U.S. Rep. Sam Graves promotes regional approach to Upper Mississippi river issues in Hannibal

River supporters in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa are working together to get the kind of comprehensive flood control on the upper Mississippi River that has been used on the lower Mississippi for more than 85 years.

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, met Friday with members of the Upper Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri River Association to announce the effort to “work regionally” on river issues. In a letter sent this week, Graves and four other members of Congress called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work on a comprehensive flood control plan and river management plan.

“We’ve got $250,000 that’s being appropriated,” Graves said.

He wants to get to the point where funding is closer to the $300 million a year that’s spent on the lower Mississippi.

Graves said one of the big problems now is that disparate funding levels are used in the upper basin and coordinating priorities for the betterment of the entire basin would be a better course of action.

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Graves talks MoDOT funding, Baltimore Street during Kirksville town hall

A.T. Still University, along with local residents, received a visit from one of Missouri’s elected officials to Congress.

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) stopped in Kirksville on Thursday to tour A.T. Still University and meet with local residents for a town hall discussion.

While on ATSU’s campus, Graves visited the Inter-Professional Education Building, where he toured the School of Dentistry and Oral Health and the Human Patient Simulation Center.

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Graves presses DHS to enforce visa laws

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-6) introduced legislation on Thursday, March 10, forcing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deport illegal immigrants living in America on expired visas. H.R. 4726, the Preventing Illegal Visa Overstays Act, would withhold pay for the Secretary of DHS until the Department enforces standing visa laws.

“This week we tragically saw what can happen when we fail to enforce immigration laws,” Graves said. “There are 12 million illegal immigrants in this country – drawing welfare benefits, sending their children to public schools, and pushing down wages for American workers – but the problem extends well beyond amnesty and open borders.”

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Aviation’s Man in Washington

A pilot with a commercial rating and more than 3,000 hours of flight time, Sam Graves co-chairs the General Aviation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. He helped found the annual Wing Nuts Flying Circus, an annual airshow in his hometown of Tarkio, Missouri, and is restoring a 1943 Beech AT-10. He talked to Air & Space Editor Linda Shiner in October.

Air & Space: Why did you see a need for a congressional General Aviation Caucus?

Graves: When I got to Washington [in 2000], I noticed that there are so many people who are regulating aviation who don’t understand it. And in Congress, there were very few people advocating for aviation. And you have people out there who have medical issues related to pilots’ licenses and are trying to sift their way through. Or they have certification issues, or problems with their local [Flight Standards District Office]. When they would go to their member of Congress, there was very little understanding of what the problems was, or what the regulations are. That’s how I got started doing this stuff, and trying to help…

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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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