Israel is under siege by a radical faction that displays blatant disregard for its citizens. Hamas is using its citizens as human shields, building bombs in the basements of schools, and prohibiting families from evacuating areas where rockets are being launched.
Israel has shown tremendous restraint and has every right to defend itself against these unwarranted attacks. Over 1,350 rockets have been launched into Israel, reaching even Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Over 80% of the country's citizens have had to huddle in bomb shelters for parts of ten days now. Over 6 million men, women, and children are endangered, yet Israel has agreed to two ceasefires. Unfortunately, Hamas has not abided by these calls firing dozens of rockets into Israel even when Israel was ceasing its efforts to protect its citizens so that humanitarian assistance could arrive to the people in the Gaza Strip.
While Hamas is bent on killing innocent Israelis, Israel is intent on preserving their lives. As they seek to stop the rocket fire in the Gaza Strip, Israel goes to great lengths to save innocent lives. It drops leaflets into neighborhoods warning of an impending military action to take out the rocket launchers which are often strategically placed by Hamas in neighborhoods. It then calls residents of the house to warn them, then sends texts to those in the house, then ‘knocks’ on the house by dropping a small, non-penetrating bomb on the roof to let people know they are serious. Unfortunately, Hamas has responded by stopping people from fleeing and even forcing them onto the rooftops as human shields. Thankfully, the Iron Dome missile defense system has stopped over 270 of Hamas's deadly rockets from reaching their targets.
As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Israel uses its missile defense system to save human lives. Hamas uses its people to save its missiles."
Yet, even with all these injustices, the UN and much of the world remains silent. Where are the human rights organizations decrying Hamas? Where is the UN?
Where is the U.S.? Hopefully, with Israel! We need to be standing strong for the only democracy and our greatest ally in the Middle East. We need to let other nations know we will never abandon Israel and they need to join us in speaking out against this affront to national sovereignty and to human decency. We need to be offering assistance to stop these attacks and help Israel stay safe.
Ultimately, we must stand by our friends. Please join me in praying for the peace of Jerusalem.Read More
This week, the House passed a number of bills aimed at reining in the IRS, funding highway and road programs, keeping access to the Internet tax-free, improving our economy, and creating American jobs.
The Financial Services Appropriations Bill passed and is important because it prioritizes programs critical to enforcing laws, maintaining an effective judiciary system, and helping small businesses, while targeting lower-priority or poor-performing programs – such as the Internal Revenue Service – for reductions. This bill keeps the IRS in check when it comes to spending your tax dollars and fulfilling its key duties by cutting funding by $341 million, prohibiting funds for the targeting of individuals based on their political beliefs – including a proposed tax-exempt status regulation that could infringe on Americans’ First Amendment rights, prohibiting funds for inappropriate conferences or videos, and prohibiting funds for employee bonuses when no consideration of their performance has been given. This bill also helps small businesses create jobs and prosper by funding business loans, Small Business Centers, and Women’s Business Centers. Lastly, it prohibits funding for the Executive Office of the President to create Executive Orders that contradict existing law. By limiting the reach of federal agencies, we are increasing the transparency and accountability while reducing spending and streamlining the federal government.
Before this week, it was projected that the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) would go broke within the next 30 days unless Congress did something to address the problem. If the HTF were to become insolvent, the Department of Transportation will slow the reimbursement of money to states for transportation projects – and that would hurt Missourians, possibly leading to safety being compromised and construction jobs being placed in jeopardy as road and bridge construction projects are abandoned. Anyone who has ever had a flat tire due to a shoddy road or pothole understands the importance of these projects. While this bill will keep the HTF funded in the short term, it does not provide a long-term solution for our roads or the people who use them. Congress needs to use the time afforded to it by this bill to develop a feasible and sustainable solution to maintain the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.
We also passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act which makes permanent the ban on taxation on Internet access. This legislation will help increase access to the Internet, growth of our digital economy, and opportunity for Americans of all walks. The last thing that Americans need is another bill on their doorsteps. A tax on Internet access would burden the millions of Americans who rely on the Internet to conduct business, communicate, educate, and live.
I also spoke on the floor of the House this week about the tensions between Israel and Hamas. Hamas continues launching rockets into Israel, putting millions of Israelis at risk, including innocent civilians. We must show that we stand with Israel against unprovoked rocket attacks. Hamas must immediately end the unprovoked attacks and agree to a ceasefire. Additionally, Israel finds itself under siege by the persistent threat of a nuclear Iran. While stringent economic sanctions are the only peaceful option we have left, we must also put forth a credible military threat in order to deter Iran from pursuing its program further. We are running out of time to provide stability in the Middle East by preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear state. We must stand with Israel.
On another matter, I had the pleasure of meeting this week with Brigadier General Glen VanHerck, Commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, and a cast of stellar airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing. General VanHerck and I discussed issues surrounding Whiteman Air Force Base and the 509th. We spoke about the B-2 and the critical assurance and deterrence missions it performs, Air Force readiness issues, and the outstanding work of the airmen who accompanied him.
Lastly, I also met with the Missouri Corn Growers Association to discuss current issues facing corn farmers in Missouri. I appreciate all they do to feed a hungry world.
Have a great week!
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House have approved the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, H.R. 5021, to fund transportation projects and keep our highways safe.
“In 2013, Missouri received 45 percent of its transportation funding from the federal government,” said Hartzler. “It is projected that the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) will go broke within the next 30 days unless Congress takes action to address the problem. If the HTF becomes insolvent, the Department of Transportation will slow the reimbursement of money to states for transportation projects – and that would hurt Missouri, possibly leading to safety being compromised and construction jobs being placed in jeopardy as road and bridge construction projects are abandoned. We have a responsibility to make sure the roads are safe for Missouri families as we protect jobs.”
“The bill approved by the House is budget-neutral, achieved through offsets to keep the HTF funded for one year,” added Hartzler. “While this bill will keep the HTF funded in the short term, it does not provide a long-term solution for our roads or the people who use them. Congress needs to use the time afforded to it by this bill to develop a feasible and sustainable solution to maintain the solvency of the HTF.”
Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.Read More
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Pulaski County Courthouse foyer. 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 Cole Karr will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman. All citizens are invited to attend and visit with Karr at any time during the time frame. What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Staff Listening Post Where: Pulaski County Courthouse foyer, 301 Historic Rt. 66 E., Waynesville, MO 65583 When: Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 1-3 p.m. For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s office at (417) 532-5582.Read More
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a staff Open House has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Lebanon. Each Open House held in the 4th District offices is hosted by a member of Congresswoman Hartzler’s staff and is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to discuss matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Cole Karr will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman. Refreshments will be provided. All citizens are invited to attend. What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Staff Open House Where: Lebanon District Office – 219 N. Adams Ave., Lebanon, MO 65536 When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – 5 to 6 p.m. For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s office at (417) 532-5582.Read More
I was pleased to take a step this week toward improving child welfare in our state and throughout the nation by hosting a Congressional Listening Tour, in Columbia, with a fellow Member of Congress, children’s services experts, and community leaders.
The goal of our time in Columbia was to highlight both the positive aspects and the challenges of the child welfare system here in Missouri and to see if there are needed changes in federal law. Participants shared their on-the-ground experiences and their perspectives on the best practices and concerns about our child welfare system.
My colleague who traveled to Columbia to join me – Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) - shares my passion for promoting adoption, helping foster children secure permanent homes, and stopping child trafficking. We have taken the information gathered at our event to Washington where it will help form the basis for a plan to improve child welfare policy at the federal level. Child welfare is a nonpartisan issue and I am proud to stand with my colleague and work together to achieve what is best for our children.
As I returned to Washington, Gina McCarthy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), traveled to Missouri to discuss concerns from citizens regarding a proposed rule to regulate streams, wetlands, and other waters. Many people in our district, especially those involved in agriculture, are rightly concerned with the so-called Waters of the United States rule that was issued in March. Administrator McCarthy, who took part in two events in our district this week – a visit to a farm in Rocheport and a discussion with stakeholders at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center – dismissed claims about the detrimental effects of the rule as “silly” and “ludicrous,” saying the rule will not affect standard farming practices. Missouri farmers are finding these claims hard to believe.
The Missouri Farm Bureau warns that if the rule is adopted, virtually every acre of private property would fall under Clean Water Act jurisdiction, with everyday farm activities called into question by the EPA. Representatives from my office attended the two Boone County events, hearing Administrator McCarthy say that she wants to address legitimate concerns by working with the agriculture community. I want to believe the EPA’s policies will not stand in the way of farming in Missouri and throughout the country, but it is hard to do that when referring to a federal agency made up of Washington bureaucrats who think very little about infringing on the lives of property owners, farmers, and livestock producers. This expansion of the EPA’s authority, unapproved by Congress, will do irreparable harm to agriculture and could cost thousands of jobs in Missouri and across the country. I am pleased that Administrator McCarthy heard from true grassroots citizens who would be affected by this latest EPA overreach. My hope is that the concerns they expressed did not fall on deaf ears. The EPA and all government agencies must listen to the will of the people and reverse this onerous rule.
In Washington, the House approved job-training reform this week, helping to make it a little bit easier for out-of-work Americans to find jobs. This bill, negotiated with the Senate, will help people learn the right skills for in-demand jobs. Moreover, this bill works to consolidate programs and eliminates duplicative ones. Job training reform is sorely needed as many of today’s job openings require certain skills that employers are seeking and potential employees don’t have. With this bill now approved by both chambers of Congress, I urge the Senate to take up and pass many of the other bills that have been approved by the House and which are awaiting action by Senators. The focus on jobs must be about getting government out of the way to allow workers to succeed and our economy to grow.
As the House does what it can to address our nation’s unemployment problem, I want to remind you of what we are doing in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District to help job-seekers find meaningful, productive work. The annual Job Fair I sponsor in Lebanon is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Cowan Civic Center. Employers from throughout the Fourth District and elsewhere in the state will have an opportunity to showcase their businesses to potential employees at NO cost to participating employers. And there is still time for employers to get in touch with our office to set up a booth to interact with potential job applicants. For information and a registration form, please contact Donna Spickert at 573-645-9625 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get information on my website at www.hartzler.house.gov. This event has served as a one-stop employment shopping experience for employers and potential employees alike. I hope to see people come to the fair and leave with a job!
Finally, I was pleased to welcome Air Force Major General Scott Vander Hamm and staff from Global Strike Command to my office. General Vander Hamm is no stranger to many Missourians, having served as Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, at Whiteman Air Force Base from August of 2010 through June of 2012. He now serves as the Commander of the Eighth Air Force, a vital component of Global Strike Command – a command in which the 509th plays a major role.
I am honored to continue to work with General Vander Hamm and base commanders at Whiteman and Barksdale Air Force Bases to keep our national defense strong and I appreciate his continued service and leadership to our nation.
Have a great week.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has taken a step toward improving child welfare in our state and throughout the nation by hosting a Congressional Listening Tour, in Columbia, with a fellow Member of Congress, children’s services experts, and community leaders.
“The goal of our time in Columbia was to highlight both the positive aspects and challenges of the child welfare system here in Missouri,” said Hartzler. “Participants shared their on-the-ground experiences and their perspectives on the best practices and concerns with our child welfare system.”
“My colleague who joined me today – Congresswoman Karen Bass (Democrat-California) - shares my interest in promoting adoption, encouraging family permanency, and stopping child trafficking,” Hartzler added. “The information gathered today will be taken back to Washington and will help form the basis for a plan to improve child welfare policy at the federal level. Child welfare is a nonpartisan issue and I am proud to stand with my colleague and work together for what is best for our children."
Congresswoman Hartzler sponsors the Protecting Adoption Act, H.R. 3549, which creates a National Responsible Father Registry to enable safe, permanent homes for children who find their forever families through adoption.Read More
The United States Supreme Court issued its historic ruling this week in the Hobby Lobby / Conestoga Wood religious freedoms First Amendment case – a victory for religious rights in this country.
I am extremely pleased that the High Court upheld one of our fundamental Constitutional freedoms - the First Amendment right to practice our religious beliefs without government forcing us to abandon those beliefs for political reasons.
The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, and the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood, made it clear they do not want the government to force them to buy abortion-inducing drugs as part of their companies’ healthcare plans – something they find morally objectionable and an affront to their religious beliefs. This government mandate would have trampled on America's deeply held tradition respecting the freedom of conscience. Companies like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and others providing health coverage to their employees will be allowed to continue to do so without having to aid in those practices that they find morally objectionable. The Supreme Court has left no doubt that no American is required to leave religious beliefs at the door when he or she opens a family business. I applaud this ruling that upholds America's Constitutional rights and freedoms.
Days in the district have given me a chance to visit with the good people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District. Over the past couple of weeks I have attended Chamber of Commerce meetings in Osceola and Lamar, stopped in at a local business - Candlelight Creations - in Weaubleau, visited About Our Kids – a program for youth in Lamar, met with workers at the Barton County Electric Cooperative in Lamar, had lunch and conversation with farmers in Lockwood, listened to citizens’ concerns at a “Congress and coffee” event in Hermitage, and toured Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland – a destination for racing fans throughout the Midwest and beyond.
As I have said many times, the best ideas come from the good people of our district whose well-thought-out logic is much needed in Washington. I always enjoy hearing the common-sense ideas of the citizens of MO-4 and look forward to taking those ideas back to DC with me next week.
Finally, the Independence Day holiday is upon us and Americans from coast to coast will celebrate America’s birthday with family, friends, food, and fireworks. As we do, let us not forget how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.
As Americans, we are proud to embrace the belief that ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’ As we celebrate our liberties, we must remember to thank the brave men and women who have fought valiantly and died for the freedoms we enjoy, and I encourage all Americans to pray for the safety of those who serve and who continue to preserve our freedoms.
God has truly blessed this land. We thank Him for the blessings He has bestowed upon us and renew ourselves to the enduring principles of faith, family, and freedom.
Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has issued the following statement to mark Independence Day:
“As Americans from coast to coast celebrate the Independence Day weekend with family, friends, food, and fireworks, let us not forget to celebrate our freedoms, as well, and how blessed we are to live in this great nation. Our country upholds the truth that ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ There is no other land on earth that advances the virtues of liberty and freedom for all. We thank the brave men and women who have fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy, and we ask God to protect those who are protecting us today. God has truly blessed this land. As we celebrate America’s birthday, let us take the time to thank Him for the blessings He has bestowed upon us.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.”
Congresswoman Hartzler, who represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.Read More
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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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