Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler


Hartzler Praises Passage of Defense Funding Authorization


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, on Friday voted to authorize national defense funding for 2017. The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and other national security interests, from troop pay to new equipment to maintenance on existing buildings.

According to Hartzler, the bill is the work of lawmakers fulfilling their foremost duty as representatives of the people. “Providing for the common defense is our primary obligation, and for 55 years straight, the NDAA has shown that providing for our troops transcends partisanship. We understand the importance of making sure the brave men and women fighting to defend our freedoms have the resources they need to complete the missions we ask them to take on,” Hartzler said.

After the House of Representatives and Senate each passed their own versions of the bill, a number of lawmakers from each chamber, including Hartzler, were selected to reconcile the two bills and produce a single bill that both sides of Capitol Hill agree on.

“There are a number of provisions I am pleased to see in the final bill,” Hartzler said. “We pushed to make sure we authorized a full 2.1 percent pay raise for our troops – something they greatly deserve. A majority of our other efforts focused on our military’s declining readiness and need for force restoration.”

The result of these negotiations meant some provisions were not included in the final bill, however. “The House bill included additional F/A-18 Super Hornets to address a significant strike fighter shortfall in our Navy,” Hartzler pointed out. “I am greatly disappointed they are not included in the final bill; but I am optimistic we can correct this with a supplemental funding measure from the new Administration,” she stressed.

Overall, Hartzler is pleased with the bill. “We were able to increase the end strength of our forces across the board, which means more soldiers will be trained at Fort Leonard Wood before going on to their duty stations. I also worked to secure funding for Army ammunition plants, such as the Lake City plant in Missouri, that are in dire need of maintenance and modernization.”

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. In addition to serving on the House Armed Services Committee, she also serves on the Agriculture and Budget Committees.

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Opening Remarks of Chairwoman Hartzler


WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, made the following remarks on the hearing titled “Force Management Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan; Readiness and Strategic Considerations.”  For hearing testimony and to watch the hearing live click here.

"Good morning.  I’d like to extend a warm thank-you to our witnesses testifying before us today.

Before I begin, I would like to welcome the members of the committee present today (or who may yet arrive) who are not members of the subcommittee.  I ask unanimous consent that these committee members be permitted to participate in this hearing with the understanding that all subcommittee members will be recognized for questions prior to those not assigned to the subcommittee.

Without objection, so ordered.

This hearing will help the subcommittee to assess “Force Management Levels,” or “FMLs,” which are more commonly known as “troop caps.”  The White House set a troop cap for Iraq and Afghanistan.  That cap is 5,262 for Iraq.  In Afghanistan, the cap is 8,448 beginning this January.  These are very precise numbers.

Some might argue that setting a troop cap upends an orderly military planning process.  Typically, military leaders are first given a mission and then they determine what resources are required to meet that mission.  Setting a cap first, however, constrains subsequent military choices.  An imposed Force Management Level leads to potentially dangerous trade-offs.

Indeed, one consequence of a troop cap may be our military readiness.  I look forward to learning about the extent to which readiness factors are (or should be) taken into consideration when a troop cap is implemented.

In July, during a readiness subcommittee hearing, the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command expressed concern that, because of troop caps, Army aviation brigades were deploying to Afghanistan without maintenance personnel.

He said (and I quote) “Combat Aviation Brigades are not meeting readiness rates.”  He noted that soldiers were losing their edge in maintenance skills.  This was, he warned, degrading “the ability of an aviation unit to regain readiness.”

I am eager also to know how troop caps affect the deployments of Army brigades which are charged with the Train, Advise, and Assist mission.  As I understand it, although it might be preferable for the Army to deploy entire brigade combat teams for this work, this is not possible because doing so would breach the troop caps.  Therefore, as an alternative, individual senior soldiers are chosen from a variety of units to undertake the TAA mission.  

I want to gain a better understanding of how this practice might harm Army readiness, unit cohesion, career development, and retention.

Furthermore, I am concerned about how troop caps might influence the positioning of force protection personnel.  For example, are medevac teams being placed outside the theater because doing so allows them to not be subject to troop caps?  If so, can they still respond quickly to recover injured warfighters?

I would also like our witnesses to discuss other considerations associated with setting troop caps.  How does the development of a troop cap fit into the planning process?

I am pleased to recognize our witnesses today and I want to thank them for taking the time to be with us.  Members have been provided with the full biography of each witness.  Joining us today are:

Mr. Cary Russell, the Director of Military Operations and Warfighter Support for the Government Accountability Office.  Mr. Russell will summarize some of the important work the GAO has done on this subject.

Retired Army General Carter Ham.  General Ham retired from the United States Army in 2013 as the commander of U.S. Africa Command.  He spent nearly four decades in the Army and is one of a very small number of military leaders who rose from the rank of Private to four-star General.


Retired Army Lieutenant General Jim Dubik.  General Dubik retired from the US Army in 2008 after 37 years of active service.  General Dubik’s last job on active duty was as the Commanding General of the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq.

Thank you all again for being here today. We will now hear your opening remarks."



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Curing What Ails Us


WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives, with support from Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Wednesday passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a transformational bill to change the way we treat disease.

Hartzler lauded the bill, saying it “brings much needed reforms to the way we look at healthcare research. With over 10,000 diseases in the world and only 500 known cures, we need to foster new and innovative approaches to finding cures and delivering hope for patients.”

In addition to prioritizing new and cutting-edge research, modernizing and reforming the FDA, and investing in programs to incentivize innovative new treatments, the bill contained provisions Hartzler was particularly pleased to see included.

“I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, having lost family members to the disease,” Hartzler said. “This bill invests $1.5 billion into the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative, which will improve our understanding of diseases like Alzheimer’s, and hopefully lead us to a cure.”

The bill also includes $1 billion for grants to states to supplement opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities, such as improving prescription drug monitoring programs and implementing prevention. “Missourians, like many Americans, are being hit hard by the scourge of opioid addiction which takes more than 40 lives each day nationwide,” Hartzler added. “Bolstering the states’ efforts to combat these diseases will help keep families together and strengthen communities.”

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which Hartzler co-sponsored, has been included in this bill as well. This measure, which makes mental health a national priority, originally passed the House in July. 

“We have all experienced the pain and suffering that stems from mental illness,” Hartzler said, “but none more so than the families of those afflicted. They are often left feeling too helpless and hopeless to act. Our current mental health system is outdated and needs to be reformed. This bill takes us a step in the right direction to help patients get the treatment they need.”

Hartzler also highlighted a provision to create a working group, comprised of federal and non-federal members tasked with reporting to Congress on scientific advances, research questions, surveillance activities, and emerging strains in species of pathogenic organisms such a Lyme disease – a disease that affects 300,000 Americans each year. This is a devastating disease that needs to be addressed.

The 21st Century Cures Act, which is fully offset, brings American health care infrastructure into the 21st century. It accelerates the cycle of discovering, developing, and delivering new cures and treatments and ensures that America remains the global leader in biomedical innovation. The bill provides a pivotal opportunity to help researchers change the way we fight and treat disease.

Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Curing What Ails Us


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As part of the Better Way health care agenda, House Republicans laid out a plan to accelerate the development of cutting-edge cures and treatments. Right now, there are 10,000 known diseases, but we only have treatments for 500 of them. The 21st Century Cures Act, which the House will take up today, seeks to close this gap. Its passage would mean:

  • More help and hope for patients by accelerating life-saving and life-improving therapies.
  • Fewer barriers that stand in the way of research and development.
  • A more inclusive approach for patient feedback during the drug development process.
  • A focus on personalized medicine that identifies the best treatments for a patient’s specific needs.
  • Significant reforms to our mental health system—the most in more than a decade.

It’s important to note that any new funding in this legislation will be fully offset. We have also made this discretionary spending subject to annual review in order to maximize accountability for taxpayers.

Today’s vote is the culmination of a national effort under the leadership of Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Starting in 2013, Chairman Upton and his committee took ideas and stories from all walks of life. They held countless hearings and roundtables. They picked up support from hundreds of organizations. It is a story that can be told in 109 seconds, but for many families, the impact of this work will last a lifetime.

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Hartzler statement on Overtime Rule delay


Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler made the following statement on Wednesday on the heels of a federal ruling delaying implementation of President Obama’s executive order extending the current overtime labor rule:


“President Obama’s overtime labor law rule hurts everyday Americans and raises the cost of living while reducing wages and incomes. As I have traveled my district, a vast number of small business owners, leaders of non-profits, and entrepreneurs have raised concerns about how this will negatively impact their operations and their employees. If this rule is not overturned, many of the individuals affected by this rule will be forced into part-time employment or be transitioned to jobs with lower hourly wages, no benefits, and no overtime at all. That doesn't help employees; it hurts them.


The unintended consequences of this government mandate are real, and I am strongly encouraged by Judge Mazzant’s decision to delay this rule.  I look forward to and fully expect this executive order to be overturned when President-elect Trump is sworn in next year.”


Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.



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Giving Thanks


It’s that special time of year.  Harvest is over.  Leaves have flashed in color and danced with the wind to the ground.  Time has been spent in a tree stand teaching the younger generation how to get that perfect deer. Football games are watched sitting by a blazing fire at home rather than the local high school bleachers as college football becomes the focus.  Wood smoke fills the air.  New days begin with the sparkly cover of a morning frost.  It’s time for one of my favorite national holidays:  Thanksgiving!

When I think of this holiday I think of the Pilgrims and that first Thanksgiving in 1621 when they gathered with their Native American friends to thank the Lord for His provision after surviving that first perilous year.  So many had perished during the harsh winter but the dream lived on.  That original dream is captured in one of the paintings displayed in the Capitol rotunda.  The painting depicts the beginning of the Pilgrims journey and captures the essence of why they came.

The “Embarkation of the Pilgrims” shows the Pilgrims gathered on the deck of the Speedwell (the original boat on which they began their journey to America before needed repairs caused them to switch to the Mayflower).  In the painting, the Pilgrims kneel in prayer as William Brewster, colony leader and preacher, holds an open Bible.  Governor Carver kneels with his head bowed with another pastor kneeling and extending his arms while looking Heavenward as families and children gather around.  The phrase “God with us” is seen on the sail.

The Pilgrims came here for religious freedom and for a better life for their children beginning their journey with prayer.  As William Bradford said, “…the Pilgrims longed to bring the gospel to people who had not yet heard the message of Jesus Christ.  They cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations, or at least of making some way towards it, for the propagation and advance of the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in the performance of so great a work.”

We owe a great deal to these brave individuals, and to so many who followed them, for laying the foundation of our great country and setting the example of courage and faith that America continues to draw strength from today.  We have been blessed as a nation for many years in large part, I believe, because of God’s faithfulness to hear the prayers and honor the lives and sacrifices of the Pilgrims and others like them.  Each generation of Americans is responsible for carrying on the wonderful heritage of prayer, freedom, and thankfulness that were the cornerstones laid by those who have gone before us.  Now is our time.

May we be faithful to continue the charge and take a moment this week to count our many blessings; to name them one by one; to see what God has done—and to thank Him for them.  And, may we pause to ask Him to continue to bless us as a nation so future generations will be able to enjoy the blessings of prosperity and freedom we have so long enjoyed. 

I am thankful to serve you at this time in our nation’s history and look forward to commemorating this special day with you.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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Hartzler votes to keep Iran in check


WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairwoman, on Tuesday voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, giving Congress the tools it needs to check a rogue Iranian regime from pursuing malicious activities.

“Before President Obama’s flawed nuclear deal with Iran, strong sanctions kept the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism at bay from even more destructive behavior,” said Rep. Hartzler.

First passed 20 years ago, the Iran Sanctions Act supports sanctions on Iran’s illicit weapons programs and ballistic missile development that were not suspended as part of the nuclear deal. The act, and the sanctions allowed under it, are set to expire at the end of this year. The bill passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday would extend the law for another 10 years.

“After the President’s bad nuclear deal lifted so many sanctions and gave the regime billions in relief, we cannot fail to pass this bill,” Hartzler continued.

Iran continues to buy destabilizing weapons systems from Russia and funnels weapons and assistance to its terrorist proxies to prop up the murderous Assad regime and threaten Israel.

“Passing this bill sends a message to the world that we are not going to stand for Iran’s continued destructive role in the Middle East, and it mitigates some of the damage done by the President’s dangerous nuclear deal,” Hartzler added.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where Hartzler said she is hopeful for quick consideration and passage. If the Senate passes the bill, it would then go to the President’s desk.

Rep. Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Hartzler honors Seymour Korean War MIA


WASHINGTON—Rep Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Monday honored the life of Army Corporal Donald E. Matney, a Seymour native who was reported missing in action over 60 years ago during the Korean War.

“Corporal Matney fought in defense of America and the freedoms we cherish today,” Hartzler said in a speech she delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday. “As a nation, we are indebted to the service he made, and we are grateful for the freedoms he fought to preserve. His memory will live forever as one of honor and courage.”

On July 20, 1950, Matney was a member of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division when his unit attempted to delay the capture of a South Korean town by attacking enemy forces. Matney was reported missing in action following the attacks.

Matney’s remains were identified in May after examination at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. He will be buried with full military honors in his hometown later this month

Hartzler delivered the following speech to honor Matney’s life and sacrifice in defense of the United States:

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Transcript of speech:

Mister Speaker, I rise today to honor Army Corporal Donald Matney, a native of Seymour, Missouri, and a Korean War veteran.

On July 20, 1950, Corporal Matney’s unit attempted to delay the enemy from capturing a town near Taejon, South Korea.

Enemy infantry and armor units were able to force the division out of the town and block withdrawal routes. Matney was reported missing in action following the attacks.

After 66 long years, Corporal Matney’s remains were identified and he has made his final trip home.

Corporal Matney fought in defense of America and the freedoms we cherish today. I am saddened thinking of the time lost, but also thankful the Matney family can have that long overdue closure. As a nation, we are indebted to the service he made, and we are grateful for the freedoms he fought to preserve. His memory will live forever as one of honor and courage.

I am blessed to honor the life of Donald Matney today, and I thank him and all veterans for their noble service to our country.  We must never forget that freedom isn’t free. 

Welcome home, Corporal.  Thank you for giving your all for us.  We owe you a debt of service we will never be able to repay.


Rep. Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.

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Hope for Alzheimer’s


Each November we celebrate a number of important occasions. We take time to honor our nation’s veterans on Veterans Day, remembering those brave men and women who chose to wear the uniform in defense of our country. We celebrate the children and parents who have become a family through adoption.  And, we also take time on Thanksgiving to simply be grateful for the many blessings in our lives…and there is much to be thankful for.

But many may not realize it is also a time to focus on something impacting millions of Americans. November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month established in 1983 by President Reagan.  The impacts of this disease touch all of us, either personally or financially as a taxpayer.

Currently, over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Unless something is done, that number is projected to nearly triple to almost 14 million by 2025. Every single day more than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. As this great generation ages, one in eight will develop Alzheimer’s.

Approximately 110,000 Missourians over the age of 65 are currently living with it. This number is expected to rise nearly 20 percent in the next decade alone. In 2016, the disease cost taxpayers over $800 million in Medicaid costs. According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, Alzheimer’s disease is now the costliest disease in America, outpacing cancer and heart disease. This disease is expected to cost Americans upwards of $1 trillion by 2050, a nearly five-fold increase from today. It is the sixth leading cause of death in Missouri – the ninth highest in the nation.

My family has personally experienced the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s and I know many others in our district whose lives have been impacted by the challenges of this devastating condition. In Congress I have worked to secure funding for Alzheimer’s research, and I will continue working to advance legislation to find a cure.

I urge you, this November, to go to and find an Alzheimer’s Association chapter near you so you can learn more about the disease as well as how you can help support those families facing this difficult diagnosis. Find a few moments this month to volunteer. I also invite you to attend my “Alzheimer’s Hope Forum,” in Sedalia, MO, on November 10th. It is a free, one-day forum to hear the latest on Alzheimer’s research, methods of care for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and what is being done to eradicate this serious disease.

It is time to embrace hope and to find a cure.  I invite you to join me in praying for this.  Hopefully someday soon it will be a reality.

For more information on the Congresswoman’s Alzheimer’s Hope Forum, visit here website at:


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Hartzler Congratulates Incoming University of Missouri System President


COLUMBIA, Mo.—Rep Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement upon the announcement of Mun Choi as University of Missouri System President:

“It is my honor to congratulate Dr. Mun Choi on his selection as University of Missouri System President. Dr. Choi brings an impressive wealth of experience in higher education that will serve him well as he assumes the helm.

As I welcome Dr. Choi, I join Missourians across our state in extending heartfelt thanks to interim President Mike Middleton who has performed admirably since assuming that role in November, 2015.”

Rep. Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to the University of Missouri, in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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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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