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  • Chairman Graves in the St. Louis Dispatch: Obama Should Champion Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 17, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Oversight

    Obama Should Champion Small Business By Chairman Sam Graves August 17, 2011 The U.S. Department of Labor reported that 117,000 jobs were created in July and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.1 percent. While new job growth is always welcome, in the context of the past few months, with unemployment continuing to rise and nearly 14 million Americans still out of work — we have a long way to go. Our nation's average monthly job creation is 133,000 — a far cry from the 300,000 jobs per month... Read more

  • CNN Money: Obama's Keystone Pipeline Nix Worries Small Business
    Posted in Articles on January 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America, Contracting, Technology

    Obama's Keystone Pipeline Nix Worries Small Business By Jose Pagliery January 20, 2012 The hopes of some small business owners in the Nebraskan towns of Fairbury and Steele City were crushed when the Obama administration rejected a proposed expansion of the Keystone oil sands pipeline. Extending the Canadian pipeline 1,179 miles to the area promised both towns another chance to bounce back from the ongoing economic crisis. In 2010, when the first line was built, waves of engineers and construct... Read more

  • Rural America Solutions Group Sends Follow-Up letter to Administrator Jackson on EPA’s Job-Killing Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    House Rural America Solutions Group Co-chairs, Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (R-WA), sent a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to recap the Rural America Solutions Group forum on job-killing EPA regulations held on September 29, 2010 that she declined to attend. The letter states that “some of the EPA’s prop... Read more

  • Rep. Luetkemeyer: EPA’s Job-Killing Regulations Target Rural America
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 8, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears bent on destroying rural America. The EPA and Majority party’s attempt to regulate everything from mud-puddles to dust is a massive power grab that threatens the livelihoods of our family farmers, small businesses, and rural communities. No one cares more about the environment than the farmers and ranchers of America. After all, the land allows our farmers and ranchers to feed, educate, and clothe their families and neighbors. Everyone agrees tha... Read more

  • Forum Examines Impact of Job-Killing EPA Regulations on Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Sam Graves (R-MO), and Doc Hastings (R-WA), Co-Chairs of the Rural America Solutions Group, hosted a forum today entitled, “The EPA’s Assault on Rural America: How New Regulations and Proposed Legislation are Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth.” Experts from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to discuss Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and provide real-life examples of how these regulations and related legislation have affe... Read more

  • Luetkemeyer Highlights Concerns of EPA’s Ongoing Assault on Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) and members of the Rural America Solutions Group today participated in a forum that focused on the destructive job-killing policies of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Democratic leadership in Congress. The EPA’s Assault on Rural America: How New Regulations and Proposed Legislation are Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth forum was sponsored by the Rural America Solutions Group. Luetkemeyer and his colleagues heard from rural Americans who p... Read more

  • Subcommittee Presses EPA Official on Impact of Potential Regulations on Energy Costs, Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    Today, the House Committee on Small Business’ Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade held a hearing entitled “Coal Combustion Byproducts: Potential Impact of a Hazardous Waste Designation on Small Businesses in the Recycling Industry.” The hearing examined the potential impact that proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on coal combustion byproducts (CCBs) would have on entrepreneurs in the recycling industry. One of the most useful CCBs is fly ash, whi... Read more

  • Ranking Members Graves, Hastings and Lucas in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Rural America Is In The Crosshairs
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 3, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    By Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO); Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in Hillsboro, MO to host a “National Summit of Rural America” on behalf of the Obama Administration. As Co-Chairs of the Rural America Solutions Group, we hope the event will mark a turning point in the Obama Administration’s agenda for rural America. However, if the first half of President Obama’s term is any indication of things... Read more

  • Co-Chairs of Rural America Solutions Group Urge Obama to Listen to Rural Americans, Abandon Job Killing Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on June 3, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Hillsboro, MO today to host a long overdue “National Summit of Rural America” on behalf of the Obama Administration. As Co-Chairs of the Rural America Solutions Group, Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Sam Graves (R-MO) and Doc Hastings (R-WA), have each released a statement on the Obama Administration’s failure to address the challenges faced by rural America. “While I appreciate Secretary Vilsack taking the time to hear from rural Americans,... Read more

  • Graves Urges Commitment to Expanded Broadband Infrastructure in Rural Communities
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Technology

    At today’s House Small Business Committee hearing on the impact that broadband services have on small businesses, the economy and job creation, Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) expressed concern about the lack of broadband infrastructure in rural America. Ranking Member Graves said, “The Internet and related technologies are not as widespread as we would like to think. There is a severe lack of appropriate infrastructure that limits many American communities, businesses, and families from gainin... Read more