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Nuclear power is a part of the solution

by Congressman Sam Graves

Energy prices continue to climb, having a major impact on family budgets in Missouri. Meanwhile, our nation’s unemployment rate continues to hover around double digits. In Washington, those problems are seen as two separate issues. They shouldn’t be. We can create a win-win situation for Missourians if we find solutions that tackle both problems simultaneously.

We can both create jobs and push us further down the

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You cannot tax your way to energy independence

by Congressman Sam Graves

I’ve said before that you cannot tax your way to prosperity. I also believe you cannot tax your way to energy independence. Yet there are still those who want to increase the gas tax or implement a cap and trade-style energy tax to reduce our energy consumption. I believe the best thing to do is increase our supply of American energy.

Here in Missouri’s Sixth District,

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Crafting a New Farm Bill

by Congressman Sam Graves

We all rely on agriculture at least three times a day. From the orange juice you enjoy in the morning to the popcorn that you eat at night, agriculture provides our nourishment each and every day. No matter where you live, your grocery store is filled with produce, fruit, meat and dairy products.

As we get ready to reauthorize the farm bill, I am reminded of

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Exempting farmers from hours of service rules

by Congressman Sam Graves

With the mild winter this year, many farmers are starting to worry about how the dry winter will affect planting season. There is enough to worry about without new regulations from Washington.

My colleague and fellow farmer, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and I have in the past secured a federal waiver that ensured the timely delivery of farm supplies for the planting season.

This year, we have included

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Washington does not understand family farms

by Congressman Sam Graves

I am often asked where I get my work ethic. The answer is easy: from growing up on a farm. I learned about responsibility at an early age by caring for animals and working with my family in the field. To this day, those lessons I learned about the value of an honest day’s work have stuck with me.

This is why I was so disappointed

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Budgets set our priorities

by Congressman Sam Graves

Last week the President laid out his plans in the annual State of the Union address. In the coming weeks, the President will submit a budget for the year and Congress will begin to debate it. Budgets are about priorities and this is where the hard work of balancing our nation’s budget should begin.

Washington has never been particularly good at sticking to its budget. As

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Simplify the tax code

by Congressman Sam Graves

I’ve never understood why we need a tax code that is so complex you have to hire someone else just to understand it. We desperately need tax reform to simplify a massive tax code. Hard-working Americans spend too much money and time filling out government forms just to pay their taxes.

The best way to reform the tax code is not to nibble around the edges.

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Jobs are still top priority

by Congressman Sam Graves

Missourian Harry Truman always wanted a one-handed economist. He explained that all of his economists said on the one hand… but on the other hand. Sometimes, it’s hard to make heads or tails of the economic news from Washington.

On the one hand, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5%, the lowest since February 2009. The economy added 200,000 jobs which were more than expected. Those are

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Fix the levees

by Congressman Sam Graves

The corn is off the cob for 2011, but as we begin 2012, there is much that needs to be done. The floods of last summer have now mostly subsided. As clean up continues, we need to start preparing for 2012.

The Missouri River breached levees from Sioux City to mid-Missouri. Unlike a normal flood, it took months for the water to return to its banks.

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