Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

View from the Capitol - Congresswoman Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter for the Week of March 23-27, 2015

2015/03/27


Supreme Court Hears Arguments Against Burdensome EPA Regulations

2015/03/26

I am concerned about the increasing costs of electricity.  Families in Missouri’s Fourth District are being squeezed with ever-increasing electric bills, while income is too often limited or fixed.  This Administration’s policies have made energy costs burdensome for too many Missourians. If these Washington-centric regulations persist, energy costs will spiral further out of control.

Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced a rule to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal and oil power plants. Implementing these regulations would drastically reduce coal use as a source of electricity. More than 80% of Missouri’s energy comes from coal, and one-third of Missouri households rely on electricity to heat their homes.  Simply put: coal is an abundant, cost-effective energy source for many Missourians. If it goes away, energy costs will increase significantly for Missouri households.

These EPA regulations will significantly raise energy costs for Missourian households.  The average Missouri household already spends over $1500 in energy costs each year. According to Ameren Corporation, implementing the EPA’s proposed rules would cost Ameren approximately $4 billion; creating additional costs which would be forced on to their customers.

On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard challenges to the EPA’s rules and regulations.  I hope our Justices will see this rule as unconstitutional.  Interestingly, Laurence Tribe, President Obama’s mentor and long-time environmentalist, decried the constitutionality of this rule stating, “I’ve cared about the environment since I was a kid…[but b]urning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy.”

A top-down bureaucracy implementing regulations rarely solves problems. In this case, it hurts Missouri families’ bottom lines. Last summer, I toured the Fourth district discussing the impacts of these proposed rules, supported bills reining in EPA overreach, and joined my House colleagues in urging Administration officials to rescind policies that harm hard-working Americans.  The fight must continue.  Too much is at stake.  I will continue to oppose the EPA’s burdensome regulations so Missourians can maintain access to affordable, abundant, and reliable energy.

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Hartzler Votes for Strong National Defense, Fiscal Responsibility

2015/03/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today voted to prioritize a strong national defense while outlining a responsible pathway to American prosperity.  

“The Constitution clearly states our primary role here in Washington is to provide for the common defense,” Hartzler said.  “Given the nature of the threats we currently face – North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, ISIL, Islamic extremism – and the possible threats of tomorrow, now is the time to make sure we have our priorities right by ensuring our military has the tools they need to keep us safe.”

“Additionally, we also owe it to the American people to live within our means, just as they do,” Hartzler added.  “This budget balances, cuts $5.5 trillion in spending, calls for a fairer, simpler tax code, repeals Obamacare, and doesn’t raise taxes.  Our budget gives Americans what they want: a balanced budget, fiscal responsibility, and a strong national defense.  I'm proud to help lead this effort."

Congresswoman Hartzler is the only Republican to serve on both the House Budget and Armed Services Committees in addition to serving on the House Agriculture Committee.  She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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View from the Capitol - Congresswoman Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter for the Week of March 16-20, 2015

2015/03/22

Dear Friend,

This week was extremely busy, but I was pleased to have the chance to meet with some great groups of people from Missouri who came to visit while they were in DC.  It is always a special treat for me when fellow Mizzou Tigers come see me.  A group of students from MU’s Engineering Department came to visit.  Jonathan Jennings, a senior, recently founded a Chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) on campus and brought a group of students to DC to tell me about their organization and discuss space policy.  I wish them and the group the best going forward.

 Congresswoman Hartzler meets with MU SEDS students. Pictured: (Left to right) Jonathan Jennings, Cody Lute, Congresswoman Hartzler, and Thomas Franklin

I was also privileged to speak with a group of agriculture leaders from Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) program in Missouri about the new Farm Bill, its implementation, and other agricultural issues facing our farmers today.  ALOT helps foster and promote strong leaders in every aspect of agriculture.   This group is leading the way in Missouri agriculture. 

 Congresswoman Hartzler addresses a group of ALOT participants.

Thomas Cleek, a talented athlete from Missouri’s Fourth and Special Olympian, brought his family to DC to talk with me about the Special Olympics in Missouri and the benefits the games bring to the athletes all across the country.  Thomas proudly wore the gold medal he won playing golf in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey recently.  I wish him continued success in the future!

 Congresswoman Hartzler met with Thomas Cleek and his family.  Pictured (left to right): Mary Cleek, sister; Thomas Cleek; Congresswoman Hartzler; Heather Cleek, mother

Fort Leonard Wood will partner with the Special Olympics of Missouri to play host to the 2015 Missouri Special Olympics State Indoor Games March 27-29.  For more information on these games, click here.  For more information on the Special Olympics of Missouri and to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit their website here.

The House passed a pair of bills this week aimed at increasing transparency and accountability within the EPA.  The Secret Science Reform Act and the Science Advisory Board Reform Act work to make sure the EPA is making decisions based on a balanced opinion and publicly available data. 

Currently, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board is comprised of 52 members who are appointed by the EPA Administrator.  Their job is to review the quality of the science being used by the EPA when it makes the rules and regulations that it levies on the American people.  This bill would mandate that state and local governments are represented on this board, giving them greater representation in the rulemaking process.  Even though this Administration seems to think one-size-fits-all policies are the way to go, I believe that Missouri and Missourians know best what is best for our communities.  

Additionally, the Secret Science Reform Act makes sure that the data the EPA uses to make its decisions is the same data that you and I have available to us.  The people should be able to access and verify the information that goes into the EPA’s decisions, such as the EPA’s Wood Burning Stove Regulations, instead of simply taking its word for it.  The bill ensures that EPA studies are verifiable by independent scientists before such costly regulations would be imposed.

I greatly value your input.  Have you run into troubles with your taxes due to Obamacare?  Has Obamacare given you a headache instead of a cure?  I want to hear your story.  As Tax Day nears, visit my website here and tell me how Obama’s onerous health care taxes have affected you.  Also, remember to stop by my website and check out the events page from time to time to see when the next listening post or open house is in your area.   

Sincerely, Vicky Hartzler Member of Congress

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Response to Passing the 2016 Budget out of the Budget Committee

2015/03/19

In the preamble to our Constitution, it says the government was created to provide for the common defense.  The responsibility to do so is given to the legislative branch shortly thereafter, in Article I

I commend Chairman Price and the rest of my colleagues on the Budget Committee for building a fiscally responsible budget that addresses the out-of-control spending problem and crushing debt the Administration has fostered over the last few years.  Unlike the President’s proposal, our budget contains pro-growth economic reforms, repeals Obamacare, and, most importantly, it balances.

While I feel it is important to move the budget process forward, I maintain serious concerns of the effects sequestration cuts have on our national defense. The primary role of the federal government is to provide for a strong national defense.  Due to the cuts brought on by the Budget Control Act there is work to do to properly prioritize our national security, and I believe we need to take the necessary steps to do so as the process moves forward. 

We have heard testimony from numerous military and civilian leaders about the disastrous effects sequestration will have on our military in 2016.  Just last Tuesday, the House Armed Services Committee, of which I am also a member, heard from the heads of four branches of our military.  The overwhelming consensus was that our military will not be able to meet demands if the cuts from sequestration continue.  Here are some examples:

“Sequestration is going to put American lives at risk, at home and abroad.  We cannot meet demands.” - Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

“We are at a point where we can’t do more with less.” - Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Ray Mabus

“If sequestration isn't reversed, troop end strength will be reduced to unconscionable levels.” - Secretary of the Army, Mr. John McHugh

It is plain to see from the words chosen by these leaders that our nation is at risk of not being prepared to address the risks we face today, not to mention those we may face in the near future. 

Admittedly, this administration continues to spend money it doesn’t have and its policies have exploded our debt to astronomical levels.  These are serious concerns, and they must be addressed by employing fiscally responsible measures. 

I support a balanced budget that addresses the fiscal problems we face; but I believe we need to get our priorities right as a nation and fully fund our national defense.  I am committed to working with my colleagues in the coming days to allocate the funds needed to provide for the defense of our great nation.

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Defense Funding Still An Issue, More To Be Done

2015/03/19

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), a member of the House Committee on the Budget, released the following statement after the committee voted on its 2016 budget resolution:

“I commend Chairman Price and the rest of my colleagues on the committee for building a fiscally responsible budget that goes a long way to address the out-of-control spending problem and crushing debt the Administration has fostered over the last few years.  Unlike the President’s proposal, our budget contains pro-growth economic reforms, repeals Obamacare, and, most importantly, it balances.

While I feel it is important to move the budget process forward, I maintain serious concerns of the effects sequestration cuts have on our national defense.  The primary role of the federal government is to provide for a strong national defense.  Due to the cuts brought on by the Budget Control Act there is work to do to properly prioritize our national security, and I believe we will take the necessary steps to do so as the process moves forward.  I support a balanced budget that addresses the fiscal problems we face; but I will continue to work with my colleagues in the coming days to find the funds needed to address the impending devastation to our military and believe we can find a solution.”

The House Committee on the Budget passed its budget resolution 22-13.  The resolution now goes to the House floor for consideration by the full House.

Congresswoman Hartzler is the only Republican serving on both the House Budget and Armed Services Committees.  She represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Hartzler Office Open House

2015/03/18

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces an Open House at her Columbia, Missouri office.

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 matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Zack Brown will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Open House

Where: Hartzler Columbia District Office, 2415 Carter Lane, Suite 4, Columbia, MO 65201

When:  March 25th, 2015 – 12:00 pm CT – 1:00 pm CT

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

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Howard County Listening Post

2015/03/18

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for March 25th, 2015 in Fayette, Missouri.

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 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 Listening Post

Where: Howard County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Fayette, MO 65248

When:  March 25th, 2015 – 9:00 am CT – 10:00 am CT

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

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Vernon County Listening Post

2015/03/17

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for March 25th, 2015 in Nevada, Missouri.

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 matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Zack Brown will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Listening Post

Where: Vernon County Courthouse, 100 W. Cherry Street, Nevada, MO 64772

When:  March 25th, 2015 – 2:00 pm CT – 3:00 pm CT

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s Harrisonville office at (816) 884-3411.

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Johnson County Listening Post

2015/03/17

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for March 24th, 2015 in Warrensburg, Missouri.

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 matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Zack Brown will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Listening Post

Where: Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, 100 S. Holden Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093

When:  March 24th, 2015 – 11:00 am CT – 12:00 pm CT

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s Harrisonville office at (816) 884-3411.

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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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