Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler welcomes EPA Chief Scott Pruitt to Missouri

2017/04/20

 

CLIFTON HILL, Mo.—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Thursday welcomed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo.

“It was a pleasure and an honor to welcome Mr. Pruitt to Missouri and tour the Thomas Hill Co-op, with him to see firsthand the facilities that supply electricity for so many Missourians” Hartzler said. “It was refreshing to hear the head of the EPA talk about prioritizing both the environment and job growth. As he said, 'It's a false choice to force our country to choose between the two.'  I look forward to working with him to keep electricity affordable for Missourian's under the new paradigm of shared leadership between federal state, and local entities.”

Thomas Hill Energy Center, an Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. site, employs about 230 people and is an important resource for providing members reliable, around-the-clock electricity at an affordable cost. The plant also has received national recognition for its efficiency and successful conversion to low-sulfur coal that reduced sulfur dioxide emissions 90 percent.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more coal is consumed for electricity generation in Missouri than in all but three other states in the nation; only Texas, Illinois, and Indiana use more. Coal fuels about three-fourths of Missouri's net electricity generation.

Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to Thomas Hill Energy Center, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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Hartzler Leads Bipartisan Delegation to Guantanamo

2017/04/03

 

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, on Monday led a bipartisan Congressional fact-finding trip to Guantanamo Bay to tour the base and receive briefings on the missions being conducted at the facility.

“It was an honor to be able to lead this trip and to allow members to see, firsthand, the important mission our guardsmen are conducting at Guantanamo Bay,” Hartzler said. “Guantanamo plays an extremely important role in keeping Americans safe through the detention of enemy combatants in the war on terrorism. I am deeply appreciative of the professionalism the Joint Task Force personnel display, day-in and day-out, in carrying out their mission of safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees.”

Hartzler led the Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to provide Members of Congress, particularly freshmen, and professional staff from the House Armed Services Committee an opportunity to observe detention operations at Joint Task Force – Guantanamo (GTMO). The delegation observed camp operations, received a briefing from GTMO senior leaders about the mission and current operations, and received tours of active detention camps and support facilities.

“These enemy combatants represent the worst of the worst, planning, carrying out, or participating in attacks against Americans,” Hartzler continued. There are currently 41 detainees being held at GTMO, awaiting trial for their actions.

At different times since 9-11 there have been as many as 714 terrorists in detention at Guantanamo Bay. Many were transferred against strong objections from Members of Congress. “With almost 30 percent of those transferred confirmed or suspected of reengaging in the fight, it is imperative we keep these terrorists off the battlefield and ensure justice is served,” Hartzler concluded.

Joining Hartzler on the CODEL were Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), Stephen Knight (R-Calif.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Anthony Brown (D-Md.), Donald McEachin (D-Va.), Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), and Salud Carbajal (R-Calif.). This is Hartzler’s third CODEL trip to Guantanamo.

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

 

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Hartzler bill to improve FEMA relief efforts passes House

2017/03/27

 

WASHINGTON—A bill introduced by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) to ensure residents receive better guidance, more accurate information, and greater certainty from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following a disaster passed in the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelmingly bipartisan support by a vote of 408-0.

“This bill requires FEMA to focus efforts on its core mission – helping people recover from disasters,” Hartzler said. “When people go through a disaster, such as floods and tornadoes, the people need to know that relief is on the way. From 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.”

Hartzler spoke on the House floor during debate of her bill. Her remarks can be seen here.

This legislation passed unanimously in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in February. Members of the committee from both sides of the aisle expressed support for this bill.

The FEMA Relief Improvement Act requires FEMA to create a plan that will provide consistent guidance and accurate information following a disaster.  Specifically, it requires FEMA to create an action plan to improve field transition by:

  • Providing consistent guidance to applicants on FEMA disaster funding procedures during the response to an emergency or disaster;
  • Conducting appropriate record maintenance and transfer of documents to new teams during staff transitions;
  • Providing accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance;
  • Implementing  operating procedures and documenting retention requirements to ensure the maintenance of appropriate records throughout the lifecycle of the disaster; and
  • Identifying new technologies that further aid the disaster workforce in partnering with state, local, and tribal governments and private nonprofits in the wake of a disaster to educate, assist, and inform applicants on the status of their disaster assistance applications.

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

 

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FEMA Relief Improvement

2017/03/27

Between the Joplin tornadoes in 2011, the floods in 2013, and again in 2015, Missourians have faced some difficult circumstances. While FEMA has been there to help with the recovery, some were left in the dark when it came to important matters such as the status of their applications and grants, what was being done to help, and which agency or person they should speak with at any given time.

My office heard about this lack of communication and general frustration with FEMA. There was great inconsistency among various survey teams, which came into communities asking the same questions and requesting to see the same project specifications even though a previous team had already surveyed the damage. There was lack of communication and no consistent guidance for completing the job. This led to paperwork being lost or misplaced – adding more time and frustration.

I recently introduced legislation, H.R. 1117, the FEMA Relief Improvement Act, to foster more open communications between FEMA’s disaster response operations and those communities struggling with the aftermath of a major disaster by providing more transparency, increased consistency, and ultimately, better assistance during the recovery phase.

This bill takes the lessons we learned from those recoveries, and requires that FEMA implement processes to provide consistent guidance for disaster relief, maintain accurate and appropriate records of recovery efforts, and use the technology available to best disseminate information to those affected. This bill will make sure that not only Missourians, but all Americans going through an emergency, will know what is going on and be confident that relief is on its way.

My legislation requires FEMA to create a plan that will provide consistent guidance and accurate information following a disaster.  Specifically, it requires FEMA to create an action plan to improve field transition by:

  • Providing consistent guidance to applicants on FEMA disaster funding procedures during the response to an emergency or disaster.
  • Conducting appropriate record maintenance and transfer of documents to new teams during staff transitions
  • Providing accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance
  • Implementing  operating procedures and documenting retention requirements to ensure the maintenance of appropriate records throughout the lifecycle of the disaster
  • Identifying new technologies that further aid the disaster workforce in partnering with State, local, and tribal governments and private nonprofits in the wake of a disaster to educate, assist, and inform applicants on the status of their disaster assistance applications

Families and communities need to know that relief is there following a disaster. They need it to be as efficient and pain-free as possible. That’s what the FEMA Relief Improvement Act does. It requires FEMA to refocus their efforts on the core of their mission – helping people recover from grave loss in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

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Hartzler meets with local FFA leaders to mark National Ag Day

2017/03/22

 

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) on Tuesday met with Missouri FFA student leaders in her Washington, D.C. office to mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day and discuss agriculture policy issues facing the country.

“Today I had the pleasure of meeting future leaders with a passion for promoting U.S. agriculture,” Hartzler said. “The agriculture industry is facing a number of complex issues which pose difficult challenges.  I am reassured by the knowledge, proficiency, and enthusiasm of these young leaders to share the positive story of agriculture. They represent Missouri well, and rural America is blessed to have them as ambassadors.”

 

Pictured (left to right) Katie Imhoff, Missouri FFA State Vice President; Jacqueline Janorschke, representative from Agriculture Future of America; Vicky; and Heidi Murry, Missouri FFA State Vice President

Hartzler was visited by Missouri FFA State Vice President Katie Imhoff, a California, Missouri-area native and Northwest Missouri State University student; Jacqueline Janorschke, a representative from Agriculture Future of America and Mizzou student; and Missouri FFA State Vice President Heidi Murry, a student at the College of the Ozarks and Lebanon, Missouri-area native.

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) sponsors 100 student representatives from across the country to participate in National Ag Day activities on the Hill. The students—from FFA, AFA, 4-H and MANNRS—put a face on the future of agriculture and personally emphasize the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives.

Ag Day is celebrated in Washington, D.C., with a Press Club Event and National Taste of Agriculture Dinner—held March 21, 2017.

For more information on Ag Day, please visit www.agday.org.

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

 

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Hartzler on Increase to Fort Leonard Wood Combat Training Mission

2017/03/20

 

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) issued the following statement regarding the Army’s announcement it will increase troop levels for fiscal year 2017, increasing the number of soldiers expected to go through basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood:

“Fort Leonard Wood plays a vital role in the formation of our soldiers. The Army’s announcement underscores the value and importance of Fort Leonard Wood’s Basic Combat Training mission in providing our soldiers with unmatched combat training as they prepare to face the threats of today and keep Americans safe at home and abroad. This is great news for national defense, our soldiers, and the surrounding communities in Missouri’s Fourth that are proud to have Fort Leonard Wood as a neighbor.”

Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which is home to Fort Leonard Wood, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Background:

The Army announced today that its troop levels for fiscal year 2017 will increase to 1.018 million Soldiers, a net gain of 28,000 Soldiers across the Total Force - Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve.

As a result, Fort Leonard Wood's Basic Combat Training mission for FY17 is expected to increase by about 4,500 Soldiers.

 

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Hartzler connects with over 5,000 constituents through telephone town hall

2017/03/16

 

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) on Wednesday hosted a live, interactive telephone town hall meeting attended by 5,120 constituents. Hartzler fielded both live and internet-submitted questions on multiple topics including the American Health Care Act, House and Senate investigations into Russia, the electoral college, trade and trade agreements going forward, and education.

“I think we had a great event and a productive discussion of some of today’s pressing issues,” Hartzler said. “I appreciate the many comments, ideas, concerns, and suggestions people voiced so I can best represent them and everyone in Missouri’s Fourth. We will be holding another telephone town hall in a couple weeks to reach out to even more constituents and those who weren’t able to participate in this event. I look forward to visiting with everyone then. There are some big issues being debated in Congress right now and adding this feedback to everything I have already received is invaluable.”

KEY STATISTICS

  • 101 constituents pre-registered to ensure they received a call to participate
  • A total of 74,286 calls were made inviting Fourth District residents to participate
  • 5,120 constituents participated in the town hall meeting
  • Meeting lasted for 69 minutes

Hartzler has another live, interactive telephone town hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Pre-registration is NOT required, it only ensures a constituent will get a call from Hartzler’s office to participate in the meeting. Fourth District residents can pre-register for the March 28th event at hartzler.house.gov/live. Constituents can also live stream the meeting and submit questions for the Congresswoman once the event starts at that link.

 

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Hartzler to host telephone town hall meetings

2017/03/13

==UPDATE==

Fourth District residents can call in to tonight's telephone town hall by dialing, toll-free, (877) 229-8493 and entering the PIN 114727.

==UPDATE==

WASHINGTON—In order to hear from her constituents and answer their questions, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) is hosting two live, interactive telephone town hall meetings in March. The first will be held on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. CDT. The second will be held on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Participants will be able to ask Congresswoman Hartzler questions, share their concerns or comments, and get answers to questions from other Fourth District constituents.

All Fourth District residents are invited to attend the meeting. Those interested in attending can pre-register for this event, or they can sign up to attend all of Congresswoman Hartzler’s telephone town halls using the links below. The event can be heard via live stream at hartzler.house.gov/live. Further, questions for the Congresswoman can also be submitted online using this link.

Sign up to attend Congresswoman Hartzler’s March 15 or March 28 telephone town hall meeting.

Sign up to attend all future telephone town halls hosted by Congresswoman Hartzler.

“There are some very important issues being debated in Congress and I want to hear from as many of my constituents as possible,” Hartzler said. “The telephone town hall format allows people from all corners of our district to participate without having to drive long distances, hire a babysitter, or leave work early. I am looking forward to hearing from everyone and having a great event.”

WHAT: Live, interactive telephone town hall meeting with Congresswoman Hartzler

EVENT 1: Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. CDT

EVENT 2: Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. CDT

WHO: Open to all constituents in Missouri’s Fourth District

 

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Hartzler Applauds Passage of FY17 Defense Funding Bill

2017/03/08

 

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) highlighted key programs she championed as part of the 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill, which passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, and pledged to continue working to make sure our military has the resources it needs to address the threats of today and into the future.

“In addition to giving our troops the certainty and resources they need to address the threats facing our country, I am pleased to see provisions included for army ammunition plants, which are badly in need of modernization and renovations; more Super Hornets to help fill the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall; and increased funding for Alzheimer’s research which has been linked to PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.”

Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, worked to secure these provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill lawmakers use to authorize the funding for various projects and programs. Her work has now been realized in the appropriations bill, allotting $20 million for army ammunition industrial facility procurement and an additional $5 million for Congressionally Directed Medical Research to study Alzheimer’s and the links between military service and the disease. The appropriations bill also restored funding for additional F/A-18 Super Hornets that was stripped out of the final NDAA before passage.

“This bill is crucial for our military,” Hartzler added. “At every installation I have visited I heard from commanders about the necessity to pass an appropriations bill rather than allowing defense funding to fall under a continuing resolution so the Department of Defense can fully execute its plans. I am pleased we were able to advance these objectives.”

Hartzler recently testified before the House Budget Committee on the need to go above and beyond the Administration’s $603 billion funding level for defense in 2018, saying $640 billion is what is needed to begin the restoration of its forces that the American people expect and need in today’s world.

“Going forward, I look forward to building on our hard work in this bill and working with my colleagues on the Budget and Appropriations Committees to provide the funding we need to fully restore the readiness shortfalls our military is currently experiencing,” Hartzler concluded.

The legislation also funds a full 2.1 percent pay raise for our men and women in uniform, funds key readiness programs to train and equip our troops, and enhances medical care and ensures full benefits for troops, their families, and retirees.

Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District which is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood. She serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees.

 

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Hartzler on Executive Order

2017/03/06

WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.

“I am pleased to see the President’s commitment to prioritizing the safety and security of the American people while addressing the issues that were problematic with the first executive order. I said then the White House needed to accommodate green card holders and those who have already been through an extensive vetting process, and this new order clarifies these points.  While we continue to provide refuge for the world's vulnerable, we must do so while prioritizing Americans’ safety and well-being.”

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

 

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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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