Below is the July 10th This Week in Washington from Congressman Sam Graves US House-MO-6.


1. H.R. 2965 – Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009 – amends the Small Business Act to reauthorize existing programs and continue the mission of the Small Business Administration. This is a bill that I am a co-sponsor of and have worked on for several years. I believe that it allows small businesses to do big things. It received an overwhelmingly bi-partisan vote of 386 to 41. This is exactly the kind of legislation Congress should be passing to help small businesses.

2. H.R. 2997 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 – includes $20.4 billion for the Department of Agriculture ($2 billion more than last year), $2.35 billion for the Food and Drug Administration ($298.6 million above FY09), and $160.6 million for the Commodities Future Trading Commission ($14.6 million above FY09).  More than 80% of the bill’s appropriations are for mandatory spending with most of the money going to the food stamp program. I opposed the bill because it was a 12% increase over last year. However it passed by a 266-160 vote.

3. H.R. 3081 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010 – appropriates funds to the State Department for maintenance of diplomatic and consular programs, peacekeeping operations, international organizations, and exchange programs. It appropriates funds for foreign aid and assistance abroad including USAID, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and other international assistance programs such as narcotics control, nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, and refugee assistance. It also appropriates funds for international military education, foreign military financing grants, global environmental foundations, international development programs, Export-Import Bank operations, Overseas Private Investment Corporation programs, and the Trade and Development Agency. I have often voted against this bill. This year it contains an almost unbelievable 33% increase in funding over last year. There are good programs in this bill, but if we are ever going to get control of our deficit we need to start making difficult choices. Instead, this bill irresponsibly increases spending. It passed on a 318-106 vote.

4. H.R. 3082 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2010 – provides appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies. The bill contains a total of $77.9 billion in discretionary spending, an increase of $5 billion or 6 percent above the non-emergency discretionary spending level for FY 2009. It passed on a 415-3 vote.

The Small Business Committee held a hearing to talk about a how a projected physician shortage will harm small medical practices. Numerous studies have shown that there is a growing shortage of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in primary care fields such as family medicine, primary care, and pediatrics. A 2008 University of Missouri study found that the U.S. could face a shortage of up to 44,000 family physicians, general internists and general pediatricians in the next 20 years. These physician shortages are affecting populations such as the elderly and underserved.

Dr. Bruce Kauk of Gladstone came to Washington to testify. I believe that a government-run health care system would only make the problem worse. We do not need bureaucrats in Washington setting the rules for physicians.

We will be back in session next week. Have a good weekend.


Sam Graves

  1. Isabelle says:


    Isabelle here form I just wanted to write quickly and let you know that your recent blog post on H.R. 3081, among others, got picked up by our blog aggregator and is now posted in our list of articles on that bill. Now people looking for information on the bill can find your article through its bill page on OpenCongress. Check it out here:

    Since you’re writing about bills in Congress on  your blog, I encourage you to check out OpenCongress as a research tool and a source for finding out what’s hot in Congress. One of our main functions that you ca see off the homepage is to provide context to bills, showing which ones are being viewed by people the most, which are being blogged about the most, and which are in the news the most. You can also follow the OpenCongress Blog for updates on stuff that’s moving in Congress.


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