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Sam Graves' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • "With the arrival of each of my children, I became more convinced that those of us who are pro-life are on the right side of the issue." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • "Today is the National #March4Life in DC. It's a day we remember all the lives lost to abortion, and fight to end this evil in the future." (
  • "Almost a half century later after Roe v. Wade, with millions of innocent lives lost, it is more important than ever to continue working to secure and defend every American's right to life--born and unborn. Life is a precious gift, and I will continue fighting to protect it." (
  • "That is why I am a co-sponsor and consistent supporter of the Fair-Tax, which would replace the current progressive income tax with a national sales tax. The benefit of the Fair-Tax is that it taxes most individuals at a lower rate than the income tax. It also only taxes the goods and services you purchase, encourages saving, and produces similar revenue to the current code, just in a much simpler manner." (
  • "No ‘magic wand’ needed, just fewer regulations and lower taxes. #SOTU" (
  • "That is why I am a co-sponsor and consistent supporter of the Fair-Tax, which would replace the current progressive income tax with a national sales tax. The benefit of the Fair-Tax is that it taxes most individuals at a lower rate than the income tax. It also only taxes the goods and services you purchase, encourages saving, and produces similar revenue to the current code, just in a much simpler manner." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "If we keep spending money we don't have, Medicare and Social Security will both go bankrupt under the President's plan." (
  • "MT @RepPhilGingrey#SmallBiz owner: We don't need a safety net. We want to walk on our own. We just want to work. #4jobs #tcot" (
  • Signed a letter saying "We write to express strong bipartisan support for the Medicare Advantage program, which 40 percent of eligible Medicare beneficiaries, more than 22 million people, choose to enroll in.[1] We appreciate your ongoing commitment to preserving and strengthening the Medicare Advantage program for current and future Medicare beneficiaries." (
  • "Our bill will protect Americans' right to defend themselves, their family, and their property. This is more important than ever with radicals in Washington threatening to defund the police and rogue prosecutors threatening homeowners with prosecution." (
  • "As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to push for a robust national defense." (
  • "BREAKING→ @HouseGOP PASSED #FY18NDAA: ✔Modernization funding for the C-130H Fleet for @139AW in @citystjoemo ✔Pay raise for troops ✔Increase in defense spending- $26 billion above @POTUS's budget request." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "The C-130H aircraft has been a critical component of our military's fighting force for over 40 years, providing tactical airlift support that is second to none in the world," Rep. Graves said. "Modernizing this fleet will be vital toward maintaining the effectiveness of the Air National Guard, particularly the 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joe." (
  • "When it comes to infrastructure, Congress has a good track record. In recent years, for example, we passed a major long-term transportation bill to improve our roads, bridges, rails, and public transit systems; multiple bills to enhance the country's ports and waterways; and legislation to invest in our airports and aviation system. With these several laws alone, we've invested over $380 billion in our infrastructure." (
  • "S&P downgraded the U.S., citing concern of long-term federal #debt. NOW do u believe that cutting spending will improve economy?" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "Appreciate the President's call for #TaxReform, but it must include #SmallBiz, not his proposed #Corporate only reform #SOTU" (
  • Rated 80% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "The @HouseGOP is set to vote on #TaxReform tomorrow. See what’s new in the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act: ✔ [Increase] the standard deduction ✔ Expands the child tax credit to $2,000 ✔ [Decrease] corporate tax rate to 21%" (
  • "The House just passed the bipartisan Senate CARES Act. In uncertain times, this legislation offers hope, helping American workers put food on the table and helping American businesses keep their lights on and their employees on the payroll." (
  • "COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our economy and put enormous strain on our healthcare providers. I'm glad we were able to pass critical funding to help our hospitals fight this pandemic and get the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program back up and running. With millions of Americans out of work and small businesses on the ropes, these programs have been critical tools to mitigate some of the damage. While the programs are helping small businesses keep employees on payroll, there will be no real recovery until they are able to reopen for business. We must emerge from this pandemic a stronger, more resilient America; I look forward to that happening safely and soon." (
  • "The federal government continues to push further and further into local schools districts," Rep. Graves said. "Teachers and administrators should be able to focus on one thing and one thing only -- preparing children to lead productive and fulfilling lives. But federal mandates and one-size-fits-all testing systems have made that impossible." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • "I believe we must continue to develop and consider all forms of energy in order to continue reducing our reliance on foreign oil." (
  • "We must increase our production of all other types of renewable energy and maintain high levels of domestic energy production." (
  • "Majority of #SmalBiz owners say regulations, taxes, spending, cost of health insurance & energy have hurt the economy" (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" (
  • "The current administration has said they want to make building a coal plant so expensive that it will bankrupt the company. Recently, President Obama and the EPA announced that they will seek to force a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions on coal power plants by 2030." (
  • "Many #EPA's proposals will have detrimental #economic impacts/restrict #smallbiz growth. It's time they reevaluate." (
  • "We need to enforce the laws we have, get criminals off the streets, and get folks in mental health crises the help they need, not attack law-abiding gun owners for exercising their #2A rights." (
  • "I’ve said it once—and I’ll say it again. We have a violence problem in this country, not a gun problem. We need to address the hatred and sickness that drives people to commit these heinous crimes, not punish law-abiding gun owners." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (
  • "This president has taken unprecedented actions to restrict our second amendment rights, which is why I introduced legislation to restrict all funding for Obama's executive orders that target and reduce our second amendment rights." (
  • "Today's ruling confirms what we already knew - the Obama Administration did not have the authority to hand out subsidies that people need to pay for Obamacare's expensive premiums. This law is a disaster now just like it was a disaster 6 years ago, and we need to start over with something that can survive without gimmicks or illegal government handouts." (
  • "House GOPs working to repeal #Obamacare, to protect fam & #smallbiz from its harmful consequences" (
  • "I've said over & over that the federal govt was never meant to control our healthcare system" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "I just voted for a bipartisan coronavirus bill that guarantees free coronavirus tests for those who need them, secures paid leave for impacted workers, and helps our communities deal with the economic impacts of this outbreak—without punishing small businesses." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "This is a huge win for border security and for America. It’s long past time we secured our border. It’s long past time we built the wall. #BuildTheWall." (
  • "Securing our border means building the wall. It's not just campaign rhetoric. There are many places along our southern border that absolutely require it. There is just no way to safely and regularly patrol some of those areas and a physical barrier is a proven solution." (
  • "The open borders policies being pushed by some on the far left will only make the border crisis worse. If we want to solve this crisis, we have to give our agents the tools they need to secure the border—and that means building a wall. #BuildtheWall" (
  • "We should be making it easier for CBP agents to apprehend dangerous criminals at our southern border. That’s why we need a wall—to slow down illegal immigrants and help agents stop known criminals trying to enter the U.S. illegally. #BuildtheWall" (
  • Rated 95% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Illegal immigration is just that- ILLEGAL. America continues to welcome immigrants who come here legally. This is a nation that was founded on the rule of law & we have to send the message that we are serious about illegal immigration by enforcing our laws" (
  • "President Obama himself acknowledged that he did not have the power to grant amnesty to entire groups of illegal immigrants before announcing DACA in 2012. I'm glad to see President Trump make the decision to end DACA today, to stop amnesty and restore the rule of law to our nation's immigration system. Congress writes laws, not the President, and I look forward to helping shape a bill that addresses the problems caused by executive amnesty and illegal immigration in the coming months." (
  • "The answer to the crisis at our border isn’t open borders and amnesty for illegal immigrants. We have to start taking border security seriously and we have to give our agents at the border the tools to stop illegal immigration." (
  • "Preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon should be our top priority and I am glad to see we have a President in the White House who is taking action to ensure that Iran cannot seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons." (
  • "Current sanctions have been widely successful in terms of their impact on the Iranian economy, and they remain our strongest leverage in forcing Iran to dismantle its nuclear program." (
  • "Iran has shown that it can't be trusted. We must do everything possible to prevent it from attaining a nuclear weapon." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "I am closely monitoring Iran’s aggression against American forces in the Middle East. My prayers are with our service members and their families." (
  • "Yesterday, President Trump’s action to label Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization took effect—placing tough new sanctions on these radical Islamic terrorists." (
  • "Trade keeps the economic engine of North Missouri running by giving farmers more opportunities to feed the world. This is why I have always supported free trade." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • "Without reform, COOL would force Canada and Mexico to look outside of the United States for business, hurting farmers and threatening our nation's overall economy." (

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