Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler Applauds Administration’s New Pork Export Policy

2017/08/18

After the Trump administration announced U.S. pork will enter Argentina’s market for the first time since 1992, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:

“I’m pleased the Trump administration has made this important deal to continue what Congress has been working on all year: growing the economy,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “The announcement marks a breakthrough moment in our pork exports and will bring relief and economic stimulus to our pork producers in Missouri and around the country. I look forward to our continued work to find innovative ways to create economic opportunity for American farmers and ranchers.”

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Hartzler Statement on Charlottesville Violence

2017/08/15

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement after the violence in Charlottesville:

“Over the past few days America has witnessed the disturbing events in Charlottesville and the racism and violence that continues to inflict harm on our nation.  It breaks my heart that today's young generation is still having to witness this unAmerican way to settle disagreements. Racism is not acceptable in our society in any form and should not be tolerated. It is one thing to have disagreements on the validity of historical monuments but violence is not the answer. It cannot be tolerated. This is not representative of America or the values that we hold dear.”

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Hartzler Statement on the Death of Officer Gary Michael

2017/08/07

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO.) released the following statement after the death of Officer Gary Michael:

“My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Michael’s family and the entire Clinton community during this tragedy. Every day, our law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect our homes and keep our streets safe, and sometimes their service takes the ultimate sacrifice. We owe a debt of gratitude to Officer Michael and every officer that is brave enough to wear the badge. I am so grateful for all they do, and ask that you keep our local law enforcement and Officer Michael’s loved ones in your prayers.”

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Newsletter: Addressing Missouri Flooding

2017/07/29

In this edition:

  • Addressing Missouri Flooding
  • Funding for Columbia Regional Airport
  • Preserving Military Dollars for Military Needs
  • Hosting a Telephone Town Hall
  • Listening and Learning on Important Issues

 

Dear Friend,

We have been hard at work here in Washington getting our veterans the benefits they deserve, providing funding so we can rebuild our military, and sanctioning hostile countries which continue to pose a threat to American national security so the world will know America will not tolerate aggression. This week the House passed defense  appropriations which included important provisions for our area in Missouri. This includes 22 F-18s that will be made in Missouri, more funding for schools around Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, phase one of a hospital facility to be built at Fort Leonard Wood, and much more. Thank you for your time, and keep reading for more updates!

Addressing Missouri Flooding

(Major flooding hit Missouri this week)

(Major flooding hit Missouri this week)

Our region has been devastated by the flooding in Missouri this week, and this issue continues to be a top priority for myself and my staff.

My legislation, The FEMA Relief Improvement Act, ensures residents receive better guidance, more accurate information, and greater certainty from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It passed out of the House last month and just passed out of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee this week. This marks a major step forward for this legislation, which will help victims like those affected by the recent floods that devastated Missouri in the past weeks. 

This bill requires FEMA to focus efforts on its core mission – helping people recover from disasters. In past disasters in Missouri, there have been repeated incidents of lost or misplaced paperwork, poor coordination between state and federal agencies, and general lack of information from FEMA officials. There are still pending cases from 2013 following the floods in my district. The people deserve better, and this bill delivers.

When disaster strikes, victims don’t have time for a government bureaucracy to get its act together. They need help, and they need it fast. This bill clears the red tape so victims can get the help they need before it’s too late. I'm glad to see its progress in the Senate, and I hope it will be on the President's desk soon.

(Congresswoman Vicky Hartlzer toured flood damage in Pulaski County earlier this year)

Funding for Columbia Regional Airport

I’m pleased to announce that Columbia Regional Airport has been awarded $298,453 in grant funding for runway extension and improvements. I have supported and worked with Columbia Regional Airport in the past to obtain federal funding and support their continued expansion plans.  

Columbia Regional Airport will be receiving these funds so they can continue their important work enhancing their facilities. This money will enable the airport to invest in runway extension and improvement so they can serve more consumers.

Top-notch service is a vital component to the Columbia Regional Airport’s master plan and this funding will help make mid-Missouri a destination location for business development and personal travel.

Preserving Military Dollars for Military Needs

Donald Trump announced significant changes to the Department of Defense policy on transgender service members this week, and I applaud his decisive action to prioritize military readiness and preserve defense dollars. 

The transgender issue began in June of last year when under President Obama, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that transgender service members could serve openly. The new Obama policy would require that the military recruit transgender individuals and pay for their extremely expensive sex reassignment surgeries and hormone treatments. The policy would also require that service members share living quarters with members of the opposite sex with gender dysphoria and all soldiers receive hours of training on how to deal with these situations, such as how to respond when a male soldier informs you they are pregnant.  

There are clearly major issues with this policy, so I have been fighting to have the policy changed. I reached out to the Administration to express concern over the policy and urged the Administration to change it. I introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent the military from paying for transgender surgeries, which would cost $1.35 billion over the next ten years, but the amendment narrowly failed.  For that amount of money, the Pentagon could purchase 13 F-35 fighters or 14 F-18 Super Hornets. My colleagues and I did not give up. We raised significant awareness on the issue and brought it to the attention of the Administration, who, thankfully, took the steps needed to reverse the 2016 Obamacare transgender policy so every defense dollar goes to meet the threats facing us as a nation.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, it is my mission to make sure our precious defense dollars are spent on improving our national defense in the most efficient way possible. Spending over a billion dollars on transgender surgeries when we face threats around the world is clearly not a wise investment. Aside from the high cost, soldiers who undergo these surgeries are then recovering for more than 250 days. They cannot be deployed, so someone must go in their place. Why would we work to create soldiers who cannot be deployed to meet the treats that face us? Also, our soldiers are under tremendous stress on the battlefield, and we should not add the privacy concerns of forcing them to sleep in the same quarters as someone of the opposite sex.  

Our military is the most effective, efficient and well-funded fighting force in the world, and as the president notes, our armed forces should not shoulder  the tremendous costs and disruptions that transgender service members in the military cause. I’m glad this policy will be corrected, and I am dedicated to rebuilding our military and using our taxpayer dollars wisely so our national security is stronger than ever.

For more information on the exorbitant cost of sex change operations, see this article in the Washington Free Beacon: http://freebeacon.com/issues/transgender-surgeries-would-cost-pentagon-1-3-billion/

Hosting a Telephone Town Hall

This week, I held a telephone town hall where I was able to reach out to thousands of constituents and answer questions on many of the issues impacting Missouri and our nation. We addressed health care, tax reform, the farm bill and more.

If you missed the telephone town hall, you can listen here: 

https://vekeo.com/api/2.0/event/preview/?event_id=19964&nonce=e1ef8e06b2

I very much enjoyed hearing everyone’s concerns and appreciate responding to the questions, concerns and issues important to our community. I look forward to our next telephone town hall!

Listening and Learning on Important Issues

Disabled adults employed at Missouri Sheltered Workshops visited Capitol Hill this week. I am a big supporter of them and appreciate the great job they do contributing to our communities. It was great to visit with them about their jobs and about legislation I am pursuing on their behalf. Details will be coming on that. 

I enjoyed attending the Army’s Annual Depot Caucus Breakfast. Facilities like Lake City Army Ammunition Plant  are crucial for our Defense Industrial Base. I’m glad I was able to hear from these experts, and I look forward to working together to rebuild our military.

I want to leave you with this picture I had the opportunity to take with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. I am so proud of the work he is doing as Vice President, and it was an honor to speak with him at an event in D.C. He is such a man of character, competence, and compassion who is a great advocate for the hard-working American people. I'm honored to work with him to make America great again. Together, we can make the necessary changes to get our country back on track! 

 

(Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen)

 

Have a great week!

 
Yours in service,

Vicky Hartzler
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Hartzler Announces Funding For Columbia Regional Airport

2017/07/28

(WASHINGTON, DC) Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) announced Friday that Columbia Regional Airport has been awarded $298,453 in grant funding for runway extension and improvements. Hartzler has supported and worked with Columbia Regional Airport in the past to obtain federal funding and supports their continued expansion plans. 

“I am pleased to announce Columbia Regional Airport will be receiving these funds so they can continue their important work enhancing their facilities,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). “This money will enable the airport to invest in runway extension and improvement so they can serve more consumers.”

“Top-notch service is a vital component to the Columbia Regional Airport’s master plan and this funding will help make mid-Missouri a destination location for business development and personal travel,” Hartzler added.

The funding is another step in the right direction as the Columbia Regional Airport continues the process to upgrade its services and expand into an airport that can serve more consumers. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler continues to champion the airport’s improvement project and plans to build a new terminal. The future construction and expansion work bolsters the local economy and creates more opportunities for the region.

“I am excited about the progress being made and will continue supporting the airport’s expansion plans,” Hartzler said. “I look forward to future opportunities to bolster our local infrastructure and the Missouri economy.”

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Hartzler Statement on White House Decision to Repeal Obama Transgender Military Policy

2017/07/26

(WASHINGTON, DC) - After President Donald Trump announced significant changes to Department of Defense policy Wednesday, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement:

“President Trump’s decision today to rescind Obama’s transgender military policy has the best interests of the military in mind, and I thank him for taking this decisive action,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee. “Our military is the most effective, efficient and well-funded fighting force in the world, and as the president notes, we cannot burden our armed forces with the tremendous costs and disruptions that transgender in the military would entail. With the challenges we are facing across the globe, we are asking the American people to invest their hard-earned money in national defense. Each dollar needs to be spent to address threats facing our nation. The costs incurred by funding transgender surgeries and the required additional care it demands should not be the focus of our military resources,” added Hartzler, who has been a proponent of changing the Obama transgender policy since its inception in 2016.

Hartzler recently offered an amendment on the House floor to end the military paying for very expensive sex change surgeries that prevents soldiers from being deployed. Hartzler noted that this current policy of providing and paying for transgender surgeries hurts readiness and is projected to cost more than a billion dollars over the next ten years. This is a conservative estimate with other studies projecting over $3 billion in medical costs over a ten-year period.

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Hartzler Supports Measure Imposing Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea

2017/07/25

WASHINGTON – Citing the need to address recent threats on national security and efforts to undermine global stability, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) today voted for the Countering Adversarial Nations through Sanctions Act (HR 3364) which passed the House with bipartisan support. This legislation uses political and financial leverage to target specific economic pressure points of interest for Russia, Iran and North Korea.

“The threat posed to America from North Korea and Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is very real, and Russia’s refusal to de-escalate tensions in the Ukraine and its efforts to disrupt American democracy are unacceptable,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee. “This legislation levies sanctions directed at the economic interests of these countries and sends a clear signal that the United States will not tolerate their actions.”

Specifically, the legislation codifies sanctions targeted at Russian oil and gas projects with companies based in the United States, Germany and elsewhere. These projects include Nord Stream 2, a pipeline project designed to cut out the Ukraine from profiting from oil transport, which is an important part of the Russian economy. The bill further targets the economic interests of financiers who drive North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs and sanctions Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps for its support of global terrorism. In response to North Korea’s nuclear pursuits, the legislation seeks to cut off the Kim Jong Un regime’s access to hard cash and cracks down on illicit trade by restricting its shipping industry and access to international ports. 

“For too long the United States has stood by while Iran and North Korea pursued nuclear weapons aimed to disrupt our American way of life and the global balance of power,” said Hartzler. “This, coupled with Russia’s continued aggression towards the Ukraine and its menacing influence in American affairs has made this legislation necessary. Today, we send a bipartisan message to the world that these actions will be not tolerated.”

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Opening Remarks of Chairwoman Hartzler

2017/07/25

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, made the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the hearing titled “Evaluating DOD Equipment and Uniform Procurement in Iraq and Afghanistan.”  For hearing testimony and to watch the hearing live click here

"Welcome to our subcommittee members and witnesses testifying before us today.  In particular, I would like to welcome Representative Jimmy Panetta as a new Member of the Armed Services Committee and the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee.  We are pleased to have you.  I look forward to your participation on this subcommittee.

One of the objectives of this subcommittee is to bring attention to programs or activities which face management challenges, are too costly, or could be administered better.  Given the pressures on the budget of the Department of Defense, every dollar counts.  We cannot afford to make avoidable mistakes.

Vigorous oversight can help ensure that mistakes don’t happen and when they inevitably do, we learn lessons from these missteps.

For this reason, I am happy to convene this hearing today on several recent reports highlighting deficiencies within the Department.

Last month, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released a report assessing that the Department overpaid as much as $28 million on uniforms for the Afghan National Army.  Furthermore, the pattern selected by the Afghan Ministry of Defense may not even be appropriate for Afghanistan’s environment.

I understand it is important to listen to and work collaboratively with our partner nations when we are helping to train and outfit their forces.  But, I am eager to know specifically how to avoid similar missteps in the future.  I want to know what the Department is doing to ensure that Afghan troops are appropriately outfitted at a price that is right for the U.S. taxpayer. 

On Friday, the Secretary of Defense sent a very strongly worded memorandum to his senior-most deputies.  In light of the Afghan uniform report, the Secretary directed them to 'bring to light wasteful practices, and take aggressive steps to end waste in our Department.'

This is essential. 

Other recent reports by the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Defense Inspector General identified issues with the management of equipment funded by the Iraq Train and Equip Fund, or ITEF. GAO determined that DOD had difficulty tracking and accounting for materiel as it was procured, shipped to the theater, and then provided to Iraq’s security forces.  Similarly, the Department of Defense’s Inspector General has conducted two inquiries which determined that the Army had ineffective controls for processing, transferring, and securing ITEF equipment in Iraq.

The Department must improve its monitoring and management of this equipment to be more accurate and transparent.  I applaud the Army for already taking steps to do so.

I look forward to hearing what progress the Department has made in continuing to remedy these various deficiencies.  Vigorous oversight can ensure that hard-earned taxpayer dollars are being put to good use in securing our nation’s defense.

Our first panel will address the findings and recommendations of the various reports.  Our second panel will address how the Department is working to overcome the many challenges inherent to executing train and equip programs.

I am pleased to recognize our witnesses today.  I thank them for taking the time to be with us.  We have:

• The Honorable John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction;

• Mr. Michael Roark, the Assistant Inspector General for the Contract Management and Payments Directorate at the Department of Defense Inspector General;

• Ms. Jessica Farb, Director on the International Affairs and Trade team at the Government Accountability Office"

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Newsletter: New Legislation Could Impact You

2017/07/21

Welcome

Thank you for reading this update. We have been hard at work here in DC! 


(click to watch welcome video)  

 

In this edition:

  • Investing in Missouri's Rural Community Colleges and Job Training
  • Ensuring Missouri's Taxpayer Dollars Are Invested Wisely
  • Fighting for Justice
  • Creating a Drug Free Missouri
  • Visit From Home
  • My Favorite Letter

 

Dear Friend, 

My week in Washington was packed with opportunities to serve the people of Missouri with common-sense policies. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, we held a hearing this week examining how we can improve rural infrastructure and get broadband to our rural schools, employers and healthcare facilities. 

We also passed legislation to strengthen our energy infrastructure and pare back an onerous Ozone rule that has been called “the most expensive regulation ever.” Cedar County officials asked for that change, and we delivered. I also introduced bills this week to invest in rural Missouri community colleges and to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely. Keep reading for more information!

Investing in Missouri's Rural Community Colleges and Job Training

(Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler with Rural Community College Association leaders at event supporting her new bill)

This week I introduced the Expanding Rural Investment in Jobs and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 3242), which directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to open up federal funding for more rural community facilities.  

My bill would allow more community colleges, hospitals, technical schools, and other training centers to access funding for rural infrastructure improvements. The forefront of job training takes place in rural community colleges and technical schools with programs that focus on important skills like medical training and agricultural, educational, and mechanical certifications. Without these schools, such as State Fair Community College, our local economy would not have the workforce it needs. We need to ensure our rural communities have quality infrastructure and career opportunities that set the next generation up for success.

USDA set up the Rural Community Facilities Program in 1985 to provide financial assistance through loans and grants to community facilities — such as police stations and community colleges — for towns with a population of 20,000 or less. In fiscal year 2016, the program had $500 million left unused that was reprogrammed to other areas. The Expanding Rural Investment in Jobs and Infrastructure Actwould take that funding and make it available to rural areas that narrowly missed the 20,000 cutoff. 

The legislation allows towns with a population of 20,000-35,000 to access funding during the second half of the year while preserving primary access for towns with a population less than 20,000. 

It does not make sense to have a program which is designed to invest in job creation, health infrastructure, and public safety but cannot make those investments where many of our rural colleges and hospitals are located. This will allow residents in all rural communities to access the education and training they need to succeed.

(Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler speaks to RCCA leaders and visitors at the Capitol)

Ensuring Missouri's Taxpayer Dollars Are Invested Wisely

This was a busy week! I also introduced the Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act(H.R.3322) to encourage subsidized housing developers to maintain a healthy environment for residents while protecting the subsidized property from expensive smoking related remediation costs. 

The federal government is investing billions of dollars every year in affordable housing only to see many properties seriously degraded by smoke damage within only a few years. The Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act would incentivize affordable housing developers to establish and maintain policies to create a healthy environment for residents and protect the investment of hardworking taxpayers. 

Healthy housing means healthy living, and the families and children living in subsidized housing deserve to be free from the negative health effects and property damage second-hand smoke causes. Why would we invest our hard-earned tax dollars in building quality subsidized housing when it is being ruined by smoke damage within a few years? We should give priority to subsidized housing development that creates a safe environment for families and children while protecting the housing itself so it can serve as a comfortable place to live for years to come.

Fighting for Justice

I spoke with Rights 4 Girls about the epidemic of sex trafficking this week. My bill to empower police to fight sex trafficking demand passed the House earlier this month. With these additional resources, law enforcement will be able to hold the criminals behind sex trafficking responsible and to help bring relief to the victims of this terrible problem. I look forward to working with the advocacy groups attending the Rights 4 Girls Conference to see it pass in the Senate, and I thank them for their support. 

(Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler speaks at Rights 4 Girls event)

Creating a Drug Free Missouri

I'm pleased Gov. Eric Greitens has announced the state of Missouri will create a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to combat the terrible problem of drug abuse in our state. 

Earlier this year, I held a "Drug Free Missouri" tour in my district discussing the dangers of drug abuse with students and meeting regularly with law enforcement. Drug abuse is a big problem in our state. I have long called for PDMPs. The PDMP is a common-sense solution that empowers states to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs and keeps our communities and children safe.

This is not just another political issue. At stake are the futures of our students, the safety of our communities, and the lives of the ones we love most. I am pleased the state of Missouri has joined every other state in the country so we can redouble our efforts against drug abuse.

Visit from Home

I enjoyed meeting with the Missouri Corn Growers Association to discuss ethanol regulatory issues, trade, and the 2018 Farm Bill. I live on a working farm and talk with local Missouri farmers all the time, so I understand the challenges that face us in the farming community. I am thankful for the Missouri Corn Growers Association’s work, and I know that we can craft a Farm Bill that meets the needs of our agricultural community in Missouri.

(Hartzler with Missouri Corn Growers. Left to Right: Mike Moreland, Gary Porter, Hartzler, Kyle Kirby, Mark Scott)

My Favorite Letter

I love getting letters from constituents of Missouri’s Fourth District. I wanted to leave you with one of the most precious ones I have received. 

I have already written Mathew back … in cursive! Like Mathew, I hope you will write me too!

Please send letters to:

2235 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Have a great week!

 
Yours in service,
 
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Hartzler Introduces Bill to Protect Subsidized Housing from Smoke Damage

2017/07/20

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced the Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act (HR3322) today to encourage subsidized housing developers to maintain a healthy environment for residents while protecting the subsidized property from expensive smoking related remediation costs. The federal government is investing billions of dollars every year in subsidized housing only to see many properties seriously degraded by smoke damage within only a few years. The Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act would incentivize subsidized housing developers to establish and maintain smoke-free policies to create a healthy environment for residents and protect the investment of hardworking taxpayers.

“Healthy housing means healthy living, and the families and children living in subsidized housing deserve to be free from the negative health effects and property damage second-hand smoke causes,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “Why would we invest our hard-earned tax dollars in building quality subsidized housing when it is being ruined by smoke damage within a few years? We should give priority to subsidized housing development that creates a safe environment for families and children while protecting the housing itself so it can serve as a comfortable place to live for years to come.”

LIHTC is the federal program that awards about $9 billion annually in tax credits for subsidized housing development. Under the program, states have discretion in how that funding is distributed. The Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act directs states receiving federal tax credits from LIHTC to give preference to applications that show commitment to developing non-smoking buildings.  Some states already give preference to smoke-free housing, and this bill would place a very minimal requirement on states that would save billions in the long run.

“This bill doesn’t place any additional burdens on developers,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “The Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act simply says that if developers are using federal funds to build their housing, then they will be given preference for meeting a higher standard.”

According to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the LIHTC program assists with the construction of over 100,000 units of affordable housing annually. 

The LIHTC was set up by Congress through the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which stipulated that states and localities retain most of the power when determining which developers receive LIHTC tax credits.  State and local housing authorities are required to award these tax credits based on a qualified allocation plan (QAP), and developers are ranked according to how they score in their QAP.  The requirement to have a QAP is set up in federal statute; however, states and localities determine the specifics of how they rank developers.  States can award points based on a variety of factors, such as location and building characteristics.  Some states, such as Hawaii and North Carolina, already award QAP points for developers that commit to having non-smoking buildings. 

“I am thrilled that Congresswoman Hartzler is addressing the important issue of subsidized housing with this innovative bill,” said Evelyn Craig, President and CEO of reStart, a Kansas City organization that works to end homelessness. “People in subsidized housing deserve a clean, healthy place to live, and this bill helps to create more affordable and safe housing by providing vital incentives to individuals and organizations that develop housing.”

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced the Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act (H.R. 3322) today to encourage subsidized housing developers to maintain a healthy environment for residents while protecting the subsidized property from expensive smoking related remediation costs. The federal government is investing billions of dollars every year in subsidized housing only to see many properties seriously degraded by smoke damage within only a few years. The Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act would incentivize subsidized housing developers to establish and maintain smoke-free policies to create a healthy environment for residents and protect the investment of hardworking taxpayers.

“Healthy housing means healthy living, and the families and children living in subsidized housing deserve to be free from the negative health effects and property damage second-hand smoke causes,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “Why would we invest our hard-earned tax dollars in building quality subsidized housing when it is being ruined by smoke damage within a few years? We should give priority to subsidized housing development that creates a safe environment for families and children while protecting the housing itself so it can serve as a comfortable place to live for years to come.”

LIHTC is the federal program that awards about $9 billion annually in tax credits for subsidized housing development. Under the program, states have discretion in how that funding is distributed. The Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act directs states receiving federal tax credits from LIHTC to give preference to applications that show commitment to developing non-smoking buildings.  Some states already give preference to smoke-free housing, and this bill would place a very minimal requirement on states that would save billions in the long run.

“This bill doesn’t place any additional burdens on developers,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “The Smoke Free Affordable Housing Act simply says that if developers are using federal funds to build their housing, then they will be given preference for meeting a higher standard.”

According to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the LIHTC program assists with the construction of over 100,000 units of affordable housing annually. 

The LIHTC was set up by Congress through the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which stipulated that states and localities retain most of the power when determining which developers receive LIHTC tax credits.  State and local housing authorities are required to award these tax credits based on a qualified allocation plan (QAP), and developers are ranked according to how they score in their QAP.  The requirement to have a QAP is set up in federal statute; however, states and localities determine the specifics of how they rank developers.  States can award points based on a variety of factors, such as location and building characteristics.  Some states, such as Hawaii and North Carolina, already award QAP points for developers that commit to having non-smoking buildings. 

“I am thrilled that Congresswoman Hartzler is addressing the important issue of subsidized housing with this innovative bill,” said Evelyn Craig, President and CEO of reStart, a Kansas City organization that works to end homelessness. “People in subsidized housing deserve a clean, healthy place to live, and this bill helps to create more affordable and safe housing by providing vital incentives to individuals and organizations that develop housing.”

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Contact Information

1023 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2876
Fax 202-225-2695
hartzler.house.gov

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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