Sam Graves

Sam Graves


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


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


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

Graves Introduces Legislation to Stop the EPA, Welcomes Administrator McCarthy to Missouri


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06) today welcomed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to Missouri by introducing H.R. 5034, the Stop the EPA Act.  As Administrator McCarthy travels the state this week in an attempt to sell the Administration’s radical agenda to farmers and property owners, Congressman Graves has offered comprehensive legislation to protect middle class families and small businesses from an out-of-control and aggressive EPA regulatory agenda. “Administrator McCarthy and the EPA will soon find out that Washington bureaucrats are becoming far too aggressive in attacking our way of life.  My legislation will give the American people a voice in the regulator’s room when the President and the EPA try and go around Congress.  When the EPA says that property owners, farmers, and livestock producers must stomach higher costs, longer delays, and bigger headaches, it’s up to Congress to put up a roadblock.  We need a government that will act as a partner with every day Missourians, not an enemy.  Administrator McCarthy should be apologizing to Missourians.  EPA aggression has reached an all-time high, and now it must be stopped,” said Congressman Graves. [[{"fid":"351","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"width: 400px; height: 200px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Learn more about Stop the EPA Act Regarding the EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule, McCarthy told reporters that many of the concerns held by farmers are “ludicrous” and “just silly.” “The EPA has two major rulemakings in the works right now, one that threatens land use through an expansion of the Clean Water Act and one that threatens coal-fired power generation.  Neither was ordered or approved by Congress, yet the EPA is making decisions that will be felt for generations,” said Blake Hurst, Missouri Farm Bureau President.  “Congressman Graves’ proposal makes a lot of sense—put the brakes on the agency’s regulatory agenda, review regulations already in effect and ultimately stop the end-run around Congress,” he added. The Graves legislation would require further economic impact review of all EPA regulations and congressional approval for major actions. Stop the EPA Act Immediately halts every proposed regulation until the EPA completes a review of all existing regulations   Requires a retroactive review of all past EPA regulations Any regulation with an economic impact over $50 million must be sent to Congress for approval Those that are not approved by Congress will no longer be law Requires that all new proposed regulations with an economic impact over $50 million must be approved by Congress before they take affect No new proposed regulations until the retroactive review is completed and Congress acts to approve ### Read More

Graves Calls On President Obama to Address Border Crisis


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06) today joined with 32 Members of Congress in a letter calling on President Obama to get serious about the crisis along America’s border with Mexico. “The reason we are witnessing the surge of unaccompanied alien children along our southwestern border is because the President and his Administration have refused to enforce existing immigration laws.  Time and again, this President has chosen to pursue his own policies that are in direct contradiction with U.S. law.  I’m calling on the President to obey the Rule of Law, and to quickly resolve the current situation at our southern border,” said Congressman Graves. Specifically, Graves called on the President to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Created without congressional support in 2012, DACA contradicts present law and violates the Constitutional principle of separation of powers.  In addition, Graves requested an explicit public commitment from the President that he will not support legislation that extends legal status to newly arriving illegal aliens – regardless of age. Read the letter here.   ### Read More

Graves Statement on Obamacare Violation of Religious Freedom


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06) made the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare violates employers’ right to religious freedom: “Today’s ruling tells us what we already know: our big and ever-growing government is out of control, and Obamacare is far too overreaching and flawed to stand as law of the land.  I’m pleased that the Court ruled in defense of our First Amendment rights under the Constitution.” ### Read More

Unlock America's Energy Resources


The United States is an energy rich nation that continues to act like an energy poor nation. During one of our busiest travel periods of the year, it is important to focus on policies that will drive down costs at the gas pump. This week, the House of Representatives passed three bills intended to lower gas prices, create good-paying jobs, and unlock domestic sources of energy.  We can do that right here at home, without looking to nations overseas. First, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act increases offshore oil production by requiring the Obama Administration to move forward with new offshore energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources. Second, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act requires that cross-border oil pipelines be approved within 120 days unless they are found to compromise national security interests. The delay we have seen with the Keystone pipeline project should never happen again. Finally, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act speeds up exports of U.S. natural gas to our allies. Increasing natural gas exports will help boost the economy while making us less dependent on other countries. I was proud to support these three bills, all of which passed the House. Right now, an overbearing government is making energy more expensive. Whether it’s lowering gas prices or preventing bigger electric bills, common sense solutions are needed to ease the squeeze on middle class Missourians.  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

Graves Votes to Lower Gas Prices, Advance U.S. Energy Independence & Job Growth


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06), House Small Business Committee Chairman, this week voted in support of several measures to lower gas prices, create good-paying jobs, and achieve long-term energy independence for the U.S. “The U.S. is an energy rich nation that continues to act like an energy poor nation.  Right now, an overbearing government is making energy more expensive.  Whether it’s lowering gas prices or preventing bigger electric bills, common sense solutions are needed to ease the squeeze on middle class Missourians.  The Keystone XL pipeline, for example, is a project that will promote greater energy security and economic growth right here at home, yet the President and the Administration have sat on it for years,” said Congressman Graves. H.R. 4899, Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014, increases offshore oil production by requiring the Obama Administration to move forward with new offshore energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources. The bill increases onshore oil production by streamlining government roadblocks and bureaucratic red-tape that block and delay onshore American energy production.  The bill harnesses the oil and natural gas resources we have here in the U.S., and as a result will help ease the pain at the pump.  Graves voted yes. H.R. 3301, North American Energy Infrastructure Act, requires that cross-border oil pipelines be approved within 120 days unless they are found to compromise national security interests.  The debacle that has delayed the Keystone project should never happen again.  Graves voted yes. H.R. 6, Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, expedites exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to our allies by placing a 30 day deadline on the Department of Energy to issue a final decision on applications to export LNG.  Due to advancements in technology and innovation, natural gas output by the U.S. has rapidly increased over the last decade and is expected to continue rising. Increasing LNG exports will help boost the economy while increasing global energy security.  The U.S. has more than enough gas to supply our domestic needs and the export market.  Graves voted yes. ###   Read More

Graves: Skyrocketing Obamacare Premiums Fit Pattern of Incompetence & Mistrust


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06), House Small Business Committee Chairman, reaffirmed his support for fully repealing Obamacare after a new report was released showing how the law is making health care more expensive. “Aside from Obamacare’s ongoing dysfunction and delay, the added costs and burdens being forced on Missourians are a major cause for alarm.  What we are seeing in Buchanan County and the greater Kansas City area are some of the biggest premium increases in the country.  The President even promised that Obamacare would lower premiums for the middle class,” said Congressman Graves.  “This pattern of broken promises creates more confusion and damages our trust.  The only way to truly prevent more skyrocketing premiums and dropped coverage is to fully repeal a law that is far too flawed to stand as law of the land.” The study, which looks at data from 3,137 counties around the country, indicates that Obamacare increased 2014 individual-market premiums by an average of 49%.  From 2013-2014, Buchanan County had the largest average increase for men than any other county in the nation at 271%. Specifically among 27-year old men, the study indicates premium increases of 411% in Buchanan County, 242% in Atchison County, 219% in Platte County, 38% in Adair County, 38% in Marion County, 219% in Clay County, and 36% in Pike County. Click here to view all counties. ### Read More

Small Business Program Mismanagement Epitomizes Obamacare Incompetence


The Missouri Times | Congressman Sam Graves The Obama administration just can’t seem to deliver on its promises for Obamacare, and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) clearly illustrates this. This program was designed to simplify the process for small businesses to compare health plan costs and select an appropriate plan for their employees, and through competition, bring down costs.  In practice, it has done just the opposite because of a series of missed deadlines and delays. In fact, the program has now been delayed five times since April 2013. During the Obamacare debate, many questioned the wisdom of granting the government more control over health care, but the botched rollout and implementation of the policy adds an additional concern that this law is leading to further confusion and uncertainty for small businesses. In the turmoil of the administration’s rollout of Obamacare, the small business program repeatedly fell behind schedule. We first learned of the administration’s inability to deliver SHOPs as planned with their announcement on April 1, 2013, that the employer health insurance choice on the federal SHOP exchanges would be delayed until 2015, limiting employers to one single plan. That delay was the first of many. On June 19, 2013, a report I requested from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) confirmed the administration was ill-equipped to implement SHOP and that there could be “implementation challenges going forward.” The report proved to be accurate, because the incompetence continued like clockwork. On September 26, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the federal SHOPs online enrollment would be postponed until November, 2013, forcing small businesses to enroll using paper forms. That same day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney clarified the enrollment would begin on November 1, 2013. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner then further clarified in a congressional hearing on October 29, 2013, that the SHOPs would be operating at the end of November. Just when you thought they were done, another delay was announced on November 27, 2013 while most of the country wasn’t paying attention, the day before Thanksgiving. The pattern of stops and stutters has continued with the latest delay coming last week! These delays and lack of choices are contributing to increased premium costs for businesses, which is exactly what Nancy Pelosi and President Obama said wouldn’t happen. To be exact, costs are increasing for nearly two-thirds of small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees, according to a CMS report released in February. Small businesses do not expand and hire when facing increasing costs and confusion, and the administration’s disarray in managing this program is just one more element of uncertainty for small firms in a weak economy. Topping off the administration’s ongoing and obvious dysfunction is its unwillingness to release basic data about participation in the program. Back in January, I requested enrollment numbers and related information from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius but received no data. I asked again this month, with no luck. For a President that ran on more government accountability, it’s astonishing how little information is disclosed about a program in which the taxpayers are investing billions. As a Missouri Representative and Chairman of the Small Business Committee, I will continue to work for transparency from these federal agencies on behalf of small businesses and families. This mismanagement and inadequacy is causing the American people and small business owners to lose trust in their government’s ability to do just about anything. We deserve better. ### Read More

A Kick in the Teeth to our First Amendment Rights


“What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector?” Mark Twain once asked.  “The taxidermist takes only your skin.” In recent months, the mood in Washington has given us few reasons to think otherwise.  Last year, we learned that law-abiding Americans were being bullied by the IRS due to their political leanings.  At the expense of our First Amendment Rights, bureaucrats were working to silence conservative individuals and organizations around the country.  Whether it is the IRS, EPA, or Department of Education, our government is becoming bigger and more aggressive each day. Who was really behind the IRS scheme?  This is a question Congress has been trying to find out, but all along the way, the Obama Administration has stonewalled Congress.  Worst of all, Lois Lerner, one of the directors at the IRS, refused to answer questions when she was called to Capitol Hill.  Last month, with my support the House of Representatives held Lerner in contempt of Congress for her conduct. Making matters worse, Congress recently learned that the IRS lost several years worth of Lerner’s e-mails.  The IRS claims that this was a mishap due to a computer crash.  Making things even harder to believe, we find out that e-mails from six other individuals being investigated have also vanished. The writing is on the wall.  It is appearing more and more that the American people and Congress have been lied to by our government.  The IRS has been turned into another government bully used to silence the President’s critics.  With this kick in the teeth to our First Amendment rights, the President and his Administration have seriously violated our trust. Rest assured, Congress will do everything in its power to bring Lois Lerner and the IRS to justice.  What they have done is un-American, and it has no place in our government. 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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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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