Sam Graves

Sam Graves


Keeping Gun Rights in Reach


Anti-gun politicians aren't shy about using a crisis to push their agenda down all of our throats.

We see it over and over again in Washington. After every terrorist attack or national tragedy, they are there to jump on the opportunity.

But from Chicago to Los Angeles and Seattle, local lawmakers are also working to trample on the constitutional rights of law-following American citizens. And they are finding creative ways to do it.

Over the last few years, all of these cities have threatened new taxes on ammo and other firearm accessories as a way to prevent people from buying and owning guns.

That's why I introduced the Stop Taxing the Second Amendment Act earlier this month. My bill will end the threat we see creeping into communities across the country. It blocks all local lawmakers from using taxes or fees as a way to put gun ownership out of financial reach in Missouri.

These taxes are designed solely to prevent people from buying and owning guns in this country. That’s unacceptable. And I will not stand by and watch people trample on our gun rights and the Constitution.

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Graves Offers Support for Veterans Suffering from PTSD


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced a resolution designed to help combat high rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other complications facing U.S. veterans. H.Res. 825 addresses the connection between PTSD and sleep apnea, which can lead to a host of other health issues for returning military men and women.

“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, we have an obligation to provide them the very best care possible,” Rep. Graves said.

PTSD is increasingly prevalent among United States soldiers and veterans, characterized by recurring nightmares and disrupted sleep. 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. When untreated, sleep apnea can worsen the symptoms of PTSD.

“Sleep apnea can be brought on by the PTSD that far too many military men and women face after serving in combat,” Rep. Graves continued. “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. Our soldiers bravely 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.”

In 2007, Congress asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay closer attention to sleep apnea among veterans, and greater awareness has prompted more veterans to seek treatment for the disorder. 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 exposed to the therapy.

Graves’ resolution supports public awareness of sleep apnea, seeks to provide access to care for soldiers and veterans suffering from the condition, and further explores CPAP as a viable treatment for PTSD. 



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Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Amnesty


Late last month, the Supreme Court decided to block one of the many executive orders President Obama has issued during his time in office. The Court ruled what all of us already knew- Obama can't just hand out amnesty to 4 million illegal immigrants.

The ruling was a win for the Constitution and for our entire legal system. But more than that, it was a win for American workers and everyone who's followed our immigration laws. These are the people hurt the most by amnesty.

Regardless of the reason they are here, illegal immigrants are just that- illegal. They take from our welfare system, contribute to overcrowding at public schools, and push down wages for Americans.

Politicians that support amnesty have made the problem worse. Amnesty provides an incentive for people to cross our borders and live in America - despite the fact that it’s against the law - with the hope that they’ll eventually become citizens anyway.

Poor border defense hurts too. That’s why I have always supported building a fence along the entire southern border and increasing the number of border patrolmen stationed there.

I'll continue fighting for resources that strengthen our border and make it harder for people to cross over into the U.S. from Mexico.

There is no reason why we should be encouraging immigrants to come here illegally. It punishes everyone who follows our laws, it sends the wrong message to the rest of the world, and it is a huge drain on our budget. I have always opposed amnesty in every form. And I always will.

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Sam Graves Authors Legislation Protecting the Second Amendment


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced legislation blocking state and local governments from issuing taxes that double as new gun control laws. The Stop Taxing the 2nd Amendment Act will prevent a practice that has become more popular over the last few years, with multiple states proposing taxes on bullets and other firearm accessories as a way to bypass the 2nd Amendment and prevent people from buying guns.

“Anti-gun politicians will stop at nothing to push their unconstitutional agenda on the American people,” Rep. Graves said. “They’re willing to use terrorist attacks and national tragedies as an excuse to advance that agenda, and now states and local governments are threatening to pass new taxes that will prevent people from buying and owning guns. My bill will end that threat, blocking local lawmakers from using taxes or fees as a way to limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American citizens.”

The Stop Taxing the 2nd Amendment Act will pre-empt any current or future taxes specifically targeted for guns and ammunition. Many states and localities are attempting to impose these costly taxes, which could put basic self-defense tools and a constitutional right out of financial reach for many Americans.



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Happy Independence Day


Thomas Jefferson is arguably the most important person in American history.

He helped shape some of our nation’s most influential documents, executed one of the biggest land deals ever in North America, and forged relationships with foreign allies when the success and stability of our country was far from guaranteed.

But of all his accomplishments, perhaps his most consequential came when he put down these 55 words in the Declaration Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

On this, the anniversary of our Independence, Jefferson’s words ring as true today as they did 240 years ago. The guiding principle of the representative Democracy that blossomed into the most prosperous nation the world has ever known is that our government derives its powers from those it governs.

To this day, we still hold onto the belief that all men are created equal. Regardless of our occupation, wealth, background or origin, we are all equal, and the decisions of those in government can never change that.

But from Thomas Jefferson to Ronald Reagan, the greatest political minds in our country have held onto the belief that nothing is guaranteed, that we are promised nothing if the people do not stand up and force its government to uphold that principle.

In his address to the 1964 Republican National Convention, Ronald Reagan famously reminded us that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” 

On this July 4th, we must remember the role we all have to play in preserving our freedoms. Otherwise, as President Reagan said, “One day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

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Gun Control Won't Stop Radical Islamic Terrorism


More gun control is not going to stop radical Islamic terrorism.

Absolutely no one who loves this country and values human life wants to see what happened in Orlando last week happen ever again. It was terrible and tragic and disgusting. Our prayers are with everyone affected by the attack, especially the families of the victims.

The terrorist attack in Orlando was everything we associate with radical, hateful groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

But more gun control isn’t going to stop this evil. And new laws that impact the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans are not going to end radical Islamic terrorism.

We need to find new ways to weaken groups like ISIS. We have to cut off their finances and stop them from coming into this country. And we must do more to prevent people from being radicalized by foreign terrorist organizations.

But the spectacle that took place in the nation’s capital last week would do none of those things.

The so-called “No Fly, No Buy” bill would not have prevented Omar Mateen from doing what he did in Orlando. He was not on the No-Fly List when he purchased the firearms he used in the attack, and every single person “sitting in” at the U.S. Capitol knew that.

Anti-gun liberals treat every crisis or national tragedy as an opportunity to push their agenda on the American people. This is no different. And no scare tactic will make me support the unconstitutional gun laws they want us to live under.

Radical Islamic terrorism is the root of the problem we’re facing. Everyone in the federal government has to do a better job of finding ways to contain and destroy the groups that promote this evil. But nothing anti-gun liberals are proposing would stop it. And they know that.


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Graves' Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Block Obama’s Amnesty Executive Order


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Supreme Court today ruled that President Obama’s 2014 executive order on amnesty is unconstitutional. The ruling confirms that the Obama administration does not have the authority to prevent four million illegal immigrants from being deported.

“This ruling is a win for the Constitution and the rule of law,” Rep. Graves said. “But it’s also a win for American workers and everyone who earned their citizenship in this country the right way. These are the people who are most affected by amnesty and illegal immigration, and I’m glad the President’s push to hand out citizenship to four million illegal immigrants was blocked by the Supreme Court.”



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Congratulations to This Year's U.S. Military Academy Appointees


One of the responsibilities I look forward to most every year is the opportunity to recommend deserving young men and women for nominations to the United States Service Academies. 

These impressive Americans are among the brightest and most dedicated students in the nation. Although my recommendation is not the final step in their application process, I always feel confident that our candidates can compete with any group in this country.

I am proud to announce the following nominees have accepted appointments to the United States Service Academies:

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

John Barry - US Naval Academy (Liberty North HS)

Alexander Dye - US Air Force Academy (Blue Springs HS)

Cody Hankins - US Air Force Academy (Smithville HS)

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

Jacob Phillips - US Military Academy (Savannah HS)

The United States Service Academies include the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy. These prestigious programs offer a unique and rewarding experience for the brave young Americans who are accepted to attend. Please join me in congratulating this year’s Academy appointees. 

The top responsibility of the federal government is ensuring our military remains the strongest on earth. It's the only way to ensure America remains a global force for good and our homeland is secure. But that is all impossible without some of the bravest and brightest young men and women volunteering to serve this country. I am so grateful for all of their sacrifice and selflessness, and I will continue to protect and provide for them and all of our Armed Service members at every turn in Congress. 

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Sam Graves Leads Roundtable Focused on New Technologies for America's Infrastructure


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves, Chairman of the Highway and Transit Subcommittee, today led a roundtable discussion focused on innovation in the FAST Act. The newest federal Highway Bill, which Graves helped pass into law last year, established competitive grant programs to promote technologies that increase efficiency, improve safety, and reduce congestion on our nation’s roadways.

“The average American spends 42 hours per year in traffic,” Rep. Graves said. “That’s unacceptable. And while we can’t always build or spend our way out of congestion, technology can help us use what we have more efficiently and plan a better path going forward. Today’s roundtable was a step toward modernizing our infrastructure and taking advantage of the innovations the private sector is developing every day, and I look forward to continuing those conversations with my colleagues on the House Transportation Committee.”



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Graves Urges Air Force to Select Whiteman for F-35 Squadron


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today sent a letter to the United States Air Force outlining the case for Whiteman AFB as the choice for the first Reserve-led F-35 fighter squadron. Graves, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Senator Roy Blunt and other representatives from the Missouri Delegation to set Whiteman apart from the other four sites the Air Force is considering for placement of the F-35.

“For over 50 years, Whiteman Air Force Base has provided critical support to the Air Force in its mission to protect Americans and defend the skies around the world,” Rep. Graves said. “And since Whiteman opened for operation, the Airmen of the 442nd Fighter Wing have shown the elite ability to navigate a host of specialized aircraft, from the A-10 to the B-2. This, along with the infrastructure already in place at Whiteman, make it the ideal choice for the home of the F-35.”

The Air Force is expected to announce its preferred and alternative location selections for the F-35 later this year. The full letter, which will be sent to Air Force Chief of State General Mark A. Welsh III, is attached to this release.



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Contact Information

1415 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7041
Fax 202-225-8221

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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