Graves presses for levee funds in the St. Joseph area

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves said he is advocating for federal funding to repair Missouri River levees protecting St. Joseph, Elwood, Kansas and the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Memorial Airport.

The levee system protects more than $2 billion worth of property and assets, his office said.

“The Army Corps (of Engineers) headquarters has largely failed to recognize the importance of the Missouri-Kansas levee project,” Graves said in a press release. “They’ve brushed off maintenance of the levee system, despite the fact that a major flood could cripple the 139th Airlift Wing and destroy St. Joe’s economy.”

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Graves talks transportation options with Missouri Chamber of Commerce

Congressman Sam Graves, R-MO, visited Jefferson City Thursday to keynote the Missouri Chamber of Commerce’s Conference on Transportation. Graves served as the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Small Business for six years before terming out of the position. He now serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, where he is hosting the federal transportation funding debate.

“We’ve got our our own funding issues in D.C.,” Graves told the conference attendees. “We have to figure out long-term funding proposals and how to fund transportation projects in the future.”

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Connect to Congress: Sam Graves

KHQA’s Rajah Maples sits down with Missouri Congressman Sam Graves (R).

Here are some of the questions we asked him:

1.What do you expect to hear from Pope Francis when he addresses Congress next week?

2.Do you plan to watch the GOP Debate tonight? Have you endorsed a candidate? What big issues are the candidates not addressing, so far?

3.The Iran nuclear deal seems all but certain to go unchallenged by Congress. So what’s next? What type of oversight do you think Congress should provide to make sure the deal is properly implemented?

4.Will Congress be able to come to an agreement to keep the government funded past the October 1st deadline? Do you think it will be a short-term measure or something more long-term?

5.What role should the U.S. move to play in the crisis in Syria – given the massive influx of refugees flowing into Europe?

Graves: Congress seeks ways to curb regulatory overreach

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves said regulatory overreach is more than a nuisance — it’s a threat to the separation of powers set up in the U.S. Constitution.

Graves, a Republican from Tarkio, was in Canton on Wednesday for a town hall-style meeting with constituents at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. He said the Obama administration has directed federal agencies to create rules that failed to pass in Congress.

“We’re seeing this particularly with the EPA,” Graves said.

Congress did not approve a proposed law a few years ago that would have allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to control waters outside of navigable waterways. But the EPA now is seeking the power to control water not only in navigable waterways, but also “next to a jurisdictional water” or near a “significant nexus.”

That broad and vague wording is intentional, Graves said.

“It would give them the power to control any water, anywhere,” he said.

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Graves, leaders voice support for ‘right to farm’

A congressman gathered with agricultural leaders and producers Thursday in St. Joseph to assist a campaign toward guaranteeing the right to farm in Missouri.

North Missouri Congressman Sam Graves joined a chorus of officials from the region to promote Amendment One, a proposal set to appear on the state’s Aug. 5 primary ballot. The measure seeks to offer protection to farmers engaged in growing crops and ranchers raising livestock. A presentation on the amendment and campaign kickoff was held at the Buchanan County Farm Bureau office on South Woodbine Road.

 

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Congressman visits Northland

The Education and Opportunity Town Hall series hosted by U.S. Rep. Sam Graves made a stop in the Northland last Thursday, April 24, as the congressman sat down with constituents in Liberty. A small but inquisitive group of 13 individuals attended the event at Liberty High School that focused on the quality of Missouri education.

 

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Graves discusses ag issues with panel

Congressman Sam Graves expressed satisfaction Friday afternoon that a recently passed Farm Bill holds numerous benefits to enhance agriculture.

Mr. Graves, a Republican from Tarkio, stopped for an hourlong visit at the East Hills Library. The purpose of his U.S. 6th District stopover was to update progress on a variety of issues related to agriculture and other events coming out of Washington, D.C. The audience largely was composed of an agriculture advisory committee from the region.

 

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Graves helps retrieve Purple Heart medal

Sue Winslow believes her late husband would not have enjoyed the ceremony held on his behalf Thursday.

“He wouldn’t have been happy for this spotlight,” the St. Joseph woman said.

Mrs. Winslow, family members and a number of elected officials stood in the atrium of the Buchanan County Courthouse and watched as Congressman Sam Graves presented a Purple Heart medal that Bob Winslow earned during the Korean War.

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Congressman Graves’ Town Hall Draws Crowd in Hannibal

(Hannibal)–U.S. Congressman Sam Graves held his third Town Hall Meeting of the day before a packed house at the Hannibal Nutrition Center.

Before arriving in Hannibal Thursday afternoon, Graves held Town Halls in Kirksville and Canton. His district covers 36 counties in the northern third of Missouri. Graves plans to reach out to as many constituents as possible during summer recess before Congress reconvenes in September.

Graves holds out hope that the House and Senate can go to conference and hash out a Farm Bill by September 30th.

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Graves Makes Stop In Trenton

Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves was in Trenton on Wednesday afternoon to discuss government regulations and their effects on small business and agriculture. The event took place at the Trenton Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Accompanying Graves was Missouri Farm Bureau President Bruce Hurst, who addressed agriculture issues. Approximately 20 area residents attended the event, which was one of several stops Graves is making throughout the district to address