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  • 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

  • KTEN Online: Clean Water Act--Will the Federal Gov. have access to your water?
    Posted in Articles on April 30, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    By Christina Lusby, KTEN Online It's a bill some claim could take away private property rights of land owners. A word change in the 1972 Clean Water Act could grant Federal access to small bodies of water such as small streams and creeks. The Clean Water Act has helped keep drinking water in the United States clean for more than 30 years, but now with the proposed change to the word "navigable" many feel the Act is overstepping its bounds. The Clean Water Act of 1972 only gave the Federal govern... Read more

  • Hannibal Courier Post: Cap-and-trade could be sore spot on Obama visit
    Posted in Articles on April 27, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    By Brent Engel, Hannibal Courier-Post President Barack Obama likely will get an earful about cap-and-trade during his visit to the Tri-States. Cap-and-trade is a system of regulating pollution. The federal government would limit the amount of emissions that companies, manufacturers and utilities could produce. The permits could be traded among licensees. Opponents call it government intrusion upon private industry and fear a substantial rise in fuel and energy costs. Supporters say the regulatio... Read more

  • Luetkemeyer: President Should Discuss Real Impacts of Cap-and-Tax on Small Business, Farms
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    As a longtime opponent of the President’s national energy tax, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) today said he was hopeful the President this week would address the serious concerns of family farmers and small businesses in the 9th District about the the devastating impacts of higher energy costs associated with his Administration’s cap-and-trade legislation. The President is scheduled to visit the POET biorefining plant in Macon and tour a local farm on Wednesday. “Our farmers and small busin... Read more

  • Graves, Republican Leaders Introduce Resolution Protecting Small Businesses from Harmful EPA Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) has joined Republican Leadership in introducing a Resolution of Disapproval on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon dioxide endangerment finding. The resolution (H.J.Res.77) would prevent the Administration from implementing job-killing regulations that could flow from this finding. Such EPA rules could have a negative effect on productivity and job creation in all sectors of the U.S. economy, including family farms... Read more

  • "Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms to Meet the Needs of Small Firms and Family Farmers"
    Posted in Media Advisories on November 3, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Rural America

    The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled "Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms to Meet the Needs of Small Firms and Family Farmers." The hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. The Committee will evaluate ways to improve current laws to ensure that small firms can continue to grow for future generations. Witnesses will testify on issues surrounding the estate tax and their impact... Read more

  • Graves: Obama Administration Paints Small Businesses as Enemies
    Posted in Press Releases on September 4, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Rural America

    The U.S. Department of Labor reported that unemployment in the U.S. rose to 9.7%, with 216,000 Americans losing their jobs in August. In addition to the Department of Labor’s data, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) released a report on Wednesday showing that small businesses laid off more employees than mid or large size companies. Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) of the House Small Business Committee commented: “It is abundantly clear that the Obama Administration has no understanding of small bu... Read more