Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler calls for visa restrictions in response to increasing Ebola risk in U.S.

2014/10/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), today made the following statement in support of restricting international travel to citizens from affected countries into the United States due to the increasing risk of Ebola in the United States.

“Given the increasing nature of the Ebola threat to Americans, I believe suspending the issuance of visas to citizens from affected countries is necessary to contain the spread of the virus.  The current procedures are proving not to be sufficient to protect Americans from this deadly disease. Suspending the issuance of visas will help fight the threat of Ebola where it starts and ultimately protect American lives.”

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.

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View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of October 13-17, 2014

2014/10/17

Good Day,

This has been another in-district work week, and I want to take the opportunity to share some of the things I have been doing and the people and places I have visited.

I recently visited one of our district’s leading manufacturers of custom products used by the trucking industry. The ROM Corporation in Belton is a leader in the food distribution, fire service, and building security industries, specializing in engineering, manufacturing, and distributing of custom products such as safety walkramps, LinksGuard security closures, roll-up doors, cargo trays, and LED lighting.

It is truly a pleasure to tour the manufacturing plants in our district and to visit with both the employees and the job creators. We are fortunate to have this fine company in our district.

Still with manufacturing, I want to share with you an honor I recently received from the National Association of Manufacturers, which presented me with its Champion of Manufacturing Award for the support I have given to America’s job-creating manufacturers. The Association believes, as do I, we need to keep manufacturing here in the U.S.A. and American-made products are the best in the world! I am pleased to stand with America’s workers and to support legislation that will improve innovation, growth, and competitiveness. I am committed to helping manufacturers as they compete in the global economy and create jobs here in the United States.

I had the opportunity, this week, to join fellow Missouri Congressman Sam Graves for a tour of the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I was glad to meet the men and women at Rosecrans who are carrying out a vital mission for our national security.

I am proud of the contribution that the 139th makes to our defense with their unique airlift capabilities.

I truly appreciate the invitation of Congressman Graves and the 139th to visit and see the extraordinary work being carried out by the Missouri Air National Guard.

Finally, I want to remind you of my 2014 Veterans Summit, which is scheduled for Monday, October 20th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the University of Central Missouri’s Elliott Union, Room 240, in Warrensburg. The call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance are scheduled for 8:55 am. The goal of the Veterans Summit is to provide veterans with timely information on issues they care about such as how to overcome the challenges of reintegration after deployment, strengthening the family, and succeeding in the workplace. At the same time, we want to connect veterans with the many resources they have earned and deserve.

Panels hosted by experts include discussion of personal, emotional, spiritual, family and career issues of returning veterans; continuing education and career opportunities for returning veterans; and discussion of VA health care and benefits.

Visit this link for more information on the 2014 Veterans Summit: http://hartzler.house.gov/sites/hartzler.house.gov/files/VET%20SUMMIT%20FLYER%20%288%29.pdf

I strongly encourage all veterans who are able to attend to take part in this event. I thank University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose and UCM staff members for providing us with this wonderful facility in which to hold our Veterans Summit.

Have a great week.

Vicky

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Congresswoman Hartzler honored for her support of America's job-creating manufacturers

2014/10/16

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has been named a recipient of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Champion of Manufacturing Award, honoring her for her support of America’s job-creating manufacturers.

“As a supporter of legislation to improve innovation, growth, and competitiveness in America’s manufacturing industry, I am honored to receive this award,” said Hartzler. “The National Association of Manufacturers and I share the belief that the United States manufacturing industry is making a comeback, hiring job-seeking Americans, and making more quality products that are in demand both here and abroad.”

“I am proud to stand with America’s manufacturers,” Hartlzler added. “I am committed to helping them as they compete in the global economy and create jobs here in the United States.”

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, serving on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

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Hartzler tours Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph

2014/10/15

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), today made the following statement after touring the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, Missouri.

“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I was glad to have the opportunity to meet the men and women at Rosecrans who are carrying out a vital mission for our national security. I am proud of the contribution that the 139th makes to our defense with their unique airlift capabilities.  I truly appreciate the invitation of Congressman Graves and the 139th to come here and see the extraordinary work being carried out by the Missouri Air National Guard.”

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.

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View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of October 6-10, 2014

2014/10/10

Good Day,

This was a very busy in-district work week as I addressed issues of concern with citizens in various parts of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

An event that generated a lot of attention was a presentation, in Sedalia, on the threat posed by ISIL terrorists. As was the case with a similar presentation last month in Harrisonville, the Sedalia event was well attended by people wanting to learn more about these terrorists and their plans for the Middle East and our homeland. About 150 people came to our presentation at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, as I shared the details of my recent fact-finding trip to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco, where I met with heads of state and defense officials from those four countries, listening to their concerns about the ISIL threat.

The number of ISIL fighters is ever-increasing. There are 30,000 known fighters and the number is growing by the week. And this group of terrorists is well-financed as a result of hundreds of millions of dollars in black market oil revenues. In addition, they are involved in kidnapping, extortion, and are now even taking part in the manufacturing and distribution of drugs. As I have said before, this is not a threat to take lightly.

I had the opportunity to answer questions regarding America’s course of action as ISIL acquires new territory in the region and spreads its influence. I pointed out that Congress has given President Obama the authority to train moderate Syrian rebels, improve counter-terrorism programs, and provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of these terrorists – but that approval is only authorized through December 11th. After that date, Congress will have to consider its options regarding authorization of expanded military force for the President. It is my hope that President Obama uses the time between now and then to build a broad coalition and to ensure the support of America’s allies in the region. I look forward to discussing this critical issue when Congress resumes later this fall.

Still in Sedalia, I had the pleasure of hosting the Fourth District’s inaugural Youth Leadership Summit. I was pleased more than 200 students from 48 high schools were able to participate in this all-day event and have the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers who shared tips for success in school and in reaching their goals.

I thank the presenters who shared their life experiences with the students, offering advice on such topics as how to be successful at a young age through entrepreneurship and different options after high school. Students had the opportunity to hear from Air Force B-2 pilot Tony Monetti on how to ‘Soar’ in life, Miss Missouri 2014 Jessica Hartman, and former Seattle Mariners pitcher Brian Holman. I’m hopeful the time spent will help MO-4 students reach their potential and help make a difference in their communities and school. I look forward to seeing the great things they are going to do in the future and am glad I could be a small part of it.

Finally, for the fourth year in a row I had the privilege of hosting the Missouri Business Conference at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg. Dozens of entrepreneurs and small business owners came together to hear about best-practice techniques from presenters who have tasted success. Among the sponsors of the event was the University of Central Missouri’s Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), which helps small businesses that are in need of specialized assistance. This Center links university, federal, state, and private resources to counsel and train owners and managers and to assist new and existing small business firms to be more productive and profitable.

I thank President Chuck Ambrose and the staff and faculty of the University of Central Missouri for opening UCM’s doors to this worthy event. I look forward to hosting our fifth Missouri Business Conference next year and hope to see even more businesses participating.

Have a great week.

Vicky

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Congresswoman Hartzler reacts to ruling on Missouri's natural marriage Constitutional amendment

2014/10/04

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has issued the following statement in response to a judge’s decision muffling the voice of Missourians to determine their marriage policy

“I am deeply disappointed that a judge has overturned the will of the Missouri people by striking down the state’s Constitutional amendment recognizing marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Missouri citizens overwhelmingly approved this amendment with 71 percent of our citizens supporting it. I look forward to this ruling being appealed to the United States Supreme Court and the right of Missouri citizens to make decisions regarding marriage policy being upheld.

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

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View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of September 29-October 3, 2014

2014/10/03

Good Day,

Our country marked a rather infamous anniversary this week as it was a year ago, on October 1, 2013, that the ObamaCare exchanges opened and Healthcare.gov was rolled out. We all remember what a disastrous rollout that was. One year later, this government takeover of our health care system remains unpopular due to broken promises and escalating costs. The Affordable Care Act – or, as I call it, the Un-Affordable Care Act - has hurt and continues to hurt hardworking Americans by limiting their choices, forcing them to pay for mandates they don’t want to purchase, and resulting in a reduction of work hours in some cases.

President Obama promised his health care law would save families $2,500 a year by the end of his first term. The sad reality is that many plans Americans liked and could afford have been cancelled because they do not provide many of the costly services mandated by the government. Families have been forced to buy more expensive plans that require them to pay for services they don’t want and certainly don’t need. In some cases, the good people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District have informed me that small businesses, faced with the government’s new definition of a “full time” employee as one who works 30 hours a week, have reduced the work weeks of employees to 29 hours or less to avoid the impact of Big Government’s edict. This is hurting many American workers who now have less take-home pay to bring to their families. We are reminded every day of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s infamous statement: “We have to pass it to know what’s in it.” Clearly, the people who supported this dreadful bill did not consider the ramifications.

As an outspoken critic of this onerous law, I am working with colleagues to offer America a better alternative to the President’s health care law. While it imposes many mandates, the President’s law does nothing to address the drivers of the high costs of health care. I am committed to helping to craft a bill that lowers costs by limiting harmful litigation that prompts physicians to order expensive tests and procedures that are not necessary; a bill that encourages the posting of prices for various medical procedures to increase transparency and empower patients; and a bill that gives citizens greater purchasing power by allowing them to buy health policies across state lines. As America marks the first anniversary of implementation of the Un-Affordable Care Act, it is imperative that we work together to offer sensible solutions to health care concerns, providing Americans with choices they want and can afford.

On another matter, I am pleased to share with you that an important piece of legislation I co-sponsor was signed into law this week. The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, H.R. 4980, is bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing sex trafficking, increasing adoptions, and improving child support collections. Approval of this bill followed two events I hosted in Columbia. One dealt with the tragedy of human trafficking and the other focused on much-needed improvements to our child welfare system.

The new law will encourage states to combat sex trafficking among youth in foster care, promote normalcy for foster youth, and move more children from foster care into adoptive homes or the homes of relatives. Much more is needed to ensure the protection and safety of children who are at risk, but this is a good start. I was honored to have played a role in this bipartisan effort to help our children.

Finally, I want to remind everyone of two events coming up in the next few days. I am hosting our fourth Missouri Business Conference at the University of Central Missouri’s Elliott Union, Room 240, on Tuesday, October 7th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, bringing together successful small business owners with students and other aspiring entrepreneurs. More than two dozen entrepreneurs will be presenting their ‘lessons learned’ with participants through five issue-specific panels, and a photographer will be present to take pictures of attendees for use on business cards or on social media. There will be something for everyone.

Conferences of this kind provide an opportunity for current business owners to learn the best practice techniques to help strengthen their businesses. At the same time, young entrepreneurs are given access to the expertise from business leaders who are running successful enterprises, generating revenues, and creating jobs.

Previous Missouri Business Conferences have shed light on many of the problems faced by entrepreneurs, including the federal government’s onerous regulations. Stories told by overburdened entrepreneurs are valuable as they provide me with the information I need as I work toward making changes in Washington to help businesses to flourish and grow our economy. I look forward to visiting with everyone again this year.

I thank the University of Central Missouri and UCM President Chuck Ambrose for hosting this event. I am pleased that so many small business owners and entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas.

There is still time for businesses to participate in the event by registering online: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-missouri-business-conference-registration-12857793005?aff=eac2 before October 6, 2014.

Also, later that day at State Fair Community College (SFCC) in Sedalia, I will give a presentation to discuss my recent House Armed Services Committee trip to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco as well as the threats posed by ISIL terrorists to America and its allies.

The recent ISIL beheadings of foreign hostages, including two Americans, must serve as a reminder to Americans that these terrorists will go to great lengths to achieve their goals, resorting to brutality and cruelty to strike fear in the hearts of civilized people. I believe that by sharing the insights I gained in the Middle East I can shed some light on this terrorist threat.

My presentation will outline the threats in the region and the steps being taken to address the terrorism that jeopardizes our homeland. I hope families and individuals in the area will come out to participate in this important gathering. Meeting and defeating this threat could take many years and will require strength of will by leaders and the American people. ISIL is indeed the threat of our time and we all need to be a part of the discussion.

My presentation on the ISIL threat is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm at State Fair Community College’s Thompson Conference Center in the Heckart Science and Allied Health Building, 3201 West 16th Street, Sedalia. All citizens are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Austin Kramer in our Columbia office at 573-442-9311. I look forward to seeing you at either or both of these events.

Have a great week.

Vicky

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Congresswoman Hartzler to discuss the threat posed by ISIL terrorists

2014/10/01

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), who recently spent 10 days on a House Armed Services Committee trip to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco, will give a presentation on Tuesday, October 7th in Sedalia to discuss her trip and the threats posed by ISIL terrorists to America and its allies.

“Terrorism, in general, and the march of ISIL toward an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, in particular, pose major threats in that part of the world,” said Hartzler. “These concerns were expressed to my colleagues and me as we met with heads of state in the region and with U.S. Embassy staff and U.S. State Department officials.”

“The recent ISIL beheadings of foreign hostages, including two Americans, must serve as a reminder to Americans that these terrorists will go to great lengths to achieve their goals, resorting to brutality and cruelty to strike fear in the hearts of civilized people,” Hartzler continued. “I believe that by sharing the insights I gained in the Middle East I can shed some light on this terrorist threat.”

“I have prepared a presentation to outline the threats in the region and to discuss the steps being taken to address the terrorism that jeopardizes our homeland,” added Hartzler. “I hope families and individuals in the area will come out to participate in this important gathering. Meeting and defeating this threat could take many years and will require strength of will by leaders and the American people. ISIL is indeed the threat of our time and we all need to be a part of the discussion.”

Congresswoman Hartzler’s presentation on the ISIL threat is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm at State Fair Community College’s Thompson Conference Center in Sedalia. All citizens are invited to attend.

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.

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Congresswoman Hartzler to serve as honorary host of 2014 Missouri Business Conference at UCM

2014/10/01

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) will host her fourth Missouri Business Conference at the University of Central Missouri on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, bringing together successful small business owners with students and other aspiring entrepreneurs. More than two dozen entrepreneurs are scheduled to take part in this year’s event, which includes five issue-specific panels.

“Conferences of this kind provide an opportunity for current business owners to learn the best practice techniques to help strengthen their businesses,” said Hartzler. “At the same time, young entrepreneurs are given access to the expertise from business leaders who are running successful enterprises, generating revenues, and creating jobs.”

“Previous Missouri Business Conferences have shed light on many of the problems faced by entrepreneurs, including the federal government’s onerous regulations,” continued Hartzler. “Stories told by overburdened entrepreneurs are valuable as they provide me with the information I need as I work toward making changes in Washington to help businesses to flourish and grow our economy.”

“I thank the University of Central Missouri and UCM President Chuck Ambrose for hosting this event,” added Hartzler. “I am pleased that so many small business owners and entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas.”

There is still time for businesses to register to participate in the event by registering online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-missouri-business-conference-registration-12857793005?aff=eac2 before October 6, 2014.

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

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Pettis County ISIL Presentation

2014/10/01


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hartzler.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Agriculture

Armed Services

Vicky Hartzler is the Representative for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District, having been elected to that position on November 2, 2010.

She was born October 13, 1960 in Cass County, was raised on a farm in Archie, and lives with her husband, Lowell and daughter, Tiffany, on a working farm in Cass County. She is a graduate of both the University of Missouri-Columbia and Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education from MU and a M.S. in Education from Central Missouri.

She was first elected to political office in November of 1994 as the State Representative from Missouri’s 124th District. She served three terms, leaving in January of 2001. Prior to her time in politics Vicky taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in Lebanon and Belton.

In 2004, she served as spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Marriage, a state constitutional amendment which passed resoundingly and led to Missouri recognizing traditional marriage as a union of a man and a woman. In 2005, she was appointed as Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council, serving for two years.

Vicky and Lowell Hartzler own a company with three farm equipment stores in the 4th District.

The Hartzler family lives near Harrisonville in Cass County.


Serving With

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Billy Long

MISSOURI's 7th DISTRICT

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

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