Federal Lawmakers Worry About Sequestration Cuts Affecting Small Airports
March 15, 2013

(AP) — Several Congress members from Missouri are raising questions about a federal plan to close air traffic control towers at some local airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently released a list of 238 airports were control towers could be closed as a result of budget cuts enacted under the so-called sequester. The list includes airports for five Missouri cities – Branson, Columbia, Jefferson City, Joplin and St. Joseph.
U.S. Reps. Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long and Blaine Luetkemeyer wrote to federal aviation officials saying the potential cuts appear to disproportionately fall on airports that use contractors for air traffic controllers. They said the federal proposal “borders on reckless behavior.”
The Congress members want the FAA to explain why airports with contracted control towers should receive larger cuts.
Earflier this wewek, Kansas Senator jerry Moran made a similar move in support of Kansas airports.

Graves Re-elected as House Small Business Committee Chairman
November 28, 2012

Northern Missouri Congressman sam graves has his old job back again, the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee.
“I deeply appreciate this opportunity to serve and the confidence my colleagues have placed in me,” said Graves. “I look forward to another productive two years as Chairman of the Small Business Committee. The Committee will keep fighting for small businesses and working to protect them from too much government interference. The Committee will continue to solicit input directly from small business owners and seek solutions to their concerns. Thriving small businesses are essential to the strong economic recovery this country so desperately needs,” Graves said in a statement.

Sam Graves, Jeff Roe, Plan Missouri Election Night Watch Party
October 11, 2012

Republican political strategist Jeff Roe is organizing a Republican Election Night Watch Party.
Roe says the Missouri side of the metro has not had such an event in the recent past. The Johnson County Republican Party has organized Unity Election night parties for Kansas primaries and general elections for several cycles. Many of the top GOP names in the state at least put in an appearance at the Johnson County events.
The Missouri-side party will be in the Briarcliff Office Complex where Roe’s Axion Strategies office is located, 1251 Northwest Briarcliff Parkway in Kansas City.
“The event is guaranteed to be a tremendously exciting and lively evening, as over 300 Republican enthusiasts from across the Kansas City area gather together to celebrate electoral victories and engage in thoughtful conversations,” Rose stated in an e-mail.
Roe says incumbent Mo-6 Congressman Sam Graves is co-hosting the event. Graves and joe has been political allies for years.

Graves Steps Up for Romney, Ripping Obama’s Economy “Is Just Fine” Remark
June 12, 2012

KC Star:
Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri said Monday that he was, “to be quite honest, shocked,” by President Obama’s comment last week that, despite the troubled economy, the “private sector is doing fine.”
Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Graves made his comment on a conference call with reporters arranged by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He called the comment “an insult to 23 million Americans struggling to find work.”
The president has been taking heat since he made the remark during a press conference last Friday. Romney and other Republicans have used it to blast Obama for being “out of touch.”
Here’s what the president said:
“The truth of the matter is that, as I said we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last two – 27 months; over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine…Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.”
Later Friday, after the hostile reaction, the president said:
Listen, it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine…There are too many people out of work. The housing market is still weak and too many homes underwater. And that’s precisely why I asked Congress to start taking some steps that can make a difference… The folks who are hurting, where we have problems and where we can do even better, is small businesses that are having a tough time getting financing; we’ve seen teachers and police officers and firefighters who’ve been laid off…”

Read more here: http://midwestdemocracy.com/articles/graves-behalf-romney-slams-obama-over-economy/#storylink=cpy

Graves Calls for Cuts in Mo. River Wildlife Program, More Money for Flood Control
June 6, 2012

Volunteers in Craig, Mo. Fight 2011 Flood.

St Joseph News Press:

A year after levee breaches in Atchison County signaled a summer of flooding misery along the Missouri River, a native of that county asked the U.S. House to restructure priorities of river management.

Congressman Sam Graves pitched a proposal trimming $21 million from a program enhancing wildlife habitation along the river that forms the western border of his district.

Mr. Graves, a Republican born in Fairfax, Mo., has long contended that the Missouri River Recovery Program has gotten too much federal backing while flood control receives lesser attention.

“Our priorities are out of whack,” the lawmaker said in introducing the measure. “We spend too much to protect birds and fish at the expense of people.”

The proposed amendment, if approved, would become part of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, debated on the House floor on Tuesday and expected to come to a vote as early as today.

The amendment says that funds of “not more than $50 million may be used for the Missouri River Recovery Program,” a return to 2008 spending levels. The appropriation last year hit $71 million.

By contrast, Mr. Graves pointed out, the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the river, had only $6 million authorized to spend on levee construction and maintenance.

The recovery project, overseen by the corps and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, aims to restore the populations of native species put at risk by developmental activities (bank construction, channel digging) meant to strengthen the economic and social potential of the river.