Sam Graves Endorses Ted Cruz
December 8, 2015

North Missouri Congressman Sam Graves has endorsed Ted Cruz’ presidential campaign.

“”I have personally seen Ted Cruz stand up and fight on the issues that matter the most to conservatives, even when it wasn’t popular in Congress,” said Graves in a Cruz csampaign news release.

Graves’ endorsement is not much of a surprise.

His long-time political advisor, Jeff Roe is now Cruz’ campaign manager.

The late fall has been a pretty good period for Cruz.

His numbers in Iowa, which has its caucus on Feb. 1., have been growing.

One poll from Monmouth University has Cruz leading in Iowa, with 24%.

A CNN poll, however has Donald Trump continuing to leading in Iowa with 33% of the vote. Cruz places second in that survey with 20% of the support.

Regional SOTU Reactions
January 21, 2015

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill:
“The President outlined some commonsense ideas and opportunities for bipartisan cooperation, tonight, including tax cuts aimed at bolstering our middle class. We’ve made a great deal of progress for working families in the past few years—with a growing number of folks back to work at millions of more jobs, a much smaller deficit, and plunging energy costs—but there’s still more work to do. And I’m eager to roll up my sleeves with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to keep strengthening our middle class.”

Kansas Representative a Lynn Jenkins:
“President Obama used this evening to appease his political base and focused on dividing our Nation and using bureaucratic control to run our country with top-down Washington-centered solutions. I believe the key to growing a healthy economy begins by strengthening the paycheck of hard working Americans, putting more money into Kansans pockets, and growing our economy from the bottom-up. ”

Missouri Representative Sam Graves:
“The American people spoke loud and clear this past November in opposition to President Obama’s failed policies of the last six years,” said Rep. Graves. “The American people sent us here to forge a new direction in finding solutions to the problems facing our nation,” he continued. “Tonight, the President has once again shown that he plans to ignore the will of the people in order to push his big government agenda.”

Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler:
“t is disappointing that President Obama has rejected an opportunity to reach out to and cooperate with Congress, preferring instead to outline an ill-conceived vision that continues to expand the reach, size, and scope of the federal government. The simple fact is that our country cannot tax and spend itself into prosperity. Government must get out of the way and allow the American people to pursue their dreams.”

Jackson. County Democratic Chairman Tom Wyrsch:
“We thank the President for his leadership in rebuilding our economy over the past six years. Our economy is now working better for the middle class than it ever was during the previous Republican administration. Our economy is growing again and industry is picking up, much due to the leadership of our President, the policies of the Democratic Party, and the continuing hard work and vigor of the American people.”

Reps Graves & Cleaver Meet with Missouri Honor Flight Vets in Washington
October 2, 2013

Photo: Rep. Sam Graves office

Standing Room Only at Graves’ KCI Hearing
August 20, 2013

The hot debate over whether to build a new single-terminal airport to replace the current Kansas City International Airport brought people to a forum in Riverside Monday.

Rep. Sam Graves, a vocal opponent of plans for a new airport, led a discussion about the airport’s future.

The forum was standing room only before it even got started.

The three-terminal airport, which dates back to the early ’70s, is extremely convenient for travelers who start or end flights in Kansas City.

It’s less convenient for transferring passengers and its design makes operations and security much less efficient. People stuck at the airport during delays often have to leave a secured area to visit a restaurant or Starbuck’s.

It’s also not being used as much as it could be. Less than half of the airport’s gates see regular flights.

Airport officials also point to problems with cracks, leaks and water seepage behind the scenes that will be costly to repair and maintain.

The city has come up with a single-terminal design to replace the airport, but it’s had a tough time getting public support for it.

It didn’t find much support in Monday’s meeting. Only one person at the forum spoke out in favor of the single-terminal design, though most people acknowledged that KCI does need remodeling or renovations.

Opponents of the new design discussed its $1.2 billion price tag and the fact that a new airport would probably be less convenient.

Civic leader Anita Gorman helped pass bonds for Kansas City International Airport more than 40 years ago. She also opposes the single-terminal plan.

“There may be some changes that need to be made there, and I understand that,” she said. “But so far as the principal plan, I don’t think you’ll find an airport that’s better-liked any place in the whole country.”

The public group opposed to the single-terminal proposal, Save KCI, had petitions for people to sign before the forum. Save KCI wants any major changes to the airport to be put to a public vote.

A Kansas City task force is also exploring ideas and options about the future of the airport. It is likely to issue its report late this year or in early 2014.

Area Republicans Vote to Delay More Elements of Obamacare
July 18, 2013

Several Kansas and Missouri GOP members of Congress joined the. house Leadership’s bid to give Obamacare another black eye Wednesday.
The Republican House voted to call for delays in implementing the mandates for business and individual care under the Affordable Health Care Act.
politico reports it was Speaker John Boehner’s bid to highlight the Obama administration’s recent decision to delay some portions of the health care law provisions relating to small businesses.
““If the president’s health care law is not good enough for big business, then it is not good enough for the American people,” said Ks-2 Rep. Lynn Jenkins. She is a member of the House Leadership.
Mo-4 Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler said much the same thing.
” Since employers are being allowed to delay compliance with this unworkable law, it is only fair that hardworking taxpayers be given the same treatment as businesses.”
The Chairman of the House Small Business Committee is North Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, Mo-6, ““In fairness, the Administration’s decision to delay part of the health care law must now be applied equitably to all Americans,” said Congressman Graves. “Sadly, some small businesses have reduced employees’ hours or held off hiring in their scramble to comply with this law’s heavy-handed requirements.”
35 Democrats joined the Republican majority in asking for a delay on the employer mandate. 22 Democrats voted for the request to delay the individual mandates.
Politico reports the President may respond Thursday in a speech on how Americans will save money when the law is fully in place