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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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Capitol Report: Keeping a Promise

by Congressman Sam Graves

We’ve heard the promise many times since 2008: “If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it.” In fact, we’ve heard it at least 29 times according to one report.

However, it turns out that if you like your health insurance plan, you aren’t necessarily able to keep it because it may not comply with the regulations set out in Obamacare. In light of

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Capitol Report: Passing a Bipartisan Water Resources Bill

by Congressman Sam Graves

Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation called the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) by a near unanimous vote of 417-3. This bill will authorize the key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including navigation and flood prevention projects.

Having efficient water infrastructure is critical to a healthy economy. Passing WRRDA means jobs, trade, competitiveness, and economic development for Missouri and

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Confronting Our Debt Crisis

by Congressman Sam Graves

The government shutdown may be behind us, but our nation’s fiscal woes remain in front of us. The deal that was agreed to last week does nothing to deal with our out-of-control spending or reduce our tremendous debt. Instead, all it does is guarantee more borrowing.

James Madison once said, “I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse.” But a lot

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