U.S. Congressman Sam Graves reacted Thursday to the Army Corps of Engineers’ letter that was sent to a handful of Missouri landowners. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Congressman Graves:

Sam Graves

The Corps mailed letters to landowners in Missouri asking if they would be interested in selling their property in the Missouri River basin. Graves said the letter was a “slap in the face” of people who are dealing with flooded property.

“The United States already owns one out of every five acres in this country. The federal government does not need to be buying more land. They can’t take care of what they already own. When we have a $1.6 trillion deficit, that money could be better used to do a whole lot more. For example, rebuilding these levees and paying down national debt. It’s extremely frustrating and I think there’s a good lesson to be learned here,” Graves said.