Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Aboard USS Missouri, Hartzler Marks 70th Anniversary of End of WWII

2015/09/02

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) today issued the following statement after she attended the 70th Anniversary Ceremony of the End of World War II aboard the USS Missouri, where the Instrument of Surrender was signed, officially ending the war. 

“As a member of the Armed Services Committee from Missouri I feel honored and privileged to stand aboard the USS Missouri to participate in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  I am humbled to think of the contribution of this vessel and its courageous sailors who carried out harrowing missions during the six years between 1939 and 1945 when the world endured the most widespread war in history.  It was on this ship, 70 years ago today, where the Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister signed the Instrument of Surrender, officially bringing an end to the deadliest war in human history. 

The brave men and women who fought and sacrificed to make that day possible are true heroes and champions for the Allied cause.  Without their service to our country, the world would be a vastly different place today.  This day provides a sober reminder to all of us of the importance of remaining committed and hopeful despite the continuous threats of the world, of never giving up on the enduring cause of freedom, and the importance of pausing to remember and honor those who have given so much to ensure peace and freedom for future generations.”

On September 2, 1945, at 9:02 a.m., General MacArthur brought representatives from 10 allied nations together aboard the “Mighty Mo” for a solemn ceremony to witness Japan’s signing of the Instrument of Surrender, ending the war and restoring world peace.

Information on the ceremony, the event’s leading up to it, and the USS Missouri can be found on the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s website, here.

Congresswoman Hartzler, the only member of the Missouri delegation to attend this event, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District – home to the men and women of Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood.  She proudly serves on the House Armed Services Committee in addition to the Agriculture and Budget Committees.

 

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View from the Capitol - Congresswoman Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter for the Week of August 24, 2015

2015/09/01


The Iran Nuclear Deal: Would you trust a state sponsor of terrorism?

2015/08/27

I have previously expressed my concerns regarding the nuclear deal with Iran – a state sponsor of terrorism – calling it dangerous because the agreement hands the Iranians billions of dollars in sanctions relief while allowing them to continue their march toward nuclear capability.

I have been discussing these concerns with citizens as I travel around Missouri’s Fourth District, most notably at two informational presentations I held in Harrisonville and Sedalia. These forums provided an opportunity for Fourth District residents to share their thoughts and concerns with me. Based on the comments I continue to hear, I share your concern about this deal.

If this deal weren’t dangerous enough, we recently learned of a side deal that was cut between the IAEA and the Iranians, allowing Iran to use their own “experts” to inspect the Parchin nuclear site, removing impartial international inspectors completely out of the equation.  Parchin—an Iranian military installation—is where it is believed that Iran has been working on nuclear weapons. This side deal, while not negotiated by the Obama Administration, was blindly accepted by the administration as part of the larger package.  This is outrageous!

A state sponsor of terrorism, which is being monitored to ensure it does not engage in the development of nuclear weapons, is being allowed to monitor itself. It was bad enough when Secretary of State John Kerry’s promise of “24/7” inspection authority evolved into giving the Iranians "24 days" notice of a desire to inspect, but now the Iranians will be allowed to use their own inspectors to investigate violations at a secret Iranian military complex.

Since details of this side deal have come to light, it is fair to ask how many more of these special deals have been negotiated as part of the overall agreement and why the Obama Administration agreed to them.

Knowing what we know now, it is truly baffling that any Member of Congress would vote “yes” on this agreement. Congress must do what is in the best interests of our national security and that of our allies in the Middle East and around the world by giving a resounding “NO” to this perilous deal.

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2015 Social Media and Newsletter Survey

2015/08/25

It is an honor to represent you in Congress.  In an effort to better communicate with you on what I am doing both in Washington as well as Missouri, I am looking to gather information on how you use social media platforms as well as how I can improve my newsletter.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey, the results of which will help me better tailor my newsletter and social media use to better suit your needs.

Again, thank you for your time and input, I look forward to seeing the results.

 

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View from the Capitol - Congresswoman Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter for the Week of August 17, 2015

2015/08/24


St. Clair County Listening Post

2015/08/23

 Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District listening post has been scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2015 from 1:30 pm CT to 3:30 pm CT at the Osceola City Hall.

Each listening post held throughout the 4th District is hosted by a member of Congresswoman Hartzler’s staff and is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to discuss and share matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Steve Walsh will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Staff Listening Post

When: Friday, August 28, 2015 from 1:30 pm CT to 3:30 pm CT

Where: Osceola City Hall, 210 Olive Street, Osceola, MO

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s office at (573) 442-9311.

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Columbia District Office Open House

2015/08/23

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a Columbia District Office Open House has been scheduled for Monday, August 31, 2015 from 12:30 pm CT to 1:30 pm CT.

Each open house held throughout the 4th District is hosted by a member of Congresswoman Hartzler’s staff and is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to discuss and share matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Austin Kramer will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Columbia District Office Open House

When: Monday, August 31, 2015 from 12:30 pm CT to 1:30 pm CT

Where: 2415 Carter Lane, Suite 4, Columbia, MO 65201

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s office at (573) 442-9311.

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Pulaski County Listening Post

2015/08/23

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District listening post has been scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2015 from 9:00 am CT to 10:00 am CT in the Community Room of the Pulaski County Courthouse.

Each listening post held throughout the 4th District is hosted by a member of Congresswoman Hartzler’s staff and is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to discuss and share matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Austin Kramer will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Staff Listening Post

When: Friday, August 28, 2015 from 9:00 am CT to 10:00 am CT

Where: Pulaski County Courthouse, Community Room, 301 Route 66, Waynesville, MO 65583

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s office at (573) 442-9311.

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Hartzler calls for local control of school lunch costs

2015/08/07

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) introduced the School Lunch Affordability Act to keep school lunches affordable for families by eliminating federal mandates on school lunch prices and returning this authority to local school districts. 

"Families across Missouri's Fourth and elsewhere in the United States rely on an affordable, stable school lunch system to provide nutritious meals for their children," Hartzler said.  "Decisions on school budgets should be made by local officials that understand the specific needs of the community they serve.  The continued “Washington-knows-best” mentality on education must stop.  Many schools in Missouri are competently administering school lunch programs at a price under the federally mandated price, providing these much needed meals to children and keeping them affordable for families."

"Under current regulations, even those schools with lunch programs operating in the black would be required to raise their prices to meet the federally mandated price," Hartzler continued.  "Doing so may very well price some families out of the program, driving participation in the school lunch program down further than it already is.  My bill will essentially eliminate the federal mandate on school lunch costs and return authority to local school districts and boards--where they are aware of the unique needs of the families in their community.  I am hopeful this bill will pass quickly through committee and included in a more comprehensive school lunch reauthorization bill that will provided much needed relief to local schools in the coming months."

"Local school boards and administrators are in the best position to determine what students and parents can pay for full-priced school meals," said Melissa Randol, Executive Director of the Missouri School Boards Association.  "These cost mandates from Washington are having the unintended consequence of reducing participation in the school lunch program and inhibiting our school districts’ ability to provide students with nutritious meals.” 

"The Missouri Association of School Administrators thanks Congresswoman Hartzler for her continued support of Missouri public schools and for introducing this bill,” said Mike Lodewegen, Associate Executive Director of Government Affairs, Missouri Association of School Administrators.  “Congresswoman Hartzler’s focus on ensuring that federal education and school nutrition policy balances the priority of meeting the needs of students while granting the flexibility schools need to successfully implement programs that fit their community's unique needs. This legislation is a necessary piece of regulatory relief schools need in so many areas of federal education policy. We look forward to working with Congresswoman Hartzler on this bill and the broader effort to improve the Child Nutrition Act."

Before coming to Congress, Congresswoman Hartzler spent 11 years teaching Family and Consumer Science teaching junior and senior high school students the importance of a healthy balanced diet.  She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

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Background:

USDA School Program regulations at 7 CFR 210.14(e) require school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals. There are two ways to meet this requirement: either through the prices charged for “paid” meals or through other non-Federal sources provided to the nonprofit school food service account.

Under the Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) formula, a School Food Authority must charge at least the difference between the reimbursement rate for free/reduced and paid lunches, which is currently $2.70. If an SFA is charging less than $2.70 they are mandated to gradually increase their prices until they get to that threshold.

Paid Lunch Equity was originally set out to help bring in additional revenue to strengthen a SFA’s financial standing. Over time, we have seen that some school districts do not need to raise their prices to do so. Raising prices could also put them over the three-month operating budget limit, which is prescribed in USDA regulations, in addition to potentially pricing some families out of the paid lunch program.

During a time when families are struggling to make ends meet, the USDA should not be burdening local school districts with regulations for meal prices when the districts are fully capable of managing their own finances.

 

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Obama's Clean Power Grab

2015/08/07

The Obama Administration’s sweeping new rules and regulations for existing power plants are a harmful attack on families in Missouri and across the country. These ill-conceived rules will raise energy costs, reduce jobs, and hurt our fragile economic recovery.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), coal supplied Missouri with 83 percent of its net electricity generation in 2013. For the good people of Missouri’s Fourth District and those elsewhere in the state, coal is much more than a source of energy – it is an economic lifeline.

Implementing these rigid new rules would be devastating for rural parts of the country, like Missouri’s Fourth. A study by Energy Venture Analysis on the effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, combined with several recent EPA power plant regulations, found that Missourians’ annual electric and gas utility bills would rise by about $1,000 annually by 2020 as compared to 2012. That represents a whopping 50 percent increase – and Missouri’s rural counties, many of which are in our district, would suffer.

The simple truth is that many of our counties are served by rural electric cooperatives which are largely dependent on coal-fired power. The new restrictions mean hardworking citizens living in those areas are most vulnerable and will be hardest hit. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association fears that even a 10 percent increase in electricity prices would result in 1.2 million jobs lost, nationwide, by 2021, with almost half of those in rural communities.

Do we really want to see our rural families forced to choose between feeding their children and keeping the lights on?

Coal has proven it can provide affordable, clean energy for the people of our country.  We don't' need Washington dictating how we get our energy or imposing their top-down approach onto hard-working Missourians.  The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan is yet another overreach from an executive branch that will make it harder for multiple families in our state to pay their bills.

I will continue working to protect Missourians from this latest Clean Power Grab and other executive overreaches. I am committed to working towards a balanced energy strategy that protects workers, pocketbooks, and families that rely on affordable energy.

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Washington, DC 20515
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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.


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