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Stop illegal immigration via the SAVE Act

by Congressman Sam Graves

Harry Truman said it’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Once again, I have signed onto legislation authored by Heath Shuler, a North Carolina Democrat. I’m not interested in who gets credit for helping stop illegal immigration, I just want it stopped.

The SAVE Act would increase the number of border patrol agents. There isn’t any question that

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Build an actual fence

by Congressman Sam Graves

When you are building a house, you have to do things in a certain order. You could not, for instance, put the roof on before you have the walls up. In the same way, no plan for immigration reform will work until we control the border.

I have long advocated that the best solution along our porous southern border is an actual fence. I voted for

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Old Glory’s Day

by Congressman Sam Graves

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution stating: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

That new constellation, of course, consisted of the 13 original colonies that were fighting for our independence at the time. George Washington is credited

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History proves amnesty doesn’t work

by Congressman Sam Graves

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It’s a lesson that history teachers like to drill into their students. However, in Congress, bad ideas are rarely subjected to a historical review.

In 1986, the United States had roughly 2.9 million illegal immigrants. At the time, Members of Congress, Senators and, yes, even President Ronald Reagan believed that the answer to the

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Better way to reform healthcare

 by Congressman Sam Graves

Last month, the Supreme Court heard testimony on whether or not the President’s new healthcare bill is constitutional.

I’ve said repeatedly that I do not believe that Congress has the power to make a citizen buy a certain product or good, just because they are a citizen.

The Court is expected to rule on the issue sometime this summer. I hope the Justices will toss out

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Increase flood control storage

by Congressman Sam Graves

There are a great many people in Washington D.C. who believe that all the wisdom in the country is located there. I don’t happen to believe that. In fact, I believe that many of the common sense solutions we need can be found far away from the Capitol.

Take for instance, last year’s devastating flood along the Missouri River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells

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The priority should be rebuilding levees

by Congressman Sam Graves

There are some who believe that the United States government has an endless supply of money to do all things. I don’t believe that. I believe that budgets are about priorities. These are the kinds of decisions that Missourians make every day with their budget.

For instance, you may want a new pickup truck, but you may not be able to buy it this year because

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Simplifying the management of the Missouri River

by Congressman Sam Graves

In Northwest Missouri, we are anxiously watching the Missouri River as the run-off in the Mountains begin. We all remember last year’s devastating flood and its remarkable duration. It’s important that we act now to prevent a repeat of this disaster.

I believe that we are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to juggle too many responsibilities. Oftentimes, those demands are counterproductive. We should instead

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Tapping strategic reserve not the answer

by Congressman Sam Graves

In today’s world, we’ve become accustomed to getting things quickly. We now have 24 hour access to electronic mail. We have instant coffee machines. You can heat up a meal in a microwave in a matter of minutes. Everything today is about getting it done now.

Unfortunately, there are very few quick fixes for rising gas prices. We are paying the price for being dependent on

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