Sam Graves | St. Louis Public Radio

Sam Graves

File photo | Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

Four regional airports in Missouri and three in Illinois could find their operations at risk if the Congress approves President Donald Trump’s plan to end the federal subsidies they’ve received for decades.

But Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is taking on Trump. “While a president has the right to propose cuts in spending, the Constitution gives Congress the power to actually set spending,” he said at a hearing he chaired Thursday in Washington.

File photo | St. Louis Public Radio

Democrats and Republicans who make up the St. Louis area’s congressional delegation say they support President Donald Trump’s decision to use missiles against a Syrian airbase after this week’s chemical weapons attack that killed dozens.


Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told St. Louis radio station KTRS that the action shows “the president listens … learns” and is “willing to look at new circumstances in a new way.” Missouri U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner chided the Obama administration on Friday for allowing the Syrian crisis to become “the largest war in this century,” adding, “the United States can no longer sit idly by.”

The Missouri delegation may be housed in Akron, but it has a clear view of the stage.
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio

CLEVELAND – Missouri Republicans are increasingly optimistic that presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump could offer a boon, not a bust, for the GOP’s entire statewide ticket in November.

“The worst poll I’ve seen has him eight points up in Missouri,’’ said U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, as she mingled Monday with Missouri delegates. “The best poll has him up 12.”

That’s among the reasons Wagner dismisses the last-minute effort by some anti-Trump delegates — mainly in other states — who are seeking a rules change to allow them to vote for somebody else.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 19, 2011 - WASHINGTON - As one of 29 Eagle Scouts in the 112th Congress, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves takes pride in shouting out top scouts in his northwest Missouri district.

In fact, Graves, R-Tarkio, has mentioned scouting in 1,067 of his 1,543 speeches or "extensions of remarks" that are inserted in the Congressional Record, according to an analysis by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 15, 2011 - Just two days after Texas Gov. Rick Perry jumped into the Republican presidential contest, one of Missouri's members of Congress is jumping aboard.

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, announced this afternoon that he's endorsing Perry (pictured here at a June fund-raising event for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder) for president.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 29, 2008 - An internal Justice Department investigation concluded that the removal of former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves in western Missouri was the "inappropriate" result of political "pressure" from the office of Sen. Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo., which was upset with Graves' brother, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo. The report said that Bond's office contacted the White House seeking Todd Graves' removal and then tried to keep its involvement secret. Removal of a U.S. attorney for political reasons, in this way, undermines the Justice Department's independence, it said.