Sam Graves

Sam Graves


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On March 20, 1854, a group of former Whig Party loyalists came together in the small central Wisconsin town of Ripon. Their objective was to replace the failing Whig Party - plotting a new path forward during a perilous and uncertain time in American history.

What emerged from that meeting was the modern-day Republican Party.

Today, the party of small government, free market economics, personal responsibility, and military might is tasked with leading both the legislative and executive branches of government in Washington, D.C.

But with that power comes significant responsibility, and the understanding that we must hold true to the Republican ideals that resonated with Americans last November.

That means rewriting a tax code designed for growth and simplicity - not loopholes and mandates.

It means replacing Obamacare with policies that empower the free market, restore personal freedoms, and increase access to more diverse and affordable forms of coverage.

It means eliminating useless federal regulations that kill jobs and stifle private sector innovation.

And it means ensuring America’s military is the strongest, most envied body of national defense in the world. One so powerful that it would deter even the most aggressive or ambitious foreign actor from testing our military capabilities.

But, in the end, it's more than any one simple policy that defines our party.

Ultimately, our approach to governing comes down to this simple fact: we believe that individuals, families and God are better suited to make decisions about the lives of people than government.

That is what drives me in Congress. And it is what continues to drive the party founded 163 years ago today.


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Obamacare: A Broken Law Built on Broken Promises


The federal government was never meant to control our nation’s healthcare system. To no one’s surprise, it’s completely failing at the job.

Plain and simple, Obamacare is collapsing. It’s a broken law built on broken promises, bad policies, and distorted realities.

Most agree that all Americans should be able to get affordable coverage without going bankrupt. But we can do that without destroying the healthcare system for everybody else. Unfortunately, destroying the system is exactly what Obamacare is doing.

Consider this: the average American’s premium is going up 25% in 2017. In Missouri it’s even worse, with premiums this year increasing by an average of 28%.

When healthcare costs go up, fewer and fewer healthy people buy coverage. And when fewer healthy people buy coverage, insurance companies that can't compete in the free market are forced to pull out of the marketplace entirely.

As a result, over 80% of counties in Missouri have just one provider offering healthcare coverage in their area. These monopolies allow costs to shoot up, and the cycle continues – a cycle that is quickly leading to the complete collapse of Obamacare.

Unfortunately, if Republicans don’t act, the worst is yet to come. There are multiple actions we will take with the White House in the coming weeks to get rid of Obamacare. But the process of repeal and replace must be executed through multiple avenues, including a comprehensive repeal bill, actions taken at the Department of Health & Human Services, and individual laws that replace specific failed policies within Obamacare.

Unlike Nancy Pelosi and her liberal allies, we’re not going to rush this process through Congress in the middle of the night. And we’re going to read and know what’s in each bill before we pass them – not the other way around.

Ultimately, our goal is to take power out of the hands of bureaucrats in Washington, returning healthcare decisions to Americans and their doctors – and eliminating the market distortions and monopolies that have made healthcare coverage unaffordable for too many Americans.

The Obamacare experiment failed. And the law is eroding. House Republicans will ensure there is a stable transition from one plan to the next, but it’s clear to everyone that the status quo is not working. A repeal bill is one step in this process, but with the law collapsing by the day, there is simply no other option than to fully repeal and replace Obamacare.


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A New President Means a New EPA - That's Good News for Rural America


President Obama’s EPA had a radical agenda. And bureaucrats at the agency were willing to do whatever they could to force that agenda on the American people.

Fortunately for rural America, a new President means a new EPA. It also means we have the chance to wipe away some of the most outrageous regulations of the Obama era.

In February, I sent a letter to President Trump asking him to take aim at the worst examples of federal overreach from Obama's EPA. That EPA wrote anti-coal regulations that threatened to shut down power plants across the country, it raised energy costs for countless American families, and it forced a rule known as Waters of the U.S. down all of our throats.

Remember WOTUS? The EPA rule that allowed federal bureaucrats to come to our homes and take control over even the smallest bodies of water – including ponds and streams – on our private property. Fortunately, the President took a much needed step towards repealing that rule last week.

WOTUS was the best example of President Obama's out-of-control EPA. And like the rest of that EPA, we're glad to see it go out the door with the entire previous administration.

I truly believe that this planet is God's gift to us. And how we steward it is our gift back. The EPA has a legitimate role to play in ensuring our environmental concerns are balanced with the economic realities of our country. But we need people at the EPA who understand how rural America works. And we need people who understand that we need balance here. I'm looking forward to having just that under this new administration.

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Graves Applauds POTUS Decision to Stop Harmful EPA Rule


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after President Trump today took a step towards permanently eliminating the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Trump instructed federal authorities to review and work towards repealing WOTUS, which gave the EPA the authority to regulate small bodies of water on private lands.

“One of the most outrageous regulations to come from the Obama Administration was its Waters of the U.S. rule,” Rep. Graves said. “It allowed federal bureaucrats to take control of small bodies of water on our family farms and private property, and it was written without input from anyone in rural America. I am thrilled to see the White House today push back against this assault on private property, and begin bringing common sense back to the EPA.”

Since WOTUS was finalized by the Obama EPA in 2015, Graves has drafted and voted for several pieces of legislation designed to repeal the rule. Today’s executive action is a significant step towards accomplishing that goal.          

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Reversing Obama's Attacks on Gun Owners & Sportsmen


During their last days in power, the Obama administration desperately issued a flurry of rules, regulations, and executive actions. Their intentions were obvious – get as much done as quickly as possible – with no time for congressional oversight or opportunity to evaluate those decisions.

One of those moves directly impacts northern Missouri – changing the name of a local wildlife refuge that’s been in place for over 80 years because the administration considered it “offensive.” Another focused on a constitutional right that Obama attacked again and again over the past eight years – our gun rights.

On January 19, 2017, his last full day as President, Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) issued an order to ban the use of traditional lead-based ammunition and tackle on federal lands.

Lead-based ammunition and tackle are a preferred choice of both sportsmen and fishermen across this country – primarily because of their low cost. And every sportsman in America knows how important public lands are in providing safe, affordable places for all of us to hunt and fish.

Blocking public lands to only those who can afford non lead-based ammunition drives up the cost to hunt, and it ultimately restricts the ability for law-abiding Americans to safely and freely exercise their Second Amendment rights. This is just another example of anti-gun liberals using creative, round-about ways to keep guns out of the hands of everyday Americans.

Over the past few years, various local governments have floated ammunition taxes as a way to impose unconstitutional gun restrictions on American citizens. I fought that initiative, writing the Stop Taxing the Second Amendment Act in order to prevent local lawmakers from using taxes or fees to limit our gun rights.

And to stop FWS’ ammunition ban, I recently joined about 60 of my Congressional colleagues to ask President Trump to reverse this misguided decision.

When I took office, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That includes preserving the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase, own, and use firearms for legitimate purposes. I will continue doing everything possible to protect that right for Missourians and American citizens across this country.


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Standing with Israel


The United States has no stronger ally in this world than Israel. I strongly believe that global security – particularly that of the United States and our closest allies – depends on the presence of democracy and stability in the Middle East.

Israel is a pillar of that stability. And it’s why I’ve always supported every means necessary to protect and support Israel during my time in the House of Representatives.

America was the first country to recognize Israel as a state in 1948. Since then, our nation’s relationship with Israel has not wavered, anchored by strong and mutually beneficial military, cultural and financial partnerships.

Last Congress, I co-sponsored the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, which passed the House and was signed into law late in 2016. The bill expands a number of critical partnerships with Israel, including enabling the transfer of military equipment between our two countries, offering assistance for the Iron Dome missile defense system, and promoting cooperation in energy, water, science, homeland security and agricultural interests between the U.S. and Israel.

I believe that it is imperative to continue strengthening our relationship with Israel, particularly in the face of new and significant security threats across the globe. By confronting those challenges in the Middle East together, we can help ensure the safety of the American people as well as that of our allies around the world.

As your representative, I will continue to push for more serious actions that support Israel. That includes always protecting them against acts of aggression coming from the Iranian regime or any other unstable Middle East actor, and doing whatever possible to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The fate of freedom and democracy everywhere in the world depends on it.

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WINNING WORKS OF ART: Sam Graves Congratulates Congressional Art Contest Winners


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today congratulated the winners of the Congressional Art Competition. Three young artists were recognized for their accomplishments, while two students also received honorable mentions for their entries in the contest.

The following works were selected for awards:

         First place: “Grandfather Hector” by Madelyne Hartleroad, senior at Platte County High School

         Second place: “A Touch of Elegance” by Kaylee Thompson, junior at Lathrop R-II High School

         Third place: “Creative Juice” by Rylie Lawver, senior at Platte County High School

         Honorable Mentions:  Charity Smith, Winnetonka High School

                                              Harper Ross, Winnetonka High School

“I’m always amazed by the artistic talent that some young people in Missouri – and across this country – have,” Rep. Graves said. “The paintings, drawings, and photographs that were submitted by all of our young artists this year reaffirm that, and it was again a pleasure to view all of them and be involved in this process. I congratulate all of our participants for their excellent work, and want to extend special recognition for those who were chosen to receive awards.”

Congressman Graves’ office has partnered with Northwest Missouri State University in recent years to participate in the competition. The first place piece will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex with artwork from other Congressional districts throughout the country. The second and third place pieces will hang in Congressman Graves’ Kansas City and St. Joseph offices, respectively, for the next year. 


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Sam Graves Introduces Bill to Restore the Name of Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves today introduced legislation to restore the name of Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge, outside of Mound City, Missouri. The area was renamed by the Obama White House in the final days of its administration last month.

“Despite clear and overwhelming objections from the people who live around Squaw Creek, President Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Services went ahead and changed the name of the refuge anyway,” Rep. Graves said. “Their reasons were flawed, their process was flawed, and their priorities during their final days in power were flawed. The bill I introduced today will restore the Squaw Creek that all of us in northwest Missouri have known for the past 80 years.”

In December, the Obama administration announced its intention to change the name of wildlife refuges that they considered “offensive.” Their push for political correctness included a target on Squaw Creek, a name established by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935. The administration’s plans, however, were developed without considering input from anyone who lives around Squaw Creek, as those affected most by this decision were left out of the process entirely.

H.R. 847 will ensure that Squaw Creek is referred to by its original name, Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge, in all official, related documents issued by the United States government going forward. A copy of the legislation is attached to this release.

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Graves Helps Lead T&I’s First Hearing of 2017


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves this morning participated in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s first hearing of the 115th Congress. The discussion explored challenges facing America’s infrastructure and a vision for building a 21st century transportation network. Among those testifying at the hearing were CEOs from FedEx, Cargill, and BMW.

“This Committee, working alongside the Trump administration, has a tremendous opportunity to modernize and reinvent the way people and goods move throughout this country over the next two years,” Rep. Graves said. “It’s more than just rebuilding our roads and filling potholes – although that is a critical step. We must also work to bring America’s transportation network into the 21st century so Missouri’s farmers, businesses, and manufacturers have every possible advantage when competing in the global economy. These are things that can directly impact and improve the lives of people across our state.”

The long-term Highway Bill passed at the end of 2015 gave Missouri $5 billion in transportation funds to spend on rural bridges, crumbling highways, and outdated infrastructure over the following five years. It helped facilitate construction on our 35,000 highway miles and 10,000 roadway bridges, ensuring potholes get filled and road construction projects get done faster. Rapidly evolving transportation technologies, however, will change the way Missouri’s businesses operate within America’s infrastructure network in the not-so-distant future.

“But it is also our job to resist any push to overregulate or over legislate here,” Graves continued. “Instead, we have to focus on encouraging private sector innovation that can bring us to the next revolution in transportation – driverless cars, drones, and other cutting edge technologies. Regulations should be designed to ensure the safety of the public, but also to allow the business community to unleash the ingenuity needed to get us to this point.”


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Renewed Hope in the Fight for Life


After the inauguration of President Trump earlier this month, our pro-life cause has new hope, with allies across all parts of government in Washington.

It is estimated that there are more than 900,000 abortions performed in the United States every year. That is devastating, and something we should all be truly ashamed of.

But it is also a reminder that we must do more to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. And it’s something that Congress has already begun working to change with a pro-life White House on our side.

Last week, I helped pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2017, through the House of Representatives. This bipartisan bill creates a permanent, government-wide prohibition against using federal dollars to pay for abortions.

Additionally, I've been working to introduce a few other pieces of legislation that will help advance the pro-life cause.

The first is the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017. In the last reported year alone, Planned Parenthood performed over 323,000 abortions and received over $550 million dollars in taxpayer funding - all according to their own math. Our bill will make sure that stops.

The second is the Conscience Protection Act, which prevents any federal, state, or local government from penalizing a health care provider that chooses not to offer or perform abortions.

In the 115th Congress, with a pro-life administration, Senate, and House of Representatives all united in the cause for life, we have an opportunity to make real, tangible differences in the lives of the unborn. I pledge to make the most of that opportunity, and will keep working to ensure these and other pro-life bills are signed into law by President Trump.


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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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