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No Bull: EPA Aggression Threatens Livestock Producers

by Congressman Sam Graves

Editor’s Note: This article was written on April 10 for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association weekly newsletter. On Saturday, a guest column was published for the St. Joseph News-Press by the Administrator for EPA Region 7, who repeats the egregious claim that the EPA is merely trying to be helpful to farmers.

In North Missouri, many people are farmers, ranchers, and livestock producers. Here, people rely

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Capitol Report: Invest in Future by Supporting Teachers

by Congressman Sam Graves

Growing up as a student who passed through Tarkio schools, of course I didn’t realize it at the time, but educating the young is a passion that called many to go the extra mile for me and my future.

Many different factors play a role in securing a quality education for all of Missouri’s students. To this end, one of the most important contributors is our

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Capitol Report: The President’s Irresponsible Budget

by Congressman Sam Graves

A budget is a fiscal blueprint of the future. It is an outline of one’s priorities that tells you what an individual or group considers important, and also what they view as unimportant.

President Obama’s budget proposal for next year – which was delivered late once again, for the fifth time in six years – demonstrates that his priorities remain both higher taxes – to the

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Capitol Report: Reducing Burdensome Regulations

by Congressman Sam Graves

The House is pursuing measures designed to reform our federal regulatory system.  As part of “Stop Government Abuse Week,” we cast a number of votes this week to do just that.

Of note, we passed H.R. 2804, the ALERRT Act.  This legislation represents an important effort to bring common sense and transparency to an out-of-control regulatory process that is stifling growth, especially among small businesses.  I

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Capitol Report: Simplify the Tax Code

by Congressman Sam Graves

Every occupation has its busy season. For farmers, it’s during planting and harvesting. For teachers, it’s the hustle and bustle of a new year. For amusement parks, it’s the summer season. It’s no different for tax accountants who are busy studying up on the over 70,000 pages of tax rules and regulations.

I’ve never understood why we need a tax code that is so complex you

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Capitol Report

by Congressman Sam Graves

Throughout the course of history, the Christmas season seems to bring people together, even during times of war. For instance, in 1914, British and German troops stopped fighting during World War I while they decorated their barracks and sang Silent Night in English, French, and German.

Later, in World War II, battle was suspended on many fronts to tune into opera star Ernestine Schumann-Heink singing “Stille

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Capitol Report: Bureaucrats and School Lunches

by Congressman Sam Graves

It has become clearer than ever that Washington is out of touch with America. Too many bureaucrats and politicians don’t understand the effects of the rules and laws they create.

Take the National School Lunch Program for example. For the 2012-2013 school year, the Obama Administration began implementing new nutritional standards for school lunches. These rules coming down from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are

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Yet Another Delay

by Congressman Sam Graves

Just hours before Americans sat down to their turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, news trickled out of Washington that the president’s massive health care law was experiencing yet another setback. This time, we learned that the website for small businesses looking to purchase health insurance for their employees will be delayed for a whole year.

In the meantime, business owners will have to devote their time

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Capitol Report: Supporting Our Teachers

by Congressman Sam Graves

In an essay on learning how to ride a bicycle, Mark Twain once observed that “the self-taught man seldom knows anything accurately, and he does not know a 10th as much as he could have known if he had worked under teachers.”

Teachers play an essential role in our educational system. We rely on them to teach our children the skills they need to succeed in

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