulations. These are two common sense steps in the right direction to giving small businesses and all hardworking Americans some much needed relief. Small businesses want to hire and invest in their people, but they need certainty from Washington. Our job will not be done until everyone who wants a job, can find a job.   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 Welcomes New Jobs to the Kansas City Metro Area

2014/09/26

Sam Graves Welcomes New Jobs to the Kansas City Metro Area WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06), House Small Business Committee Chairman, today made the following statement as the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant announced the hiring of 1,200 new full-time employees. “I am pleased by the recent announcement that Ford Motor Company is adding 1,200 new jobs to its Kansas City Assembly Plant,” said Rep. Graves.  “This further proves that the Kansas City Metro area is second to none when it comes to places to work and do business,” he continued.  “The private sector investments made by Ford and all involved are exactly what is needed to create jobs and get our economy moving again.  Each new job created in Missouri’s 6th District is a step in the right direction.”               ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder's Resignation

2014/09/25

Sam Graves Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder's Resignation WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06), House Small Business Committee Chairman, released the following statement after the announcement that Eric Holder will be resigning as Attorney General of the United States. “Today’s announcement that Attorney General Holder will be resigning is long overdue,” said Rep. Graves.  “Mr. Holder took a sworn oath to defend the Constitution and uphold and enforce the laws of this country – time and again he has fallen well short,” Rep. Graves continued.  “From the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking scandal to the secret targeting of journalists to his failure to cooperate with Congressional investigations – he has shown a complete disregard for the Constitution and his duties as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.  I am hopeful that Mr. Holder’s successor will have a greater appreciation for the office of Attorney General and the Constitution he or she is expected to uphold.”   ### Read More

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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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