Sam Graves

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Sam Graves Issues Statement as Next Phase of Champ Clark Bridge Project Announced

2016/04/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Missouri Department of Transportation announced today that the Environmental Assessment for the Champ Clark Bridge is complete. The move brings us one step closer to beginning construction for the replacement of Champ Clark Bridge.

“People from both sides of the Mississippi have been working for years to get Champ Clark Bridge replaced,” Rep. Graves said. “As one of only three bridges connecting Missouri and Illinois north of St. Louis, it is critical that we secure a safe and reliable alternative to the current bridge as soon as possible. I am pleased to see us get one step closer to that goal today, and I commend everyone involved for their persistence in making it happen.

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Sam Graves Issues Statement on City Council Hearing on the Future of KCI

2016/04/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the KC City Council today was presented with an official proposal for rebuilding Kansas City International Airport. Kansas City voters could be asked to weigh in on the proposal to replace KCI with a $1.25 billion, single-terminal airport at the ballot box as early as this August.

“Same story, different day. The KC City Council insists on pushing a plan that will ruin everything people like about KCI,” Rep. Graves said. “Distances to gates would double, the convenience of the current security process would be gone, and passengers would be on the hook for price increases if ambitious estimates for growth at KCI do not materialize. All in all, today’s proposal amounts to an expensive, complicated plan that I still cannot support.”

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Sam Graves Secures Protection, Procurement of F/A-18s in Newest NDAA

2016/04/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement in response to the announcement that provisions supporting the F/A-18 line would be included in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Graves, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, pushed to secure the Navy’s request for an additional fourteen F/A-18 Super Hornets, which will be built at a Boeing facility in Missouri.

“This announcement is a win-win for our national defense operations and our economy here in Missouri,” Rep. Graves said. “The F/A-18 Super Hornet program supports about 13,000 jobs and 91 businesses in Missouri. I’m glad to see this year’s NDAA protecting those jobs while fully supporting the Navy’s needs in the never-ending job of defending our country.”

The Armed Services Committee with mark up the FY17 NDAA tomorrow, on Wednesday, April 27. These additional Hornets have become necessary as development of the new F-35 joint strike fighter program has been delayed repeatedly over recent years.

 

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Exposing 'Covert Propaganda' at the EPA

2016/04/25

There is a feeling around Washington that Americans can't make decisions for themselves. There are some people here who really do believe more government is the answer to every problem. The attitude isn’t new by any stretch, but under President Obama it’s only gotten worse.

We’ve seen it come to life in the form of health care mandates, strict regulations on family farms, and even limits on how much food our children can eat at school. But probably the best example is at the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA has shown that it’s willing to do whatever it takes to force its radical agenda on rural America. A few months ago, we even found out the EPA was using agency funding - which are federal tax dollars - to push that agenda.

Specifically, the EPA was paying to put up billboards with pictures of polluted water and dead fish in order to convince states to build costly 100-foot stream buffers around farms. These buffers are part of the EPA's bigger push to regulate streams and ponds on private property - something that's had a real impact on small family farms in Missouri.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office called the EPA’s actions “covert propaganda,” and the agency even admitted the campaign should have never been funded.

Last week, I sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy demanding answers on why - and by whom - this project was approved. The letter also recommends a full and immediate investigation into the case.

Last summer, before there were any allegations of 'covert propaganda' at the EPA, I introduced a bill to check the agency's power and push back against its progressive agenda. The Stop the EPA Act reforms oversight at the EPA, requiring Congress to approve any regulation with an economic impact over $50 million. It also completely wipes any rule that Congress rejects off the books, and stops all current regulations until they are able to be reviewed.

The EPA continues to go too far. I’ll keep doing everything in my power to stop them.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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It's Tax Day - do you know where your tax dollars are?

2016/04/18

For those of you who don’t already know, today is Tax Day. It comes every April, without fail. As the saying goes, nothing in life is guaranteed - except death and taxes.

U.S. tax policy is difficult, confusing, and time consuming. Loopholes and special interest deductions were bad enough. Now, Obamacare is making it impossible for even accountants to understand.

The tax code needs to be reinvented. It needs to be shortened and simplified so people can understand what they’re paying and where their money is going.

That’s what the Fair Tax is all about.

This pro-growth proposal would eliminate the IRS and our tax code as we know it, replacing it with a simple and straightforward national consumption tax. The Fair Tax also allows small businesses to focus on investment, growth, and job creation - not compliance with the IRS.

As another Tax Day passes, House Republicans are working on a new agenda - one that reins in the IRS and allows the American people to keep more of their money. 

As part of that promise, we created a task force to deal exclusively with tax reform. We will focus on making the tax code simpler, fairer, and flatter, while adding pro-growth reforms and removing the incentive to shift jobs overseas. As a life-long farmer and former Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I look forward to bringing my unique perspective to this group.

Small businesses and the American people are unfairly asked to comply with a tax code that is impossible for anyone to understand. Ultimately, I trust you - not the federal government - to decide how to spend your money in the way that’s best for your family. That’s why I will continue to push for tax simplification as a top national priority.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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Graves Hosts FAST Act Roundtable

2016/04/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, on Wednesday hosted a roundtable on implementation of the FAST Act. The discussion specifically focused on regulatory reforms that Graves wrote into the newest Highway Bill, which was signed into law last December.

Missouri now stands to receive $1 billion per year to spend on roads, bridges, and new transportation infrastructure. That’s the most funding the state has ever received for transportation projects.

“The new Highway Bill gives Missouri certainty to plan for some much-needed road and bridge construction projects, knowing the money will be there for them today and five years from now,” Rep. Graves said. “But just as important are the reforms we included to make government smarter and simpler, while still keeping people safe on highways across America. Now it is Congress’ responsibility to make sure the Obama Administration is properly implementing the law.”

Todd Spencer, executive VP of Independence-based OOIDA, was among the transportation industry representatives invited to speak at Graves’ roundtable. Conversation centered around implementing the FAST Act’s regulatory reforms, which are meant to preserve safety without placing undue burdens on business or kill jobs. Pictures from the roundtable are included with this release.

 

 

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Graves Issues Statement on NGA Decision to Keep Facility in Missouri

2016/04/05

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Sam Graves issued the following statement after the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency announced the NGA West Complex will remain in Missouri.

“It is huge for Missouri that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is going to keep their facility in our state and I am proud to have played a role in making that happen,” Graves said. “This decision preserves the jobs of nearly 3,000 Missourians, and ensures the agency’s long-standing and successful relationship with our community. Missouri will remain at the forefront of critical intelligence that ensures the safety of Americans.”

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: In June of last year, Graves, along with the rest of the of the Missouri House Delegation, sent a letter to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo urging the agency to keep the NGA West complex at one of the four sites in Missouri. In the letter, the Members of the Missouri Delegation projected that the new NGA West Complex would not only maintain current jobs, but continue to grow IT and high technology employment in the state.

 

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My Pro Life Priority

2016/04/05

Over the past few weeks, Republicans in Congress have had the opportunity to make their priorities known before federal agency budgets are finalized.

One of my priorities throughout this process has been keeping money out of the hands of abortion providers and pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood.

Just this Congress, I have signed or helped introduce multiple bills that continue our fight for life. One prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion or any health plan that covers abortion.

Another prohibits abortions after 20 weeks gestation, where it has been proven that babies can feel pain in the womb.

A third keeps Title X family-planning grants away from abortion providers. Another immediately halts all federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year.

Finally, this Congress I cosponsored the Life at Conception Act. This important bill removes the Roe v. Wade block to stopping abortions by using the Court’s own language to make abortion illegal, classifying unborn babies as living humans and thereby ensuring they have the same Constitutional rights as you and I.

I will continue fighting to protect those who cannot defend themselves. Defining life at conception is our best way to do that.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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No Billion Dollar Blank Checks for KCI

2016/03/21

It’s hard to know what – or who – to trust in the debate over Kansas City International Airport.

The Kansas City Aviation Department spent $258 million renovating KCI in 2004. Today, 12 years later, their debt still sits at about $200 million.

But rather than paying off the airport’s debt, the Aviation Department has their eyes set on spending more money – and convincing Kansas City that their plan is the only one that can save KCI.

The Aviation Department wants to redesign an airport that people like because of its design. They’re going to complicate KCI when it consistently ranks as one of the most convenient in the country. And in the end, Kansas City will be left with a completely different airport than the one that’s so popular today. 

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I recognize the long, important process that the Aviation Department is undertaking, and I think we should work to find a compromise that will help modernize and improve KCI. But the Department long ago decided it wants to build a $1 billion terminal. It’s the only plan they were ever going to accept, and they’re willing to do – or say – whatever it takes to get their way.

They claim that their single terminal plan is the only option because spending $1 billion to build a new airport from scratch would be cheaper than renovating the 3 we already have. I don’t buy it.

And they claim that no tax dollars would be used to fund the project, but they fail to acknowledge the $49 million from the federal government they are relying on to complete construction. These are taxpayer dollars, and I don’t want to see them wasted on an unnecessary project.

The simple fact is this: we just spent a quarter of a billion dollars renovating KCI a decade ago, and now this Department wants another blank check. We should be looking to repair KCI, but there is a better way. It starts with an open, honest, and transparent process.

Nothing the Aviation Department has done in the past has given us a reason to trust them. Why would we start now? 

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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When we don't enforce immigration laws, we have open borders

2016/03/14

There are nearly 12 million immigrants living in this country illegally; drawing welfare benefits, sending their children to public schools, and pushing down wages for American workers.

And while liberal politicians and poor border protection have contributed to illegal immigration numbers, the problem extends well beyond amnesty and open borders.

Last week in Kansas City we saw the tragic consequences of the failure to enforce immigration laws. Right now, the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for making sure all immigrants temporarily living in the U.S. do not overstay their visas. To make that possible, the department is required to use a process known as biometric exit tracking at all domestic air, sea, and land ports.

But in many cases DHS fails to fulfill its responsibility, and in others it ignores the requirement entirely.

On Thursday I introduced a bill to change that. H.R. 4726, the Preventing Illegal Visa Overstays Act, will withhold the Secretary of DHS' salary until the Department does its job and tracks down all immigrants living here on an expired visa.

DHS’ failure to follow biometric tracking laws adds millions to the illegal immigrant population. Congress examined this issue in a hearing earlier this year, where it was estimated that as many as 40% of all people living in America illegally are here on expired visas.

If we don’t enforce visa laws, we basically have open borders. DHS has got to take advantage of the technology and resources we have to keep illegal immigration numbers down, and my bill will make sure that happens. It’s not just a matter of economic security, it’s a matter of national security.

Sincerely,
 
Sam Graves

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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.


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